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How to clean your iPad screen

Is your iPad getting a little gross? Let's fix that.

Published onFebruary 27, 2023

Cleaning your touchscreen devices is a good habit to get into. Keeping the screen relatively free of dirt and grime can prolong the life of your device. It will also keep your devices presentable in front of others. Let’s go over how to clean an iPad screen.


To clean your iPad screen, turn your iPad off. Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the screen. If necessary, lightly dampen the microfiber cloth with water or a mixture of water and white vinegar. Dry your device before turning it on again.


What to use to clean your iPad screen

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There aren’t many dos and don’ts when it comes to ridding your iPad of dirt and debris. However, what you use to clean it can be of significant consequence.

What not to use

Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. That way, you’ll know what to avoid.

Never use window cleanershousehold cleanerscompressed airaerosol sprayssolventsammoniaabrasives, or cleaners that contain hydrogen peroxide. This also includes eyeglass cleaners.

When cleaning your iPad’s touchscreen, you must consider the integrity of the display and the water-resistant coating. Cleaning solutions containing harsh chemicals or alcohol can damage the glass and deteriorate the oleophobic coating. Compressed air can send abrasive particles skittering across the display quicker than it can heal itself, thereby scratching the surface of the glass.

What to use

To clean your iPad, all you need is a microfiber cloth. If you find the dirt and grime too stubborn, lightly dampen the cloth with a very small amount of water or a half-and-half mix of water and white vinegar. Less is more with the dampened cloth route.

How to clean your iPad screen

  1. Power off your iPad.
  2. Wipe down your iPad’s screen with a microfiber cloth. If you find the screen isn’t getting any cleaner, lightly dampen the cloth with a minimal amount of water or a half-and-half mix of water and white vinegar. Wipe down the screen once more.
  3. If you used a dampened microfiber cloth, dry the screen with a separate microfiber cloth or a dry area of your current one.
  4. Once the screen is completely dry, you can safely turn on your device again.

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