Lanyards are normally used for small electronic devices like MP3 players, cameras, and USB flash drives to stop them from dropping or being lost. Devices designed to be used with lanyards normally feature a small through-hole anchored to the device’s frame or built into the edge or corner of the case. There’s a loop of thread at the end of the lanyard attached to the hole through a simple knot, such as a cow hitch. Sometimes lanyards can double up as headphone cords too.


Identification or badge holder

Lanyards are usually used for the display of tickets, ID cards, and badges for identification in places where security is mandatory, such as corporations, businesses, prisons, conventions, trade fairs, hospitals, and backstage passes for the entertainment industry. These types of lanyards are frequently made from woven or braided fabric or sometimes a spit with a clip affixed at the end. A badge holder or plastic pouch with at least a clear side is fastened to the lanyard with the individual’s ID card or name badge. Sometimes, small objects like pens, tools, or business cards can be positioned behind the badge to ensure easy access. Lanyards are also used as keychains, especially in situations where it’s easy to lose keys such as public pools, gyms, and communal showers.

A lot of ID card lanyards come with an integrated feature called a “breakaway” closure. These types of lanyards release when pressure is applied or when pulled. This stops hanging or choking. Lanyards that have a breakaway feature are mostly used in healthcare clinics and hospitals, nursing homes, schools, factories, and child care facilities that involve machinery being operated by employees.


Accessories for Uniforms

Some uniforms still feature some types of lanyards as decorations, such as the Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship in Germany and the Military William Order of the Netherlands’ Orange lanyard.