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let's say someone would have tefillin on him during mincha shemona esrei. Would he get a mitzvah for during so? Would that be allowed?

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    Why do you think it wouldn't be allowed? Tefillin are donned at Mincha on fast days by many, in particular Tisha B'Av. – Double AA Nov 6 '16 at 21:18
  • I would only see a problem with wearing them at Maariv, but Mincha seems fine to me. – ezra Nov 6 '16 at 23:50
  • @EzraHoerster Even Maariv wouldn't be so bad (especially before shkia or tzeis – depending on your shita), as the reason for not wearing tefillin at night is lest one falls asleep with them. But generally, people do not fall asleep during davening. – Adám Nov 7 '16 at 0:04
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    @Adám The Geonim would remove their Tefillin after Shema at Maariv before Shemoneh Esrei IIRC. – Double AA Nov 7 '16 at 1:02
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The Shulchan Arukh (OC 37:2, echoing the Tur ibid.) writes:

מצותן להיות עליו כל היום אבל מפני שצריכים גוף נקי שלא יפיח בהם ושלא יסיח דעתו מהם ואין כל אדם יכול ליזהר בהם נהגו שלא להניחם כל היום ומכל מקום צריך כל אדם ליזהר בהם להיותם עליו בשעת קריאת שמע ותפלה:‏
The commandment is to have [the Tefillin] on all day, but because they a clean body that he won't flatulate while [wearing] them and he won't be distracted from them and not every man can be careful about them, they are accustomed to not wear them all day, but nevertheless every man must be careful to have [the Tefillin] on him at the time of the reading of Shema and Tefillah.

Basically: every minute is a Mitzva and it's most important to wear Tefillin during Shema and Tefillah.

If you have to choose, it would seem Shacharit is more important than Mincha for reasons like you get Shema as well as Tefillah and we generally take the first opportunity to do Mitzvot ("Zerizin Makdimin"). Plus, people are out and about in the afternoon usually so it's not easy to have Tefillin around.

In general nowadays most communities do not don Tefillin at Mincha, and doing so in those places could constitute Yuhara (see Igrot Moshe OC 4:34), yet there have been many individuals over the years who have been careful to don Tefillin at Mincha, at least in private (see eg. Magen Avraham OC 37, B'Yitzchak Yikarei ibid., Ma'aseh Rav 63, Ben Ish Chai I Vayaqhel 6, etc.). Some are particularly careful about this on fast days, to help make up for the lost blessings on food when working towards 100 blessings (Beit Yosef 46).

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Yes, it is allowed, and yes, one can fulfil the obligation of tefillin by wearing them during mincha – or indeed any other time of the day.

I have often seen, especially chassidim, wear tefillin at mincha, either because they wanted to wear their Rabbeinu Tam tefillin during a prayer or because they for some reason (e.g. travel or Tisha B'Av mourning) were prevented from wearing their regular (Rashi) tefillin during shacharis.

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From what I remember, TANAIM, EMORAIM etc. would wear it all day long.
Since we are not at their level, we only wear it for Shacharit.
I'm sure that if that is the first time that day, that would count as putting it on for that day. Maybe not the preferred method, but still better than not at all.

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