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Here Is How Rid Your Smartphone of Millions of Germs Right Now

Disinfecting your smartphone regularly should be included in your own. Did you know that your smartphone is one of the most bacteria-ridden things in your possession? In fact, we’d venture to say that your phone is probably carrying millions of germs right now! Never fear, though – it’s easy to clean and disinfect a smartphone, or any other tech device for that matter. All you have to do is follow a few key steps. So, here’s exactly how to rid your smartphone of germs.

Before you clean any high-tech product, turn it off completely and unplug cables. This will minimize damage if any liquid should get on the device. It's also a good idea to remove the case or cover and, if possible, take out your phone's battery.

Now, you’re ready to clean the phone’s screen. To disinfect your phone or tablet, wipe it down with alcohol- and ammonia-free disinfectant wipes, taking care not to let any of the liquid seep into the ports or mic areas. Use light pressure when wiping the screen to avoid scratches. If your device has a glass front and back, you'll need to clean both sides with the same care. If your screen is cracked, take extra care while cleaning. Wiping it at all can cause the cracks to spread and using a damp cloth can cause water damage.

Don't forget to also clean your phone’s case. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and gently run it over whatever accessory you’re cleaning. To loosen stubborn dirt from ports, connectors, or under keys, use a dry paintbrush before wiping clean. You can also occasionally clean the charger, headphones, keyboard, stylus, and other accessories you frequently handle using a similar method.

Once your device and its accessories are clean, allow your phone, case, and components to dry completely before turning the device back on. Your phone or tablet is now clean and ready to use!

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