The Best Cases for Your Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy S20 Cases Lineup
Justin Duino

Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra are faster and better than ever, but they’re also more fragile than ever before. Thanks to the glass that covers the front and back of the device, one bad drop can cause permanent damage. Fortunately, there is an almost infinite number of cases to choose from to protect your brand new handset.

Before we begin, note that we have linked cases for the Samsung Galaxy S20. Each of these accessory manufacturers also sells the cases for the Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra. You’ll be able to find the case for your phone after clicking on the individual links.

Best Budget Cases

Cases and other accessories tend to be expensive. When you’re already spending $1,000+ on the handset, your bank account might not allow you to spend much too much on extras. Fortunately, there are a number of inexpensive cases for the budget-conscious.

Spigen Rugged Armor

Spigen Rugged Armor on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Spigen

If you buy a case for your Galaxy S20 from your carrier at the same time as your handset, you’ll likely pay a minimum of $40. Why pay such a high premium when you can get the Spigen Rugged Armor for a quarter of the price? This case is made out of a TPU material that should be able to absorb minor drops and offers clicky button presses.

Just the basics

Spigen Rugged Armor Designed for Samsung Galaxy S20 Case (2020) - Matte Black

Don't pay a premium for a phone case when you can protect your Samsung Galaxy S20 from basic drops with the Spigen Rugged Armor.

Caseology Parallax

Caseology Parallax Case on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Caseology

If the Rugged Armor is too boring for you, check out the Parallax series. Not only does Caseology’s product offer a more interesting design, but it also includes dual-layered bumpers that should offer more protection from accidental drops. The Parallax case is available in Midnight blue, Matte Black, Aqua Green, and Burgundy.

Sleek and classy

Caseology Parallax for Samsung Galaxy S20 Case (2020) - 3D Pattern and Design - Midnight Blue

Caseology's Parallax case for the Galaxy S20 offers a combination of style and protection for the budget-conscious. Available in four different colorways, this case is made to match anyone's needs.

Best Thin Cases

Starting at 6.3-inches, the Samsung Galaxy S20 is a large phone. As such, you don’t want to add a bulky case that’ll make the handset unwieldy. Fortunately, there are several ultra-thin cases that you can add to your new smartphone.

Totallee Thin Case

Totallee Case on Samsung Galaxy S20
Totallee

Companies like Samsung spend a lot of time making phones sexy. Throwing a case on top of the build tends to take away from the device’s design. If you want to retain the Galaxy S20’s fit and finish while also saving it from scratches and minor falls, look no further than Totallee’s Thin Case. The case is crystal clear, allowing you to see your phone through the transparent, rubbery TPU. If that isn’t for you, the company also offers a thin case in black with a matte finish.

Thin and transparent

totallee Thin Galaxy S20 Case, Thinnest Cover Slim Minimal - for Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (2020) (Transparent)

The Totallee case offers one of the thinnest options on the market while not displaying any logos to cloud up the transparent experience. The trade-off is the lack of serious drop protection. The case is also available in a matte black finish.

Spigen Liquid Air Armor

Spigen Liquid Air Armor Case on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Spigen

The Spigen Liquid Air Armor isn’t transparent, but it is one of the thinnest cases you can get for your Galaxy S20. The matte finish adds grip to your device that reverses the slippery nature that comes from Samsung’s all-glass design. The company’s “Air Cushion Technology” is also made to protect the handset from drops and accidents.

Grippy but slim

Spigen Liquid Air Armor Designed for Samsung Galaxy S20 Case (2020) - Matte Black

The Liquid Air Armor case from Spigen is made to keep the overall build slim while adding grip the Galaxy S20.

Best Rugged Cases

Accident-prone Galaxy S20 owners should look at rugged cases. You might pay a premium for extra-strength drop protection, but that added cost will protect you from paying even more to replace your expensive smartphone.

Urban Armor Gear Plasma

UAG Plasma Case on the Samsung Galaxy S20
UAG

You know Urban Armor Gear’s (UAG) Plasma case is rugged based solely on its industrial design. Looks aren’t everything though, so the company proudly touts that the case meets the MIL-STD 810G 516.6 drop-test standard.

UAG also makes the Monarch case for the Galaxy S20 that’s made out of metal and carbon fiber, which meets two times the military drop-test standard.

Industrial look

URBAN ARMOR GEAR UAG Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Case [6.9-inch Screen] Plasma [Ash] Rugged Translucent Ultra-Thin Military Drop Tested Protective Cover

The Plasma case from Urban Armor Gear offers a heavy-duty look and feel while also protecting your Galaxy S20 from most drops.

LifeProof Next

LifeProof Next on the Samsung Galaxy S20
LifeProof

The LifeProof Next case features a two-piece design that keeps most liquids out of the Samsung Galaxy S20. A cover that resides at the bottom of the case protects the phone’s USB-C port from dirt and other debris. The form-fitting design is built to protect your device from drops up to six and a half feet.

