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Best iPhone XS Cases 2022

iPhone XS
iPhone XS (Image credit: iMore)

Who doesn't love getting a brand new gorgeous case for their iPhone, especially when it's a brand new iPhone XS? Even though it's yesterday's news, the iPhone XS is still a great phone to have and gets the job done. A new case makes a phone seem even more special and new. When it comes to getting the best iPhone XS cases, the Catalyst Waterproof Case (opens in new tab) is our go-to choice.

Best Overall: Catalyst Waterproof Case

Catalyst Waterproof Case

Catalyst Waterproof Case (Image credit: Catalyst)

The Catalyst Waterproof case is solidly built without being uncomfortable to hold. It features two clear hardshell panels on the front and back, with the rear plate removable to allow you to insert your iPhone. The silicone band around the side of the case has a rubbery feel without sacrificing rigidity, allowing the case to feel comfortable in your hand without feeling flimsy.

Catalyst Waterproof iPhone X Case

The ultimate protection

Reasons to buy

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IP68 rating
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Mute switch
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Included screen protector

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Stiff Wake/Sleep button

This waterproof case keeps your iPhone safe without adding heft to your phone or interfering with regular phone operation.

Best Thin Case: Totallee Thin iPhone Case

Totallee Thin Case iPhone XS

Totallee Thin Case iPhone XS (Image credit: Totallee)

You don't want a case covering up your gorgeous phone, but you know you need a little something. Enter Totallee with its ultra-thin cases. You aren't going to get much drop protection with a case that's about as thick as my fingernail (0.02 inches, to be precise), but it will at least ward off scratches.

Totallee Thin iPhone Case

As thin as can be

Reasons to buy

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Extremely thin
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No branding
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Camera lip

Reasons to avoid

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No drop protection

The Totallee Thin iPhone Case is great for the absolute minimalist. No branding and no bulk to be seen!

Best Battery Case: Lonlif Battery Case

Lonlif iPhone XS Battery Case

Lonlif iPhone XS Battery Case (Image credit: Lonlif)

The 4000mAh Li-polymer rechargeable Lonlif Battery Case basically doubles your iPhone's battery life. The case is ruggedly designed to help prevent damage from impacts (like dropping your iPhone), and you can charge the case and the phone simultaneously. The small LED lights on the back of the case indicate the current battery power left in the battery case, so you'll always know when it's time to charge it up.

Lonlif Battery Case

Extra juice when you need it

Reasons to buy

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Extra battery life
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Rugged design
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Charge phone and battery case together

Reasons to avoid

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Wireless charging not supported

Fantastic protection and enough extra battery power to ensure you get through even the busiest of days.

Best Clear Case: Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone XS Case

Spigen Ultra Hybrid iPhone XS Case (Image credit: iMore)

If you want crystal clear protection without breaking the bank, Spigen's Ultra Hybrid in Crystal Clear is the best option. The rigid back and a flexible bumper's hybrid design means it's easy to get on and off, and the Air Cushion technology means any impact is absorbed. Your iPhone XS remains safe, snug, and you can show it off without sacrificing a thing. You can get the case in a completely clear option or have a colored bumper like the image up above. Plus, it's incredibly affordable.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid

Clear as day

Reasons to buy

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Clear
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Military drop tested
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Inexpensive

Reasons to avoid

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A little bulky

The dual-layer design of the Spigen Ultra Hybrid shows off the beauty of your phone without having to sacrifice protection.

Best Photography Case: RhinoShield Mod case

Rhinoshield Add On Lens with iPhone XS Case

Rhinoshield Add On Lens with iPhone XS Case (Image credit: iMore)

The RhinoShield Mod case gets its name because it has a modular design. It lets you change the way it looks and functions by swapping in-and-out different parts. With varying designs of backplates to choose from, different colored bumpers, and even different colored button covers, you can have your iPhone looking exactly how you want.

You can get multiple lenses that screw into the case with ease allowing you to transform the iPhone Xs camera into a Macro shooter or a wide-angle lens. Plus, the case is made from RhinoShield's Shockspread material that is drop tested to 11 feet.

RhinoShield Modular Case

Step up your photography game

Reasons to buy

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Modular design
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Drop tested
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Extremely customizable

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to get on and off
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Lenses sold separately

Customizable in many ways, the RhinoShield Modular Case will up your photography game and protect your phone.

