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Samsung’s new Galaxy lineup is here, and the most affordable way to jump in is with the standard Galaxy S21. It’s the smallest of the trio, with a 6.2-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery, yet it packs plenty of punch. Even though it no longer features a glass back, you’ll still need to keep your device safe. Here are our picks for the best Samsung Galaxy S21 cases you can buy.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 buyer’s guide

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 to look at and mobile accessories you can get!

The best Samsung Galaxy S21 cases:

Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to add to this list of the best Galaxy S21 cases as new options launch, so check back frequently.

Spigen Liquid Crystal

Galaxy S21 spigen liquid crystal

Spigen’s Liquid Crystal case is a great option if you want a slim layer of protection without covering up your device. It’s a completely clear TPU option, so you should be able to apply and remove it in seconds. Despite the sleek footprint, the Liquid Crystal still features Air Cushion technology in all four corners to guard your Galaxy S21 against drops. You can also access all of the ports easily with the precise cutouts.

See also: Spigen cases: A buyer’s guide

Ringke Fusion Galaxy S21 case

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If you prefer Ringke to Spigen for one reason or another, then the Fusion is a worthy alternative to the Liquid Crystal. It’s crystal clear as well, though Ringke added a microdot matrix to prevent a rainbow effect. Like most Ringke cases, the Fusion is MIL-STD 810G certified for drop protection, and it features Quik Catch holes in case you want to add a lanyard. Interestingly enough, you can grab versions of the clear case with a few different patterns on it for your Galaxy S21.

See also: The best Ringke cases you can buy


phnx mnml case galaxy s21

If you want an unbelievably thin 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 Galaxy S21. 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 3 colors, frosted black, white, and matte black. You can get 15% off at checkout with discount code 15AA at checkout for a limited time.

Speck Presidio2 Grip Galaxy S21 case

Galaxy S21 speck presidio2 grip

Large, smooth phones have a tendency to slip and slide all over the place — unless you have a grippy phone case, that is. Speck’s Presidio2 Grip is designed specifically to keep your phone safely in place thanks to tactile ridges that line the back panel. The case itself is only available in matte gray, but the Armor Cloud technology and soft-touch material should help you to forget all about the boring color selection.

Caseology Nano Pop

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes in an exciting wave of colors, but you can always add more style with the right case. Caseology’s Nano Pop might be that case in question, thanks to a few eye-catching color combinations. The two-tone design adds some excitement with yellow, mint, or lilac hits on top of navy blue, gray, or purple backgrounds. Of course, the Nano Pop is a great case to keep your Galaxy S21 safe as well with built-in Air Space technology.

See also: Caseology cases: A buyer’s guide

Spigen Liquid Air armor

Galaxy S21 spigen liquid air armor

We’re back to Spigen for another case, and this option actually disguises your Galaxy S21 to an extend. The Liquid Air Armor features an extensive pattern of tiny triangles that help with grip and cover a portion of the camera housing. It is a flexible TPU case that’s easy to apply and remove, and the internal spider web pattern should keep your phone safe from drops. You should have no problems keeping a tight hold on your phone either thanks to textured side rails.

Incipio Grip

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Improved grip seems to be a running theme with Galaxy S21 cases, and the Incipio Grip is another great example. It offers 14-foot drop protection and a series of TPU grips along both side rails so you can hold on even while wearing thick gloves. Better yet, the Incipio Grip comes in a blue finish that offers a nice change from the barrage of matte black cases. Even if you do drop your phone face-down, the raised 1.7mm lip should offer some protection.

ESR metal kickstand Galaxy S21 case

gs21 esr metal kickstand

Samsung’s Galaxy S21 isn’t so prohibitively large that you have to prop it up to stream your favorite shows, but it’s nice to have the option. A handy metal kickstand is the defining feature of this ESR case, and you can grab yours in clear or Translucent Black. You can use the kickstand for either vertical or horizontal streaming, and the case provides ample Air Guard protection in all four corners.

Samsung S-View cover

Galaxy S21 samsung s view

While most of our favorite cases are third-party options, sometimes you have to turn to Samsung for the right type of protection. The S-View cover offers full, 360-degree security thanks to the folding folio design. However, the flip cover also comes with a clear section on the side so you can check your notifications in seconds. You can even answer phone calls without ever opening the cover thanks to the small speaker cutout.

Smartish Wallet Slayer

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If you’re going to add a large Galaxy S21 to your pocket, you may as well free up some space and eliminate your wallet from the equation. The Wallet Slayer from Smartish is a capable wallet, and it skips the traditional folding folio design. Instead, you can slip a few cards and even some cash into the rear-mounted slot. Of course, you’ll have to remove the contents of your wallet if you want to take advantage of wireless charging.

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

Ocase Galaxy S21 wallet case

gs21 ocase wallet

While the Wallet Slayer is a modern take on carrying cards with your phone, this case from Ocase is a more traditional pick. It sports a faux-leather style, and it locks in place with a magnetic clasp. You can choose from a solid rainbow of colors, and the folding folio cover doubles as a kickstand for media streaming. Ocase’s Galaxy S21 wallet case also features a TPU bumper on the inside to keep your phone securely in place.

UAG Monarch

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Now we’re on to the seriously durable options, starting with the UAG Monarch. It looks like a tougher version of the UAG Plasma, and it features a thick black bumper with reinforced corners. You can choose from a few different colors for your polycarbonate reinforcement and the internal honeycomb pattern helps to absorb impacts. UAG’s Monarch case features a pebbled texture for added grip or you can go for a stylish carbon fiber finish instead.

See also: The best UAG cases: A buyer’s guide to what UAG has to offer

Otterbox Defender

Galaxy S21 otterbox defender

The last option on our list of the best Samsung Galaxy S21 cases comes from one of the most durable names in the game — Otterbox. You should recognize the Defender as one of the company’s flagship offerings, and it packs all of the protection you could ask for. It only comes in matte black, but the case is MIL-STD 810G certified and it comes with a helpful belt holster in case you can’t fit the beast into your pocket.

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

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