How do you hold your smartphone?

Galaxy S20 Ultra
Galaxy S20 Ultra (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

We live in a world where our smartphones are more powerful and feature-rich than ever before. They can take outstanding photographs, play graphically intense games, stream 4K video, and plenty more.

Phones today really are tiny computers that we can fit in our pocket, but no matter how technically impressive they get, they all come with a small roadblock — figuring out how to hold them.

Thanks to large display sizes and heavy, premium materials like metal and glass, finding a comfortable way to hold your phone can honestly be kind of tricky. Some of our AC forum members recently started talking about how they hold their phone, saying:

Use my pinky to support the phone from the bottom. Been doing it forever but really notice it with the heavier phones.


Lol..same here , my pinky probably stronger then my other fingers


I have one of those ring things on the back.


I hold my phones using my left hand, and type with my right hand. My left thumb touches the left side, my left index finger and left ring finger touch the right side, and my left pinky is at the bottom.

Laura Knotek

What about you? How do you hold your smartphone?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • I don't wrap my hand around it. I rest the middle of its back on my fingertips, that way my thumb has full motion. Requires a grippy case, and some situational awareness. Never dropped it, though it's resting on my hand, not held by it.
  • Pretty much this. Left hand. Fingers in the middle to just the edge of the phone. Pinky on the bottom. The phone resting on the inside of my palm. 3 points of contact.
  • In my hand. With a popsocket. I actually hate popsockets, but it turns out I hate the persistent pain I used to have in my little finger and it's metacarpal more. Much more.
  • I am a 2 hander, always have been. I hold it in my left hand and type/navigate with my right. I have smallish hands, so this has always worked best for me.
  • I'm a 2-hander as well no matter the size of phone... Hold in right hand typing w/left.
  • I hold it about like the photo most of the time. It's small enough to hold comfortably, and glass sticks to the skin. I can wrap my hand around it and touch my middle finger with my thumb, so reach is not a problem, and the button placement is perfect. With the way the phone is laid out, I can use all the buttons, the capacitive touch frame rails, and the Edge Sense feature without moving the phone in my hand. It's a finer point, but I'm reminded how nice it is when I have to shuffle other phones around in my hand just to reach things.
  • I hold it like a phone. Can also work all buttons with my thumb. My friends u12+, now that's a different story. Finicky buttons, not so great camera....