The Best iPhone 13 Cases and Covers for 2021
The iPhone 13 is the best smartphone in its price bracket. Revealed at Apple's California Streaming event, the device boasts several notable improvements over its predecessor, the iPhone 12. These include the more powerful A15 Bionic chip, a bigger battery, a narrowed notch, enhanced camera sensors, and increased default storage.
However, despite the impressive Ceramic Shield body, the iPhone 13 is not indestructible. You will almost certainly need a case if you want to protect it against damage from serious drops and knocks. Accordingly, we've put together a list of the best iPhone 13 cases available right now.
There are loads of great cases out for the iPhone 13. We'll also keep updating this list as more covers are released, so check back periodically if you don't find something to your liking straight away.
Nomad Modern Leather Case
Leather cases can be bulky, but the Modern Case from Nomad is anything but. This sleek case is made from raw, vegetable-tanned leather from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago, one of the oldest U.S. tanneries.
It comes in Rustic Brown -- our choice -- black, or natural, and offers 10 feet of drop protection thanks to a shock-absorbing internal air bumper. As well as looking great when you buy it, the leather develops a natural patina over time that makes each case unique. This case also works with MagSafe, with a built-in magnet array on the rear, and has dual lanyard attachment points.
Mous Limitless 4.0 Case
We love Mous' Limitless range, and the 4.0 is its slimmest case yet, without compromising on protection.
This polycarbonate and TPU case boasts AiroShock impact-absorbing tech to protect against drops. There's an N45 magnet array on the back, ensuring this case is compatible with all MagSafe chargers and accessories. We love the aramid fiber version, pictured, but you can also pick up this case in Walnut, Bamboo, black leather, or speckled fabric varieties.
It comes with a lifetime warranty too.
Incipio Organicore Case
If you're worried about the impact your case will have on the environment when you no longer need it, Incipio's Organicore is the case to get. It's made with 100% plant-based materials, which means it's 100% compostable. It also has Impact Strut technology for a solid eight feet of drop protection, a raised edge bezel to keep your screen and camera safe, and textured side grips to reduce the risk of dropping your phone.
Casetify Ultra Impact Crush Case
Clear or patterned clear cases can sometimes lack the superior protection offered by more rugged cases, but Casetify's Ultra Impact Crush Case ticks both boxes.
The company's RECASETiFY program upcycles old phone cases, using them to make shiny new cases like this one, which is constructed from 65% recycled and plant-based materials. Military-grade drop protection of up to 9.8 feet is also on offer, with a raised ring around the camera and outside of the case to keep your screen safe, and corners enhanced with proprietary Quitech 2.0, a shock-absorbing material proven to reduce impact by 95%. Each case is also treated with an antimicrobial coating to eliminate 99% of surface bacteria.
Raptic Shield Case
The Shield case from Raptor is one of the more rugged options on our list with its hard polycarbonate shell and machined, anodized aluminum frame.
It offers military-grade drop protection of up to 10 feet and has a rubber bubble pattern interior to deflect and absorb shock, as well as a raised bezel around the screen to protect from scratches and drops. We love the Red Gradient finish, but you can also grab this case in red, purple, or black.
Apple Silicone Case with MagSafe
Who better than Apple to make a case that perfectly fits and complements the iPhone 13? This particular number is built using a mix of silicone and PC, while it has been lined with microfiber to ensure that your new phone doesn't end up scratched or scuffed.
This makes it highly comfortable and flexible, while it also provides a very good level of resistance against drops and damage. It's also fully compatible with wireless charging and with MagSafe accessories.
OtterBox Symmetry Series Clear Case
Tested to military standards (MIL-STD-810G 516.6), this iPhone 13 case from OtterBox is slim but durable. It's made from 50% recycled plastic, with a mix of TPU and PC combining to protect your phone against falls and other accidents.
Bonuses include raised edges for added protection and an antimicrobial coating, which reduces the growth of common bacteria. It's also comfortably thin and lightweight, so it won't add unnecessary bulk to the phone, which you'll be able to use just as normal.
Spigen Thin Fit Case for iPhone 13
It may lack some of the bells and whistles of other covers, but this iPhone 13 case from Spigen gets all the basics right. It features a lightweight plastic material that's both flexible and strong, capable of withstanding most everyday accidents.
Its thin design also makes it noticeably ergonomic and comfortable, so you can continue sliding your iPhone in and out of your pocket without friction. Spigen has also included precise cutouts in all the right places, and the case is completely compatible with wireless charging.
Speck Presidio2 Perfect-Clear Case
Boasting drop protection of up to 13 feet, this Speck cover will protect your iPhone 13 as well as pretty much any other case on the market. Its secret is that it features phone-cushioning rubber compresses around its edges, so that whenever you inadvertently drop your iPhone it's buffered from the impact of falls.