Urban Armor Gear Civilian

UAG Civilian Case on the Samsung Galaxy S20
UAG

The Civilian series is the latest case from Urban Armor Gear (UAG). Its sleek and refined design consists of shock-absorbent material, impact-resistant bumpers, and a hard shell. Just like the company’s other cases, it meets the MIL-STD 810G 516.6 drop-test requirements.

Modern minimalist

URBAN ARMOR GEAR UAG Samsung Galaxy S20 Case [6.2-inch Screen] Civilian [Black] Sleek Ultra-Thin Feather-Light Military Drop Tested Protective Cover

Your rugged case doesn't have to look like something from a construction site. The Civilian case from UAG offers a sleek design while protecting your device from most drops.

Best Clear Cases

Samsung spends a lot of time perfecting the design of its devices. But by covering your Galaxy with a case, you’re not only losing out on handset’s design, but you’re also losing the Galaxy S20’s original color. Clear cases ensure that you can keep an eye on your phone inside.

Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear

Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Speck

The Speck Presidio Perfect-Clear case is equal parts transparent and drop resistant. The case doesn’t look rugged, but its impact shock-absorbing design can take drops up to 13 feet. Unfortunately, you’ll find a small Speck watermark in the top-right corner of the case.

If you want to jazz up the Presidio’s design, Speck also makes the case with gold glitter and another with a grippy material.

Classic clarity

Speck Products Compatible Phone Case for Samsung Galaxy S20, Presidio Perfect-Clear Case, Clear/Clear

Speck's Presidio case is a crystal clear case that offers top-of-the-line drop protection.

Caseology Solid Flex Crystal

Caseology Solid Flex Crystal on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Caseology

Caseology’s Solid Flex Crystal case for the Samsung Galaxy S20 series is the budget choice for those looking to add drop protection to their device while retaining its original look. The accessory is thin and watermark-free on the back of the case, but the reinforced corner bumpers do take away from the overall design.

See-thru protection

Caseology Solid Flex Crystal for Samsung Galaxy S20 Case (2020) - Reinforced Corners - Crystal Clear

The Caseology Solid Flex Crystal is one of the most traditional clear cases you can find. There is a limited number of watermarks and it protects your Galaxy S20 from most minor accidents.

Best Grippy Cases

Just because you put a case on your Galaxy S20 doesn’t mean it’s any less slippery. If you’re looking for a case that won’t jump out of your hand or fall of a tablet, take a look at some of the most grippy cases that you can purchase right now.

Speck Presidio Grip

Speck Presidio Grip on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Speck

The Speck Presidio Grip packs the company’s Impactium Shock Barrier which will help protect your Samsung Galaxy S20 from drops of up to 13 feet. The rubber ridges that cover most of the accessory makes it one of the best grippy options on the market. The case is available in black, gray,, blue, and includes microban protection for a 99 percent reduction in bacteria.

Slim grippy

Speck Products Presidio Grip Samsung Galaxy S20 Case, Black/Black (136313-1050)

Rubber ridges that cover most of the Speck Presidio Grip adds a much-needed amount of grip to the Galaxy S20. Its impact resistance also ensures the phone from most accidental drops.

Gear4 Battersea

Gear4 Battersea Case on the Samsung Galaxy S20
Gear4

The Gear4 Battersea is a case made out of D3O, an impact-resistant material used in helmets and other safety products. The soft-touch material is slim, anti-microbial, and should protect your Samsung Galaxy S20 from drops from up 16 feet.

OtterBox Commuter

OtterBox Commuter Case for the Samsung Galaxy S20
OtterBox

The OtterBox Commuter is a two-piece case that offers increased grip and drop protection. The soft rubber material easily slips over your Samsung Galaxy S20 and a hard shell fits over the entire device, completing the package. The grippy edges make it nearly impossible to drop. The Commuter is available in black and mint.

It just works

OtterBox COMMUTER SERIES Case for Galaxy S20/Galaxy S20 5G - BLACK

The Commuter case might be a bit thicker than most, but it'll ensure that your Galaxy S20 never slips off of a table or out of your hand. Even if it did, your handset should be safe from most drops.

Best Customizable Cases

Switching between cases on the daily to match your outfit can get costly. Fortunately, there are cases out there that allow you to customize the look and feel for a relatively low price.

dbrand Grip

dbrand Grip on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
dbrand

dbrand is known for its 3M vinyl skins that help customize the look and feel of your tech. But if you want more than scratch resistance, you’ll want to check out the Grip. As the name suggests, the case is ultra grippy and is designed to protect the Samsung Galaxy S20’s display. Plus, when you get tired of the case, you can apply a new skin to change up the device’s look.

OtterBox Pop Symmetry Series

OtterBox Pop Symmetry Series on the Samsung Galaxy S20
OtterBox

The Pop Symmetry Series includes the drop protection that comes with being an OtterBox product but includes the added benefits of having a built-in Popsocket. As there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of Popsocket designs available, you can change up the look of your Galaxy S20 accessory whenever you liked. The case is available in Black or Mint.

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