The best car phone mount means your phone stops being a dangerous distraction while your driving, and becomes a useful tool to aid in your travels. Even if your car has a modern infotainment system, it can help to have that extra screen in a spot that's safe, secure and doesn't obscure your view of the road.
A good car phone mount helps your phone stay visible, while also being out of the way — so everything is always available at a glance. There's never a bad time to pick one up, and countless options can suit all your individual styles and needs. here are our favorite car phone mounts, based on real world testing.
What are the best car phone mounts?
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Using a cup holder isn’t the most obvious place to keep your phone mount, but it works surprisingly well. Thanks to its long neck and sturdy construction, we found this holder will hold your phone high enough that it's easily visible while also keeping it out of your field of view. Because you should be concentrating on the road, not your WhatsApp messages.
Like all good phone holders, the TOPGO rotates to put your phone into portrait or landscape mode — perfect for navigation apps in particular. The phone itself is held by three points and there’s little chance of it moving unless you want it to. The holder can jiggle around a little when on bumpy roads, but that’s difficult to avoid given the way this thing works.
The benefits of putting your phone holder into a cup holder are obvious: You don’t lose an air vent or have to deal with suction cups, and damn near every car has cup holders as standard. You’ll lose a place for your skinny latte of course, but that’s the price you pay for not being too hot or cold or worrying that your phone will fall at any moment.
Read the full TopGo Cup Holder Phone mount review
We’ve tested a lot of phone holders and the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 CD Slot Mount is one of our favorites for a simple reason — it takes that CD player that you likely never use and gives it a new lease on life. It also means that you don’t lose an air vent or cup holder, which is handy. On top of that, the design means that the holder almost disappears when you aren’t using it — which isn't something you can say about some of the phone mounts on the market today.
During our testing we found that installation of the Easy One Touch 4 mount is as simple as could be. Slide the mount where a CD would normally go, pull a clip that expands the mount to fill the slot, and you’re good to go. Those with extra-large CD slots have a little extra work to do, but not so much that the installation is a pain.
Once set up, your phone isn’t going anywhere and the chances are good that your CD slot will be high enough that your screen is never more than a quick glance away. If you don’t use your CD player — who does? — you can leave the mount installed and you won’t even notice it’s there. Magic.
Read the full iOttie Easy One Touch 4 CD Slot Mount review
Mounts that attach to a car’s air vents seem to be all the rage right now and one of the best is Belkin’s imaginatively named Car Vent Mount. It isn’t the cheapest option around, but it does have something most of its competitors don’t: cable management.
Belkin included an area for you to keep your charging cable so it doesn’t fly around your car when you aren’t using it, and we found it to be surprisingly effective. There were no more stray cables blocking all those important buttons in our car
Beyond the cable management component, there isn’t an awful lot to the Belkin Car Vent Mount and that isn’t a bad thing at all. What it does, it does well and that’s to hold a phone steady while you drive.
Similar to the iOttie CD Slot Mount, the Belkin accessory is small and slim enough that it doesn’t stand out even when it isn’t being used. That also means that your air vent will remain at least somewhat useful, even when the mount is in the way.
Read the full Belkin Car Vent Mount review
We’ll preface this by saying that a lot of people don’t normally rate phone holders with suction cups. They can be finicky and it’s easy to worry they’ll detach from whatever they’re mounted to — whether that’s the windscreen or the dash. But the iOttie Easy One Touch 5 is different and instils confidence in a way few other mounts do. That’s all thanks to its large suction cup that is, frankly, absurdly strong.
Once mounted, an extendable arm means you should be able to put your phone where you want it, bringing it within reach. You can’t change the angle of that arm, though, so you’ll need to have the whole thing pointing in the right direction. That might be an issue, depending on your car’s layout.
Like some of the best mounts, this one holds your phone rock steady when you’re driving around, and putting the device into the holder is a simple one-handed affair. People with huge phones should be good to go thanks to the three-point mounting system that can be moved at will.
Read the full iOttie Easy One Touch 5 review
If charging your iPhone while on the move is your game, the Sandmarc Active Car Mount is the place to look first. Featuring MagSafe, the holder is only compatible with Apple’s more recent iPhones. But its use of MagSafe means it’s one of the better-looking holders we tested.
In terms of charging, the Sandmarc holder is limited to 7.5W, so it isn’t true MagSafe as such. The magnets are super strong, however, and I didn’t have any issues in terms of movement during testing.
Like so many holders, this one attaches to your air vent using a clip that can be adjusted in all directions — so it’ll work no matter which orientation your vents happen to be in.
Read the full Sandmarc Active Phone Mount review
If the absolute smallest holder you can find is all you need, the YOSHI magnetic mount is for you. As small as a coin, this little thing is surprisingly powerful thanks to the magic of magnets. It’s cheap as well, costing as little as $11.
The only potential issue with this holder is the fact you need to affix a disc to the back of your phone — something for the magnets to attach to, basically. It can make the back of your phone look a little untidy, but the mount itself is more than good enough at its job to make that a minor issue. Despite being so small, an iPhone 12 Pro was kept firmly in place by the grip of the magnets — which is seriously impressive.
Sometimes cheap and cheerful is all you need and this YOSH holder is the epitome of that.
Read the full Yosh Magnetic Car Phone Mount review
If you’re someone who uses a PopSocket to make their huge phone less unwieldy, putting it into a car phone holder can be an issue. As you might expect, the PopSockets people have an answer to that in the form of the PopMount 2 Car Dash holder.
A suction cup affair that attaches to your dashboard, the PopMount 2 is simple in its use. With the holder in place, simply extend your PopSocket and slide it into the mount on the holder. It's that simple
The PopSockets PopMount 2 Car Dash holder has a strong suction cup that should do the trick on most dashboards. The angle of the phone can also be adjusted, and it’s a relatively good-looking bit of kit even when there’s no phone in it — plus its design means it can be folded away when not in use. If you use a PopSocket, this is the one for you.
Read the full Popsockets Popmount 2 review
What to look for in a car phone holder
What you need in a phone holder might be unique to you. But in its most basic form a phone holder needs to hold your phone in the right position and in a way that ensures it won’t move too much when you’re on the road. If it does that, it’s off to a good start.
From there you need to find one that fits where you need it to fit, whether that’s into an air vent, onto your windscreen or dashboard, or somewhere else. You’ll also need to take your phone’s unique qualities into account, like if it has MagSafe or you need something that can accommodate a PopSocket or similar stand. This roundup covers all bases and there should be an option for everyone right here.
How we test car phone holders
Each car phone mount we've reviewed has gone through the same testing regimen, in the same car and (where possible) using the same iPhone 12 Pro. The process begins by making sure the holder can find a solid grip on whichever part of the car it's supposed to attach to — be it the windscreen, air vent, or something else.
It's crucial that this positioning not blocking the drivers' view of the road ahead, but also that the driver can see the phone screen at a glance. Otherwise the mount is failing at its primary goal.
From there it's a case of seeing just how easily a phone can be inserted and removed from the mount. This also involved checking how well any moving parts work, and whether any additional features can do their jobs correctly. This is especially important for mounts that support charging — wireless or otherwise.
Then it all comes down to the design and how conspicuous those mounts are when not in use. A car phone mount may not be essential on a quick local trip, and it's important to know if it'll be particularly cumbersome or whether it can practically disappear.