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The best Samsung Galaxy S22 cases you can buy

Here are the best cases to go along with your new Samsung Galaxy S22.
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March 7, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 rear panel angled oni book
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The Samsung Galaxy S22 might not have all the bells and whistles of its more expensive counterparts, but it’s still an investment worth protecting with a case. The good news here is that you have a lot of options, from slim and light cases to rugged and wallet cases. To help you pick the right case for you, here at Android Authority we’ve tested and selected the best Samsung Galaxy S22 cases you can currently buy, and separated them into handy categories for your reading pleasure.

See also: Phone case buyer’s guide | Mobile accessories

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 thin cases


Spigen Thin Fit

Spigen thin fit Galaxy S22 case
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Attractive, form fitting design
  • Only comes in black
  • Limited drop protection
  • Very affordable

If you want a simple, thin Samsung Galaxy S22 case, you can’t go wrong with this Spigen case. It has a fairly basic design and only comes in matte black, but the case itself is extremely affordable and fits the Galaxy S22 snugly. Spigen has long been a favorite of ours (and our readers) here at Android Authority, and for good reason. It isn’t the thinnest nor the most protective cases, but it definitely hits that Goldilocks spot that makes it just right for most people. If you want something with a little more character, check out the new Spigen Neo Hybrid with a super grippy texture on the back.


Ringke Onyx

Ringke Onyx Galaxy S22 case
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Built-in strap holes
  • Attractive color options
  • Affordable

While still in the realm of “normal” looking Galaxy S22 cases, this option from Ringke checks of a lot of boxes. First of all, it’s thin and lightweight, with a variety of color options to choose from. But what really won us over is the inclusion of holes in the sides of the case for a phone strap or lanyard. You won’t find this feature on many other cases, and it’s extremely handy for those of use who are clumsy.


Caseology cases

Samsung Galaxy S22 nanopop case
  • Flashy designs
  • Relatively thin and light
  • Decent protection
  • Several styles and colors available

Most thin cases are fairly basic looking, but Caseology makes some really funky cases that are perfect for those looking for more style. First up is the Nano Pop, pictured above, which features a two-tone design that will turn some heads without adding too much bulk to your phone. If the two colors are too much for you, there’s also a sleek black and grey version that’s worth checking out. The Caseology Parallax is a bit bulkier, but adds a textured finish to the back of the phone and comes with even more color options. Looking for something more subtle? The Caseology Skyfall is a clear case with just a hint of color around the sides that’s one of the most elegant clear cases we’ve seen.


Speck Presidio2 Grip

speck presidio2 grip
Speck
  • Added grip
  • Thin and light
  • 13ft drop protection
  • Anti-microbial layer

Speck‘s signature case is the Presidio2 Grip is has been a favorite of mine for years. It’s a relatively thin case but you’ll still get 13ft of drop protection. The ridges on the back are a little different now, though, with Speck favoring the same plastic of the body instead of the rubber grips from before. It’s still grippy, but definitely not as much as with the older version of the case. Rounding outs its protection features is an anti-microbial layer and enhanced corner protection.


Samsung Silicone case

samsung silicone cover for the galaxy s22
Samsung
  • Color options to match your phone
  • Thin and light
  • Decent protection
  • Pricey

Samsung is different from a lot of OEMs in that it makes excellent accessories for its phones. Samsung’s cases are expensive but come with innovative features, like the S-View and LED covers. But if you want a basic silicone case for your phone, there’s something for you too. It’s a pretty basic thin case. The advantage here, though, is that you can pick it up in a slew of colors that match the colorways of the phone.


