Best iPhone SE (2020) accessories iMore 2021
You've got a new iPhone SE, now what? At the very least, you'll want a new case. Since the dimensions of the new iPhone SE match the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, cases will be interchangeable between these models. One of my all-time favorite cases is OtterBox's Otter + Pop Symmetry Case because it's tough, functional, and good-looking.
- Best Overall: OtterBox Otter + Pop Symmetry Case
- Best Fit: Apple iPhone SE Silicone Case
- Best Screen Protector: Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector
- Best Wireless Charger: Anker PowerWave II Charging Stand
- Best Wireless Headphones: Apple AirPods
- Best Selfie Stick/Stand: Adonit V-Grip
- Best Fitness Armband: Trianium Armband
- Best Car Mount: Totallee Wireless Car Charger
Best Overall: OtterBox Otter + Pop Symmetry Case
Of course you'll need a case for your iPhone SE. It's the same size and shape as the iPhone 8, so cases are interchangeable between the two models. I love this case because it's as if OtterBox and PopSocket had a baby. Get trusted OtterBox protection with the classic Symmetry series, plus a built-in PopSocket for a secure grip and a kickstand for video viewing. You can even purchase multiple PopSockets to change up the look. Note that even though the PopSocket folds flat, it still may interfere with some wireless chargers. Choose from six different case colors and many more PopSocket designs that suit your tastes.
- Trusted protection without excess bulk
- Secure PopSocket grip/stand built in
- Lots of colors and designs from which to choose
- May be too bulky for some
- May not work with some wireless chargers
Get OtterBox's famed protection with PopSocket's convenient grip and stand built right in.
Best Fit: Apple iPhone SE Silicone Case
There is no more perfect fit for an iPhone than a case designed by Apple itself specifically for the iPhone SE. The case is quite thin and elegant so it doesn't obsure the beautiful lines of the iPhone. This is for the careful user who is unlikely to have any major iPhone drops and doesn't want a lot of extra bulk. Wireless charging works perfectly and of course the case has that famous Apple logo on the back. Choose from three colors: Black, White, and Pink Sand.
- Beautiful and slim
- Wireless charging compatible
- Perfect fit
- No additional functionality
- Not as protective as bulkier cases
You can't go wrong with a case designed by Apple for the iPhone SE.
Best Screen Protector: Spigen Tempered Glass Screen Protector
A screen protector is a must for your iPhone SE. Not only does it offer some protection in case you drop your phone, it keeps your screen from developing micro-scratches and nicks from just normal wear and tear over time. I like this one from Spigen because it comes with an installation kit that makes it dead simple to apply your screen protector perfectly every time. You get two in a package so you can share with a friend or keep one as a spare.
- Installation kit guides perfect application
- Tempered glass rated at 9H hardness
- Compatible with any case
- Oleophobic coating to reduce fingerprints
- Not edge-to-edge
Best Screen Protector
You'll want to protect that gorgeous screen; Spigen's installation kit makes it easy to apply.
Best Wireless Charger: Anker PowerWave II Charging Stand
While a wireless charger isn't a must, it sure is a convenience. I like this one from Anker because it's fairly future-proof — even though iPhones currently can use only 7.5 watts, this charger actually goes up to 15 watts, so your next several phones are probably going to be able to charge quickly as well. This charging stand charges up your iPhone quickly and in an upright position so you can still use your phone easily while it charges. Unlike most wireless charging stands, this one allows you to charge your iPhone horizontally or vertically.
- Fast wireless charging
- Uses just the right amount of power for your device, up to 15 watts
- Charges upright and horizontal or vertical for easy access while charging
- Comes with its own power adapter
- Somewhat pricey
Best Wireless Charger
Fast wireless charging
This charging stand is fast and convenient; charge your iPhone vertically or horizontally.
Best Wireless Headphones: Apple AirPods
If you want good wireless headphones, you're going to have to spend a decent amount of money. Apple's AirPods (second generation) are a great product for the money. Sure, the AirPods Pro are even better with active noise cancellation, but substantially more expensive. The regular AirPods are the ones to get if you want Apple technology without spending a ton of money, much like the iPhone SE itself is a great way to get modern Apple technology without breaking the bank. AirPods are so easy to pair with the iPhone, and they just work in a way that's almost magical. Listen to music, videos, and podcasts, make and take phone calls and video calls, and access Siri with your voice. If you wish to spend a little more, you can get them with a wireless charging case.
