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The best iPhone 8 cases and covers

Yes, plenty of people still have the iPhone 8. Despite being a bit older than most, that iconic phone needs a protective case and cover. The iPhone 8 is a good-looking phone, but it isn’t very durable. Manufacturers make the screen out of fragile glass and the back out of metal. Besides personalizing your phone, a case or cover will keep dust out and protect your phone from impacts.

Not all phone cases can withstand impacts or humid conditions. Some are suitable for rugged environments and deliver waterproof protection, while others are more of a fashion accessory. While there aren’t as many cases available as there were when the iPhone 8 was in its heyday, this collection of iPhone 8 cases includes something for all styles and budgets.

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Our top picks

After trying out a lot of different iPhone 8 cases, these three are the ones we wholeheartedly recommend. They all have something to offer that you won’t find elsewhere.

Speck Presidio Grip Case

iPhone 8 in Speck Presidio Grip black case
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One of our favorite case lines, the Presidio Grip from Speck, offers style and substance. You get two layers of protection to safeguard against drops from up to 10 feet, a scratch-resistant finish, a raised bezel around the screen, and enhanced grip courtesy of the non-slip ridges. The fit is perfect, the button covers are easy to find and not too stiff, and the ridges also prevent any sliding around on surfaces. This case also looks great and comes in a wide range of contrasting and complementary color combinations. Of all the different iPhone 8 cases we’ve tried, this is the protective case we use most often.

Nodus Shell Case

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Leather is a comfortable material to hold and it ages gracefully, but you usually have to go for a wallet case if you want a leather finish. Nodus does offer the Access 2 case, which is a stylish wallet, but there’s also the leather Shell case. You get a magnetic mount with it, emblazoned with the elegant octopus Nodus logo, which you can stick on your car dash or another convenient spot. The shell case is minimal with big openings for port and camera access and subtle button covers. It comes in brown, black, teal, or gray and it looks and feels fantastic. If you just want something stylish and lightweight, and you’re prepared to sacrifice some drop protection, then this is a great case.

RhinoShield Mod Case

iPhone 8 with RhinoShield Mod Case
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We thought we had seen everything the world of iPhone cases had to offer, but this modular design from RhinoShield offers something truly different. We’re familiar with the CrashGuard bumper, which offers excellent drop protection up to 11 feet in a minimalist design. The Mod case design allows you to add an optional backplate and different colored rims ($2) or buttons ($1). We love the fact you can customize and really make the case your own.

And the rest

The rest of our list are great alternatives if you don’t fancy one of our top three picks. We’ve tried out many of them, but some made the list after being recommended to us, because we tried out the same case with a different phone and liked it, or based on good customer reviews.

Casery Print Case

Casery animal print iPhone 8 case
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You’ll find a wide range of different eye-catching, playful designs from Casery, including a new series of animal prints such as the Primal print pictured. The underlying cases are tough, but lightweight, made from a special polymer that provides military-grade drop protection — you can drop your iPhone 8 from 4 feet onto the sidewalk and it should emerge unscathed if it’s wearing one of these cases. It’s a comfortable case to handle, with a raised lip designed to safeguard the screen and accurate openings with plenty of room for port access, though the button covers feel a little stiff to begin with. Wireless charging works fine with the case on and the matte finish on the back ensures that finger smudges are never an issue.

Casetify Custom Cases

Casetify phone case on Apple iPhone 8
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What could be better than a fully customized case for your iPhone 8? With Casetify you can upload one of your favorite photos or images, choose a case style that you like, customize the colors, and have them make you a truly personalized, one-of-a-kind iPhone case. There are loads of different options, so you can get everything from a photo of your family on a clear-backed case with an easy-grip protective bumper to a monogrammed leather wallet case.

Carved Traveler Case

iPhone 8 Carved Traveler Case in Grand Teton Inlay design
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If you like natural wood grain, then you can’t go wrong with a case from Carved. Plain wood starts from $41, but the best Carved cases have beautiful designs inlaid, like the Grand Teton pictured, which costs $47. There are also shell inlay designs and prints from some seriously talented artists. The shell case itself is flexible, black rubber with ridged sections to aid grip, tactile button covers, and accurate cutouts.

LuMee Duo Marble

iPhone 8 in LuMee Duo Marble Black phone case
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LuMee cases not only protect your phone but also provide studio-quality lighting. The limited-edition marble style case comes in three color variants — Black Marble, Pink Quartz, and White Marble. It includes LED lights located on both the front and the back, which means your photos will always be well lit regardless of whether you’re using the front-facing or rear camera. To keep the lights going, each LuMee case comes with a rechargeable battery and charging cord. With its sleek design and silicone raised edges, it strikes a perfect balance between trendy and durable.

