How to put a lanyard on a phone

Putting a lanyard on a phone can be useful for several reasons. If you need to keep your phone handy, but don’t have pockets, hanging it safely around your neck will be a welcome change.

Wearing a phone on a lanyard is a smart move, particularly when you’re travelling as it won’t be an easy target for thieves. When you give your child their first phone, they might benefit from a lanyard they can wear around their neck to keep their phone safe. 

To prevent opportunistic pickpockets from taking it while you are distracted, you should always wear your phone under a layer of clothing like a sweatshirt or jacket. 

The elderly can also benefit from a phone lanyard, as it will help them to keep track of their phone while they are out and about. And finally, if you’re hiking and want to keep your hands free for other tasks, keeping your phone around your neck will make sure it’s always safe. Read on to learn some of the best ways to add a lanyard to your phone.

Method one

Method one

Putting a lanyard on your phone shouldn’t be difficult if you have an older style phone. These phones would typically have a small notch in the corner of the phone with a bar over it. This will allow you to thread a loop of fabric through and then push the length of the lanyard through this loop to create a secure knot. You can then wear the phone around your neck with ease.

Method two

Method two

If your phone doesn’t have this loop, consider purchasing a phone case that has one included. A phone case with two clips on the top or a single clip in the middle will allow you to wear your phone safely and securely around your neck. A wallet style phone case with slots for your cards and cash will allow you to carry all of your essentials without the need for pockets.

Method three

Method three

If you can’t find a case to suit your phone, a specialist pouch could offer a quick fix. Professional custom lanyards are available with lots of different attachments on the end, including clear plastic pouches. These are often used to store items like identification badges for events, or maps and programmes for a conference. This type of clear pouch would be the perfect size for housing a phone. The added benefit of using a plastic pouch is that your phone will be protected from splashes. 

Method four

Method four

You don’t have to attach a full-size lanyard to your phone. A wrist strap lanyard can be just as effective for helping you to keep track of your items. You wear the strap around your wrist and then hold on to the phone. If you drop your phone, the wrist strap will stop it from falling to the ground. This can be helpful while you are at a conference or concert when big crowds would make it difficult to find a dropped phone.

How can branded lanyards benefit your business?

Lanyards are used in lots of different environments, from large public sector offices and buildings, to outdoor concert venues and small businesses premises.

Not all are branded but those that are, often have significant benefits, and with the correct execution, branded lanyards can significantly enhance your traditional marketing efforts. Our guide will show you specifically how branding your lanyards can benefit your business. 

They can help build your brand 

Creating an awareness of your company is a big part of building a brand. Along with direct marketing, public relations and email broadcasts, incorporating branded lanyards, where appropriate, is a proven and effective addition to an overall brand building strategy. 

Branding is the process of creating and developing a positive affinity between a company and a target market through meaningful visuals. People who see brand images they trust do not have to delve deeper into whether to use that brand, as the trust has already been earned. Done well, this can lead to repeat custom with little investment over time. 

Customers and potential customers develop a loyalty to brands if they have a positive interaction with them. It’s an intangible, yet powerful concept and one that can be achieved successfully through the use of branded lanyards.

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Lanyards can help your business stand out

Lanyards are predominantly used at events where there are lots of other businesses, often competing for the attention of customers. Wearing a lanyard with a company logo and strapline that mirrors other marketing material provides a strong sense of synergy and togetherness, emanating a professional image in front of those customers.

There are almost limitless options available when it comes to tailoring a lanyard to your preferred branding design, with an array of different colours, fabrics and sizes on offer. You call also personalise lanyards for each member of staff to create that special touch and to assist event visitors when they are looking to speak to a specific person from your company. Plus, you don’t have to invest in expensive uniform purchases to make your team look professional and cohesive, matching branded lanyards can do that instantly. 

They can support your networking experiences  

Regulars on the networking scene often find ‘ice breaking’ an easy task, but for many first time networkers it can be a daunting prospect. Wearing a lanyard facilitates an easy ice breaker, providing a clue to someone’s identity before you have spoken to them. This can trigger an initial conversation and help break the proverbial ice. 

Also, networking with a large group can mean it’s easy to forget someone’s name, but wearing a lanyard puts a stop any awkward moments and can make sure you stay in touch with that new contact you just made.

Lanyards can have a long-lasting effect 

Lanyards can have a long-lasting effect 

Lanyards can be considered in the same vein as other branded promotional gifts. This is largely because, like traditional promotional materials, they last a long time, are often still useful once used, and help you stay in the consciousness of potential customers now and in the future as a result. 

Different types of lanyards: 

Don’t forget also that although originally used as a simple cord with a tag and placed around the neck, lanyards are now used to attach to a number of different promotional items which are also helpful for branding and marketing purposes. For example:

No matter what your business is, a branded lanyard is an important consideration if you want to create greater awareness of your business. They have a catalogue of practical uses, but they are also a golden promotional opportunity waiting to be had. 

Why are lanyards called lanyards?

Its a question we sometimes hear from our customer "Why are lanyards called lanyards?" Well, we’re all familiar with modern-day lanyards. They’re the attire of choice for conference attendees and parents love them for keeping track of small items for their little ones. But how much do we actually know about these humble bits of cord?

