Cleaning your iPod

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by avilla86, Oct 10, 2010.

  1. avilla86 macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    I've had my new iPod touch 4 for a few weeks now and I am already starting to notice dirt and dust build up on the inside of the port where you plug the USB cable into. What is the proper way to clean these connections without damaging the iPod?
  2. tubemonkey macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2009
  3. Lostanddamned macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2009
    London, UK
    I've found that compressed air indeed works well...
  4. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    what conditions are u using it in that it's dirty ALREADY?? I've had ipods (11 of them) over the last 6+ years and have NEVER had any appreciable dirt build-up in the port. Perhaps you are just a bit OCD? or are you using it in adverse conditions??
  5. Gillesmassin macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2010
  6. avilla86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    I won't rule out the OCD part. My iPod lives in a belkin grip vue case and I even have a screen protector on the chrome to keep it from getting scratched or dirty. The iPod never leaves my pocket so some of the dust is probably lint. I also run 2 miles a day but I'm not sure that affects it at all. Also I live in the CA central valley, a huge dust bowl, everything here is dusty.

    I've seen pens at radioshack that have cleaning solution in them that are specifically made for cleaning electrical contacts. I would make sure the iPod is turned off before using it so long as it works and doesn't hurt the pod. I will def try canned air as well. Any other suggestions?
  7. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    ah, I've driven through the Central valley many times, so I know what you mean about the dust. and of course, keeping it in a pocket leads to lots of link accumulation. My touch is either in a leather folio, or a silicone case, and it seldom goes in a pocket, so that probably accounts for our different experiences with how clean our devices stay.

    I'd try vacuuming out the port, rather than blowing into it, btw.
  8. applemike macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2008
    Just use blu-tac, stick it in and pull it out, gets most of the bits out, make sure you get all of the blu0tac out though.
  9. LeighAnna Jones macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2010
    Toothpick? Q-tip?

    Either Way, once it's clean, buy some plastic plugs for it.
  10. avilla86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2010
    Plastic plugs, genius!!! Where can I buy them?
  11. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Here, for one.
  12. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009
    those look like a good idea.
  13. emilyspears macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2010
  14. tablo13 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2010
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I don't think picking out with toothpicks is a good idea... it can cause holes between the screen and bezel and cause a big light leak.
  15. soliddrain macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2010
    To clen the I pad :-
    1.Select a suitable cleaning cloth.
    2.Set the iPod down onto a suitable cleaning spot.
    3.Prepare the iPod for cleaning.
    4.Dampen the cloth
    5.Use the damp cloth to wipe over the iPod
    6.Wipe the back of the iPod.
    7.Dry the iPod
    8.Keep the iPod clean by inserting it into an iPod case for storage and travel use, where relevant.
  16. dave1812dave macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2009

    we are talking about the touch here--not the "I pad". :)

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