Clean Your iPad Screen

Update: iPad 2 owners can follow the instructions below for cleaning their iPad screen. The instructions and information applies to both the iPad 2 and the original iPad. Please let us know in the comments if you have any questions regarding cleaning your iPad or iPad 2 screen.

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 new beautiful device looks a bit less appealing when its covered in smudge marks and oily finger prints.

When showing off the device, and to keep it it optimal condition for as long as possible it is important to keep the iPad clean and safe. The steps and process is very similar to how to clean your iPhone screen. To keep the outer areas of the iPad safe it may be a good idea to invest in an iPad case. I personally like the clear silicone ones that keep the outside and back of the iPad free from scratches.

How to Clean Your iPad Screen

Apple recommends cleaning your iPad in one particular approach through the iPad User Guide (iPad Only Link) that can be found as a bookmark in Safari on your iPad.

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 or a cleaning solution like SQUEEGiT 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.

As always, clean the iPad carefully and often so that it continues to look great and so that it retains its value over time.