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10 Best iPhone mini Cases That Are Equally Stylish and Protective

It costs $279 to replace an iPhone mini screen at the Apple Store. Protect your investment with one of these affordable cases.

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When it comes to protecting your iPhone against scratches, scuffs, and drops, you have hundreds of case options to pick from. If you're stumped on where to begin, you've found the right place. We set out to determine today’s best iPhone mini cases worth buying. We made sure to include wallet cases to stash your cash alongside your phone, antimicrobial cases to protect you against germs, super slim cases, clear cases, colorful cases, and more.

If you plan to use MagSafe accessories, make sure you buy a MagSafe-compatible case. If you're confused as to what MagSafe, is, the gist is this: The latest iPhones use an array of built-in magnets that allow compatible accessories to seamlessly snap onto the back of an iPhone. If you're using Apple's official MagSafe charger, you can even recharge your iPhone twice as fast as competing wireless chargers.

The Best iPhone mini cases

Lastly, it's worth mentioning that despite the fact that the dimensions of the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini are nearly identical, the camera bump on the back of the 13 mini is bigger, meaning you can't use an iPhone 12 mini case on a 13 mini and vice versa.

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Best Overall
Smartish Gripmunk iPhone 13 mini MagSafe Case
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Also available for iPhone 12 mini

This affordable case provides your precious iPhone with outstanding protection. It features a grippy exterior that helps prevent drops, too.

In the event you do drop your phone, the case’s air-cushioned corners absorb and disperse shocks away from the phone to prevent cracked screens.

If blue isn't your color of choice, Smartish offers the case in a woodgrain pattern, floral pattern, along with other solid colors like black, and purple, or there's a clear case, too!

Read More: Our Review of the iPhone 13 mini

Best Leather Case
Apple Leather MagSafe iPhone 13 mini Case
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Also available for iPhone 12 mini

Apple's own leather MagSafe case for the iPhone is one of the best you can buy. The ultra thin accessory provides excellent protection against scratches and drops, plus it feels great to hold and is incredibly stylish.

Apple's leather case feels more solid and expensive than its competitor's cases. We like that the case has metallic button covers and a microfiber interior lining. You can order the product in golden brown (pictured), dark cherry, midnight black, sequoia green, and purple.

Most Colorful
Smartish Wallet Slayer Vol. 1 iPhone 13 mini Case
Smartish amazon.com

Also available for iPhone 12 mini

Don't let its thin size fool you. The Wallet Slayer case offers excellent protection and a handy three-card slot on its back, with room to spare for some cash. There are six colors to choose from: black, blue, and purple along with a few more unique patterns to make your phone stand out.

We also like that the case sports a rubber texture that makes it easier to grip and less prone to accidentally slipping out of your hand. It's worth mentioning that this case is not compatible with MagSafe or wireless chargers. Regardless, it’s a slim and stylish wallet case that does a fine job of protecting your iPhone against drops.

Best Antimicrobial Case
OtterBox Symmetry+ iPhone 12 mini MagSafe Case
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The Otterbox Symmetry Series+ offers iPhone mini owners a durable build quality but in a slim and stylish form factor. What makes the case stand out most, though, is its inclusion of a permanent antimicrobial coating, which protects against bacteria. Since the case supports MagSafe you can magnetically attach your favorite accessories on the back of your phone.

If you prefer style over functionality, OtterBox sells a similar case that doesn't support the MagSafe feature that comes in more colors and patterns. The clear cases in the line are not antimicrobial, but all cases are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Best Clear Case
Spigen Liquid Crystal iPhone 13 mini Case
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Also available for iPhone 12 mini

The Liquid Crystal case by Spigen is an affordable, ultra thin case for the iPhone mini that’s only 0.3 inches thick. It’s made of thermoplastic polyurethane that’s semi-flexible, and it has precise cutouts for all the device’s ports and microphones.

It's transparent, so it’s an excellent choice for fashion-conscious buyers who want to display their iPhone’s stock color while still sticking to a budget. It also comes in pink and glitter variants. 

It's worth mentioning that this option doesn't have MagSafe functionality. If that's important to you, we recommend Apple's official clear case, instead, but it’s three times more expensive.

The Toughest
OtterBox Commuter Series iPhone 12 mini Case
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OtterBox is known for making some of the most rugged smartphone cases around. The Commuter Series case is no different, and it features a two-piece construction for added toughness, as well as raised edges for better screen protection. Speaking as someone who has cracked their iPhone screen, this design touch is appreciated.

The Commuter case is available in a number of color combinations, including black, pink, and blue. If you drop your phone often, this one is definitely worth a look!

The Most Minimalist
Spigen Thin Fit iPhone 13 mini Case
Spigen amazon.com

Also available for iPhone 12 mini

Priced typically around $15, the Spigen Thin Fit is among our favorite ultra thin cases for the iPhone. It's the perfect option for folks who hate cases because it's so thin you'll forget it's even on your phone. We appreciate that the case has covers for the volume and sleep/wake buttons that are plenty tactile. Other cases occasionally leave these buttons exposed.

This option is best suited for protecting the iPhone mini from scratches, not significant drops since it doesn't have much padding.

The One With a Kickstand
Spigen Tough Armor iPhone 13 mini Case
Spigen amazon.com

Also available for iPhone 12 mini

If you plan to use your iPhone for gaming or constant video watching, we recommend the Spigen Tough Armor. It's one of the few iPhone mini cases that features an integrated kickstand to easily prop your smartphone up at a comfortable viewing angle.

The case, which comes in red, black, gunmetal, and navy blue, features a polycarbonate shell, shock-resistant foam, and air-cushioned corners to better protect your iPhone against drops. 

Plus, it has raised lips, which helps prevent surface scratches to your iPhone's cameras and screen. If you want a slim but durable case, this one is worth your consideration.

Best Designs
Sonix Brown Tort iPhone 13 mini MagSafe Case
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Also available for iPhone 12 mini

Now you can protect your iPhone with one of these scratch-resistant cases that flaunt a bunch of cute prints. We're partial to this tortoise-inspired case and these banana leaves, but surely you'll find a pattern to love. 

Sonix’s cases are certified to withstand drops of up to 10 feet, thanks to their raised shock-absorbent sides. The cases even have a beveled camera hole to protect your iPhone’s camera lens. However, we found Sonix’s cases harder to grip and more slippery than other options. Only the tortoise case supports MagSafe, which is another potential downside.

Since it covers your iPhone's buttons, the case offers a full 360 degrees worth of protection. As a bonus, the case is backed by a lifetime warranty. 

Best Wallet Case
Nomad Modern iPhone 13 mini Leather Folio
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Also available for iPhone 12 mini

Nomad's Leather Folio has been our favorite iPhone wallet case for several years running. That's because it has an exceptionally thin profile, durable construction, stellar fit, and a luxurious-looking design.

The case is made from Horween leather which develops a beautiful patina as it ages. The leather folio has three slots for carrying cards, as well as one for storing cash. It can protect your iPhone mini from drops of up to 10 feet, plus its interior has a microfiber lining to prevent scratches on its backside. Unlike several other wallets, this one fully supports MagSafe and wireless charging.

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