How to Clean iPad Screen

Cleaning the iPad or any other tablet or smart device screen is something one has to do from time to time. This is true whether you want to improve the picture quality of your device or make it look much better.  Given how often we use tablets and smart devices, cleaning them from time to time should be a priority.Though iPad is highly powerful, it is easily scratched by daily use – water spills, fingerprints, smudges and it is also prone to scratches from external factors, cracked screen, sticky keys and damaged ports.

What you need to clean iPad screen

To clean your iPad, you’ll need:

  • Microfiber cloths (not paper towels), which are lint-free and won’t scratch the screen
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (99 percent pure), or a cleaning solution specifically made for computer screens
  • Cotton swabs

Start cleaning your iPad screen

If you have a dirty iPad screen, you know how annoying it is to see smudges, fingerprints and other dirt on the screen. Fortunately, cleaning the iPad screen is easy. Here are some tips for cleaning your iPad’s display:

Use a microfiber cloth

The best way to clean an iPad screen is with a microfiber cloth. These cloths are designed to be soft and lint-free, which helps them avoid scratching or leaving behind fibers on your device’s glass surface.

You can buy them at any department store or online retailer that sells electronics accessories. You can also use a cloth made specifically for cleaning electronic devices like phones and tablets (just make sure it doesn’t contain any chemicals).

Never spray directly

Spraying liquid directly onto your device’s display could cause water spots or damage its finish if left there for too long (even if it does eventually dry). If you want to use a spray cleaner on your device, spray it onto the microfiber cloth first and then wipe down the screen with that instead of spraying directly on it yourself.

Hold your iPad securely

If you don’t have a stand or holder for your iPad, use two hands when cleaning it. One hand holds the top of the device while the other hand cleans off the screen. This way, if something falls out of your hand or gets dropped, it won’t land on a corner or edge where it could break apart easily.

Unplug any cables

The most important thing to remember when cleaning your iPad screen is to unplug any cables from the device. This includes charging cables, headphones, and anything else that might be attached.

Power off your iPad

If you have a touchscreen, double-tap the Home button and swipe up on the app you are using.

If you have a physical keyboard, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until you see the red slider. Slide to power off.

Clean away the dirt and dust

If your iPad is smudged with fingerprints, spit out some water on a cotton ball and wipe it down with that. Then dry off any moisture from the screen with another cotton ball so that no water drips into the device’s ports or openings.

If you have an iPhone SE, 5S or older iPad mini, there are two ways you can clean your display. Use a small piece of tape to pick up lint or dust particles from behind the glass touch surface; then use compressed air to blow them away from the device.

Cleaning a touchscreen with a cloth

Cleaning a touchscreen with a cloth can be onerous, but it’s important for maintaining the screen’s clarity and responsiveness. Cleaning a touchscreen with a cloth can be onerous, but it’s important for maintaining the screen’s clarity and responsiveness.

To clean your iPad’s screen, use a microfiber cloth or a lint-free cloth. If you’re using a microfiber cloth, make sure to get one that doesn’t contain any lint or dust particles, these will scratch the screen if they touch it.

If you’re using a lint-free cloth, make sure that it isn’t too abrasive. You can also use an anti-glare screen protector in place of a traditional case to protect your iPad’s display from scratches and smudges caused by finger oils and other debris.

Cleaning with a cleaning solution

Cleaning your iPad screen is simple if you know how to do it right.

  • The first thing you need to do is get some microfiber cloths or brushes. You can buy these at any electronics store or online. They are usually made of synthetic fibers, so they won’t scratch your screen when you wipe it down.
  • The next step is to get some cleaning solution. You can buy this at most stores as well, but if you don’t want to spend money on something that may not work, you can use water and a little bit of dish soap (make sure it doesn’t contain abrasives).
  • Also make sure you’re using distilled water for your device; tap water has chemicals in it that can damage your iPad over time. To clean your screen, start by turning off the device and then removing any cables connected to it (like headphones or chargers).
  • Wipe down the entire surface of your iPad with the cleaning solution using one of the cloths or brushes mentioned above until all visible dirt has been removed from the surface area. Make sure not to let any liquid seep into any openings on either side of your device


Make sure you use the right equipment and procedure to clean your iPad screen, as some substances can damage it. Cleaning the iPad screen is necessary from time to time, though you shouldn’t have to do it often. You can clean it with a soft cloth that won’t leave behind any lint or damage the screen. Avoid paper towels, tissues, and other household items, because they can scratch the screen. A microfiber cloth might scratch or leave lint on the screen. It is best to use a combination of glass cleaner and lint-free cloth.