Our 15 Favorite Cell Phone Accessories
From cases to camera attachments, there's an entire industry devoted to making your smartphone even smarter. But with so many choices, how you can find the cell phone accessories that are just right for you? In this guide, we lay out the most common types of complements and how they can enhance your lifestyle.
A thin, lightweight cover over your phone's screen can prevent it from shattering if it gets dropped while your kids are playing a game or you're trying to snap shots at a concert. Upgrade to one with an oleophobic coating to shield against smudges and messy fingerprints.
Pictured: 100 Pcs Tempered glass screen protector 9H hardness for iPhone 6 6S ($155) or shop similar.
A phone case that prioritizes protection over aesthetics will better shield your device from bumps, drops, and the elements. For extra safeguards, look for a case with button covers and a built-in screen protector.
Pictured: OtterBox Commuter Series Case for Samsung Galaxy Note 5 ($16.99) or shop similar.
3. Smart tags
These Bluetooth-enabled tags make it a cinch to find your phone when it goes missing. You can also attach them to your keys, purse, or your child's backpack to keep track of it at the park.
Pictured: Mini smart tag, Bluetooth, GPS locator alarm for android phones ($10.99) or shop similar.
Stands make it easy for friends to share the screen while watching a video, and it frees up your hands to multitask during dinner prep or work.
Pictured: Universal Lazy Bracket Flexible Clip Cell phone Holder with Long Arm ($7.99) or shop similar.
If you're rushing out the door, you probably don't have time to fully charge your phone. These super-quick chargers give batteries a quick boost, ensuring you have enough juice to make it to the office.
Pictured: Motorola TurboPower Rapid Charger for Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 Devices (from $29.99) or shop similar.
Holding your phone in your hand isn't really an option as you weave your way through traffic. Whether you commute on four wheels or two, a phone mount holds your device steady and allows you to check maps and control media playback without taking your eyes off the road for too long.
Pictured: Insten Bike Bicycle Universal Phone 360 Rotate Ball Head Mount (from $6.49) or shop similar.
If you rely on GPS navigation or listen to audiobooks or podcasts while traveling, equipping your car with a USB phone charger keeps your battery topped up throughout the ride.
Music and podcasts help drown out the hordes of fellow commuters, but cords can get caught on turnstiles and backpacks. Wireless Bluetooth headphones mitigate the problem by wirelessly streaming audio from your smartphone.
Pictured: Jarv Nmotion Sport Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Earbuds with Inline Mic (from $17.99) or shop similar.
There's not always an available power outlet when you need one, but with an external battery pack you carry electricity in your pocket, so you don't need one to keep your phone powered up during forays away from civilization.
Pictured: GOT POWER Portable Mobile Compact Power Bank Battery Charger ($8.99) or shop similar.
Whether you're hanging out in the backyard or catching rays at the beach, sync your smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker to stream music wirelessly.
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12. Wallet case
Although it won't protect against major damage, a wallet phone case will protect against minor scratches and dribbles of coffee. It'll also keep your phone alongside your cash and cards, so you won't have to search for everything once you're out the door.
Pictured: CobblePro Slim Leather Protective Rear Case with Card Slot for iPhone 7 Plus (from $12) or shop similar.
13. Lens attachment
Pocket-sized optical lenses expand the possibilities of your phone's camera, making it possible to take in an entire landscape or shoot extremely detailed close-ups.
Pictured: 3-in-1 Universal Clip-on Cell Phone Camera Lens Kit (from $5.95) orshop similar.
A stable tripod allows you to take clear long-exposure photos of the night sky or capture pro-quality shots of large groups such as wedding parties.
Pictured: Insten 360 degree Ball Head Mini Phone Tripod Stand Holder ($19.99) or shop similar.
15. Selfie stick
These telescopic go-go-gadget arm extenders hold your phone at a distance to snap more flattering self-portraits and large group photos. A Bluetooth selfie stick makes it even easier by wirelessly connecting to your phone.