How to Install and Remove an Otterbox Defender

Otterbox has a reputation for being high quality and immensely protective yet they are also extremely fiddly and notoriously difficult to take on and off. 

Today, we’ll be showing you the process on some of the latest smartphones on the market but this case is also available for a variety of makes and models, making this a very versatile, must have product. 


To begin with, we’re going to take you through the installation steps. It’s very quick and easy and only takes 2-3 steps to complete. Before we start, I’m going to lay out all the sections clearly so we know what we’re working with. As you’ll see, there are 3 parts, the outer rubber shell and the 2 part inner frame that houses the phone. 

Step one

Start with the bottom half of the frame lying flat on the table and place the phone in the tray facing up. Now take the top part of the frame and place it over the top of the phone. As you’ll see along the sides, the frame has a series of clips along the edges indicated by the arrows on the back. Each clip matches up with the upper frame to lock the phone in place. 

Working your way around the edges, push each clip into place making sure they are all locked down. 

Step Two

Take the outer rubber shell and place the phone inside the casing, starting with the top end first before pushing the bottom half into place. To seal the outer shell around the inner frame, push the phone into the base from the bottom first before gently pushing the edges in and over the lip around the screen. 

Step Three

Check all buttons and ports are positioned correctly inside the rubber casing, pushing all dust caps in to finish the process. Now you have a completely protected phone that gives the ultimate 360 protection from anything life throws at it. 


Removing the Case

But if there comes a time where you need to remove the case, it’s just as simple as putting it on but in reverse order. 

Step One

Use your finger to pry away the outer shell along the seam that runs the length of the screen. It’s best to start from the bottom near the ports and work your way around it, pulling it away bit by bit. If you struggle to get under the outer shell, you can always pop out the charging port dust cover and use this to lift it away as a starting point. 

Step two

Now you have the outer shell off, you need to undo all the catches along the edge. To do this, start on one side and begin lifting the catch from the bottom to release the top frame using a finger or a coin to help ease it apart. 

Step three

Once the frame is loose, lift it away and take the phone from the bottom tray, clipping the frame back together and re-attaching the outer shell for easy storage. 


So there you have it, 3 easy steps to installing and removing the Otterbox Defender to give your phone the best complete protection. The Defender series comes in various styles depending on which phone you have but the installation process is the same from phone to phone. 

We’ll be leaving links in the blog for the Otterbox Defender seen in this video above and for the specific cases demonstrated on both the iPhone 11 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus. 

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