Can you use covers from other models on your iPhone? — 2022

Putting a case or casing on the iPhone is something highly recommended to do to cushion possible bumps and accidental falls. There are all kinds of materials, designs and dimensions, but there is a big question that hovers over everything: What covers can be used on several iPhones? In this post we answer these questions so that make no mistake when buying the cover.

Aspects that determine whether or not they are compatible

That two mobile devices are of the same brand and even share specifications and year of release does not guarantee that the same cases can be used. What's more, whenever something as described happens, iPhones offer a different size that already makes them incompatible. And indeed, the dimensions it is the first reason why two iPhone may not share cases. There are times when the changes are minor, adding 1 or 2 millimeters more thickness that does not prevent the covers from being interchangeable, although for this they must also coincide in other factors.

The form factor This is another important point, and that is that there may be an iPhone that is completely flat on the back, as has been the case for years, or with a slight curvature, as was the case with the first ones. Also in the sides we can find straight or curved edges and, as is evident, even if the dimensions coincide, there will not be compatible cases because they will have a different shape for each device.



the theme of how and where the speakers, microphones and buttons are placed is also decisive. There are some generations of iPhone that are practically identical in dimensions and yet offer the buttons in a different position and, even slightly up or down, this means that in the end the same covers cannot be used.

Last but not least are the cameras . The fact that one iPhone has one lens and another has two or even three is already a determining factor in why the covers do not fit well with each other. Sometimes, even sharing the same number of cameras, there are differences in the layout of these or the encapsulation that surrounds them, so it is the other point to always take into account when going to see compatibility.

Unique models that do not share covers

Today they are 11 iPhone those that due to their design and dimensions are completely unique in terms of cover compatibility, although it is true that there are some cases in which models between which there is a change of generation may share covers given the few novelties physical between one and the other. There are even cases in which, despite the fact that, for example, the camera module is different, the case can be attached to the device with the handicap that aesthetically, the cameras or camera do not look quite right. Something similar happens with the Magic Keyboard and the different iPad Pro models.

iPhone (original)

The historic first iPhone in history was a revolution at the time for being a completely unique device in a market that had yet to be explored. And although the next generation improved it, this did not mean that it could continue to be a unique device and that no other case of later models works for it.

iPhone original - iPhone 2G

With a 3.5-inch screen, a height of 11 and a half centimeters, a width of 6.1 and a thickness of 1.16, this device looked gigantic in its day for the custom that existed with mobiles. Its construction combining aluminum and plastic materials was also unprecedented in form, having never seen an iPhone that resembles it in that regard.

iPhone 5c

The quintessential colored iPhone was a real fiasco at the time. Launched at the same time as the iPhone 5s, in terms of specifications it was even worse than the iPhone 5. And the fact is that for many its quality did not match its price, which despite being lower, did not quite convince the public that Apple I expected, mainly juvenile.

iPhone 5c

Aesthetically, it is not that it differed much from the iPhone 5, although its plastic materials, the position of the buttons and a slight curvature on its back made the cases exclusive. In fact, the official covers, by the way, were also controversial due to their daring design mixing colors and with holes in the lower part that were not quite convincing.

iPhone XS Max

It took five years for Apple to re-release a unique device when it comes to case compatibility. The iPhone XS Max served to create a new range within the iPhone with large mobiles, even more than the 'Plus' models were.

iPhone Xs Max sizes prices

And it is true that in appearance it is the same as the 'X' and 'XS', but it is an enlarged version of these. It does share dimensions with the '11 Pro Max', but the latter's camera module is larger and hence the covers do not work with each other.

iPhone XR

Launched in the same year as the 'XS Max', this was the heir to the iPhone 5c when it came to being a budget iPhone. Although Apple corrected part of the errors of the '5c', giving it a commendable performance identical to that of the top of the range of the time and even with a larger battery.

Its design was ultimately inherited by the iPhone 11, which we will talk about later, although having a single camera allowed it to be unique in case compatibility. And although much has been rumored about a reissued version, the truth is that today it is still unique in its kind.

iPhone 11

Again with the same essence as the iPhone XR, this phone is practically identical to that in terms of dimensions. Although, yes, its button panel is slightly moved upwards and prevents the compatibility of covers, since despite the fact that it is a practically negligible difference to the naked eye, when interacting with the device, it is something that you will notice a lot, but really the most striking change is not this.

iPhone 11

Although in the end the fundamental reason that the covers do not work with each other is due to what was previously mentioned in relation to the camera module. This integrates a double lens in a square package that prevents an 'XR' cover from being placed, since its cameras would be covered, since this iPhone model has only one main camera, while the iPhone 11 has a double camera.

