Taking your phone for a swim? Unless you have something like a Samsung Galaxy S7 (which is waterproof), chances are your swimming laps won’t end in good news. I am sure most of us have accidentally poured a drink on our phone, or even dropped it in the sink, pool, or the toilet. In my experience, the good ol’ rice trick doesn’t really do much to help, either. It’s a disaster.
The best way to protect your phone from water damage is by taking precautions and keeping the handset safe. So if you must really go for those underwater selfie shoots and social media pool sessions, your best bet is to pick up a waterproof pouch case.
These pouches will keep your phone well protected inside what looks like some kind of plastic pencil bag. Yeah, they are not pretty, but they will get the job done better than anything else. What’s even better is that you can actually use your phone while underwater. They are transparent, so you can operate the touchscreen through them and even take underwater photos.
Want to get your own pouch case? Let’s go through some of our favorites and find out which one is the right one for you.
CaliCase floating waterproof case pouch
This one happens to be our favorite here at Android Authority, and a few of us actually own one (including me). This pouch is IPX8 certified and can be submerged to 100 feet.
We like CaliCase pouches because the company seems to have really put effort into making this otherwise simple product one that is well thought out. While most competitors have a single layer of cheap plastic protecting your devices, CaliCase uses dual PVC protection, a metal hanger and a high-quality lanyard.
This product looks and feels resistant from the first time you hold it. And it can fit phones with screens as large at 6 inches, so most of you are covered. Oh, and it floats – you don’t have to worry about your phone sinking to the bottom of the ocean. To sweeten the deal even further, the CaliCase pouch is pretty affordable at only $14.99 for the standard size or $15.99 for the extra large version designed to more comfortably fit larger devices.
JOTO cellphone dry bag
This one is a little cheaper than CaliCase’s. Though it may not feel as solid, the company promises the same functionality and they have a similar design language. Also rated IPX8, it can be submerged to 100 feet and does fit phones sized up to 6 inches.
It goes for $9.99 on Amazon. A small price to pay to keep your phone safe.
Ariza Imperial waterproof case
This one is even cheaper, but if you want something that looks good this may be one of your best bets. The design is sleek and clean. My only issue is that the company doesn’t quite specify how resistant the pouch is, but they do offer a lifetime warranty, so that must be worth something.
Either way, it looks great and should get the job done. We also aren’t sure how big of a phone it can fit, but the company does claim it can hold a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which is pretty darn big.
3iArt floating waterproof case
The 3iArt pouch is really nothing special, but it has a little something under its… sleeve. First, let’s start by telling you it fits 7-inch phones and is rated IPX8, which means it can go down to 100 feet and survive. It does also float, but what makes it awesome is that you can listen to your music while rocking this pouch.
There’s a 3.5 mm plug inside, which you can connect to your smartphone. This connects to an outside port you can use with any headphones. Of course, you should also find waterproof headphones, though. At $11.97, it’s not a bad deal.
MoKo universal waterproof case for tablets
Need something a little larger? Because sometimes using your tablet to take concert pictures is not enough, this case makes it possible to take your pad for a swim.
The MoKo pouch can fit tablets with screens as large as 8.3 inches and is also IPX8 certified, which means you can submerge it to 100 feet. It is simple and functional, as well as affordable at only $8.95.
There are a ton of pouch cases out there, and so this list could go on forever but the ones above represent our favorites. The rest really all mostly look the same and perform the same job in a very similar fashion. For the most part, you can’t go wrong regardless of what you pick, as long as you do your research to ensure they are as waterproof as they claim to be.
Do you have any options you prefer? Have you had any experience with pouch cases? Hit the comments to let us know!