Snap up one of the best waterproof iPhone cases and you can effortlessly take some fantastic snaps underwater without worrying.
It's possible to take some incredible photos with your iPhone, with exceptional image processing that means even the most inexperienced snapper can still get some great shots. With the underwater world particularly fascinating, it only makes sense that you'd want to take some amazing photos of the natural environment beneath the surface.
The likes of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are waterproof to a degree, but you won't want to get them fully submerged. That's where one of the best waterproof iPhone cases comes in and we've picked them all out below.
One of the best waterproof iPhone cases for photography and other adventures in the sea, the Catalyst Waterproof Case is a delight to use. It's very slim and sleek while still being able to offer up to 33 feet of underwater protection and 6.6 feet of impact protection too.
Best for screen protection
The Spidercase Waterproof case is IP68-certified waterproof and is rugged with a built-in screen protector. It's waterproof up to 6.6 feet/two meters underwater for up to 30 minutes, and it's shockproof too. It exceeds Military Standard 810G-516 so it can handle a drop of up to 6.6 feet too.
Best for diving
The ProShot Waterproof iPhone case is a deep-diving iPhone photography case that allows you to capture stunning photography and video up to 50 feet deep. To simplify things further, it comes with a floating hand grip and a GoPro mount, and it easily attaches to handles and other accessories.
Best on a budget
Keep it simple
The Hiearcool Universal Waterproof Case can handle a lot. Pretty much all wet conditions are catered for here from jogging in the rain to playing by the pool. It's also IPX8-certified so it's waterproofed for up to 100 feet so you can take photos and videos underwater with ease.
Rated for use in water up to 50 feet deep for 60 minutes, the Yogre Diving Case offers 360-degree protection. Each case is compatible with many iPhone models so check you're buying the right fit. It also has an M6 screw on the bottom, so you can easily attach it to a tripod or selfie stick.
The LifeProof FRĒ SERIES Waterproof case makes it simple to snap an underwater image at the click of a button. It can be fully submerged in two meters of water for up to an hour, plus it's snow proof too. It's ideal for filming on the beach or taking an underwater adventure while on vacation.
Why get one of the best waterproof iPhone cases, if my phone is already water-resistant?
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The latest iPhones like the iPhone 14 and many of the other best iPhones might be water-resistant but there are always ways to shoot deeper so you want something more dedicated to the (literal) case. The best iPhone 14 cases simply aren't going to cut it.
One vital part of underwater photography is to make sure the camera lens is clear of any obstructions and that you can still easily access your shutter buttons, which is why a dedicated case helps.
It's never wise to compromise on waterproof IP rating either. When you're swimming, don't assume your iPhone can handle the time and depth you're exploring. The iPhone 14 series has a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes) but the iPhone 11 and 12 series can only handle 4 meters for up to 30 minutes, and older phones are even weaker.
A waterproof case is essential if you plan to take your photography deeper for longer. We love Catalyst's Waterproof iPhone Case because its machined buttons make it easy to press the volume buttons while taking underwater snaps. Plus, the specially designed touch capacitive screen ensures that you can use all of your iPhone's on-screen controls.
The Yogre Diving Case is also a great option, especially because it fits various iPhone models, so you won't need to replace it every time you buy a new iPhone. As it's rated for a depth of 50 feet, you can really explore further than with many other cases. The standard tripod screw on the bottom gives you more photography options too if you have a plan in mind.
Whether you have an iPhone 14 or something older, you need and deserve a good case for your underwater travels. These should help significantly. Regardless of which one you choose, always be sure to test your new case underwater without your iPhone inside to make sure it's water-tight.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.