How to Clean iPhone Screen without Scratching Glass
Clean your Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod screen properly to avoid scratching the glass surface.
Updated April 15, 2015
Here are some tips you can follow to clean the screen of an iPhone, iPad or iPod in order to remove fingerprints or smudges while avoiding scratching the glass screen. Make sure to clean your iPhone immediately if it comes into contact with any contaminants, which could cause stains, such as ink, dyes, makeup, dirt, food, oils, and lotions.
Here's how to properly clean the screen of your iPhone:
- Disconnect and unplug all cables -> then turn off your iPhone.
- Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free Microfiber cloth or Pre-Moistened Lens Cloth Wipes.
- DO NOT use abrasive cloths, paper towels, cotton cloths (t-shirt) or towels to clean the iPhone screen.
- You can spray the microfiber cloth before cleaning the screen with an Optical Lens Cleaner. Do NOT spray cleaner directly onto the iPhone (keep liquids away from device).
- Avoid getting any moisture in the iPhone openings.
- Gently wipe the iPhone screen to remove any fingerprints or smudges.
NOTE: The iPhone screen surface is glass with an oleophobic coating. The coating helps to repel oil, and will decrease over time with normal use. However, the coating will be reduced quicker if you rub or clean the screen with an abrasive material. Any abrasive material will further diminishing its effect and may lead scratching the glass.
DO NOT use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide to clean an iPhone.
If you need to clean any dirt that has accumulated around the SIM tray opening, use a soft lint-free Microfiber cloth. You can use a very small amount of rubbing alcohol on it and gently wipe away any dirt from the port opening. Make sure you avoid getting any moisture or rubbing alcohol in the opening.
To clean the Home button, in order for the Touch ID to work optimally, wipe it gently with a soft microfiber cloth.