The newest entry-level iPhone is here, and you'll want to keep it protected with a great case. Fortunately, it's exactly the same size as its predecessor (the second-generation iPhone SE from 2020) as well as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7, so the cases are all interchangeable. That means you have lots of options. Here are some of our favorite iPhone SE 3 cases.
For a perfect fit every time, you can't go wrong with Apple's own case. It's designed specifically to hug the iPhone's curves and show them off to maximum effect. Plus, it offers just the right amount of protection without any extra bulk. The color selection does change periodically, so don't wait to pick up a favorite.
This simple, clear case shows off the color of your iPhone SE and has a convenient kickstand you can pull out when you want to watch videos hands-free. The Air Guard corners add shock protection where you need it most.
Slim and classy
This slim-fitting, minimalist design has a soft coating for a better grip. The scratch-resistant PC is lightweight and pocket-friendly, plus it comes in several color options.
Get the military-grade drop protection you expect from well-known brand Speck with its dual-layer Speck CandyShell Grip case, which comes in a number of different color options. In our review, we sang the praises of the raised rubber ridges for a no-slip grip on your iPhone.
Protect the environment along with your iPhone. In our Pela case review, we point out that the case (which comes in several colors) is made from flax rather than plastic. When you're done with it, send it back to Pela for composting.
This stunning case is as beautiful as it is protective, as we point out in our review. The ultra-stylish Rifle Paper Co. Case is a result of a collaboration between the famous stationer and Case-Mate.
You can leave the wallet at home. Our review explains how we were impressed by the soft, suede-like nubuck leather Snakehive case which holds up to three cards plus cash and comes in fun colors. It also folds into a stand for your video viewing pleasure. What's not to love?
Don't let the lightweight feel of the UAG Plasma case fool you; when we reviewed it, we were surprised to discover just how light it was. The case offers military-grade drop protection due to its web of hollow cells that offer rigidity and strength while keeping bulk at a minimum.
Protection plus pop
OtterBox makes so many great, protective cases, but the OtterBox + Pop is one of my all-time favorites. Our review explains how the built-in PopSockets PopGrip helps you take easier selfies, hold a more secure grip, and activate a convenient stand.
The gorgeous, floral Kate Spade New York Protective Hardshell Case is both sophisticated and playful with metallic gold highlights. The shock-resistant bumper and co-molded design give you up to 10 feet of drop protection.
While Skinit is primarily known for its tech decals and skins, you can also get a Skinit case that sports your favorite, well, anything. When selecting a case for our review, we were impressed by the sheer variety of officially licensed designs, like sports, comic book/film characters, art, and more.
Barely a case
When you really don't want a case at all, but feel you should have a little something, go for the barely-there totallee Thin iPhone Case. As mentioned in our hands-on testing, don't expect much in the way of drop protection, but at least your iPhone SE won't get all scratched up.
Which of the best iPhone SE 3 cases should you buy?
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Don't worry, the latest and greatest iPhone SE 3 (2022) is exactly the same size as the iPhone SE 2 (2020). So, even if the listing hasn't been updated yet, the iPhone SE 2 cases will fit. If you're looking for a place to start, you can't go wrong with an Apple case, whether you choose the Silicone Case or Leather Case. They are simply gorgeous, and the colors are carefully selected to go with the iPhone's colors beautifully. An Apple case will be protective and yet not add any unnecessary bulk. The inside is lined with microfiber to protect from scratches. And only an Apple case can offer the Apple logo on the back.
However, if you want something a bit more unique — a bit more you — go for a Skinit case. If you search the Skinit storefront on Amazon, you can find exactly what you want in several different case styles. Type in "iPhone SE" plus your favorite sports team, college, character, movie, or even just an object (like "avocado") and you'll find a surprising variety of cases.
As always, when you buy a new iPhone, you'll want to protect the most vulnerable part: the screen. Be sure to pick up one of the best iPhone SE screen protectors; the previous model's screen protectors will fit the iPhone SE 3 perfectly.
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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.