Keep Your Phone and Tablet Sanitized With These Tips!

By Amanda Roland

Recently, staying clean and finding the best way to sanitize your entire house, wardrobe and life is on everyone’s mind as the coronavirus effects continue to increase. 

You’ve probably seen the in-depth chart on how to wash your hands properly and you’ve been informed to thoroughly clean the “high-touch” places in your home like the kitchens, bathrooms counters and door handles. But, there are some other “high-touch” places that you’re probably forgetting about. Namely, these are the electronics you carry in your bag with you. 

Here are some ways to clean your electronics to ensure they’re just as clean you are!

If you have an iPhone or iPad, Apple recommends unplugging any cables and turning your phone off before cleaning. “Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents,” according to Apple. The same cleaning products can also be used on the face of your Apple Watch and on select Apple Watch bands.

AT&T recommends customers “spray a non-abrasive or alcohol-based (70% isopropyl) disinfectant directly on a soft lint-free cloth and wipe down your device while it is powered down and unplugged.”

AT&T also advises customers to not place their electronics on public surfaces and to use bluetooth features with hands-free headsets to avoid the amount of time with your phone near your face.

Samsung does not have an official statement on how to clean your android or tablet, but do so gently and avoid getting any liquid in open cable ports or microphones. 

When cleaning your smartphone or tablet, do not use compressed air, straight rubbing alcohol or a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water. They may seem like easy fixes to disinfect and clean, but can be damaging to your device and it’s protective coating.