The Samsung Galaxy S22 is one of our favorite smartphones of 2022, thanks to its compact design and sturdy build. Yet, despite the impressive build quality, the device is not indestructible. The last thing you want to deal with is a cracked smartphone, especially since the S22 features a glass back panel instead of a "glasstic" one found on its predecessor.
You may not want to cover your beautiful green colorway, but it'll be worth it to protect your Galaxy S22. Besides, the phone is small enough that throwing a case on it won't really affect its portability. In any case (pun intended), here are some of the best Galaxy S22 cases we've tried out.
The best Galaxy S22 cases grab your attention and your hand
While PU leather cases come close, there's just nothing in the world that ever quite matches a genuine leather case for your Galaxy S22. Samsung's leather cases, especially, have long been beloved for their immaculate fit and finish. There's no brown for the S22 though; instead, we have black, deep green, and a very light gray.
Your mobile wallet
Smartish turns your Galaxy S22 into a wallet, capable of carrying three cards and some cash, while saving you the trouble of having to lug around a separate wallet. Not to mention, this case comes in a few stylish colors. Our hands-on found this case to be lightweight, durable, and inexpensive.
Pela is the boss when it comes to compostable cases that don't sacrifice look or feel. These beautiful S22 cases from Pela are eco-friendly and come in dozens of gorgeous designs, but you should be prepared to pay a premium for such finesse.
Better for the planet
This LifeProof case is made with 85% ocean-based recycled plastic, making it a sustainable choice to protect your Galaxy S22. The design was no doubt inspired by the ocean, and the case feels smooth as water, as per our testing. There are a few colors to choose from, including our favorite: "Anchors Away."
Stylish and secure
This was the best Galaxy S21 case, and it's shaped up to keep that title for the S22 as well. The Nano Pop's two-tone provides a nice bit of flair while also adding extra protection around the Samsung Galaxy S22's all-important cameras. We've used Caseology Nano Pop cases throughout the years, and they never fail to impress.
OtterBox is known for its big, bulky, and tough cases. However, the Symmetry series offers great protection without all the bulkiness. With the clear cases, you're able to show off your gorgeous Galaxy S22 colorway while keeping it safe. You can grab the Symmetry Clear in Stardust to add some sparkle, or you can choose one of the colored Symmetry cases instead.
If you need a case that can survive cars, three-story ladders, and lawnmowers, try the UB Pro case. SUPCASE's Unicorn Beetle Pro beats OtterBox on both durability and price, comes in five colors, includes a built-in screen guard, and has a wide, stable kickstand for your Galaxy S22.
If you're a no-nonsense Galaxy S22 owner looking for a no-nonsense case, the Spigen Rugged Armor was made exactly for you. While the bottom keeps the classic carbon fiber, the top accent is an easier texture to grip when taking photos or gaming.
Raptic doesn't get as much credit as it deserves. The Shield Case for the Galaxy S22 in Iridescent is an absolute delight to look at. We paired it with the S22 in green, and boy, was it a charmer. This rugged clear case with its raised edges and high-quality build offers military-grade protection. Glinting green one second and purple the next, the color-shifting edges mesmerize and fascinate, changing hues playfully in the light.
Speck's cases have slowly upgraded over the years, but there's no denying what keeps us coming back year after year are those groovy little bumps across the back of the case. Call it an acquired taste, but we think this ridged case for your Galaxy S22 is pretty sweet. Plain black aside, there are two more colorways.
Straps for days
While the default S22 strap that comes with this Galaxy S22 cover may not be super bold, that's absolutely fine. Just buy a replacement strap in a solid, patterned, or even a licensed design. This is an awesome case because of its fun nature and functionality — that strap is a phone grip — and we're ecstatic that the Samsung Galaxy S22 gets to have it.
Dbrand offers a whopping 24 assorted colors and patterns for its Galaxy S22 Grip Case. The brand claims to have created the perfect phone cover, with a slim fit, satisfyingly clicky buttons, enhanced grip on the sides, and military-grade shock-proofing. Based on our hands-on experience, we almost agree!
