Samsung’s Galaxy S21 lineup is the most affordable in years, and the standard Galaxy S21 is a good way to get in at the ground level. It’s the smallest of the group, with a 6.2-inch display and a 4,000mAh battery, yet it packs plenty of punch. Samsung may have ditched the glass back in favor of glasstic, but you’ll still want some protection. Here are our picks for the best Samsung Galaxy S21 cases you can buy.
See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 buyer’s guide
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
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 precise cutouts.
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Ringke Fusion Galaxy S21 case
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 if 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.
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PHNX MNML Case
If you want an unbelievably thin 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 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
Large, smooth phones tend 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 with the 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 forget all about the boring color selection.
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Caseology Nano Pop
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.
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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 the textured side rails, either.
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.
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ESR metal kickstand Galaxy S21 case
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
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
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.
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Ocase Galaxy S21 wallet case
This option from Ocase is a more traditional wallet case 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. The folding folio cover doubles as a kickstand for media streaming. Ocase’s Galaxy S21 wallet case also features a TPU bumper inside to keep your phone securely in place.
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. It packs all of the protection you could ask for. It only comes in matte black, but the case is MIL-STD 810G certified. You’ll also get a helpful belt holster in case you can’t fit the beast into your pocket.
See also: The best Otterbox cases