The people behind the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone made an odd design decision. They got rid of the standard fastening point for a strap. And the backshells on the market don’t have a fastening point either. But I really want a strap to be able to pull my phone out of my pocket and to keep from dropping it. Here’s what I did.

  1. Get a shock-absorbing plastic backshell (I’m not talking about the cover of the battery compartment, but a secondary shell that fits onto the back of the phone when the battery cover is in place) and a strap or lanyard of your choice. (I prefer a short wrist strap.)
  2. Open up a paper clip and heat one end of it in a candle to drill two holes through the backshell. Repeat to widen the holes. Not too closely spaced and not too near the edge of the shell!
  3. Clean the uneven edges of the holes from either side with the point of a small knife or nail scissors.
  4. Stick a loop of sewing thread through the holes to pull the loop of your strap through.
  5. Stick the strap through its own loop, fastening it to the shell.
  6. Fasten the shell to the phone.


  1. #1 Björn Lindström
    August 28, 2012

    They probably stole the idea of not having a strap loop from Apple.

  2. #2 Martin R
    August 28, 2012

    Haha, yeah, that was quite an innovation!

  3. #3 Birger Johansson
    August 28, 2012

    “the idea of not having a strap loop from Apple.”
    -Coming up next: Cars without attachment points for wheels.

    PS: free PR for Samsung? You should have placed a thin DYMO strip saying “Samsung is crap” there before taking the photo.

  4. #4 Birger Johansson
    August 29, 2012

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