Strictly speaking, PopSocket is the name of the company that makes a bunch of accessories meant to hold your phone. PopGrip (commonly called PopSocket) This is the foldable disk that mounts on the back of the device to make it easier to hold the phone with one hand.
PopGrip comes in a wide variety of designs, with the PopSocket website offering the option to customize one of your own. If you’re looking for options to help keep your device secure while on the go, then PopSocket may be the answer for you.
The PopGrip sticks to the back of the phone (or case, in some cases, though the instructions warn against silicone) using an adhesive gel. The adhesive can be repositioned and can be washed off with water and allowed to dry for ten minutes if it stops sticking.
PopGrip works by expanding/collapsing an accordion-style puck on the back of the phone. When expanded, the closest point to the phone is narrow enough to allow fingers to spread around it. The expanded portion flares out into a cone as wide as the disk, keeping the device snug against your fingers. This leaves your thumb free to scroll or take that picture without worrying about dropping your phone.
Applying your PopSocket
You’ll need to decide where you want to place your PopSocket. I personally like mine on the bottom third of my phone so I can easily access my device’s home button. Try to expand your PopSocket before exposing the adhesive and hold it against your phone to find the best spot.
What if you don’t like where you put it after you’ve put it? No problem, you can peel it off and change the position.
The adhesive gel in a PopGrip is reusable and can be washed, but if it is exposed to air for 15 minutes or more, the gel will dry out and will no longer stick. If you’re changing positions or devices, do it quickly.
The original version of PopGrip will not allow you to use inductive charging (iPhone 8, X, etc.). If you have a device that uses wireless charging then you will need the new version of PopGrip which has interchangeable designs. The discs included in the latest version can be removed so you can charge the device without compromising the adhesive.
More PopSocket Features
PopGrip has a new “interchangeable” version that allows you to change layouts. This version comes with the added benefit of enabling wireless charging and easier storage in a pocket. The original version sticks out of your phone, even when it’s collapsed, so be aware that the phone may not fit as well in your pocket or purse.
PopSocket also makes a dock that interfaces with PopGrip. The Mount comes in two varieties, one that sticks to a flat surface and one that clips onto your vehicle’s air vent. The PopGrip slides into the slot, allowing you to mount your phone for navigation. The bracket can also be used to stick the phone to the wall; does not interfere with the charging cable.