While the iPhone 13 is no longer the latest handset, you'll want to keep it working well and looking great for years to come. The way to do that is with a great case, which both protects your iPhone and expresses your personality. Note that the iPhone 13 cases are not interchangeable with other models, since the camera module and button placement varies slightly. Here are some of our favorite iPhone 13 cases. Some will also pair up nicely with the best MagSafe charging stands too.
Keep your iPhone 13 in top-notch form with a great case
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I'm sure you're not surprised to see an Apple-branded case at the top of this list. There's a reason for that: Apple cases always hug the iPhone's curves perfectly. The slim silicone case is lined with microfiber to cradle your iPhone gently inside. Choose from an appealing color array designed to blend beautifully with the iPhone colors. Plus, the iconic Apple logo graces the back of the case.
Pretty and protective
Who says a protective case can't be pretty, too? This Velvet Caviar case is one of my favorite rugged cases, offering 10-foot drop protection as outlined in our review.
Rugged and cool
We reviewed a similar UAG case and noted that this good-looking case is surprisingly lightweight, considering how tough it is. This case is tested for up to 16-foot drop protection.
Sometimes you've just got to show off the color of that beautiful new iPhone with a clear case. The Spigen Ultra Hybrid is slim, lightweight, and clear, as described in our review of a previous model. Spigen's air cushion technology offers lots of protection in a trim package. It's MagSafe-compatible, too.
Get a grip
OtterBox and PopSockets had a baby, and the Otter + POP Symmetry Series Case is it. As noted in our review of a previous model, you'll get a fantastic grip on your phone plus OtterBox protection. The PopSocket can can also be used as a stand for viewing videos.
Sleek and simple
CYRILL has a case for you, whether you want a simple, basic neutral case or something a bit more interesting. This basic black case is made of vegan faux leather. It's shock absorbent and has a soft microfiber lining.
Get the designer look on your iPhone 13 with a Kate Spade case from Incipio. As you can tell from our review, we love the way this case looks. Choose from a wide variety of fashionable cases that are slim, protective, and have MagSafe compatibility.
This simple, clear TPU case delivers great value. With air-guard corners and military-grade protection, you'll find that you don't have to pay a lot for protection. The angled, faceted edges give it a bit of a different look.
Wash of color
This one covers both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, offering 6.6 foot drop protection. The colorful translucent cases let you shift the color of your iPhone into something different to change up your look.
Best of all worlds
We love Speck cases for their great protection and slim form factor. This one is a favorite because it's clear (so it shows off your iPhone 13's color), has those grips along the sides to help keep you from dropping your phone, and it's MagSafe-compatible. There's also a glittery option if you'd like a little bling. We reviewed the glittery Speck Presidio for the iPhone 11 and loved its stylish yet functional design.
Casely has a whole slew of colorful and trendy patterns from which to choose, such as the "Sunny Days" shown here, florals, scenic landscapes, marble looks, animal prints, and much more. Get a case with or without MagSafe compatibility, and you can choose how thick and protective you want your case to be.
When you really don't want a case on your phone but want just a bit of protection, there's Totallee. I noticed while reviewing this case for a previous model iPhone that it's literally thinner than my fingernail and weighs next to nothing. Don't expect major drop protection, but this is the minimalist case you want if you want your iPhone scratch-free. Note that the clear option is a different material and is slightly thicker.
Another appealing variation for a clear MagSafe-compatible case is this gorgeous ombré option that we reviewed, the ZAGG Gear4 Milan Snap Case. You'll see your iPhone's gorgeous color at the top with a gradual shift to the case's color at the bottom in either rose or gold.
Mous cases are substantial and protective without being overly bulky. When reviewing this case, we found it to be particularly aesthetically pleasing. And yes, this lineup is fully MagSafe-compatible. The Mous Limitless 4.0 comes in all kinds of cool materials such as real bamboo, walnut (wood), aramid fiber, specked leather, acetate, and more.
You can count on Nomad for high-end leather accessories. This stylish folio case is wrapped in American Horween leather and will develop a warm patina over time. The folio holds up to three cards and cash and the case is MagSafe-compatible. Color options include Rustic Brown or black.
Which of the best iPhone 13 cases should you buy?
The iPhone 13 is a fantastic handset, as detailed lovingly in our review. In fact, while the iPhone 14 is newer and improved, we wouldn't necessarily recommend that you upgrade from the still-great iPhone 13. No matter which way you go, you'll certainly want to protect it from damage. If you're going to be using a MagSafe charger like the Apple MagSafe Charger or other best MagSafe accessories, you'll want to be sure to choose a case with MagSafe compatibility. Personally, I find MagSafe accessories very satisfying when you hear and feel that magnetic "thwack." Plus, you know it's really going to stay in place. However, if you don't see yourself ever using that feature, you probably don't need to pay for a MagSafe case.
In addition to a case, I'd strongly suggest picking up one of the best screen protectors for your iPhone 13 if you want to keep it in mint condition.
You can always count on Apple to make a fantastic case that fits the iPhone to absolute perfection. I like Apple's colorful silicone MagSafe case for the wide variety of gorgeous colors that you know will coordinate beautifully with your iPhone. The MagSafe magnets just work as intended. The interior of the case is soft to the touch, which will keep your iPhone scratch-free.
If you want something a bit more feminine but you still want MagSafe compatibility, check out the entire fun and fashionable Kate Spade MagSafe iPhone case lineup. Many of the Kate Spade cases are stylish and feminine while still being fairly neutral color-wise, so they go with your whole wardrobe. On the other hand, if you just want something basic and inexpensive and don't care about MagSafe compatibility, the ESR case is a great pick. Owning a number of ESR cases, I know they generally offer a lot of protection for a little bit of money.
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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.
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