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These Are the Best Waterproof Cases To Keep Your Phone Protected This Summer

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The fall from the treadmill cupholder to the gym floor is a long one, and it can result in a fatal injury to your phone screen. The slip from the edge of the lounge chair into the pool may result in ever-dreaded water damage. Hiking kicks dust into your charging port and speakers. Cycling launches your phone out of your pants' pockets and onto the concrete. Rock climbing poses the risk of a drop from even higher heights.

It seems every activity we want to do this summer comes at some risk to our most prized possessions. And no matter how durable or water-resistant Apple, Samsung and Google claim their products are, sometimes it's better to err on the side of caution. That's why we’ve rounded up our favorite sturdy, waterproof phone cases that you can take to the gym, the trails, or the beach this summer without worrying about unexpected damage.

Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite waterproof phone cases

Lifeproof FRĒ — $72.00

The Lifeproof FRĒ case will keep your phone safe in water as deep as two meters and for as long as an hour (and there are versions designed to fit all recent iPhone models). It also prevents impact damage from falls as high as two meters and has a built-in screen for 360-degree protection, which means cracked screens will be a thing of the past.

Somehow, this Lifeproof case is still sleek and comes in adorable free-diver blue and ocean violet. Lifeproof has made sustainability a core engineering principal of their phone cases, and starting with the iPhone 12 series, all FRĒ cases are made from 35 percent ocean-based plastic and 25 percent recycled plastic.

Phantom Clear Nautical — $50.00

The Phantom Clear Nautical case is available for the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy S21 Ultra. This case protects phones submerged in water as deep as 20 feet for as long as an hour, and the fully sealed body is perfect for underwater photography. The Phantom Clear protects against drops up to 12 feet high and features an anti-slip hand grip to prevent those falls from happening in the first place.

This case is also miraculously sleek, despite having a wireless charging feature hidden within its body. Available with black or clear corners, the case is designed with a transparent backing so you can still show off your chosen phone color.

Pelican Marine Active — $70.00

The Pelican Marine Active is the only phone case on this list that is water resistant rather than waterproof. The difference is that water resistant material protects against short interactions with water—splashes, rain, and short moments of water submersion—and waterproof material makes a phone impervious to water.

This version of Pelican Marine Active is good for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro and provides protection against water, snow, dirt, and dust. It has a very slim five-layer shell that protects against scratches and drops, and is made with antimicrobial material that prevents germs and bacteria from clinging to your phone.

Willbox Professional — $36.00

If you’re looking to take your phone diving, surfing, or snorkeling this summer, the Willbox Professional is the one for you. Compatible with nearly all iPhone or Galaxy phones, the Willbox protects phones submerged in water at a depth of 15 meters and is designed for optimal underwater photography. The anti-reflection glass covering all the camera lenses makes sure your underwater pictures are crystal clear.

Made of rugged materials that fight off dirt and dust, the Willbox is also shockproof and will protect your phone during every activity. This case is perfect for an adventurer who will be bringing their phone along hiking, climbing, or camping this summer.

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