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With coronavirus outbreak becoming a global threat, it is important to clean the smartphones once in a while.

It is because our phones tend to carry bacteria, which we often ignore.

With the widespread of coronavirus, sanitizing our phones now is an important task at hand.

Apple and Google have step-by-step guides on how to clean their phones, which should be done with care.

Smartphones come with different levels of water and dust resistance, so the process of cleaning phones is different for different phones.

For instance, Apple has a guide on how to clean its iPhones, and there’s a different approach for all models, ranging from the original iPhone to the latest iPhone 11 series.

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Similarly, Google shows how Pixel users can clean their phones without damaging them.

If one knows one’s phone’s IP rating, IP53, IP67 or IP68, the task gets a lot easier.

For instance, iPhone XS and iPhone 11 series, Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, S9 and S10 series, Galaxy Note 8, Note 19 and Note 10 series along with Galaxy Fold are all rated IP68 to withstand 1.5-meter immersion in water for up to 30 minutes.

IP67-rated phones, such as iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, XR and Pixel 2 can withstand 1-meter immersion for up to 30 minutes.

And most of the phones might have an IP53 rating, which is safe with spraying water for cleaning.

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so if one is unsure of one’s phone’s water-resistance capability.

It is advisable to do a web search or treat it as the least water-resistant phone.

Depending on one’s phone’s IP rating, one would need different cleaning materials.

Things one needs: Lint-free cloth, mild hand soap, water, and a toothpick.

Before sanitizing one should unplug any cables and turn off the phone.

Remove any accessory, including protective case, earphones, additional lenses, etc.

Add a little bit of mild soap to water (not too much) and dip one lint-free cloth in the makeshift cleansing solution.

One needs to squeeze out the excess water so the cloth is damp.

Now, gently wipe the phone with the damp cloth and make sure all areas are cleaned properly.

Then use a dry lint-free cloth to wipe your phone dry.

Then take out the SIM card tray and make sure you get the dirt off the corners using a toothpick.

Wipe the tray using the dry cloth and place it back inside.

With these simple steps, your phone is as clean as it can get.


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