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The 5 best Galaxy S22 cases and accessories: Protect your Samsung phone

What is the best Samsung Galaxy S22 case? ZDNet's top choice is the Samsung Leather Cover. We analyzed Samsung's top cases and accessories, focusing on design, durability, and features.

The Samsung Galaxy S22 series is the latest lineup from the Korean smartphone-maker. If you're one of the many who purchased one, then you'll want to equip that premium slab of tech with the best cases and accessories. 

From official covers released by Samsung to chargers that enable your phone to speed through the percentages, we've scoured the options to present you with the top accessories for your Samsung Galaxy S22 smartphone. 

Samsung Leather Cover

Best Samsung Galaxy case overall

Samsung Leather Cover
Image: Samsung

Features: Made of genuine leather | Three color options | Comfortable design

This case is our best overall pick because it offers a tight-fit leather variant with the looks (and smell) to prove its authenticity. The polished texture makes for a classy appearance that, in my experience, also ages into a unique patina. It's pricier than traditional cases, but it's one of the few leather-made offerings that's worth the money.

Pros: 

  • Made to protect rear cameras 
  • Comfortable and slim design 

Cons:

  • On the expensive side for a case

Samsung Galaxy Silicone Cover

Best budget case

Samsung Galaxy Silicone Cover
Image: Samsung

Features: Five color options | Silky matte finish | Protects phone from drops and bumps

When it comes to cases, you can't go wrong with one made by the phone manufacturer itself. From my experience, Samsung is among the best for in-house accessories, and the silicone cover has been a long-standing add-on. It comes in a multitude of lively colors, fits the Samsung Galaxy S22 like a glove, and -- most importantly -- adds a ton of grip to the device.

Pros: 

  • Inexpensive 
  • Doesn't add bulk 

Cons:

  • Case can get sticky 

Samsung Silicone Cover with Strap

Best design

Samsung Silicone Cover with Strap
Image: Samsung

Features: Two color options | Wide stylish strap | Smooth to the touch

Samsung first introduced the strapped silicone cover alongside the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G. And today, the handy accessory remains a fan-favorite for its added comfort, grip, and customizable back strap. New users of the Galaxy S22 lineup can style their devices with the same case, now in navy and white finishes, and a plethora of branded straps.

Pros: 

  • You can swap out the strap to customize your case's look
  • Makes holding your phone more comfortable 

Cons: 

  • Additional straps cost extra

Samsung Protective Standing Cover

Best rugged case

Samsung Protective Standing Cover
Image: Samsung

Features: Two color options | Drop-tested to military standards | Two kickstands 

Another timeless case, the Samsung Protective Standing Cover comes in a stealth-like navy finish or white. More importantly, the design caters well to drop and scratch protection with its ridged backing and patterned edges. There's enough room at the bottom to provide easy access to the S22 Ultra's S Pen, and the new camera hump is aptly shielded. Did I mention there's a detachable kickstand for your mobile entertainment needs?

Pros: 

  • Two kickstands on the back
  • Super rugged and durable to protect your phone from any drop 

Cons:

  • Not as stylish as other options 

Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector (Two Pack)

Best tempered glass option for the S22 Ultra

Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector (Two Pack)
Image: Dome Glass

Features: 6.8 inches | 9H hardness | Supports fingerprint recognition 

Out of the multitude of tempered glass screen protectors on the market, only a few make the cut for curved displays like that of the S22 Ultra. Out of all the brands that I've used, Whitestone Dome Glass appears to have found the perfect formula for an even, sturdy, and effective screen protector installation. A kit contains two glass protectors, a bottle of liquid adhesive, a wired UV light, and a base station for a steady application. For all of that, and support for in-display fingerprint scanning, the Dome Glass is well worth its $49 price tag.

Pros: 

  • Protects your phone from scratches and cracks 
  • Even application 

Cons: 

  • Make sure your surface is level and flat before applying it on your phone

What is the best case for Samsung Galaxy S22?

The best case for the Samsung Galaxy S22 is the Samsung Leather Cover, offering premium feel, design, and durability. However, any of the options on this list are great for protecting your new Samsung Galaxy S22—it just depends on what features you want/need. 

Samsung Case

Price

Color options

Features

Samsung Leather Cover

$49.99

Black, burgundy, light gray

Made of genuine leather, comfortable and slim design

Samsung Galaxy Silicone Cover

$29.99

Black, forest green, glow red, arctic blue, butter yellow

Silky matte finish, protects phones from drops and bumps

Samsung Silicone Cover with Strap

$39.99

Navy and white 

Interchangeable straps

Samsung Protective Standing Cover

$34.99

Navy and white

Two kickstands, rugged design

Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector

$44.99

N/A

Two pack, 9H hardness, tempered glass 

Which Samsung Galaxy S22 case is right for you?

When shopping for cases and covers, it's good to have a preference for form and function. If you're willing to sacrifice the natural feel of the device, then a rugged and protective case will protect your phone. Or you may want a thin and minimal case to retain the design of your new phone -- in exchange for greater vulnerability to damage. There are also clear cases that strike the right balance of protection and looks. It all boils down to which of the two you value more.

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Samsung Leather Cover

The best overall option

Samsung Galaxy Silicone Cover

A budget-friendly case that protects your phone from bumps

Samsung Silicone Cover with Strap

A more comfortable way to hold your phone

Samsung Protective Standing Cover

A rugged phone case to protect your phone 

Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector

To protect your phone screen

How did we choose these Samsung Galaxy S22 cases?

We know there are a lot of Samsung Galaxy S22 cases choose from, so we combed through popular sites reading reviews and noting the top-rated cases. We considered price, features, and colors when making our final picks. 

What is the best Samsung Galaxy S22 phone case for protection?

The Samsung Protective Standing Cover paired with a Whitestone Dome Glass Screen Protector will give your phone and display all the protection they need from normal wear and tear.

Does the Samsung Galaxy S22 phone come with a case?

No.

What's included in the Galaxy S22 box?

  • Galaxy S22/S22 Plus/S22 Ultra
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-C cable
  • Documentation
  • Sim ejector tool
  • Samsung S Pen (only for Galaxy S22 Ultra model)

What's not included in the Galaxy S22 box?

  • Power adapter
  • Headphones
  • USB-C to headphone jack adapter
  • Case

Can the Samsung Galaxy S22 wirelessly charge through case?

All three Samsung Galaxy S22 models this year support 15W Qi wireless charging. As long as you're using a Qi-certified charging pad, then your phone will charge when placed down.

Also, the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup can do Wireless Powershare (reverse wireless charging), meaning it can charge other wireless charging-enabled devices when placed against the back cover. This comes at the expense of the phone's battery, of course.

Keep in mind wireless charging may not work properly if you have a thick case on your phone. You may need to remove it before placing your phone on the wireless charger.

Are there alternative Samsung Galaxy S22 cases to consider?

Here are a few other options to consider: 

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