iPhone 11 Pro

Same dimensions as the iPhone X and iPhone XS in terms of screen, width and height, although it is thicker. This 5.8-inch device could have overlooked the issue of thickness to be served by cases from previous years, but the encapsulation of its triple camera prevents it. As you can see, again the novelties in the cameras and the fact that this device is somewhat thicker than its predecessors, make the cases between it and the iPhone X and XS incompatible.

iphone 11 pro

This terminal launched in 2019 was the small version of the iPhone 11 Pro Max, a phone that was also unique as we will see below and with which it is evident that it cannot share covers and cases due to issues related to its size, since it also happens The same thing that we just discussed with the iPhone 11 Pro and the X and XS models, only that in this case it only happens with the XS Max since the X version did not have a 6.5-inch model.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

With an aesthetic identical to the previous one, this model grows in size up to 6.5 inches. It was the largest phone in history in its day along with the 'XS Max' and considering that aesthetically it looks a lot like it, one would expect that it would also be compatible with its cases, but nothing is further from the truth.

iPhone 11 Pro Max

The fact of incorporating a triple camera in the rear with a bulky module prevents any type of compatibility with previous models and in the end it was seen that neither with later ones. The same thing happened to the small '11 Pro' in this regard, already being one of the unique iPhones in this regard.

iPhone 12 mini

It was not the smallest iPhone in history, but it was in the recent history of the brand. With a front with full prominence of the 5.4-inch screen and straight edges in the purest iPhone 4 style, this was crowned as the only device in case compatibility. And no, although it looks like it, it is not compatible with those of the aforementioned iPhone 4.

iphone 12 colors

It is true that this aesthetic has later been recovered by phones of later generations, but its camera module smaller than the '13 mini' means that the covers cannot be exchanged between them. Therefore, if you have this device you can only buy cases adapted for it.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

The largest phone ever launched by Apple, a record shared with the iPhone 13 Pro Max and proven by its more than 16 centimeters high or its width of 7.8 centimeters. Although it is unique in terms of case compatibility, despite sharing aesthetics and screen size (6.7 inches) with its successor.

iPhone 12 Pro

Its camera module was also the largest at the time, since it was not even shared with the iPhone 12 Pro, although in the end it was even small compared to the '13 Pro Max'. Having a completely different form factor also makes it impossible for the 'XS Max' or '11 Pro Max' to transfer the cases to it.

iPhone 13 mini

If you see this device and the iPhone 12 mini on the front, it probably costs you a lot to know that these are two different phones except for the reduced 'notch' that this one has on its screen. And it is that in dimensions both terminals are practically identical.

iphone 13 apple

However, on the back we do find more noticeable changes such as a double camera module diagonally, a fact that does not condition the incompatibility of covers, since what this generates is that this module has also grown in size. Therefore, it is another device that does not support covers from other terminals.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

The list is closed by what is Apple's most powerful iPhone so far. Something similar to the previous ones happens and it is that aesthetically it is practically identical to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. It is a little thicker, yes, although it is almost imperceptible and may not even be an impediment for the same covers to be worth it.

iphone 13 pro max

But it must be said that no, covers from previous generations are not worth it because its camera module is considerably larger, added to the fact that the button panel is slightly displaced with respect to the others. Therefore it will be impossible to use an iPhone 12 Pro Max case or any other with it.

iPhones that have compatible cases

On this other side we find several devices that, unlike the previous ones, if covers can be exchanged. In fact, even if the label says that the cover or case is compatible with a certain iPhone model, it will also be compatible with the others that we present below.

iPhone 3G and 3GS

There are hardly any aesthetic changes between the second and third iPhone in Apple's history. Launched in 2008, the '3G' introduced significant changes in terms of performance compared to the initial model, including cosmetic and dimensional changes. The '3GS' for its part continued to improve in every way, while maintaining the same aesthetic proposal as the previous one.

iPhone 3G and 3GS

iPhone 3G and 3GS

In fact, the only apparent difference between one generation and another is that the iPhone 3GS was available in white or black, with the '3G' relegated to black only. And while they probably aren't anyone's main phones anymore, if you have one in a drawer or you pick one up as a collection, you can protect them with cases of one or the other indifferently.

iPhone 4 y 4s

Two of the most iconic iPhones in Apple history. The first of them was the last one presented by Steve Jobs, since when the second one was presented, the legendary co-founder was about to die. They were the first to introduce straight edges on the sides and although functionally they have differences to highlight, this was not the case in design.

iPhone 4 y 4s

iPhone 4 y 4s

In fact, in this case we found that not even the colors differed, since both could be purchased in black or silver. The fact that they have exactly the same proportions allows covers and cases to be used for one and the other, something that was undoubtedly a relief for all buyers of these devices, since those who wanted to make the leap from one to the other did not They also had to renovate the pillowcase closet.

iPhone 5, 5s and SE (1st gen.)

