The best iPhone 13 mini cases are here to help the last mini iPhone (for now) stay in good working order. You can still get new 13 mini handsets, but with those likely disappearing from store shelves later this year, you're better off trying to preserve the one you've already got by wrapping it in a case.
Your iPhone 13 mini is made with Ceramic Shield glass that should help in the event of damage, but a case will still do a better job of preventing harm to your phone. Also, cases come in all sorts of designs that can make your phone a little more unique, or add extra utility.
So whether you want a super-tough case or an attractive, slim one, here are our choices for the best iPhone 13 mini cases. And take a look at the best iPhone 13 deals too if you have yet to hit the buy button on your new small iPhone.
The best iPhone 13 mini cases available right now
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If you’re looking for a case for your iPhone, you can’t go wrong with going straight to Apple. The company sells MagSafe cases made of silicone or leather in multiple stylish colors — but our favorite is the clear iPhone 13 mini case. There’s no need to cover the phone up when it already looks great, after all.
This iPhone 13 mini case is made with a blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible materials. It's lightweight, and comes with scratch proof and anti-yellowing coating. Coming straight from Apple also means it’s built to be used with MagSafe accessories, so you can add wireless chargers, battery packs, or card wallets that’ll snap right onto your phone thanks to the built-in magnets that align perfectly with the ones inside your iPhone 13 mini.
If you want the best protection for your iPhone 13 mini, Spigen is a great place to go to for its rugged armor cases. The three layers of defense inside the frame provide great protection against drops and other shocks, and the raised lips of the case protect the cameras and the screen from scratches.
The Spigen Tough Armor works with MagSafe wireless accessories, and comes with a handy kickstand as a bonus. All in all, this is a great case to protect your iPhone 13 mini.
Casetify's cases are really stylish, and the level of customization they offer is impressive. They make cases using recycled plastic and other sustainable materials, and offer MagSafe compatibility and different levels of shock protection.
There’s no doubt that your phone will turn heads inside a Casetify case. The company's design library features a whole host of fun and quirky looks — “never regretti eat your spaghetti” is a conversation-starter for sure. Of course, Casetify also offers matte and clear options for those of you that prefer a little more subtlety in your iPhone 13 mini case options.
You’ll find you don’t need to choose between style and functionality with Mujjo’s Leather Wallet Cases. This sleek leather case has a high-quality feel great along with with raised bevels at the front and a bump at the back to protect the iPhone 13 mini's screen and camera.
The wallet on the back of the Mujjo case is a great addition, as it can hold up to three cards. That's one less thing to remember to grab when you head out the door with your iPhone.
The Caseology Nano Pop case is reportedly inspired by fruit, and will definitely make your iPhone 13 mini look fresh. The two-tone design of the case really makes it stand out — and it comes in five different colors, all of which look great.
The Nano Pop case is made of silicone, so it’s comfortable and feels good to hold, and Caseology promises it to be dust-free. It still offers great protection against drops, with an inner defense pattern and air-space technology in the corners. Plus, it's compatible with MagSafe wireless chargers. All in all, it’s a great, stylish case, and one of the cheaper options on our list.
Totallee’s Super Thin iPhone 13 mini case is ultra-thin, ultra-light and still offers amazing protection. It’s less than 0.03-inches thick, and weighs a tenth of an ounce. Perhaps the best thing about the design is its simplicity — the Super Thin case comes in four frosted matte translucent colors, allowing you to see your iPhone underneath that layer of protection.
The case itself also doesn’t come adorned with any branding or logos, putting your new phone center stage. However, it does also come in a limited edition carbon fiber pattern too, if opaque cases are more your thing.
Despite how thin Totallee's case is, it’s still drop-proof, and has a raised lip around the camera to protect it from scratches. The Super Thin iPhone 13 mini case works with MagSafe wireless chargers, and is guaranteed to be a perfect fit. What more could you ask for?
This Moment iPhone 13 mini case is strong, sleek, and really comes equipped with everything you need in a case. It’s soft to the touch and easy to grip, and will protect your phone from drops up to 6 feet. But you may not even need to worry about that — as it comes with space to attach a wrist strap (sold separately) to stop those big drops from happening in the first place.
