Best phone grips for students Android Central 2022

School is a dangerous environment for most tools and tech, but none more so than phones. Phones are essential items always in arm's reach but often bumped, dropped, or banged in the hustle and bustle of changing classrooms or running to meet up with friends at lunch. The best phone grips for students are a lifesaver for slippery fingers. And considering how affordable these are, they're well worth the investment.

Popsocket The Child Mandalorian

Pop-ular and adaptable: Swappable PopGrips by PopSockets

Staff Pick

Swappable PopSockets support wireless charging when you twist off the PopTop while still allowing you a better grip, a larger range of motion, and a flash of style for your phone. These also come in a bevy of pop-culture character designs, like The Child from The Mandalorian.

Speck GrabTab

Stylish slide grip: Speck GrabTab

Speck's phone grip is the size of a credit card, comes in dozens upon dozens of styles, and is easy to keep a precise grip on. Best of all, since the grip is wide and flat, your phone won't wobble around your desk the way it might with other phone grips.

Spigen Style Ring in red

Upgraded in every way: Spigen Style Ring POP

Like the original Spigen Style Ring, this grip is easy to apply, comes in great colors, and works as a kickstand in vertical or landscape mode. This one also lets your phone sit flat on the desk and is compatible with magnetic phone mounts.

$15 at Amazon
Sinji Pouch Band

Wallet and grip in one: Sinji Pouch Band

Not all students need a full wallet, especially when they can just stick their student ID and lunch money in this handy grip-wallet combo. The elastic wears out over time but should last the school year so long as you don't yo-yo it.

From $8 at Amazon
Scooch Wingback

Best kickstand: Scooch Wingback

A slap bracelet and a phone grip made a baby, and it's wonderfully clickable with the most durable kickstand around. Unfortunately, it's not compatible with Qi charging, but it lasts a long, long time and is easy to deploy with one hand.

$15 at Amazon

Made in America: LoveHandle

This elastic phone grip is one of the more recognizable phone grips around, with a plastic bow holding the two ends of an elastic strap that comes in a bevy of patterns and colors. It doesn't double as a kickstand, but it's a great grip.

Sinji Pouch B-Grip

Add a kickstand: Sinji Pouch B-Grip

Like the wallet/grip combo but still want a built-in kickstand? This model is slightly thicker than the others due to the leather flap attached to the elastic that can be folded to use as a kickstand. There's also an extra flap to help keep cards in the wallet section.

Spigen Style Ring

The classic: Spigen Style Ring Cell Phone Grip

Spigen's original phone grip has been one to swear by for years. It's durable, easy to apply (and even easy to swap between cases 3-4 times before it starts losing its stick), with a flat edge that's perfect as a kickstand. Of course, if it could lay flat, it'd be perfect.

CLCKR Phone Stand Render Blue

Clickety kickstand: CLCKR Phone Grip

This banded grip will click in or out of the bracket at the top to swap it between a grip, a kickstand, or keep it flat when the phone is in your pocket. There's a wide variety of textures and finishes available for these, and it's a very stable vertical kickstand.

$11 at Amazon

Why the best phone grip for students is a PopSocket

PopSockets rule

Now that PopSockets come in swappable varieties that allow you to swap between styles to match your kid's wardrobe (and are removable for wireless charging), the reasons not to use one are becoming few and far between. They're affordable, recognizable, and with the Pop Culture collection finally updated (Hello Baby Yoda!) to swappable PopTops, they're cool, too.

PopSockets are also as much a toy as they are a tool. I often pop one of my spares up and down when I get bored during staff meetings. I'm sure there are some easily distracted kids (like me) out there who could use a fidget toy to help them avoid drifting into a daydream during a lecture.

Kickstands are cool, but you know what's really cool? Vertical kickstands

Vertical kickstand on the Scooch

While the best phone grips for students to use with their Android phones provide a secure hold of the device, there's more to a phone grip than in-hand use. While most non-fabric phone grips double as landscape kickstands, like Popsockets and Spigen's Style Ring 2, the number of phone grips that allow you to set your phone upright next to your computer, so you can scroll through Twitter or reference notes while rushing through some last-minute homework, is few and far between.

Among the select group that can do both, the three I recommend the most are the Scooch Wingback, the Spigen Style Ring POP, and the CLCKR. The Scooch's springy mechanism is the most resilient among phone grips outside the classic PopSocket accordion, but if you want something less bouncy, the CLCKR is a bit less of a balancing act. None of these three support wireless charging — two have metal components, and the CLCKR is too thick for it — but I'm more than happy to plug in at night if it means I can use my phone as a note-stand during my work.

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