Did you know that the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to nine days? which means your smartphone may be a hotspot for the virus.
Smartphones come into regular contact with various surfaces, our hands, our face, and other people – where they could potentially pick up and spread the coronavirus.
Disinfecting your smartphone is not straightforward, however, as there are a number of products that may damage the protective coating on your screen.
Apple has updated its support page to give iPhone users tips for cleaning their smartphones.
These are outlined below:
- Use a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, paper towels, or similar items.
- Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
- Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
- Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
- Don’t get moisture into any openings.
- Don’t use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
- Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.
These tips will apply to smartphones from other manufacturers, although the degree of care you should exercise in wiping down your device also depends on its IP68 rating and whether it is waterproof or not.
IP67 means the unit can be dropped into a body of water up to a meter deep for half an hour, while IP68 guarantees protection in water up to 1.5m deep for the same period of time. Both are resistant to dust
Apple states that it is fine to use 70% isopropyl alcohol disinfectant on the hard, non-porous surfaces of their devices.