Apple has updated its website with instructions that it is OK to use disinfectant wipes to clean your iPhone and other Apple gadgets.
Previously, the Apple site advised against the use of cleaning products because they can sometimes damage the special coating on the screens which helps prevent fingerprints.
The change comes as more and more people try to keep their hands and phones free from germs, especially as the coronavirus spreads around the world.
“By using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfectant wipes, you can gently wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the screen, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces, “says the Apple site. ” Do not use bleach. Avoid moisture in the openings and do not immerse your Apple product in a cleaning product. Do not use on fabric or leather surfaces. “
The updated guidelines were first identified by the Wall Street Journal.
The instructions are in line with what CNBC recommended last week in a guide on how to clean your phone to prevent the spread of germs. Here is a summary:
How to clean your iPhone
- Turn off your iPhone.
- If using a disinfectant wipe, gently wipe hard surfaces with the cloth.
- Make sure there are no liquids in the charging port or in other areas, such as the speaker grilles.
- If you don’t have a disinfectant wipe, consider using a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Do not use paper towels or other products that could scratch the screen.
- Do not spray cleaner directly on the phone and do not use anything with bleach.
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