Clear yet colorful
Thicker than Spigen's, but with a multi-piece design and larger air cushions, the i-Blason Ares Galaxy S22 case is as beautiful as Aphrodite, while also ready for battle. Both the red and purple models look great with rose pink, and purple contrasts the green wonderfully.
Professional cameras all come with lens covers, but smartphones rarely do. Nillkin's CamShield series lets you keep the Galaxy S22's triple-camera array safe and scratch-free when you're not actively using it, while adding the necessary grip. Nilkin held up fairly well in our real-world testing, so you can go with the CamShield series without reservations.
This heavy-duty case's kickstand works great both vertically and horizontally, making it functional as well as durable. Designed in Texas, the Armadillotek Series V (Vanguard Series) is ruggedly handsome and ready to work. It's one of the best, meanest, and baddest cases for your Galaxy S22.
Bold and brave
The Poetic Neon bears the same two-layer construction and durability as the OtterBox Commuter series for half the price, and over twice as many colors. There are two green colorways, but the blue, purple, and orange are just as striking. You're sure to love these vibrant yet rugged S22 cases.
Want a kickstand case that's not as bulky as SUPCASE or CaseBorne? ESR's Galaxy S22 kickstand case is more lithe and limber. Available in a textured black or a smoother clear version, this model's perfect for breakroom binges.
Ringke's flexible TPU case for the Samsung Galaxy S22 is grippy, durable, and compact, but two tiny holes help separate it from the pack: anchor points. While most may only use these for cutesy phone charms, they're also great for attaching a lanyard or a wrist strap.
UAG has hopped on the eco-friendly train that Pela pioneered years ago, making a 100% compostable, biodegradable case that can also still survive up to 12-foot drops. Not to mention, this Samsung Galaxy S22 cover has excellent grip. We only wish it came in all the colors Pela does.
Kate Spade may be better known for shoes and handbags, but its Incipio-made cases have become quite reliable. For the Samsung Galaxy S22, rather than just one pattern, we have four to choose from: leopard print, two flower patterns, and a bi-pride iridescent ombre. Grab the swankiest phone cover to dress up your S22!
Enduring thin case
Tech21's Evo Check case is a high-end slim phone cover for your S22 that we've reviewed before and loved. It's dapper looks and lightweight feel can be deceiving, but you still get an impressive 16ft drop protection from several angles.
A stylish Galaxy S22 case is worth the effort
The Galaxy series usually gets the most variety in phone cases for Android phones, and since the latest flagships have been out for a little while now, many name-brand options are available from reliable brands like Caseology, SUPCASE, Spigen, and OtterBox.
For most people, the first-party Samsung Galaxy S22 Leather Cover is the perfect pick. It's thin, luxurious, stylish without being exuberant, and it feels extremely comfy to hold. You get precise cutouts and added grip thanks to that lovely genuine leather texture and there are three assorted shades to choose from, though they aren't very creative.
Since using the phone, I've taken a liking to the OtterBox Symmetry clear case for the Galaxy S22, as I'm able to show off the gorgeous green colorway and still be confident that my phone is protected. Of course, OtterBox has plenty of cases for different needs, including some of the best Galaxy S22 screen protectors, but this is the one I find myself using most.
If you want something spicier, I found myself falling hard for the Raptic Shield Case in Iridescent. It's big, it's bad, and it's got beautiful borders that shift shades like an oil spill. No to mention, that military-grade durability on this tough S22 phone cover provides much peace of mind.
The Smartish Wallet Case is an excellent choice if you want something with more utility. It features a pouch that can hold three cards and some cash, so you can free up your pocket and not have to carry a separate wallet when you're out and about.
Not only that, but this S22 wallet & folio case feels great in hand, enables wireless charging through the case, and comes in a few great colors. I'm partial to the Flavor of the Month, as it makes my Galaxy S22 look simply out of this world.
After grabbing a case and screen protector, be sure to grab one of the best Galaxy S22 accessories to ensure your Galaxy S22 is properly paired up, tuned up, and charged up (since it doesn't come with a charger in the box).
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.
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