My DIY perfect phone mount

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I always like to drive with Waze running, and I try to mount my phone in a secure location close to my line of sight. I thought and tried a number of mounts for my Model 3 but wasn't satisfied with location, plus they were big and ugly when not in use and disrupted the minimal dash. I really just wanted to mount the phone to the driver's corner of the center display. Well the other night I had a eureka moment and made the perfect mount...out of stuff I already had kicking around!


I will put together a proper Youtube video soon but I thought I would quickly post this for you all.

Very simply, this is a handful of GoPro mounts and a Glif stuck to the back of the display. It can be flipped around or unclipped when not in use.
I have a cheaper spring mount on the way, but I don't think it will handle rapid acceleration like the Glif's tight grip.

So here you are:

1. Glif
(Or this cheap holder)
2. Parts from any GoPro assortment (be sure to use the flat mount)

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What do you think?
 
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I like the set up...but minor concerns about its ability to stay put on bumpy roads and forward and right side visibility; otherwise, cool!
 

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I like the set up...but minor concerns about its ability to stay put on bumpy roads and forward and right side visibility; otherwise, cool!
You can of course position the phone or stick the mount in any place you want! Staying put is just a matter of how tight you screw those GoPro mounts. I use them on my mountain bike with no issues. The Glif's grip is rock solid. (Also, the photos were taken more from chest level, it doesn't block any visibility)

I'm planning on doing something similar.
I've already got an Official waze phone hugger! :D
I'm just going to try bending that and suctioning it to the back of the Model 3's display.

I had no idea there was an official Waze mount! Or is that just some knockoff using their logo? Anyway, yes, it's a pretty simple way to mount the phone in a similar position, though in my experience those gooseneck mounts bounce all over the place.
 
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I like it! But I'm with garsh, a suction cup should work great on the back of the display, but it can get very warm so maybe that would allow it to come loose more easily like they can on a hot day. Might have to give it a try...
 
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I like it! But I'm with garsh, a suction cup should work great on the back of the display, but it can get very warm so maybe that would allow it to come loose more easily like they can on a hot day. Might have to give it a try...
I've had mine on for a few weeks with hot temps and it is still rock solid.The suction cup is also sticky, so that may help.The long goose neck is a little wobbly, but resting the phone on the top of the screen alleviates that issue.
 
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Very nice mounting option. I'd planned on doing something like this too. I run Waze and YaV1 (Valentine 1 radar detector app) on a prepaid android throwaway that stays in the car, but I ultimately decided to leave it hooked up in the normal phone area to keep the minimalist aesthetics. It was an adjustment not having it close to my line of sight anymore, but I've pretty much gotten used to glancing down now. I stopped running Waze locally since no 5-0 use lidar here, but I'll still pull it up on road trips. I'm just not able to check it as much as I should since it's so low. That could end up hurting me since the police alerts are still ridiculously late on Waze.
 

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Can you add a picture that shows the phone from your point of view while driving? I feel like the wheel would block it, but assume not since it wouldn't be too useful that way.
 

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Can you add a picture that shows the phone from your point of view while driving? I feel like the wheel would block it, but assume not since it wouldn't be too useful that way.
I should have noted before, most of those pictures were taken below eye level. The way I have the phone, it does not block any view of the road. The steering wheel does block a bit of the lower right of the phone. But this is DIY so you can mount it in any place you want, higher, lower, above the display, etc. as well as control where you clip the phone in vertically. I will try to snag a photo this weekend....and hopefully have some time to finish the video as well.
 

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I started with the suction cup concept then changed it up.
(I will be wrapping over with some closely matching vinyl thanks to the folks at Abstract Ocean. It should virtually dissapear)
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Oh, I like that design. Should be much sturdier.
Can you describe in more detail all of the materials and parts you used for this?
 

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I can comment that after three months, I have had no sturdiness issues with my mount, and I drive like a jerk and our pavement is super bumpy. The Glif is rock solid.
The cheap holder might not be as strong, but I should mention it is quieter, sometimes the spring in the Glif makes a little noise on bumpy roads.
I too am curious what materials @John Fabrega used
 
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The white part is a piece of PVC-like plastic that was a piece of scrap from some bead-board we put in a bathroom years ago. It could be made out of just about any material. It is about 2" x 16".
It is attached with simple foam 2-sided mounting tape. 2 strips the width of the screen.
The phone holder is https://www.proclipusa.com/product/medium-usb-c-adjustable-charging-holder
It is very sturdy. No wobble at all. I have ideas for ways to make it vertically adjustable and easily removable but that would require tools/time that I don't have at the moment.
I still need to deal with routing of the power cable. Will be looking for vids and pics of channels through the console to route back to the cigarette lighter adapter so I can keep the front USB ports available.

Here are some additional pics.
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For those of you doing this with a recent iPhone, does FaceID work from your seating position? Or do you need to lean forward or do any other contortions to make FaceID work?
 

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For those of you doing this with a recent iPhone, does FaceID work from your seating position? Or do you need to lean forward or do any other contortions to make FaceID work?
I can't answer for the results these guys are getting, but if you don't know it, there is a setting in Face ID called "Require Attention for Face ID". With this turned on you must look directly at the phone for it to unlock. Turn it off and you get a little more leeway on not having to be looking directly at the phone. This might make it easier to unlock from the driving position.
 

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Nice job.
For those who need power, I still think the best charging/mount option is the
Magnetic Power 2 XVIDA Qi Charger
which allows constant charging whenever its mounted. This mounting location is much better than putting your phone in the center console because it allows good line of sight/peripherial vision with the road, and also you won't forget your phone in the car! (It seems to be quite easy to forget your phone if you put it in the center console) .
Some pics:
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