It works with wireless chargers, as it comes equipped with (M)Force magnets — that’s Moment’s take on MagSafe. You can then connect the case to a variety of accessories, such as Moment’s range of tripods and car mounts. The iPhone 13 mini case is currently only available in black, but that’s no problem when it looks this fantastic.
If you want a case that stands out — the Mous Bamboo iPhone 13 mini case certainly does that. It feels great to hold, with a nice wooden finish, and works great with all MagSafe accessories. It’s nice and thin — even thinner than the previous Mous Limitless 3.0 case. Even so, it doesn’t compromise on protection, with Mous' AiroShock impact absorbing technology.
If bamboo isn’t your thing, the case comes in four other designs, including a nice walnut brown and sleek black leather — and you can pick up a Mous MagSafe compatible wireless charger, stand, or card wallet to use with it if you like.
Casely makes some really vibrant and beautiful phone cases — our pick of the bunch is the Here Comes The Sun colorblock sunset clear case, featuring a beautiful sunset scene over rolling colorful sand dunes. All this is layered over a clear panel at the top, to allow your iPhone mini’s color scheme to peek through the sun’s rays.
Even though Casely's offering looks great, there’s no need to worry about protection either — the case has rounded edges designed to protect the screen and buttons, even from hard falls. This stunning sunny case will keep you smiling, even if your phone takes a tumble.
Spigen's Ultra Hybrid case is a great choice for iPhone 13 mini owners who want strong protection at a low price. The clear backing shows off your iPhone 13 mini, while giving it a pop of color around the edges for flair — or there’s a totally clear version if you like to keep your phone’s design front and center.
The Ultra Hybrid's raised edges lift your phone off the ground when you place it down, helping protect the screen and camera from scratches, while keeping the case slim and lightweight. Plus, it’s MagSafe compatible for wireless charging.
How to choose the best iPhone 13 mini case for you
When choosing the best iPhone 13 mini case for you, you need to remember that it may be smaller than what you’re used to. Not many phones sold these days are as dinky as the iPhone 13 mini, which could mean more drops than usual. Prioritize protection in your case if that’s a concern for you.
There are plenty of stylish iPhone 13 mini cases with good drop protection, so you shouldn’t need to compromise on this if you still want your phone to look great — but of course it's another factor that will influence your decision.
Think as well if there are any other features you’d like included in your case, such as a wrist strap, kickstand, wallet, and whether you want it to have additional built-in MagSafe magnets. You really can spend as little or as much as you like on a phone case, so just go with your gut and choose what feels right for you.
And make sure when you're shopping for a case, that you select the iPhone 13 mini option. As the smallest of Apple's phones, it will only work with cases specifically designed for the mini; other options will be too large for your phone. iPhone 12 mini are no good either because Apple changed some design elements between generations, including the main camera block, so those cases won't fit the 13 mini.
How we test the best iPhone 13 mini cases
We use a combination of our own testing and customer experiences when selecting the best iPhone 13 mini cases.
For cases we try ourselves, we'll install them on a test device and carry them around with us for several days, noting anything interesting about the experience. Any special features we'll test, as well as more basic parts of our time with the case like how it felt to hold or how it is to look at.
If we've not been able to get a case in for review yet, we'll take a look at Amazon reviews and other customer write-ups to help inform our decision. Drop testing and durability claims we're unable to test for ourselves (at least not without risking our own phones) so for these, we defer to the manufacturers' claims, but recommend that users understand that these aren't independently verified.
Does an iPhone 13 mini need a case?
Cases aren't a necessity for the iPhone 13 mini, but it's better safe than sorry. Apple's Ceramic Shield glass is pretty tough against scratches, but it's not drop-proof - it'll still shatter if you drop it on a hard surface. A case would certainly help reduce fall damage, if not save your iPhone completely.
What cases fit an iPhone 13 mini?
Only cases designed specifically for the iPhone 13 mini will fit the iPhone 13 mini. While it's the same overall size as an iPhone 12 mini, the camera block on the back is larger on the 13 mini, meaning a 12 mini case won't fit.
What is the toughest iPhone 13 mini case?
You can't go wrong with the Spigen Tough Armor or Spigen Ultra Hybrid case for the iPhone 13 mini. It just depends how chunky you want your case, if you think the Tough Armor's kickstand is useful, and how much you're willing to pay.