Best Running Cases for iPhone XS iMore 2020

If you plan on taking your iPhone XS with you on a jog, then you'll want either a heavy duty case or an armband, like the Running Buddy XL. A heavy-duty case, like the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style will protect it from bumps in your pocket and drops if the worst should happen. An armband gets it out of your pocket altogether and up on your bicep for quick access. Whichever you prefer, these options should suit you well.

No belt required: Running Buddy XL

This magnetic pouch clips onto your waistband comfortably and stays in place while you run with little or no bounce. There's room for your iPhone XS, keys, or any credit cards or ID you might need.

$23 at Amazon

Comfy armband: Tune Belt running armband

If you like a traditional armband but want one with a little more comfort, Tune Belt's has a little extra padding. It's even big enough to fit your iPhone XS in larger cases like OtterBox and LifeProof.

$18 at Amazon

Trusted brand: OtterBox Defender

An old standby, the OtterBox Defender is a heavy duty case with a belt clip, so you can attach it to your shorts or workout pants and you're off for your jog. It's even better if you already wear a running belt, and it'll protect your iPhone XS from drops and scratches.

$28 at Amazon

Minimal armband: Supcase running armband

If you'd like an armband without the bulk, then this is your pick. It's just a simple, narrow band, with a silicone bumper case that holds your iPhone XS. It also has reflective patches for running in the dark.

$13 at Amazon

Rotating armband: VUP running armband

If you like to manually change songs or check out a running app while you're in motion, this armband should do the trick. It lets you rotate your iPhone 180 degrees, so you can use it the right way. The stretchy ends let you easily secure your iPhone, maintaining full access.

$16 at Amazon

Military-grade protection: Zizo Bolt

This rugged case is military drop tested and features a fold-out kickstand on the back, so you can watch videos hands-free when you're finished your jog. It also comes with a belt clip, so you don't have to jog with it in your pocket.

$18 at Amazon

All-around protection: i-Blason Armorbox

This rugged case looks awesome, has a kickstand, and has dual-layer protection against drops and scratches. The included belt clip slides over your iPhone XS screen to fully protect it while you run. It also features a built-in tempered glass screen protector.

$20 at Amazon

Removes distraction: Revere Sport sleeve

If you get distracted seeing your iPhone's screen through traditional armbands, then Revere Sport's is perfect, since it folds over and covers your iPhone. It protects your phone while you run and is made of comfortable, flexible Lycra. Comes in four sizes.

$15 at Amazon

Stylish protection: Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style

Supcase produces excellent heavy-duty cases and this one lets you admire the beauty of your iPhone XS, while still protecting it outright with a hard plastic back and cushiony TPU edges. There are seven edge colors to choose from at a great price.

$12 at Amazon

Minimally universal: Bone Collection sports armband

If you don't like a big thick armband and would rather your phone be easily accessible, this is the band for you. Tight rubber bands hold your iPhone firmly in place, and the thinner armband comfortably straps onto your arm with no extra bulk or frivolous pockets.

$20 at Amazon

With respect to running cases, it's hard to do any better than the Running Buddy XL, which is at simple as it gets for a hip pouch to hold onto your phone while you jog. But if you don't want a pouch or armband, then the Supcase Unicorn Beetle Style is my favorite.

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