How to Get Scratches Off an iPhone

by Avery Martin
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The iPhone has a reputation for easily getting scratches on the back of the device. Even when kept in a protective case, dust and other particles tend to get inside the case and scratch up the finish. While some people may recommend a very fine sandpaper to remove scratches, this often results in a dull finish. Restoring the original luster and shine of the back of your iPhone can be accomplished using an everyday household item -- toothpaste.

Step 1

Turn your iPhone off by holding the lock button until the "Slide to Power Off" option appears. Then, slide the slider from left to right.

Step 2

Place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste directly on the [iPhone case]( backing.

Step 3

Buff the back of the iPhone lightly using your microfiber cloth. Concentrate on the areas with scratches first and then proceed to buff the rest of the backing to ensure a consistent look.

Step 4

Wait about two minutes and then spray glass cleaner along the back of the iPhone. Wipe the glass cleaner and toothpaste off using paper towels.

Complete the same process to clean the screen of your iPhone.


  • When removing scratches from your iPhone, be gentle since you can also remove the anti-scratch coating if you scrub too hard.
  • Do not use abrasive brass, plastic or silver cleaners. These cleaners typically strip the finish off of iPhones.
  • Avoid using this process to remove scratches too frequently. It's best to complete this process only when absolutely necessary.


  • Use a protective screen guard to protect the glass on your iPhone.


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About the Author

Avery Martin holds a Bachelor of Music in opera performance and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian studies. As a professional writer, she has written for, Samsung and IBM. Martin contributed English translations for a collection of Japanese poems by Misuzu Kaneko. She has worked as an educator in Japan, and she runs a private voice studio out of her home. She writes about education, music and travel.

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