How to Remove a PopSocket

Done using your PopSocket? Removing it is quick and easy.

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PopSockets are great for holding your phone with one hand. But if you've got a great new case, or upgraded your phone and want to keep your PopSocket, then you'll need to remove it from your current device. What's the good news? It can be done!

The information below should apply no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.

Removing a PopSocket

Removing a PopSocket is very simple. The adhesive gel is designed to be reusable and leaves nothing behind. No sticky phone! Here are the steps to remove your PopSocket:

  1. Know where your PopSocket is going next. If you're moving it to a new position or different phone then you'll need to do it within fifteen minutes of removing the PopSocket so that the adhesive gel does not dry out.

  2. Collapse your PopSocket so that it is flat against your device.

  3. Begin to pry the PopSocket away from your device, moving your fingernails underneath the disk as you lift it up.

  4. Carefully pull the PopSocket away from your device until it is released.

That's it! Really. The gel should still be sticky, so you can place the PopSocket on another device or move it to a different spot on the current device.

Reusing a PopSocket

If the gel on a PopSocket becomes dirty you can wash it off with water and allow it to dry for ten minutes before placing it on a device. Do not leave the adhesive gel exposed to air for more than fifteen minutes to avoid it drying out.

Our test included applying a PopSocket to a case, removing it, and then applying it to the phone itself. We then removed the PopSocket again, confirming that the adhesive gel didn't leave any residue on either the case or the phone after it was removed. It was also successfully reapplied, remaining stable for continued use.

Using a PopSocket
 Amanda Derrick

Removing a PopSocket

Having a hard time getting your PopSocket to come off? Try sliding dental floss under the adhesive to get it started – this is easier with a second pair of hands to help.

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