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Best Waterproof Smartphone Pouches Android Central 2019

Whether you're off to a wet and wonderful vacation in some tropical locale, or you're just trying to weather flash floods the hurricane season brings, a waterproof pouch is an easy way to protect your phone from electronics' biggest enemy: water. IPX8 cases are widely prevalent, come in many styles, colors, and sizes to accommodate phones, both big and small. And since they're usually big enough for a driver's license and some cash, they quickly go from unitasker to waterproof mini-purse. Whatever you're looking for in a waterproof pouch, you can probably find it in one of these.

Family pack pouches: Mpow Universal IPX8 Waterproof Phone Pouch (3-pack)

Staff Pick

Mpow's cases are by far the most prevalent and popular waterproof pouches on the market. The set comes in different colors so the whole family can tell their phones apart. And they should survive a full week of regular use so long as you're careful not to rip the plastic when getting your phone in or out of it. This pouch can fit phones with up to a 6-inch diagonal screen, though for phones on the larger end of that scale, you may need to remove their case before you put them in.

$11 at Amazon

Most popular: JOTO Universal Waterproof Case

JOTO's cases have over 20,000 reviews on Amazon and still have a 4.5-star rating. These pouches have colored borders; both sides of your phone are fully visible inside the case. The color options here aren't quite as sexy as the Mpow or CaliCase, but they get the job done. The JOTO pouch can fit phones with up to a 6-inch diagonal screen, though for phones on the larger end of that scale, you may need to remove their case before you put them in.

From $7 at Amazon

Affordable floaters: Mpow Floating IPX8 Waterproof Phone Pouch (2-pack)

This multipack of Mpow pouches includes two instead of three, but these pouches are floaters! While not ideal for divers or snorkelers, floating dry bags like these are great for a weekend of fishing or boating. They make sure your phone doesn't sink to the bottom of the river/lake/ocean but stays afloat and easily retrievable should it go overboard.

From $11 at Amazon

Best value: YOSH Waterproof Phone Pouch

YOSH offers a pretty compelling waterproof pouch that fits devices up to 6.1 inches diagonal while also providing enough room for your cards, cash, passport, and any other essential things you'll want to keep safe. It also ships with a 21-inch nylon lanyard so that you can keep your phone accessible and secure.

$6 at Amazon

Upgrade pick: CaliCase Waterproof Floating Case

CaliCase is double-layered, floats (except the clear version), comes with a lockable carabiner to keep it strapped to your lanyard/belt/backpack/kayak, and some versions even glow in the dark! The American-made CaliCase comes in a bevy of cool colors and is backed by a Lifetime Warranty.

$15 at Amazon

Important things to note

A few notes about using a waterproof phone pouch with your Android phone:

  • You should always test the seal of your waterproof pouch by putting some tissue paper in it, locking it secure, and then submerging it underwater for at least 30 minutes. Better to discover there's a manufacturing flaw with a test involving some paper than at the beach with your smartphone.
  • You can't use a fingerprint scanner through a waterproof pouch. Be prepared to unlock your phone via password or PIN, or use Smart Lock to keep the device unlocked.
  • While most newer pouches allow you to use your touchscreen to an extent, it doesn't work well (or at all) while you and your pouch are entirely submerged. If you're going to be taking photos underwater, set your camera to use the volume buttons to take pictures.
  • Most waterproof pouches are secured to a lanyard using a "Quick Release" mechanism that will detach the pouch if someone yanks it or it gets caught on something. If you don't want that, get yourself a durable paracord carabiner you can snap onto your belt instead.

Keep the water away from your phone

It used to be common sense to keep your smartphone tucked away while around bodies of water. These days, people need to have their phones on them at all times. And if that includes time spent on a boat or at the beach, then you're going to want a waterproof pouch on hand to prevent any water damage from spoiling your vacation.

Our top pick is the Mpow three-pack, which is an excellent option for groups or families with teens who need their phone with them at all time. Mpow's products are reliable and easy to use, although you'll want to take care not to stretch or rip the vinyl since that will affect the product's ability to seal properly.

Mpow also offers a two-pack of floating waterproof pouches, but if you're going that route — and we absolutely recommend a floating product if you're planning to head out over deeper waters in a boat — we'll advise the CaliCase Waterproof Floating Case which is a dual-layered pouch that ships with a lockable carabiner so you can secure your phone to your shorts, lanyard, or bag without worry.

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