How do I clean off the lint on my iPhone 7 speaker grills ?

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  1. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    I used to use compressed Air to keep them clean ( cosmetically drives me crazy what can I say ) until I found out that Apple doesn't recommend it's use due to a potential degradation in the device's dust- and water- resistance. Does anyone else have any ideas on how to clean those speaker holes in the bottom of the iPhone? Thanks.
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Would stop using compressed air for sure. Maybe a soft brush but there is really little you can do.

    Just try to relax and enjoy your phone.
     
  3. comics addict thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Noooooooo! Oh, the horror! Lol
    Seriously, I was afraid of this. :/
     
  4. Arnezie macrumors 65816

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    Please don't give sarcastic advice without saying "/s".

    Sometimes it is very difficult to read sarcasm on a forum.
     
  6. mklnz macrumors regular

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    It's water resistant isn't it? I'm sure a small amount of water and a brush or cotton swap won't hurt it
     
  7. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Tell that to the people that have walked in the rain with their 7 and it broke. Any water is a bad idea. A super soft brush is the best thing.
     
  8. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    Use Scotch Tape. Wrap a small piece sticky-side up into a cone. Poke the top of the cone into hole, which will grab the lint.

    It is time consuming to do this though. I did it once but stopped worrying about it.
     
  9. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    A soft dry paint brush should work to sweep the dust out.
     
  10. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

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    Blowing on it works for me. No reason to make a big deal out of it...
     
  11. Ta0jin macrumors 6502a

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    How might a little spray of compressed air degrade the water and dust resistance and if it does how strong can the IP-67 rating on it really be? And just for my knowledge can you post where apple says this?
     
  12. Andeddu macrumors newbie

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    I find blue tack cleans the grills perfectly. My 9 month old 6S has zero lint inside all the grills and it looks as new/clean as the day I got it. If you are to use my my method, make sure you stick a cold(ish) lump of blue tack onto a coaster or some other flat surface before pushing your phone quickly onto it and removing it a second or two after - do this otherwise the blue tack may stick to the grill itself.
     
  13. comics addict thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What should I do if dust gets on my iPhone?
    If dust or dirt gets on your iPhone, wipe it off with a soft, lint-free cloth—for example, a lens cloth. Make sure that your iPhone is free of dust before opening the SIM tray. Don't use cleaning products or compressed air.

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207043
     
  14. Ta0jin, Dec 21, 2016
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    Ta0jin macrumors 6502a

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    Hmmm.... Well what do you know it does say to not use compressed air but I don't see where it says it will compromise water and dust resistance. I'm still using my compressed air and until Apple adds water damage to the warranty I wont be getting my phone wet any time soon.
     
  15. Illumiiinati macrumors member

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    Putty worked for me.. I don't know what it called in ur city.. pressed on the top of the mesh. Success rate 90%
     

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