It’s not spring cleaning time yet, but it can always be a good time to clean your cell phone. When a cell phone gets dirty, it does not function to its potential. A good example of this is when the touch screen gets smudges or dust on it. So ask yourself how long it has been since you gave your phone a little TLC.
To make things more compelling – a little known fact is that your toilet is actually cleaner than your cell phone? It’s true. The average phone after some extended period of use contains up to 10 times the bacteria and germs as your toilet. This is because your phone is used on average over 50 times a day. Keep this in mind if you are delaying the cleaning of your cell phone.
Cleaning the Outside
The first step is to sanitize your phone. You will want to also remove any of the smudges or dust on the screen. To do this, it is important to be mindful of the following:
- Make sure you use a professional grade cleaner with isopropyl alcohol. Do not use household cleaners such as glass or kitchen cleaner.
- Spray the phone lightly with the cleaner making sure you don’t spray in any of the openings (such as the charging port, microphone, or speakers).
- Using a microfiber cloth, gently and softly wipe your cell phone off.
- Use a cotton swab to get into the nooks and crannies.
As mentioned earlier, cleaning the exterior of your phone often is a good practice. It is important to keep germs and bacteria at bay whenever possible.
Cleaning the Inside – Decluttering
What we are talking about here is not opening up your phone and cleaning the internal parts. Any time you tamper with a phone this way you are asking for trouble. The only time a cell phone needs to be opened is if it needs repair. And, in this case, you can always trust Rob the Phone Doctor’s over 15 years of experience.
A cell phone is much like a personal computer. It has programs running in the background such as the operating system and applications (Apps). The more clutter that is on your phone in the form of files, images, videos, apps, etc., the more likely your phone is to lock up or run slowly. So, it is important to clean these things up periodically.
Before you begin this process, ALWAYS BACK UP your important data (images, files, etc.). You can use a cloud program or external device to do this. After you have completed this, then you can proceed with the cleanup.
- Remove Apps that you are not using anymore.
- Disable notifications that are not important.
- Delete any unwanted images and videos.
- Delete any old text messages and emails.
- Organize and consolidate your files by creating folders by category.
- Discard MP3 and Video files when you can use a streaming feature.
One final tip – disable the tracking in any of your app settings. This is important because this feature drains your battery more quickly. By the same token, make sure any type of mobile hotspot programs are not running unless you are using them.
Well, that’s it. You now have an all in one guide to cleaning your cell phone inside and out. Remember to be gentle to your phone at all times, especially when cleaning the outside. You will be rewarded with years of dependable service.