The five best iPhone 12 mini accessories that will make your new smartphone even better

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After three good years with my iPhone X, I recently decided to upgrade. Deciding between the iPhone 11, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro wasn’t easy. I couldn’t settle on whether it was better to have a smartphone with more powerful features that was slightly larger than what I was used to or if a smaller phone was the way to go.

Ultimately, I went with the iPhone 12 Mini, and I’m so happy with my choice. The screen clarity is a significant upgrade from my old iPhone, and the cameras are also a huge improvement. I also find that the Face ID feature is much better on the iPhone 12 Mini than on my old iPhone X. Most importantly, the phone’s size is more comfortable for my hands.

That said, while my iPhone 12 Mini was nearly perfect right out of the box, it did need a few enhancements. As soon as I purchased my new smartphone, I started investing in the best iPhone 12 Mini accessories to keep it protected and even easier to use daily. Here are the five accessories I’d recommend if you’re thinking about buying the iPhone 12 Mini.

1. Shop: Casetify Custom iPhone Case, $45

Credit: Casetify

Consider a sturdy, well-designed case to keep your new iPhone protected. I really like Casetify’s offerings, including this pretty iridescent case, customizable with your name or initials.

2. Shop: PopSocket PopGrip Mirror Iridescent Pebbled Blush, $25

Credit: PopSocket

If you spend any amount of time on your smartphone, you know a PopSocket is essential for holding it comfortably. This cute style isn’t just a PopSocket -- it’s also a mirror!

3. Shop: Case-Mate Glass Screen Protector, $15 (Orig. $30)

Credit: Case-Mate

I am notorious for accidentally dropping my phone, so I didn’t leave the store without a screen protector. This one from Case-Mate is glass, so it’s extra sturdy, and I don’t have to worry about it peeling off in just a few months like the plastic ones tend to do.

4. Shop: PhoneSoap Go, $99.95

Credit: PhoneSoap

Given the current times we’re living in, I’m all about keeping the items I use and frequently touch as clean as possible. This convenient device from PhoneSoap uses UV light to sanitize my iPhone 12 Mini while it charges.

5. Shop: Auxiwa Clip–on Selfie Ring Light, $15.99 (Orig. $19.99)

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Last but not least, I just had to invest in additional light. Yes, the new iPhone 12 Mini camera is excellent, but it’s made even better with this bright, powerful clip-on light attachment. It’s perfect for selfies or if you just want to look better during FaceTimes.

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