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Best iPhone XR cases: our guide to protecting your phone

One of the best iPhone XR cases
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The best iPhone XR cases will keep your four year old phone safer than ever. Back at launch in 2018, the iPhone XR was considered the 'cheap' iPhone despite its originally hefty price. Since then, it's proved highly popular thanks to an array of appealing color options and some decent price drops. 

Slippery to hold at times, with its airplane-grade aluminum construction keen to reach terminal velocity as it hits the floor, you'll want to keep it safe from any knocks. 

That's why we've picked out a range of great case choices. Whether you want something extra slim, something with fantastic 12 foot drop protection, or you need credit card slots or a pop socket, here are the best iPhone XR cases. 

These are products that we haven't had in our test labs, but based on our experts' opinion and knowledge of the most reputable brands around, we think these are worth looking at.

Our selections, ranked with newer additions at the top, take into account online reviews, brand reputation, product capability or unique features to help you pick through the maze of choices available to you.

Best iPhone XR cases 2021

Mous Limitless 2.0 iPhone XR case

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1. Mous Limitless 2.0 iPhone XR case

Reasons to buy

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Rugged design
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Stylish looks

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest
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Not particularly colorful

While many cases are simply plastic covers, some go the extra mile to make a positive first impression - enter the Mous Limitless 2.0 iPhone XR case. This is a rugged option which offers a number of differently styled back panels. These range from ‘real shell’ to leather, however we particularly like the bamboo one.

Containing a number of air-cushion technologies aiming to protect from impacts, this is a solid and functional cover available from Amazon in both the US (opens in new tab) and the UK (opens in new tab) at a very reasonable price.

iPhone XR cases

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2. OtterBox Defender for iPhone XR

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly tough
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Includes holster

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Chunky

OtterBox is a veteran case manufacturer which has built a name for itself for its protective designs. Of its various ranges, the Defender series is the last word in toughness, so if this is your top priority then look no further.

Featuring a complex lock-together system of assembly, the end result feels almost like it could survive a blast from weapons-grade explosives, so it should certainly be able to protect your iPhone from daily life.

But this much protection doesn’t come cheap, or without aesthetic compromise. This is a premium option which also has the grace of a brick. It will make your chunky phone significantly heavier - though for many this is a price well worth paying for peace of mind. It’s available directly from OtterBox (opens in new tab).

Speck CandyShell iPhone XR case

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3. Speck CandyShell iPhone XR case

Reasons to buy

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Cute looks
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Lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Not as tough as some

More isn’t always better. This is certainly true when it comes to price, and there are times too - whether for a night out or otherwise - that a huge chunkster of a case isn’t the best choice - the pockets on skinny jeans already struggle with the iPhone XR naked.

Enter the Speck CandyShell case. Made of a thin and light but durable polycarbonate, this also comes in an assortment of different colors, whether to match your iPhone or otherwise.

All of this for a relatively modest outlay makes the Speck CandyShell a strong choice for those not too keen on flash but who want something distinctive nonetheless. You can grab this from Amazon in the US (opens in new tab) and the UK (opens in new tab).

Olixar ArmaRing iPhone XR case

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4. Olixar ArmaRing iPhone XR case

Reasons to buy

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PopSocket style addition
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Kickstand

Reasons to avoid

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Little bulky

It is common knowledge that, while phones in general are becoming bigger by the year, the human hand is not. With time it is becoming increasingly difficult to hang on to the surfboard-sized monstrosities we fondle on a daily basis.

If this is a regular problem for you, Olixar has your number. The ArmaRing comes with the full suite of protection usually offered by cases, with the added bonus of a ‘PopSocket’-like contraption built into the rear.

As well as functioning as an impromptu kickstand, this allows an index finger to be wrapped around the back of the device and act as an anchor to prevent any slippage or drops. It's available directly from Amazon.com (opens in new tab) and Amazon.co.uk (opens in new tab).

Apple iPhone XR clear case

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5. Apple iPhone XR clear case

Reasons to buy

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Official product
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Clear design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Arguably overly simple

If you absolutely must have a first-party case, here it is. The only Apple-brand case for the iPhone XR on the company site (aside from the expensive battery case (opens in new tab), that is), this clear case does what it says on the tin: protects your phone without covering up its sweet looks.

At double the price of many on this list, this is one of the most expensive cases on this list. You're paying for the brand, baby! But if that's important to you, pick up Apple's official iPhone XR clear case here (opens in new tab).

Speck Presidio case for iPhone XR

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6. Speck Presidio case for iPhone XR

Reasons to buy

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Good grip
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Distinctive looks

Reasons to avoid

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Little bulky

Speck's Presidio line has simple designs with added functionality, perfect if you don't need to fuss around with your case. 

We especially like the Presidio Grip for getting a bit more handle on your phone, but there are also folio and wallet cases if you want a little bit extra for just a bit higher price.

The Speck Presidio line is available on Speck's website store (opens in new tab), with cases starting at $40 (£30 / AU$55).

OtterBox Symmetry iPhone XR Case

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7. OtterBox Symmetry iPhone XR Case

Reasons to buy

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Colorful designs
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Drop protection

Reasons to avoid

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Not the toughest

OtterBox is the only case company that Apple promotes on its site instead of listing its own cases, which is recommendation enough for many. The brand is known for protecting phones from accidental drops and scuffing. 

The Symmetry line has several design styles, from artsy patterns to pop culture specials. Our favorite are the Star Wars cases, but there are a couple Disney and nature-themed ones, too. Find all of OtterBox's Symmetry series iPhone XR cases here starting at $40 (around £30, AU$55). (opens in new tab)

Special mention to a a stylish mostly-clear case with a strip of leather on the bottom that you won't find on OtterBox's catalogue - it's only sold on Apple's site (opens in new tab)

Greenwich Folio Collection for iPhone XR

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8. Greenwich Folio Collection for iPhone XR

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Includes car dash mount

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Heavy

If you're looking for a higher-end case, look no further. The luxury British accessories brand Greenwich has its own iPhone XR case line.

The line comes in traditional leather in multiple colors as well as the suede-like Alcantara material. The inner cover of these folio cases is lined with carbon fiber to absorb impacts and protect the screen alongside its gunmetal edges. There's even a hidden magnetic plate to mount it on your car dash.

The basic leather folio case starts at $129 (£98, AU$178) on Greenwich's website (opens in new tab), though other models have more features (including card slots) for higher prices.

Case-Mate iPhone XR case

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9. Case-Mate iPhone XR case

Reasons to buy

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Interesting designs
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Limited protection

If you want more glam on your iPhone XR, look no further than Case-Mate's selection of glitzy cases. From glittery gold to flower petals, there are plenty of choices for you to shine on, you crazy diamond.

Case-Mate's more basic options start at $35 (£26, AU$48), and you can browse through them all on the brand's website (opens in new tab).

OtterBox Figura Series case

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10. OtterBox Figura Series Case

Reasons to buy

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Ultraslim
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Robust design

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color options

The OtterBox Figura Series Case looks gorgeous and feels gorgeous. Rather than sticking to a plain plastic background, it has a ridged look to it which is eye catching but far from garish. A raised protective bumper ensures your screen is protected without getting in the way and a soft-touch feel means it's firm in your grip while feeling good too. 

An ultraslim profile means you won't have to worry about carrying around a brick either.

You might also want to check out the best iPhone 8 cases and iPhone 8 Plus cases (opens in new tab).

In addition, check out the best iPhone SE cases (opens in new tab), and best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases (opens in new tab).

Sean is a Scottish technology journalist who's written for the likes of T3, Trusted Reviews, TechAdvisor and Expert Reviews.