On top of this, it features raised edges that protect the phone's screen from cracks, while it also throws in a Microban coating that will reduce bacteria growth by up to 99%. Its slim design means that it works perfectly well with wireless charging and with MagSafe, and despite its rugged design, tests have shown that it doesn't interfere with the phone's antennae.
Tech21 Evo Clear Case
This simple and yet sturdy case from Tech21 has been tested using methods approved by the U.K.'s National Physical Laboratory, showing that it can protect your iPhone from falls of up to 12 feet. Its hard PC material means that it resists scratches, while Tech21 has also incorporated a self-healing material that can help avoid minor scruffs and scratches.
Likewise, its material harnesses a self-cleaning coating, so that the case remains impressively clean throughout its lifecycle.
JETech Shockproof Bumper Cover
Combining PC and TPU into a durable shell, this case from JETech provides a way of protecting your iPhone 13 without denting your wallet. It includes shock-absorbing corners that reduce the impact of falls, while its raised bezels deflect potential damage incurred by the display or camera lenses. One nice touch is that its material has been lined with tiny inner dots that prevent watermarks from forming against the rear of the iPhone.
In addition, its scratch-resistant back is complemented by a highly transparent and lightweight design, which shows off that recognizable, half-bitten apple while also keeping it in pristine condition.
Ghostek Atomic Slim Clear MagSafe Case
Ghostek cases are where it's at for covers that look futuristically stylish while also providing serious reinforcement. The Atomic Slim case combines lightweight but tough aluminum with a more flexible TPU inner skin, offering a dual-layer build that will withstand most serious shocks and falls. Its defenses are strengthened with shock-absorbing corners, lifted bezels, and a scratch-resistant PC back.
It's very rugged and has been tested to military-grade standards, proving itself capable of surviving drops of up to 12 feet. If that wasn't enough, it also incorporates a tactile anti-slip grip and supports Face ID, wireless charging, and MagSafe accessories. One of the most comprehensive iPhone 13 cases you're likely to find, right now or ever.
Totallee Super Thin Case
Bulky "armor" cases aren't for everyone, so here's an ultra-thin and ultra-discreet iPhone case from Totallee.
It's been designed to be maximally minimal, weighing in at a featherweight 0.1 ounces and measuring in at between 0.02 and 0.03 inches (depending on where you measure along its spine). Its minimalism is capped off by the lack of a Totallee logo or branding, so you can continue showing off your new iPhone as if you didn't have a case. However, despite its sleekness, it will guard against most accidents.
To this end, it includes raised lips for added protection. It's also designed to be fully compatible with wireless charging and MagSafe accessories.
Olixar Camera Stand Case
Made from a strong yet lightweight synthetic plastic, this case from Olixar looks great and will also keep your iPhone 13 looking great. Its TPU construction will soak up a fair amount of punishment, while the inclusion of a ring loop around the camera lenses will protect these from isolated damage.
In fact, this loop also doubles as a fold-out stand, so you can prop your iPhone up and watch TV or chat with friends without bothering your hands. Needless to say, the case is slim and easy to handle, with accurate cutouts making it easy to use.
Ted Baker Folio Glitsie Flip Mirror Case
Here's a case for anyone who wants to accessorize their iPhone 13 and turn it into (even more of) a fashion statement. The glitter print design -- combing pink glitter and rose-gold edging -- will make the phone sparkle and stand out, while its flip-cover design means you get touchscreen protection in addition to the usual rear-and-sides protection.
Its most distinctive feature is that you'll find a built-in mirror on the reverse side of the flip cover, so you can check how you're doing before you leave the house for a night out. While it is a little thicker than other cases, because of the front cover, it remains conveniently slim and light, so it won't add unnecessary bulk to your pocket or handbag.
LoveCases Abstract Rainbow Gel Case
We've picked the Abstract Rainbow model here, but pretty much every item in LoveCases' range for the iPhone 13 is a good option if you want something a bit more interesting than a plain cover. Its design is colorful and bright without being excessive, so you can impress without going overboard.
Its TPU construction is durable enough to resist most everyday damage, yet it's also lightweight enough to make it easy to handle and stow away. Raised bezels add extra protection for the phone's screen and rear camera lenses while all the necessary ports and buttons are present. In addition, the case is compatible with MagSafe and wireless charging, as well as Face ID.
Pulen Liquid Silicone Case
Pulen is a great brand if you want a sturdy, attractive case without having to spend too much.
This particular iPhone 13 case features a triple-layer construction, incorporating an outer silicone layer, a harder PC middle layer, and a microfiber lining. This makes it noticeably tougher than most other cases in its price range, and the layer of liquid silica gel provides enough grip to stop the phone from falling accidentally out of your hands. The case is also scratch-resistant and anti-fingerprint, so it will retain its luster while also preserving your iPhone.
It also supports wireless charging, Apple Pay, MagSafe, and Face ID.
All in all, it's a great all-around case that also happens to be easy to install and remove, as well as one that can be washed with water without suffering any discoloration.