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The Best iPhone 12 Mini Cases

It might be Apple's smallest smartphone, but that doesn't mean you don't want to do the most to protect your iPhone 12 mini. These cases fit the bill.

Updated April 21, 2021

The revolutionary concept of the iPhone 12 mini is that it "fits in the palm of your hand." Perhaps that's because phones have been getting almost comically large over the past few years, with some manufacturers embracing foldable phones to cram more screen real estate into your hand.

The iPhone 12 mini, however, is for the minimalists who want a phone they can hold without attaching a PopSocket. It's 5.2 by 2.5 by 0.3 inches and just 4.8 ounces. But even if its size makes it easier to hold onto, you're still going to want to put a case on it.

We've put together some selections that should cover what you're looking for, whether you want a case you can compost or one that can stand up to lots of drops.

(Did you swing for an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro? We have you covered there, too.)


Apple iPhone Leather Sleeve with MagSafe Image

Apple iPhone Leather Sleeve with MagSafe

$127.02 at Amazon
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This leather case from Apple slips over your wrist and holds cards and cash along with your mini.

Bandolier Sheila Pyramid Embossed Crossbody Image

Bandolier Sheila Pyramid Embossed Crossbody

$95.00 at Bandolier
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The Bandolier Sheila Pyramid Embossed Crossbody is a real multitasker, allowing you to carry a phone, cards, and cash in hand at all times. It's especially useful if you know you'll be snapping away and you don't want to keep pulling your phone out of your bag or pocket.

Case-Mate Sheer Crystal Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Case-Mate Sheer Crystal Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$30.00 at Case-Mate
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Add a little sparkle along with some protection with the Case-Mate Sheer Crystal Case. It has grippy sides to prevent slides.

Case-Mate ECO 94 Recycled Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Case-Mate ECO 94 Recycled Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$20.00 at Case-Mate
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The Case-Mate Eco 94 Case is made from recycled auto industry plastic and can be recycled again when you're done with it. It has a double case design for extra protection and is antimicrobial.

Flaunt Nude Square Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Flaunt Nude Square Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$29.99 at Flaunt
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These cornered cases from Flaunt are popular on Instagram, which loves a square. The shape is also superslim and makes your phone seem sleeker.

Incipio Organicore Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Incipio Organicore Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$39.99 at Incipio Technologies
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If you couldn't tell by the name, the Incipio Organicore is indeed environmentally friendly. It's made of plants and can be composted when you're through with it. Until then it has good drop protection and works with MagSafe charging.

Moshi iGlaze Slim Hardshell Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Moshi iGlaze Slim Hardshell Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$34.95 at Moshi
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The Moshi iGlaze looks slick but has a frame that's easy to hold onto. It works with the company's SnapTo accessories to easily attach to car and wall mounts and a variety of wallets.

Nomad Rugged Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Nomad Rugged Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$59.95 at Nomad
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Nomad's Rugged Case refers both to its build and its looks. The polycarbonate case with a shock-absorbent bumper is wrapped in Horween leather.

OtterBox Figura Series (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

OtterBox Figura Series (for iPhone 12 mini)

$49.95 at OtterBox
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OtterBox protection doesn't just come in the form of bulky cases. The Figura is soft to the touch and has a soft-focus look, too. It works with MagSafe, too.

Sonix Boba Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Sonix Boba Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$35.00 at Sonix
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There's a boba shortage, but you can still have your favorite beverage—on your phone. This Sonix case is lightweight, provides great protection from drops, and is biodegradable, too.

Speck Presidio Perfect Clear Ombre (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Speck Presidio Perfect Clear Ombre (for iPhone 12 mini)

$33.71 at Speck
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The Speck Presidio Perfect Clear Case does not yellow like so many other clear cases can. It has an ombre effect that fades to a slight frost and is infused with antimicrobial Microban.

Tech21 Eco Art Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Tech21 Eco Art Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$34.96 at tech21
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The Tech21 Eco Art Case is a thing of beauty in and of itself and also for the environment. It's completely biodegradable.

Totallee Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

Totallee Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$39.00 at Totallee
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If scratches are your biggest concern with your phone, then the Totallee Case could be the one for you. It's ultrathin and adds just a hint of a frosty appearance.

UAG Civilian Series Case (for iPhone 12 mini) Image

UAG Civilian Series Case (for iPhone 12 mini)

$49.95 at UAG
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Some Urban Armor Gear cases look like they could survive a military invasion. The Civilian model is a little more subdued but is not light on protection, with an impact-resistant exoskeleton, cushioning, and shock-absorbent panels.


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Chandra Steele is a senior features writer which lets her write about absolutely anything if it connects to technology. Fortunately that's everything. She also writes fiction, essays, and some other things. You can find her on Twitter at @ChanSteele.

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