We all are aware of the ongoing corona pandemic situation these days, this Chinese virus is spreading between humans like there is no tomorrow(maybe there is no tomorrow actually). In this scenario, do you consider your phone a safe device to use?
Well, a scientific survey says our phones are generally 10 times dirtier than the toilet seats, gross isn’t? But that’s the reality folks, our own closest gadget friend who makes our life happens daily serves nirvana to countless germs and viruses.
In the Corona pandemic, anything which comes in contact is under a suspicious eye. Social distancing brought social media attraction in the scene more precisely than ever. Imagine your phone picked some coronavirus on it the last time you visited the grocery store. It’s high time you disinfect it before it eliminates you or your loved ones.
How To Disinfect Your Phone
First of all, we all must understand that a phone is just a phone and no iPhone/ Samsung/ Vertu is different from the category. There are no different protocols to disinfected your devices with different brand tags. However, the instructions/method of cleaning the device on the brand websites may have slight changes from one another but that barely makes any difference for the general user.
As most of us are going through the lockdown period, we can’t really go out and buy specific products to disinfect our little buddy. So to keep it simple and approachable, below are some steps to disinfect your phone at home with basic available daily products.
- Never ever start cleaning the phone while on charging because this can get fatal too. Disinfectants got more than 70% of alcohol in it, as we all know alcohol is highly inflammable. Detach the charging cable.
- Remove your cover from the phone. Now you can see a fine line of dust covering the periphery, that’s where the border of visible dirt lies. Do you think that’s dirty? Wait for little peeps, invisible germs are watching you.
- Take a regular handkerchief/cloth but better you put it in boiling water for a few minutes and then dry it Or you can always opt for a microfiber cloth.
- If you have isopropyl alcohol solution then nothing fits better. Just spray it on the cloth and start wiping your phone gently for 30 secs each side. Just in case you miss isopropyl alcohol in your house, soap water is the second-best option.
- Properly clean both the phone and cover. Don’t forget to clean every side or hole/port just to confirm all-around safety.
- Use a cotton swab to clean the ports and never dip it in any solution, let it be isopropyl alcohol too as no liquid is good for the internal circuit of the phone.
- Let the phone and case get dry naturally in air, then only fix them and use them. Using hairdryer isn’t something recommendable, so better to stay away from experimenting because if anything goes wrong even a double price won’t make the store open for you.
What If I Don’t Disinfect My Phone?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the transmission of novel Coronavirus aka COVID19 to persons from the surfaces contaminated from the virus is not documented. Yes netizens you heard it right, not a single case has come to existence claiming spread of the virus via phone until yet.
A popular saying “prevention is better than cure” is in use these days more than the total times said from the coined date till last month. Not a single case doesn’t guarantee your phone a corona safe device. It’s still under the “until now” category and you wish it stays like this only and you know why!
The uncleaned phone may not give you corona wrapped in the gift box but a clean disinfected phone would definitely save you from numerous germs and who doesn’t like a clean device? Remember the toilet seat comparison, now still if you are stuck intact by the same question, Best Of Luck.
From the elite class to the general public all of us have suggestions worth throwing in the category of “do not”. Here are some myths, wrong suggestions and false methods of disinfecting your phone getting busted below, do check.
- Bleach It Away: Your phone may have germs 10 times more than toilets but still, that little poor guy isn’t a toilet. Never try to bleach your phone for that extra clean surface you ever wanted. It may leave you with a damaged screen and serious inside engine issues in some cases.
- Dip Dip Dip: Your phone is IP68 certified, what else liquid can do to it? Wrong! Dipping the device directly into the disinfecting solution is never recommended. Even if the liquid won’t affect it, alcohol will surely leave its traces for you to regret later.
- Spray Directly: Naah..not a good move either. Before the corona outbreak, Apple said that alcohol directly sprayed on the screen may damage the protective coating which prevents it from oil and water coming from your fingers but not they are allowing isopropyl alcohol solution. Check https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207123
- Aerosol sprays/rubbing alcohol: Not recommended by any of the brands as these products are highly aggressive in nature in dealing with touch-sensitive screens and delicate circuits inside the phone.
A clean device not only ensures a healthy encounter for you but also helps itself to run a little longer life span. It is highly recommended to sanitize your hands before cleaning your phone and later wash them off properly with soap for at least 20 secs. For more precise information about disinfecting daily house items visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html
I hope I could address all your queries and now you can easily resolve How to disinfect your phone. If you have any further doubts, you can visit or contact your service provider or you may leave a comment below. Also, please leave a like on the content if it was helpful. And do tell me about your experience in fixing this issue, in the comment box.