PopSockets PopCase iPhone case review: Flexible, removable grip and stand (2022)

Our Verdict

Bottom line: Slide your PopSocket up or down, depending on if and how you want to use it.

For

  • Moveable PopGrip
  • Horizontal or vertical stand
  • Protective, slim case
  • MagSafe option
  • Colorful choices
  • Swappable tops

Against

  • Limited color selection for MagSafe
  • Fairly pricey

Jump to:

  • Price and availability
  • What's good
  • What's not good
  • The competition
  • Should you buy?

PopSockets PopGrips are a popular smartphone accessory, sticking onto the back of your device or case and acting as a secure grip as well as a kickstand for viewing videos. But being "stuck" in place limits its usefulness, especially if you want to use a wireless or MagSafe charger. Enter the PopSockets PopCase with Slide, which has a PopSocket on a slide that can be moved up or down or removed entirely. With both a regular and a MagSafe option, there is a PopSockets PopCase for everyone.

PopSockets PopCase iPhone case: Price and availability

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You can find the PopSockets PopCase at major retailers such as Amazon and Target and on the PopSockets website. It comes in various colors and patterns for the iPhone X through the current lineup (except for the mini.) For the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series handsets, you can also choose a MagSafe option. The cases sell for $50 or $60, depending on the style you select.

PopSockets PopCase iPhone case: What's good

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When I first heard about PopSockets PopGrips, I thought it was a pretty cool idea: stick it onto the back of your iPhone (or case), and you have a handy grip for taking selfies or just carrying your iPhone around more securely. It also works as a kickstand for watching videos on your phone. However, a stationary grip doesn't work for me. I change cases often, plus I do like to take advantage of wireless and MagSafe charging. PopSockets has come up with several ways around this issue, such as the PopSockets PopGrip with MagSafe and PopSockets PopWallet Plus MagSafe, which are both fantastic if you have a MagSafe-compatible phone and case. However, if you're rocking an older iPhone or a newer one and don't have a MagSafe case, the PopSockets PopCase is one to consider.

PopGrips help those of us with small hands use a larger iPhone one-handed

On its own, this case is protective without a lot of bulk. A large lip around the camera module offers extra camera lens protection when you place your phone down face up. The camera cutout seems larger than it needs to be, but I suspect that's to make sure that big lip stays out of your photos. The camera lip has "PopSockets" written around it, which is the only visible branding on the case. There's also a lip around the iPhone screen for face-down protection. The button covers over the Sleep/Wake and volume buttons are nice and clicky. The generously sized cutouts for the Lightning port, mute switch, and speakers keep all functionality intact.

The PopGrip also makes a pretty fun fidget

Along the side of the case is a track for the PopGrip Slide to move up and down. If you place the slide at the top of the track, it's the perfect spot for gripping your phone securely for one-handed us. It's also just right for watching horizontal videos, hands-free. Slide it down to expose more of the back of the phone, allowing you to use a wireless or MagSafe charger. This lower position also allows you to watch videos vertically, although I didn't find that position holds your iPhone up as securely since you have to balance it just right. You can also slide that PopGrip right off of the case if you'd rather use it without the PopGrip.

As with most PopSockets accessories, you can remove the top of the PopGrip and replace it with a different design. This is a fun way to customize the look of the case inexpensively. The PopGrip also makes a pretty fun fidget; I find myself popping it open and closed when I need something to do with my hands.

PopSockets PopCase iPhone case: What's not good

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It is a relatively expensive case considering that it's plastic, which won't be to everyone's taste. I prefer to use a MagSafe case since I have a MagSafe charger on my nightstand and desk. PopSockets does offer a MagSafe version of this case for both the iPhone 12 and 13 lineups, though it's limited. There are only five solid color MagSafe cases available, though you can still use any of the huge selection of PopGrips to jazz up a plain case. PopSockets PopCase is only available for standard, Pro, and Max iPhones, not for the iPhone 12 mini or iPhone 13 mini at all.

PopSockets PopCase iPhone case: Competition

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(Video) Magsafe Case and Popsocket by Popsocket | First Impression

I loved my OtterBox Otter + Pop Symmetry Series iPhone Case before I started using wireless charging in earnest. It's a fantastic, protective case, as long as you don't need to charge wirelessly or use a MagSafe charger (or another accessory.)

