The obvious way to keep Jack Frost from nipping at your fingers is to slip on a pair of toasty gloves. People have been wearing gloves for centuries, with the shift from mittens to individually wrapped fingers the biggest upgrade in all that time. But traditional gloves don’t play nicely with our smartphones. Sure, you could stab uselessly at the touchscreen before slipping your glove off to use your phone. But wouldn’t you rather snag a good pair of touchscreen gloves?
All these gloves have some material or fingertip technology that works with touchscreens, but some are better than others. I tested each pair in this guide with my phone—I answered calls, browsed the web, and sent text messages—and also considered comfort, grip, and warmth, using them in around 40-degree Fahrenheit weather. These are our favorites.
Updated October 2023: We added touchscreen gloves from Verloop, Kent Wang, The Heat Company, and Montane, and a new section with other gloves we tested.
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Adjust Your Phone’s Settings
Before we dive in, I strongly recommend you increase the sensitivity of your phone’s touchscreen. Here’s how:
On an Android phone: Go to Settings, System, Languages, Keyboard, then Pointer speed, and then slide it to the max. These settings may vary based on your smartphone. Some Android phones also have an Increase touch sensitivity option or Screen protector mode you can find in the Display settings.
On an iPhone: Go to Settings, Accessibility, Touch, and tap Haptic Touch or 3D & Haptic Touch and adjust the slider to Fast. You may also consider tweaking some of the settings in Settings, Accessibility, Touch, Touch Accommodations.