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The best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus cases you can get

There are plenty of cases to choose from.
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March 7, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus family colors on wood
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus offers an excellent middle ground between the basic S22 and the packed to the gills S22 Ultra. If you don’t want to splurge on the Ultra but are looking for some bells and whistles, the Galaxy S22 Plus is the phone for you. It’s still an expensive buy, so you’ll want to keep it protected! 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 Plus cases you can currently buy for your reading pleasure.

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

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus thin cases


Spigen Liquid Air

galaxy s22 plus case spigen liquid air
Spigen
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Attractive, form fitting design
  • Only comes in black
  • Limited drop protection
  • Plenty of grip

If you want a simple, thin Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus case, you can’t go wrong with this Spigen case. It’s a basic TPU case that comes in a single, black color. But you will get extras like Air Cushion technology for extra corner protection, covered buttons, and a raised lip around the display. A textured back and patterned sides add to grip as well. Even then, it’s not the most protective case you can get and not the best option if you’re clumsy. If you’re looking for something thinner and lighter, the aptly-named Spigen Thin Fit is worth considering as well.


Ringke Fusion-X

ringke fusion x
Amazon
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Built-in strap holes
  • Great protection
  • Affordable

The Fusion-X is slightly outside the realm of a regular thin Galaxy S22 Plus case, but this option from Ringke checks a lot of boxes. First of all, it’s thin and lightweight, which is why it’s in this category. An exaggerated TPU bumper with extra corner reinforcement makes it very protective, though. But what might win you over is the inclusion of holes in the sides of the case for a phone strap or lanyard. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s the small things that count.


Caseology Nano Pop

caseology nano pop case for the samsung galaxy s22 plus
Caseology
  • Flashy design
  • Relatively thin and light
  • Decent protection
  • Several styles and colors are available

The Caseology Nano Pop comes with a two-tone design that looks great, with the pop of color and variety of colorways a welcome change from the sea of boring, black cases. The case is protective without being too bulky, and a soft touch finish ensures that the phone won’t slip out of your hand. The Black Sesame option with a gray “pop” is for anyone who doesn’t want to go flashy, but the Blueberry Navy, pictured above, is my favorite. I’m also excited about a new AvoGreen color option that is coming later.


Speck Presidio2 Grip

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

The Speck Presidio2 Grip provides an impressive 13ft of drop protection, despite being a relatively thin case. It gets the name from the ridges on the back. It’s a little different than before with the S22 series cases, though. Instead of using rubber grips, the ridges are the same soft-touch plastic finish as the rest of the case. It’s still grippy, but I prefer the older version. Other Speck staples return with extra corner protection and a raised lip around the display and camera. All Speck cases also come with an anti-microbial layer.


Samsung Silicone case

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

Samsung releases excellent accessories to support its phones. You’ll find a lot of cases in the specialty section below. But, if you’re looking for a simple thin, Samsung has that too. The silicone cover is pretty basic, with a matte finish on the back that makes it less slippery. A raised lip adds a little more protection around the display and camera, but it’s not the most protective case on this list. The best part of being a first-party accessory is that you get color options that match the phone.


Incipio Grip

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

The Grip was added to Incipio’s portfolio when the company revamped its offerings and I actually prefer it over the Duo. The multi-direction ridges along the sides make the phone easier to hold and it shouldn’t slip out of your hand. If it does, 14ft of drop protection will make sure that nothing happens. All Incipio cases come with an anti-microbial layer as well.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus clear cases


Spigen Ultra Hybrid

spigen ultra hybrid clear case
Spigen
  • 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 Plus cases, this time with a clear option that shows off the phone’s design. The Ultra Hybrid combines a 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 a simple TPU case. Both, however, are fingerprint magnets, especially if you have naturally oily fingers as I do.


Caseology Skyfall

caseology skyfall galaxy s22 plus clear case
Caseology
  • Ample hybrid protection
  • Affordable
  • Several styles available
  • Plenty of grip

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. It also comes with textured elements on the sides that add to the grip and the interesting design around the camera gives it an industrial look. This design gives Caseology the opportunity to add some color as well. While the back is clear, you can get black and rose gold options for a stylish touch.