As a lanyard company, we felt obliged to do a little bit of digging and find out how lanyards got their name and why we still call them this to this day. There’s a bit of history, language and design involved in this, so get comfortable while we learn the origins of this everyday word.

Why are lanyards called lanyards?

The first lanyards ever used

You might be surprised to learn that lanyards date back to 15th century France. A lanière was a strap-on apparatus or thong that would allow French soldiers to keep weapons and other items close to hand.

Throughout history, lanyards have primarily been used by the military to help keep things organised and to hand. Small weapons like knives and other items such as a Bosun's pipe would include a string loop that would help the wearer to get a better grip of the small handle. It would also help to ensure they don’t drop anything in the heat of battle.

The origins of the name

The French word “lanière” translates to strap, and this was eventually adapted into “lanyard”. A lanyard can also refer to a kind of rigging on a ship that would be used to secure items. In this sense, the word refers to any string or rope loop that is used to secure items. Whether you are holding a conference ID badge, a military whistle or cargo on the deck of a ship, all can be said to be held in place by a lanyard.

Lanyards and the military

Lanyards hold a special place in the military. In the early French military, lanyards would commonly be attached to pistols, swords and whistles to help mounted cavalry and naval officers keep hold of important items. These lanyards would be semi-permanently attached to their uniform, which paved the way for modern ornate military uniforms.

In British military uniform, members of the British Royal Artillery would wear a lanyard with a key attached to allow them to adjust the fuzes of explosive shells. Keeping this key close to hand in a tense situation could only be achieved with the help of a lanyard attached to their uniform.

Colour combinations and lengths of braided cord are often used to demonstrate an officers rank and seniority. While no longer functional, lanyards still play an important role in military uniform.

Lanyards in the Westerns

Lanyards are also commonplace on pistols. This can help to keep the pistol and the owner united, even if the owner has no time to place their gun back in the holster. This can prevent the gun from falling into enemy hands.

In the 1966 Spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Tuco Ramirez was supposed to carry his pistol on a leather cord lanyard around his neck. It was thought that this would lend his character a unique intrigue. But when asking how he was supposed to get the gun into his hand, the actor playing the part determined that the gun instead needed to be at his hip in a holster.

Pistol holsters are now commonplace as a security feature to ensure they cannot be dropped or lost in a struggle.

Modern-day use for lanyards 

Although they have roots in military history, lanyards are more common in leisure settings today. Modern-day lanyards may be used to hold identification badges, hold a whistle for sports, or organise important items while doing psychically demanding activity. These are some of the most common uses for lanyards today:

Where can I buy a sunflower lanyard?

The Sunflower Lanyard is an initiative to help bring some visibility to invisible disabilities. When you learn that one in five people in the UK has a disability, you might start to wonder where all of these people are. But when you learn that 80% of disabilities are invisible, it becomes easier to understand how they might go unnoticed.

We assume that disabilities will be easy to spot. A wheelchair, guide dog or cane are the typical clues that we might look for. But so many people go through life without these obvious visual clues. And it can make it much more difficult for them to get help when out in public.

Having to explain your disability and how it affects you to every person you meet is stressful and unnecessary. Instead, the Sunflower Lanyard is designed to become a simple way for people to discreetly let those around them know that they are disabled.

Where can I buy a sunflower lanyard?

You can buy sunflower lanyards online or you can buy them in participating shops. While some offer them for free for customers, others may ask for a donation to a charity. You don’t have to prove you have a disability to buy a lanyard.

The sunflower lanyard scheme is open to anyone. If you have a disability that makes everyday tasks more difficult, you could benefit from wearing this simple neck lanyard. The lanyards aren’t controlled by anyone, so you don’t have to apply for them to qualify.

How does the sunflower lanyard help?

You can wear your sunflower lanyard while you are out and about or travelling. Shop staff are trained to recognise when someone is wearing a lanyard and they will know this means you have a hidden disability. 

They might ask if you require any assistance, or give you a little more time to pack your items while you are checking out. In an airport, you might be offered assistance when you check-in or at the boarding gate. On the bus, other passengers that are aware of the scheme might offer you an accessible seat.

Who recognises the sunflower lanyard?

The sunflower lanyard is recognised in shops, cafes, supermarkets and airports up and down the country. As more shops sign up to the scheme, this could soon become universally recognised.

In addition to shop staff understanding what the sunflower lanyard means, we also need the general public to understand what this yellow and green lanyard means. 

If you are interested in using a sunflower lanyard, or you know someone who would benefit from one, it helps if you take the time to share this information with friends and family. By talking about it and spreading the word, you can help to make the sunflower lanyard more effective for wearers.

What if someone is misusing the scheme?

It’s important to remember that the lanyards don’t offer any guarantees. They don’t give you a fast track pass, and they don’t get you anything for free. There wouldn’t be much sense in misusing the scheme. It’s important not to point fingers or accuse anyone of misusing the scheme, as hidden disabilities can affect anyone.

The problem with the perception of hidden disabilities is that sufferers feel that they have to “prove” they are truly disabled. The idea behind the scheme is that anyone wearing the sunflower lanyard does not need to explain themselves. This is why we need to maintain the idea that anyone wearing the lanyard has a hidden disability, and no further explanation is required.