The Google Pixel 5a packs a big battery into a very familiar design, and while it might look a little boring on its own, that's what cases are for: protecting your phone and making it look even better. The limited release of the Google Pixel 5a had us concerned we wouldn't see many big-name, high-quality cases, but those fears were unfounded. We've got the best Pixel 5a cases right here to help you protect your new phone, whatever your tastes prefer.
These are the best cases to keep your Pixel 5a
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Since the Pixel 5a lacks color options, Caseology has given us the best of the Pixel 5's colors along with its tried and true favorites. The Parallax features a fun cubist pattern that adds grip and style across the back. The bumper has a new ultra-textured section, but some might find it abrasive.
Grippy and understated
If you want grip without a case that glows like a rave, Spigen's Liquid Air Armor is grippy, understated, and skips the carbon fiber accents so many TPU cases tack on. Instead, the sides have a different texture that aids the narrower grip area, and there are slim air cushions throughout the case.
Svelte and simple
If you’re a fan of the understated look, you should consider this minimal TPU cover by CYRILL, which will sit perfectly on your device. It’s thin, so it won’t add any unnecessary bulk to your phone and comes with rubber lips to protect the edges of the display. Along with an appealing aesthetic, you get the reliability of a trusted brand, Spigen, which backs CYRILL.
Clean and clear
While there isn't much color or design to show off on the Pixel 5a, if you're still the type to prefer clear cases — maybe you put decals on them or stick your ID in there to always be handy — the Spigen Ultra Hybrid does clear cases right. The bumper has extra cushioning and two color options: clear or black.
Ghostek's heavy-duty cases can take quite the beating, but my favorite Ghostek case goes a step further by protecting your Pixel 5a and your wallet. The Exec features a detachable wallet so that you can easily carry it all when out and about, then ditch the extra bulk when relaxing at home.
Google called the Pixel 5a Mostly Black, but I wish they'd picked the same hue as the Urban Gray Caseology Vault. It's an excellent hue, there's a good texture across the back for subtle grip without getting thick, and the sides feel very pleasant in hand.
Equipped for every challenge
This is a heavy-duty case for your Pixel 5a. Once on, the cover will seal your phone, offering the ultimate protection against accidental drops, water, dust, and other elements. The nifty design, however, still offers convenient access to all buttons and ports. The front and the back are also clear, adding the perfect amount of ‘sleek’ to this otherwise sporty case.
Designed for the clumsiest of us, this ExoGuard case sports a hard polycarbonate shell and a thick TPU bumper for dual protection. It also comes with a built-in screen protector to shield the display from dust and scratches, along with a kickstand for added convenience. The design allows for easy wireless charging through the case, and you can choose from bright, colorful options to add a snazzy look to your device.
Otterbox has continued to make strong cases with with a perfect fit for years and the Commuter Series is a strong choice as it protects the phone from drops without too much added bulk. While there are thicker cases with more protection available, this case achieves a great balance of style and protection.
Protect the delicates
Not all cases protect your smartphone's delicate parts, including the display edges and camera bump. This is where the Crave's Shockproof case comes in handy. It is built with solid polycarbonate material with reinforced corners. The durable design enables the case to withstand bumpy drops while its buttons feel sufficiently tactile.
When we purchase a new device, our first concern is to protect it satisfactorily. If you are one of those people who like to secure their phones against all odds, the SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro Series Case is a suitable option. It comprises multi-layered TPU and polycarbonate material, which provides complete body protection for the Pixel 5a. As part of the case, the bundled screen protector protects against scratches without compromising much on touch sensitivity. Lastly, the case also includes a kickstand, adding to its utility while using the phone in landscape mode.
The KWmobile TPU case makes your Pixel 5a stand out from others, thanks to the 25 different shades of pastel colors it comes in. Its flexible design, precise cutouts, and easy access to all buttons make it fit perfectly around the Pixel 5a. Despite its slim design, the TPU case absorbs shocks and drops to keep the smartphone secure.
The best Google Pixel 5a cases add style and security
The Google Pixel 5a is the last Pixel phone with this particular styling, which is good because it became a bit stale after almost three years. However, since the phone lacks pizzazz, it's up to us to add that with a great case, and Caseology has brought the color and the style in spades.
Caseology's Parallax brings us Pixel 5-like Sage Green and Midnight Blue alongside its iconic pattern and grip. We've been fans of the Parallax cover for ages as it feels fantastic in hand and provides reliable protection. If it's not colorful enough for you, the KWMobile TPU case offers up multiple striking shades as well. You can also go with understated textures instead with the Spigen Liquid Air and its triangular texturing.
While you're protecting the sides and back of the Pixel 5a, make sure you're also covering the front with a sturdy screen protector. After all, nothing will turn your new phone into a paperweight faster than a shattered screen.
Namerah Saud Fatmi is a contributing writer for Android Central. She has a passion for all things tech & gaming and has been an honorary Goodreads librarian since 2011. When she isn't writing, she can be found chasing stray cats and dogs in the streets of Dhaka or slaying dragons in the land of Skyrim. You can reach her on Twitter @NamerahS.