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Clean your Pixel Tablet, Charging Speaker Dock, and accessories

With regular use, your tablet, dock, and case can get dirty with smudges, fingerprints, and debris. Learn how to safely and effectively clean your tablet and accessories.

Clean your tablet immediately if it comes into contact with dirt, sand, ink, makeup, soap, acids, or lotion. Avoid the use of spray bottles or abrasive cloths like paper towels. Remember to wipe your device gently when you clean it.

Clean your Pixel Tablet

With normal use, your tablet can get dirty or acquire marks when it rubs against fabric or objects in a backpack. These marks resemble scratches, but in many cases they can be removed. When you wipe your Pixel Tablet clean, you can help protect it from wear that can happen over time.

1. Prepare to clean your tablet

  1. Detach your tablet from the dock.
  2. Unplug any cables and power down the tablet.

2. Clean your tablet's enclosure

  • Use a soft, lint-free cloth, such as a lens cloth that's slightly dampened with water.
  • Avoid getting moisture in ports or openings.
  • If you need a deeper clean, apply warm, soapy water to a soft, lint-free cloth.

What to avoid:

  • Don't clean your tablet with compressed air, harsh cleaners, or abrasive materials, which can damage your tablet's coating.
  • Avoid getting moisture or soap in openings, like the USB-C port. Allow the tablet to dry completely before you dock it or plug it into a power outlet.
  • To help prevent color transfer while you clean, avoid prolonged contact with other materials.

3. Clean the screen and camera lenses

Your Pixel Tablet's screen and camera lenses have an oleophobic coating. To remove oil left by your hands, clean the screen and lenses with a soft, lint-free cloth. To disinfect your tablet's screen, you can use ordinary household disinfecting wipes or 70% isopropyl alcohol-based wipes. Don't use wipes that have bleach.

Important: With normal usage, oil can accumulate on your screen and camera lenses. To avoid scratches, don't use an abrasive material when you clean them.

Clean your Charging Speaker Dock

Your dock is intended for indoor use only. Don't place it near water or where it might be exposed to dripping or splashing from any liquids. If liquid splashes on your dock's pogo pins, let them dry completely before using the dock.

1. Clean your dock

  1. Wipe the dock's surface clean with a soft cloth that's slightly dampened with fresh water.
  2. Clean the speaker mesh and front face with a lint-free cloth.
  3. Dry the surface with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

2. Clean the pogo pins

Your dock has four pogo pins on its face. To clean them:

  1. Remove any debris from the pogo pin area with a clean, dry, soft-bristled brush. Don't use sharp objects or abrasive materials to clean the pins.
  2. Wipe the pins clean with a cloth that's slightly dampened with fresh water. Don't get liquid in the spaces around the pins.
  3. Dry the pins with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.
  4. Wait until the pins are dry before you dock your tablet.

Clean your Pixel Tablet Case

Note: The Pixel Tablet Case is sold separately.

  1. Remove your tablet from the case.
  2. Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth to wipe the outside and inside of the case.
  3. Wait for the case to dry before putting your tablet back in it.

Important: Don't clean your case with window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or any cleaners that contain hydrogen peroxide.

Device cleaning FAQ

Q: What's the best way to remove fingerprints and smudges?

Use a lint free cloth moistened with a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution to gently wipe your tablet's screen or surface.

Q: Can I clean my tablet with disinfectant?

A: In some cases, yes. You can use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe, a 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipe, or a consumer-grade disinfecting wipe to clean the exterior surface of your tablet. Avoid use of products or wipes that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide, and don't submerge any part of your tablet in a cleaning agent.

Q: There are black marks on my tablet. How can I clean them?

A: Black marks might appear on your tablet if the enclosure is scratched by metal objects like keys or power adapters. To clean these marks, use facial tissue and a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution. You can also try rubbing these marks gently with a soft pencil eraser to remove them.

Q: One or more shiny marks appeared on the back of my tablet. How do I remove them?

A: Dampen a cloth, then wipe the marks and dry the area with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

Q: There's a shiny mark on my Charging Speaker Dock's front surface. How do I clean it?

A: Wipe the mark with a cloth slightly dampened with fresh water. Afterwards, dry the area with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth.

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