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Keep coronavirus off your smartphone: Apple says disinfectant wipes are OK to use on iPhone

Keep coronavirus off your smartphone: Apple says disinfectant wipes are OK to use on iPhone
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With the coronavirus looming, everyone is stockpiling soap and washing their hands to the tune of Happy Birthday, but did you know that you should also be disinfecting your smartphone too? Luckily, Apple has come out to let users of the best smartphones know that they can disinfect their iPhones using disinfectant wipes without damaging their handsets. Given that Apple has spent the last decade trying to convince everyone to buy its fancy microfiber cloths and claiming anything else will damage the phone, it’s an abrupt about face.

Apple updated the How to clean your Apple products page on its website recently, stating that it is okay for users to clean their iPhone using either 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to clean the non-porous surfaces in your iPhone, such as the display and exterior casing. Apple was still clear to point out that you should avoid getting moisture into any of the opening or ports on your device and that you should never submerge it in any cleaning products.

As the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the US and across the globe, proper hygiene is essential to reduce your risk or catching or transmitting the disease. Speaking with Health, Charles Greba, PhD, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Arizona stated that "Cell phones are one of the dirtiest things we encounter daily."

Misinformation spreading like a virus

Governments and health care experts are also struggling with the torrent of misinformation that is spreading around the internet as quickly as the virus itself. Facebook recently announced it was banning adverts which claimed to have a cure for the virus, while also giving free adverts to the World Health Organisation to help educate people about the virus.

Smartphones aren’t the only devices that you should consider cleaning regularly though. Wearables like the best smartwatch and best fitness trackers are popular and wearers touch these devices countless times during the day, so it’s worth considering regular wipe downs with disinfectant wipes to keep these devices clean too.

Ian Stokes is a writer with a varied background - from academic publishing through to video games journalism. In fact the only thing he doesn't enjoy writing about is himself.