Best iPhone 12 Cases iMore 2020

The iPhone 12 is official, complete with brand new design, MagSafe charging mechanism, and many sweet new colors. But with a new iPhone comes new iPhone cases! Here are some of the best iPhone 12 cases that you can take a look at and order right now.

The official choice: Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe

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This year, Apple's cases for the iPhone 12 lineup come with MagSafe support, meaning they not only support the new magnetic accessories for the iPhone 12, like the wallet attachment and MagSafe charger, but they also just slide and snap onto your iPhone.

$49 at Apple

The clear choice: Apple Clear Case with MagSafe

Also equipped with MagSafe, this clear case offers solid protection while letting you see the beautiful color of your iPhone 12. This case works perfectly with Apple's new set of MagSafe accessories like the charger or wallet.

$49 at Apple

Hold on to your phone: Incipio Grip for iPhone 12

The Incipio Grip makes use of what the company calls "multidirectional grip enhancers," little soft-grip protrusions on the sides of the case that helps keep your iPhone where it is supposed to be: in your hand. The grip enhancers keep your iPhone from sliding out of your hand without disrupting your ability to pocket your device.

$40 at Incipio

Quick card access: Incipio Stashback

The Incipio Stashback case lets you keep up to three physical payment cards handy, sitting just behind your iPhone in a small storage compartment. The case also offers excellent protection to the sides and back of your iPhone 12 in case of drops.

$40 at Incipio

Get a grip: Grip2ü BOOST

Take selfies, watch videos, no problem. The BOOST has a stretchy grip and a built-in kickstand. Even with those extras, wireless charging still works because of the clever integration. You can also switch up your grip bands for different looks.

$30 at Amazon

Your mobile wallet: Mujjo Full Leather Wallet Case

Mujjo is well known for its wallet cases for iPhone, and the company is ready for iPhone 12. The pouch on the back has room for a couple of cards, though the case will maintain a slim profile.

$46 at Mujjo

Good for the planet: Lifeproof WĀKE

Made from recycled materials

The eco-friendly Lifeproof WĀKE is made from salvaged fishing gear — about 85% ocean-based plastic. The unique textured wave pattern on the back is an eye-catching design, and the case is drop tested up to 2 meters. Every purchase of a WĀKE case donates a dollar to water-conscious, nonprofit partners.

$40 at Lifeproof

Show it off: Lifeproof NËXT

The Lifeproof NËXT is a slim profile case that offers a clear back, so you can show off your phone. The colored bumpers absorb any impact and shock, so your new iPhone 12 Pro is always safe and protected. Every purchase of a NËXT case gets a dollar donated to a nonprofit organization.

$80 at Lifeproof

Patina leather: Nomad Rugged Folio

I love Nomad's cases. The leather becomes a living design that changes over time as you use it. This folio features a three-card and cash slot on the inside front. It's lined with soft thick felting for added protection.

$70 at Nomad

MagSafe alternative: ESR Soft Case (for HaloLock)

ESR has a sleek new slim case for the iPhone 12 that will catch your eye if you're a silicon case fan. This one is unique because ESR is currently working on rolling out its own version of the MagSafe case and charger combo. At this time, it's not ready yet, but we'll let you know when the magnetic HoloLock charger is ready to ship

$20 at Amazon

Rugged rubber: Otterbox Symmetry

If you're the type of person that tends to drop your iPhone a lot, this thin-but-rugged case is perfect for you. Your iPhone slips right into it like a silicon case, but it has military-grade drop protection to keep your iPhone safe.

$50 at Otterbox

Pop art: CASETiFY Collage

Listen, if you're going to hide that beautiful iPhone under a case anyway, why not make it something wild and fun? This 80s-style collage art case makes a statement that lets everyone know you just wanna have fun.

$65 at CASETiFY

Colorful and clean: BodyGuardz Harmony

The BodyGuardz Harmony doesn't just look cool with its gorgeous ombre design—it also protects the iPhone 12 from drops and bacteria. Shock-absorbing corners and a raised bumper gives it a 10-foot drop rating, and BodyGuardz claims that its Ultra-Fresh antimicrobial protection reduces 99% of bacteria growth.

$45 at BodyGuardz

Price and quality: Spigen Ultra Hybrid Designed for Apple iPhone 12 Case

Spigen is known for its quality products at reasonable prices. Keep your gorgeous new iPhone 12 on full display in a clear case with a hard PC back and soft TPU bumper. Choose this crystal clear case or one with a colorful bumper to match your iPhone.

From $12 at Amazon

Totally grippable: Presidio Perfect - Clear with Grips

The case's dual-layer perimeter provides 8-foot drop protection. No-slip grips help prevent drops. Microban antimicrobial protection reduces bacteria on the case's surface by 99%.

Thin protection: Caudabe Sheath

Made from ShockLite, a soft and flexible polymer for shock absorption, it's drop-tested to 6.6 feet. Caudabe cases are thin but protective. Choose from a handful of colors.

$28 at Caudabe

Fashionable: Velvet Caviar iPhone 12 case

Velvet Caviar makes gorgeous cases in lots of fashion-forward designs, many of which sparkle with holographic accents. Despite its cute looks, this case is actually heavy-duty and protective with Firm Flex technology. You can buy a matching ring grip for selfies, too.

$30 at Velvet Caviar

The no-case case: totallee Clear iPhone 12 Case

If you don't really want a case at all, but feel you need just a little something for protection, totallee is one to consider. This is the ultimate no-case case. It's about as thick as a fingernail.

Flowers for less: CYRILL iPhone 12 case

CYRILL's pretty flowers adorn a soft, protective, slim case. The back of the case is a hard PC, while the bumper is a soft TPU for ease of putting on and taking off. Choose from a handful of pretty bouquets.

From $16 at Amazon

Natural good looks: Mous Limitless 3.0 iPhone 12 case

Your case doesn't have to be ultra-thick to be protective. Mous cases offer superior drop protection and a slimmer profile. The cases are made with a variety of natural materials, such as the bamboo shown here, and they are gorgeous.

Multitask: Smartish iPhone 12 Crossbody Case

No need to bring a purse. Take your iPhone 12 on the go with this crossbody faux-leather case. The removable strap has lip balm loops and the attached wallet holds three cards plus cash. Choose from several colors.

$30 at Amazon

Clearly a bargain: Temdan Clear Case for iPhone 12

Just want a simple, clear case to protect and show off your iPhone 12 but you don't want to spend a lot of money? You want a Temdan case. The acrylic case has Air-Guard corners for extra protection. It's MagSafe compatible.

$9 at Amazon

Screen protector included: MILPROX iPhone 12 Silicone Case

This case is designed to resemble Apple's silicone case, but it costs a lot less and comes in more color options. A tempered glass screen protector is included with your purchase.

$17 at Amazon

Ultra-rugged: Survivor Extreme

Four-layer construction and FortiCore™ shock absorption technology give your iPhone 16-foot drop protection. Textured sides, covered ports, and antimicrobial protection make this one of the toughest cases you can buy.

Our iPhone 12 case recommendations

The addition of MagSafe to the iPhone 12 shakes things up a bit this year. While all of the cases are great, most people should probably look at the Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe. It couldn't be simpler to attach to your iPhone, just popping on and staying securely in place thanks to the magnets in the back of the phone.

If you're looking for something slightly different in a case, but no less protective, the Incipio Grip is built to keep your iPhone in your hand, and protect it from drops when it can't. Its interesting exterior grip system gives it a unique look among iPhone cases, and it's available both in solid colors and in clear models.

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