Clean Your Phone to Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

Clean Your Phone Guidelines

 How to Clean Your Phone

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  1. Consult the website of your phone’s manufacturer for any cleaning instructions or
    recommendations.
    • Apple advises that disinfectant wipes, Clorox sheets, and others with similar concentrations can be used on their devices.
    • Samsung recommends applying a 70% alcohol-based solution (ethanol or isopropyl) to a microfiber cloth.
  2. Unplug power sources and cables. Then, turn off your phone and take it out of its case.
  3. Wipe your phone with a lint-free microfiber cloth dampened with water and soap or a hand rub or disinfectant wipes with 70% alcohol.
    • Ensure that any openings or ports will not get wet.
  4. Let your phone dry for at least five minutes.
  5. Wipe your phone with a dry lint-free microfiber cloth.
  6. Clean the case of your phone using the same process.
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When to Clean Your Phone

  • Every day
  • If you, or someone near you, coughed or sneezed
  • If you placed your phone somewhere in a public place
  • If someone has held your phone
  • If your phone is visibly dirty
  • If you suspect that your phone has been contaminated

More Tips on Cleaning Your Phone

  • Wash the cleaning cloths immediately after cleaning your phone.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds or use a hand rub with 70% alcohol:
    • Before and after cleaning:
      • Your phone
      • The phone’s case
      • The cleaning cloths (if applicable)
    • Regularly so as not to pass germs back to your phone
  • Avoid excessive wiping of your phone because doing so can damage its screen, ports, and even interior electronics.
  • Do not use other materials or experiment with any cleaning solutions not mentioned here.
  • Do not use your phone in public places and in the bathroom.
  • If you are relying on your phone when cooking, print out recipes to avoid cross contamination between the phone and kitchen surfaces.

Conner, Katie. “How to help disinfect your phone from coronavirus without damaging the screen.” C|Net, 13 April 2020.
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Fox, Chris. “Coronavirus: How to clean your smartphone safely.” BBC News, 13 March 2020.
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Krstic, Zee. “How to Clean Your Phone the Right Way, According to Experts.” GH, 18 March 2020.
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Nierenberg, Amelia. “How to Clean Your Phone to Help Protect Against Coronavirus.” The New York Times, 12 March 2020.
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Saltzman, Marc. “How to Clean Your Smartphone or Tablet Device Screen.” Aarp, 20 April 2020.
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Written By

Peter Smith

World Health Organization (WHO)

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