After months of continuous use, cleaning your phone – and especially, your phone’s microphone – is essential to ensure no nasty debris is obstructing your phone’s recording/call quality. However, if you’ve never done this before, you may be scared of ruining your phone’s microphone instead of improving the overall sound quality.
Thankfully, this blog outlines how you can clean your phone’s microphone without causing any undesired damage. Therefore, if you’re looking for ways to improve your phone’s sound quality, you’re in the right place.
Use a toothpick
Insert the tip of the toothpick into the microphone hole. Twist it around and scrape any debris that may be lodged in the microphone hole. Ensure that you don’t push the toothpick too far inside the hole as this may cause more damage than the actual debris. Apply minimal pressure so as not to puncture the microphone.
Use a toothbrush or paintbrush
Opt for a super-soft bristled toothbrush if you’re wary of using a toothpick. Brush the microphone hole to sweep away any dirt that may have found its way into the microphone hole. Use a fine, watercolour paintbrush if you don’t have a soft-bristled toothbrush close at hand.
Use compressed air
Cleaning products that utilise compressed air make for useful electronics cleaning tools. Make sure that you don’t blow the compressed air directly into the microphone hole as this can cause irreversible damage. Blast the air from around 50cm away, at an angle parallel to your phone.
Use an electronics cleaning putty
Purchase an electronics cleaning putty from your local electronics store or online. Press the putty into your microphone hole for a few seconds before lifting it. Repeat this procedure for three or four times to ensure that your microphone speaker is as clean as it can be. You can always opt for a DIY approach and make your very own cleaning putty. All you need is 340ml of warm water, 142ml of standard glue and 32g of borax (sodium borate).
Use a paper cup to dissolve the borate in 227ml of warm water. In a separate cup, mix the glue and the remaining ml of water. Add the former mixture to the latter, and stir until the whole mixture sets. Knead the resultant mixture for around 5 minutes until it forms a gooey ball. Voila! You’ve created your very own cleaning putty!
Other ways to improve audio quality
If your microphone still isn’t in tip-top shape after implementing one of the cleaning methods outlined above, you may need to look at an alternative way of improving audio.
First and foremost, try removing your phone case. If your phone case doesn’t fit your phone properly or is trapping a lot of dirt, it may be the primary cause of unnecessary audio issues. Furthermore, if you own an Android phone, you can use third-party apps such as Microphone Amplifier to improve your microphone’s quality. This app acts as a hidden audio setting that amplifies your microphone’s recording volume.
If neither of these methods works, your phone may require professional attention. Contact us now on +356 21381666 for speedy mobile phone repairs.