How to Remove a PopSocket

Done using your PopSocket? Removing it is quick and easy

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. Until iPhone 12 and its new magnetic back panel, all PopSockets were sticky and incompatible with Qi inductive chargers. The new MagSafe PopSockets that attach to a ring of magnets on the back of the iPhone don't impede wireless chargers.

How to Remove a Sticky PopSocket

Removing a sticky PopSocket is simple. 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

Removing a MagSafe PopSocket is even 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.

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