It’s simple: If you let your kid paw at your iPhone and want to ensure the screen isn’t constantly slimy or stricken with a spiderweb of cracks, then you need a good iPhone case for kids. After all, children have ever-sticky hands and a penchant for dropping things no matter how careful you tell them to be. The best of the best kid-proof iPhone cases for the 6, 7, 8, X, XR, and 11 are a bit pricey, sure, but they more than pay for themselves by protecting a phone through a few dozen drops. These moderately priced iPhone cases for kids that offer protection without costing you an arm and a leg.
So, whether you’re looking to add durability, drop protection, or water repulsion to your iPhone, here are seven great iPhone cases for kids — or adults who want to protect their iPhone from grabby hands.
If you're looking for lots of protection without much bulk, this case is a great option. It's built to withstand 10-foot drops and has features like a raised bezel that do the extra work of preventing scratching and shattering even if your phone lands on the ground directly face down. It has a soft, grippy exterior with two layers of stop and shock protection. There's even an anti-microbial finish that inhibits bacterial growth inside the case. Just note that compatible screen protectors are sold separately.
This behemoth has a soft bubble-pattern rubber interior lining combined with a hard polycarbonate shell for protection. That means it absorbs and deflects shock when your iPhone XR is thrown or dropped. A raised lip protects your screen from drops and surface scratches.
This burly case offers serious protection. It's waterproof to six feet for up to an hour as well as drop-proof. Nice touches abound, like easy access to your external charging cable. If sheer protection is what you're looking for, this is an excellent option. Do yourself a favor, however, and follow the step by step instructions for the best results and always conduct a water test prior to submersion. Also, for those that rely on a grippy surface to keep it in place on the dashboard, keep looking because it can slip off.
Outside is polycarbonate frame, while inside is a shock-resistant core. The two halves are bound together by metal hardware for an incredibly rugged and durable case that's rated two times higher than the military drop standard. But little fingers will still have control thanks to distinct raised buttons that children can operate with ease.
Knock the belt-mounted phone all you want, but it's a classic and having your phone within arm’s reach (while not distending a back pocket) can come in pretty handy. This case uses a tri-layered system to protect your phone: an inner, rubbery layer; a hard, polycarbonate outer shell; and an integrated screen protector. On top of all of this, a four-point snap system affixes it to a belt or strap to keep it within easy reach.
Grippy-enough to not slide around on your dashboard, but not so much as to make removing it from your pocket a pain in the ass, this phone hits the grippy sweet spot. The minimal case also comes with a screen protector and corners that create air pockets to cushion a fall. It weighs just 1.6 ounces and is slim enough so that you'll barely notice it's there at all.
This slim case has a hard shell exterior that is co-molded with a soft, impact-absorbing TPU layer and shockproof materials. There's a raised bezel around the perimeter that keeps the screen and camera protected. It also boasts military-grade shock protection and the company swears it can withstand an impact of up to 6.6 feet.
Want to know how to protect your child's phone? Ensure he or she will be able to hold onto it. PopSockets' collab with Otterbox builds its popular holding nub into the case itself for secure grip wet or dry. Should your child drop it, the case itself has plenty of protection.
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