If you’re still the proud owner of an iPhone 6S — the last of its breed complete with a headphone jack — your old case may be a little green around the gills. Like all smartphones, the 6S is delicate and even though it’s old, you’ll want to preserve its casing and glass for continued use either by you or perhaps a new owner. There are still plenty of 6S cases to be had, and we’ve rounded up the best of them to give you a hand with your selection. Oh, and by the way, if you’re still rocking an iPhone 6, these same cases will fit that model too.
If you’ve already upgraded to a newer iPhone, check out our guides for the best iPhone SE (2020) cases, the best iPhone XS cases, best iPhone XS Max cases, the best iPhone XR cases, the best iPhone 11 cases, best iPhone 11 Pro cases, and the best iPhone 11 Pro Max cases.
Speck CandyShell Grip Case
It’s almost guaranteed that with Speck’s CandyShell Grip Case, you will never drop your iPhone ever again. The rubber strips, in contrasting hues, provide a no-slip grip that’s almost magnetic. Beyond that, the case is military-grade drop-tested so that even if your phone manages to find its way to a concrete sidewalk, it shouldn’t suffer any damage. The patented design has two layers of protection in a single-body construction. The soft interior has reinforced corners to absorb shock while the raised bezel protects the glass from bumps and impact. A rubberized cover shields the volume and power buttons. This case is an absolute joy.
J.west iPhone 6S Case Vintage Floral
Sometimes it’s time to bust out the sunflowers. With the J.west iPhone Vintage Floral case, you will never lose your iPhone anywhere or have anyone confuse it with their phone. But don’t let the fun pattern fool you. This vivid case with its glossy finish is constructed with flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and In-Mould-Decoration (IMD) tech. The cutout design accommodates the speaker, screen, camera, and ports, providing easy access to all controls. Raised front and camera lips protect the delicate camera and glass from bumps and scratches.
Perhaps the biggest name in personal phone protection, few case lists would feel right without the presence of at least one of Otterbox’s cases. If you’re worried your iPhone 6S won’t make it out in one piece, then the Otterbox Defender is what you need. The Defender offers complete protection thanks to a tough polycarbonate shell paired with a grippy slipcover on the outside. A built-in screen protector keeps the front of your phone safe, while the optional holster works as a belt-clip and a horizontal kickstand. If you’re looking for a negative point, the style could certainly be better. But if you’re not put off by the bland look, then the Otterbox Defender is the complete package.
Caseable Hard Case
Choose your own photo or design and have it printed on this hard case made of recycled water bottles. These cases function as slim shells, with cut-outs for accessing your phone’s many features. There’s a soft pad inside to help protect your iPhone, too, but it’s too minimal to provide rugged protection. The host of customization options are the real attraction, along with the bevy of stock options, many of which were developed in partnership with talented artists.
Twelve South SurfacePad Case
This stylish leather cover feels luxurious. It’s a typical folio-style with a couple of slots in the cover to hold credit cards or ID. You can also fold it back to act as a landscape stand. Your iPhone 6S is completely accessible because, unusually, there’s no shell inside. You fit the iPhone onto an adhesive backing, and there’s a cut-out corner on the back to leave the camera open. It’s a slim, light case, and it will guard against scratches, but we wouldn’t rely on it for drop protection. You can choose from six different colors.
Spigen Neo Hybrid Ex Case
This popular case from Spigen combines a flexible, clear TPU shell with a hard polycarbonate bumper. All of the cut-outs are generous and there are metallic button covers that are easy to find without looking. It provides a snug fit, the raised bezels at the front help to protect the screen, and it offers reasonable drop protection considering its slim build. Although the hard bumper comes in various different colors, we particularly like the rose gold and champagne gold options.
Vesel Wood Series Case
If you’re looking for something minimalist, protective, and luxurious, then Vesel’s gorgeous bumpers could be for you. Precisely cut from aluminum and quality woods, these hand-finished bumpers are eye-catching, but they don’t cramp the style of your iPhone 6S. You get a wee screwdriver in the box to help you securely fit your bumper and it extends from the front to the back to protect your phone. The cut-outs are accurate and there are aluminum button covers affixed to the wooden frame, each of which works with a simple click. Moreover, you can get a range of different finishes and woods, with the frozen titanium gray and walnut being our favorite.
Noreve Tradition B Leather Case
If you favor a leather wallet-style case then this French-designed beauty should be on your radar. The hand-crafted case is finished with high-quality leather, and you can choose the texture and color you want. It opens like a book and there are two credit card slots with a larger pocket hidden behind within the cover. A small kickstand pops out of the back for propping your iPhone 6S in landscape view, and there’s also a secure magnetic closure, so the case won’t pop open uninvited. The iPhone rests inside within a small cradle, one outfitted with large cut-outs that give you access to your iPhone’s ports, buttons, and camera.
Here’s another iPhone 6S case with a magnetic touch. The MagBak, as the name suggests, has a magnetic strip inside it, and it ships with two MagSticks, which are small magnetic strips with adhesive backs that you can stick on the car dash or the kitchen tile for mounting your iPhone. The case itself comes in four different colors, feels malleable and soft to the touch, and has a black microfiber lining inside. There are cut-outs for the ports, switch, and camera, and subtle button covers. It’s very slim, so it may not provide much drop protection, but the magnetic docks are potentially very handy.
Speck CandyShell Clear Case
There are at least two good reasons to take a look at this new case from Speck: it’s crystal clear, so you can enjoy the iPhone 6S design, and it meets military drop-test standard 810G, so it will survive a fall. This is the first clear case Speck has offered, but it didn’t have to compromise those protective credentials. Unlike other clear TPE cases, there’s a special layer to prevent yellowing over time, so it should keep its perfect transparent look. The cut-outs are exact and big enough that the case doesn’t interfere with everyday use. The button covers are easy to find without glancing at the case. There’s also a raised bezel to protect the screen.
Griffin Survivor Summit Case
Anyone seeking some serious protection for their new phone is going to want to check out the Summit case. This is part of Griffin’s Survivor series and capable of withstanding all the trials of a rugged outdoor adventure. It can handle drops from up to 10 feet, while still keeping your iPhone 6S safe inside. It’s also impervious to rain, sand, and dust. The textured finish provides added grip, there are covers for the buttons and ports, and there’s a built-in screen protector. It is quite chunky, so it masks Apple’s elegant design; but think of it as an overcoat for your phone, with a bulletproof vest inside.
Silk PureView Clear Case
Originally the cheapest case on this list is a slim bumper with an internal tread that promises to absorb shock. It has a clear back to allow Apple’s iPhone 6S design to shine through. The button covers are quite large, and there are big openings for the ports and camera. It looks quite good for such a cheap case and should provide basic protection. You can pick it up in gold, black, transparent frost, or grey. It’s easy to customize this case by slipping a picture into the clear back section — there’s even a template provided so you can trim the picture for a perfect fit. You also get a screen protector in the box.