ESR Metal Kickstand case

esr metal kickstand case
Amazon
  • Sturdy kickstand
  • Crystal clear finish
  • Heavier than alternatives

ESR makes a couple of excellent Galaxy S22 Plus 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. Spigen has a clear case with a metal kickstand as well, the Ultra Hybrid S, but I like the sturdier kickstand of the ESR more.


Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear

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

Like Speck’s other Galaxy S22 Plus case, you’ll also get 13ft of drop protection with the Presidio Perfect-Clear. As the name suggests, it’s a perfectly clear case that’ll let you show off the phone’s look. The only thing it’s missing is the ridges for grip, but it’s not a very slippery case. A coating to reduce yellowing is certainly helpful as well. Like any polycarbonate case, the back is a fingerprint magnet and gets smudged pretty quickly if I’m not careful.


Otterbox Symmetry

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

There are a few rugged cases that have clear backs, but the Otterbox Symmetry has the same look as the other clear cases on this list. It’s still bigger and bulkier than the others. But not as much as some of Otterbox’s other offerings. I really like how the Symmetry isn’t too thick without compromising on protection. It definitely feels like a rugged case when it’s on the phone, but slips in and out of my pockets easily.


Ringke Fusion

ringke fusion
Amazon
  • Built-in strap/lanyard holes
  • Very affordable
  • Several styles available
  • Ample protection

The Ringke Fusion is built the same as the other clear cases on this list with its TPU frame and polycarbonate back. What makes it different from the others is the lanyard hold it comes with to use with a neck or wrist strap. It’s a pretty specific feature that I don’t really use. But plenty of people will and it’s something you rarely see on a case.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus wallet cases


TUCCH wallet

Tucch wallet case Galaxy S22 Plus
  • 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 comes with a classic wallet phone case design. The case is made with premium PU leather that looks stylish and feels great. The folio cover doubles as a kickstand and also comes with an additional layer for RFID blocking. The case comes with four card slots and a large pocket for cash, but packing it too much makes it a little thicker than I would like. I didn’t have any problems closing the magnetic clasp even with all the card slots filled, though. There are plenty of color options to choose from as well, but the classic black looks the part of a stylish leather wallet case.


Spigen Slim Armor CS

spigen slim armor cs wallet with three card holder
Spigen
  • Non-traditional wallet design
  • The rear card slot can hold up to three cards
  • Solid protection
  • Good fit

The Spigen Slim Armor CS skips the traditional wallet case design for a more modern cardholder case style, but you can still carry three cards or some cash. It’s also thin, but protective, with Spigen staples like Air Cushion technology ensuring that it’ll survive a bump or drop. Spigen says that the rear card slot can hold up to three cards. It’s definitely a squeeze with more than two though, especially if the cards are embossed. The “door” of the card slot isn’t easy to open and the mechanism isn’t very smooth, which is a little disappointing.


Torro wallet

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

The Torro case is by far my favorite wallet case for the Galaxy S22 Plus. It’s a classy, elegant case and the genuine leather feels fantastic in the hand. Yes, it’s a little more than I’d like to pay for a phone case, but it’s definitely worth it. It’s also protective, of course, and has room for three cards and some cash.


Smartish Wallet Slayer

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

The Smartish Wallet Slayer has a non-traditional design with its cardholder slot on the back. It’s different from the other cardholder cases on the list since there aren’t any doors or mechanisms to push and pull. The cards can be pushed out from the side and taken out. The good news is whether you have one or three cards in the holder, there’s no chance of it falling out on its own as it’s a pretty tight fit. It’s surprisingly thick and bulky, though, but that just makes it more protective.


Blackbrook wallet

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

If we’re talking expensive genuine leather wallet cases, the Blackbrook case is definitely up there. It’s one of the most expensive cases on this list, but one of the best leather options around. You have the choice of natural leathers in different tans or a full-grain option that all looks fantastic. The best part? The “phone holder” can snap off and be used as a case in its own right and keeps the same leather on the back. As a wallet case, you get four card slots and a pocket for cash.