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Another case I've enjoyed is the Loopy iPhone Case. The loop on the back makes it easy to carry around, even if you only have one finger free. It comes in a variety of trendy and appealing designs. But again, wireless and MagSafe charging don't work with it.

PopSockets PopCase iPhone case: Should you buy it?

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You should buy this if ...

  • You want a better grip on your iPhone when using one-handed
  • You want a built-in kickstand for watching videos
  • You want the option to remove the PopGrip quickly and easily

You shouldn't buy this if...

  • You have no use for a PopGrip
  • It's out of your budget
  • You don't like the look or color options available

If you want to use a PopGrip for holding your iPhone one-handed and as a kickstand, but you also want the option to adjust it and remove it quickly, this is the case for you. On the other hand, if you have no interest in the PopGrip idea or are okay with keeping in stuck in one place all the time, there's no need for this case.

The PopSockets PopGrip became very popular as iPhones started getting larger since it got difficult for those with smaller hands to use the iPhone one-handed without dropping it. It also makes a tremendous video-viewing stand. However, the advent of wireless charging (and later MagSafe) brought up a quandary since the use of a PopGrip makes it impossible to charge your iPhone wirelessly without removing the entire case. PopSocket came up with several solutions, including the PopSockets PopCase iPhone case. Grooves along the edges of the case allow the PopGrip Slide to move up and down or off entirely, depending on how you want to use it. While this is not the most sophisticated or luxurious case you can buy for the price, it serves a great function and comes in some fun colors and styles.

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PopSockets PopCase iPhone case

Bottom line: This case comes with a PopGrip on a slide, so it can be moved out of the way for wireless/MagSafe charging.

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Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer, social media manager, and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for AppAdvice and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is a wife and mom (and dog mom) who is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to travel the world and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.

FAQs

Are PopSocket cases worth it? ›

It's a fantastic, protective case, as long as you don't need to charge wirelessly or use a MagSafe charger (or another accessory.) Another case I've enjoyed is the Loopy iPhone Case. The loop on the back makes it easy to carry around, even if you only have one finger free.

What is PopCase? ›

A PopSocket is a plastic circle that you attach to a flat phone (or case) with a sticky adhesive. Once you pull or “pop” it out twice, the PopSocket extends like a small accordion. That way, you can slip your fingers in between your phone and the end of the PopSocket, allowing for a more comfortable and tighter grip.

Do PopSockets work on iPhone cases? ›

PopCase is a new iPhone case from PopSockets that retains what many loved about the self-titled accessory, but adds more compatibility and functionality. It starts as a fairly standard shell case. It covers all sizes of the case, including fully covering the bottom — sans the port.

Do PopSockets work on Apple silicone cases? ›

The new PopGrip Slide is PopSockets answer for iPhone users who want the option to use a grip and stand when needed and easily remove when it's not necessary. It specifically designed to work with Apple's silicone iPhone cases.

Do PopSockets damage phone cases? ›

Our super sticky gel may damage leather cases when trying to reposition or remove the base. The gel does not stick "as well" with naked iPhones. While it does stick adequately to a naked base model (and sometimes to Pro/Pro Max depending on circumstances), it will not stick "as well" as if you used a suitable case.

Where should I put my PopSocket on my phone? ›

There is no right or wrong location to place your PopSocket on your phone. Ultimately, you should place the PopSocket wherever feels the most comfortable for what you plan to use it for.
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Where Do You Put a PopSocket?
  1. Two down the center.
  2. One in the center.
  3. One down low.
Aug 4, 2022

Are PopSockets still popular 2022? ›

While there are about as many phone grip styles out there as there are case styles out there, PopSockets remain the most popular because they work well, last a long time, and with the newer Swappable PopGrips style, they're both easier to upgrade to a new style and use with Qi wireless charging.

Can you still use a PopSocket with MagSafe? ›

The new PopGrip also works directly on the phone or any MagSafe-compatible case.

How do you get PopSocket glue off a phone case? ›

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How do you remove a PopSocket without breaking it? ›

How To Take a PopSocket Off Your Phone WITHOUT RUINING IT!

Can you Restick a PopSocket? ›

Yes, you can reuse a PopSocket; the manufacturer claims it can be reused up to 100 times. After removing the PopSocket, take care to reattach it within 15 minutes; oherwise, leaving it exposed to air can dry out the gel.

