The best iPhone 14 cases in January 2023

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The best iPhone 14 cases can be hard to find among a sea of designs. But if you've got Apple's most recent smartphone, you'll know they don't come cheap, and so a quality case is an essential item. 

The case you choose will decide on a number of things, the environment you spend a lot of time in, charging options and personal style amongst other things. The good news is, there's plenty of options to suit every users' needs. 

Given that the iPhone 14 is similar in size to the iPhone 13, you might hope that an existing case will fit, but that might not necessarily work. Although the new iPhone does look almost identical to its predecessor, the sizes and button placements are slightly different. 

Below, we've made our pick of the best iPhone 14 cases, for different tastes and requirements, from slim options that don't add much bulk to the phone, to more rugged cases for tougher protection. We've based our evaluations on our reviewers' knowledge of each brand's reputation and build quality, previous experience with their products, aesthetics and stated specs. All of the cases chosen allow wireless charging, and most of them have magnets for use of MagSafe (see the questions at the bottom for more on that and see how we test for more details of our review process).

If you've yet to order your iPhone 14, make sure you check our roundup of the best iPhone 14 prices. And if you're looking for the full details of what Apple's latest iPhones offer see our article on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro (opens in new tab): everything you need to know. 

The best iPhone 14 cases available now

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Will iPhone 13 cases fit the iPhone 14?

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 are extremely similar in design and their overall dimensions, but they're not exactly the same. The iPhone 14 is 0.01 inches / 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 13. That shouldn't be enough of a difference to require a different case, but there's another complication. The placement and size of the power and volume buttons is also slightly different, and this means that some iPhone 13 cases may not be suitable for iPhone 14 – always check before you buy.

As for iPhone 14 Pro, there are slight differences here too. It's almost a millimetre (0.03in taller), 0.2mm (0.01in thicker) and very slightly narrower than the iPhone 13 Pro. Again the buttons are in a slightly different position, and the camera bump is larger and wider than before. The same applies to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, so always check you're buying a product advertised as a case for iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max.

Also be aware that although the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus match the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, respectively in terms of size, iPhone 14 cases and iPhone 14 Plus cases won't fit the higher-end phones due to the larger camera modules.

What should I look for when choosing an iPhone 14 case?

Whether you're looking for an iPhone 14 case or an iPhone 14 Pro case, the first thing to decide is what kind of protection you want. Do you want a super slim case that protects your phone from marks and scratches without adding bulk, or do you want the reassurance of a more rugged case that will offer more cushioning if you accidentally drop your phone? And if you're worried about your camera, it's worth choosing a case that had a raised lip around the camera area to protect the lenses.

Aside from that, the main thing to ensure when choosing an iPhone 14 case is that it's compatible with Apple MagSafe – you don't want a case that you have to remove in order to charge your phone. You'll also want to make sure you get the right case for your phone. There are four iPhone 14 models and they have different designs and sizes, so you need to be sure that you're buying a case that fits your phone, whether that's the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro or iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Pay close attention to the title, description and small print when you're shopping for iPhone 14 cases. Some products have long descriptions, especially on Amazon, that can sometimes be confusing. Use of the word 'Pro' can also sometimes be misleading since it could refer to the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max but it can also refer to the case maker's 'pro' version of its own product.

What is an iPhone 14 case with MagSafe?

MagSafe is a magnetic system used in the iPhone since iPhone 12 that allows you to connect accessories to the back of the phone. Comprising a ring of magnets embedded in the back of the iPhone, it allows you to attach to wallets, wireless chargers, grips and more. 

Cases that say they support MagSafe accessories should have a built-in ring of MagSafe magnets, but some cases are advertised “MagSafe compatible” despite not having magnets – they're simply thin enough to allow the magnetic connection to pass through them. The problem is that this connection is usually quite weak and you may find it's very easy to separate your phone from the accessory.

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Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news and features, updates buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A writer and translator, he also works as a project manager at London and Buenos Aires-based design and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing photography, video content, graphic design and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He enjoys photography, particularly nature photography, wellness and he dances Argentine tango.

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