Cleaning iPhone screen?

iphonefreak450

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I constantly have these fingerprint and smudges on my screen since it is so humid and I despite cleaning it with a microfiber cloth, I still get this film all over my screen...

Is there a better way of doing this?

Thanks
 

C DM

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Just the reality of using a device like that. You could potentially get a screen protector of some sort that might help with that, but even that would likely get smudges and the like as well as you use the phone.
 
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canuckRus

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I constantly have these fingerprint and smudges on my screen since it is so humid and I despite cleaning it with a microfiber cloth, I still get this film all over my screen...

Is there a better way of doing this?

Thanks

Possibly the iRoller on Amazon of use?
 
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yanki01

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oh boy - afraid that comes with everyday use of using your fingers and hands on these pesky little fingerprint magnets.
 
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eyoungren

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If I intend to clean my screen (usually not often) I use eyeglass cleaner. Spray on (avoid the speaker hole) wipe off with a microfiber cloth.

Of course, the moment you touch the screen your fingerprints are back (which is why I don't do this very often). But it will remove the film you speak of.
 
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Relentless Power

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I take a nice deep breath, put my phone to my mouth and breathe out. Then I take the phone and rub it on my shirt. I wear either white t-shirts or soft polos so it works pretty well.

Could never stand those microfiber cloths - they just seem to spread it around.
If it's a quality microfiber cloth, it shouldn't leave behind remnants of fibers. The one's I use are from an auto part store and work really well, but they are more of high quality.
 
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Ralfi

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If it's a quality microfiber cloth, it shouldn't leave behind remnants of fibers. The one's I use are from an auto part store and work really well, but they are more of high quality.
Yeah my first wipe is with a car detailing microfibre cloth, but it's a few years old, so it leaves behind tiny fibres that can be seen at certain angles.

So what I started doing a while ago was give it a second wipe with a higher quality microfibre cloth which came with a set of home theatre speakers I purchased.

Every night before bed & use these two cloths & the screen's like new.

I also have a screen protector which does a good job of minimising smears through the day (best skins ever).
 
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Samantha124

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I have to admit I use a soft T-shirt or something, and rubbing alcohol. I pour the alcohol in an empty glasses cleaner spray bottle. I know people say it’s terrible for your screens but I’ve been doing this since the iPhone 4 and no issues. I can’t help it, phones can get so germy. :rolleyes:
 
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GrumpyMom

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I have to admit I use a soft T-shirt or something, and rubbing alcohol. I pour the alcohol in an empty glasses cleaner spray bottle. I know people say it’s terrible for your screens but I’ve been doing this since the iPhone 4 and no issues. I can’t help it, phones can get so germy. :rolleyes:
I had to use isopropyl alcohol once to get off this nasty residue left behind by a screen protector and it didn't seem to do any harm to my 7 Plus. It's not something I do often, but when I had the flu I gave my iPhone an alcohol wipedown. Most cases I use are also washable.
 
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ZEEN0j

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Doesn't isopropyl alcohol remove the oleophobic coating? So don't use it unless it's already worn. I just rub on my shirt, works really well.
 
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Stefan johansson

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Doesn't isopropyl alcohol remove the oleophobic coating? So don't use it unless it's already worn. I just rub on my shirt, works really well.
Rubbing on shirt is perfect,as long as the shirt is completely clean. One very very small piece of hard dirt,like gravel or concrete dust,and you might be unlucky enough to get a scratched screen.
Of course,this might not be a big problem to most of us,but it can happen.
 
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ZEEN0j

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Rubbing on shirt is perfect,as long as the shirt is completely clean. One very very small piece of hard dirt,like gravel or concrete dust,and you might be unlucky enough to get a scratched screen.
Of course,this might not be a big problem to most of us,but it can happen.
It used to bother me more. And I do have micro scratches on my whole screen but only visible in the right angles. Not sure if it's my shirts or my leather sleeve I use for work (carpenter, I don't clean my screen on my shirt when at work) that has caused it. I've always used lifeproof before but skipped that this time with my 7. But you have a point. But I'm too impatient when I have a greasy screen, looks disgusting. So I always rub it quick when it's dirty (haha).
 
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Stefan johansson

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It used to bother me more. And I do have micro scratches on my whole screen but only visible in the right angles. Not sure if it's my shirts or my leather sleeve I use for work (carpenter, I don't clean my screen on my shirt when at work) that has caused it. I've always used lifeproof before but skipped that this time with my 7. But you have a point. But I'm too impatient when I have a greasy screen, looks disgusting. So I always rub it quick when it's dirty (haha).
Does not really bother me either,as a few scratches more or less on a well used phone is natural,but for some people this could be a problem. I use phone at work too,but not all the time. The most frequent dirt for me at work,is grease and mineral oil (work in Norwegian oil industry),and at home it's usually fish slime,deer blood or beer stains,most of it easy to wipe off.
 
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Skika

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I splash it under the sink every two days or so, let it drip to my iPad screen and then clean both with a MF cloth.

Worked well so far.
 
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