Best iPhone XS and XS Max cases 2020: Protect your Apple smartphone


Although Apple may have since released the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro, the iPhone XS and XS Max are still absolutely superb devices, which pack in a beautiful premium design with an almost all-screen front, glass back and a stainless steel core available in either Gold, Silver or Space Grey colour options.

A mainly glass design means some level of protection is advisable though, especially when these devices are still pricey to begin with. We know, covering up the wonderful designs is always a shame but having a crack down the front or the back is definitely worse. Thankfully, there are plenty of cases out there for the iPhone XS and XS Max. Here are some of the best.




Unsurprisingly Apple offers its own official cases for both the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. There is a snap on silicone case for both devices in numerous colours, as well as a snap on leather case for both devices, which is also available in several colour options. 

Additionally, Apple also has a leather folio case for the XS and XS Max, available in five colour options and there is a battery case too, available in two colours. All cases feature an Apple logo on their rear and precise cutouts for all ports and features.




There are a couple of excellent Moshi cases available for the new iPhones – the Altra is a slim hardshell with military-grade drop protection and a wrist strap. It’s available for the iPhone XS Max (and XR, for that matter) – you can remove the strap if you don’t want it for any reason.

We’re also a fan of Moshi’s Capto case that features a clever “multi strap” that you can use to hold the phone or to stand the phone up to view photos or videos. That case is available for all Face ID-capable Apple phones.



Casetify offers its Impact Case for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max, engineered for drop protection up to 10ft and lined with shock-absorbing QiTech material.

There is a dual layer construction, a raised bezel for protection and the Impact Case is available in hundreds of designs.

Gear 4

Gear 4


Gear 4 has a number of different case options for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The Victoria (shown above) comes in four designs including Fabric, Space, Tribal Leaf and Jungle. It features edge-to-edge protection, along with drop protection up to 10ft. 

The Gear 4 Victoria case is also compatible with wireless charging.




British leather accessory brand Greenwich offers a wallet case for the iPhone XS and XS Max, available in a range of finishes including Beluga – a black shade – Tahiti Blue and Canary Yellow. 

The wallet case is compatible with wireless charging and the company also offers an engraving service for those that want to add their own stamp to their case.


Just Mobile

Just Mobile offers a couple of case options for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max including the TENC Air clear slim bumper case.

The TENC Air case has air cushions on all corners, as well as bumper frames to protect your new iPhone and the clear finish means you’ll still see the beautiful design of the XS and XS Max through the case. It is also available in Matte Black too though.




Krusell offers a number of case options for the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max including the Sandby Cover, available in four colours.

It offers precise cut outs for all features and functions and it has a sandstone feel finish, claimed to be inspired by the Swedish coastline and their rocky islands.




Nodus has several options for the iPhone XS and XS Max including the snap on Shell Case II and the Access Case III. Both come in numerous colour options and both are compatible with the company’s Micro Dock.

The Micro Dock, which comes with the Shell Case II, is a small magnet that can be stuck anywhere from your car dashboard to your office wall. There is then a hidden magnet in the Shell Case and Access Case, allowing you to stick your iPhone anywhere.




Mous offers its Limitless 2.0 range of cases for the iPhone XS and XS Max in a number of different finishes including wood, real leather, carbon fibre and real shell.

The cases have the company’s AiroShock technology on board to help absorb the energy of an impact and disperse it.




OtterBox offers a range of cases for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max including the Statement Series case and the Traction Series case. Both come in four colours and they both show off the rear design of each device while still offering protection.

The Statement Series and Traction Series are both snap on cases, but the Statement Series has a little more to it with a leather accent feature on the rear at the bottom.




British manufacturer Snakehive offers the Vintage Wallet case for the iPhone XS and XS Max. The Vintage Wallet has three card slots inside, along with a larger compartment. 

It is made from full grain cowhide nubuck leather and it features access to all ports and features, along with a cover secured with a clasp to protect the display.




Speck offers several case options for the iPhone XS and XS Max, including the Presidio Grip case (pictured on the left above) and the Metallic case (pictured on the right).

Both are available in various colour options and both are snap on style cases that offer precise cutouts to all ports and features.

Ted Baker / Proporta

Ted Baker


Ted Baker offers its Folio case for the iPhone XS and XS Max in a range of options. There is a plain black case with a gold trim, along with a couple of patterned options with prints taken from the fashion brand’s AW18 fashion collection.

The case will snap onto your XS or XS Max, neatly fitting around all ports and features, while the front cover has an internal mirror inside and closes to protect the screen.


Urban Armor Gear


Urban Armor Gear has plenty of case options for the iPhone XS and XS Max including the Pathfinder Series, available in five colour options. The Armor shell has an impact resistant soft core and there are oversized tactile buttons present for a design statement. 

It is both Apple Pay and wireless charging compatible and it meets MIL-STD-810G drop-test standards.


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