1. soren203's Avatar
    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!
    03-23-2014 12:43 PM
  2. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Try using cotton swabs.
    03-23-2014 12:46 PM
  3. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Compressed air should take care of that.


    via the phone
    03-23-2014 12:48 PM
  4. IAmSixNine's Avatar
    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.
    TurboTiger likes this.
    03-26-2014 02:46 PM
  5. BleugrassBoy's Avatar
    Maybe some AC/DC or Metallica at full volume?
    jbmaglunog likes this.
    03-27-2014 01:27 PM
  6. John Yester's Avatar
    Good old push of air.
    03-27-2014 02:01 PM
  7. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Maybe some AC/DC or Metallica at full volume?
    Or 'gangsta rap', you could use it to 'scare' the dirt away.


    via the phone
    03-27-2014 02:03 PM
  8. HankAZ's Avatar
    Um, try warm, soapy water and a soft brush.


    just kidding... use compressed air.
    Haalcyon likes this.
    03-27-2014 06:17 PM
  9. TurboTiger's Avatar
    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
    03-27-2014 08:00 PM
  10. rayz336's Avatar
    Compressed air or paint brushes would be my guess
    03-27-2014 10:07 PM
  11. JakePleasants's Avatar
    Use a can of compressed air that comes with an attachable straw.
    03-27-2014 10:24 PM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    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.


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    04-07-2014 08:44 AM
  13. MacintoshDan's Avatar
    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.


    Sent from my Space Gray 16 GB AT&T iPhone 5s using iMore Forums
    04-08-2014 09:04 AM
  14. Oanh Schlesinger's Avatar
    A toothbrush does wonders. Add a little alcohol if necessary. As little as possible should do the trick.
    06-02-2015 05:57 PM
  15. Lea Davis's Avatar
    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
    07-11-2015 02:07 AM
  16. JacobWindsor21's Avatar
    Wouldn't compressed air just blow the dust into the internals?
    TurboTiger likes this.
    11-12-2015 05:45 PM
  17. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    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.
    11-12-2015 09:06 PM
  18. mintgreenlover's Avatar
    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?
    05-15-2016 04:11 PM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I got ketchup on my top speaker. Took a lightly damp cloth and cleaned it. I could hear again.
    Tartarus likes this.
    05-15-2016 05:19 PM
  20. j_mantyler's Avatar
    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.
    09-14-2016 09:39 PM
  21. manan123's Avatar
    You can use needle.I use it before and work pretty well.
    11-03-2016 10:42 PM
  22. kristenelaine1991's Avatar
    I would try to get an air compresser can from the store. That would probably work the best.
    11-11-2016 12:41 PM
  23. Brooke Walker's Avatar
    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
    01-05-2017 08:45 AM
  24. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    Another thing you could try is a toothpick...
    01-05-2017 09:51 AM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    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.
    taz323 likes this.
    01-05-2017 10:29 AM

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