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How to Put On and Take Off an iPhone Case

UPDATED 12/17/2018

If you have an iPhone, you more than likely use or will use a case to protect it. That means, at some point you’ll have to figure out how to install your case and how to remove it. It may seem pretty straight forward but if your case is super form fitting and/or a snap-on case, it might be a little more difficult than it seems. Good news though – it’s not that difficult if you have some helpful tips. Better news – we have all those helpful tricks laid out below in our step-by-step guides.

How to Put On an iPhone Case

Step 1 - preparing your workspace

1. Prepare by clearing off your workspace and laying down a soft surface

Pull up a seat up at the table, move aside any unnecessary clutter and most importantly, cover your immediate workspace with something soft, like a folded towel. The last thing you want to do is drop your phone on the floor or a hard surface and damage your device. (Let’s not forget this the whole reason why you have a case to begin with)

Step 2 - slip the top left corner on

2. Slip the iPhone into the top-left edge of the case

Grab the case (opening side up) with your left hand and with your right, grab the phone (screen side up). Slowly slide the top left corner of your iPhone into the case towards the ringer and volume button cut-outs/button covers. Don’t worry if these elements aren’t perfectly aligned at the moment – they will snap in place a little later on. Gently pinch and hold this position with your left hand.

Step 3 - snap the top right corner on

3. Snap in the top-right corner, followed by the bottom-right corner

With the top-left corner still insert and pinched, use your right hand to snap in the top-right corner of the case. Then, slide your right hand down the side of the phone and case applying constant pressure, until you get to the bottom-right corner. Now, give this corner a good strong pinch between your index finger and thumb. It should snap right into place.

Step 4 - secure the final corner

4. Secure and snap in the final, bottom-left corner

Depending on the phone case, securing the final corner may be as simple as a gentle pinch on the last edge. If not, and the corner of the case is folding underneath the phone, try using a business card to slide the case on the final edge. Slip the business card into the gap between the iPhone and case, and then slowly move it along the edge of the iPhone towards the final corner, while simultaneously working to snap the case on. This works sort of like a shoe horn.

Step 5 - make sure cut outs are aligned

5. Confirm that all of the cut-outs and/or button covers align

At this point, the case should be fully installed, which means all of the cutouts/button covers properly align to all of the buttons and ports.

Pro-tip: Sometimes in the process of putting on your case, you may accidentally toggle the ringer on or off, so give that a quick check.


Now that you have the case on, it’s inevitable that you will have to take if off at some point in the future. Maybe you want to try a different case or maybe you’re looking to give yours a quick clean. Whatever the reason, if you need a simple how-to on safely removing your iPhone case, we can help with that too. We’re breaking down this process step-by-step.

How to Take Off an iPhone Case

Step 1 - preparing your workspace

1. Prepare by clearing off your workspace and laying down a soft surface

Much like removing a case, it’s important to get situated and properly set up. So grab a seat, clear off your workspace and lay down a towel to create a soft, flat working surface. The last thing you want to do when removing your case is to drop and crack your phone.

Step 2 - removing the corner diagonally opposite the volume buttons

2. Begin by removing the corner diagonally opposite to the volume buttons

Start by removing the corner of the case that is catty-corner to the ringer switch and volume buttons. Grab your phone like you’re going to send a text and rotate it 180º, keeping the screen side up. On this new, top-left corner, place both thumbs on the front of the case and firmly pry the case away from the phone. If this doesn’t work, carefully try using your fingernails, or a dull object, to release the edges nearest to the corner.

Step 3 - remove adjacent corner

3. Remove the directly adjacent corner

With the phone in the same position, apply the techniques mentioned above to remove the corner directly adjacent to the prior. The case should come off a little easier on this corner, so take extra precaution as to not drop your phone.

Step 4 - slide the phone out of the case

4. Grab the phone and slide it out of the case

With the two corners dislodged, gently hold the case with one hand and with the other, get a firm grip on the freed part of the phone. Now, simply slide the phone out and away from the case.

Pro-tip: Double check that you didn’t toggle the ringer switch or crank up the volume in the process of removing your case.


So there you have it. You’re now an expert at putting on and removing an iPhone case. If you have any trouble, or helpful tips we did not mention, we’d love to hear from you. Just send an email to

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