Did you know that your iPhone’s charging port can get clogged with lint and other small particles? Over time, this can prevent your iPhone from charging properly or even cause it to be unable to charge at all. While it’s not always easy to clean out the port by hand, there are plenty of tools you can use, including toothpicks, sewing needles, cotton swabs, and more. Follow this step-by-step guide on how to clean your iPhone charging port so that you can make sure it’s running smoothly in no time!
What you need to know in a nutshell
- Does your iPhone not charge anymore? Try cleaning your iPhone charging port, as it may solve your charging problem.
- Take apart a mini-compressed air canister, position it properly and spray dust and debris from your iPhone’s charging port.
- Unplug your phone, flip it over and gently press on either side of the port while brushing any dust out.
Why You Should Clean Your iPhone’s Charging Port
We’re all guilty of sticking our phones in our pockets and bags without giving a second thought to how it can affect our phone’s port. Dust, dirt, and lint particles can all get stuck in your charging port over time. As a result, your iPhone may not charge properly or even hold a charge at all. Before throwing away that dusty iPhone and getting yourself a new one, try cleaning out your port! This might solve the charging problem, and it’s easy to do.
I’ll show you how to clean an iPhone charging port without damaging it.
Use Compressed Air But Be Careful
While you may be tempted to use a vacuum cleaner (or even a hairdryer) in an attempt to clean out your iPhone charging port, these solutions can damage your phone.
Instead, take apart a mini-compressed air canister, position it properly and spray dust and debris from your iPhone’s charging port. If necessary, you can gently scrape around with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol if there is built-up grime or residue on your iPhone.
Clean Out the Dust with Cotton Buds
If you don’t have a compressed air canister lying around, I recommend cleaning your iPhone charging port with a toothpick or small, soft-bristled brush. Unplug your phone, flip it over and gently press with a cotton bud in the inside of the port while brushing any dust out. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove lint or other debris that’s stuck around your home, but avoid blowing directly into your iPhone, as it can leave moisture behind.
Use a Toothpick, but be careful
The last object you could use to clean out your charging port is a toothpick. Use a toothpick to clean out your charging port.
Your iPhone’s charging port can be clogged with dust or lint clumps. The best way to remove all this filth is to give it a gentle swipe to free the particles. If there’s a layer of gunk or grime caked along the walls, give it a gentle scrape to dislodge it.
But be careful! The Lightning port has many small pins which can easily be damaged.
To avoid scraping the teeth of the Lightning port, wrap the end of the toothpick with a small amount of cotton. When you’ve found an accumulation of residue on the inner walls, try a more powerful cleaning tool, like a plastic dental flosser.
List of must-have products to keep your iPhone clean
I’ve listed a couple products that you can store home to keep your iPhone clean and fresh for use.
- The Woosh Screen Cleaner kit to make your iPhone (or any other device) shine again.
- Diamond Flat Toothpicks to be able to clean your charging port as described in this article. Besides, it’s always good to have toothpicks at your disposal.
- Did you know there is a device that kills all the germs on your iPhone? Well, the PhoneSoap 3 UV Cell Phone Sanitizer does just that.
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