Buying one of the many iPhone 13 cases around is a good way of ensuring that your iPhone 13 is safe and looks great for a long time to come. It might not be the latest handset any more but it's more than capable of a lot, providing it doesn't hit the ground unprotected.
An iPhone 13 case is a great way of expressing your personality but also protecting your phone from everyday knocks and drops. We've picked out some of our favorite iPhone 13 cases below. Remember -- iPhone 13 cases are not interchangeable with other models because the camera module and button placement varies slightly, so make sure you buy one that's compatible.
While you're at it, now is likely to be a good time to buy one of the best MagSafe charging stands too. Whatever your intentions, let's take a look at our suggestions to get you on the right path.
Keep your iPhone 13 in top-notch form with a great case
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I'm sure you're not surprised to see an Apple-branded case at the top of this list. There's a reason for that: Apple cases always hug the iPhone's curves perfectly. The silicone case is slim yet lined with microfiber to ensure your iPhone is gently cradled inside. Plenty of colors are available so you can find the right one for your aesthetic as well as the one to match your iPhone's color. The iconic Apple logo is on the back to remind everyone of your phone type.
Pretty and protective
Who says a protective case can't be pretty, too? This Velvet Caviar case is one of the best rugged cases that also looks gorgeous. It offers 10-foot drop protection as well so it should handle the most hectic of days.
Rugged and cool
We reviewed a similar UAG case and noted that this good-looking case is surprisingly lightweight, considering how tough it is. This case is tested for up to 16-foot drop protection.
A clear case means you can still show off the beauty of your iPhone while keeping it safe. The Spigen Ultra Hybrid is slim, lightweight, and clear, as described in our review of a previous model. Spigen's air cushion technology offers lots of protection in a trim package. It's MagSafe-compatible, too.
Get a grip
OtterBox and PopSockets had a baby, and the Otter + POP Symmetry Series Case is it. In our review, we noted that you get a fantastic grip on your phone along with the advantages of OtterBox protection. The PopSocket can be used as a stand for viewing videos too.
Sleek and simple
CYRILL has a case for you. It offers both basic and neutral cases, as well as something more interesting too. The basic black case above is made of vegan faux leather. It's also shock absorbent and offers a soft microfiber lining.
Get the designer look on your iPhone 13 with a Kate Spade case from Incipio. We love the way the case looks as explained in our review. There's a wide variety of fashionable cases to choose from, with each being slim and protective, while offering MagSafe compatibility.
This simple, clear TPU case delivers great value. With air-guard corners and military-grade protection, you'll find that you don't have to pay a lot for protection. The angled, faceted edges give it a bit of a different look.
Wash of color
Working for both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14, this case has 6.6 foot drop protection. Its colourful translucent case means you can shift the color of your iPhone into something a little different than before while still maintaining its good looks.
Best of all worlds
We love Speck cases for their great protection and slim form factor. This one is great for showing off the iPhone 13's color thanks to being clear. It also has grips along the side to reduce the risk of dropping your phone, plus it's MagSafe-compatible. There's also a glittery option if you'd like a little bling. We reviewed the glittery Speck Presidio for the iPhone 11 and loved its stylish yet functional design.
Casely has a whole slew of colorful and trendy patterns from which to choose, such as the "Sunny Days" shown here, florals, scenic landscapes, marble looks, animal prints, and much more. Get a case with or without MagSafe compatibility, and you can choose how thick and protective you want your case to be.
Somehow thinner than my fingernail, Totallee is perfect for someone who doesn't really want a case but does want some protection. It weighs next to nothing too. While you shouldn't expect major drop protection, it's a good option for keeping your iPhone scratch-free. Bear in mind that the clear option is made from a different material so it's slightly thicker.
Another appealing variation for a clear MagSafe-compatible case is this gorgeous ombré option that we reviewed, the ZAGG Gear4 Milan Snap Case. You'll see your iPhone's gorgeous color at the top with a gradual shift to the case's color at the bottom in either rose or gold.
The Mous Limitless 4.0 comes in all kinds of cool materials such as real bamboo, walnut (wood), aramid fiber, specked leather, acetate, and more. It's substantial and protective without feeling overly bulky. It's fully MagSafe-compatible too as well as looking great.
You can count on Nomad for high-end leather accessories. This stylish folio case is wrapped in American Horween leather and will develop a warm patina over time. The folio holds up to three cards and cash and the case is MagSafe-compatible. Color options include Rustic Brown or black.
Which of the best iPhone 13 cases should you buy?
While the iPhone 15 isn't too far away now, the iPhone 13 remains a fantastic handset, even if the iPhone 14 is newer and improved. If you have an iPhone 13, you don't really need to upgrade to the iPhone 14 and current suggestions are that the iPhone 15 won't be that significant an upgrade for people currently satisfied with the 13.
Still, if you're happy with your iPhone 13, you'll want to keep it safe from damage or any knocks. If you're going to be using a MagSafe charger like the Apple MagSafe Charger or other best MagSafe accessories, you'll want to be sure to choose a case with MagSafe compatibility. The magnetic "thwack" of a MagSafe accessory is super satisfying, plus you know it's going to stay in place. However, if you don't see yourself ever using that feature, you probably don't need to pay for a MagSafe case.
Already focused on keeping your iPhone 13 in as-new condition? Think about picking up one of the best screen protectors for your iPhone 13 to help your chances even further.
We're big fans of Apple's colorful silicone MagSafe case. The range offers a wide variety of gorgeous colors that coordinate beautifully with your iPhone. The MagSafe magnets work as intended while the interior is soft to the touch.
If you want something a bit more feminine but you still want MagSafe compatibility, check out the entire fun and fashionable Kate Spade MagSafe iPhone case lineup. Many of the Kate Spade cases are stylish and feminine while still being fairly neutral color-wise, so they go with your whole wardrobe. On the other hand, if you just want something basic and inexpensive and don't care about MagSafe compatibility, the ESR case is a great pick. They generally offer a lot of protection for a little bit of money.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.