How to Add Grip to Phone Case?

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by Alex Gustman

Updated: March 7, 2022

Portable devices are increasing in size to enhance the media experience. However, we (or rather still the majority of us) are not watching movies and playing video games all day long. It is becoming harder to use the phone on the go, especially for those with small hands.

Additionally, manufacturers cover devices with protective coatings. While this makes it easier to clean the phone, it also becomes more slippery, making the first contact with the phone a desire to add grip to the phone. Keep in mind that our hands sweat a lot. As a result, the gravity wins, making us spend money for repair or, in a worst-case scenario, look for a replacement.

Fortunately, there are several ways to add more grip. Though all solutions below require some money to be paid, it will be cheaper to invest beforehand. Let’s have a look at them in more detail.

How to make my cell phone case less slippery?

The easiest way not to lose control over your device is to buy a suitable cover. While it will protect the finish from scratches and impacts, it will also provide more grip. If you are always dropping your phone, it is worth looking for a textured case from non-slippery material, such as rubber. Visit a local store to feel them before you buy and order online afterward to save some coins.

The significant downside here is that your smartphone’s size will increase even further, sometimes making it very hard to operate with one hand or take a selfie. As a result, it can still fall off when you use it. Remember, most cases do not provide enough protection from fatal face-down or corner falls. You can look for anti-shock ones that work better – however, they will increase the device size sufficiently.

durable protective case

Popsockets and their equivalents

There is a number of solutions on the market that will allow you to grip the device firmly. They consist of:

  • handle or stripe used to hold the device,
  • sticky base designed to adhere to the smartphone or the cover.

You can also stick it to virtually any flat, clean surface. Keep in mind that adhesive substance works worse with silicone cases and waterproof surfaces. Here are the options you have:

Popsocket – round button-looking handle. You can choose from a variety of designs or even create your own. It can expand when you need to hold the phone or collapse when you plan to put it into the pocket. Original products can be repositioned multiple times – learn how to do it in the article How to remove popsocket from the phone case. Keep in mind that cheaper alternatives don’t stick very well and typically will not adhere again if you take them off.

original popsocket

Rings that you fit your finger into. They are also attached to a sticky base that adheres directly to the phone finish or case. You can typically rotate the ring in any direction – this will come handy if you use it to prop against the table. Collapse it when you do not need it. The major downside here is the price tag. Keep in mind that the device will no longer lay flat. Besides, the construction will make the phone thicker.

popsocket ring.

Strips, loops, and handles made of plastic or fabric. While they will surely add more grip, it will also be harder to fit your device in the pocket without taking the entire construction off. They also aren’t as comfortable as rings. However, textiles will give a more natural feel than metal.

popsocket strip.

These solutions, along with increased grip, will also add some weight and size to the phone’s body. Additionally, it will become challenging to carry the device in the pocket. Even though it is possible to reposition the products, you will surely not be taking it off every time you plan to go out. However, they can come quite handy if you have big pockets or use the bag pack or purse to carry the device around.

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Sticky grip stripes

The fact that these are designed to be used on the steps, stairs, or balconies does not mean you cannot stick them to your phone. Stripes are made of rubber and adhere firmly to any flat, clean surface.

To use them, follow these steps:

  • choose the places you want to apply additional grip to – typically edges,
  • use scissors to cut desired shapes from the stripes,
  • remove the protective film,
  • align the stripe parts and stick them on,
  • let them adhere well for some thirty minutes at room temperature.

They will work on both smartphone finish and cover. There are some materials that they stick worse to, such as silicone.

Vinyl skins

Those are textured wraps that you can stick to your device. They will increase the phone profile a little, but will also preserve its look. Ask for a cut-out logo if you wish to show the brand. Manufacturers assure that you can take it out at any moment with no harm to the smartphone finish. There are different designs available, feel free to pick the one to your taste. The grip will increase slightly, which might not be enough, though.

There are different ways to make your smartphone less slippery. All of them will require investing money and are not convenient enough. However, if you drop your phone regularly and do not like covers, it is cheaper to consider one of the methods above. Alternatively, you can also buy an anti-shock case and mount a screen protector.

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Are silicone cases slippery?

Typically silicone cases are not as slippery as a phone without a case. But it isn’t as grippy as a rubber or anti-shock case.

Why is my phone slippery?

Because the phone body is made of smooth plastic, glass, or metal.

What is the best phone grip?

A rubber case, a case with a raised surface, and an anti-slip tape will be pretty good.

How can I make my phone safe without a case?

You can use a tempered glass screen protector and anti-slip tape.

How do fix a slippery screen?

If your phone screen is covered with greasy sweat marks and streaks, you should clean it with alcohol wipes. The phone screen itself is slippery, and there’s nothing you can do to change that.

Can you put a PopSocket on a silicone case?

This doesn’t work with a silicone case.

Can you remove a pop socket and reuse it?

Yes, you can if the adhesive backing is not damaged. Otherwise, you will have to repair the adhesive backing before reinstalling.

Can you put a PopSocket on a phone without a case?

Yes, you can, but it’s better to install the popsocket on the case.

How do you make a PopSocket stick to a silicone case?

Degrease the surface of the cover. Remove the sticker from the popsocket and attach it to the cover.

Where do you put a PopSocket for wireless charging?

At the base of the smartphone or case.

Can I hot glue my PopSocket?

Yes, you can. In this case it is better to glue the popsocket to the cover. Because it will be difficult to remove the glued popsocket.

Can you superglue a PopSocket to a silicone case?

Yes, you can. Double sided tape will also work.

How do I make my PopSocket sticky again?

Try using glue or double sided tape. If using double sided tape, it is better to use 1-1.5 mm thick tape.

What’s better than a PopSocket?

Ergonomic cover with anti-slip inserts.

Will PopSocket stick to fabric case?

Yes, but in most cases not reliable enough.


Here we have described different ways how to add grip to a phone case. You can use popsocet, sticky grip stripes, vinyl skin, etc. These ways are particularly suitable for phones without a case. But to make your phone less slippery, we recommend buying a good phone case.

Also, no one forbids you from combining several methods to add extra grip to your handset. For example, you can use a good rubberised case and a popsocket at the same time.

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