That the design of the iPhone 5 has been reused in up to 2 later versions clearly indicates that it was a design much appreciated by the public, and that is that many users have cataloged it as the most beautiful iPhone in the history of Apple, although good , these assessments are, in the end, really subjective. Beyond internal specifications, colors and even construction materials, these three devices share dimensions and therefore allow the same covers to be used in each of them.

iPhone 5, 5s and SE (1st generation)

iPhone 5, 5s and SE (1st gen.)

Perhaps the most relevant thing is that the '5' did not have Touch ID on the Home button as if the iPhone 5s and SE had, but this in the end does not prevent anything from being able to use a fully compatible case on its back. It must be said that they were also the last small high-end Apple iPhones, except for the 'SE', which became a reissue when the iPhone 6s were already on the market.

iPhone 6 y 6s

The difference of one year between one and the other does not imply profound changes in them. In fact, beyond the change of processor and some other added functionality in the camera or a tactical engine, these devices represent a very limited generational leap in terms of news. And this, indeed, also applies to the aesthetic field.

iPhone 6 y 6s

iPhone 6 y 6s

Both terminals, with a 4.7-inch screen, offer identical aesthetics both in materials and in the distribution of antennas or buttons. They can only be differentiated in that the iPhone 6s has a letter 'S' on the back. Therefore, the covers of one serve the other perfectly.

iPhone 6 Plus y 6s Plus

As was the case with the previous models, it also happened with their respective large versions. Except for their larger size due to having 5.5-inch screens, these terminals were aesthetically the same as their 4.7-inch versions. And no, the covers of these 'Plus' are not valid for the others or vice versa, but between them.

iPhone 6 Plus y 6s Plus

iPhone 6 Plus y 6s Plus

Both the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus can interchange covers and covers of all kinds as they have the same dimensions on all sides. So if you still own one of them, you can easily get a cover even if it says that it is compatible with the other.

iPhone 7, 8 and SE (2nd gen and 3rd gen)

As was the case with the iPhone 5, the design of the iPhone 7 was reissued two more times. It is true that with respect to the dimensions there is not much difference with the iPhone 6 and 6s, but the fact of having larger cameras prevents the covers of those from being used in them.

iPhone 7, 8 and SE (2nd generation)

iPhone 7, 8 and SE (2nd gen.)

Of course, you must bear in mind that the cases you use on the iPhone 8 and SE allow wireless charging, a functionality that these devices incorporate and that the '7' does not have. So if you buy a case of this for one of them, you could run into that problem even if it fits perfectly. Although you should also know that in the same way there may be cases made by and for the iPhone 8 and SE and that, however, do not allow this type of charge.

iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus

Although at this point the recommendation to review the issue of wireless charging also enters, otherwise both devices can share cases without any problem. These new 'Plus' versions are exactly the same in dimensions and general aesthetics, only changing the colors and materials used for the rear.

iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus

The iPhone 7 Plus is made of aluminum in its back case, while the '8 Plus' incorporates glass materials that precisely favor wireless charging. So, emphasizing again that point of compatibility with this type of load, covers of one or the other can serve you in the same way.

iPhone X and XS

As was the case with the move from the iPhone 6 to the 6s, these two phones represent little variation in terms of features. And yes, in the aesthetic aspect it is reflected when we find phones that are almost identical. The only difference lies in the speakers and microphones on the bottom, where the 'XS' has fewer exit holes.

iPhone X and XS

iPhone X and XS

Removing that mentioned change, which in the end is indifferent, both devices are exactly identical, having only a gold-colored model for the 'XS' as a differential element. Therefore, as their dimensions are the same, it is possible to use covers of one and the other without any problem.

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro

For the first time in 2020 we saw two iPhones of the same generation sharing cases, one in a 'standard' model like the iPhone 12 and the other in a more advanced version like the '12 Pro'. Aesthetically they are very similar, although if you look at the back and see that the '12' has two cameras and the '12 Pro' has three, you might think that they are not compatible.

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro

Well, nothing is further from the truth because although they have a different number of cameras, the size of the module itself is identical and this allows both devices to have the same covers. All this favored because in dimensions they are exactly the same. In addition, in this sense it is curious how Apple, with the later generation, did make the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 models not compatible at the case level due to the size of the camera module.

iPhone 13 and 13 Pro

The last ones to reach the market have the same similarities as those previously described in relation to their tremendous resemblance to each other, except for the camera module. This module is larger than that of the '12' and '12 Pro', which is why their covers are not valid or vice versa, but between them they can be used.

iphone 13 and 13 pro

iPhone 13 and 13 Pro

The iPhone 13 has a dual camera system positioned diagonally in the rear and the '13 Pro' with a triple lens with a LiDAR sensor included that occupy exactly the same. Therefore, if you have an iPhone 13 you can use a '13 Pro' case without problem in the same way as vice versa.