Apple’s new iPhone 12 Pro Max is among the largest iPhones ever, and it packs an impressive spec sheet. The all-glass build feels incredible in the hand, but it’s easy to break if dropped. You might want to think about some extra protection to keep your new phone in pristine condition. Check out our picks of the best Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max cases available right now.
See also: Apple iPhone 12 buyer’s guide
Best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases as new options launch.
Spigen Liquid Crystal
The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes in some of the best colors that Apple has ever come up with, especially the Pacific Blue finish. One of the best ways to show off your chosen color is with a clear case, one like the Liquid Crystal from Spigen. It’s a simple TPU bumper case, but it still packs some serious protection with raised lips on the camera and display. The flexible design is easy to apply and remove and the case barely adds any bulk to your phone.
See also: Spigen cases: A buyer’s guide
Ringke’s Fusion case — not the Fusion-X — is another great crystal clear option for your iPhone 12 Pro Max. You can choose from a true crystal clear finish or grab a matte clear finish to keep fingerprints at bay. The case combines a tough polycarbonate back panel with a TPU bumper, so it should handle both drops and scratches. Like all Ringke cases, the Fusion features a pair of QuikCatch holes for your lanyard of choice.
See also: The best Ringke cases you can buy
PHNX MNML Case
If you want an unbelievably thin iPhone 12 Pro Max case then the PHNX MNML Case might just be the perfect case for you. At just 0.35mm thin, you’ll barely even notice that you have a case on your iPhone. The case works with wireless chargers, is branding free and has protective camera cutouts. The PHNX MNML Case sells for $27 and is available in 4 colors, frosted black, white, matte black and clear. Deal: Get 15% off with discount code 15AA at checkout.
Spigen Mag Armor
One of the defining features of Apple’s iPhone 12 family is the return of MagSafe. Unfortunately, some thick cases tend to interfere with the magnetic features. That’s why you may want to consider Spigen’s Mag Armor — it features a built-in magnetic ring for wireless charging and other MagSafe accessories. You’ll still get Spigen’s classic matte black finish and Air Cushion Technology, so this case offers the best of both worlds.
Official Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max cases
While there are mountains of third-party cases to choose from, sometimes you just need Apple’s signature style. The company offers three sleek, minimalist cases for its iPhone 12 Pro Max, and it’s up to you to choose your materials. You can grab a leather case, a silicone option, or just grab a clear case to show off your phone. Of course, Apple’s own cases suffer from the Apple Tax, so be ready to spend a little extra.
Spigen Rugged Armor
Spigen has a pretty firm grip on the title of top case maker, and the Rugged Armor is a great alternative to the Liquid Crystal. It sports the same flexible TPU construction, though the Rugged Armor is matte black instead of clear. The case also features a cutout to show off your Apple logo as well as a few carbon fiber details. In addition to Air Cushion Technology, the Rugged Armor also packs an internal spider web pattern for shock absorption.
Speck Presidio2 Grip
Like any phone this size, the iPhone 12 Pro Max can be extremely slippery in certain conditions. If you’re prone to dropping your phone, you might want to think about Speck’s Presidio2 Grip. It employs Armor Cloud Technology for up to 13-feet of drop resistance and the case is coated in some serious grips. The Presidio2 Grip features rows of raised tactile ridges so you should be able to keep a tight hold and the case won’t slide off of tables or other surfaces.
ESR metal kickstand iPhone 12 Pro Max case
Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch display that’s perfect for streaming your favorite shows. However, sometimes you want to be able to watch hands-free. This bumper case that comes in clear or black features a built-in kickstand that works either vertically or horizontally. The case itself is thin enough to support wireless charging, though you may want to keep the kickstand off of your charger due to its metal construction.
Smartish Wallet Slayer
If you’re going to add a large phone to your pocket, you may be looking for ways to save space. One such way is to ditch your old wallet with the Smartish Wallet Slayer. This iPhone 12 Pro Max case adds a handy slot to the back of your phone so you can store some cards and even a little cash. You can choose from a number of different finishes, though the case itself is too thick for wireless charging.
TUCCH iPhone 12 Pro Max wallet case
The Wallet Slayer may be a new take on the wallet case, but TUCCH has a great option if you prefer a folding folio. The company’s wallet case offers four card slots as well as a cash pocket. You can choose from a number of different colors, and each one features the same PU leather construction. An internal TPU bumper keeps your phone in place and RFID protection keeps would-be identity thieves at bay.
UAG is known for its incredibly durable cases, and the Plasma is the best of the bunch. It comes with a transparent back panel and a thick TPU bumper at the top and bottom. You’ll have to choose your preferred color, and the case adds almost no bulk to the overall footprint. UAG added an internal honeycomb pattern for shock absorption and the case comes MIL-STD 810G certified.
Spigen Nitro Force
One more Spigen case to consider for your iPhone 12 Pro Max is the Nitro Force. It’s one of the company’s newest models, and it uses a hybrid design for maximum protection. Spigen added what it calls a SolidHold design to the side rails so you shouldn’t have to worry about dropping it. The case comes with a transparent back panel, and it’s thin enough to work with wireless charging while adding just 0.1-inch to the overall width of the phone.
Poetic Guardian iPhone 12 Pro Max case
The Poetic Guardian is your top option if you want a durable case that comes with a built-in screen protector. It’s the only option on this list to do so, and it even features a clear back panel to show off your phone. You can match the Guardian case to your iPhone 12 Pro Max with one of four colorways and the two-piece design is sure to keep your phone in place. It also comes with durable port covers that will keep dirt and debris away from your Lightning port.
See also: Poetic cases: A buyer’s guide
Otterbox has been offering its durable Defender case for almost as long as smartphones have been around. It’s an extremely tough option, even if it does add a bit of extra bulk to your phone. The Defender is DROP+ rated for four-times the military’s drop protection requirements. It can take a serious beating, though you might not be able to fit the Defender in your pockets. If not, you can always use the included belt clip to give yourself easy access.
Apple leather wallet
One final iPhone 12 Pro Max case to consider is the Apple leather wallet attachment. It’s not so much a case, but it does offer a handy storage slot for a few cards or some cash. The wallet attaches to the back of your phone, and it comes in four different shades in case you want to match your other accessories. Apple’s leather wallet is a great way to customize your phone, as it can stack on top of a first-party silicone case or clear case for a unique look.