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The best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra cases you can buy

This big, heavy, and expensive phone needs to be protected, and these cases have got you covered.
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March 9, 2022
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in black white and blue cards
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the phone to get if you want everything and anything. It’s a powerhouse and the Note replacement many fans might be waiting for. It’s a big, expensive phone, so while you wait to get your hands on one, you can get a head start on keeping it safe with a protective case or cover. 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 Ultra cases you can currently buy.

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

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra thin cases


Spigen Thin Fit

spigen thin fit for the galaxy s22 ultra
Spigen
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Attractive, form fitting design
  • Only comes in black
  • Limited drop protection
  • Affordable

If you want a simple, thin Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra case, you can’t go wrong with this Spigen case. It’s a basic TPU case that comes in a single, black color. But a recent re-design brings extras like Air Cushion technology for extra corner protection, covered buttons, and a raised lip around the display. 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 with more grip, the also thin Spigen Liquid Air is the way to go.


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 “normal” looking Galaxy S22 Ultra 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. However, an exaggerated TPU bumper with extra corner reinforcement makes it very protective. But what really won us 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. You won’t find this feature on many other cases, and it’s extremely handy for those of us who are clumsy.


Caseology Nano Pop

caseology nano pop
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 a personal favorite. Caseology is also introducing a new AvoGreen color later that I’m quite excited about.


Speck Presidio2 Grip

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

The Speck Presidio2 Grip offers excellent protection for a thin case. Giving it the “Grip” moniker are the raised ridges on the back that add to the grip. It’s built differently from before, though. It appears to be from a single mold this time so the ridges are soft-touch plastic, instead of rubber. It doesn’t make a huge difference to the grip, but I preferred the comfort of the rubber from before. Extra corner protection, a raised lip around the display, and an anti-microbial layer round out the solid case.


Samsung Silicone case

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

Anyone who is a fan of Samsung’s accessories will be happy that there’s a thin silicone case available. It’s a pretty basic case overall but provides everything you’d want from a simple thin case. A soft-touch matte finish feels great and isn’t slippery and there’s a slightly raised lip at the top and bottom of the display. You can get colors to match that of your phone as well.


Incipio Grip

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

The Incipio Grip is a recent addition to its portfolio but is the one I’d recommend over the Duo. Grip-y add-ons along the sides make the big phone easy and comfortable to hold. It’s also plenty protective with 14ft of drop protection, an anti-microbial layer, and a raised bezel around the display and rear cameras. 

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra clear cases


Spigen Ultra Hybrid

samsung galaxy s22 ultra spigen ultra hybrid
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 Ultra 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. Clear cases are generally more difficult to keep clean than other types of cases and might yellow over time if you don’t take care of them.


Ringke Fusion

Ringke Fusion Galaxy S22 Ultra clear 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

gs22u esr metal kickstand case
Amazon
  • Sturdy kickstand
  • Crystal clear finish
  • Heavier than alternatives

ESR makes a couple of excellent Galaxy S22 Ultra 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 bigger, sturdier kickstand of the ESR more. ESR’s other clear case is Project Zero, which is a no-frills thin TPU case.


Caseology Skyfall

caseology skyfall
Amazon
  • Thin but good protection
  • Different colors available
  • May yellow over time
  • Plenty of grip

The Caseology Skyfall takes elements of the Spigen Ultra Hybrid and makes it even better. I found the Skyfall to have a slightly softer touch that added to the grip, and it was also easier to install. A textured addition on the sides adds to the grip as well, so I wasn’t worried about this phone slipping out of my hands. The camera also has a slightly raised lip around it. The clear version is why it’s on this section of the list, but you can also get the translucent black and rose gold colors.


Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear

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

Like the Presidio2 Grip, you get 13ft of drop protection with Speck’s clear case as well. The Perfectly-Clear is exactly that and lets you show off the phone’s design. It otherwise has the build has the Spigen, Ringke, and Caseology cases in this section. But with a few extras like an anti-microbial layer and coating to reduce yellowing over time. It’s still a bit of a fingerprint magnet and I had to wipe it down often to keep it clean.


Otterbox Symmetry

otterbox symmetry rugged clear for the galaxy s22 ultra
Otterbox
  • Big and bulky
  • Excellent protection
  • May yellow over time
  • Very expensive

Rugged cases are big, bulky, and completely change the look of the phone. The Otterbox Symmetry is two for three and lets you show off the phone’s design with its clear build. It’s not as big and bulky as Otterbox’s more protective cases, but it’s definitely thicker than other clear cases on this list.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra wallet cases


Spigen Slim Armor CS

spigen slim armor cs wallet case 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.


TUCCH wallet

Tucch Wallet case Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • 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.