Mikol Carrara White Marble Case

iPhone 8 Mikol Carrara White Marble Case
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If it’s opulent style you’re after, then this real marble case from Mikol might catch your eye. We tried out the clean Carrara White marble version, but there are options in green, ruby, black, gold, and more. The vein patterns give each case a genuinely unique finish and the marble has been reinforced with fiberglass to reduce the risk of it chipping or shattering. As attractive as this case is, it doesn’t offer a huge amount of protection and it’s expensive at $70. Large cutouts offer easy access to the buttons and the plastic shell curves around your iPhone 8 just enough to snugly hold it, but there is no raised bezel around the screen. It’s really about style, not drop protection, and to that end, Mikol also offers gold engraving of your name or initials for an extra $25.

Skech Stark Case

iPhone 8 in clear Skech Stark case
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The idea behind Skech’s new Stark case is to provide real, solid drop protection in a minimal form that doesn’t eclipse your iPhone 8. This case promises drop protection for falls of up to eight feet, making it one of the most protective options out there, but it leaves the sides completely open, has large openings for the port and camera, and has a transparent back so you can see Apple’s design. The protection is focused in the corners and along the top and bottom edges, where you need it most. This case is also slim enough that it doesn’t interfere with wireless charging. It comes in black or clear varieties.

Noreve Tradition B Leather Case

Noreve Tradition B black leather case for Apple iPhone 8
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Wallet case fans with a love of leather need look no further because the Noreve Tradition B case will tick all of your boxes. This well-padded case covers your iPhone 8 from every angle, with a thin, minimal shell to hold it in place and a solid cover with a magnetic stud closure. You’ll find a couple of card slots inside along with a larger money pocket. The quality is excellent and you can choose from an impressively wide range of different colors and finishes to get the precise look and texture you want, with prices starting from around $50. It does add some bulk, but there are accurate openings to ensure you can access every function of your iPhone 8 without having to undress it.

Caudabe Sheath Case

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If you dislike chunky cases but don’t want to risk going completely without protection, then this super-svelte case from Caudabe might tempt you. Constructed from ShockLite, a flexible polymer that protects it from knocks and bumps, you won’t need to worry about your phone if you drop it — as this case is protected against falls of up to 6.6 feet. It’s only 0.9mm thick and has a raised lip to protect the camera lens and flash. Its matte textured finish gives it plenty of grip, and it comes in gray, red, black, or navy.

Caseology Skyfall Series Case

iPhone 8 Caseology Skyfall case in gold
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With a knack for creating cases that combine style and protection well, Caseology has been selling boatloads of cases. This one has a clear TPU shell that shows off the back of the iPhone 8, complete with Apple logo. A durable polycarbonate frame, colored to match your iPhone, surrounds the shell for added protection. The cutouts and button covers are good, but what we most appreciate is the solid drop protection and the raised lips around the screen and camera lens. It’s not the slimmest case around, but we think it’s a good-looking option at a reasonable price.

Mous Limitless Shell Case

Mous Limitless Walnut Case on iPhone 8
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You can pick up one of these very special Limitless cases starting at $50. The clever AiroShock system uses tiny air pockets inside the TPU and polycarbonate blend body to achieve a high level of protection for your phone in the event of a fall. Despite this, it only adds 2.3mm to the thickness of your phone — rugged case benefits, without the rugged case. A strong screen protector is included in the package, and there are five different genuine material looks from which to choose. We love the stylish walnut finish.

Snakehive Vintage Wallet Collection

Snakehive Vintage Wallet Collection
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What we love about the Snakehive cases most is the super-soft, very strokable Nubuck leather that covers the Vintage Collection. Designed in the United Kingdom and handcrafted in Europe, these are beautifully made, attractively styled, and very practical folio cases with space for three credit cards, while your iPhone 8 clips inside a plastic case. The matte Nubuck ages well with time, and just like all the best leather products, it takes on its own look the more you use it. It’s available in both two-tone, which we like best, and single colors too.

Incipio Carnaby Case

iPhone 8 in Incipio Carnaby case in blue
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If you’re looking for a slim, stylish case to make your cold glass and metal iPhone 8 more comfortable to handle and a lot easier to grip, then Incipio has you covered. This case boasts a tough polycarbonate core with a bit of flexibility, wrapped in a cotton chambray fabric that comes in blue or gray. There are generous openings for easy access to buttons, ports, and the camera, and this svelte case won’t add much to your iPhone’s profile.

Otterbox Symmetry Series Case

Otterbox Symmetry Series Case for iPhone 8 in Mix Berry Jam color
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With some of the most protective cases around, you can rely on Otterbox for solid drop protection, but not all of its cases are chunky. The Symmetry Series offers dual-layer drop protection in a fairly slim package that comes in a choice of colors for the iPhone 8, including the imaginatively titled Mix Berry Jam. There’s a slight lip to safeguard that screen, flexible button covers, and framed cutouts that won’t interfere with your camera use or cable access.

