How to clean phone speaker

How to clean phone speaker

Over time, your smartphone’s speakers can collect different types of dirt, dust, and dirt that you can’t see. And when you don’t clean them for a long time, you may hear a hoarse voice coming from them. But before going to the store to get it fixed, some very easy do-it-yourself techniques can help you clean your phone’s speakers, both inside and out.

Process 1

Cleaning speakers with household items

How to clean phone speaker

1. Find the speakers on the phone. The iPhone’s speakers are usually located to the left and right of the charger port at the bottom. Samsung speakers are also on the bottom, but they will be located to the left or right of the charger port. The rear speakers will be on the front of the phone where you place your ear.

  • Also, look for places where the speakers could be located, such as on the side with the volume button or the bottom of the front of the phone.

2. Run a cotton swab over the exterior of your speakers. Move it in a circular motion over the holes in your speaker and apply slight pressure. Repeat this process until all the dirt is gone. If the speaker holes are enlarged, press the swab into them. But don’t press too hard—just enough that the cotton at the tip can get in. Once this is done, rub the swab left and right with slight pressure.

3. Change the cotton swabs when they become dirty. Press the sticky tac into the shape of a small ball and insert it into the speaker holes. Take a piece of sticky tac about 1 inch (2.5) cm and press it down like a ball. Press until it is soft and easy to replace. Next, press it into the speaker holes. Apply enough pressure that the sticky tack goes inside the speaker. Leave it on for 2 to 3 seconds and then pull it out—you should see dirt sticking to the sticky tack. Repeat this process until the dirt stops coming out.

  • Keep rotating your sticky tack so that you’re using a clean surface each time.
  • You can buy sticky tacks from office supply stores or online suppliers.

4. Use a medium-bristle toothbrush to clean the grilles of the small speaker. Tilt the brush forward on the top or bottom of your phone. Hold it parallel to the phone and move it up and down. Next, hold the brush vertically (parallel to the side of the phone) and proceed with the cleaning by moving it left or right.

  •             If the dirt settles, tilt the brush upwards and rub the bottom bristles.
  •    Always use a brush with medium bristles – soft bristles are not suitable for removing dirt, while stronger ones will not penetrate the speaker holes.

Process 2

Blowing dust with compressed airhow to clean speaker (3)

1. Buy a can of compressed air. You can find compressed air cans at office supply stores, electronics stores, and online suppliers. Test its nozzle by turning it down. See how much air comes out with each spray. [1]

  • Buy a can with a straw for a more precise effect.

2. Attach the straw to the nozzle of the can so that the air is impacted where you want it. Attach a thin straw to the nozzle of your compressed air can. To test it, press the nozzle by turning it down. The air should come out from the tip of the straw.

  •   If you feel air coming out of the sides of the nozzle while spraying, tighten the straw.
  • If you see yourself working without a straw when using your compressed air can, let it go.

3. Pour compressed air into the speaker slot in 3 to 4 small breaths. Hold the tip of the nozzle or straw about an inch (1.3 cm) away from the speaker’s mouth. This will allow you to remove any dirt left over from the speaker with a cotton swab.

  • Don’t blow too close to the speaker or you will damage the electrical parts inside the phone.
  •    If you’re using a straw, hold it in your less frequently used hand and then blow.

Process 3

cleaning the speakers inside

how to clean speaker (3)

1. Remove the back of your phone with a suction cup and spudger. Heat the entire length of your phone with a hairdryer on low heat for about 15 seconds. Next, apply a suction cup to the back area. With the screen facing down, gently pull the suction handle toward you. With this, insert the flat side of the spudger in the middle of the open side of the length and pull it to your side. Repeat this process—while simultaneously pulling out the suction cup—until it comes out.

  •  You can buy a spudger—a tool with a flat-headed screwdriver end that you can use as a wedge—at any home hardware store.
  • If you still feel pain, apply more heat around the length to loosen the glue that holds the two parts of the phone together.
  • On older and cheaper phone models, you can remove the back by hand. But this may not be possible on newer and more expensive phones that have glass backs.


2. Unscrew the metal covers and the speakers they are protecting. Ear speakers and phone speakers are held in place by metal covers. Remove the screws on these covers by loosening them with a #3 Phillips screwdriver. From here, slowly pull the speakers out.

  • If you’re having trouble, gently remove the speakers with a spudger.


3. Wipe down the speakers with a microfiber cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol. Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a microfiber cloth. Gently wipe down the parts of the speakers until they are clean. For holes, blow into them from the outside. Next, soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and lightly wipe down the speaker holes.

  •   You can also use a soft cloth or lint-free paper towel. However, they are not as effective at removing dirt.
  •   Allow the speaker and its holes to dry thoroughly before reassembling it.

4. Take out the back if you still can’t reach your speakers. On some phones—especially Samsung phones—you’ll need to remove another part of the back to access your speakers. These phones will have 10 to 13 more screws to remove, but the number depends on the model and manufacturer. Using a #3 Phillips 4-inch (10 cm) screwdriver, turn each screw counterclockwise to loosen it. After that, take out the other part as well.

  •   If your phone’s screws have a plastic film on them, pull them off.
  •   Once the other part is also out, you can clean both the holes in the speakers and the access to the speakers. However, in some places, you will only be able to clean the holes.
  •  When you’ve finished cleaning the speakers, put the screws on the back. Next, put the metal covers on the speakers and put the back cover back on.

Things you will need

  • cotton swabs
  • sticky tack
  • medium bristle toothbrush
  • Compressed air can (with straw for better aiming)
  • suction cup
  • Spurger
  • Phillips #3 4-inch or 10-cm screwdriver


  • If you’re still having trouble with your speakers after cleaning, take your phone to a repair shop.
  • The design of the phone may vary, especially if the  model of the phone is new. Whatever the design, never cut any wires or connector cables, and never do anything you’re not sure about. A running phone is a much better option than a dirty phone!



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