The Google Pixel 6a was announced at Google I/O 2022 and is now available to pre-order, with a very tempting $449 price tag. If you're looking for a new smartphone with power, amazing camera capabilities, and a snappy new design, you can do a lot worse than the Pixel 6a. But despite its cut-price nature, you'll still want to keep it safe.
That's where a protective case comes in. From a basic gel case to a wallet case to a full-on rugged protective cover, a case can go a long way to protecting against scratches, chips, and even drops. But not every case is right for you. Here's a list of some of the best Pixel 6a cases already available.
Looking to protect your new phone's screen? Check out our picks of the best Pixel 6a screen protectors around.
Supcase Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case
- Superior drop protection
- Built-in screen protector
- Kickstand for hands-free viewing
- Rugged style may not suit all tastes
If you're the type of person who's always dropping your phone, this case from Supcase is the one for you. Its dual-layer TPU and PC construction offers superior drop protection, with a built-in screen protector to keep your Pixel 6a's screen safe from scratches and scuffs. The integrated kickstand folds out for hands-free portrait or landscape viewing, with a detachable rotating holder and precise cutouts for ports. The rugged style of this case may not be to all tastes, but we think it looks pretty cool.
Kwmobile Slim Case
- Slim, pocket-friendly profile
- Smooth finish hides dirt and fingerprints
- Choice of 10 colors
- There are better options for drop protection
Always slipping your phone in a pocket? Then the Kwmobile Slim Case is an excellent, pocket-friendly choice. Its slim profile packs protection for your Pixel 6a, with its soft silicone coating that cushions your phone from shock and falls. There's a microfiber lining that keeps your Pixel 6a safe from scratches and a raised lip around the screen for extra protection. The silicone finish is smooth to the touch yet designed to hide fingerprints and dirt. This case also comes in a choice of 10 colors, including our pick, Bordeaux Violet, a deep burgundy. If you're looking for the ultimate drop protection, this may not be the best choice for you — we recommend one of the rugged cases on this list instead.
Ghostek Covert 5 Ultra-Thin Clear Case
- Clear case shows off your phone
- Reinforced corners for added drop protection
- Non-slip coating adds grip
- A little too slim to be truly durable
This ultra-thin clear case from Ghostek shows off your Pixel 6a with a pocket-friendly profile that adds minimal bulk to your phone. With reinforced corners for added drop protection, this clear case also has a non-slip coating that adds grip. Raised bezels around the screen and camera ward off scratches and dirt, while button covers and precise cut-outs for the phone's ports and features round off the package.
Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case
- Clear and stylish
- Strong dual-layer construction
- Good price
- Lacks rugged protection
Spigen is a name you can rely on, and we're excited to see it release a bunch of different cases for the Pixel 6a. But we always love a good clear case, and it's hard to get a better clear case than Spigen's Ultra Hybrid. It's made from absorbent TPU and hard polycarbonate, giving it strong resistance to minor bumps and drops while also protecting against scratches and other hazards. The clear style means you can see your phone at all times, and the slim and lightweight design means your phone doesn't feel bigger or heavier. Best of all, it's available at a great price.
Osophter Slim Case
- Rock-bottom price
- Decent protection
- Slim and stylish design
- Lacks more serious protection
This dual-layer case from Osophter is good if you want protection that doesn't add a large amount of bulk to your slim smartphone. It's made of TPU and polycarbonate, so it's good against scratches and scrapes while also providing decent drop protection with the TPU's shock-absorbing qualities. A raised lip protects the display and camera lenses, and there's extra protection for the otherwise vulnerable camera bar, too. It won't work if you're looking for something more heavy-duty, but it's a great choice if you want some solid everyday protection.
UAG Scout Case
- Strong and rugged
- Minimalist and lightweight
- Military drop standards
- Not the most exciting design
Minimalism and protection aren't usually specs that go hand in hand, but it's what UAG's Scout case specializes in. It's made from TPU, but that doesn't mean it's not super-tough. It meets military standards for drop protection, has a raised edge for the cameras and display, and despite all that, is lightweight too. There's an anchor point for lanyards and other straps, and the antimicrobial coating means it won't pick up germs during your daily use. The price is on the higher side, but it's not unreasonable for this quality. However, it certainly lacks style, which could put you off.
Olixar Leather-Style Wallet Case
- All-around protection, including for the screen
- Great-feeling leather-style material
- Room for cards and cash
- Adds thickness
- Leather-style material can feel a little cheap
Wallet cases are a great way to add some style and class to your smartphone. There are few places a good wallet case looks out of place, and this case from Olixar ticks all the right boxes. The screen cover keeps all of your phone protected, so you can sling it into a bag or pocket as you like, and it folds back behind the phone during use. It can even be used as a smartphone stand. There's room for credit cards, tickets, or spare cash, and the leather-style material looks good even if it can feel a little cheap. A good choice at a great price.
Otterbox Commuter Antimicrobial Case
- Strength that won't quit
- Antimicrobial coating
- Lifetime warranty
Want the most protection you can get? Right now, that's why you reach for Otterbox's cases. The Commuter case is the more stylish of the cases on offer, but that doesn't mean it's ratcheted down its protective qualities. A soft inner slipcover combines with a hard outer shell to absorb impacts and deflect other threats, and port covers help to protect those vulnerable areas from dust or dirt ingress. It's rugged but still thin enough to be pocket-friendly, and the antimicrobial coating helps to stop bacteria growth on the outside. Unfortunately, it's also one of the more expensive cases out there — but thankfully, there are still options for that.
Poetic Guardian Series Case
- Strong and protective
- Included screen protector
- Clear back
- Unique style may put off the fashion conscious
It's the case that started off a new bunch of rumors, but the Poetic Guardian is still worthy of your attention if you're looking for a strong, protective case. It has raised front lips to protect your phone's display and camera lenses, and there's a built-in screen protector faceplate as well — though you can leave it off if you prefer. Drop protection has been military graded, and the grippy sides help you keep a hand on your device. It's not really stylish if you want that, but it's cheap (for a rugged case) without compromising on quality. A good choice if you need a budget-friendly tough case.
Caseology Parallax Case
- Popular design from a well-known brand
- Has textured TPU grip
- Has raised bezels for protection
- Comes with a high price tag
Fans of the popular 3D Hexa Cube design will love this new Caseology Parallax case designed especially for Pixel 6a. It's ergonomically built with a textured TPU grip on both sides. With military-grade protection, it will keep your phone safe, while the raised bezels around the screen and camera ring offer additional security. It's case compatible and available in three classic colors.
Anccer Slim Case
- Bright colors
- Camera protection
- Slim and case-compatible
- Doesn't offer the best protection
Love bright colors? You'll love this Anccer case. Available in a bunch of attractive colors, it's eye-catchy for sure. But that's not all. It's made of premium silicone material to offer a skin-smooth feel and a non-slippery grip. The case also protects your camera lens from scratches so you can enjoy your photography session without worrying about damaging the camera. It's also slim and case compatible so you can use your phone hassle-free.
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