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There’s no denying that iPhones have been game-changing devices for many people. They let you stay in touch with personal and professional contacts, watch your favorite movies, order dinner, take photos, and so much more. But having the right accessories for your iPhone can make a huge difference in terms of both your device’s functionality and your enjoyment using it. Whether you need some new earbuds, a car mount, or are just curious to see which add-ons will make your everyday tasks more efficient, there’s an iPhone accessory out there that’s sure to fit both your needs and budget. However, sifting through the wide variety of options on the market can feel overwhelming, which is why we’ve rounded up our top picks for the best iPhone accessories on the market.
Best iPhone Accessories
What to Consider
Compatibility is the most important thing to check for before purchasing an iPhone accessory. From how they charge to the location and size of their cameras, different iPhone models have distinctly different features, and you don’t want to buy an accessory that doesn’t work for your phone and have to go through the trouble of returning it.
When purchasing an iPhone accessory, like a case for your device, you will want to know your phone’s dimensions as well as those of the accessory you’re eyeing to ensure a good fit.
How We Selected
This list is made up of accessories that will really take the abilities of your iPhone to the next level, from chargers to cases to headphones. To ensure the happiness of buyers, all of the items included below have average customer ratings of at least four stars or higher.
For more great tech accessories, check out our picks for the best car phone holders, iPhone cases, and backup battery packs.
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Best Wireless Earbuds
AirPods Pro with MagSafe Charging Case
- customizable fit
- MagSafe Charging case
- Advanced features
- Dimensions: 4.0 x 2.5 x 5.0 inches
- Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, MacBook
The AirPod Pros are the new and improved version of Apple’s beloved AirPods, and they’re well worth the money for iPhone enthusiasts. With features like noise cancellation, transparency, and spatial awareness, these little buds have a ton of technology packed in them. To ensure your comfort, these AirPods come with three different sizes of silicone tips you can use to customize the headphones’ fit to your ears.
Their sweat resistance makes them a great choice for athletes and regular gym-goers, and their MagSafe charging case will give you 24 hours of playback time before needing to be charged again.
Most Stylish Case
The Faux Crocodile iPhone Case
- Dimensions: Dependent on iPhone model
- Compatibility: iPhone X/Xs/XR/XS Max/11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/12/12 Pro/12 Pro Max/13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
With animal print and faux leather having a major fashion moment, these cute cases are perfect for anyone who wants to spruce up their iPhone a little bit. They’re even eco-friendly, made of 100 percent cruelty-free vegan materials.
These everyday cases are very high-quality and offer satisfactory amounts of protection from mishaps. They also have twelve colors to choose from, so you can find the perfect color to suit your aesthetic.
Best Multi Socket Extension Cord
- 7 charging ports
- 3 USB-A and 1 USB-C Outlet
- Fast charging speed
- Dimensions: 4.35 x 4.08 x 1.1 inches
- Compatibility: All iPhones
If you use multiple smart devices, including an iPhone, then something like this multi-socket extension cord with USB ports is a great buy. With this, you can charge your iPhone, AirPods, MacBook, and iPad, and you’d still have room to plug in 3 more devices. You also don’t have to worry about finding separate charging batteries for each cord, as this has USB-A and USB-C ports.
While this is advertised as an extension cord, it can only reach up to 5 feet, so that may be something to keep in mind depending on how conveniently your outlets are located. The cord is braided as well, which makes it kid- and pet-friendly.
Best Screen Protector
Tempered Glass Screen Protector
- Effectively protects your screen from cracks
- self aligning device
- Pricey for a screen protector
- Dimensions: 0.24 x 2.76 x 1.42 inches
- Compatibility: iPhone 11/XR
If you don’t already have a tempered glass screen protector for your phone, there’s no time like the present to buy one. With this screen protector, you can keep your phone screen from potential cracks that require expensive protected repairs. While there are many screen protectors on the market, what makes this kit stand out is that it has a device to ensure a perfect installation every time. If you’ve struggled with putting screen protectors in the past or if you’ve never done it before, this kit is perfect for you.
