iPhone XS Do you 'wash' your phone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by crislee, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. crislee macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2014
    Wash means just run it through tap water for few seconds and then wipe it clean with towel.

    I do, lol. why? because i don't use case and my hand sweats a lot, so i wash it every couple days to ensure the sweats won't eat up the bezel (I know the XS has a SS bezel, but prior to X, iPhone bezel is made of aluminum and my phone got some rust build up, but then iPhone 6 is not a waterproof phone, so I only wipe it with wet paper towel very gently)

    Anyone else?
  2. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
  3. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    You are risking damaging your phone. Warranty will not cover it.

    I would skip the water and just wipe it down at the end of the day.
  4. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I always do this on my Galaxy A5 since it’s IP68 rated. I use it outdoors as a field utility and it gets dirty. Whenever I get home, I simply wash it with water and soap and dry it with a cloth. The only thing that’s annoying is drying that USB-C port.

    I also wash my Apple Wath series 2 once in a while to clean out any sweat/skin dirt on it.

    I never do this on an iPhone before since I have not had an IP68/67 rated iPhone. My current one is the 6S :)
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    No, never. The only cleaning it gets is wiping with a dry cloth to remove fingerprints.
  6. Coffee_Time macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2017
    Yes. But not direct water jet on the ports. Also blew ports with air every time. In the past year I just spray it with alcohol all over, then wipe it. First I clean my case, then my back of the phone, then put it in the case, then clean the screen.
  7. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I only wash it with hot soapy water. Stuff like wet wipes are for babies.

    I hate cold showers and I'm sure my phone would too.
  8. crislee thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2014
    Lol. iPhone is 68 rated. No way water can damage the phone.
  9. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    Water resistance fades over time due to gaskets hardening.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 5, 2019 ---
    Soap will lower the surface tension of water. Areas like the mesh grill on the speakers and earpiece are designed prevent water entry based on water surface tension.

    That's why Apple says it's fine to shower with Apple Watch, but not expose it to soap or soapy water.
  10. BR4DOKYBrazil macrumors regular


    Jan 25, 2018
    I put it under the tap in running water, wiping my hand all over it. I do this from my Xperia Z, Z2, Z5, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone X and iPhone Xs. I've never had a problem. I do this once a week.
  11. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    If occasionally cleaning it with a baby wipe counts then yes. However I don’t wash it with water.
  12. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I dampen a paper towel with rubbing alcohol. Wipe it down. Then dry it. No risk of damage, disinfects and does an excellent job. Just make sure it is damp not dripping wet.
  13. iVegas macrumors 6502


    Nov 16, 2013
    I use Phonesoap to 'wash' my phone.

    If there's actually something on it a damp cloth is all I'll use.
  14. alpi123 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2014
    I use wet wipes and it works just as fine. Smells nice too.
  15. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida

    Sorry newbie, but you are wrong, but you just keep on washing!

    When it does leak Apple will LOL at you!
  16. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  17. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
  18. mollyc macrumors 68000

    Aug 18, 2016
    We also have a Phonesoap that we use occasionally. I admit this week to using some Clorox wipes on it quickly because I had the flu and carried my phone with me. But I have a case and a screen protector on it and made sure not to get the wipe on the openings, just the part my hands touched a lot. And then I immediately dried it off.
  19. C DM, Apr 5, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2019

    C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    "Shouldn't" and "no way" are different things.
  20. Ta0jin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2011
    I had my XS in my jeans pocket and accidentally put those pants in the washer after work and it went through a full wash cycle on hot water and it survived without damage and still works great! I'm still perplexed how that happened. So I don't know if that was a freak incident but I wouldn't recommend getting it wet often.
  21. NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    A cleaning fluid for coated lenses and microfiber. Most cases, can just use microfiber to clean.

    Worst case, water on a finger tip to wipe with. For example, at a restaurant, dip a finger into my water glass and moisten the smudge, wipe dry with the microfiber in my wallet.
  22. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I usually just wipe it with a microfibre cloth, but occasionally spray it with a cleaning solution meant for electronics. I would never put my iPhone under running water, but I do occasionally rinse my Apple Watch under the tap.
  23. AppleWes macrumors 6502


    Oct 9, 2013
    This is a great example of why iPhones are water resistant... Not designed to be underwater everyday like the topic is about. Life happens and glad your phone is still working great!

    To each his own though- for those who really want to risk $1,000+ loss, enjoy. Apple won't cover anything.
  24. cinnabun814 macrumors member


    Apr 2, 2018
    No buddy! That would give me a heart attack. I just use a lens wipe and wipe it down at the end of the day. Also a couple times a month take it out of the case and clean the back.
  25. EM2013 macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2013
    Tell them that exact comment when you take your inevitable trip to the Apple store.

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