For Seniors: Clean Your iPad Screen - dummies

For Seniors: Clean Your iPad Screen

iPad has fingerprint-resistant screen. Still, fingerprints will collect on the iPad’s screen despite your best efforts, so be sure to clean the screen from time to time as fingerprints accumulate.


Your iPad is expensive, so you will want to take good care of it and treat it with care. One of the things you’ll want to do is keep the iPad’s screen clean, using the proper techniques.

  • Use a dry, soft cloth: You can get most fingerprints off with a dry, soft cloth such as the one you use to clean your eyeglasses, or a cleaning tissue that’s lint- and chemical-free.

  • Use a slightly dampened soft cloth: To get the surface even cleaner, slightly dampen the soft cloth. Again, make sure that whatever cloth material you use is free of lint.

  • Remove the cables: If you’re going to moisten the cloth you plan on using on your iPad, be sure to turn it off first and unplug any cables before cleaning the screen.

  • Avoid too much moisture: Avoid getting too much moisture around the edges of the screen, where it can seep into the unit. Taking the time to power the iPad down and unplugging it before cleaning the screen will help, but be sure to avoid using too much moisture.

  • Never use household cleaners: They can degrade the coating that keeps the iPad screen from absorbing oil from your fingers.

Do not use pre-moistened lens-cleaning tissues to clean your iPad screen. Most wipe brands contain alcohol, which can damage the screen’s coating.