Will a PopSocket stick to an OtterBox? ›

OtterBox and PopSockets announced a partnership today in the form of an OtterBox phone case with a built-in PopGrip. But wait, there's more: the PopGrip can handle swappable PopTops, so users can customize their PopTop's look.

Do PopSockets stick to rubber cases? ›

Yes. There are small "bumps" on the exterior of the case where the flowers are attached, but a pop socket will fit on the back easily.

Will a phone wallet stick to a silicone case? ›

If using a Silicone case on your phone, it is best to apply wallet directly to the back of your phone instead. Holds up to 3 cards securely. Silicone cell phone Credit Card/ID Wallet with 3M adhesive tape. Replace your wallet with a phone card holder when you are ready to go.

How long does it take for PopSocket to stick? ›

After re-attaching the PopSocket to your phone, wait at least 1 hour before you extend the grip and use it. This allows enough time for the adhesive to fully stick to your phone, reducing the risk of it detaching suddenly.

What can I do with old PopSockets? ›

1. Recycle PopSockets products, packaging, and any brand of phone case using the prepaid shipping label that came with your order. Place the label on the mailer your order came in covering the original shipping label. Fill it with the products you want to recycle, and send it in the mail.

Will PopSocket work with wireless charging? ›

The company today is unveiling the PopPower Home wireless charger that allows you to wirelessly charge your supported Apple or Android smartphone by making room for the PopGrip on the back of your phone by way of a hole in the middle of the charging pad.

How do you reattach a PopSocket to base 2022? ›

How To Fix A Broken PopSocket In 1 Minute Or Less - YouTube

How much weight can a PopSocket hold? ›

In our findings, the brand new PopSocket was able to hold three pounds of sand overnight. Conversely, the used PopSocket—which our lab determined had 10% less adhesive on it than the brand new one—was only able to hold two pounds of sand for 45 minutes before falling to the ground.

Do PopSockets stick on silicone cases? ›

WILL IT STICK TO MY PHONE? The new gel sticks fantastically to smooth cases, hard cases, and phones with plastic, metal, or glass casings. It doesn't stick as well to silicone or waterproof cases, cases with a lot of texture, soft cases.

Do PopSockets stick to Otterboxes? ›

Get the extra hardy protection of the OtterBox Defender Series and the stylish functionality of PopSockets in one, convenient phone case! Our Otter+Pop cases have a built-in, swappable PopGrip so you can be assured your phone is both safe AND stylin'.

Are phone grips worth it? ›

Phone grips can double as kickstands, and they offer a little more drop protection, but really, the only reason anyone needs to use one is that they can help save your hands from often permanent and painful damage.

Are PopSockets still popular? ›

While there are about as many phone grip styles out there as there are case styles out there, PopSockets remain the most popular because they work well, last a long time, and with the newer Swappable PopGrips style, they're both easier to upgrade to a new style and use with Qi wireless charging.

Are PopGrips worth it? ›

The PopSockets PopGrip for MagSafe is one of the best MagSafe accessories I own. It has a very strong and powerful magnet that is completely secure and stays in place like no other. The PopGrip itself also makes it much more comfortable to hold and use your iPhone 12, especially with one hand for the larger devices.

How many times can you take off a PopSocket? ›

Yes, you can reuse a PopSocket; the manufacturer claims it can be reused up to 100 times. After removing the PopSocket, take care to reattach it within 15 minutes; oherwise, leaving it exposed to air can dry out the gel.

What cases do PopSockets not stick to? ›

The new gel sticks fantastically to smooth cases, hard cases, and phones with plastic, metal, or glass casings. It doesn't stick as well to silicone or waterproof cases, cases with a lot of texture, soft cases.

How do you make a PopSocket sticky again? ›

How to Make a PopSocket Sticky Again - YouTube

How much weight can a PopSocket hold? ›

In our findings, the brand new PopSocket was able to hold three pounds of sand overnight. Conversely, the used PopSocket—which our lab determined had 10% less adhesive on it than the brand new one—was only able to hold two pounds of sand for 45 minutes before falling to the ground.

What is the best way to hold your phone? ›

An Orthopedic Surgeon Reveals How To Hold Your Smartphone - YouTube

Can you put a PopSocket directly on your phone? ›

How to Put PopSocket on Phone Without a Case - YouTube

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