How to clean a smartphone lens

If you’re anything like I used to be, your smartphone lens is one of the most neglected parts of your mobile device.


Is it important to keep the smartphone lenses clean?

We normally buy a nice protective case, we often wipe the front screen (because we look at it all the time) and we’re careful to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.

But, it’s very unlikely we really pay attention to lenses. And it’s very often forgotten when your trying to discover why your smartphone camera photos are blurry.

Because of the nature of having a camera on your smartphone, the lenses are bound to pick up smudges from your fingers and debris from your pocket, or bag.

So, let’s get into it…


Here’s how to keep them clean.

Blow Away Dust and Debris:

Before you wipe the lens, gently blow on it to remove any loose dust, or other particles. Smartphone lens makers use pretty resilient glass, but blow the dust away first, so you don’t scratch the lens when you wipe it.

Use a Soft Microfibre Cloth:

Microfibre cloth

The best tool for cleaning smartphone lenses is a clean, microfibre cloth.

The kind you get with eye glasses is ideal. They’re small and light, so you can carry them easily even if you don’t have a bag with you.

If you don’t have a microfibre with you, at a push you can use your T-shirt, or any piece of CLEAN cloth.

Wipe Gently:

Lightly and gently wipe the lens in a circular motion. If you’ve followed the first step, and blown away the dust first, you can gently breathe onto the lens to create some moisture.

The moisture will help the microfibre cloth lift any oil that your fingers can leave on the glass.


Final Thoughts:

One of the most common reasons for blurry pictures, is a fingerprint smudge on the smartphone lens.

It can’t be helped. We handle our smartphone dozens of times a day and it’s inevitable that we’re going to touch the lens sometimes.

A quick 20 second clean can make all the difference 🙂

If you want to get more tips, I answer 25 popular questions in this earlier article.

Until next week, stay sharp!


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