As we go about our daily grind, our smartphones and tablets take a silent beating. Dirt, dust, oil, and grime that our hands have picked up immediately gets transferred over to our shiny pocket-sized computers every time we check the time or look for new notifications, and over the course of months, this can have a very noticeable adverse effect.

Somehow, second-hand gunk and pocket lint always seems to find its way into the crevices around any physical buttons on these devices, which in turn leads to a “stuck” button that loses its firm click and becomes physically hard to press. This type of stuck button isn’t mechanically broken, so there’s no need to replace parts. A simple cleaning should do the trick, and I’ll show you the most effective method I’ve found below.

Materials Needed
isopropyl alcohol
Q-tips (or any cotton swabs)
canned air duster

Step 1- Clean Around the Sides of the Button

First up, turn your device off and remove the battery if possible just to be on the safe side. Next, dip your Q-tip into some high-percentage isopropyl alcohol. You want to fully saturate the Q-tip, but you don’t want it to be dripping wet, so shake off any excess alcohol.

From here, use the Q-tip to clean the sides of the stuck button on any surface that sticks out from your phone, working the cotton fibers as far down into the cracks as possible. To be on the safe side, I’d recommend that you turn your phone upside-down while you work so that gravity will prevent any alcohol from seeping into your device.

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