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The best iPhone 12 Pro Max cases to protect your Apple device

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Choosing the best iPhone 12 Pro Max case you can afford is a savvy move if you've just invested in a shiny new iPhone 12 Pro Max. Apple’s largest iPhone is one of the best smartphones you can buy. It's also one of the most expensive, and with the sleek design offering little in the way of grip, a protective case is a must.

We’ve dug through the options to showcase a selection of the finest iPhone 12 Pro Max cases around, to ensure your device's gorgeous design and huge display stay in one piece. (If you need a case for an iPhone 12 or 12 Pro, you'll need our guide to the best iPhone 12 cases instead.)

We haven't had all of these iPhone 12 Pro Max cases in our test labs yet, but based on our experts' opinion and knowledge of the most reputable brands around, we think the options curated here are all worth looking at. Our selections take into account online reviews, brand reputation, product capability, and any unique features.

To help you find the right case for your iPhone 12 Pro Max, we've split our guide into handy sections - MagSafe cases, designer cases, battery cases, and so on. You can either jump straight to the type of iPhone 12 Pro Max case you want to see our top picks there, or browse the lot in one go.

MagSafe-compatible iPhone 12 Pro Max cases

Apple’s magnetic wireless tech allows for faster, more consistent wireless charging, and gives you the option to snap on an ecosystem of fresh accessories. Most MagSafe cases are still made by Apple at the moment, but third-party makers are quickly catching up with their own MagSafe-compatible options. Here’s our pick of the best MagSafe iPhone 12 Pro Max cases.   

iPhone 12 Pro Max designer cases

A designer iPhone 12 Pro Max case will protect your device - and look fantastic as well. Whether you're looking for a cool print from a big name, the option to personalize your case, or more, we've got your covered. Here's our pick of the best premium, designer phone cases for your iPhone 12 Pro Max. You'll also find plenty of designs from up-and-coming artists over at Etsy.

iPhone 12 Pro Max battery cases

iPhone battery life has steadily improved over the last few generations, and the 12 Pro Max is no different. It’s powered by a 3,687 mAh battery, which we found easily lasts until the end of the day. That said, there’s a big difference between that and knowing you’ll be going a few days without a power outlet. The following cases will keep your phone topped up in those situations. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max cases with card holder

If you like to travel light, or just don’t have as many pockets as you need, then doubling your iPhone up as a wallet is an easy way to save space. We’ve curated a selection of iPhone 12 Pro Max cases with handy hidden compartments, card holders, and more, in a variety of styles for different tastes and budgets. 

iPhone 12 Pro Max rugged cases

The iPhone 12 series of phones have the toughest iPhone screens so far, but they’re not unbreakable. If you work or play in rough conditions, are prone to drops, or simply like to take really, really good care of your iPhone, these rugged cases will do the job. Not only will they help protect that huge display, they offer plenty of smart tricks for the rest of the phone, too. 

The best iPhone 12 Pro Max clear cases

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is a beautiful device - and if you picked up one of the more colorful variants, you’ll want to show it off. These clear cases may lack in opacity, but they’ll do a great job of protecting your phone.

iPhone 12 Pro Max leather cases

A leather case is one of the most effective ways to protect your iPhone 12 Pro Max, while also offering a real touch of class. Here’s our pick of the best iPhone 12 Pro Max leather cases out there - with a few vegan-friendly options too.