Best waterproof iPhone cases in 2024: Take great underwater snaps and protect your phone

Snap up one of the best waterproof iPhone cases and you can effortlessly take some fantastic snaps underwater without worrying. 

It's possible to take some incredible photos with your iPhone, with exceptional image processing that means even the most inexperienced snapper can still get some great shots. With the underwater world particularly fascinating, it only makes sense that you'd want to take some amazing photos of the natural environment beneath the surface.

While the iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Pro are, to some degree, waterproof, if you want to make sure that there is absolutely no water ingress into your phone, you're going to need one of the best waterproof cases for the iPhone.

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Why get one of the best waterproof iPhone cases, if my phone is already water-resistant?

The latest iPhones like the iPhone 15 and many of the other best iPhones might be water-resistant but there are always ways to shoot deeper so you want something more dedicated to the (literal) case. The best iPhone 15 cases simply aren't going to cut it.

One vital part of underwater photography is to make sure the camera lens is clear of any obstructions and that you can still easily access your shutter buttons, which is why a dedicated case helps.

It's never wise to compromise on waterproof IP rating either. When you're swimming, don't assume your iPhone can handle the time and depth you're exploring. The iPhone 15 series has a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes) but the iPhone 11 and 12 series can only handle 4 meters for up to 30 minutes, and older phones are even weaker. 

A waterproof case is essential if you plan to take your photography deeper for longer. We love Catalyst's Waterproof iPhone Case because its machined buttons make it easy to press the volume buttons while taking underwater snaps. Plus, the specially designed touch capacitive screen ensures that you can use all of your iPhone's on-screen controls.

The Yogre Diving Case is also a great option, especially because it fits various iPhone models, so you won't need to replace it every time you buy a new iPhone. As it's rated for a depth of 50 feet, you can really explore further than with many other cases. The standard tripod screw on the bottom gives you more photography options too if you have a plan in mind.

Karen S Freeman
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.