Torro wallet

Torro wallet case for S22 Ultra in black leather with red detail
Amazon
  • Stylish
  • Folio cover folds into a kickstand
  • Three card slots and a cash pocket
  • Allows wireless charging

The Torro case goes into genuine leather territory with its expensive wallet folio case. It’s a pricey buy but the feeling of holding this case is completely different and I wish was able to get the same feel with a non-wallet thin case. You can leave your wallet behind and pack this case with three cards and some cash.


Smartish Wallet Slayer

Smartish Slayer case
Amazon
  • Non-traditional design
  • Customizable designs available
  • Thick and bulky
  • Covered buttons

The Smartish Wallet Slayer has a cardholder on the back with room for three cards and some folded cash if you can squeeze it in. Unlike the Spigen and VRS Design cases, there aren’t any sliding or hidden doors here. Simply push the cards through the open section and take out the one you want. I was surprised by how much thicker and bulkier the case was compared to what its pictures suggest. The thickness isn’t bad though, making it more protective than a lot of cases on this list.


Blackbrook wallet

Blackbrook wallet for the Galaxy S22 Ultra
Amazon
  • 2-in-1 case
  • Four card slots and a cash pocket
  • Folio cover doubles as a kickstand
  • Expensive

I mentioned with the Torro case that I would have liked to enjoy the same genuine leather feel with a standard thin case. Well, the Blackbrook wallet gives you exactly that. It’s a traditional wallet case with a folio cover and beautiful natural leather. However, you can also snap off the “phone holder” inside, and you’ll get the same leather finish on the back of it as well. You can also pack more into this wallet case when using it as one, with four card slots and a cash pocket.


VRS Design Damda Glide Pro

VRS Design Damda Pro Glide
Amazon
  • Excellent sliding door mechanism
  • Big and bulky
  • Very protective

The VRS Design Damda Pro Glide (yes, that name is a handful) is another wallet case that skips a folio design for a cardholder on the back. Of the cases with sliding doors, the implementation on this case is my favorite. It’s semi-automatic, so you aren’t struggling to open it. It also has more room, and I could comfortably fit four cards, even embossed ones, into the compartment. It has the look and protection of a rugged case as well but is a little too thick for my liking.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra rugged cases


Otterbox Defender

Otterbox Defender Galaxy S22 Ultra 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 with the Defender as well.


UAG Monarch

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra Monarch 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, grippy 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.


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 Ultra.


Poetic Spartan

Galaxy S22 Ultra rugged cases Poetic Spartan in orange and black
Amazon
  • Solid protection
  • Variety of colors
  • Built-in screen protectors
  • Sturdy kickstand

The Spartan case by Poetic is one of the newer cases in the company’s portfolio and has quickly become my favorite. It goes above and beyond similar cases like the Supcase and keeps a screen protector panel. Of course, the big question with the screen protector is whether it’ll let you use the fingerprint scanner. It does, but you’ll have to jump through a few hoops first. There’s a stamp that aligns with the scanner, so you’ll have to ensure a perfect installation. I also had to enable the Touch Sensitivity setting and re-train the scanner again.  The color options look great and it’s as protective as any other rugged case on the list.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leather cases


Otterbox Strada

Strada wallet case Galaxy S22 Ultra
  • 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 Ultra, the Strada is an excellent case.


Samsung leather case

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 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, burgundy (pictured above), and light gray to suit your personal style. 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 6.8-inch display, so you might want a screen protector.


Bellroy leather case

bellroy leather case for samsung galaxy s22 ultra 2
Bellroy
  • Premium leather
  • Pricey
  • Solid protection
  • Covered buttons

Bellroy has so far released their excellent leather cases for iPhones and Pixels. But the company jumps into the Samsung field with the Galaxy S22 series. There’s not much to say. It’s good-looking, feels great in the hand, is protective, and thin enough to not impact wireless charging or NFC payments.

Best Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra specialty cases


Spigen Cryo Armor

spigen cryo armor with unique cooling features for the galaxy s22 ultra
Spigen
  • Meant for gamers
  • Unique cooling features
  • Interesting design

If you’re spending the big bucks on the S22 Ultra, you’re probably going to get some gaming done. We often recommend removing the case when gaming to stop the phone from overheating, but here, we’ll suggest putting this case on. Coming exclusively to the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the Spigen Cryo Armor. This case features cooling properties thanks to a combination of graphite and silicone materials. It looks the part of a gaming product and offers all the protection you’d get with a standard Spigen hybrid case.


Samsung View cover cases

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra LED View cover 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 model pictured above has a full frontal cover, with an integrated LED display and two card slots on the inside. The Smart View cover just has a hole in the front, which pairs with your phone to display the time and notifications. They’re quite 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 Ultra 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 Ultra 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 Ultra 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.