Forum Question: Can a Magnetic Case Cause Phone Damage?

I’m considering getting a protective case for my iPhone 5.5 and it has a magnetic feature that is placed on the back of the phone so that it can be held in place for hands-free driving. Would having a magnet so close to the phone cause damage or diminished functioning for the phone, battery or software? I believe the iPhone 5’s use a flash drive.
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Janice

Comments: 5 Responses to “Can a Magnetic Case Cause Phone Damage?”

    3/2/17 @ 8:03 am

    If you search the Web for the same phrase you use in your title, you come up with a variety of answers. Most say no, small magnets in cases for mounting or closing purposes will not affect the phone. Myself, I have used a variety of cases that have has magnetic clasps for keeping a wallet case closed. I have never had a problem.
    I don’t see anyone talking about small magnets like these damaging the phone, battery or software. The only possibility I see seriously discussed is that the presence of a battery may cause the compass in the phone to read incorrectly, thus making map and navigation apps not point in the right direction. But this is easy to check since you are using your magnet to mount your phone the the car. A car itself produces some weak magnetic fields I think, so the compass sensors must already be taking this into account.
    Have you checked online reviews of your case? I would imagine that if there are enough reviews on Amazon and other places, and if the case does cause the compass to be inaccurate, then others may have mentioned it.

    Janice
    3/2/17 @ 8:28 am

    Thanks Gary, the on-line reviews, of which there were many, don’t mention anything about compass deviations, flash drive nor software issues. There were a couple of comments regarding battery life but they didn’t seem to be a huge issue for the reviewers.

    By the way, between your website, weekly newsletter and detailed responses to specific questions, I am one Apple user who is happy to keep using the Apple brand … your involvement certainly inspires confidence to this Apple user!

    Ken Kenton
    3/2/17 @ 9:46 am

    If your case with a magnet has a place to keep a few business cards, as mine does, DO NOT put credit cards in there. The magnet will wipe the card clean. I found this out the hard way.

    Mark Hurwitz
    3/2/17 @ 2:36 pm

    I have a cover on my iPhone 6s with a small magnet which is used for hands free driving. I’ve had it for 6 months or so and have not had any problems.

    John Bilton
    3/3/17 @ 3:09 am

    I have a iPhone 6 Plus. It’s my second, this and my first have surface wear(paint going a Matt colour in a small area. I have put a soft fabric inside the magnetic case to reduce possible friction damage. I tend to think that this may be electrolysis action from the magnetic holder that retains the phone in the wallet

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