How to clean your iPad’s screen without damaging It

To clean your iPad’s screen, wipe it in circular motions with a clean microfiber cloth.

If a dirty spot won’t come out, you can lightly dampen the cloth with water or 70% isopropyl alcohol. The iPad has an oleophobic screen, making it easy to wipe away oily smudges.

If you’ve owned your iPad for more than a week, you’ve noticed that it doesn’t look nearly as good as when it first came out of the plastic. Fingerprint smudges, dust specks, grease streaks – it’s hard to keep a device clean.

Luckily, iPads are easy to clean. Here’s a full guide on the Do’ and Don’ts of cleaning your iPad.

Don't use heavy cleaning products on your iPad.

Don’t use heavy cleaning products on your iPad.

  • Firstly, make sure your device is unplugged and turned off.
  • With a soft lint-free cloth – a microfiber cleaning cloth that you can find on Amazon is ideal – wipe the iPad’s screen with small circular motions. The iPad’s screen is oleophobic, meaning that any oils or fingerprints should come off easily.

A microfiber cloth should work just fine for cleaning off dust, grease, and fingerprints.

A microfiber cloth should work just fine for cleaning off dust, grease, and fingerprints.

  • If necessary, lightly dampen the cloth with water or 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.
  • If you do this, make sure to only wipe the hard and non-porous surfaces (the casing and display).
  • This should also help if something is stuck on your iPad’s screen, like a piece of dirt. Just make sure to dampen the cloth itself – don’t pour or spray water directly onto the iPad.

If you’ve used a wet cloth, you can polish the screen afterwards with a dry microfiber cloth.

Maya Kachroo-Levine contributed to a previous version of this article.