How to clean & sanitize your Mobile phone properly without damaging it

Now seems about the best time to teach you how to properly clean and sanitize your mobile phone, as the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus heightens our awareness of personal hygiene. While the best way to prevent the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses is still washing your hands vigorously, it’s not quite as obvious how best to clean your tech.

How to Safely Clean Your Smartphone

Google has some solid advice for Pixel owners, but the process can be reused for just about any mobile phone. Since each OEM uses a different screen, we cannot guarantee that the use of alcohol-based screen wipes will damage it. For this reason, we suggest that you do not use solutions containing more than 50% alcohol to ensure that your screen is not damaged or the oleophobic coating removed.

Things to avoid

  1. Water (on devices without IP ratings) — a small amount of water on an antimicrobial cloth will do no damage, but too much water can cause severe issues with your smartphone.
  2. Compressed air — most compressed or canned air can be flammable and may cause device issues. It can also leave a damaging solvent coating that can discolor or damage your device.
  3. Alcohol wipes and gels — anything over 50% alcohol will damage your display oleophobic coating.

Things you might want

  • Antimicrobial cleaning cloth
  • Screen protector + cleaning wipes
  • UV sanitizer
  • Wash your hands

How to clean and sanitize your Android phone screen

The easiest method of cleaning your mobile phone (Android/iPhone) and screen is to use an antimicrobial cleaning cloth. You can slightly dampen your cleaning cloth with lukewarm water and then gently wipe the display, bezels, and rear of your Android phone.


If you have installed a screen protector, you can wipe your screen with disinfectant cleaning wipes. Alternatively, you can replace your screen protector regularly. The screen protector will ensure that your screen is safe from any solution that could damage the oleophobic coating or the phone itself.

Our recommended method, whether you have a screen protector or not, is to use a specially formulated cleaning solution like Whoosh. The company has been manufacturing cleaning solutions and microfiber cleaning cloths for technology for some time now, and the pocket packs are great value, easy to carry, safe for theft, and will ensure that your Android phone stays clean and germ-free.

If you are using a cleaning solution, it is important to spray a small amount on a microfiber or antimicrobial cloth before rubbing and slowly wiping your screen without dirt, grime or fingerprints. If you have a cleaning cloth, it’s important to wash it regularly in hot water above 60 ° C or 140 ° F only – then hang it dry.

Another alternative is to use a UV smartphone cleaner. These devices are used by stores and home improvement stores to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on our smartphones.

If you used a Whitestone Dome glass or a screen protector that uses UV bonding for the adhesive, UV light can also be used to disinfect your phone. However, you will need to manually adjust where the light was applied, to ensure full coverage.

If you could able to manage UV then Leaving the phone in the sun for X time would do the same as a UV sterilizer.


How do you clean your Android phone?

What other methods have you used to ensure that your Android phone remains clean, sparkling, and bacteria-free? Are you cleaning your phone more regularly as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? Let us know down in the comments section below.

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