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

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  1. darksithpro macrumors 6502

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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.
     
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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 Core

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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 Penryn

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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.
     
  8. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

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    I use compressed air and it works fine
     
  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 Penryn

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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.
     
  13. Glitch_FACE macrumors newbie

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    What if there is hard packed dirt in your port?
    is there any way to fix
     
  14. Five_Oh macrumors regular

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    Wow. What is your use case that you get hard packed dirt in your port?

    Have you tried some of the previous suggestions, such as a wooden toothpick yet? I would try that and then evaluate whether you need to do something more...radical.
     
  15. Glitch_FACE macrumors newbie

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    I ended up finding a solution from a friend. I took about 30 cotton ear bud batons and just slowly and steadily lightly wetted them with my tongue and used them to get the dirt out. It took half an hour.

    I have NO IDEA how this happened, because I was able to charge it perfectly well the previous night.
    Still, problem solved I guess?
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    Always try toothpick as well, make sure to apply little force and it usually removes the majority of debris.
     
  17. puma1552 macrumors 603

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    Never had anything build up in any port on any phone. Would probably just gently blow on it though.
     
  18. Ta0jin macrumors 6502a

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    You used your saliva?..... o_O Remind me to never use your charger!
     
  19. TC_GoldRush macrumors 6502

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    A can of compressed air will do the trick in a jiffy! It's what I use anyways...
     

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