Best Heavy-Duty Case: UAG Plasma

UAG Plasma

UAG Plasma (Image credit: iMore)

Urban Armor Gear, or UAG, has legions of devoted fans for a good reason. The UAG Plasma is feather-light, yet it offers rugged protection your iPhone. I half-expected it to unfold into a robot; its looks are very masculine and machine-like.

UAG Plasma

Dropproof

Reasons to buy

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Military drop tested
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Not overly bulky
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Translucent back
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Good grip

Reasons to avoid

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Very particular style

UAG Plasma iPhone Case protects your phone without weighing it down.

Best Wallet Folio: Snakehive iPhone Wallet Case

Snakehive iPhone Wallet Case

Snakehive iPhone Wallet Case (Image credit: iMore)

The Snakehive iPhone Wallet Case hits the sweet spot between quality and price. Constructed from full-grain nubuck leather and a TPU inner case, your phone is held securely in place along with up to three cards and some cash. A magnetic tab closure adds extra security. The folio cover can also be folded back into a kickstand, perfect for watching videos. Choose from lots of fun colors.

Snakehive iPhone Wallet Case

Ideal folio

Reasons to buy

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Soft, full-grain nubuck leather
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Holds up to three cards plus cash
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Kickstand for video viewing
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Professional-looking

Reasons to avoid

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Closure clasp awkward when open

Snakehive combines quality materials, excellent craftsmanship, sharp aesthetics, and function with this folio wallet case.

Best Minimalist Leather Case: Case-Mate Barely There

Case-Mate Barely There

Case-Mate Barely There (Image credit: iMore)

If you love leather, but you don't love bulk, the Case-Mate Barely There is the case for you. It's an ultra-thin, minimalist case crafted from genuine leather. The interior is microfiber, and you have several color options from which to choose. While this case will protect your phone from scratches (and look darn good doing it), it's not meant to protect from severe drops.

Case-Mate Barely There

Barely ... there

Reasons to buy

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Ultra-light
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Genuine leather
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Microfiber interior

Reasons to avoid

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Not protective enough for big drops

Case-Mate Barely There Leather iPhone Case is a lightly protective genuine leather case, with an emphasis on the "lightly."

Best Bargain Wallet Case: Silk Wallet Slayer Vol.1

Silk Wallet Slayer Vol.1

Silk Wallet Slayer Vol.1 (Image credit: iMore)

Looking for a wallet case, but you don't want to spend a lot? The Silk Wallet Slayer Vol.1 is here for you. It can hold up to three cards in its back pocket plus some cash. Unlike many wallet cases, wireless charging will still work through the case, even with cards in the slot. Not only is it well-priced to begin with, but that price includes a plastic screen protector film. Choose from lots of fun colors and patterns.

Silk Wallet Slayer Vol.1

Convenient

Reasons to buy

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Holds up to three cards plus cash
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Lots of colors and patterns
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Screen protector included
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Wireless charging still works

Reasons to avoid

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Looks odd without cards in the slot

Carry your essential cards and protect your iPhone in this slim, well-priced case, and you can leave your wallet at home.

Trendiest: GVIEWIN iPhone Case

GVIEWIN iPhone Case

GVIEWIN iPhone Case (Image credit: Karen Freeman/iMore)

Marble patterns are trending right now, and the GVIEWIN iPhone Case comes in several hot colors. This is an ultra-slim, minimal case, not intended for significant drops. But if you want to add a little protection and a lot of style, look no further. Even though it is such a slim case, there is still a slight lip around the iPhone's bezel and the camera. It comes with a glass screen protector, lanyard, and keychain.

GVIEWIN iPhone Case

Striking

Reasons to buy

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Trendy marble pattern
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Glass screen protector, lanyard, and keychain included
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Ultra-slim case
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Well-priced

Reasons to avoid

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Not as protective as a thicker case

GVIEWIN iPhone Case is an absolute bare minimum case with appealing patterns and charming touches.

Bottom line

The best iPhone XS cases should not only protect your iPhone but should complement how you use your phone. That way, you get the most enjoyment out of it as you can, and I can't imagine any better case than the Catalyst Waterproof Case (opens in new tab).

Despite its focus on protection, the Catalyst case doesn't interfere with regular phone operations to any significant degree. I'm getting the same results out of my iPhone's camera both in and out of the case, for instance. And the Catalyst case adds barely any weight to your phone, and only a little noticeable thickness and width.