The iPhone 13 might not be the latest model any more, but it's still a great all-around phone. One of the features we love that continues on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro is MagSafe. This ring of magnets inside the phone allows a MagSafe charger or other accessory to click securely into place. However, a case can interfere with that ability unless you use a specifically MagSafe-compatible case.
Here are some of the best MagSafe cases for iPhone 13 you can buy, so you can take advantage of all those great accesories. We also have the best iPhone 13 cases in general to check out.
The best MagSafe cases for iPhone
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Apple's own engineering
You can never go wrong with Apple's own cases. You know they will be high quality, fit the iPhone perfectly, and function as intended. Apple always offers a nice variety of colors, but they can be seasonal so don't wait to pick up your favorite shade.
This rugged but slim case has grooved edges for extra grip, so hopefully you won't drop it. But if you do, the soft inner padding and air pocket corners offer plenty of protection. Choose from several colors and patterns.
This simple, streamlined case is MagSafe-compatible is clear to show off the color of your iPhone 13. You can choose from several highlight color options in either the MagSafe ring itself or around the edges of the case.
Kate Spade New York is known for its fun and feminine styles. This beautiful Kate Spade MagSafe case is slim but protective, and it's a huge favorite amongst several of us on the iMore team. We use these cases quite a bit!
The shock-absorbing Air Guard corners give this case military-grade protection from drops and bumps. The squared-off corners also give this otherwise simple clear MagSafe case a unique look.
This tough OtterBox Symmetry Series is a classic, tested to survive three times as many drops as military standard (MIL-STD-810G 516.6). The latest case in the lineup goes beyond the previous models like the one we reviewed in that it has antimicrobial technology to protect you from germs. This MagSafe-compatible case comes in several color options.
Pretty but tough
Don't let this case's good looks fool you; the slim TPU Sonix MagSafe iPhone case offers 10-foot drop protection. Mine is the one pictured, but it also comes in other cute and trendy styles.
Touch of color
This simple clear MagSafe case stands out with colorful edges surrounding your iPhone and camera module. Choose from several color options, depending on if you want the case to match or contrast with your iPhone's color.
If you're concerned about scratching your iPhone 13 camera lenses, check out the Nillkin CamShield Pro iPhone Case. Its handy cover slides over the lens module when not in use. I find that the striped texture adds a bit of aesthetic interest but doesn't interfere with the MagSafe compatibility.
Tough but light
UAG (Urban Armor Gear) makes slim, ergonomic cases with a certain rugged appeal. The reinforced corner protection and outer hex pattern disperse impact to protect the case from drops. The case is infused with antimicrobial properties to protect you. Choose from two colors: black or Frosted Ice.
This high-quality MagSafe case offers both maximum protection and maximum style. Yet it retains a streamlined profile. Choose from a variety of real materials, such as wood, leather, and more.
Which of the best MagSafe cases for iPhone 13 should you choose?
Why do you even need a MagSafe-specific case for the iPhone 13 in order to use those great MagSafe accessories? You can technically use any of the best iPhone 13 cases as long as they don't have built-in grips or wallets on the back with MagSafe chargers, just as you would with any wireless charger.
However, you won't get that satisfying click, and you won't get a strong connection unless you use a MagSafe case specifically. And you won't be able to use other kinds of MagSafe accessories, such grips or wallets, unless you have a MagSafe case.
Using a MagSafe-compatible case lets you use MagSafe charging stands, MagSafe car charging mounts, MagSafe grips, MagSafe wallets, and more. So it's worth getting a MagSafe case if you ever plan to use any MagSafe accessories.
The classic Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe is always a no-brainer option; you can still pick it up at the Apple Store or order it online, even if you can't buy an iPhone 13 direct from Apple any more. Since it's designed by team Apple, you know it will always hug the iPhone's curves perfectly and work the way you'd expect. Each year's case lineup is specially designed to enhance that year's iPhone colors, so you can choose a dynamite color combination.
If you're looking for a bargain, you can't get much better than the LDHTY 2 Pack for iPhone 13 Case, Magnetic Clear Cases Compatible with MagSafe. While the case itself is pretty basic, you do get clear protection and MagSafe compatibility. Best of all, you're getting two of them for one very low price, so you can share with a friend or keep a spare handy.
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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.