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How To Safely Clean IPhone With Disinfected Wipes

Mar 30, 2020

Apple officials say they can use disinfection wipes on the iPhone. Earlier, Apple advised against using disinfected wipes on its products, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it can prevent the spread of new crown pneumonia very well.

Why does Apple recommend using disinfectants?

Traditionally, device manufacturers like Apple have recommended the use of powerful disinfectants because they wear away the oleophobic coating on the screen of a smartphone. This is an oil-resistant coating that helps prevent fingerprints and smudges from sticking to the screen of your smartphone.

The coating naturally wears out gradually when using the phone, but the use of rough cleaners will make it wear faster.

How to use a wipe to safely disinfect your iPhone

On March 9, 2020, Apple updated its official cleaning guidelines, stating guidelines on how disinfecting wipes can be used to clean iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, and other Apple products.

Apple specifically stated that you should use "70% isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox sanitizing wipes." Do not use bleached wipes.

Apple recommends disinfecting wipes rather than spray disinfecting equipment. If you use a spray, you should spray it on a soft, lint-free cloth (such as a microfiber cloth) and use it to wipe your iPhone or other Apple products instead of spraying directly. Apple says you should "avoid using abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels or similar items." Never immerse your hardware in any cleaning solution.

With a wipe, "you can gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of Apple products, such as the display, keyboard, or other external surfaces." In other words, take the iPhone out of the case and wipe its exterior: the screen, the back, and side.

Make sure to wipe gently and "Avoid Excessive Wipe" to protect the coating as much as possible. It should be wiped with a sanitary wipe.

When wiping, make sure "to avoid getting wet in any openings". For example, don't let any cleaner drip into any speaker grille or iPhone's Lightning port. This may damage the phone's hardware.

Apple cautions against using cleaners on fabric or leather surfaces. For example, if your iPhone is equipped with an Apple holster, you should avoid using disinfecting wipes on it. This will damage the material. However, if you have a box that can handle sanitary wipes (for example, a plastic or silicone box), you should also wipe it.

When using, make sure to also clean your AirPods regularly.

Will the oleophobic coating be damaged after disinfection?

Disinfectant may wear the oleophobic coating on the screen. As your finger is used on your smartphone screen, it will gradually disappear over time.

In this update, Apple acknowledges that disinfecting wipes is a great way to remove dirt from your iPhone. Just don't overuse it, there is no need to wipe it over and over.

A soft wet cloth without any detergent will not eliminate the oleophobic layer on the screen, but disinfecting wipes and wipes will kill more dangerous bacteria and viruses, and will also damage the oleophobic layer of the mobile phone screen. During non-epidemic period, do not use disinfection Wet wipes.