One of the initial concerns for many iPad owners is how quickly iPad screens appear to fill with finger prints and smudge marks. Apple’s beautiful line of iPads look a bit less appealing when its covered in smudge marks and oily finger prints.
When showing off the device, and to keep it in optimal condition for as long as possible it is important to keep the iPad clean and safe. To keep the outer areas of the iPad safe it may be a good idea to invest in an iPad case.
How to Clean Your iPad Screen Without Damaging It
To keep your iPad screen clean you can follow the steps that Apple provides. They suggest to clean the iPad:
- unplug all cables and disconnect the iPad from any accessories or docks
- Turn off the iPad by holding the Sleep/Wake button and sliding the onscreen slider off
- Use a soft, slightly damp cloth but be sure to not allow moisture in any openings in the iPad
- DO NOT use window cleaners. These can damage the oleophobic coating on the iPad screen and reduce the functionality of the iPad over time
- Wipe the iPad in a circular motion and be sure that no sand, dirt, or dust is on the cloth used to whip the screen
The iPad Screen coating is designed to repel oil. That may be why finger prints show up so quickly on the screen. You can easily wipe them off with the lint-free cloth and have the iPad screen looking new and clean again.
What Is Safe To Clean An iPad Screen
If your iPad screen is particularly dirty or greasy, you can use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) on the cloth to help lift the dirt and grime. Apple also suggests you can use the following to clean your iPad:
- A 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe
- A 75% ethyl alcohol wipe
- Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
Use these cleaning methods on the hard, nonporous surfaces of your iPad, such as:
- The display
- The keyboard if you have a keyboard case
- Other exterior surfaces
Just be sure to use a very small amount and to avoid getting any liquid into the openings of the device. It is also important to avoid using any type of cleaner that contains ammonia, as this can damage the screen. Avoid using the following to clean your iPad screen:
- Window cleaners
- Household cleaners
- Compressed air
- Aerosol sprays
- Cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide
How To Remove Fingerprints Off Your iPad Screen
If you, or your children, have oily or greasy fingers you may notice fingerprint smudges on your iPad screen. To remove these we recommend starting with just a microfiber cloth and rubbing in a circular motion. If that doesn’t remove the fingerprints then you can use one of the recommended products to clean the screen that we listed earlier in the article.
As always, clean the iPad carefully and often so that it continues to look great and so that it retains its value over time.
Which iPads Will This Work On?
Cleaning your iPad screen with the instructions above should work on all versions of the iPad. This includes the iPads released in 2022 such as:
- iPad Pro
- iPad Air
- iPad Mini
If you follow the instructions above you’ll be able to keep your iPad screen clean without causing any damage.