The Cheapest Way to Protect Your Phone Without a Case

Dave LeClair 01-04-2016

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Others, though, never put their phone at risk. Still, a little bit of protection is worth having, if only to help absorb a bit of the impact on a drop. Plus, a grippy bumper on the phone actually makes it easier to keep the device standing upright to watch videos How to Channel Surf on Netflix, Hulu & YouTube (Like Cable TV) Miss the nostalgia of channel surfing cable television? You can still do that with Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube! Read More .

What if you told you that your probably have the cheapest phone bumper ever sitting in your house right now. It’s been there all along, right under your nose!

We’re talking about a rubber band!


All you need is a wide rubber band, which you probably have sitting around. If not, you can go to your local grocery store and snag one, or just go buy a bag of them for a couple of dollars from your local office store.


Wrap the rubber band around the edges of your phone (be careful not to snap it into your hand), and you’re good to go.

Obviously, this isn’t meant to serve as a long-term replacement for a traditional phone case, and the protection it offers is minimal, but in a pinch, it’s a tip that could certainly come in handy.

Do you have any other common household items that you use for unorthodox reasons? Let us know!

Related topics: Mobile Accessory, Smartphone Repair, Smartphone Security.

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  1. Andy Pandy
    April 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I work on building sites (phone killers). If I really care about a mobile phone, I use a SOCK! (Clean of course). Just untill I get around to buy a bumper case/ display cover. Ever since the cheap aluminium build of the iphones, I don't bother anymore. They'll end up bent/scratched like hell. Also, you can stick clear tape side-by side strips all over the phone. But since they get so hot, it will be hard to get the adhesive off eventually; but classy though. SO PUT A SOCK IN IT!

  2. atrain
    April 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    If you can't afford a proper case, you probably can't and shouldn't buy a smartphone... LOL

    • sleightahand
      April 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      Psh, having a smartphone is a basic human right, just like high speed internet, cable, big screen tvs, latest gaming consoles, and owning a new car. hahaha.

  3. Doc
    April 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    I grabbed a rubber band from Price my phone smells like broccoli! What can I do?

    • Dave LeClair
      April 4, 2016 at 5:14 am

      Eat it?

      • thjbd
        April 5, 2016 at 1:32 am

        Man, u r too funny