Why Won’t My PopSocket Stick to My Phone Case?

why does the mount not adhere to the case.

by Alex Gustman

Updated: April 14, 2021

Big screens make watching movies, browsing, or playing games more comfortable. However, it is harder to handle such devices one-handed. If they fall off, the damage might be severe. Phone repair costs dearly, thus multiple products were created to address this issue. One of them is a popsocket – a collapsible handle that connects to a phone or case with a sticky base.

The main reasons why the popsocket is not glued

Popsocket can adhere to any flat and clean surface, be repositioned multiple times, and handy for selfies. You can also prop a device against the table to be able to watch a movie. However, sometimes it is next to impossible to make it work – it just won’t stick to your chosen surface. There are three main reasons for that:

  • you are using a cheap third-party product,
  • the surface is dirty,
  • the sticky gel dried off,
  • it reached application limits,
  • the surface is not working with sticky gel.

Let’s learn the ways to fix all the issues on this list.

You went for a budget option

Original product costs dearer than cheap alternatives available online. However, the price differs for a reason. Third-party manufacturers use cheaper materials to be able to profit more. As a result, the life cycle of such products is limited.

a cheap option where double-sided foamed tape is used.

Original popsockets adhere so well thanks to the sticky gel on their bases. Cheaper alternatives typically come with duct tape instead. As a result, it is impossible to make them stick again without changing this sticky substance. It can also leave sticky residue on the cover or phone finish when you remove it. The solution here is to replace the duct tape. Remember, however, that there is no guarantee the phone is not going to fall off, no matter how good the sticky thing is.

It is worth remembering that gel applied to original products can dry off if you fail to stick the popsocket in 15 minutes after removing the protective film or taking it off. If it is dirty:

1. Wash it off with clean water for several seconds.

standard cheap popsocket

2. Lay it face up for some 10 minutes to dry up.

surface cleaning.

3. Remove excessive liquid (if there is any) with a paper towel.

surface degreasing

4. Stick popsocket to a new place.

popsocket installation.
fixing a popsocket.

Never leave it unconnected for over 15 minutes; otherwise, it can fail to stick afterward. Also, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. It is best to dry it at room temperature.

Was it applied too many times?

Though the manufacturer claims the handle will survive over 100 repositionings, yours might withstand less. This depends on many factors, such as how you use it and types of surfaces you mount it to.

The sticky gel also tends to degrade as time goes by, meaning you will no longer be able to stick it to any surface. Unfortunately, there is no way to fix this issue other than purchasing a new product.

popsocket ring

Will a popsocket stick to a silicone phone case?

Before you purchase anything, carefully check the surface types, it can stick to. Third-party products tend to adhere worse to any surface due to the low quality of adhesive on the base. Original products go well to any flat surface… but for some exceptions.

You should not consider using popsocket if you have a silicone case. The gel will stick badly due to its composition. It is also not a good option for various waterproof coatings. The manufacturer offers to adhere to the handle directly to the phone instead. If it is not working even after you rinse it underwater, the gel has probably worn out already.

fixed standard popsocket in action.

Popsocket can fail to stick for a number of reasons. In some cases, the issue can be easily fixed. If the gel is worn off, there will be no other way to buy a new one. You can often replace sticky substance for third-party offers. However, it is probably not worth risking the safety of your device.

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Here we have considered different reasons why a popsocket doesn’t stick to a phone case. A good popsocket is relatively easy to attach and hold. If your popsocket is not glued to the phone case properly, don’t risk your device and find a better and safer popsocket; otherwise, you risk dropping your device.

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