Straps and Lanyards for iPad and iPad Mini - Part 2

Straps for iPad and iPad Mini – Part 2

There are not a lot of ways to permanently attach a strap or lanyard to your iPad or iPad mini – but there are probably more than you think there are. Here are our best suggestions.

Make sure you read all articles in this series:

Flat Cases with Shoulder Straps or Strap Attachment Points

Flat cases are ones that cover the sides and back of the device, so the screen is always available for use. These are often most suitable for special needs users.

Griffin Survivor Crossgrip for iPad Air and iPad Mini comes with a removable shoulder strap which can hold the device in either portrait or landscape positions.

Griffin Survivor Crossgrip case with removable neck strap.

SmartAngel have cases for iPad 2, 3, 4, & iPad mini both with hand straps (at the back of the case) and lanyard-type neck straps.

AbleNet Rugged iPad Case comes with a removable shoulder strap.

Big Grips Hipster iPad and iPad Mini Case is a shoulder-strap bag that fits over the Big Grips case with an opening for the screen, so you can use the device while it’s in the bag.

Podfob is a leather-style flat case with a removable neck strap.

The original style iPad Podfobs are flat and come with a neck strap.

Rev360 Rotating Case with Shoulder Strap has both a hand strap and a shoulder strap, and allows the device to be rotated without removing the strap.

OverBoard Waterproof iPad Case with shoulder strap holds the iPad in portrait mode with the strap attachment points along the short edge.

Hand and Shoulder Strap for LifeProof cases are additional hand straps and shoulder straps that fit onto the highly protective LifeProof cases.

Any ModulR iPad case can be fitted with a ModulR shoulder strap.

The Gripcase for iPad, shown here in purple, has an optional shoulder strap.

Gripcase for iPad has handles all the way around and an optional shoulder strap as well as a separate stand. Gripcases come highly recommended by special needs parents:

We’ve used OtterBox, Griffin, Gumdrop, Gripcase, and iAdapters. While the first 3 feel sturdier, for sure, I’ve found the Gripcase to be far less dropable because of the handles around the edges. Surprisingly, it’s also fallen from my SUV many, many times and never cracked (although I was sure it would the first few times, since the screen isn’t protected). The concave shape is somehow suprisingly helpful. – Dana Nieder

Folio Cases with Shoulder Straps or Strap Attachment Points

Folio cases fold over the iPad and need to be unfolded or opened to use the device. These more commonly have shoulder straps attached because they’re designed for carrying devices around, but because they need to be unfolded before using the device they aren’t appropriate for many users with special needs.

Sherpacarry iPad Carrying Case With Shoulder Strap are a leather folio case with several optional accessories.

This child uses an iPad in a Sherpacarry case, with the strap over his shoulder. You can see the cover folded under the device for use.

CODi Smitten Folio Mitt iPad Case with Shoulder Strap has a neoprene “hand mitt” at the back of the case which allows you to rotate the iPad while in use.

Targus Made for Business Folio Case with Hand & Shoulder Strap is another leather folio case.

Strotter Across Hands-free case with strap for iPad and iPad Mini

The Strotter Across case for iPad Mini has metal-reinforced strap points at all four corners.

Simplism Leather iPad folio cases with shoulder strap is a case I used myself for a while. It’s not super protective but is a suitable option for adult users.

iLuv Step Folio case with shoulder strap for iPad Air is a three-fold folio case that doubles as a device stand.

Innovative Care Air Professional Case with Shoulder Strap

Cases with Hand Straps

Hand straps are a strap at the back of the case just large enough to slip the palm of your hand into. They make it less fatiguing to hold the iPad during use but since they always take a hand to hold they are generally not suitable for special needs users.

Griffin AirStrap for iPad Mini is a good example of a hand strap case.

Griffin AirStrap for iPad Mini.

iPad Grabbit fits on the iPad and iPad 2.

Speck Products HandShell cases

The PadStrap is a strap accessory only, and doesn’t come with a built-in case.

Higher Ground PROTEx cases for iPad and iPad mini both have hand straps.

Studio Proper HandStrap fits on their iPad and iPad Mini cases.

Incipio Capture Dual Layer Rugged iPad Air Case.

Cases with Built-In Handles

There are many cases that have built-in handles in places where one could easily use them to add home-made straps. This is far from an exhaustive list, but just some that I’ve seen special-needs parents list mention as good for their kids:

Mountable Cases

Mountable cases allow a variety of attachments to be swapped in and out. These are a few mountable ones that have attachments suitable for straps:

Rokform Mountable Apple Cases – This one caught my eye because Rokform’s belt strap would be great for attaching a strap or lanyard, and some of their other mount styles could suit mounting onto a wheelchair or walker.

iPad Cases from Studio Proper also have belt-strap attachments as well as a hand strap attachment and more.

Adhesive Straps or Attachment Points

Adhesive attachment points sound like they wouldn’t be very strong, but adhesives today can be pretty amazing. The Gab and Go harness designed for AAC users also uses adhesive attachment points.

Stick It universal retention system from Ek USA is available with a variety of accessories and is suitable for iPads.

Adjustable Neck Strap for All iPads from is another self-adhesive option suitable for iPads.

DIY Options

Attaching Lanyards to Hard Cases – LVMHGirl suggests looping lanyards through existing openings on hard cases. I suspect this may not be strong enough for uses who are tough on their devices, but she reports it working well for her.

Add a Lanyard or Wrist Strap to the iPhone Case – Jeff Scott suggests drilling small holes to add lanyards to hard cases. I have the same reservations about this procedure with regards to strength.

Once again, make sure you read all articles in this series:

Straps and lanyards are great for keeping an iPad close to you with less effort. They will also help prevent some drops and knocks to the device, though not all. But they only work, of course, when they are in use. Before you purchase one, make sure you consider whether the user will be likely to want to use the strap, and how you can make sure it’s comfortable and easy to use. Even just getting a strap in a favourite colour or covering it with fabric featuring a favourite character or object can make a big difference.

– Ricky

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