12 Best iPhone Accessories to Gift (or Keep)
If you own an iPhone, you’ve probably realized that it’s just about impossible not to have any iPhone accessories — just like it would be pretty difficult to have an iPhone and not download any apps. The best iPhone accessories add to the device’s capabilities. Some make it more fun to listen to music with your iPhone. Others help your iPhone’s battery to last longer when you’re away from your home or your desk. Some accessories make your iPhone a better camera. And others simply make your favorite device a little harder to scratch or break.
Read on to check out our picks for the best accessories for the iPhone. There’s something for everyone, whether you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, an iPhone 7, or an iPhone SE. The right iPhone accessory is the perfect way to make your phone even more powerful. And this holiday season, iPhone accessories are the perfect gift for the biggest iPhone fans in your life. The best iPhone accessories are fun to gift to friends and family, or even to yourself. (We promise that we won’t tell.)
1. Leather iPhone case
Ever met a devoted Apple fan who refuses to put a case on their iPhone? (We bet you have.) Sure, an iPhone is beautiful. But it needs at least a little bit of protection against bumps and bruises. Keep things streamlined (and Apple-designed) with Cupertino’s own leather iPhone case. It comes in great colors like saddle brown, midnight blue, and black. And it’s offered for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6 or 6s, iPhone 6 Plus or 6s Plus, or even the iPhone SE. These cases feel and look luxurious and are among the most aesthetically pleasing of all of our favorite iPhone accessories.
2. iPhone charging case
If you want your iPhone case to do more than just look nice and add some grip, why not opt for a charging case? These cases are incredibly useful iPhones accessories. They can add a lot of mileage to your iPhone’s battery life (without requiring you to carry around an external battery or hunt down an outlet to charge your device). Anker’s Ultra-Slim battery case, for instance, is many reviewers’ case of choice for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s. Its 2,850mAh capacity can more than double your iPhone’s battery life. If you have an iPhone 7, your best bet so far is Apple’s own Smart Battery Case, which features a 2,365mAh battery.
3. iPhone screen protector
Chances are good that you aren’t quite as paranoid about scratching your current iPhone as you were with your very first smartphone. But some of us still want extra reassurance. That’s where a good screen protector comes in. Spigen’s GLAS.tR tempered glass screen protectors are a great way to go. These iPhone accessories are available for a wide range of models, including the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, and the iPhone 6 Plus or iPhone 6s Plus. These screen protectors offer great clarity and touch sensitivity. Plus, they’re easy to install and come with a lifetime replacement warranty.
4. Wireless headphones
Whether you have the new iPhone 7 (sans headphone jack) or an older iPhone, wireless headphones are among the most useful iPhone accessories. Bluetooth headphones liberate you of cords. Which means that you can move around and keep listening to your favorite music or podcast without worrying about wires. You can go with Apple’s upcoming AirPods if you want something small and easy to throw in your pocket. But you can find a pair of on-ear headphones for less. Jabra’s Move wireless headset, for instance, earns great marks from reviewers. These headphones offer great sound quality and a comfortable build. Plus, they’re harder to misplace than AirPods and have a much more affordable price tag.
5. High-resolution earbuds
For those who prefer earbuds to headphones, there are plenty of options that offer better sound than Apple’s own EarPods. One pair that consistently earns high marks from reviewers is the audiophile-grade Focal Sphear high-resolution in-ear headphones. Though they cost less than $100 on Amazon, this pair is designed to “reproduce music exactly as it’s been performed, recorded, and mixed.” According to Focal, “10.8 mm electro-dynamic multi-channel transducers and Focal’s Bass Reflex system help reproduce punchy lows, while Mylar drivers and a ported built-in acoustic chamber help ensure neutrality in the mid and upper ranges.”
6. Lightning cable
We all lose a Lightning cable occasionally (or find that its outer casing is fraying thanks to frequent use). If you need an inexpensive replacement for the cable that came with your iPhone, you can’t go wrong with Anker’s PowerLine Lightning cable. Frequently found on Amazon for $10 or less, this cable promises the fastest possible charging and data transfer. It’s also built with “bulletproof aramid fiber” and reinforced stress points to make it much more durable and long-lasting than many other Lightning cables currently on the market. That makes it one of the most indispensable (but still affordable) iPhone accessories you can buy.
7. Cloth Lightning cable
If you want a Lightning cable that feels (and looks) more luxurious than the typical charging cable, you can’t go wrong with a cloth-covered cord. Native Union’s retro-inspired Night cable is a perennial favorite thanks to its weighted knot and ten-foot range. The braided cable is tangle-free. And the knot makes sure that the cable stays put (no fishing around on the floor in the dark with this cable). You can even slide the knot along the cable to anchor the cable exactly where you want it. Plus, the Night cable is available in five different colors so you can pick your favorite.
8. Lightning dock
Not everybody likes scrambling for a charging cable each night. If you’d prefer a dock, you can’t go wrong with Apple’s Lightning dock (which is compatible with any iPhone model with a Lightning connector). It’s easy to dock your iPhone even when it’s in a case. The dock is available in five different metallic finishes. And it’s convenient to use not only on your nightstand, but also on your desktop or countertop. You can even connect the dock to your computer to simultaneously sync and charge your iPhone. Or, you can connect your headphones directly to the dock so that you can listen to music while you charge your phone.
9. External battery
Another great way to make sure that your iPhone is always charged is to pick up an external battery. Jackery’s MFi-certified external battery features Lightning and micro USB cables, plus a USB port. (Which means that you can charge all of your favorite devices when you’re traveling or away from home, in addition to topping off your iPhone’s battery.) This external battery features a 6,000mAh capacity, which Jackery says can fully charge an iPhone 6 up to three times. It’s a great device to keep in your bag, whether you’re commuting to work or traveling halfway around the world. And it even features a flashlight, which is great both in the dark and in emergency situations.
10. Bluetooth speaker
A truly portable Bluetooth speaker is a great investment as an iPhone accessory. Particularly if you go with a speaker that’s also waterproof, like the highly-rated UE Roll 2, you’ll be able to take your speaker anywhere. This little speaker offers big sound, which is great whether you’re hanging out alone in your hotel room or throwing a party for your friends. It even features a detachable bungee, which you can use to attach it to your bike, to your backpack, to your tent, etc. This speaker can even be submerged in water. Plus, its battery can last through nine hours of playback.
11. Camera lenses
If you’re already a big fan of taking iPhone photos, take your game to the next level with a better lens for your iPhone. There are numerous options when it comes to iPhone accessories aimed at photographers, ranging from incredibly cheap to eye-poppingly expensive. But some of the lenses that are most often mentioned by happy users and reviewers are from Moment. The brand promises to “turn your phone into a better camera.” You can easily do that with Moment’s wide angle, telephoto, fish-eye, or macro lenses. Each one costs under $100. You can even use your own case if you want.
12. Lightning to 3.5mm adapter
iPhone 7 owner? Then you’re probably well aware of how useful an extra Lightning to 3.5mm adapter can be. If you have a favorite pair of headphones that you purchased before Apple jettisoned the traditional headphone jack, this little piece of plastic is what you need to use those headphones with your new iPhone. But something this small is pretty easy to lose or misplace (whether it’s permanently gone or just at the bottom of your work bag). Luckily, it’s pretty cheap to pick up an extra. And if you don’t buy any other iPhone accessories for yourself, you owe it to yourself to buy this one. That way, your headphones won’t be useless if (or when) your first adapter goes missing.