Incipio Grip

incipio grip
Incipio
  • Variety of colors
  • Plenty of grip
  • 14ft drop protection
  • Pricey

Incipio revamped its portfolio a few years ago and one of the new cases it introduced is the Grip. It comes with multi-directional soft-touch ridges along the sides, and as the name suggests, adds plenty of grip. You’ll also get 14ft of drop protection and an anti-microbial layer to keep the phone, and you, safe.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 clear cases


Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Galaxy S22 Spigen Ultra Hybrid clear case
  • Relatively thin
  • Excellent build quality
  • Decent protection
  • May yellow over time
  • Gets dirty easily
  • Inexpensive

Spigen once again makes our list of the best Galaxy S22 cases, this time with a clear option that shows off the phone’s natural beauty. The Ultra Hybrid, as the name implies, has a combination of polycarbonate backing and a TPU bumper, which gives it solid drop protection without adding too much weight. If you want something a little lighter, Spigen also makes a Liquid Crystal case that’s quite a bit simpler. Both, however, are fingerprint magnets in our experience, and clear cases are generally more difficult to keep clean than other types of cases. It shouldn’t be a dealbreaker, but it’s worth considering before buying.


Ringke Fusion

Ringke Fusion Galaxy S22 case
  • Built-in strap/lanyard holes
  • Very affordable
  • Several styles available
  • Ample protection

There aren’t a lot of differences between this and the option above, although we found that this one was slightly softer to the touch and easier to install. The standard clear version also suffers from fingerprint problems, but there are matte versions that largely solve this issue. Plus, it comes with the lanyard holes found on other Ringke cases, which most other manufacturers neglect.


ESR Metal Kickstand case

ESR Metal kickstand Galaxy S22 clear case
  • Sturdy kickstand
  • Crystal clear finish
  • Heavier than alternatives
  • Several other styles available

ESR makes a trio of excellent Galaxy S22 clear cases, but our favorite is the Metal Kickstand case. As you might guess, it has a built-in kickstand that’s sturdy enough to support the phone in both landscape and portrait orientation. Most kickstands found on cases are too flimsy to be useful, and they’re already rare on clear cases to begin with. ESR’s other clear cases are the Project Zero, which is a no-frills thin case, and the Air Armor, which has military-grade drop protection. Any of these are great options, and all of them are quite affordable.


Caseology Skyfall

caseology skyfall
Amazon
  • Ample hybrid protection
  • Affordable
  • Several styles available
  • Plenty of grip

The Caseology Skyfall isn’t all that different from the Ultra Hybrid and the Fusion above with a similar TPU and polycarbonate build. It looks different, though, with a redesigned bump around the camera. The Skyfall also comes with a textured pattern on the sides that add plenty of grip. I like the clear version, but you can add a touch of color with the translucent rose gold and black options.


Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear

speck presidio perfect clear
Speck
  • Thin and light
  • 13ft drop protection
  • Anti-microbial layer
  • Expensive

The Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear gives everything away in the name. It’s an excellent clear case that snaps on easily and keeps the phone safe with 13ft of drop protection. Like all other Speck cases, you’ll also get an anti-microbial layer with this one. I found that the Speck clear case wasn’t as much of a fingerprint magnet as the others on this list, so I didn’t have to go out of my way to keep cleaning smudges.


Otterbox Symmetry

otterbox symmetry
Otterbox
  • Big and bulky
  • Excellent protection
  • May yellow over time
  • Very expensive

You might be able to find a rugged case with a clear back, but you’ll have to deal with extra-thick black frames. On the other hand, Otterbox manages to bring the protection its cases are known for to a standard-looking clear case. It might look simple, but you don’t have to worry about anything happening if the phone slips out of your hand. It’s thinner than other Otterbox cases and is a good option if you want rugged protection without the bulk while also showing off the phone’s design.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 wallet cases


TUCCH wallet

tucch wallet PU leather with three card slots
Amazon
  • Good-looking faux leather
  • Folio cover doubles as a kickstand
  • Four card slots and a cash pocket
  • Plenty of color options
  • RFID blocking

The TUCCH wallet is an excellent folio wallet case for the Galaxy S22. It’s not genuine leather but the PU leather feels great and it’s not nearly as expensive as the leather options below. Like other folio cover cases, you can fold the folio cover into a kickstand. The case has room for three cards and some cash, but it’s a bit of a squeeze when adding three cards that are embossed. There are also plenty of color options to choose from, but I like the more elegant-looking black or burgundy. 


