Foldable phones are back in style, with the latest from Samsungleading the charge after his predecessor G has become a smartphone sleeper hit in 2021. With increased popularity comes more and more case options, and while this list isn’t as long as or even Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 cases are produced by multiple companies in multiple designs.
While we haven’t tried all of these cases on the Galaxy Z Flip 4 yet, we’ve tried earlier versions on the Z Flip 3, so we have a good idea of what the best options are for the new model. As more new cases arrive for the Z Flip 4, we’ll be testing them and updating this list accordingly.
Available in three color options, the Caseology Nano Pop feels nice to the touch and offers decent protection with a raised camera ring. Its two-layer design with eye-catching trim colors gives the case a little extra pop. Note that Caseology is a sub-brand of Spigen.
Speck’s Presidio Perfect-Clear Fold, one of my favorites for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, returns for the Z Flip 4. The Presidio Perfect-Clear Fold has 13-foot drop protection and is the most protective clear case I’ve tried, though there there is no hinge protection. It comes in a perfectly clear version and a glitter-infused version. (Note that the photo above is of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, but the Z Flip 4 version should be almost identical).
Samsung’s silicone ring cover returns for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 with a few minor design tweaks. It’s protective, has a nice soft-touch finish, and there’s a built-in ring to help prevent your phone from falling—and you can also clip the ring to a lanyard to wear your phone around your neck. Unfortunately, while I was able to prop up the phone a bit with the ring on certain surfaces, I would have liked the case even more if it actually turned into a kickstand.
The case comes in multiple colors.
You can find plenty of generic clear cases for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 on Amazon, several of which cost less than $15. The Restone is interesting because while it’s technically a two-piece design with no hinge protection (for the Z Flip 4’s hinge), it has its own hinge that holds the two pieces together and helps keep them from sliding off the phone. It also has a little extra corner protection. (I haven’t used this particular Restone case yet, but I have used a Restone case on another phone and it was fine, especially for its low price).
All these cheap clear cases say they have anti-yellowing protection (so your clear case doesn’t lose its transparency), but I don’t really believe the anti-yellowing claims.
Urban Armor Gear
Urban Armor Gear has long produced attractively designed cases for various phone models, and its Civilian series is one of the best durable cases for the Z Flip 4. It comes in 3 color options – black, mallard (blue) and olive – and offers hinge protection in one-piece design.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 Flap Leather Cover is an improvement on last year’s Leather Cover for the Galaxy Flip 3, as it includes a flap to protect the hinges. It’s expensive, but nice – and thin. Available in three color options (black, peach and purple), the biggest knock against it is that it’s expensive, but expect to see some discounts on it eventually.
Spigen makes several cases for the Galaxy Z Flip 4. As the name suggests, Tough Armor is durable and offers the most protection in the Spigen line. It’s also the only Spigen case to have an integrated hinge cover.
As far as protective cases go, it’s one of the better ones, and the only thing it lacks is an integrated kickstand. I also wish it came in more colors. Black is the only option for now. Expect prices to drop on it in the coming weeks.
The Spigen Air Skin line of cases, which includes a Crystal Clear version and other color options, is a thin case that offers basic protection. I probably like colored designs instead of clear, but a lot of people like to show off their phone’s color, especially if you’ve paid extra for one of the “custom” colors.
This case has the same touch finish as Samsung’s Ring case, but instead of a ring, it has a strap. You slide your hand under the strap (and behind the phone), allowing you to grab and hold the phone without actually wrapping your fingers around it. It’s basically a seat belt. The strap also offers a little protection for the hinge when you fold the phone. In addition, you can attach the end of the strap to a lanyard or attach it to another strap (say on a bag or backpack).
In addition to having some utility, the strap also seems to be designed to draw attention to your phone. For better or worse, it does just that, so if you’re using this case, plan on people asking you about your phone. It comes in two colors (white or black), but the additional strap is sold separately if you want one that better matches your personal style.
Otterbox only makes two cases for the Galaxy Z Flip 4: the Thin Flex and this, the Symmetry Flex. I didn’t like the Thin Flex line for the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (it felt a bit cheap and it was hard to take the phone off once you had it on). But the rugged and more attractive Symmetry Flex is the top case for the Z Flip 4 and now comes in more colors and has hinge protection. It’s expensive, but we should see some discounts on it in the coming weeks.
Note that the case is not yet fully closed and is scheduled to be shipped in early September.
Gear4’s Bridgetown case shares some similarities with Spigen’s Tough Armor case (see below). It’s also a durable case that only comes in black and has nice hinge protection. The case looks similar to the version for the Z Flip 3, but the new version is a bit sleeker and the hinge protector has been improved. It’s one of the best protective cases for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. I wish it was available in more colors or a clear version.
Note that the Gear4 Bridgetown case is not yet available, but will ship in early September.
Zagg has a new “eco” screen protector for the outer screen of the Z Flip 4 that is said to be biodegradable, a first for a screen protector. Along with the outer screen protector it makes for the Galaxy Z Flip 3, this is Zagg’s smallest screen protector. Yet somehow it costs almost the same as the screen protectors they make for much larger screens.
Do the Galaxy Z Flip 3 cases fit the Galaxy Z Flip 4?
Yes and no. Your old Z Flip 3 case can fit – and stay on – your Z Flip 4, but there are some small differences in their design (and dimensions) that may cause it to not fit perfectly. For example, the flashlight on the Zip Flip 4 is slightly different than the flashlight on the Z Flip 3 and may not be centered in the cutout on the Z Flip 3 case. Also, the top microphone may be partially covered if you use the Z Flip 3 case with the Z Flip 4 case. You can try your old case with the new phone to see how well it fits (and possibly try to modify it slightly), but there’s a good chance you’ll get an official Z Flip 4 case for it.
Do the Galaxy Z Flip 4 cases protect the entire phone including the hinge?
Most Galaxy Z Flip 3 cases came in two pieces. But with the Z Flip 4, we’re seeing more one-piece cases that offer some hinge protection. If that’s something you’re looking for, a few of these picks will protect the hinge.
Are there screen protectors for the Galaxy Z Flip 4?
As with the Galaxy Z Flip 3, Samsung does not sell—nor does it allow anyone to sell—screen protectors for the main front screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. The Z Flip 4 uses a high-tech bendable display that features Samsung’s own pre-applied screen protector (some people had issues with it coming off the Z Flip 3 and they just took it off). You can find several screen protectors for the mini external display.
Do all Galaxy Z Flip 4 cases allow wireless charging?
Most, but not all, of the cases on this list allow you to wirelessly charge the Z Flip 4 with the case on. Those with an integrated kickstand, especially if they are made of metal, may require removing the case in order to charge the phone wirelessly.