Otterbox Defender Belt Clip As Kick Stand

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Hi everyone, I just got an Otterbox Defender case for my 2nd generation iPhone SE. I really love the protection it gives the phone, but there's one feature I can't figure out how to use. The case comes with the holster with belt clip, and they talk about how you can somehow extend the belt clip in order to turn it into a kick stand so you can put the phone down, say, while you're on a call. I get how the clip rotates to different positions, but what i do not get is how you extend the clip. They show you how to do it in numerous videos, but that's not helping me. Has anyone with one of these cases been able to use the belt clip as a kick stand? Thanks so much, in advance, for any help.

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Submitted by Misty Dawn on Monday, December 27, 2021

I, too, was having a hard time figuring this out until I messed around and experimented with it a bit. So, if you’re still having this issue

To extend the belt clipand make it into a kickstand, you need to push the top of the belt clip in decently hard until you hear a click sound. The belt clip should then be opened and locked into place. There you go! You now have your kickstand!

Note that you can only use the kickstand in landscape mode (at least as far as I know). When I’ve tried using it in portrait mode, the phone just falls over because the bottom of the clip is higher than the bottom of the phone. To do this, you’ll need to orient the belt clip accordingly. When it is not pushed out in kickstand mode, you can rotate it 360 degrees. It appears that you cannot rotate it at all when it is extended and in kickstand mode, so you’ll have to rotate it before you make it into a kickstand.

Also, I think you’ll need to make sure your phone is placed in the belt clip plastic thing so that your Home Button is to the right and so that the top of the clip/kickstand is at the top (sticking up into the air, so to speak). In this arrangement, I’ve found, my side/sleep-wake/power button should be on the same side as the top of the clip/kickstand. (I have an iPhone 8, and I’m not sure other models would be arranged in the same way.)

Now, I believe, to make your kickstand back into a belt clip, simply push in hard on the bottom (wide-open part) of the clip/kickstand until you hear a very very very loud click. (It almost sounds like it’s breaking, it’s so loud!)

Mine is for an iPhone 7, so might be a little different. You close mine by pushing down on the tab sticking up with grooves across The top. The tab is on the part that sits flush against the back of the phone holder. It sticks out from the side when rotated to landscape. And yes, it sounds like it's breaking when it releases the kickstand.
For some reason, mine also rotates when the kickstand is out.

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Tuesday, December 28, 2021

In reply to by OldBear

Well, I’ve tried closing the kickstand from the top as you describe, but it doesn’t seem to work for me. Maybe I’m not pushing hard enough? (I think I understand where you mean…)

Also have tried rotating when the kickstand is active, but I can’t seem to. Again, this may just be weak hands on my part (which is not entirely impossible)?

Basically, I just don’t want to run the risk of breaking things. LOL

Oh, I understand about feeling like something is going to break. Things do tend to break too easily, and I don't use the kickstand because it requires too much wrenching and yanking. I doubt pushing down on the open end of the clip to close it, like you suggest, is going to cause any problems.
Mine is an earlier version than yours, so the rotation part might be different.