With the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19 (coronavirus) on everyone’s minds, we’re all taking every precaution we can to limit exposure. But have you thought much about your smartphone? As our go-everywhere, do-everything digital companions, our smartphones undoubtedly play host to a number of pesky germs and bacteria. Here’s how to disinfect a phone in three easy steps.
How Do You Disinfect a Phone?
- Step 1: To start, unplug any charging cables or headphones and power it off completely. Remove the case and set it aside.
- Step 2: Fill a spray bottle with a mix of equal parts (one to one) isopropyl alcohol and water. Shake the bottle and spray it on a clean, dry microfiber cloth. Never spray cleaner directly on your phone. You can use Clorox or Lysol wipes on your phone if you prefer.
- Step 3: Using the wipe or cloth, wipe the phone down entirely, avoiding direct contact with any inner components, such as the inside of charging ports or headphone jacks. Wipe the front and back of the case and allow it to fully dry before putting it back on. If you have an Armpocket armband, follow the care instructions below.
- Step 4: Keep your phone clean. Routine hand-washing and sanitizing will help prevent your phone from becoming a hotspot for germs and viruses. Pro tip: grab a phone case with a pocket big enough for mini hand sanitizer or wipes.
How to Clean Your Armpocket Armband
Our Elite series with zippers, like the Mega i-40, Mega i-40 Plus, Ultra i-35, Armpocket X and Armpocket X Plus are machine washable. Just make sure to use cold water and line dry. For the Racer Series and fully Reflective series, we recommend hand washing with cold water and line drying. For the Flash series, we recommend light spot cleaning due to the electrical and battery components. Once dry, clean your Armpocket armband with disinfectant as detailed above.
How Often Should You Disinfect a Phone?
Honestly, the more the merrier at a time like this. You should be disinfecting your phone three to five times a day, taking care to clean it thoroughly each time you return home or come into contact with others. Everyone loves a clean phone, so why not make it a routine part of your day?