Best Cases for iPad mini 5 iMore 2021

Looking to grab a functional case for your new iPad mini 5? Or maybe you want something fun and funky instead? Note that the iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 5 are pretty much precisely the same size (except for a slight button size increase and change in microphone placement), so some iPad mini 4 cases will fit the iPad mini 5. Don't forget to pick up a screen protector for your iPad mini 5 to keep that screen pristine. Here are some of the best cases available for your iPad mini 5.

ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case

Best for most: ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case

Staff pick

This slim, lightweight, affordable case covers the front and back, has sleep/wake functionality, and doubles as a stand. Choose from several color options.

From $10 at Amazon
Ztotop iPad Mini 5 Case

Faux leather folio: Ztotop iPad Mini 5 Case

This reasonably-priced faux leather folio doubles as a two-angle stand, holds your Apple Pencil or stylus, and comes in a variety of appealing colors.

From $15 at Amazon
TineeOwl clear case for iPad mini

Back only: TineeOwl iPad Mini Clear Case

Maybe you don't need a cover for the front of the iPad mini, just a slim case to protect the back. TineeOwl has you covered with this slim, clear option.

From $13 at Amazon
Fintie SlimShell iPad mini 5 case

Fun patterns: Fintie SlimShell iPad mini 5 case

Who says an iPad mini case has to be solid? This slim front-to-back stand/cover has sleep/wake functionality and comes in lots of fab colors and patterns.

From $13 at Amazon
Apple Smart Cover for iPad mini

From the Apple tree: Apple Smart Cover

The oft-imitated cover/stand attaches magnetically to cover the iPad's front only. It wakes up your iPad upon opening and puts it to sleep when closed.

ESR Clear rear case iPad mini

Apple Smart Cover compatible: ESR Clear Rear Case for iPad mini

If you do get the Apple Smart Cover, you might consider a special case to protect the back. A cutout along one side means this case works with Apple's.

$10 at Amazon
STM Dux Rugged Case iPad mini

Rugged and reliable: STM Dux Rugged Case

Reliable meets fashionable thanks to the water-resistant STM Dux Rugged Case. Despite its toughness, you still have access to all buttons and ports.

ProCase Ultra Lightweight Smart Cover iPad mini

Simple, sleek, stylish: ProCase Ultra Lightweight Smart Cover

This translucent-backed cover gives you access to all buttons and ports, while the lightweight design still gives all-round protection for your iPad mini. Choose from a variety of shades.

From $14 at Amazon
eSamcore Shockproof 360 Degree Kickstand case iPad mini

Function and fashion: eSamcore Shockproof 360 Degree Kickstand case

This protective case has a built-in screen protector and a 360-degree rotating kickstand. An adjustable leather hand strap gives you a secure grip.

From $15 at Amazon
ProCase iPad mini Folio Case Cover

Business attire: ProCase Folio Case Cover

This case provides access to all your iPad's buttons and ports, while the three stand slots allow you to adjust the angle and height of your iPad mini 5.

From $20 at Amazon
LEFON Kids Shockproof iPad mini Handle Case

Kid-friendly: LEFON Kids Shockproof Handle Case

This colorful and wickedly rugged case is super lightweight even though it's constructed from impact-resistant material — the handle doubles as a stand. Choose from several fun colors that appeal to kids.

$16 at Amazon
BENTOBEN Lightweight Glitter Bling Folio iPad mini Case

All that glitters ...: BENTOBEN Lightweight Glitter Bling Folio Case

This shimmering iPad mini folio case has sleep/wake functionality and folds back into a secure stand. Choose from two sparkly shades: Rose Gold or Lilac.

$16 at Amazon

Which of the best iPad mini 5 cases should you choose?

An easy pick for just about anyone is the ESR Yippee Trifold Smart Case. It gives you full coverage at a low cost. In fact, this is my everyday case. It doesn't weigh much, but it gives me front and back protection. I can stand it up for watching videos or flip it around to a lower angle for on-screen typing. The front cover folds out of the way when I'm reading on my iPad.

If you want to go Apple all the way, I'd pick up that Apple Smart Cover. Just keep in mind that it doesn't cover the back of the iPad mini 5.

We've also rounded up the best keyboard cases for iPad mini 5, the best heavy-duty iPad mini 5 cases and the best sleeves for iPad mini 5.

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