Best Google Pixel 7a cases in 2024

Best Google Pixel 7a cases
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You'll want to pick up one of the best Google Pixel 7a cases, especially if you're trying to save money. You already spent about $500 on the phone, the last thing you want to do is spend more on repairs. So it's better to spend a little extra now, on a case that's stylish, practical and protective.

The Pixel 7a isn't the cream of the affordable crop right now, with phones like the Samsung Galaxy A55 entering the ring. However, you want to get the most out of your phones and getting a case is the best option to make sure your phone lasts as long as possible. However, picking a case can be a complicated thing to do, especially when trying to figure out the best option.

So which case should you turn to? From super-slim designs to extra-rugged construction that’ll guard your tech against the elements. It is a difficult choice, but we have developed a list of the best Google Pixel 7a cases to fit every lifestyle and budget. 

The best Google Pixel 7a cases right now

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What to look for in the best Google Pixel 7a cases

When selecting the best Pixel 7a case to fit your lifestyle and budget, make sure the case you buy is actually made for the Pixel 7a. With a 6.1-inch screen, the Pixel 7a is smaller than the 6.3-inch Pixel 7, so cases built for the latter won’t fit the new phone. (Instead, if you’re looking for a Pixel 7 accessory, check out our best Pixel 7 cases guide.)

You might think the best Pixel 6a cases will fit your Pixel 7a since the dimensions of this year’s phone haven’t really changed that much from the Pixel 6a. However, those Pixel 6a cases won’t be a perfect fit — when we slipped the Google Pixel 7a case onto a Pixel 6a, the cutout for the camera bar did not fit correctly, exposing some of the back of the phone. We can’t say for certain whether this would happen with every case, but it’s clear that there are enough minor differences in design that it’s better to stick specifically with cases designed for the Pixel 7a.

After confirming that the case in front of your face will properly fit your new phone, here are a few other factors to focus on for finding the best Google Pixel 7a case.

Build materials and drop protection: Whether the case is made out of silicone, polycarbonate or rubber, look for a good drop rating to keep your Pixel 7a protected. Some smartphone cases are only meant to withstand drops of a few feet high, while more hardcore competitors have a MIL-STD-810G-tested rating of 10 feet or more. The more built-in shock absorption, the better.  

Color/design options: Some smartphone case brands only offer a few color choices for each model, but a variety of fashion-forward companies add blended colors, textured designs, and customized skins to the mix. 

Environmental impact: We humans can always tread lighter when it comes to our collective effect on the environment, and if future-proofing planet Earth is on your to-do list, look for Pixel 7a cases with various green initiatives; many brands use recycled plastics to get the job done, and every little bit helps.

How we pick the best Google Pixel 7a cases

We curated this list of the best Google Pixel 7a cases based on word-of-mouth and customer reviews, along with good ol’ fashioned internet research. In some instances, we may call in cases for additional hands-on testing. When evaluating each model, we consider color choices, overall protection, and special features. Because phone cases are largely a personal choice, we also strive to include a variety of styles to fit different tastes and budgets.

Are Pixel 7 cases compatible with the Pixel 7a?

A Pixel 7a won't fit properly in a Pixel 7 case, as there's a small but significant difference in the phone's design and overall size. Stick with cases labelled as being designed for the Pixel 7a.

TJ Fink
Contributing Editor

As a freelance journalist, TJ has over a decade of multi-medium storytelling under his belt. Leveraging a quarter century of collective coddiwompling amid the ever-evolving landscape of wireless gadgetry, his unique editorial background allows him to explore a variety of tech-centric subsectors on this fascinating planet. When he's not field testing new gear in the Catskills, Adirondacks, or an actual field, he can be found sipping Negronis in his living room and crafting Dr. Seussian poetry inside a tattered moleskin.