The 9 Best Popsockets to Buy in 2018

The trendy smartphone accessory you never knew you needed

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Popsockets have only been around a few years, but with the company behind them having sold tens of millions of units, they've become incredibly popular in such as short amount of time. These trendy yet simple accessories make it easier to do a range of tasks, including texting, watching TV shows or YouTube clips, and more.

Popsockets are essentially a small disc that sticks to the back of your device and it pops out to help you keep a stronger grip on your phone and stop it from falling out of your hand so easily.

It also makes it easier to take blur-free selfies since you can keep the phone steady while pressing the shutter button, and can also act as a kickstand for propping the phone up for group selfies and playing games, or to wrap your headphone cable around when you're not using.

When you're done with it, simply pop the disc back down to its flat position, and slip the phone into your bag or pocket. There are dozens upon dozens of different designs available, but we've made the search easier, tracking down the very best PopSockets on the market today.

Our Top Picks

Best for Sports Fans: Baseball and Others

Baseball Popsocket
Courtesy of Amazon

If you're a sports fan, what better way to show your appreciation than by proudly displaying it on your phone? If it's played with a round ball, there's a good chance there'll be a PopSocket out there highlighting your favorite sport.

You've got the choice of baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, bowling and more, and whether you're an active player or more of an armchair critic, your affiliation will be obvious as soon as you pull your phone from your pocket.

With a strong, reusable adhesive that attaches directly to most phones and cases, plus a special 3M sticker for applying directly to glass-backed devices like the latest iPhones, it's designed to stay securely attached even during the heat of the action.

Best for Elephant Lovers: Watercolor Elephant

Whether it's their gentle nature, enormous size, and strength, or obvious intelligence, there's something about elephants that seems to make them a perennial favorite for humans. There's no need to go on a safari to be reminded of these gentle giants, though — you can carry a miniature version around with you on your phone everywhere you go.

This whimsical watercolor-style PopSocket shows a mother elephant and her baby, and it's one of the most attractive and understated versions we've come across, whether you're an animal lover or not.  

It's only available in a single color and design, but since it's such an attractive one, we'll give it a pass for that. Similarly-priced to most other models, it's well worth checking out.

Best for Star Wars Fans: Death Star

The Star Wars franchise has been around for more than forty years, with new merchandise still being released all the time. Unsurprisingly, that includes PopSockets as well.

You've got a few different options to choose from, depending on whether you prefer to side with the Rebel Alliance, or identify more with the dark side of the Force. The most interesting design is definitely the detailed schematic of the Death Star, "Concave Dish Composite Beam Superlaser" and all.

For the Rebels out there, you can also buy a version with the Alliance insignia, and if you can't make your mind up, there's always the Star Wars logo itself, on a starry background.

As with all PopSockets, you'll find your phone much easier to hold on to when you're using it, whether you're taking a selfie or calling for help during your next lightsaber battle.

Best for Using Discretely: Plain Color

Not one for making a fuss? Prefer your gadgets and accessories to be subtle rather than showy? This plain PopSocket will be right up your alley.

Available in either black or blue, the lack of splashy design features help it blend in with most smartphones. It still has all the same features, of course, so you can quickly pop it out when you're about to take a selfie or want to prop the device up on a hard surface, then collapse it again afterward so your phone fits back in your pocket.

The adhesive backing is repositionable, and you can even wash it in warm water if it picks up a little dirt and doesn't stick as well as it used to.

Best for Stargazers: Veil Nebula

This one is for the budding astronomers out there. If you're fascinated by the night sky, there's no need to wait until after the sun goes down to get your fix.

Formed by the death of a massive star around 8,000 years ago, colorful photos of the Veil nebula have been impressing us for many years, and now you can have one on the back of your phone at all times.

If this particular nebula isn't your thing, never fear: there are several other space-related designs to choose from instead, from the surface of the moon or the Monkeyhead galaxy, through to more stylized images of galaxies, constellations, and star clusters.

They're all inexpensive and easy to apply, so if you change your mind later on, it's a matter of a few minutes to switch them over.

Best for Marvel Fans: Black Panther

Marvel's "Black Panther" movie did extremely well at the box office in 2018, grossing $700 million in the U.S. and Canada alone, and introduced vast numbers of new fans to this part of the Marvel comic universe. If you're one of those fans and want to be regularly reminded of this culturally-important movie, this PopSocket featuring a stylized Black Panther mask is for you.

Fans of other comics and movies aren't left out in the cold, however, with a range of different designs available in a similar monochromatic style. Whether you're keen on Captain America or Thor, Spiderman, Iron Man, or one of the other title characters from Marvel box office hits, you'll be able to find one that appeals here.

Best for Harry Potter Fans: Hogwarts Crest

Let's face it, for many of us there's no such thing as too much Harry Potter. The adventures of this teenaged wizard and the colorful characters that surround him have transfixed adults and children alike for over twenty years.

The best-selling book series in history, Harry and friends have since made an appearance in everything from movies to computer and board games, stage shows to amusement park rides, and now, of course, on PopSockets as well.

Do you have the bravery of a Gryffindor, or identify more with the dedication and loyalty of Hufflepuff? Believe yourself intelligent enough to be a Ravenclaw, or have the ambition and cunning of a Slytherin?

Whichever one it is, there's a PopSocket that lets you show your true nature to the world. If you don't know which house is best, but you're still a Pottermaniac, that's fine too: just pick up the PopSocket with the Hogwarts crest on it instead.

Best for Heading Off to College: College Logos and Mascots

Are you, or your son or daughter, heading off to college soon? Have you recently graduated and want to show a bit of love to your alma mater? Try proudly displaying your loyalty with a popsocket.

A range of different college logos and mascots are available, whether you're a die-hard Huskers fan, have a particular love for UW's Bucky Badger, can't live without the Michigan State logo on the back of your device, or support a different college entirely.

If you're a real fan, you'll make sure you've got your favorite team's logo proudly displayed on your PopSocket...while using it to prop up the phone that's streaming live coverage of the game they're playing in.

Best PopSocket Accessory: PopSockets Mount

Popsocket Mount
Courtesy of Walmart

Once you've figured out which PopSocket is going to grace the back of your phone, it's time to start thinking about accessories. The most useful by far is this adhesive mount, which lets you mount your PopSocket-enhanced phone to pretty much anything you like, whether it's the wall, car dashboard, the headboard of your bed, or anything else.

You simply attach the mount(s) to whichever surface you want to stick your device on, wait a few hours for it to securely attach, and then slot the PopSocket(s) on the back of your phone or tablet into place.

Keeping your phone usable in either portrait or landscape mode, it's ideal for everything from watching videos or reading recipes as you cook, to keeping your phone securely mounted when using it as a GPS while driving.

If you don't like the idea of semi-permanently attaching the mount to your car dash, there's also a vent mount available that can be quickly attached and removed as needed.