Using the iPhone without a case

There’s an updated version of this article: Should you use a case for your iPhone?

Should you use a case for your iPhone?

The iPhone 6s that is currently resting on the mouse pad on my desk will turn 2 years old this October. That may not sound like a long time to own a smartphone, but given the fact that we live in a fast-paced technology world, added with the undeniable fact that I’m a geek, that does sound like a long time to go without changing my phone.

In all honesty, though, I do have a secondary Android phone. It went from a Moto G to a Nexus 5x to a Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime that I’m currently using. So yeah, I do keep changing phones, but not the primary one.

Why iPhone remains my primary device of choice is the subject for another post — and believe me, that post is coming! But for today, I’m going to share my experience of what I thought would be a risky thing to do: throwing away the case of the iPhone.

Cracked Dream

The iPhone is a dream phone for many people. But, this expensive device has a bad reputation of easily cracking the display if it falls on a hard surface. It’s an easy decision to use a protective case like the Silicone case from Apple to avoid cracking the dream.


I was no different. That’s the reason I got the case. I hate using cases, covers, and anything protective on my phone. None of my Android phones had or has any cover. But, knowing that the iPhone has a bad reputation of display cracking, I had to go with it.

Eventually, the Silicone case aged. It looked so bad on the iPhone that I would be mad at the thing. I bought a fake leather case that was similar to the Silicone case, but I didn’t enjoy having the phone in my hand. And it was important to feel great while holding such a great device, right?

Case Dismissed


iphone 6s with silicon case
As you can see, the silicone case, while comfortable in hand, is a dust magnet.


After over a year and a half of continuous, heavy daily use, the iPhone 6s continued to look great every time I took out the case. But it was just ugly on the outside. It didn’t feel great at hand. It didn’t look good. And being a hater of cases, I couldn’t find any suitable alternative either.

There’s no denying that using a case makes for a strong case when it comes to protection

Then one day, I decided to just drop the case and use the phone like I see most people around me use it. I was a little bit scared at first, but I went ahead with it.

It’s been over a month (or maybe two) now since I’ve stopped using a case on my iPhone. Surprisingly, the first time I dropped my iPhone on the floor since buying it was after I stopped using the case. Yeah. As sad as that is, I continued to do so (accidentally, I should mention) more than twice after that.

But there was not even a single scratch on the iPhone. It dropped on a hard floor multiple times, and every time that happened, I thought the glass would crack. But it didn’t happen. The iPhone 6s was safe, and I couldn’t stop appreciating the fact that it’s a much better device than I used to give it credit for.

To case or not to case, that is the case

As a hardcore tech enthusiast, I take care of my gadgets as much as possible. But I also want to “use” the gadget, and enjoy every bit of it. However, as long as there’s a case on it, that hardly happens. That’s the main reason I don’t like using cases or covers on my phones.

iphone 6s with silicon case

Many people use personalized or various stylized cases on their phone. That is great. It makes their phone feel very personal to them. But if you’re in the boat of people that use the case to keep it safe, while in the heart, you truly want to get rid of it; I say, go for it.

True, the phone will be a little bit safer if you wrap a case around it. But if you want to enjoy holding the iPhone, you can trust on my experience and believe that your phone will be okay without a case if you make sure to take care of it.

Here are the pros and cons of going without a case on my iPhone:


  • Feels great in hand. You don’t appreciate how beautiful of a device it is if it’s covered in a case.
  • You also feel how thin of a device it is. With a case, it’s always bulky.
  • Better cooling. iPhone’s battery can get pretty warm under heavy use like gaming. Having a protective case means it remains warm for just a bit longer than it would if it didn’t have a case.


  • The phone feels too delicate at hand, especially if you use it without a case after using it with a case for a long time.
  • Because of the slightly curved edges, the phone can slip from even or slippery surfaces.
  • You’d also have to be careful about where you put it. On the counter, on the table, etc., you would need to make sure it’s not scratching the surface.
  • As I said before, the battery gets warmer under heavy user. The downside to that is you feel that warmth when the phone is in your hand without a case. I don’t play games for an extensive period of time, so I don’t face that situation too often. If you’re a heavy gamer on the iPhone, this might affect you.

There’s no denying that using a case makes for a strong case when it comes to protection. But most of the today’s phones, especially on the upper, flagship end, are built well enough to sustain some impact. If you can use it with a bit of care, you can enjoy the quality product that you have managed to own.

Having said all that, I do suggest using a protective case (the Silicone Case from Apple is a good choice) if you’ve just purchased a brand new phone just because even the tiniest scratch on a brand new device hurts. After it’s a few months or years old, you can drop the case like I did and still feel like using a brand new phone.

How do you use your phone? Do you prefer it with or without a case? Have you considered using the phone without a case?

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  1. But if you’re in the boat of people that use the case to keep it safe, while in the heart, you truly want to get rid of it; I say, go for it.
    I am certainly in this boat!

    After it’s a few months or years old, you can drop the case like I did and still feel like using a brand new phone.
    I am arriving at this stage with my iPhone 7. I will soon give up the case. Catch me if you see me with my encased iPhone at the GM. I use Apple’s bright red silicone case; so it is not hard to spot it 😀

    1. Ha ha, sure! I can even take the case off myself if you want me to (and we’ll have written evidence here if you do 😀 )!

  2. Great post! Lovely photos too! 😉

    I will forever use a Popsocket on mine, even without a case, because I have small hands and drop it often when I have trouble reaching the screen’s edges with my thumb. Also I’m lazy and use it to prop up my phone on a table while I scroll through what I’m reading. This gives me more inspiration to go case-less and have just a Popsocket on my next one!

    1. Thanks! 😀

      I grabbed a Popsocket last year probably at the GM and I promptly forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me! I’m going to go ahead and try it out. I was always worried if it would leave a residue on the back of the iPhone after prolonged use. Have you noticed anything like this or am I just picturing it wrong?

      1. I adore mine – it doesn’t add much thickness to the phone, and stops it from falling off tables and out of my pocket so easily. I haven’t noticed any residue left on my cases (I took it off one phone and added it to a new one) but I would suspect some cleaner made to remove stickers would take it off. Usually those are safe to use on metal like cars, and probably an iPhone body too.

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