The 8 Best Cell Phone Lanyards for Every Kind of Budget

When life gets busy, these lanyards keep your hands free to make the most of your day.
phone lanyard for filmmakers

From running errands to running around a film set, we tend to carry our phones just about everywhere, and many tasks would be a lot easier with a phone lanyard. It’s a simple but effective way to help lessen your load, plus they’re pretty convenient (and usually stylish).

This multifunctional gear can serve as a vital accessory for mobile filmmakers and anyone on the go. They can also help alleviate the need for purses or backpacks which can be heavy on your shoulders and back, and may even cause you to carry around more stuff. To reduce some of those issues, we rounded up eight cell phone lanyards and phone holders that will make your life a bit more manageable. For more recommendations see our roundup of iPhone accessories and other essential gear.

Hailey Side Slot Leather Crossbody Lanyard Bandolier


This leather crossbody lanyard bag has great user ratings for durability and style. It’s totally redesigned with genuine pebble black leather and adjustable straps that detach to give you a stand-alone phone case. Leave your purse or backpack behind and enjoy yourself knowing your phone and other precious items are secure and within reach.

BP Phone Lanyard Bag

$9.50 $19.00 50% Off

This brightly colored BP lanyard bag not only looks amazing with it’s sleek style, but it great when you’re on the go and of course, it frees up your hands to do other things. The bag features an adjustable strap for comfort, and an additional zippered pouch that’s perfect for earbuds. This lanyard bag is currently 50 percent off during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which ends on August 8.

‘Gemma’ Samsung 9 Series Side Slot Pebble Leather Crossbody Bandolier

In a world that seems to prioritize Apple devices, let’s not forget about our Samsung friends. Available in a variety of colors, this leather crossbody case is designed to fit Samsung 9 and 10 series phones. In the back of the case you’ll find an envelope snap pocket that’s perfect for storing IDs, cards, or other similar items.

Bandolier Lakers Ryder Lanyard

Whether you’re attending a game in person or having a small watch party at home, here’s a cool way to keep your phone safe while supporting your favorite team. Bandolier partnered with the NBA to release these limited edition lanyards made from high-quality nylon and pewter plated hardware. They’re available in eight NBA team logos, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors, New Jersey Nets, and Miami Heat.

Prada Re-Nylon Lanyard Pouches


Taking it up a few price points, fashion and functionality come together with this Prada recycled nylon lanyard pouch. You can’t really go wrong with black Prada. It exudes elegance and luxury, plus the lanyard pouches are made of recycled materials (up to 50 percent). This design also has an extra pouch for added storage. Prada also has a smaller lanyard phone holder for $550.

Gear Beast Cell Phone Lanyard Silicone Phone Holder Case

While some of the lanyards on this list are no doubt fashion-forward, this silicone phone holder case and lanyard are geared towards a more active lifestyle. Perhaps you’re heading out for a run, or spending the day on location shooting footage for a project that you’re filming on your smart phone. Whatever your situation, this phone lanyard silicone holder is a durable option with a minimalist design, and it’s compatible with Androids and iPhones.

Syncwire Waterproof Phone Pouch (2-Pack)

$11.99 $13.99 14% Off

If you enjoy water activities, you’ll need a waterproof phone case that can go anywhere. The phone pouch, available in a two-pack, offers waterproof protection for up to 100 feet. It’s compatible with Apple and Samsung phones, and you can still use touch features while the phone is in the case thanks to TPU material designed for touch and response.

ProCase Universal Waterproof Pouch Cellphone Dry Bag Underwater Case

Another waterproof option, this six-pack of clear cases in a variety of colors with matching lanyards. The cases are IPX8 certified waterproof, snow proof, and dirt proof, while maintaining full touch screen functionality.

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