Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, Apple Confirms That It's Okay to Clean Your iPhone With Disinfectant

Apple today updated its support document on cleaning Apple products with new information that confirms it's okay to to use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes for the purpose of cleaning germs from your devices.

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Prior to now, Apple's cleaning guidelines have recommended against all cleaners, warning that the chemicals have the potential to damage the oleophobic coating on iPhone and iPad displays. Apple still warns against aerosol sprays, ammonia, window cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, compressed air, and abrasives:

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don't use on fabric or leather surfaces.

Apple also says to avoid spraying cleaners directly onto your devices and to avoid getting moisture into the openings.

Apple's updated guidelines come as the coronavirus continues to spread around the world. Given that most people use their iPhones and other devices constantly, it's important to be able to disinfect them to cut down on virus spread through surfaces.

It's not entirely clear how long the virus lasts on surfaces, but various studies have found that it can survive on glass or plastic for as little as two hours or as long as nine days.

The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern tested Apple's new guidelines over the course of the last week. Using a new ‌iPhone‌ 8, she wiped the display 1,095 times with Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, the estimated equivalent of the number of times an ‌iPhone‌ might be cleaned over the course of three years.

After all the wiping, the oleophobic coating on the ‌iPhone‌'s display was in good condition with no perceived damage.

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Top Rated Comments

richpjr Avatar
56 months ago
Don't worry - nobody has any wipes in stock anywhere anyway!
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SantaFeNM Avatar
56 months ago

Since October 2019 between [B]20,000 – 52,000 [/B]have died from the Flu. BUT LETS CREATE MASSIVE PANIC AND HYSTERIA ABOUT CORONAVIRUS!!!! Such a joke... all politics and if you don't think so, reevaluate yourself.
The flu virus usually dies after 2 days on hard surfaces. The COVID-19 virus survives 9 days, so it is easier to come into contact with a live version of it. The regular flu kills 0.1% of people infected. COVID-19 kills 2.0 - 3.4% of people infected, which is 20 to 34 TIMES more deadly. If a normal flu season kills 20,000 people in the U.S., the COVID-19 virus would kill at least 20 times that amount, so 400,000 people. With the numbers you provided, and the real world numbers being seen with COVID-19, the number of Americans dying could be 1,040,000 to 1,768,000. Also it has to been taken into account how many people will be SERIOUSLY ill and need hospitalization to survive. You don't know if those dead or seriously ill will be you or a family member. Your demise could end up just a footnote in the history of the world pandemic of 2020. People are wise to be taking serious precautions.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coolfactor Avatar
56 months ago
I think Apple is trying to provide a bridge of reasonable ground for those concerned about cleaning. They would prefer you didn't use any harsh chemicals on your devices, but if you feel you must, they want to provide some guidance. Taming the panic.

The best course of action is to wash your hands after touching shared surfaces and don't touch your mouth. That will limit transmission.

Our bodies need to be exposed to bacteria and known viruses to build immunities, so there's a risk of our personal worlds becoming "too clean" and making future outbreaks even worse because our bodies are not ready. Don't clean too much, just be reasonable.


Since October 2019 between [B]20,000 – 52,000 [/B]have died from the Flu. BUT LETS CREATE MASSIVE PANIC AND HYSTERIA ABOUT CORONAVIRUS!!!! Such a joke... all politics and if you don't think so, reevaluate yourself.
Please stop with the downplaying. It's a serious situation with a lot of unknowns still. You'd re-evaluate yourself if you or a family member got seriously ill with the virus. Suddenly everything would look very different to you.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
arn Avatar
56 months ago

How important is is to wash your phone if nobody else ever touches it?

I can't remember the last time anybody other than my wife touched my phone for any reason whatsoever.
I think the point is your hands get dirty. And you use your iPhone. Then you remember to wash your hands but then start using your iPhone again, re-contaminating yourself.

arn
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Complex757 Avatar
56 months ago

Since October 2019 between [B]20,000 – 52,000 [/B]have died from the Flu. BUT LETS CREATE MASSIVE PANIC AND HYSTERIA ABOUT CORONAVIRUS!!!! Such a joke... all politics and if you don't think so, reevaluate yourself.
I really wish people would passing this around.

You think you're being smart, when you're really not. The coronavirus has existed for approximately three months.

The flu doesn't have between a 2 and 5% mortality rate. The flu's mortality rate is around 0.1%. The coronavirus has been closer to 5% here in America, largely due to Washington.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mousse Avatar
56 months ago

Do you wash your keys, credit card etc. ?
I never wash my credit card; that's money laundering.;) Okay, that's my dad joke for the day.:p
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)