How to Take Apart and Put Together an OtterBox Defender Case for iPhone

by David Lipscomb Google

    The Otterbox Defender iPhone case is a rugged and durable shell, protecting the phone's glass surfaces from impact. The case consists of multiple pieces that fit together to provide shock absorption and a solid grip for your iPhone. Correct assembly and disassembly of the case is required to ensure proper fit and protection.

    Step 1

    Release the case from the belt clip by pressing back on the side release clip. Separate the two halves.

    Step 2

    Slide your finger under the edge of the rubber bumper surrounding the plastic shell. Gently peel off the bumper.

    Step 3

    Release the three clips around the perimeter of the case with your thumb. Pull the two halves apart.

    Step 4

    Place the bottom edge of the iPhone into the back of the shell. The screen faces through the transparent film.

    Step 5

    Snap the back of the case on, starting with the bottom edge. Gently press around the perimeter of the case to re-engage the three retention clips.

    Step 6

    Slide the bottom third of the iPhone into the rubber bumper. Carefully wrap the rubber surround around the plastic case, fitting the grooves and port covers into place.

    Step 7

    Snap the case back into the holster, screen side facing in. Remove the belt clip if desired by pulling the release tab out.


    • The holster doubles as a stand. Rotate the belt clip to the angle you want and then pull out at the base of the clip.


    • The silicone port covers make the encased iPhone splash resistant but not waterproof.

    About the Author

    David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.