It is not news that our smartphone devices are more exposed to germs than any other item we use. We spent the whole day with our handsets expose them to the dust outside, the food smudges in our hands, even with grease on our hands we still check our Facebook notifications, most users can’t even go to the toilet without their smartphones. With reports saying that over 25,000 germs can be found on handsets alone, which sounds much worse than the dirt we are likely to find on our toilets, but how exactly does someone keep our smartphones clean without causing damage, especially if you are not lucky to have a waterproof device? Here are some tips that will not only maintain the outlook of your device but will also give you both safe and thorough ways to keep your phone hygienic:

Stay away from cleaning chemicals

While the aim of this article is to encourage to keep your smartphone as clean as possible, using chemicals for that purpose will do more damage than good.  Strong chemicals are likely to taint your phone’s cover and even possibly damage the outer protective layer coated by device manufacturers. If it is really necessary to clean your handset with liquid, only use minimal distilled water. This should be done only while your phone is switched off to avoid water damage.

Only use a microfiber clothing

While using a tissue to clean our smartphones generally works, it does not completely wipe out all the dirt. This is because, most of the times you have used a tissue or rather a paper towel you’ve probably seen tiny fibers or particles left behind on the spaces or buttons of your device. Rather than cleaning your device, it just makes it harder to clean your device afterwards. Microfiber are more sensitive to your devices. Simply use one to wipe the screen and all other parts of your phone and you will see a noticeable difference. For tougher stains simply a tiny smear of distilled water onto your cloth and wipe it clean.

Cotton swabs reach tiny spaces

While cleaning the external surface is easy, the real work comes when trying to reach beneath the surface or the gaps on the edges and sides of your smartphone. Use the same method as you would with a microfiber and only use water when you absolutely need to.

A compressed air can will also come handy

Popularly used in the office to blast away the dirt on keyboards, computers PCs, laptops and other technology devices, they work the same way on smartphone cleaning. This easily gets out the dirt on your device that is just impossible to reach.

Alcohol in very little quantity can be helpful

This is especially for those who feel that using a disinfectant is a complete necessity. Unlike water, alcohol is likely to cause less damage because of its ability to dry out quickly, reducing chances of reaching the vital parts of your phone.

Scotch tape is also an alternative

As you might have guessed the scotch tape works by simply peeling away the dirt. Stick it on any parts of your device with dirt, either between keys or the area with lots of fingerprints.How do you keep your smartphone or tablet from pesky germs? Share your ideas on our comments section below.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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