Clean your iPhone with Disinfectant Wipes

by | Mar 10, 2020

Cell phones are notorious germ hosts.  Scientists at the University of Arizona have found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats.  They can be nasty.  And think of all of the times where an iPhone is passed around when showing photos or other information.  

And all of this research came before we ever heard of COVID-19 the spreading coronavirus.

Clean your iPhone with Disinfectant Wipes

Apple just yesterday updated their support document on cleaning your iPhone giving approval to use disinfectant wipes like  Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or another 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe.  This was a change in that previously, Apple discouraged this type of cleaning as harmful to the special coatings applied to the device.  

Here is the updated information found on the Apple Support Document, Cleaning your iPhone. 

Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.

So as we are vigilant about our health in the face of this global pandemic, it’s a good time to reserve a few wipes to clean our phones.  

And for the coming weeks, we should hesitate passing our phones around.  Put it in the same category as a handshake.  It’s an activity that can wait until the current virus spread begins to wane.

Always a Perfect Time for Reading

Last week in our News and Nuggets newsletter, we discussed the ability to borrow ebooks from your library using the Libby app.  

As we continue our Never Stop Learning theme focusing on reading ebooks, it is good to know that there are other sources of FREE ebooks that you can read on your smartphone or tablet.  Reading does not have to be expense nor does it have to require monthly payments.

In this weeks featured Nugget, we feature classic books found on the Gutenberg project.  The Gutenberg project is perfect for those who want to catch up on some of those classic books that you managed to avoid during your school days.  

What books are available?

There are over 60,000 books available for download for FREE.  Here is a list of the most popular books captured from a screen shot from the site on March 10, 2020.

See any books on this list that you would like to catch up on?  You might make your high school English teacher proud!

Check our this week’s featured Nugget for information about how to read books from the Gutenberg Project.

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News & Events

Here are news and events on the Senior Tech calendar for the coming weeks.  Reply to this email if you want more information.

March 2020 Classes

Here are the upcoming classes scheduled for the month of March along with links where you can receive more information.

Senior Tech Time (iPhone) – St Anthony Community Services March 23 2-4 pm

Stay Safe with your iPhone. This class will review the basic security and safety setup for your iPhone and iPad. This includes Touch ID, Face ID, Emergency SOS, Driving with your iPhone, Setting up Medical ID, Blocking TeleMarketers and general recommendations about avoiding phishing and malware.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website

Senior Tech Time (Android) – St Anthony Community Services March 25 2-4 pm

How to Make your Android SmartPhone Smarter. This class explores the features of the Android smartphone that are most useful for older adults. This includes bringing widgets to the home screen, managing notifications, using Google assistant and activating do not disturb.

St. Anthony Community Services – 612-706-1166 or website


Contribute to Medical Research & Get an Apple Watch for $49

iPhone users who are 65+ are invited to join the Johnson & Johnson Heartline Study and receive an Apple Watch for $49.  This is not only a great price for an Apple Watch but an opportunity to learn about heart health and participate in medical research.  

See the eligibility requirements, application and frequently asked question on the Heartline website. 

Magical Ending to Disney World Trip

A fun and heart-warming story from this past week involved the family of an iPhone 11 user from Montana.  They were visiting Disney World with their six-year old girl.  It was a dream of her short lifetime.

Starting with the iPhone 7, our iPhones have become increasingly waterproof.  The iPhone 11 is the most waterproof iPhone Apple has manufactured.  But dropping your iPhone into the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney World is not in the specifications.  And certainly having it submerged for nearly two months is beyond belief.  It survived!

You can read the story at the MacRumors web site and then take some comfort in knowing that your iPhone is capable of surviving a dunk in a pool, ocean or lake.  But don’t ever submerge your phone to wash it.  

C-19 Entertainment: Watch HBO for FREE

Are you looking for entertainment in our hunkered down situation?

HBO is offering some of its programming for FREE.  In fact, all you have to do is install the HBO GO app on your iPhone or iPad and the free programs are available without registering or  even creating a login.

The available programs include Silicon Valley, The Sopranos, Veep and more.  There are even some movies.  A full list is found at the HBO website.

Get the HBO GO app at the App Store.  I also found the programming was available through other outlets that make HBO available.

Get HBO GO via the App Store