The Best Waterproof Phone Cases for Admittedly Accident-prone Travelers
Losing or damaging your phone can be surprisingly devastating. We keep so much of our lives — photos, directions, calendars, and so on — on that 6-by-3-inch device that breaking it can sometimes feel like the end of the world. And doing so while on vacation is a next-level tragedy. Not only can you no longer capture all the fun moments, but depending on your location, you might be left completely disconnected from the world.
So, just like you wouldn’t forget to pack sunscreen to protect your body during your next water adventure or beach getaway, don’t leave without a quality waterproof case for your phone.
In general, there are two types of waterproof phone cases for you to consider. The first one is, for the most part, a regular case. It snaps onto your phone securely and has been designed to keep away water, and in some cases, dust and dirt, too. Most of those phone cases could be submerged into water (although depth and amount of time tolerated differ by model) and many will allow you to take photos and videos. And while there are definitely a few models that have a bulkier construction, most brands are now designing cases that are just as sleek and light as the one you use every day.
The second type looks, and functions, more like a dry bag and is perfect for water sport enthusiasts. Most of them come in a pretty universal size so you can store almost any device (or other valuables) in them and hang them around your neck. You can also opt for a floatable design, which will come in handy if you accidentally drop your phone in the ocean or the pool.
Below, the best waterproof cases to make sure your phone stays dry and safe while you tweet and Instagram all you want.
Best for Staying Dry on a Budget: Joto Universal Waterproof Case
This waterproof pouch is the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon, with over 18,000 five-star reviews. You can store any device that's less than six inches tall or use it as a wallet for your money and cards. It features a simple snap and lock closure for easy access.
To buy: amazon.com, from $8
Best for Underwater Photos and Videos: Hitcase Shield Link Case
In addition to its waterproof and drop-proof construction, this aluminum case has a built-in magnetic mount system that lets you easily attach lenses and other accessories to your phone's camera.
To buy: amazon.com, from $61
Best Floating Case: AquaVault Waterproof Floating Smartphone Case
Not only does the AquaVault case shield your phone from water, but if accidentally you drop it overboard, it will float thanks to the company’s patented airbag. The case allows you to retain full access to your smartphone’s functions in the water, including taking photos and videos. It fits any device that measures less than to 7.25 x 4.25 inches.
To buy: amazon.com, $25
Best for iPhone X: Ounne Waterproof Case
While the iPhone X may be water-resistant, we wouldn’t recommend going snorkeling with it. This minimalist case comes with an affordable price tag and delivers maximum protection against both water damage and accidental drops.
To buy: amazon.com, $20
Best for iPhone 7/8: Catalyst Waterproof Case
This water- and drop-proof case allows you to take your iPhone 7 or 8 with you when you go kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, or diving (up to 33 feet) thanks to its secure silicone seal. You can even take crystal clear phone calls or listen to music. If you like the look of this case, the brand also makes it for several other devices.
To buy: amazon.com, $80
Best for iPhone 7 Plus/8 Plus: OTTBA Waterproof Case
Whether you’re heading to the pool or hitting the dusty mountain trails, the OTTBA case will ensure your iPhone survives whatever you or Mother Nature throw at it. This light and slim case is water-, snow-, and dust-proof, and extremely easy to put on. It's no wonder it has more than 180 five-star reviews on Amazon.
To buy: amazon.com, $20
For iPhone 6/6s: Alofox Waterproof Case
Take clear photos and videos underwater with your phone thanks to this swimming case that allows you to submerge your phone in up to 6.6 feet of water for an hour. The slim, transparent case is anything but bulky and can fit even into a small clutch.
To buy: amazon.com, $17
Best for for iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus: Seidio Obex Waterproof Case
You may as well keep your iPhone in this easy-to-install case all the time, because of its sleek design. It seals your phone away from dust and water and can survive drops from up to six feet.
To buy: amazon.com, $54
Best for Samsung Galaxy S9: LifeProof Frē Series Waterproof Case
LifeProof’s Frē series cases remain resistant to water, drops, dirt, and snow, even in the harshest environments. You’ll have full access to all ports, an anti-reflective optical glass camera lens cover on the rear camera, and a built-in screen cover — and it all comes in a sleek package available in four color options.
To buy: amazon.com, $49
Best for Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus: Punkcase Waterproof Case
Protect your phone from the elements with this cool waterproof case for the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. It has a slim, anti-slip design and comes in eight bold shades. You can submerge it underwater up to 6.6-feet deep and take beautiful photos thanks to the anti-reflective coated lens on the rear camera. The built-in screen protector is scratch-resistant and has excellent touch sensitivity so you have quick access to all of your phone’s functions.
To buy: amazon.com, $30
Best for Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Spidercase Waterproof Case
Who said waterproof cases have to be bulky to work? This slim case is water-, snow-, dust-, and dirt-proof and features a high-sensitivity anti-scratch screen protector. The transparent cover also will not interfere with wireless charger connections.
To buy: amazon.com, $21