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The best iPhone 12 Mini cases you can buy

Apple's small new flagship device needs all of the protection you can get. Here are the best iPhone 12 Mini cases.
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May 15, 2021
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David Imel / Android Authority

Small flagships are big again, thanks to the likes of the iPhone 12 Mini. Apple’s pocket-sized 5.4-inch device can fit in any hand, yet it doesn’t sacrifice on the spec sheet. If you have your heart set on one, you’ll have to keep it safe from harm. Here are the best iPhone 12 Mini cases you can buy right now.

See also: Apple iPhone 12 Mini review

Looking for more ways to keep your phone safe and get the most out of it? Don’t forget to check out our guide for the best case brands and mobile accessories you can get!

Best iPhone 12 Mini cases:

Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to add more cases to this list of the best iPhone 12 Mini options as they launch.

Spigen Liquid Crystal

ai12m spigen liquid crystal

We’ll kick off our list of the best iPhone 12 Mini cases with a classic transparent favorite. The Spigen Liquid Crystal is a great case if you want to show off your new phone’s design. After all, it’s completely clear, and the flexible TPU construction means that you can apply and remove the case in just seconds. Spigen’s Liquid Crystal is thin enough to handle wireless charging, yet it has raised lips for added protection.

See also: Spigen cases: A buyer’s guide

Ringke Fusion iPhone 12 Mini case

iphone 12 mini ringke fusion

If you want a clear case for your iPhone 12 Mini but you’re not sold on Spigen, the Ringke Fusion is a great alternative. It features a polycarbonate back panel and a TPU bumper, so you should be well protected against drops and scratches. One of Ringke’s best features is the pair of QuikCatch holes that allow you to add a lanyard to carry your phone hands-free. You can also grab the Fusion in matte clear if you want to cut down on the shiny design.

See also: The best Ringke cases you can buy


phnx mnml case iphone 12 mini

If you want an unbelievably thin iPhone 12 mini case, then the PHNX MNML Case might 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. To make things even better, you can get 15% off with discount code 15AA at checkout.

Caseology Nano Pop

ai12m caseology nano pop

The Nano Pop is one of Caseology’s newest cases, and it’s a great way to add a little extra color to your phone. It’s made of soft silicone with a tough polycarbonate ring around the camera housing to keep your iPhone 12 Mini safe at all times. You can choose from four different finishes, including red, Prune Charcoal, Peach Pink, and Blueberry Navy. No matter which one you choose, the Nano Pop packs Air Space technology in all four corners.

See also: Caseology cases: A buyer’s guide

Spigen Neo Hybrid

iphone 12 mini spigen neo hybrid

We’re back to Spigen for another iPhone 12 Mini case, and this is the most durable option yet. The Neo Hybrid is a two-piece case that combines a soft shell with a stiff polycarbonate bumper for top-notch protection. It may take slightly longer to apply or remove the case, but it should keep your new phone safer than a few of the simple bumper options. You can grab the Neo Hybrid in red, gunmetal, or silver finishes.

Speck Presidio2 Grip

ai12m speck presidio grip

If you tend to drop your phone more than most people, this is the case for you. Speck’s Presidio2 Grip isn’t the most durable case around, though it has some of the best grip on the market. The entire back panel is coated in raised tactile ridges that extend around to the side rails. Even if you drop your phone, the Presidio2 Grip is rated for 13-feet of drop protection, so you should still be safe from harm.

Official Apple iPhone 12 Mini cases

iphone 12 mini silicone case

The iPhone case market is flooded with third-party options, but sometimes you have to go right to the source. We’re happy to recommend pretty much any of Apple’s own cases for the iPhone 12 Mini, though they’re not the cheapest. Like all Apple products, the cases fall victim to the Apple tax, but you can choose from leather, silicone, and clear finishes. There are tons of colors to consider, and it’s easy to make your iPhone stand out from the crowd.

Spigen Mag Armor

ai12m spigen mag armor

Spigen is back on our list yet again, this time with a heavy-duty case that makes the most of Apple’s MagSafe. It packs built-in magnets for a stronger grip while you charge wirelessly. You’ll also find a raised lip for extra protection as well as tactile button covers for volume and power. However, the Spigen Mag Armor is only available in matte black for the iPhone 12 Mini, so you may have to look elsewhere for exciting colors.

Smartish Wallet Slayer

iphone 12 mini smartish wallet slayer

Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini isn’t so large that you’ll have to leave your wallet behind, but it’s nice to have the option. The Smartish Wallet Slayer replaces your traditional wallet with a rear-mounted slot to carry your cards and cash. While it may not be as large as a traditional wallet, it keeps all of your valuables in one place. Unfortunately, the slot location means that you’ll probably have to remove your cards to use wireless charging.

See also: The best phone wallet cases: A buyer’s guide

TUCCH iPhone 12 Mini wallet case

ai12m tucch wallet

Our next wallet case offers a bit more of a traditional design. It’s a folding folio case, and it offers three card slots and a cash pocket to replace your wallet. You can choose from nearly a dozen shades for your iPhone 12 Mini, and each one is made of premium PU leather. The TUCCH wallet is great if you want to binge your favorite shows as you can flip the folio cover into a kickstand. This wallet case is also too thick to support wireless charging.

Spigen Tough Armor

iphone 12 mini spigen tough armor

There’s one more Spigen case to consider, and this one is the toughest of the bunch. The Tough Armor is one of Spigen’s most popular cases, and it’s a great way to ensure that your iPhone 12 Mini is safe from both drops and scratches. It combines a TPU bumper with a rigid polycarbonate shell for the best of both worlds. You can choose from black, gunmetal, blue, and red finishes, and each version packs a built-in kickstand on the back panel.

UAG Pathfinder

ai12m uag pathfinder

You may recognize the UAG name for its popular Plasma case, but we’re fans of the Pathfinder line for the iPhone 12 Mini. It’s almost like an opaque version of the Plasma, complete with heavy-duty protection. You’ll notice that all four corners are heavily reinforced, and the Pathfinder features an internal honeycomb pattern. The Pathfinder is thin enough to support wireless charging, yet it’s tough enough to secure a MIL-STD 810G certification.

iphone 12 mini supcase ub pro

Supcase is known for its incredibly durable cases, especially the UB Pro. While some durable cases have dropped their built-in screen protectors, it’s still a key feature with the iPhone 12 Mini. The case itself is a two-piece hybrid shell, and it’s certainly not going to fall off of your phone. You can take your pick from five different colors, and each one comes with a folding kickstand built into the back panel.

See also: The best Supcase cases and accessories: A buyer’s guide

Otterbox Defender Pro XT with Magsafe

ai12m otterbox defender pro

Apple’s first-party cases may be the easiest way to ensure that Magsafe works with your iPhone 12 Mini, but Otterbox is the go-to third-party option. This version of the Defender Pro is specially designed with a built-in magnet and DROP+ protection. That means Otterbox has tested its durable case for five times the drop protection of the MIL-STD 810G standard. Like many tough cases, you’ll only find the Defender Pro XT in matte black.

See also: Best Otterbox cases — Everything you need to know

Apple iPhone 12 Mini leather wallet case

iphone 12 mini apple leather case

One final option on our list of the best iPhone 12 Mini cases is Apple’s leather wallet. It’s not so much a full-size case, but rather it attaches to the back of your phone. The leather wallet case offers a single slot for cards and cash, and it comes one-size-fits-all. That means you can grab it for everything from the iPhone 12 Mini up to the Pro Max. You can grab your slim leather wallet in California Poppy, Saddle Brown, Baltic Blue, or black.