How to Clean USB C Port: Easy Guide for Cleaning Charger Port

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A lot of times you have connected your phone to your charger, but it doesn’t charge, ever wondered why? One of the reasons for this can be all the dirt and gunk collected in the charging port of your phone. All android and apple users face this problem as the port remains exposed most of the time. Many Android phones come with a USB C port, which is also susceptible to dust, lint, dirt etc. If you are looking for a way to clean it, then my friend, I will give you a detailed procedure with two cleaning options to solve your problem.

How to Clean USB type C Port?

Ready? Get all these materials ready:

  • Tissue papers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Sim card eject tool/safety pin
  • Flashlight
  • Air compressor can (optional)

A step-by-step guide to clean USB C port:

Inspect the USB C port


The first step is to inspect the port. A lot of Samsung galaxy phone users face the issue of discharging when the USB C port is not clean. Look out for such signs to diagnose the problem before it escalates. You can also use a flashlight or torch to check the port for dust and gunk. It is vital to inspect the USB C port to decide the tool that you can use to clean it.

Select the tool

Once you have inspected the area that needs cleaning, select the tool you want to use. A lot of people recommend using a toothpick, but I would not recommend it as it can break midway and cause problems. Many technicians at the Samsung store recommend using a sim card ejector tool. The basic idea for selecting a tool is that it should fit in the USB C port and not damage it. If you choose the ejector tool, make sure that you work very gently with it. 


If you are not sure of your cleaning skills, then opt for a can of compressed air that is readily available at hardware stores. Cleaning the port with this can is easy and has less possibility of causing any damage in the USB C port.

Clean the USB C port

  • Sim card ejector tool:

If you are opting for this tool, then take some tissues and place it beneath your phone. Now take the tool and start scooping all the dust and gunk inside the USB C port with utmost care. Make sure that you do not go too deep while cleaning. While you are scooping the gunk, you will see dust falling on the tissue paper. Once you feel that the port is squeaky clean, you can stop cleaning it and dispose of all the tissues.

  • Compressed Air

This method is my favorite and the frequently used one too. Take a can of compressed air, which has a pressure of almost 40 PSI. Give it a quick release to prep the can. Blow some air into the surroundings; this will aid in getting rid of condensation or congestion in the nozzle. Now start with a short burst of compressed air in your phone’s USB C port.


Short bursts of air shouldn’t be longer than two seconds. Place the compressed air can at an angle so that the dust coming out of the C port has space to come out and fall. If you fear the accumulation of lint in the port, then this method is ideal for you. The bursts of the compressed air remove all the lint from the USB C port. Generally, five to six short bursts of air does the work and gets rid of dirt, lint, the gunk inside the port.

Quick Tip: Some people also recommend a pipe cleaner for cleaning the port. Bend the cleaner into two so that the sharp end of it doesn’t damage the insides of the USB C port.

Check the port

After you have cleaned the port using one of the methods, it is now time for checking the USB C port. Use a flashlight again to check if there is any lint or dust inside. You can also check it by connecting your charger and see if it works. In case you find trace amounts of dirt or gunk, take the sim card ejector tool and remove it.

Concluding Remarks

This cleaning procedure can also be used to clean the microSD port and the charging ports of iPhones. Make sure that you are cleaning the ports with a light hand so that it doesn’t damage the connectors inside the port. If you are still facing any trouble for the same, then you can also watch some tutorials to help you with the cleaning of USB C port.

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