Some people have difficulty controlling the touchscreen on an iPad or iPhone with their fingers, especially older people. Â The iPhone touch sensitive screen works on capacitance and it does not respond well to dry fingers.
Read on for some experiments I did and how to fixÂ the problem!
Older people tend to haveÂ dryer fingers. Often they have to press the touchscreen on the iPhone veryÂ hard and I have met one or two people where their iPhone or iPad will not respond to their fingers at all. Thankfully there is a very simple solution. Â Simply Moisturise your hands with a water-based moisturiser! Â I find “MooGoo” to be particularly good.
Here are some tests that I did to show how effective this is.
Test #1 -Â iPhone with dry tissues
I placed layers of tissue over my finger and tried to swipe my iPhone. (This is to simulate a layer of dead/dry skin).
With one piece of tissue over my finger, I could operate the iPhone perfectly.
Three layers and it started to be a little less responsive.
Five layers andÂ the iPhone no longer worked at all, even if I pressed hard.
Here is a video of me trying to operate the iPhone with five layers of tissues on my finger. Â As you can see, Â the iPhone does not respond at all.
Test #2 – iPhone with tissues and moisturiser
I put layers of tissue over my finger with a little bit of moisturiser in each layer. Â With moisturiser I could get up to 34 tissues and the phone is still working.
Here is a video of me operating the iPhone with 34 layers of tissues Â – Â you can see the screen swiping – the iPhone operates fine!
So, if you have an iPhone that sometimes seems a little unresponsive, Â I suggest using some moisturiser on your hands.
I also tested different moisturisers.
Using a zinc and castor oil style of moisturiser that is commonly used for eczema did not work at all.
But water based ‘MooGoo’ worked very well. Â The main ingredients are: “Aqua,Â Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil,Â Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,Â Cetearyl Alcohol,Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,Â Squalene (Olive)”