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.
- Best overall: Speck Gemshell iPhone 11 Case
- Vegetable retanned full-grain leather: Woolnut Leather Case
- Trending: GVIEWIN Marble iPhone Case
- Colorful bumper: Caseology Skyfall for iPhone 11 Case
- Heavy-duty: Temdan iPhone Case
- Wallet folio: Innge iPhone Wallet Case
- Luxury folio: Nomad Rugged Folio
- Barely there: Totallee iPhone Case
- Natural beauty: Kerf Wood Case
- Stylish and practical: Shakehive Vintage Leather Wallet
- Super grip: Grip2ü Slim iPhone Case
- Incredibly fun: CASETiFY iPhone Case
Best overall: Speck Gemshell iPhone 11 CaseStaff Favorite
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.
Colorful bumper: Caseology Skyfall for iPhone 11 Case
This ultra-clear polycarbonate case has a colorful bumper to match—or contrast with—your iPhone 11.
Heavy-duty: Temdan iPhone Case
If you're looking for something a bit more rugged, check out Temdan. It's got a clear back and full-body coverage, including a built-in screen protector.
Wallet folio: Innge iPhone Wallet Case
You can leave your wallet at home; the Innge iPhone Wallet Case has you covered. Stash your cards and cash inside; the magnetic flap closure keeps them secure. The case also doubles as a kickstand.
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.
Natural beauty: Kerf Wood Case
Kerf makes incredible, luxurious, hand-made wood cases and other iPhone products. Choose from over a dozen different wood species for different natural colors and patterns. The warmth of natural wood juxtaposed with cool glass and metal will make your iPhone stand out.
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.
Super grip: Grip2ü Slim iPhone Case
Grip2ü's Slim iPhone Case is feather-light, but it has a grip band on the back, so you don't drop your iPhone while taking selfies. The careful design lets you charge your phone wirelessly with the case on, unlike most cases with grips on the back. It comes in six different colors, plus you can change out the grip band for different looks.
Incredibly fun: CASETiFY iPhone Case
You get endless design options with CASETiFY's whimsical case. You can choose a slimmer case or a more protective one. Then, choose your bumper color. Finally, pick your design for the back. If the thousands offered aren't enough, you can custom create and upload your own.
Apple-designed: Apple Silicone Case (for iPhone 11)
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.
Gripping: Speck CandyShell iPhone 11 Case
This protective case is for us, butterfingers. Rubber grip stripes cut down on the possibility of dropping your new iPhone.
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.
Slim grip: Smartish iPhone 11 Slim Case
This well-priced slim case has grippy edges and air pocket corners to protect your iPhone 11. Choose from Clear or an excellent selection of other colors and patterns.
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.
Simple silicone: TORRAS Love Series iPhone 11 Case
If you don't want any bells or whistles, just a simple silicone case but without the Apple logo—or the price tag—consider this slim case from TORRAS.
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.
Blingy: Case-Mate iPhone 11 Case
Bring on the bling with this non-shedding sparkly case. Is bling not your thing? Choose from tons of other colorful and fun patterns.
Tough: Spigen 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.
Light and strong: UAG Plasma iPhone 11 Case
UAG Plasma looks like it's about to transform into some kind of robot, but it's a feather-light yet protective case for your iPhone 11.
Sumptious leather: Mujjo Leather Wallet Case for iPhone 11
Top-notch vegetable-tanned leather surrounds your iPhone 11 in luxury. Carry up to three cards in this slim wallet case in this gorgeous Alpine Green shade.
Personalized leather: Noreve iPhone 11 Leather Case
This elegant leather folio case has a unique vertical flap, tons of customizations you can add, and a vast color palette.
Gorgeous Agate: Casery iPhone 11 Case
Slim and military drop-tested, this clear case is festooned with your choice of drop-dead gorgeous agates, marbles, animal prints, and florals.
Super protection: Pelican Rouge Case for iPhone 11
The unique waffle structure of this TPU case absorbs and disperses impact to protect your precious iPhone.