Torro wallet

torro genuine leather wallet with three cards slots
Amazon
  • Stylish
  • Folio cover folds into a kickstand
  • Three card slots and a cash pocket
  • Allows wireless charging

Speaking of genuine leather wallets, the TORRO wallet is at the top of my list. It’s expensive but worth every penny. The elegant case feels fantastic with its grain leather finish, and the red stitching pumps up the style even more. The case comes with three card slots and a pocket for cash, but I was a little worried about stretching out the leather with embossed cards. I prefer the black version with red stitching, but there’s also a stylish dark brown version as well.


Smartish Wallet Slayer

smartish wallet slayer
Amazon
  • Non-traditional design
  • Customizable designs available
  • Thick and bulky
  • Covered buttons

The Smartish Wallet Slayer skips the traditional folio design and comes with a cardholder on the back. There are no fancy sliding doors here but you can simply push the cards out from the side and take out the one you need. There’s technically room for three cards and some folded cash but the more you pack the holder, the harder I found it to push the cards. But even if you keep just one card in there, it fits snugly in place and won’t fall out. It’s a surprisingly thick case too, but that just makes it more protective.


Blackbrook wallet

blackbrook wallet natural leather case with four card slots
Amazon
  • 2-in-1 case
  • Four card slots and a cash pocket
  • Folio cover doubles as a kickstand
  • Expensive

When I talk about expensive genuine leather cases, the Blackbrook wallet is the one I’m talking about. The natural leather wallet is gorgeous, though, and is a great option if you’re looking for a high-end case. The phone holder on the inside can also snap off and be used as a standard case that carries over the natural leather from the folio. You can also add more to this case than the other wallets on this list, with room for four cards and a cash pocket.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 rugged cases


Otterbox Defender

Otterbox Defender Galaxy S22 case
  • Thick and bulky
  • Excellent all-around protection
  • Includes belt clip holster
  • Port covers keep out dust

Otterbox is one of our favorite brands for rugged cases, and the company’s Defender series is the best of the best. Make no mistake about it, this is a thick and bulky case, but it’s made to take a beating. It also has a built-in belt holster clip for extra dad style points. The clip doubles as a kickstand, but honestly it’s not the best implementation so don’t expect too much in that regard. There are several color options to choose from, which you don’t always see from cases in this category. If you want a bit more texture, the Otterbox Defender Pro has a textured back and comes in at exactly the same price point.


UAG Monarch

UAG Monarch Galaxy S22
  • Very protective but feather-light
  • Stylish design
  • Wireless charging compatible
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to remove

Urban Armor Gear (or UAG for short) is yet another excellent brand for protective cases, and the Monarch is one of the most impressive Galaxy S22 cases we’ve ever seen. In terms of protection, it has everything you could ask for: five layers of material, reinforced corners, textured sides, and raised lips around the screen and camera module. Despite this, it’s surprisingly light. The company also now offers a Monarch Kevlar edition, which has an ultra-rugged Kevlar finish, but bears a slightly higher price tag.


Spigen Tough Armor

Spigen Tough Armor case Galaxy S22
  • Tough, but not too thick
  • Military-grade protection
  • Limited color options
  • Compatible with wireless chargers
  • Weak kickstand

For a nice middle ground between protection and weight, this Spigen case is one of the toughest the company makes. It features military-grade drop protection as well as a polycarbonate shell to prevent any scratches or external damage to the case. While it does also features a kickstand to prop the phone up in landscape orientation, in practice we found it a bit weak and flimsy. It’ll probably be fine for a phone as light as the Galaxy S22, but it isn’t the most durable kickstand we’ve tested, which is a shame because otherwise the case is fantastic. Like most Spigen cases, color options are limited. It comes in black and gunmetal grey.


