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    Hey everyone when I got my iphone last September the first thing I did was put it in an otterbox defender. Today I took it out of the case for the first time and I found dust had been accumulating in the speaker and mic holes at the bottom of the phone. Any idea how to clean dust out? I've tried blowing and shaking but it won't budge. It's really bugging me!
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    Default Re: Clean speaker and mic holes

    Try using cotton swabs.
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    Compressed air should take care of that.


    via the phone
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    We use small paint brushes like you might find at hobby lobby or other hobby stores.
    if the bristles are long cut them down bout half way.
    I also think home depot has some for detail work.
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    Maybe some AC/DC or Metallica at full volume?
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    Good old push of air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BleugrassBoy View Post
    Maybe some AC/DC or Metallica at full volume?
    Or 'gangsta rap', you could use it to 'scare' the dirt away.


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    Um, try warm, soapy water and a soft brush.


    just kidding... use compressed air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmSixNine View Post
    We use small paint brushes like you might find at hobby lobby or other hobby stores.
    if the bristles are long cut them down bout half way.
    I also think home depot has some for detail work.
    I use small paint brushes as well.
    Good Luck
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    Compressed air or paint brushes would be my guess
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    Use a can of compressed air that comes with an attachable straw.
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    The little brushes that come with Hearing Aid Cleaning kits works great for that. Actually, the kit has several useful cleaning tools that work great for iDevices.


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    I use a little vacuum made for keyboards I got for free on Black Friday at circuit city many a year ago. Also use a gittos rocket blaster I have for my DSLR.


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    A toothbrush does wonders. Add a little alcohol if necessary. As little as possible should do the trick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soren203 View Post
    Hey everyone when I got my iphone last September the first thing I did was put it in an otterbox defender. Today I took it out of the case for the first time and I found dust had been accumulating in the speaker and mic holes at the bottom of the phone. Any idea how to clean dust out? I've tried blowing and shaking but it won't budge. It's really bugging me!
    Hi I had the exact same problem I tried many things and eventually gave up then I came up with a soloution i got an old tooth brush cut the bristles very short and and rubbed it, all the dirt came loose and I just blew it out
    Worked just fine
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    Wouldn't compressed air just blow the dust into the internals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JacobWindsor21 View Post
    Wouldn't compressed air just blow the dust into the internals?
    The iPhone's internals are pretty well sealed off. I've been using compressed air to clean out the ports on my iPhones for years and any dirt and dust usually flies right out of the device.
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    But what if you don't have compressed air?I'm worrying because I have cake in my volume holes what other method could I use to get rid of it? And will the cake go internally inside the phone while cleaning the volume holes?
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    Default Re: Clean speaker and mic holes

    I got ketchup on my top speaker. Took a lightly damp cloth and cleaned it. I could hear again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by soren203 View Post
    Hey everyone when I got my iphone last September the first thing I did was put it in an otterbox defender. Today I took it out of the case for the first time and I found dust had been accumulating in the speaker and mic holes at the bottom of the phone. Any idea how to clean dust out? I've tried blowing and shaking but it won't budge. It's really bugging me!
    I don't know about the bottom speaker but the earpiece speaker at the top of my iPhone 6 Plus, I use a piece of duct tape, stick it on and push the tape into the speaker and pull it, do this a few times and it will make it good as new. I came up with that idea a few weeks ago when I pulled my iPhone out of its defender case. I did this because I work in construction and over time so much dust and debris got in there that I couldn't hear people in a phone call. I can hear them like the phone is new now. I still haven't figured out anything for the bottom speaker. But I will soon figure it out because I do not like the idea of blowing it into my phone, you can't tell me that blowing the dust with compressed air won't allow the dust to go in the phone.
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    You can use needle.I use it before and work pretty well.
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    I would try to get an air compresser can from the store. That would probably work the best.
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    Default Re: Clean speaker and mic holes

    So I had flat slime at the bottom of my speakers and I accidentally got it stuck and I'm very worried!!! Please someone help me
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    Another thing you could try is a toothpick...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooke Walker View Post
    So I had flat slime at the bottom of my speakers and I accidentally got it stuck and I'm very worried!!! Please someone help me
    What do you mean it got stuck? Did you get gook on it, then it dried? I got ketchup on my top speaker. I took a damp (not wet) cloth and cleaned it. Worked fine. I could hear again. A soft brush may help.
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