Best for Keeping Track of Valuables
- Small, so you can conveniently stick it to anything
- precision finding
- Dimensions: 1.30 x 1.30 x 1.00 inches
- Compatibility: iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Pro Max
Do your valuables always seem to disappear into thin air? Are you someone who can never remember where they set their car keys? Do you travel a lot and worry about your luggage getting misplaced?
If any of those scenarios apply to you, then you may want to invest in an AirTag. This little circular device can be stuck onto practically anything and you can use your iPhone to find exactly where your item is in no time.
AirTags give you peace of mind so you don’t have to worry as much about your expensive items getting lost or stolen.
Best Workout Case
Water Resistant Arm Band Case
- Fits a variety of phone sizes
- It may be difficult to read fingerprints through the plastic
- Dimensions: 15.99 x 8.99 x 1 inches
- Compatibility: iPhone XR/11/11 Pro/12/12 Pro/13/13 Pro
If you like to track your workouts on your phone, or don’t want to rent out a locker at your gym, this armband is an extremely functional iPhone accessory that might just make your life a little easier.
This band has slots for your credit cards, a pocket to put your key in, and even slots allotted for your wireless earbuds to fit into. It is made of neoprene, which gives it some comfortable stretch. It also can fit multiple iPhone models and comes in a number of stylish colors, from the black seen here to hot pink to cobalt blue.
Best Portable Charger
Solar Power Portable Charger
- Supports multiple devices
- Dimensions: 6.9 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches
- Compatibility: All iPhones
If you’re constantly on the go, having a backup battery on hand is never a bad decision. This portable charger is very convenient for commuters, business travelers, and campers alike. It supports various different smart devices and has wireless charging functionality, as well.
However, what makes this portable charger stand out are its emergency features, including solar-powered charging and its built-in flashlight, making it a great choice for emergency preparedness kits, too.
Best Grip Accessory
- Adhesive may wear down over time
- Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.29 (collapsed) x 0.97 inches (expanded)
- Compatibility: all smartphones
PopSockets’ PopGrips are immensely popular—and for good reason. This accessory is very easy to install—you just stick it onto your phone—and it conveniently collapses when you’re not using it. PopGrips are perfect for anyone with a habit of dropping their phone, and they can also make it easier to type on your phone with one hand. They’re very durable and come in multiple patterns and colors, making it easy to find one that matches your aesthetic.
They also have a removable top, so they won’t interfere with wireless charging, and you can swap out different styles of top without having to remove the base.
Best Car Mount
MagSafe Car Mount
- Clips securely on air vent
- MagSafe feature
- Can be oriented whichever way
- Not compatible with older iPhones
- Dimensions: 4 x 3 x 6 inches
- Compatibility: iPhone 12/12 Mini/12 Pro/12 Max/13/13 Pro/13 Pro Max
The Belkin MagSafe Car Mount is a sleek and minimal mount that’s ideal for any iPhone user who uses MagSafe charging. This car mount is extremely easy to install, as it fits in any standard air vent. It has a very strong magnet, so your phone will stay put on the mount until you take it off and won’t move around while you’re driving.
The design also allows you to orient your phone either vertically or horizontally, and while it’s a bit pricier than other car mounts, it’s well worth the investment for those who use MagSafe charging.
Best iPhone Cleaning Tool
Multi-Tool iPhone Cleaning Kit
- Can clean multiple devices
- Perfectly fits into ports
- Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.75 x 0.7 inches
- Compatibility: Any iPhone
It’s no secret that our phones can collect a ton of bacteria, dirt, and dust—especially in hard-to-clean spots like charging and headphone ports.
If you want to keep your iPhone cleaner and potentially increase your device’s lifespan, this PurePoint Multi-Tool Cleaner is a great buy. It has attachments that perfectly fit into each port of the iPhone to ensure it is cleaned properly. It even allows for cleaning of your AirPods and Lightning cables, making it as functional as it is versatile.
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