Poetic Spartan

poetic spartan rugged case
Amazon
  • Solid protection
  • Variety of colors
  • Built-in screen protectors
  • Sturdy kickstand

The Poetic Spartan is an excellent rugged case for the Galaxy S22. It offers complete protection and even includes a front panel with a built-in screen protector. The screen protector works well enough with the fingerprint scanner, but I’d suggest re-training the scanner and enabling the Touch Sensitivity setting on the phone. It has a built-in kickstand as well. You get a variety of colors to choose from, including a flashy orange that I really like.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 leather cases


Samsung leather case

Samsung Galaxy S22 leather case black
  • Thin and light
  • Premium soft leather
  • Pricey
  • Limited protection
  • Few color options

Samsung always offers excellent first-party leather cases for its phones, and the Galaxy S22 is no different. Coming in black, green, or grey, they all feature a soft, supple leather that doesn’t add too much weight to your phone. The interior is lined with a soft microfiber, so you don’t have to worry about any damage to the phone itself. That said, this case doesn’t offer much protection, and it doesn’t have a lip on the front to protect your screen. We also wish there were a natural leather finish offered, but for that you’ll need to get a third-party case.


Bellroy leather case

bellroy leather case
Bellroy
  • Premium leather
  • Pricey
  • Solid protection
  • Covered buttons

Bellroy makes leather cases for Pixels and iPhones, but you can now get these premium cases for the Galaxy S22 as well. It’s more protective than a standard thin case with a polymer bumper to help with drop protection. A soft microfiber lining keeps the phone scratch-free and the leather on the back looks and feels fantastic.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 specialty cases


Samsung View cases

Samsung S View cover S22 case
  • First-party from Samsung
  • Unique features
  • Several designs available
  • Pricey

Don’t mind spending a little extra? Samsung sells a variety of first-party cases in its “View” lineup, each with a cover that displays information while closed. This allows you to check the time or your notifications without turning on your phone. This year also marks the return of the LED View cover, which features two pockets for cards on the inside. These two cases are a bit more pricey than other options on our list, but the added functionality makes them well worth the price.


Samsung Strap Case

Samsung Galaxy S22 Strap case
  • Relatively slim
  • Built-in strap
  • Not the prettiest
  • Pricey

Samsung widened its official case offerings recently to include these new strap cases, which are simple silicon cases with a built-in strap on the back to make them easier to hold. You can also use the clasp to attach lanyards or phone straps for even more utility. However, it only comes in two colors (white with a green strap or navy with an orange strap), and neither is particularly aesthetically pleasing. Being first-party cases, they’re also quite expensive, so unless you want a case right now we recommend waiting for more attractive options like the Otterbox PopSocket to become available for extra grippy bits.


How we test phone cases

We rigorously test smartphones, accessories, and other products in our reviews here at Android Authority, and we consider many attributes before recommending a phone case. This is also true for the best Galaxy S22 cases. Here’s a quick rundown of what we consider:

  • Protection: There’s an obvious difference between thin and rugged cases, but there’s a lot of variation between options within each category. Where possible, we simulate real-world drops from different heights to see how they’ll hold up. We also consider design elements like corner protection, raised lips around the display and camera module, and covered buttons.
  • Build materials and quality: Cheap materials are prone to breaking or cracking during installation. Poor molds can also lead to loose or tight fitting cases that also are not ideal. We closely inspect how well a case fits, as well as how easy or difficult it is to install and remove.
  • Grip: Not everyone wants a grippy case, but those who do have high expectations. Apart from hands-on testing, we also test phones on different surfaces like wood or marble to see how prone they are to slipping. Typically, cases with ridges or bumps along the back or sides are the clear winners in this regard.
  • Installation and removal: The Galaxy S22 is a well-built phone, but a case that’s too tight still runs the risk of damaging it if it’s too difficult to remove. If you have to apply excessive force to remove or install a case, that’s a big red flag in our book.
  • Design and colorways: These are exceptionally persona choices, which is why we strive to include a wide variety of designs and colors to choose from. Where possible, we also include customizable cases that can be further tweaked to suit your personal style.
  • Price: You don’t always get what you pay for. Often affordable cases have better build qualities and offer more protection than expensive cases. Brand plays a big role here, which is why we’re always on the lookout for new models and price variations.