How to Clean iPhone Ear Speaker

Kyle Wood

iPhone, Tutorials

Keeping your iPhone’s ear speaker clean is essential for ensuring clear and crisp sound during phone calls. Over time, dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate in the ear speaker, affecting its performance. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of cleaning your iPhone ear speaker.

What You Will Need:

  • A soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush
  • A microfiber cloth
  • A can of compressed air (optional)

Step 1: Prepare Your iPhone

Before you begin cleaning the ear speaker, make sure your iPhone is turned off to prevent any accidental damage. Take a few moments to inspect the ear speaker for visible dirt or debris.

Step 2: Use a Soft-Bristled Brush

To start cleaning the ear speaker, gently brush away any visible dust or debris using a soft-bristled brush or a toothbrush. Be careful not to exert too much pressure as it may damage the delicate components of the ear speaker.


  • Brush in a downward motion to avoid pushing debris further into the speaker grille.
  • Avoid using sharp objects such as pins or toothpicks as they may cause scratches or damage to the speaker grille.

Step 3: Wipe with a Microfiber Cloth

Next, take a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the ear speaker grille to remove any remaining dirt or smudges. Ensure that you cover all areas around the grille thoroughly.


  • Dampen the cloth slightly with water or isopropyl alcohol for stubborn dirt or smudges.
  • Avoid using excessive moisture as it may damage the internal components of your iPhone.

Step 4: Optional – Use Compressed Air

If you have access to a can of compressed air, you can use it to blow away any stubborn debris that may be stuck in the ear speaker. Hold the can upright and use short bursts of air to avoid causing any damage to the speaker grille.


Use compressed air sparingly and carefully, as excessive force may damage the ear speaker or other components of your iPhone.

Step 5: Reboot Your iPhone

Once you have completed cleaning the ear speaker, turn on your iPhone and make a test call to ensure that the sound quality has improved. If you notice any issues, repeat the cleaning process or consider contacting Apple Support for further assistance.

Congratulations! You have successfully cleaned your iPhone’s ear speaker and restored its optimal performance.

Regularly cleaning your ear speaker will help maintain sound quality and prolong its lifespan. Remember to follow these steps periodically to keep enjoying crystal-clear calls on your iPhone!

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