When you’re driving in your car your iPhone can double up as a sat nav or a music player, as well as keeping you in touch with the messages and calls coming your way, but you need a solid mount to hold it in place within your eye line. With so many different options out there, many of them with major flaws, it can be tough to find an accessory that really delivers. That’s why we’ve hunted out the best iPhone car mounts currently on the market and taken them for a test drive. Whether you want power built-in or you’re happy to use one of the best car chargers, we have options for you, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to use your dashboard, windshield, air vent, or CD player, because we’ve got you covered.
iOttie Easy One Touch 4
Our top pick as the best iPhone car mount for most people is iOttie’s Easy One Touch 4. You can buy this mount to fit into an air vent, CD slot, or to be mounted on the dashboard or windshield. It has an excellent one-touch mechanism that allows you to close the mount or open it one-handed. Your iPhone is held securely by the arms and there are feet at the bottom, so it can’t fall. Importantly, you can adjust the height of the feet and there’s a telescopic arm that can extend and pivot. This level of adjustability allows the iOttie mount to accommodate any iPhone model with any case on, and you can always find the ideal angle. It’s a secure, solid mount at an affordable price, but iOttie also offers the same basic design with built-in Qi wireless charging $70 iOttie Easy One Touch Connect, which allows you to use Alexa on your iPhone in the car hands-free.and if you’re a big fan of Alexa, check out the
Moshi SnapTo Car Mount
One of the top names in the iPhone accessories field, Moshi does a great job of marrying form and function. The SnapTo clips into an air vent, or you can stick the dock mount directly on your dashboard. It’s a minimal design that relies upon a magnetic connection to hold your iPhone in place and it must be used in concert with a Moshi SnapTo case which are sold separately and cost around $30 and up. With the right case, your iPhone will automatically and securely attach to the dock. Best of all, this dock is also a wireless charging pad capable of delivering up to 10W, so you can charge your iPhone while it’s docked; you just need an iPhone that supports Qi wireless charging, which means an iPhone 8 or later. It’s an expensive option and it requires you to buy a Moshi case, but for fans of this stylish brand, it’s a winner.
RoboQi Automatic Wireless Car Charger
The coolest thing about the RoboQi car charger is the automatically closing arms. When you put your iPhone on the charging pad, it depresses the sensor and the arms close by themselves to hug it tightly, but it requires power so you do have to start the car first. RoboQi provides a charging cable that plugs into the power socket in your car and has an extra USB to charge a second device. The RoboQi mount itself has a built-in Qi wireless charging pad that can deliver up to 10W, so it can charge the latest iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, as well as the previous generation and any other smartphone that supports Qi wireless charging. It’s a classic suction pad design so it can fit on the dashboard or windshield and there’s an air vent clip option in the box, too. You can adjust the angle and height easily, though, as with many adjustable arm mounts, you may need to tighten it from time to time. It’s a shame that you have to start the car for the arms to automatically close and we don’t like the lack of feet at the bottom to hold your iPhone in place, but this is an impressive package for the price.
WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
WizGear’s car mount is the one to go for if you want to save space and money. It will also save you some time when it comes to placing your iPhone on the mount, because there’s no fiddling with arms and you won’t have to remove your iPhone’s protective case. This mount doesn’t stick to the dash, or come with a holder for the phone, but instead clips onto your air vent. It holds your iPhone in place magnetically, without harming or interfering with any aspect of the phone. You can affix your iPhone to the mount by placing the included metal plate in your case — between the back of your phone and the case — or by placing the round magnetic plate on the back of your phone. You can then hold it in front of the mount and feel the magnetism pull it securely in. Once attached, both the phone and mount can be rotated or tilted to whatever angle you prefer.
IPOW Silicone Pad Dash Mat
IPOW’s car mount may be the simplest offering on our list. It doesn’t stick to the dashboard or windshield, or even clip onto the air vent. It just sits on the dashboard, and relies on a silicone rubber mat to keep it in place. As far as adjustments go, it comes with two pairs of rubber holders that stick directly into the rubber base, allowing it to accommodate both 9 and 14-millimeter-thick phones. Both can be moved left or right for wider devices, too, so it should be able to accompany most iPhones equipped with cases in either horizontal or vertical positions. You can tweak the angle your phone is tilted at and you can reposition the mat, but it’s designed to hold your iPhone in landscape view. One advantage of this mount is that it doesn’t require any adhesive or cover an air vent, so it’s easy to remove.