The general panic caused by the spread of coronavirus actually looks rather strange. In any case, neither swine nor bird flu, which, incidentally, was re-classified by the World Health Organization from an epidemic into a pandemic, unlike coronavirus, did not cause such a violent reaction in society and did not provoke a halt in production, not to mention the ban on air travel . Against this background, even disinfection of the iPhone looks for granted and perhaps the least of what people can do to protect themselves from infection. Therefore, Apple gave up and explained how to properly handle their branded smartphones.
Apple has always been fairly conservative about cleaning the iPhone and recommended refraining from using chemicals, warning that they could damage the oleophobic coating of the screen, glass and other body materials. However, as coronavirus spread in Cupertino, they began to gradually change their attitude towards disinfection as such and began to treat it more loyally. As a result, the company even updated the section of its website devoted to cleaning branded devices, where it told how to sanitize iPhone from coronavirus, as a rule.
How to clean your iPhone
Although Apple still strongly opposes aerosols, ammonia, window cleaners, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and even compressed air, Cupertino recommends using a 70 percent solution of isopropyl alcohol or Clorox disinfectant wipes to disinfect. The main message of the company is that the danger of coronavirus continues to increase as it spreads around the world and it is very important to keep your devices clean, since they can act as carriers of the disease.
- If you have Clorox wipes or similar, great. Just wipe them with the body of the smartphone, its ends, display, camera and all non-porous areas. But it’s better not to go into the speaker, microphone and other holes to avoid getting moisture there.
- If you use isopropyl solution, apply it to a soft, lint-free cloth so that it is slightly damp, and perform the same manipulations described above. This will not only remove contamination, but also disinfect the device, killing the virus if it gets on the surface of the case.
- If it is not possible to remove the contamination, you can use a soap solution. Apple does not recommend washing the iPhone under the tap, but it allows you to dampen the cloth in such a solution and wipe the contaminated surface, avoiding moisture from entering the porous areas, since flooded devices are not subject to warranty service.
With covers, the situation is somewhat more complicated. Apple does not recommend cleaning leather cases in principle, warning that any attempt to disinfect cases made from natural materials can lead to changes in their structure and color. Nevertheless, silicone and plastic cases can still be processed. The same rules apply for them as for the iPhone: wipe with a damp, lint-free cloth and a solution of isopropyl alcohol. And attempts to clean accessories with other means can lead to their damage and loss of properties or presentation.
Do i need to sanitize the background
Is iPhone Disinfection Practical? Probably yes. The fact is that the virus, according to various researchers, can live on surfaces from a couple of hours to 9 days, which means that if it somehow (and there are really a lot of ways) gets onto the body of our smartphone, there is a very high risk of infection, because we constantly either hold the device in our hands, or apply it to the face, from where it can enter the body through the mucosa. No wonder Apple in the newly opened Apple Store in China introduced the rule of hand disinfection before using window-dressing equipment, and also obliged store employees to wipe the device after each contact with the visitor.