How To Keep Your Phone Safe While Running

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When it comes to keeping your phone safe and sound while running with your phone, you have many options. These include your hand, waistband, pocket, or even your bra.

In fact, ask ten different runners, and you’ll likely get ten different answers.

Here’s the truth

There’s no right or wrong way to stash your phone while running, but there are cons and pros of each method.

In this article, I’ll discuss some of the most common ways runners keep their phone, delving into the pros and cons of each, as well as giving some practical advice on how to make the most out of each method.

Sounds great?

Let’s get started.

Why Should You Care?

In today’s world, we’ve become attached to this little device commonly referred to as a smartphone.

In fact, whether you’re using it to track your distance, map your route, listen to music, or whatever, a smartphone has turned into a must-have piece of running kit for many runners.

However, if you log the miles regularly, there’s a real possibility that your phone may cost more than your running shoes (maybe your whole running outfit together).

Unless you don’t mind having your phone tossed around or wet while running, keeping it secure must be a priority on your mind.

As a result, if you want to avoid expensive repairs, you should learn how to keep your phone secure while running.

In Your Hand

The simplest way to carry a phone while running is to simply carry it.

I have used this method on short easy runs plenty of times. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s that bad.

The phone is easier to use—as long as your fingers are relatively dry.

Additionally, this method is completely free.

But here’s the tricky part. The hand method is by far the worst way to carry a phone while running, especially if it’s larger than five inches.

It’s a big distraction, and your hand will cramp after a few minutes in.

What’s more?

Take a stumble or a fall, and you increase the risk of dropping and damaging it.

The Solution

To keep your phone safe while holding it in hand, use a strap that lets you hold the phone without gripping it. You can also use a ring grip on the back.

But all in all, I will only carry my phone in my hand on shorter runs—anything longer than 30 minutes is quite problematic.

In your Short Pockets

The pockets of your shorts are another solution for how to run with a phone—as long as you’re using a pair of comfortable running with secure and large enough pockets.

However, most running shorts pockets aren’t designed to hold a phone securely in place while running. In fact, some brands feature minimalist pockets that won’t even fit in a small phone.

The moment you start pounding the pavement, the phone will start to bounce around against your body which can be really uncomfortable during those long runs. And you don’t want that.

The solution

Choose running shorts with big, preferably zipped pockets. Remember to test out the shorts before buying them, and avoid those with just a stash side pocket.

Your Arm

If you want easy access to your phone without having to carry it nor having it jiggle around in your pocket, an arm strap holder is your best choice.

This is one of the most practical options for runners. I’ve been using an armband to carry my phone while logging the miles for quite a while, and it’s a really reliable method.

This method not only keeps your hands free, but it’s also cheap and protects your phone (especially if the armband is water-resistant).

What’s more?

Armbands are designed in various sizes to suit your phone, and they can be sweat-resistant.

Of course, this method isn’t without flaws.  For starters, armbands tend to bounce, chafe or slide, especially when it’s not a good fit or if you have small arms (time to work on those biceps, right?).

It can also be tricky to use the phone while in the sleeve, depending on the model.

Additionally, poorly fitting arm straps may jiggle easily and would need constant adjustment, which is not ideal for running.

You also have the obstacle of fitting an armband over clothing in the cold season unless it has velcro.

The Solution

If you’re keen on using an armband while running, choose a model that’s easily adjustable, allows for easy phone use, and won’t chafe your arm. The armband should also be water-resistant and fits securely around your arm.

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In Your Sports Bra

I don’t know, but as a man,  a sports bra seems to me like the ideal place to keep a phone.

It allows for easy access, and you’re pretty sure that the phone won’t pop out and smash into the ground as you’re pounding the pavement.

Here’s the downside. The chest area can get sweaty pretty fast, and this will eventually take a toll on your phone. I hate to state the obvious, but this will definitely ruin your phone. Again, you don’t want that.

It can also feel a little bit awkward, or simply uncomfortable, to get the phone in and out of the pocket, but I guess it depends on the person.

What’s more?

A sports bra isn’t an option for the guys out there.

The Solution

It’s hard enough to find a sports bra that fits your body. I’d recommend using a proper high-impact sports bra that fits your shape, then find some other way to keeping your phone secure while running.

Still, insist on running with your phone in your bra? Then, at the very least, find a running bra that features a back pocket design that lets you securely store your phone in the back, where it’s less likely to get sweaty.

Belts (and The Like)

By far, this is the most comfortable way of stashing your phone while running.

As long as you remember to zip up your bag, the risk of dropping your phone is pretty low.

Belts can also help carry other essentials, such as water, gels, sunglasses—the list is long.

You also have many various options to choose from, depending on your training goals, individual preferences, and budget.

Here’s the downside. This method is not free. Not only will you have to spend money getting a vest/pack/belt, but you’ll also need to try out different options to find the one that best suits you.

What’s more?

It might be a clumsy option as it’s only practical if your run is long enough to require water and food.

The Solution

You can find several versions of running belts in a variety of designs, colors, and fabrics.

I’d recommend any model that has a zippered pocket for extra security. If it comes with stretchy material, make sure if it is solid, since movement stretch and weaken the fabric overtime.

Additionally, if you’re using a running belt, make sure to position it with the pouch in front at the widest part of your hips.

Also, remember to measure your hips beforehand so you can choose a proper size belt. A running belt with adjustable straps is the ideal option.

Other options to look in a good running belt include features such as:

  • Loops for gel packs
  • Sunglasses pouch
  • Reflective details for better visibility
  • Luminous color options
  • Bottle holster add-on
  • Interior pocket for ID, cash, and credit cards.


There you have it. If you’re looking for the best way to carry your phone while running, today’s post has you covered. Now the ball is in your court. Whether you want to use the tools or not, it’s based on your needs and comfort.

Please feel free to leave your ideas in the section below.

In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.

Keep Running Strong.

David D.