How to Protect Your iPhone From Dropping

By Todd Bowerman

With Apple’s iPhone, you can make calls, text, browse the Web, send messages and more, but the device can only work as designed if you keep it safe from damage. A dropped iPhone might exhibit total failure, a broken screen, software glitches or nonworking components. The best way to protect your iPhone from drop damage is to treat it like the valuable investment in your productivity and social life that it is.

Safe Handling

Treat your iPhone with care. Keep it in your pocket or purse when it is not in use and make a mental note of its location when it’s not in a normal storage space. It’s not unusual for a user to drop the iPhone when exiting a vehicle, for example, when he forgets the phone is in his lap. Making an effort to keep track of your phone and handle it with care will dramatically reduce the odds of you accidentally dropping it or knocking it off a table or countertop.

Protective Cases

IPhone cases are designed for different usage situations. Basic plastic cases offer a bit of protection, while rubber cases give you better shock absorption and more friction to prevent slips. Bulkier cases with built-in screen protectors are intended for those users who regularly have their iPhone in tough environments; some of these cases even prevent damage from a fall into water or from a great distance. Choose your case based on your protection needs, not aesthetics.

Screen Protection

A simple screen protector won’t prevent your screen from shattering in a long fall, but it may offer scratch protection in less catastrophic events. Screen protectors are available with a range of finishes from matte to glossy and are designed to protect your iPhone’s most important component, its touch screen. If you drop your iPhone on gravel or another uneven surface, the screen protector could make all the difference in protecting the phone's screen.

Holsters and Straps

If you need to keep your iPhone continually at the ready, you may find a holster or neck lanyard a useful accessory. Both offer little in terms of actual damage protection, but they make it easier to safely access your iPhone. A lanyard keeps your phone hanging from your neck, effectively eliminating the threat of a drop, and a holster gives you an easy access point for grabbing and replacing your phone. Some lanyards come with cases designed to work with the strap.