Best iPhone 11 Cases iMore 2021
Your iPhone 11 has a beautiful design, and it deserves the best iPhone case. It comes in a wonderful variety of colors, and you're going to want to keep it looking good. Whether you prefer a clear case to show off your phone's true color, love leather luxury, or need a heavy-duty case for your iPhone 11 to protect it in the field, these are some of the best iPhone 11 cases you can buy.
- Apple-designed: Apple's Silicone Case (for iPhone 11)
- Clear pick: Speck Gemshell iPhone 11 Case
- Vegetable retanned full-grain leather: Woolnut Leather Case
- Trending: GVIEWIN Marble iPhone Case
- Luxury folio: Nomad Rugged Folio
- Barely there: Totallee iPhone Case
- Stylish and practical: Shakehive Vintage Leather Wallet
- Popular: Otter + Pop Symmetry Series for iPhone 11
- Kick back: ESR Kickstand Case
- Hidden features: Bellroy Phone Case - 3 Card
- Whimsical: Sonix iPhone 11 Case
- Classy protection: Mous Limitless 3.0 Protective Case for iPhone 11
Apple-designed: Apple's Silicone Case (for iPhone 11)Staff Favorite
For some people, there's just no substitute for the case created by Apple's design team. Guaranteed to hug the iPhone 11's every curve, it's a beauty. Not to mention, it's the only iPhone case with the Apple logo on the back.
Clear pick: Speck Gemshell iPhone 11 Case
Speck cases are protective and have flexible corners to make them easy to put on and remove the case. This transparent case shows off your gorgeous new iPhone 11's color.
Vegetable retanned full-grain leather: Woolnut Leather Case
Available in various colors like black, cognac, and green, the Woolnut leather case offers a slim design. Watch as a beautiful patina transforms the case in time.
Trending: GVIEWIN Marble iPhone Case
Marble is in, and this ultra-slim TPU case is right on-trend. Note that this case is more for scratch protection than heavy drops.
Luxury folio: Nomad Rugged Folio
Nomad makes gorgeous leather iPhone cases that are just as protective as they are elegant. It's both sleek and supple with its blend of polycarbonate and full-grain premium Horween leather.
Barely there: Totallee iPhone Case
I'm a fan of Totallee's absolute minimalist cases. One of the first case makers to list cases for the newest iPhones, Totallee guarantees a perfect fit or a free replacement.
Stylish and practical: Shakehive Vintage Leather Wallet
The Snakehive case is made from soft matte velvet-like European Nubuck leather that will age beautifully over time. It includes a secure rubberized TUP holder to keep your phone in place. Available in multiple color choices.
Popular: Otter + Pop Symmetry Series for iPhone 11
OtterBox and PopSockets had a baby, and this case is it. An interchangeable built-in PopGrip assures a firm grip for selfies and slofies.
Kick back: ESR Kickstand Case
Kick back and watch a video or FaceTime hands-free. This slim TPU case has a metal kickstand that pops out to prop your iPhone horizontally or vertically.
Hidden features: Bellroy Phone Case - 3 Card
This elegant full-grain leather case holds up to three cards plus a SIM card and SIM tool in the secret compartment. The compartment lid doubles as a kickstand.
Whimsical: Sonix iPhone 11 Case
Sonix offers several cute, whimsical designs for the iPhone 11, such as coffee, clouds, rainbow, donuts, and more. But the case is more than cute; it's military drop-tested.
Classy protection: Mous Limitless 3.0 Protective Case for iPhone 11
Mous cases are designed to be ultra-protective without a lot of bulk. Plus, they're incredibly stylish and come in a variety of finishes with natural materials such as bamboo, walnut, and leather.
Tough: Spigen's Tough Armor iPhone 11 Case
This rugged case from Spigen is a classic. It's got a cutout for the Apple logo, so no one has doubts about which phone you own. Plus, it has a kickstand for video viewing.
Your choice: Skinit iPhone 11 Impact Case
Skinit is known for its custom decals, but they make cases as well. Choose one of their many designs, including lots of popular licensed themes, or upload your own.
The hotness: Velvet Caviar for iPhone 11 Case
This iridescent, holographic, moonstone marble case is more than hot; it's drop-tested. Velvet Caviar's motto is "Pretty but protective."
Charming blooms: Ciel by CYRILL iPhone 11 Case with flowers
The clear case shows off the amazing color of your iPhone 11, overlaid with an adorable floral pattern. The flexible TPU bumper and hard PC back maximize protection while maintaining a slim profile.
