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Best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases

best iphone 12 pro max cases
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If you've picked up Apple's top smartphone, you'll want one of the best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases to protect your investment. After all, not only is there the device's stunning 6.7-inch display to think about, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is also the heaviest phone Apple has produced yet. You don't want to drop it.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max does have some protective features built in, of course. The Ceramic Shield display promises better drop protection, for example, while Apple's increased the water-resistance rating from 4 to 6 meters. But this device is one of the best phones you can buy, so for peace of mind you'll need a case.

All the top picks in our guide deliver a great mix of protection and additional features, and they look good too. To help you find the right one, we've split them into handy sections: MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 Pro Max cases, battery options, rugged cases and so on. 

You can either jump straight to the type of phone case you want, or browse the guide in one go. Here's our selection of the best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases we’ve spotted so far.

MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 Pro Max cases

Apple's magnetic functionality, MagSafe, enables fast wireless charging, and the quick and easy attachment of multiple accessories. While many iPhone 12 Pro Max cases are thin enough to make the most of MagSafe charging, few third-party options offer the internal support for accessories - but there are some that do. Here are the best MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 Pro Max cases around.

iPhone 12 Pro Max designer cases

Whether you're looking for a unique print or you're keen to get a big name on the back of your phone, there are plenty of designer iPhone 12 Pro Max cases to choose between. We've picked out some of the best options here, all of which still manage to pack some protection for your device. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max battery cases

You'll quickly notice your battery depleting if you're streaming, taking high-quality videos or playing intensive games all day. Thankfully, there's a wide range of iPhone 12 Pro Max battery cases that will juice up your device while you're on the go. We've rounded up our top picks of these lifesavers here.

iPhone 12 Pro Max clear cases

While the iPhone 12 Pro Max doesn't quite boast the dazzling color array of the standard model, these are still some good looking devices, and there are plenty of quality clear cases that will let its beauty shine through. With anti-yellowing materials and excellent shock absorption, here's our pick of the best clear iPhone 12 Pro Max cases.

iPhone 12 Pro Max leather cases

For a more refined look, opt for a leather or faux leather iPhone 12 Pro Max case. While the quality of the materials used will scale with the price, you can still find some excellent PU options at the cheaper end of the price scale and some gorgeous soft-touch cases further up the range as well. We've rounded up the best options here.

iPhone 12 Pro Max card holder cases

If you don't want to bulk out your pockets by carrying both a phone and wallet, you'll find plenty of iPhone 12 Pro Max cases that allow you to keep all your necessary cards to hand while also offering excellent protection for your device as well. Whether you're after a folio design or a simple hidden compartment, you'll find a range of the best designs here.

iPhone 12 Pro Max protective cases

Drops happen, but if you know you're going to be putting your iPhone in harm's way you might want to consider a more rugged case. Protective cases are built with ultimate protection in mind, so while you won't get much pocket room, you'll have plenty of peace of mind. We've rounded up our pick of the best protective iPhone 12 Pro Max cases here.

iPhone 12 Pro Max photography cases

Whether you’re a budding shutterbug or a regular artist behind the lens, iPhone photography keeps getting better and better – and so do the photography case options. We've picked the best options available for people who want to make the most of the iPhone 12 Pro Max's impressive camera system.

What to look for in an iPhone 12 Pro Max case

The first thing to do when shopping for the best iPhone 12 Pro Max case is to make sure you’re getting a case that will fit your new phone. Because the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro feature the same dimensions, the best iPhone 12 cases and best iPhone 12 Pro cases are pretty much interchangeable. You don’t have that luxury with the iPhone 12 Pro Max and its 6.7-inch display.

If wireless charging is important to you, make sure that the case you’re interested in supports that feature. Many do and will say so, but particularly thick cases can affect your phone’s ability to charge wirelessly.

Since one of the main reasons to get a case is to protect your iPhone 12 Pro Max from damage, check out the drop protection rating for each case you consider. Cases rated to withstand drops of 2 meters (roughly 6.5 feet) should provide adequate protection, though some options claim to safeguard your phone from even greater heights.

Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics and old movies. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.