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cleaning your smartphone

Cleaning your smartphone, inside and out

Updated April 11, 2023

Now, more than ever, it’s important to take the time to clean your smartphone and other devices. Our phones travel everywhere with us. And along the way, they collect all kinds of bacteria. Luckily, there are plenty of safe and easy ways to properly clean your handheld tech and prevent the spread of germs.


Spring (smartphone) cleaning made easy

Here are some quick tips you can use:

Additionally, be sure to only use a soft, lint-free cloth. Other materials can scratch the device screen or surface. Don’t use harsh chemicals. This includes bleach, aerosol, or cleaners that contain hydrogen peroxide. And finally, don’t spray directly onto the device. Instead, spray on the cloth you plan to use.


Organizing apps, photos, and more

If you’ve noticed your device is running a little slow or you just want to clean up your home screen, organizing your apps can make a huge difference.

First, save all your most precious snapshots, videos, and digital documents. Use a service like Verizon Cloud to back up your photos. It’s good practice to regularly preserve your favorite memories just in case of phone loss or failure.

Next, go through all your apps and remove the ones you never use or no longer want. You can also sort through your camera roll and delete old photos, purge old contacts, and clear out your text messages.

Once you’ve cleaned up all your unwanted apps, it’s time to organize. Here are some different ways you can arrange your apps to best suit your daily life:

  • Group your apps into categories like Shopping, Finance, or Social Media
  • Put your most used apps at the front, like your Calendar or Messages apps
  • Organize your apps by icon color for easy navigation (plus it looks pretty cool)
  • Arrange your apps alphabetically in folders labeled with its corresponding letter


Swing by your nearest Cellular Sales store and speak to any of our wireless experts. They’re always available and eager to help you get the most out of your tech.


The industry leader for innovating the cellular retail landscape, Cellular Sales is the nation’s premier Verizon Authorized Retailer. Cellular Sales empowers more than 7,000 team members across nearly 800 locations to provide 1:1 customer service that tailors technology solutions for the evolving needs of businesses and consumers. Based in Knoxville, Tenn., Cellular Sales began as a single shopping mall kiosk, expanding over its 30-year history to Verizon’s largest volume producing retail partner. Known for providing world class customer and employee experiences, Cellular Sales has been named Verizon’s Agent of the Year both in 2021 and 2022. For more information on Cellular Sales, visit cellularsales.com.