Silk Base Grip Case

Silk Base Grip Case
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For all the butter-fingers out there who struggle to keep a hold on the slippery iPhone, this case from Silk could be the answer. It’s quite a slim case, but the outside is textured to provide “Kung Fu Grip.” It is very light, but air pockets in the corners help to guard against minor drops and bumps. There are tactile button covers for power and volume, and accurate openings for everything else. It comes in black, clear, blue, and floral — you can even customize your own design.

Tech21 Evo Check Evoke Clear Case

iPhone 8 in Tech21 Evo Check Evoke Edition clear case
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This clear case with its subtle blue transparent design shows off your new iPhone 8, but adds a protective bumper capable of withstanding falls of up to 10 feet. There are chunky, well-designed button covers that are easy to find without looking and accurate cutouts with plenty of room for third-party cables. With Tech21’s stringent testing, you can rest assured your iPhone 8 is safe in this case.

Greenwich Chrono Folio Case

Greenwich Chrono Folio Case
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There simply aren’t enough purple cases in the world, so this attractive option from Greenwich Design caught our eye. It’s expensive at $109, but the maker boasts that it’s finished in the world’s finest bull hide leather and, thanks to a hidden carbon fiber lining, can stop a shotgun blast. The cover can also be folded back and used with magnetic mounts. Cutouts offer access to all buttons and ports, and there’s an opening for the camera, too. This case comes with a lifetime guarantee, and if you don’t like the damson, there are many other colors to choose from.

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case

Spigen Ultra Hybrid Case
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When you buy a new iPhone, there’s a good chance that you want to show it off. Even when it’s an older-model 8, the iPhone’s good looks shouldn’t hide away. This case from Spigen allows you to enjoy the phone’s smooth styling with a crystal clear or tinted polycarbonate back panel. The TPU frame comes in a clear option and a variety of different colors. The button covers are sturdy, the cutouts are spot on, and the bumper provides military-grade drop protection to ensure your iPhone 8 doesn’t sustain damage if it experiences a minor tumble.

UAG Plyo Series Case

iPhone 8 in UAG Plyo Series grey case
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With reinforced corners and an impact-resistant core, this iPhone 8 case can shrug off falls and bumps. You get the same robust protection, oversized button covers, and skid pads like the rest of UAG’s range. The difference is that the Plyo cases have a more unadorned design. This case comes in ash gray. It’s quite chunky, but it provides secure protection and enhances grip considerably.

Proporta Ted Baker Shannon Mirror Folio Case

Ted Baker Proporta Mirror Folio case for iPhone 8 in black and rose gold
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This folio case comes in black and rose gold, so the looks alone are a highlight. There’s also a perfectly fitted electroplated shell to hold your iPhone 8 snug and secure. The cover

With reinforced corners and an impact-resistant core, this iPhone 8 case can shrug off falls and bumps. You get the same robust protection, oversized button covers, and skid pads like the rest of UAG’s range. The difference is that the Plyo cases have a more unadorned design. This case comes in ash gray. It’s quite chunky, but it provides secure protection and enhances grip considerably.

This folio case comes in black and rose gold, so the looks alone are a highlight. There’s also a perfectly fitted electroplated shell to hold your iPhone 8 snug and secure. The cover has a soft, leather-style finish, and it opens to reveal a surprise. You might expect to find pockets for credit cards, but instead, there’s a mirror. The shell is minimal with the full range of required cutouts. The Proporta isn’t a rugged drop-protection case, but it does cover all angles. We think it will serve well if you usually put your iPhone 8 in a bag. The Ted Baker branding appears inside and out, which fans of the brand will appreciate.

It can be quite a challenge to find an iPhone 8 case these days that fits your preferences and looks stylish, mainly because the 8 is an older model smartphone. That said, several third-party manufacturers are still producing cases for this type of phone. The products range in functionality and aesthetics. If you aren’t too picky about how you want your case to look, you’ll find several durable and reliable options that still look great. 

While the iPhone 8 may seem outdated to Apple, many people around the world are still using this device and require some kind of protection for their investment. A traditional metal and glass case could provide the security you need, but you may need to keep your eyes open for more unique cases that better fit your active lifestyle. The right case will fit like a glove, and it could help significantly prolong the life of your iPhone. 

While eventually, you’ll need to upgrade your device, it’s definitely not worth it to buy a new phone now just because it may take a bit longer to find the right accessories for it. 

Simon Hill
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Simon Hill is an experienced technology journalist and editor who loves all things tech. He is currently the Associate Mobile…
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