What to Know

  • Collapse the sticky PopSocket so it's flat against your device.
  • Move your fingernail underneath and around the disc to pry it away from the device.
  • Carefully pull the PopSocket away from your device. Move it to a new device within 15 minutes.

This article explains how to remove a sticky PopSocket from your phone or other device.

How to Remove a Sticky PopSocket

PopSockets are great for holding a smartphone with one hand while you text with the other, but if you have a new case or upgrade your phone and want to keep your PopSocket, you need to remove it from your current device.

The adhesive gel that sticks it to your phone or case is reusable by design and leaves no residue behind. Here are the steps to remove the PopSocket:

  1. Collapse the PopSocket so that it's flat against your device.

  2. Pry the PopSocket away from the device. Move your fingernail, spudger, or another tool underneath and around the disk as you lift it.

    Having a hard time getting the PopSocket to come off? Slide dental floss under the adhesive to get it started. This is easier with a second pair of hands to help.

  3. Carefully pull the PopSocket away from the device until it releases.

    Using a PopSocket

    When moving a PopSocket to a new position, case, or different phone, do it within 15 minutes of removing the PopSocket so that the adhesive gel doesn't dry out.

  4. While the gel is sticky, move the PopSocket to another device or case or move it to a different spot on the current device.

If the gel on a PopSocket becomes dirty, wash it off with water and allow it to dry for 10 minutes before replacing it.

The phone is clean and PopSocket-free, leaving you ready to add a new case, slip that phone in your back pocket again, or put the PopSocket on your next device.

How to Remove a MagSafe PopSocket

The new MagSafe PopSocket that attaches to a ring of magnets on the back of the iPhone 12 and later doesn’t impede wireless chargers.

Removing a MagSafe PopSocket is easier than removing the sticky type. Because it attaches to the phone case with magnets, it can be lifted and repositioned or removed entirely with almost no effort, whenever you want. The only downside is that the magnetic connection isn't as strong as the sticky connection.

FAQ

  • What is a PopSocket?

    PopSocket is the name of a company that manufactures the PopGrip (commonly referred to as a PopSocket). It's a collapsible disk that sticks to the back of your phone to make it easier to hold with one hand.

  • How do you fix a PopSocket?

    If your PopSocket is having trouble sticking to your device, quickly rinse the gel and let it air dry for 10 minutes. Stick the PopSocket back onto your phone. Let it sit for a few hours before engaging it again.

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