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

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by darksithpro, Mar 5, 2017.

  1. darksithpro macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2016
    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?
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    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

    Oct 27, 2016
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
  5. borgsauce macrumors regular


    Dec 18, 2016
    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

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    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

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  8. CTHarrryH macrumors 65816

    Jul 4, 2012
  9. CrownVic macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2016
    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


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    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

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Very clever. I will remember this for next time.
  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    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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