How to Clean Phone Charging Port Properly (Easy Steps)

Learn how to clean your smartphone charging port with easy-to-follow steps.



Here are the steps you should take to properly clean phone charging ports safely and properly.

Surprisingly, one of the most common reasons users face problems charging their phones is – dust.

You might have plugged in the charger after checking your phone's low battery. But after an hour or two, you notice the battery indicator hasn't changed. The first thing you are very likely to do is to blame the charging cable.

However, the issue may lie somewhere you aren't noticing – dust inside your Android or iPhone charging port. Don't worry, as using cotton swabs or some compressed air is all you need to sort the problem.

Read on to find out how!

Why Is It Important to Keep Charging Ports Clean?

Even if your entire smartphone looks clean, the charging port can get real dusty without you noticing it. A USB-C port or an iPhone's port tends to collect dust and lint inside. And when you connect it to the charger, it might push the dirt further inside, causing charging problems. 

This is because no electrical connection is established between the charger and your smartphone. As a result, you can't charge your phone properly even after plugging it in for hours. Even if it does charge, it is extremely slow.

So, instead of pinning it all on your lightning cable, it's time to inspect your device and clean out the dirt. You can use a bright flashlight or turn on your phone's LED bulb to check the dust.  

Steps to Clean Out Dust From Charging Ports

After catching the main culprit of your charging issues - dust - you have to take precautionary measures to clean your smartphone. In addition, you have to go step by step to clean out all the debris from your charging ports. Let's look at the steps in detail.

Step 1: Gather the Required Materials 

The first step in cleaning the charging ports is to gather all essentials, which you might easily find right at home:

  • Some cotton swabs 
  • A thin toothpick with a sharp end 
  • A can of compressed air 
  • Some isopropyl alcohol
  • A ball of cotton

Along with all these items, you need to ensure that you perform the cleanup in a dust-free location. Try doing it on a clean table in a room with sufficient lighting. Also, switch off your phone before cleaning the charging port. 

Caution: Never insert anything harder than a wooden toothpick into the charging port as it may damage the delicate electronics in the port.

Step 2: Use the Cotton and Toothpick

You can wrap some cotton on your toothpick to make it a cotton swab. So, take a little bit of cotton from the ball and hold it in your hand. Then, insert the toothpick and twist it until it wraps the cotton on its tip. 

  • Insert the toothpick in the port to clean out the dust particles slowly.
  • If you think the toothpick isn't fitting inside the port, try reducing the amount of cotton on top.
  • Also, be careful with the small pins inside the port, as they might break while cleaning.

Step 3: Clean Out Dust Using the Cotton Swab

If the toothpick doesn't work for you, you can use the cotton swab to clean out your pores instead. But make sure that the swab's cotton end is thin and can get easily inside the port. 

  • Pour some isopropyl alcohol into a small bowl and dip the cotton swab into it.
  • Gently rub the cotton swab along the sides of the charger port.
  • Don't just start jabbing and slowly move it along the inner walls of the port to remove the dirt.
  • You might have to repeat the process several times to get the port absolutely clean.

While performing the process, ensure that the cotton swab is damp but not wet. It will prevent any liquid from getting inside the charger port and causing damage.

Step 4: Blow Some Compressed Air 

Using compressed air is one of the easiest methods to remove dust particles from charger ports. The best part? You can easily get compressed air cans online and offline.

  • Hold your phone in your left hand and tilt it up.
  • When your charger port faces the nozzle, blow compressed air to loosen the dirt.
  • Maintain a steady nozzle while blowing short bursts of compressed here for 1 to 2 seconds.
  • Repeat the process until all the dirt is blown away!

Make sure the nozzle is thin to get more air into the phone's charging port. 

Note: Avoid blowing too much air into the port, damaging the internal circuits.

Step 5: Use a Bare Toothpick

This is a step you need to perform after you've tried everything, and still, there's some dost left in the port. But remember, you have to use a bare toothpick with extreme caution and patience. 

  • Tilt your phone a little downwards and gently scratch the inner walls of the phont's charging port.
  • Use only the tip of the toothpick.
  • Do this without applying much pressure on the port.
  • Shake your smartphone a little until all the dust particles fall off.

Tips to Keep Your Phone Clean

When you try to keep your phone clean, your charging ports automatically stay dust-free. Here are some tips for smartphone cleanliness – 

  • Even if you have a phone case, it's best to keep your smartphone pocketed to keep it clean.
  • When using your smartphone, try to place it on a clean and dustless surface.
  • While keeping it in a bag, keep it upside down so that the port isn't exposed to dust.
  • Every week, perform the cleanup process to avoid too much dust accumulation inside the phont's charging ports.

Things not to do for keeping your phone clean

  • Avoid keeping the phone inside books or places where it might be exposed to dirt.
  • Don't use sharp objects like safety pins. 
  • Don't put your phone into rice as rice can get into your phone's charging port or headphone jack.

Summing Up 

With the cleaning strategies above, your charging ports will be forever clean! While cleaning the ports, remember not to blow into them with your mouth as it will add moisture to the charging port. It is essential to prevent water droplets or vapor from your mouth to enter the port. 

After every cleanup step, connect your phone to the charger and try recharging it. If it still fails, there might be a technical problem with the charging cable or the adapter. You might need to visit the service center in that case.

Check out this article if your iPhone lightning port has water and follow the steps to get water out of the charging port

Or, try using wireless chargers to charge your phones when the charging port is not working. With multiple-device wireless charging stands, you can even charge your phone, watch, and AirPods at the same time. Super convenient. 

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