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How To Clean Phone Charging Ports: 10 Steps

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Regular use of your iPhone means it needs cleaning periodically. Dirt, lint and grime can enter cellphone ports no matter what. We don’t want our smartphones to stop charging efficiently or stop connecting to headphones only to discover that it only needs cleaning. Here at Case-Mate, we have come up with these 10 easy steps to clean the charging port of your iPhone.

1. Remove Your iPhone From the Charging Port

Remove the iPhone from the power station or charger to access the phone’s charging port. Gently unplugging smartphones from charging cables prevents harm to your iPhone’s port. 

2. Take Off the iPhone Case

Remove the iPhone 14 Po Max case or any other phone case from your iPhone. Taking off the phone cases allows easy access to the phone charging port. It will make it easier to clean the port, giving you a clear view of what is inside. You can inspect, clean and sanitize your smartphones and cases. 

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3. Inspect Your iPhone’s Charging Port

Unlike phone cases that protect smartphones from scratches and cracks, the charging ports are usually exposed. Regularly check your phone’s ports, and give it a thorough cleaning if you see any accumulated dust. Some manufacturers produce cases made of rubber materials that have closure flaps to protect ports.

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4. Turn Off Your iPhone

After inspecting your smartphone and seeing dirt and lint, turn the phone off. It is not safe to clean or sanitize iPhones while they are on. For your protection, keep your iPhone powered off until you finish.

5. Use Compressed Air to Clean iPhone

Using a can of compressed air is the safest way to clean your iPhone’s port. Hold the can upright but not too close to the port, and apply a few short blasts of air. You should see small particles falling out of the phone charging port. This is also an option if you need to clean your AirPods and AirPods case.

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6. Turn On Your iPhone

Turn on your iPhone after using compressed air. If there is no power, let it charge for a while and turn it on. If it is charging correctly, put your phone case back on. If the phone is still not charging, repeat the cleaning process. Proceed to step seven if this does not work, or you do not have a can of compressed air.

7. Clean the Port Using Safe Tools

Toothpicks and cotton swabs are some of the household items or alternatives for cleaning your iPhone’s charging port. Using a toothpick, apply gentle force and remove lint from phone ports. Be careful because port pins and connectors can be easily damaged when forcefully inserting a toothpick.

8. Drying Wet or Damp iPhone Ports

As debris can cause your phone not to charge, dampness and wetness have the same effect. Immediately unplug and turn off the phone if it is wet. Let it absorb water using cotton balls or clean cloths.

Position the phone with the charging port facing downward. Water can quickly drain, and airflow can circulate inside the port. Place the iPhone in a dry area for an hour or two.

9. Cleaning Corrosion From iPhone’s Charging Port

Corrosion can affect your smartphone’s charging port and can cause malfunctioning. It is common with older cellphone models, but it can also happen to later models. Powering your iPhone in wet conditions can cause corrosion on the port walls. You might be able to remove it using a cotton swab. If not, you may have to pay for repairs, costing over $100 for Apple iPhone ports.

10. Clean iPhone and Cases

One thing to know about how to clean your phone’s charging port is to never spray liquid cleansers directly into iPhones, their cases and inside ports. On the outside of the phone or case, use a lint-free cloth dampened with mild soap and water. You can also use disinfecting wipes, being extremely cautious not to let any cleaner near the port.

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Prevent Damage to iPhone’s Ports

At all costs, you want to prevent damage to your phone port and save on repairs. Accomplish this by regularly inspecting and cleaning your smartphone, and make sure to keep them protected with a Case-Mate iPhone 14 case, iPhone 14 plus case or whatever version you may have. While cleaning, do not forget about the charging port on your phone and cases. The safest way to clean is by using a can of compressed air. Keep it handy at the office and home.