How do I clean the ports from dust?

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  1. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    Does someone now how to effectively clean up the headphone & lighting ports along with the speaker & microphone to remove all debris/dirt that gets stuck in there? I haven't been able to come up with a solution that would do so effectively to make it look good as new. Have tried using compressed Air as one does for cleaning the fan and internals of a MacBook but haven't seen any difference that it would make. Spoke to Apple support and recommended a cue tip but I don't know that I know of any that small that could get in the microphone and speaker openings not to mention that I just might add more debris in there. Any suggestions that won't damage the phone?
     
  2. rgarjr, Feb 5, 2016
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    maybe a toothpick to get pocket lint out on the deep ports. Use a brush to clean the speaker holes.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I use a toothpick, then an old toothbrush to dig out the odd bit of pocket lint that sometimes jams into the ports, etc.
     
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  5. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    I haven't had issues with the ports themselves using canned air. Things like the lightning and headphones port do get scuffed up inside though. So if you use those ports and are looking into them, they visually won't look brand new ever again. As far as the speaker grills, I use a very lightly moistened Q-Tip. Works great.
     
  6. rugmankc Contributor

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    Compressed Air and Electronics Spray Cleaner (Radio Shack)

    Other things could scratch finish
     
  7. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    Instead of worrying about something like this, I would just get outside more often and breath some fresh air.
     
  8. MecPro, Feb 6, 2016
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    I realised my iPhone wasn't charging properly and I thought it was a Lightning port problem, so I called Apple and arranged a repair.

    My colleague then just split a toothpick in 2, then went to work inside the port and pulled out so much fluff, it was disgusting lol. But it worked totally fine, I even forgot that the charger clicks into the Lightning port!
     
  9. Ta0jin macrumors 6502

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    Get a really soft bristled paint brush. I got one at Michaels and it cleans the port great and no scratches.
     
  10. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    And don't forget to check the headphone jack for pocket lint before you plug anything in there. There have been numerous times when I've looked and found a huge piece of lint stuffed in there.
     
  11. comics addict thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I will worry about this alright when it can, with enough time & device may care attitude, render a $800 plus phone defective if not taken the proper care... Wonder how you make sure to take care and maintain a car if you need one where you live...

    Luckily I checked and with a little of compressed air managed to completely leaving it looking like new. :)
     
  12. RadioGaGa1984 macrumors 65816

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    Turn your pockets out when you wash your pants and jeans.
     
  13. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    That's a good idea. I've never though of that.
     
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    I would never use metal in any connector. Scratching and shorting out the contacts is not a great idea. :(
     
  16. wproct macrumors 6502

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    I use a pipe cleaner purchased at a tobacco store. It has a metal wire in it, but has enough fiber around it that you wont make contact with the metal unless you use a lot of pressure. I bend it in a loop at the end so that there is no exposed metal at the end of the cleaner.
     
  17. Wildo6882 macrumors 6502

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    I use canned air, Q-Tips, and artist brushes.
     

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