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The best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro cases to buy
Apple’s flagship iPhone family is as large as it’s ever been with four models. No matter which phone you choose, you’ll want to protect it. This year’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are identical twins, which means they can take the same cases. If you’re considering either one, here are the best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro cases you can get.
See also: Apple iPhone 12 buyer’s guide
Best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro cases:
Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro cases as new options launch.
Spigen Liquid Crystal
Apple’s iPhone 12 family comes in more bright finishes than ever before, and a clear case is a great way to show off your chosen hue. Spigen’s Liquid Crystal is a flexible TPU bumper, which means you can easily apply it in seconds. It’s excellent against drops thanks to the Air Cushion Technology in all four corners, and raised lips add some extra security. You won’t find many extras with the Liquid Crystal, but it’s thin enough to support MagSafe.
See also: Spigen cases: A buyer’s guide
Ringke Air-S iPhone 12 case
The Ringke Air-S is a great bumper case if you want to keep your iPhone 12 as clean as possible. It’s made of a flexible TPU material, and it comes in either black or Pink Sand. The Air-S is soft to the touch and it skips almost all branding so you can just enjoy your phone. You’ll find raised lips around the camera and display, and a pair of QuikCatch holes means that you can add your favorite lanyard.
See also: The best Ringke cases you can buy
PHNX MNML Case
If you want an unbelievably thin iPhone 12 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.
Caseology’s Skyfall is an excellent case if you want to add solid protection to your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro, but you also want to show it off. It combines a durable polycarbonate bumper with a transparent polycarbonate shell for serious scratch protection. You can choose from a number of different colors, so your case can easily match your new phone. The Caseology Skyfall adds just 0.03-inches of depth, but Air Space Technology helps to give it a protective boost.
See also: Caseology cases: A buyer’s guide
Spigen Rugged Armor
Spigen is one of the most popular names in phone cases, so it shouldn’t surprise you to see it back on the list. The Rugged Armor is a light and flexible TPU case, though it adds a bit more style to your new phone. It packs carbon fiber details and a cutout for the Apple logo on your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro. Spigen’s case only comes in matte black, but the Air Cushion Technology is a great touch in each corner.
Official Apple iPhone 12 cases
There are mountains of third-party cases to choose from, but it can help to check out Apple’s options too. The OEM only offers a few options, but they’re perfect if you want a sleek, minimalist case. Unfortunately, the official Apple iPhone 12 and 12 Pro cases are some of the most expensive on the market, too. Check out the leather case, silicone case, and even a clear option with a MagSafe ring right here.
Spigen Mag Armor
Spigen’s Mag Armor case is a great pick if you want durable protection but you also want MagSafe support. It’s yet another matte black option, but the Mag Armor packs a built-in magnetic ring for all of your favorite accessories. You’ll also find all of the other hallmarks of a great Spigen case — raised lips, Air Cushion Technology, and an internal spider web pattern for extra protection.
ESR metal kickstand case
Apples’ crisp 6.1-inch Retina display is perfect for streaming all of your favorite shows on the iPhone 12 or 12 Pro. However, you may not always want to hold your phone tightly. That’s where ESR’s case comes in. It features a durable metal kickstand that works both vertically and horizontally. You can adjust the kickstand freely up to 60-degrees, and the case itself comes in either clear or black finishes.
Smartish Wallet Slayer
The Smartish Wallet Slayer is a great new take on a wallet case, and it leaves the folding folio behind. You may not be able to use it as a kickstand, but the Wallet Slayer should save quite a bit of pocket space. The case relies on a single rear-mounted slot to hold your cards and cash, and it comes in a variety of colors. Unfortunately, the Wallet Slayer is not compatible with wireless charging or other MagSafe accessories.
TUCCH iPhone 12 wallet case
If you prefer a more traditional iPhone 12 wallet case, TUCCH makes a great option. You can grab yours in one of nearly a dozen colors, and you’ll have three card slots to work with. There’s also a cash pocket if you need some more space. TUCCH’s wallet case is made of premium PU leather and the folding folio cover doubles as a kickstand. It utilizes an internal TPU bumper for extra support, but you won’t be able to use wireless charging.
Spigen Tough Armor
One last Spigen case to consider for your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro is the Tough Armor. It’s the thickest and most durable of the bunch, and it comes in four colors. The Tough Armor combines a soft inner layer with a tough polycarbonate shell that should guard your phone against both drops and scratches. It’s another great option for Netflix junkies too as the back panel features a built-in kickstand.
UAG Monarch iPhone 12 case
The UAG Monarch is a tough yet stylish case that combines a thick bumper with a colorful back panel. You can also choose from a leather texture or a sleek carbon fiber version. UAG boasts that its case combines five different protective materials, though it’s still thin enough to support wireless charging. The internal honeycomb pattern helps to absorb the toughest of impacts, and the case is MIL-STD 810G certified in case you happen to drop it from a great height.
We’re deep into rugged case territory at this point, and the Poetic Revolution is among the best you can get. It’s one of the few cases with a built-in screen protector in 2021, and it even offers a folding kickstand. The Revolution combines polycarbonate and TPU elements in a two-piece design that’s sure to stay tightly on your phone. It even comes with tough port covers to keep water and dust away from your iPhone’s charging port.
See also: Poetic cases: A buyer’s guide
The Otterbox Defender has been around for just about as long as people have been asking for rugged cases. It’s one of the toughest, and thickest, cases you can get for the iPhone 12, though it might not fit in your pocket too easily. If it doesn’t, you can always make the most of the included belt holster for easy access. While you won’t find a screen protector built into the Defender, the belt holster doubles as a kickstand, which is an unexpected bonus.
Apple leather wallet
One last option to consider for your iPhone 12 or 12 Pro isn’t technically a case. However, it can help to replace your wallet with the smallest footprint on the market. Apple’s leather wallet attaches right to the back of your phone, and you can shove a few cards into the single pocket. It won’t do much against drops or scratches, but you can grab your very own in black, Baltic Blue, Saddle Brown, or California Poppy.