The best phone holder for running in 2022

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The best phone holder for running means you can get out and exercise while keeping your phone handy in an emergency. Some even allow you to use your phone while carrying it, providing special holes for your headphones and a plastic screen that gives you access to touch controls.

There are two main types of phone mounts for running. One is the armband, which you can attach firmly to your arm using adjustable straps. The other is the belt, which looks a bit like a regular fanny pack or pouch, except it’s specially designed so it doesn’t bounce around while you run.

We cover both types below, as we round up the best phone mounts to run on the market today. You can also check out our guides to the best phone mounts for cars and the best phone mounts for bikes.

Best Phone Holder for Running in 2022

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1. Bracer of strands

The best phone holder for running in general

Characteristics

Type: Armband

Made from: Silicone

Dimensions: 231 x 13 x 13mm

Weight: 64g

Colors: 25 options

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight

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Fits securely

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No friction

The Sprigs armband is our pick as the best phone holder for running in general. Made from a lightweight, breathable silicone-based fabric, it’s very lightweight (just 64g) and stretches to fit any size phone, with or without a case.

Simply slip your phone into the fitted pouch and close the velcro closure over it. Then slide the cuff over your arm, where the silicone grip points help it stay comfortably on your arm. It fits very well, but that means your phone feels nice and secure, and you’ll feel minimal chafing.

The armband is machine washable and there are small, medium, large and XL size choices to fit all arm sizes, from 7 to 19.5 inches in diameter.

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2. Sporteer Velocity V8 Race Armband

The best phone holder to carry a lot of stuff

Characteristics

Type: Armband

Made from: Nylon and neoprene

Dimensions: 170x20x150mm

Weight: 85g

Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Storage pockets

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Interchangeable straps

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Visible during night outings

Need to carry more than your phone on a run? If you’re also looking to carry other stuff, here’s our top recommendation. The Sporteer Velocity V8 running armband has a large zippered pocket that fits all phones and cases, as well as external and internal storage pockets to carry ID, cards, cash, keys or other small objects. Obviously, to store all that extra stuff, this phone stand is a bit bulkier rather than heavier than the others, so there’s a trade-off there.

This phone holder comes with removable and interchangeable straps to ensure the perfect fit, and the neoprene backing feels nice and soft against your skin. You also get a front-facing touchscreen, as well as reflective trim on the armband and straps for night runs.

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3. Nike Lean Plus Armband

The best phone holder for running with brand appeal

Reasons to buy

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Nike tick

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Secure fit

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Touch screen access

If you like your kit branded, the best phone holder for you is the Nike Lean Plus armband. Not only does it sport the classic Nike tick, but it also does the job very well in the hand.

An adjustable arm strap helps you customize the fit, and a secure hook-and-loop closure keeps your phone securely in place. You also get access to the touchscreen through the protective window, as well as openings for your buttons, port and camera. Note, however, that it is not machine washable and only cleans stains.

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4. ArmPocket Mega i-40 Cuff

The Best Phone Holder for Flexibility

Characteristics

Type: Armband

Made from: Recycled plastic bottles, rayon from bamboo

Dimensions: 165 x 89 x 19mm

Weight: 141.25g

Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Wear it four ways

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Weatherproof according to IPX4 standard

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Machine washable

Do you tend to mix up your exercise routine? Then you’ll want to check out the ArmPocket Mega i-40 armband, which is the most versatile phone holder on our list. Its custom design lets you wear it four ways: on the bicep, forearm, hand, and bike. You can easily access your phone via a double zipper and a transparent window allows you to use it during your run.

This armband is also nice and comfortable to use, with an ultra-soft rayon from bamboo backing. There are ventilation holes to keep your phone cool and dry. You get separate storage for keys, cash and gels, and there are three audio ports for your tunes. Finally, this armband is drop, weather, sweat, mud and splash resistant to IPX4 standards, and machine washable too.

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5. Lifeproof LifeActiv Cuff with QuickMount

The best phone holder for device security

Characteristics

Type: Armband

Made from: Polyurethane, silicone, polycarbonate

Dimensions: 197 x 51 x 110mm

Weight: 190g

Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Very secure

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Using the phone while running

Reasons to avoid

Difficult to set up

Not weatherproof

Worried about your phone falling off your mount while you’re running? This armband will give you the ultimate in peace of mind.

Installation is a two-step process: you stick the QuickMount to your phone or case using adhesive, then attach it to your arm band. Granted, it’s a little trickier than the other phone mounts on our list, but it makes everything super secure.

Your phone’s screen is accessible while running, but there’s no plastic coating, so it won’t be weatherproof…unless you already have a water-resistant phone , of cours. Also be aware that the adhesive doesn’t seem to work with all rubber phone cases.

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6. FlipBelt Zipper-Money Belt Travel Accessory

The best phone holder that fits around your waist

Characteristics

Type: Belt

Made from: Lycra, Elastane

Dimensions: 220 x 10 x 90mm

Weight: 113g

Colors: Black, hot pink, carbon, acrylic summer, aqua, ocean flower, reflective black, neon yellow

Reasons to buy

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Stay in place

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Pocket for valuables

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Machine washable

If you prefer a belt to an armband, here is the best phone holder for you. As well as a place to stash your phone, you also get a zippered pocket for valuables and a key hook. This thin, flexible waistband is made from stretchy Lycra and Spandex and stays in place during a run. It stretches to fit most large phones, comes in a range of attractive colors and is machine washable.

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7. Fitletic Mini Sports Pouch

The best little belt to hold your phone while running

Characteristics

Type: Belt

Made from: 85% Polyester, 15% Elastane

Dimensions: ‎190×82.5mm

Weight: 122g

Colors: Black, black/blue, black/pink, black/red, black/purple, red/black

Reasons to buy

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Nicely compact

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Range of colors

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Zipped pocket

Here’s another great belt to hold your phone while running. This one is nice and small (hence ‘Mini’). But it still stretches far enough to accommodate most large smartphones and fits sizes between 24 and 55 inches. Available in a choice of six colors, this belt adapts perfectly to your body while you run, without bouncing, and you also get a zipped pocket to hold your ID and credit cards. Note however that it is hand washable only.

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8. E Tronic Edge Mobile Phone Holder

The best cheap phone holder for running

Characteristics

Type: Armband

Made from: Spandex

Dimensions: ‎406x228x25mm

Weight: 64g

Colors: Black, blue, grey, neon, pink, Stars & Stripes, turquoise

Reasons to buy

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Low price

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Bright and visible

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Soft and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

Unable to access running phone

If you are looking for a cheap phone holder, this model will serve you well. Made from Spandex, it feels nice and soft against bare skin. It does a great job of stretching to fit a range of phone sizes. It is available in small, medium, large, and XL sizes and can fit arms from 5 to 19 inches in diameter. You can choose from a range of interesting colors – including a neon yellow for road safety. Plus, you get two earphone holes for you to listen to music.

Note that you can’t use your phone’s touchscreen while running, as it’s not particularly accessible either. However, this can be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending on your point of view. Some of us run precisely for escape the constant demands of our phones!

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