Clever kickstand: Smartish iPhone 11 Wallet Case
This slim wallet case holds up to three cards, but it also has a clever surprise. Pull out one of your cards and pop it into the designated slot for an instant kickstand, perfect for watching videos. This case comes in a variety of colors and patterns.
Extra battery: Apple iPhone 11 Smart Battery Case
Apple's own battery case provides up to 50% more juice. Charge this case and your iPhone wirelessly and simultaneously. With this model, Apple has added a very cool feature: a dedicated camera button. Choose from Black or Soft White.
Come on, do I really need a case?
I have a friend who prides herself on not using a case, despite my advice to use one. Surprise, surprise: She dropped it and shattered the screen and corners of her iPhone. When I worked at the Apple Store, I saw more cracked/damaged/dropped phones than I could count, and I was a product specialist (salesperson), not a technician (repair person).
But since YOU'RE here to hear my advice, it's this: Use a case. There's no excuse to say, "I don't like cases," because there are so many options out there. Even the thinnest, nearly invisible cases are better protection than none at all. I do still recommend getting AppleCare+ because some drops are going to do damage even with a case. But AppleCare+ only gets you a couple of repairs (or replacements), and you'll still need to pay a deductible. Plus, a repair can take hours out of your day. So, a simple case could save you a lot of time and money.
Do I need to spend a lot on a decent case?
Absolutely not. I have various cases in a regular rotation since I like to match my case to my outfit. The prices of my favorite cases range from about $10 to $100. An inexpensive TPU case can protect as well as the most elegant top-grain leather, sometimes even better. It's the shape and construction of the case that matters more than price or materials.
How can I tell if a case is protective enough?
A bulky, rugged, heavy-duty case is certainly going to be more protective than a thinner case. Whether you go heavy-duty or not, always look for case edges that come up higher than screen level, so if you set your iPhone face down on a table, the screen would not contact the table. You also want the back of the phone case to be thicker than the camera bump, or at least to have a raised lip to give your camera lenses some protection. It's nice to have some kind of textured grip on the edges of the case to make it less likely that you drop the case in the first place. Also, look for a bumper going all around the phone if you don't want the phone's bezel to develop micro-scratches. Reinforced corners are also a good idea since that area is so vulnerable to drops.
Will a barely-there case protect at all?
Barely-there is better than not there at all. It will definitely protect your iPhone from getting scratched. Maybe you'll get protection from very light/gentle drops. I dropped my iPhone in a barely-there case onto the pavement from waist height, and it did sustain enough damage that I had to get it repaired. If I'd been indoors and dropped onto the carpet, it might have been fine. But I can't recommend a barely-there case for drop protection.
Do I need a screen protector, too?
I absolutely recommend screen protectors. If you don't have one on your iPhone, your screen will develop micro-scratches over time, even if you're quite careful. A screen protector can also help keep your iPhone screen from cracking in a fall. When I worked at Apple, I saw several people coming in for a new screen protector because theirs had cracked in a drop... but the iPhone screen was still pristine underneath.
What type of case is best?
That's an entirely personal decision. A heavy-duty case is obviously your best protection against gravity's will, but if you're like me, you really don't like a bulky case. I'll use one if I must, like if I use up my two AppleCare+ incidents, for example. I tend to choose a slim-to-medium case, but you do you. I'm not too picky about materials, I'm fine with TPU if the case is cute, but I also love luxurious leather.
Otherwise, it's all about the feature set you need. Do you plan to use wireless charging? Then don't choose a case with a ring, wallet, or PopSocket on the back. If you don't need to charge wirelessly, then those features on the back can definitely come in handy. Portfolio-style wallet cases are a convenient all-in-one solution if you don't want to carry a separate wallet. However, they are bulky, so a folio is not worthwhile if you don't need that feature.
Which one should you choose?
You can't go wrong with an iPhone case designed by Apple. The Apple Silicone Case is slim and fits the iPhone 11 like a glove. The outside is smooth without being slippery; the inside is soft microfiber to prevent scratches.
On the other hand, I do love the Otter + Pop Symmetry Series cases. You get a nice, protective case that isn't overly bulky. Wireless charging won't work consistently due to the PopSocket on the back, but that PopSocket makes an awfully convenient phone grip for selfies and kickstand for video-watching. The PopSocket is easy to swap out if you want to express different moods without changing up the case itself.
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