How To Clean Your Phone Microphone

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Are you having trouble hearing your friends during phone calls? Does your voice sound muffle when recording videos? If so, you may have a dirty phone microphone. Having a clean microphone is important for clear audio quality, so it’s essential to make sure yours is in good condition.

Fortunately, cleaning your phone microphone isn’t difficult and can be done with a few simple steps. First, turn off your phone and remove the battery if applicable. Using an electronics-safe cleaning solution such as isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, use a cloth or Q-tip to clean the exterior of the microphone. Pay special attention to the handle/grip and the mics basket where lips may come into contact.

Once done, check for dirt and debris that could be causing issues in the audio ports and audio jack. Use a toothpick to carefully pluck out any dust or dirt from these areas. To avoid damaging your device, make sure not to push the toothpick too far into the microphone hole. Once clean, reinstall any audio drivers that were removed prior to cleaning.

By following these simple steps you can help ensure that your phone microphone will stay clean and functioning properly for a long time!

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Cleaning an iPhone Microphone Hole

To clean your iPhone microphone hole, start by using a toothpick. Gently insert the tip of the toothpick into the microphone hole and twist it around to loosen any dust or dirt particles. Then, carefully pull the toothpick out and discard any debris that has been collected. If necessary, repeat this process until the microphone hole is completely clean. Be sure to not push the toothpick too far into the hole to avoid damaging your iPhone.

Can Alcohol Wipes Be Used On Microphones?

It is not recommended to use alcohol wipes on microphones. While isopropyl alcohol can be used to disinfect a microphone, it should only be applied sparingly to the surface with a cloth or cotton swab. You should never come into direct contact with the microphone membrane when wiping down the surface, as this could damage it. Additionally, pure isopropyl alcohol evaporates too quickly on surfaces to effectively kill germs.

Cleaning Sound Holes on a Phone

To clean the sound holes on your phone, you will need a soft-bristled brush or a cotton swab. Gently insert the brush or the cotton swab into each sound hole and move it around in circles to remove any dirt and debris. If necessary, you can use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the cotton swab to ensure that all of the grime is removed. Once finished, wipe down with a microfiber cloth to remove any remaining residue.

Fixing a Muffled Mic on an iPhone

Fixing a muffled mic on an iPhone can be done in several steps. First, make sure you’re not connected to a Bluetooth device, as this can interfere with the microphone. After that, check that all your apps have permission to use the microphone. If both of these are set up correctly, try updating your iOS or restoring your iPhone to its default settings. You may also want to try using an external microphone if available. If none of these solutions work, contact Apple Support for further assistance.


In conclusion, taking good care of your phone’s microphone is essential to ensure the best sound quality when making calls or recording audio. Disinfecting the microphone on a regular basis with isopropyl alcohol, isopropanol, or other disinfecting agents will help prevent the buildup of dirt and dust that can cause audio issues. Carefully cleaning the audio ports and jacks using a Q-tip and toothpick can also help maintain sound quality. By following these steps, you can ensure your phone’s microphone will provide clear and crisp audio for years to come.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.