VRS Design Damda Glide Hybrid

vrs design damda glide hybrid
Amazon
  • Excellent sliding door mechanism
  • Big and bulky
  • Very protective
  • Built-in kickstand

The VRS Design Damda Hybrid is another case that skips the traditional folio and comes with a cardholder. The sliding door is better implemented than what we get with the Spigen case and opens and closes easily. The case is built to last, which makes it a touch bigger and bulkier than I would like. The Hybrid comes with a sturdy built-in kickstand as well. However, if you want a version without the kickstand, the Damda Pro Glide is the one you want instead.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus rugged cases


Otterbox Defender

Otterbox Defender Galaxy S22 Plus rugged case
  • Complete all-around protection
  • Thick and bulky
  • Comes with a belt clip holster
  • Port covers keep out dust and debris

Otterbox is the go-to case brand for rugged cases, and the Defender is one of the best options from the case maker. I’m not a fan of how thick and bulky the case is, but there’s no denying that it’s made to take a beating. The case also comes with a belt clip holster that doubles as a kickstand. It’s not the best kickstand implementation I’ve seen and the plastic isn’t very sturdy, but it works. There are a few color options available, as well as a Pro version with a textured back (available for the same price).


UAG Monarch

UAG Monarch Galaxy S22 Plus rugged case
  • Very protective but feather-light
  • Stylish design
  • Expensive
  • Difficult to remove

The Monarch is one of the best cases you can get from UAG and cranks the protection up to 11. At first glance, the Monarch looks the part of an ultra-rugged case, with its five layers of material, reinforced corners, grip-y sides, and a raised back. But I was impressed by how light the case is despite what its looks would suggest. Even though it’s quite thick, you can still use NFC payments or wirelessly charge the phone without taking the case off. Different options add a splash of color to the phone as well. For even greater protection, there’s a slightly more expensive Kevlar version with an ultra-rugged exterior.


Spigen Tough Armor

spigen tough armor
Spigen
  • Tough, but not too thick
  • Military-grade protection
  • Compatible with wireless chargers
  • Weak kickstand

For a nice middle ground between protection and weight, this Spigen case offers plenty of hybrid protection. You’ll find a layer of soft TPU that’s great against drops and a tough polycarbonate shell to keep scratches at bay. It even packs a built-in kickstand to prop the phone up in landscape orientation. Unfortunately, the kickstand is the only blemish on an otherwise great case. It’s thin, plastic, and flimsy. I didn’t have any problems propping the phone up, but durability is definitely a concern with a phone as heavy as the S22 Plus.


Poetic Spartan

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

The Poetic Spartan is one of the best rugged cases you can get for the Galaxy S22 Plus. It offers all-around protection and even comes with a front panel with a built-in screen protector. You’ll have to re-train the scanner after the case is installed and boost the Touch Sensitivity setting, but it works well after that.  You also get a sturdy kickstand built-in and plenty of color options to choose from.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus leather cases


Otterbox Strada

Otterbox Strada S22 Plus wallet case
  • Stylish leather folio
  • Two car slots
  • Military-grade drop protection
  • Expensive

The Otterbox Strada comes with all the protection of an Otterbox case in a stylish leather folio case. The genuine leather case looks and feels great. A magnetic metal latch holds the folio cover in place and it’s a solid magnet. It comes with two card slots, so if you’re looking for more, the wallet cases above are the better option. But if you want a stylish genuine leather case for the S22 Plus, the Strada is an excellent case.


Samsung leather case

Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus leather case
  • 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. It comes in black, light gray, and forest green. The interior of this leather case is lined with soft microfiber, so your new phone should stay in top shape for years to come. However, there’s not much of a front lip to protect your display, so you might want a screen protector.


Bellroy leather case

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

Bellroy is known for its excellent leather cases for the latest iPhones and Google Pixels, but you can now get a Bellroy case for the Galaxy S22 Plus as well. It’s a good-looking, elegant case that looks and feels great. It’s a little more protective than the other leather cases on this list as well. But isn’t too thick to stop wireless charging or NFC payments.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus specialty cases


Samsung View cover 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. The LED version also has built-in card slots on the interior of the folio. They’re 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 plus 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 Plus 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 Plus 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.