Keep your iPhone 12 mini pristine with a great case

At last, Apple has brought back a smaller form factor: the iPhone 12 mini. Though the smaller phone is easier to hold and use one-handed, drops can still happen. Be safe and use a case. Don't forget an iPhone 12 mini screen protector! We've rounded up some of our favorite cases for the iPhone 12 mini.

Apple's own

Apple Silicon Case with MagSafe

Staff Pick

You can't go wrong with a case designed by Apple's own design team. You know it will be gorgeous, and the fit and finish will be perfection. Choose from a variety of colors.

$49 at Amazon

$49 at Apple

$50 at Best Buy

Price and quality

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Designed for Apple iPhone 12 Mini Case

Keep your gorgeous new iPhone 12 mini on full display in a clear case with a hard PC (polycarbonate) back and soft TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) bumper. Spigen is known for its quality products at reasonable prices.

From $12 at Amazon

MagSafe alternative

ESR Cloud Soft Case with MagSafe Compatibility for iPhone 12 Mini

The soft-textured case has a grippy matte finish to help prevent drops. The HaloLock magnetic ring ensures proper alignment on your wireless charger.

$23 at Amazon

Fashion forward

Velvet Caviar iPhone 12 mini case

Velvet Caviar makes gorgeous cases in every trendy color and pattern you could imagine. The cases are quite protective with Firm Flex technology. You can buy a matching ring grip, too.

From $20 at Amazon

Ultra thin

totallee Clear iPhone 12 Mini Case

If you don't really want a case at all but feel you need a little something for protection, totallee is one to consider. These cases are about as thin as you can get, about the same thickness as a fingernail. You can also choose from several color options.

From $35 at Amazon

$39 at totallee

Trusted protection

OtterBox Figura Series Case with MagSafe

OtterBox cases are known for excellent protection. The Figura Series cases are slim, fun, and colorful. Best of all, they are designed to interact with Apple's new MagSafe system.

$40 at OtterBox

Well-priced floral

CYRILL iPhone 12 mini case

Pick a pretty bouquet—on the back of your iPhone, that is. CYRILL's pretty flowers adorn a soft, protective, slim case. The back of the case is a hard PC, while the bumper is a soft TPU for ease putting on and taking off.

$18 at Amazon

Rugged leather

NOMAD Rugged Folio

Wrap your iPhone 12 mini in luxurious leather that stands up to the test of time. This case is also a folio that holds up to three cards plus cash, so you can leave your wallet at home.

$70 at NOMAD

Slim elegance

GVIEWIN Aurora Lite

This sleek and ultra-slim case adds a touch of natural beauty to your iPhone mini. Choose from several marble-like colors and designs.

$13 at Amazon

Natural beauty

Mous Limitless 3.0 iPhone 12 mini case

Mous cases offer superior drop protection and a slimmer profile. The cases are super sharp-looking and made with a variety of natural materials, such as the bamboo shown here.

From $45 at Amazon

From $39 at Mous

Bring on the bling

Case-Mate Case for iPhone 12 Mini

Who says protection has to be boring? Count on Case-Mate for cute, trendy, colorful, blingy, but always protective cases. I love the way this case looks with sparkly, metallic glitter embedded right into the plastic.

From $17 at Amazon

Dancing queen

Smartish iPhone 12 Mini Crossbody Case

Take your iPhone 12 mini on the go with this crossbody faux leather case. The strap has lip balm loop, and the attached wallet holds three cards plus cash. So, you won't need to bring a separate purse. Choose from several colors.

$18 at Amazon

Go green

Lifeproof WĀKE

The Lifeproof WĀKE is made entirely from salvaged fishing gear. It's about 85% ocean-based plastic. The unique textured wave pattern on the back resembles the ocean's waves. The case is drop tested up to two meters. Every purchase of a WĀKE case donates a dollar to water-conscious nonprofits.

From $30 at Amazon

$40 at Lifeproof

Protective and fun


Customize this drop-proof (up to 9.8 feet) case with the design of your choosing. The corners are reinforced for extra protection. Why not have fun with it? Choose from the hundreds of options available or upload your own design.

From $44 at CASETiFY

$45 at Amazon

Screen protector, too

MILPROX iPhone 12 mini Silicone case

This case looks a lot like Apple's silicone cases, but this one is a lot cheaper, and it comes in a wider choice of color options. Plus, it includes a tempered glass screen protector, so you're covered front and back.

From $12 at Amazon

Military grade

MOBOSI Vanguard Armor Designed for iPhone 12 Mini

This rugged case offers lightweight but tough protection with a hard PC back, soft TPU bumper, and reinforced corners. The matte edges and grippy texture make you less likely to drop it, but if you do, you've got 4-foot drop protection.

$13 at Amazon

Tiny, but tough

Urban Armor Gear Pathfinder

This ultra-rugged case has a hard armor shell, and soft impact-resistant core gives protection without weight. Keep your tiny phone tiny but protected. Choose from several colors and styles.

$40 at Amazon

Small pouch

Waterfield Ranger iPhone Case

Not a case in the usual sense, this pouch can be worn on your belt and holds a "naked" iPhone or perhaps one in a very thin case. Keep your iPhone 12 mini and other small accessories close at hand.

$89 at Waterfield

Which one should you choose?

Any of the cases on this list would be a good choice; it just depends on which features and looks you like. The Apple MagSafe Case is an easy choice. If you want something more unusual, the OtterBox Figura Series Case with MagSafe is an intriguing option. Its MagSafe compatibility and painterly looks help it stand out from the crowd.

We've also rounded up our favorite MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 mini cases, in case you want more options that will work with Apple's new charger as well as other MagSafe accessories.