Best rugged cases for iPhone 13 in 2024

Your iPhone 13 is sturdy, but that doesn't mean you can't add even more protection to it with a rugged case, especially if you're using your iPhone for outdoor adventures or you work.

Due to their durability, you may miss out on MagSafe compatibility so one of the best MagSafe cases for iPhone 13 may be a better bet during less extreme times. And if you've landed on this page but have an iPhone 13 Pro instead, check out our best iPhone 13 Pro cases guide instead.

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Let one of the rugged best iPhone 13 cases worry about your phone while you're out adventuring, so you don't have to. We love the Urban Armor Gear UAG case because it's extremely durable, supports MagSafe charging, and comes in a large assortment of colors. 

Need something a little more budget friendly? The Red2Fire comes in a rainbow of colors and will protect your iPhone 13 from drops, scrapes, and cracks without breaking the bank. 

If you're looking for a crowd favorite, the Pelican Voyager Rugged Case does not disappoint. This sleek case features a belt holster/kickstand for versatility while you're on the go. An anti-scratch coating makes it always look shiny and new. Plus, it's got four protective layers of hard polycarbonate shell to put your mind at ease. 

Don't just stop at your iPhone. Take a look at our best rugged Apple Watch cases guide. We also have a huge range of case lists for Macbooks, too, like our best MacBook Pro case list and selection of the best MacBook Air cases.

Why would I need a rugged case for my iPhone?

If you're an every day user, a rugged case can be a useful way of making sure that your iPhone is kept safe from bumps, scratches, and other forms of damage. 

Tammy Rogers
Senior Staff Writer

As iMore's Senior Staff writer, Tammy uses her background in audio and Masters in screenwriting to pen engaging product reviews and informative buying guides. The resident audiophile (or audio weirdo), she's got an eye for detail and a love of top-quality sound. Apple is her bread and butter, with attention on HomeKit and Apple iPhone and Mac hardware. You won't find her far away from a keyboard even outside of working at iMore – in her spare time, she spends her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays. Also known to enjoy driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.