What's the safest way to clean your charging port?

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  1. darksithpro macrumors regular

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    When dirt gets inside your iPhone charging port and you start having connection/charging issues what's the best/safest way to clean it? Old toothbrush, cotton swabs, or something else? Will rubbing alcohol damage the phone?
     
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    Last time mine started having problems I gently poked at it with a straightened paper clip (not a metal one!). I was soon able to "hook" a big ball of lint and it all came out in one go. Just be very gentle; you don't want to damage any of the pins.
     
  3. darksithpro thread starter macrumors regular

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  5. borgsauce macrumors regular

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    I would think a tiny amount of Isoprop in a cotton and toothpick would do just fine, the alcohol evaporates real quick.
     
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    Most the junk in the charging port is just compressed lint and does not require alcohol. I gently use a wood toothpick!
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    I don't necessarily know if this is a recommendation or not, but I have use compressed air which has worked for me before. And I don't mean the compressed air that you use for duster on computers. I mean compressed air coming out of the compressor with a needle point that has worked very well.
     
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  9. CrownVic macrumors regular

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    I've been using a thumb tack lol. Its a sharp end, but it works and hasn't caused any problems
     
  10. ftaok macrumors 603

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    I typically take a post-it note and cut a strip that's a little narrower than the opening. I stick the sticky end into the port and move it around. This method will pull out loads of lint and other stuff.
     
  11. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Very clever. I will remember this for next time.
     
  12. cynics macrumors G4

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    Toothpick (very gently) and a dust buster. Basically get stuff loose and suck it out. Seems to work alright for me.
     

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