How to clean your mobile phone

Some of us may not realise just how much bacteria and dirt our mobile phones can develop. In fact, our phones carry up to 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. We find ourselves using our phones on a daily basis in all sorts of environments. So, with this mind, it may be time to give your phone that deep clean it’s been needing! 

Last updated: 6th Apr 2020 at 9:42am

Here is the most efficient and effective way to thoroughly clean your mobile phone.

  • Firstly, you want to ensure your device is unplugged and turned off.
  • Remove the external phone case if applicable.
  • Use a soft, slightly damp microfiber cloth to wipe down your screen.
  • You can create your own cleaning solution using ½ cup of distilled water and ½ cup of alcohol - place the solution in a spray bottle and shake before use.
  • Spray the solution onto a dry towel or wipe.
  • Using the wipe or towel gently wipe down your phone.
  • Leave the phone to dry before placing it back in the phone case.

Apple’s website states that you can wipe iPhones with Clorox wipes or alternative alcohol wipes that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol. 

Cleaning your phone case 

If your phone case is made out of safe-to-wash materials like silicone or hard plastic, then you can give the case a thorough rinse in warm water and leave it to dry.  For phone cases made out of more luxury materials, you will need to clean them using specific products for that material.

Don’t forget to clean your phone accessories too

You might forget about your earbuds, charger and phone holder that may get just as much use as your mobile every day. Make sure you include them in your cleaning routine - for these accessories, you can use a wipe or towel that has been sprayed with your cleaning solution. Leave them to completely dry before use and you’re good to go.

What not to do

  • Whatever you do, do not rub your screen using alcohol as this can damage your phone screen.
  • Make sure you keep any water away from the speakers or charging port in your mobile to prevent damage.

There are certain products that can actually harm our phones rather than cleaning them.  Using harsh disinfectant chemicals or products like bleach and alcohol can help clean the sides or back of your mobile phone (if it isn’t glass). However, you want to keep these products away from the front screen of your phone as they can break down the oleophobic coating used on your phone as help prevent fingerprint smudges.

No contracts, no limits
No contracts, no limits

With no contract you have the freedom to flex your usage whenever you need to

Roam like you're home
Roam like you're home

Use your bundle in 50 european destinations for no extra cost

Speed and reliability
Speed and reliability

Powered by the nations largest network you can relax knowing you have the best coverage

Keep up your fabulous service, the best!!

Ann, IOW

I am short sighted and struggled to top up without my dad, your agent was so patient and understanding and has orderd me a top up swipe which i did not no existed to help me in future. What a lovely woman she is thank her from me, thanks a lot

Levi, leeds

You are always efficient and answer calls quickly and professionally and have a caring nature

Lorraine, Cornwall

Very pleased that I am not bombarded with adverts unlike other networks. Keep up the good work.

Jeff, Stockport