Invisible: Peel Super Thin iPhone 11 Case
Virtually invisible and undetectable, the Clear version of this case is the ultimate no-case case.
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.
Lovely lace: Cutebe Case for iPhone 11
A delicate lace pattern adorns this slim TPU case with reinforced corners for extra protection.
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."
Absolute basics: CLONG iPhone 11 Case
Basic in the best way possible, this clear TPU case has no extra features. Just pop it on for some protection without obscuring the iPhone's color at all.
Dual-layer: Incipio DualPro Platinum
Protect your new iPhone with this two-layer case. The scratch-resistant outer layer is rigid polycarbonate while the inner layer absorbs shocks.
Luxurious leather: Lucrin Zip Wallet for iPhone 11
Lucrin offers high-end premium leather case styles, including this zip-around wallet. Stick with the smooth leather shown here or upgrade to granulated, crocodile, or real ostrich. You get dozens of appealing leather color options from staid to bright.
Water-resistant leather: Nomad Active Rugged iPhone 11 case
You love leather, but you are worried about getting it wet? Worry no more. Nomad's Active Rugged case looks and feels like typical high-grade leather, but this leather is hydrophobic so that it won't get stained on your wet adventures.
Apple-approved: Tech21 Clear Mobile Casing
I sold a lot of Tech21 cases when I worked at the Apple Store. Apple doesn't allow space on its shelves for just any old accessories. This anti-microbial case is clear with textured edges for better grip, but it's been drop-tested to 10 feet just in case.
Pretty tank: WATACHE iPhone 11 Case
You want a big ol' tank case, but you still want it to look feminine and fun? Here's the case for you. The three layers include a rigid plastic front panel, soft silicone core, and hard PC back cover. The trendy marble and pineapple design keep it cute.
Glitter waterfall: SunStory iPhone 11 Case
This pretty little waterfall case is filled with blingy glitter and hearts that flow through the case as you move. Unlike most waterfall cases, this one is slim and flexible. Choose from four different colors.
Simply sophisticated: Caudabe Sheath - iPhone 11
This sophisticated case has thoughtful details like a micro-etched matte finish for grip, tactile button covers, and a lip that extends over the screen. It's a slim case, measuring less than one millimeter at its thinnest point, but it's been drop-tested to 6.6 feet.
Waterproof wonder: Vapesoon Waterproof iPhone 11 Case
The iPhone 11 is IP68 rated for submersion up to two meters for 30 minutes, which is great for unintentional spills. This case has the same rating, which gives you even more protection.
Charming blooms: Ciel by CYRILL iPhone 11 Case
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.
Affordable leather: Salawat iPhone 11 Case
PU, or split leather, isn't full-grain leather, but it's an affordable way to get the look and feel of leather covering your iPhone. A soft TPU bumper and hard PC inner shell offer drop protection.
Holster kit: Ailiber Case for iPhone 11
This convenient all-in-one kit includes a case with a built-in kickstand for watching videos, a carrying holster with a rotating belt clip, and a tempered glass screen protector.
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.
Ultra-tough: Catalyst Impact Protection Case for iPhone 11
This tough case has an impact truss system, unique mute switch knob, included lanyard, wireless charging compatibility, and almost 10-foot drop protection. Choose from four colorways, each of which has a clear back to show off the color of your new iPhone 11.
Stunning pearl: LAUT Pearl Series for iPhone 11
Photos do not do this stunning case justice. The eye-catching mother-of-pearl case will be sure to draw compliments. It's slim but tough, with 13-foot drop protection.
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 a variety of 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. They are bulky, though, so a folio is not worthwhile if you don't need that feature.
Which one should you choose?
The Speck Gemshell iPhone 11 Case is a simple case solution for people who don't want to fuss around. It's a trusted brand name, protective without being overly bulky, and reasonably priced. Perhaps best of all, it's clear, so you can see that pretty iPhone and the hot color you chose.
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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