Our editors tried this $9 waterproof phone pouch — and it’s the real deal

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Let’s face it: Using your phone is an around-the-clock activity. Chances are, you don’t want to be separated from it for long periods of time. Particularly in beach or pool settings, having your phone ready to go is important. But when you’re near water, you likely need to leave your device on the sidelines.

Now, thanks to our shopping editors and thousands of Amazon shoppers’ recommendations, you can chronicle special moments while fully submerged below the water’s surface with the Joto Waterproof Phone Pouch.

Shop: Joto Waterproof Phone Pouch Dry Bag Case, $8.99 (Orig. $19.99)

JOTO Waterproof Phone Pouch Dry Bag Case
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Advertised to fit all smartphones up to 6.8 inches in diagonal length, including the likes of iPhone, Android and Google devices, this “universal waterproof case dry bag” allows you to fully operate your device while under water.

The item is certified waterproof, snowproof, dirtproof and offers full-coverage protection for your device while maintaining full touchscreen functionality.

Joto Waterproof Phone Bag
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In addition to its touchscreen capabilities, the Joto Waterproof Phone Pouch features a compartment for credit cards and cash. The product is available in 14 fun colors and print variations, too.

Securing your phone into the pouch literally takes seconds, thanks to the seamless snap and lock function. The pouch protecs your device from water and several other harmful materials like snow, dust, sand and dirt.

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With more than 37,000 reviews on Amazon and 4.5 out of 5 stars, the product is certainly customer-approved. Several reviewers even confirm the case is “definitely waterproof” with photographic evidence.

“I purchased this case in July for an upcoming canoe trip with a friend, and as luck would have it, we flipped our canoe about an hour from our pick up point,” one reviewer explained. After explaining that their phone, housed in the pouch, ended up lost “at the bottom of the river,” the reviewer shared that the Sherrif’s Office diver found their phone “dry as a bone.”

“He had to cut the case open, but there was not one single drop of water in it. He ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed,” the shopper added.

Our editors have also been longtime users of this case, with commerce manager Brittaney Trent sharing that it is “a definite must-have!” Trent used the pouch while snorkeling in Jamaica and the Bahamas, and says that “it truly is waterproof.”

“I was worried at first that it wouldn’t work or the photo quality wouldn’t be as great, but boy I was wrong!” she shared. “I was able to get some great pictures of fish underwater and even some underwater selfies.”

She added that, in addition to its completely waterproof functionality, the pouch is particularly “great to just protect your phone from sand and water while relaxing on the beach.”

In The Know’s style commerce editor Laura Galvan bought the Joto waterproof phone pouch for herself and all of her friends for a white water rafting trip on the Delaware River. She was impressed with its tight closure and touch screen functionality, which she says is “the best part by far.”

“The snap-lock closure made my phone feel super secure, so I didn’t have to worry about it falling out,” she explained. “You can send a text or skip the next song on your playlist [with this pouch].”

Galvan did say, though, that taking photos with the case on isn’t the most convenient as they don’t “come out totally clear.”

While it’s safe to say that this product is definitely a winner, it’s important to have options. These three popular alternatives also boast thousands of reviews a piece, and shoppers seem to love them just as much. Take a look below:

Shop: Mpow Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch (2 Pack), $7.99

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Shop: Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Phone Pouch (2 Pack), $8.99

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Shop: ProCcase Universal Waterproof Pouch And Cellphone Dry Bag (2 Pack), $8.99

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