Having one of the best iPhone 12 cases is an absolute must if you've just splashed a stack of cash on Apple's latest smartphone. Obviously nobody ever plans on actually dropping their iPhone 12, but accidents happen and while hindsight is a wonderful thing, you're better off spending a bit more money on a case now rather than wishing you had when you're staring ruefully at a smashed screen.
Luckily there are plenty of iPhone 12 cases to choose from in lots of styles and at pretty much every price point. Whether you want a case that's purely protective or something easier on the eye with added features, you're certain to be spoiled for choice. And either way, you want to make sure you've got protection for what is undoubtedly one of the best camera phones currently on the market.
We've made things easier for you by picking out eight of the best iPhone 12 cases; they're all available for each of the iPhone 12's four models, most of them support MagSafe accessories and they'll all let you charge wirelessly without having to remove your case (speaking of which, don't forget to check our roundup of the best iPhone chargers).
The best iPhone 12 cases available now
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If all you need for your iPhone 12 is a basic, reliable case, it's hard to go wrong with Apple's own Silicone Case with MagSafe. Its silicone exterior is soft to the touch but tough enough to protect your iPhone from knocks and drops, and inside there's a microfibre lining for added protection.
It's easy to attach and detach thanks to its built-in magnets; these also make it just as easy to hit the right alignment for wireless charging. There's a range of colour choices available, and the Silicone Case comes in all sizes, from iPhone 12 Mini up to the Pro Max, and it's available for earlier iPhones too.
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Fine though Apple's silicone case is, we'd almost certainly choose to spend a little bit extra on the leather case. It's functionally identical to the silicone option, with built-in magnets for easy attaching and detaching and faster wireless charging, and it'll do just as well at protecting your iPhone from drops and scratches, but on the whole there's something a lot more attractive and tactile about leather, especially when you've had it for a while and it's developed a natural patina. All iPhone 12 sizes are catered for, and there are five colour options.
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In the already crowded market of phone cases, how do you make a name for yourself? Well, if you're Casely, you create a lot of super safe cases, make them sport an array of fantastic designs, and sell them at incredibly competitive prices. And you make them available for all iterations of the iPhone from the 11 (plus the SE).
I'm also a fan of the 'classic' and 'bold' options that Casely offer – basically a shiny or matt option, with the latter coming with a more pronounced side grips, and a bordered frame of hard plastic around the front camera. I've been using the bold version of the limited edition Van Gogh's 'Smoking Skeleton' for a couple weeks now, and I've found it both useful in protecting my phone every time I drop it, but also just love the look of it.
And at either $25 for the classic look, or $35 for the bold, these are really great value for money. Head over to Casely's website to see the full stock of great iPhone cases on offer.
It's all very well having an attractive case for your phone, but what if that means that people can't tell that you actually a swank new iPhone 12? With Apple's clear case there won't be any doubt.
It's made of clear polycarbonate with a scratch-resistant coating, and as with Apple's other cases it has built-in magnets for quick attachment and removal, not to mention easier and faster wireless charging. As it's clear, there aren't any colour options, but it's available in all the sizes.
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The big downside to Apple's cases is that if you want somewhere to stash your cards you'll have to pay quite a bit extra for a MagSafe wallet. Frankly we'd rather avoid having our cards in the same place as our phone, but if you're not fussed about putting all your eggs in one basket then Mujjo's leather wallet case is a fine alternative to Apple's leather case, with the added benefit of space to stash your cards.
Its card pocket will hold two to three cards, it's made of soft-touch, organically aged leather with a microfibre-lined interior, and there are three colour options: black, blue and tan.
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If you're using your iPhone 12 for video conferencing then it's useful to have something to keep it upright while leaving your hands free. Normally you'd have to buy a holder or prop it against something, but this leather case from Bellroy will do the job nicely.
It's another leather case in seven colour options, and it costs a bit more than both Apple's leather case and the Mujjo option above, but its integrated card section could be a clincher here. There's room in it for up to three cards, and when folded out the cover doubles up as a handy stand; a small touch, but a welcome one.
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Finding all these iPhone 12 cases a bit too functional and just a little blokey? Here's Ted Baker coming to the rescue with this delightful mirror case. It's a book-style faux leather case with a beautiful jasmine design, complete with an electroplated housing shell and a card holder.
The real selling point, though, is its internal mirror; perfect for touching up your make-up on the go without having to either try to see your reflection in your powered-off screen, or make do with the front-facing camera. The model featured is for the iPhone 12 Mini, but there are options for all sizes available.
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Want to give your precious iPhone 12 that little bit of extra protection? You could do a lot worse than this option from Smartish. It features grooved sides and textured surface so even if you have the butteriest of fingers it won't slip out of your hands, and even if it does, your phone will be thoroughly protected thanks to a sturdy build and air pocket corners.
It's not the prettiest case we've seen, and it doesn't play nicely with MagSafe accessories, but it won't get in the way of wireless charging and it delivers where it matters.
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Want a case that protects your iPhone 12 but doesn't get in the way? The third version of Nudient's slim case is available now, and once it's fitted you'll hardly notice it's there. Designed by Jesper Ståhl, the Nudient Slim Case V3 is made to fit seamlessly to your phone, with magnets making it easy to attach and detach, and it protects all four edges of your iPhone as well as the camera.
Coated with three layers of rubberised material for a superior grip, it also has a premium suede fabric on the inside to prevent dust build-up from scratching your phone, and there are seven colour options to choose from.
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