The sheer variety of iPhone accessories on the market is astounding. You can enhance your Apple smartphone and add all sorts of useful functionality with the right accessories. We’ve compiled a list the best iPhone 8 cases, the best iPhone 8 Plus cases, and the best iPhone X cases. We’ve even taken a close look at waterproof, wireless charging, and battery cases. If you want an iPhone dock, we have you covered, and there’s no shortage of great portable battery chargers out there.
Now, we’re going to look further afield and suggest some iPhone accessories that you might not have considered. If you want to get a bit more out of your phone, or you’re looking for the perfect gift for the iPhone owner in your life, we’ve rounded up the best iPhone accessories.
If you’re looking for a wireless charger for your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, this small but durable wireless charging pad will power up your device quickly. We tested it out ourselves and found it took only two and a half hours to charge our iPhone 8. The front of the pad includes a multipurpose smart indicator that lights up depending on your current battery status. It also features a silicone anti-skid design, so you don’t have to worry about your phone sliding off the pad.
Tile Style ($25)
Tile is one of the most useful iPhone accessories we’ve ever used. Tile is a water-resistant Bluetooth tracker that you can attach to your keys or any other item you don’t want to lose. If you’re rushing out the door in the morning and find your keys are missing, you can fire up the app on your iPhone and have the Tile play a tune that will help you locate them quickly. As part of its Pro Series, Tile Style puts an elegant twist on the original look of Tile, with a rigid texture in satin white. It has a 200-foot range and double the volume of the Tile Mate and Tile Slim. If the item is lost, you’ll get its last known location on a map and be alerted if it turns up within range of any Tile in the future. You can also press the button on the Tile Style to find your phone — it will make it ring even if it’s on silent.
Nomad Rugged Cable ($25)
If you’re more adventurous and looking for an accessory to withstand all the elements, this Rugged Cable by Nomad is super durable. Not only is it dirt resistant, but its designed with sealed caps to keep all the dirt and filth out. Equipped with a Lightning connector and USB, the cable is compatible with the iPhone 5 through the iPhone 8. The custom-designed liquid silicone rubber tie also wraps easily around the cable to keep it from becoming frayed after consistent use.
Kenu Stance Tripod ($20)
This is an incredibly handy, compact tripod for your iPhone, one that allows you to prop up your device in either landscape or portrait view. It’s great for shooting video and photography, or for hands-free reading and video conferencing. The tripod is pocket-sized when folded, and you can easily adjust the three legs to find the perfect angle. Kenu recently tweaked the original design, too, resulting in a stronger Lightning port connector and an added keyring attachment. The latter component even doubles as a bottle opener.
Cyclists will love this mount and case combo for the iPhone, which consists of a simple mount made of aluminum that attaches to the stem of your bike. It tilts up to 75 degrees, which is ideal if you’re using Maps for navigation or an app like Strava. The protective iPhone case also has a special cut-out on the back that securely locks into place on the mount, and there’s even a lanyard strap for extra security. Rokform also offers car and motorcycle mounts that work with the same case.
If you’re an iPhone 7 and 8 owner who’s pining for the 3.5-millimeter jack, this accessory could prove invaluable. It’s basically a Lightning port splitter that allows you to turn your single Lightning port into two, so you can charge your iPhone and listen to music at the same time. Sadly, it’s expensive and a bit chunky. There are cheaper alternatives on Amazon and eBay, but the Belkin splitter has Apple’s MFI certification, which is important if you want to be sure it’s going to work.