- Easy pairing setup
- High quality audio and voice
- Control your music with a tap
- Siri access
- Charge quickly within case
- Somewhat pricey
- One size doesn't necessarily fit all
Best Wireless Headphones
Made for iPhone
The simply elegant AirPods go perfectly with your iPhone and cover all of your audio needs.
Best Selfie Stick/Stand: Adonit V-Grip
The Adonit V-Grip is a nice addition to any iPhoneographer's dream toolkit. It holds any model iPhone tenaciously, and gives you a better grip on your phone. It also acts as a stand, which can be oriented vertically or horizontally so you can FaceTime or watch videos. It's a telescoping selfie stick that extends to nearly 20 inches. A detachable Bluetooth remote shutter is included. Plus, it's compatible with a number of other photography accessories. You can attach it to just about any sort of camera rig since the 1/4-inch standard screw on the bottom attaches to tripods, monopods, video sliders, stabilizers, and more. The universal cold shoe mount on top lets you attach standard camera lights and microphones. A thoughtful little hole on the bottom even allows you to attach a wrist loop.
- Compact and secure stand, both horizontal and vertical orientation
- Selfie stick extends to nearly 20 inches (500 millimeters)
- Bluetooth shutter remote
- 1/4-inch standard screw attaches to tripods and more
- Universal cold shoe mount
- Somewhat pricey
Best Selfie Stick/Stand
Set up the perfect shot, using the V-Grip as a stand or a selfie stick and the wireless remote to operate the shutter.
Best Fitness Armband: Trianium Armband
The Trianium Armband is universal, designed to fit any virtually any model iPhone or other smartphones on the market. Constructed from neoprene and fastened with velcro, it adjusts to fit any arm up to 14 inches around. The built-in protective screen cover is touchscreen compatible, so you can change your music, answer calls, and more without removing your phone. However, the phone cannot read your fingerprint through the screen cover, so keep that in mind. The water-resistant design holds up to sweaty workouts. A tiny pocket lets you store a key or other small items. Headphone and charger cutouts conveniently allow you to plug in without removing your phone. Comfort grip dots hold the armband in place on your arm, so it doesn't slip down. Trianium even has you covered with a lifetime warranty.
- Touchscreen compatible screen cover
- Universal fit
- Key pocket
- Lifetime warranty
- Can't read fingerprint through cover
Best Fitness Armband
This water-resistant, universal fit armband covers all the bases with a touchscreen compatible screen cover, key pocket, and lifetime warranty.
Best Car Mount: Totallee Wireless Car Charger
Totallee's Wireless Car Charger is an elegantly designed vent car mount plus wireless charger for iPhone and other smartphones. Attach it to your car's air vent and adjust the ball-and-socket joint any way you like it. Point it left or right, set it horizontally or vertically — whatever works best for you. Twist the neck to tighten it in exactly the spot you want it. Place your iPhone into the cradle and watch the powered arms close around your phone. Turn off the car and the arms release. Don't want to wait? Tap the release button on either side to power the arms open or closed anytime. When you arrive at your destination, your phone will be charged up and ready to go.
- Wireless charger
- Secure vent phone mount
- Opens and closes automatically or with a tap
- Streamlined good looks
- Fast charging up to 10 watts
- Somewhat pricey
Best Car Mount
Charge while you drive
Totallee's Wireless Car Charger fast-charges your iPhone and holds it securely, opening and closing automatically or with a gentle tap.
The latest iPhone SE is here, and it features a 4.7-inch Retina HD display, Touch ID, A13 Bionic chip and Apple's best single-camera system yet. Yet the price point is incredibly reasonable for a new iPhone. You'll want to accessorize this special little phone from the start.
If you only get one accessory for your iPhone SE, make it a case. I really like the OtterBox Otter + Pop Symmetry Case for its excellent protection and convenient built-in PopSocket. I admit to using the PopSocket as a fidget sometimes, pulling it in and out, but it does really come in handy when taking photo or even texting. Instead of using my pinkie as a shelf, I can hold the phone securely in a more balanced way. It's also great for propping up my phone to watch videos.
Credits — The person that worked on this guide
Karen S. Freeman is a teacher, writer, social media person, and family woman. She loves to travel, play with tech stuff, drink coffee, discover amazing new restaurants, and experience new things.
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