Here is our roundup of what we believe are the best waterproof cases for the iPhone 12 right now. We have options for various use-cases and price points, as well as iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Isn’t the iPhone 12 already waterproof?
Yes, according to Apple the iPhone 12 is rated to survive in water up to 6 meters deep, for up to 30 minutes. But if you plan on spending longer than that in deeper water, or doing things like taking underwater photos, you’ll want a waterproof case. These are typically hard plastic cases that form an air-tight seal around your handset. The ports and buttons are blocked, obviously, and the screen is either covered or a tight seal is made around its edges to prevent water ingress. Plus as a bonus, most waterproof cases are bulky/protective enough that they make good rugged cases as well.
Best iPhone 12 waterproof cases in 2021
- Best budget waterproof case
- Best waterproof case for adventures
- Best waterproof pouch
- Best overall waterproof case
Spidercase is one of the more unfamiliar brands on this list, but by all accounts this is a solid case. It’s thin, it’s made of durable TPU, and it has a built-in screen protector. The two things that really stood out to us here are its price and positive reviews (verified via FSpot).
I’ve been a long-time fan of Catalyst cases, and I can tell you they are the real deal. The iPhone 12 model is waterproof up to 33 feet, compatible with Apple’s MagSafe chargers, and it has two lanyard attachment points for adding on accessories like bungee cords and wrist floats.
Not all waterproof cases are made the same. This one from Case-mate is more of a pouch than a case, but it functions in mostly the same way. Obviously it’s not as form-fitting as the typical case, but the see-through material gives you full sight of and access to your device.
And finally, we have to mention the LifeProof Fre. We named it our best waterproof option in our big iPhone 12 case roundup, and I’ve personally used the Fre in oceans and pools with no issue. Also worth mentioning that the latest model features 60% recycled plastics.
Be sure to check out our other iPhone 12 roundups: