The iPad mini 4 has been a bit neglected by Apple recently, what with the launch of bigger and more powerful iPads over the past two years, but it's still a popular choice among iPad users (ourselves included).
Whether you've just purchased an iPad mini 4 or have treasured yours since it was released in 2015, we've got a case that'll suit you right here in our roundup of the best iPad mini 4 cases.
If you own a different iPad, you can also see what we think are the best rugged cases, as well as the best cases for the 2017 iPad, iPad Pro, and iPad Air 2 – and why not check out these cool iPad keyboards as well.
iPad mini 4 Smart Cover
If you want to keep things strictly Apple, then we’d recommend the Smart Cover for iPad mini.
It’s ridiculously easy to use, with a magnetic rubberised spine that clips neatly to the left edge of the device.
Repeated daily removal won’t scratch the metal in any way, and the cover’s two folds mean you can safely stand your iPad to watch videos or lay on a desk to type on-screen.
The microfiber lining also cleans your screen subtly while it’s closed, and also auto-wakes and sleeps the iPad – a typically well thought out case.
Cooper Cases Rugged Children's Cover
Cooper Cases's rugged case for children may be the best case for you if your iPad is often in the hands of your little one. What we like best is the useful built-in handle that converts into a stand.
This rubberized case is made of non-toxic and washable EVA foam that absorbs shock and allows easy access to ports, cameras, and buttons. It also comes with a screen protector.
Cooper Cases is willing to offer a 100% refund if this case does not fully protect your device. it's available in blue, orange, pink, purple, and green (UK only).
Belkin Twin Stripe Folio Case for iPad 4
This simple but stylish folio case from long time Apple accessory favourite Belkin lets you protect your tablet on the go while acting as a stand for viewing in landscape.
You can access all ports and buttons, and it's easy to pop in and out.
Availability is limited on this case in the US, but you can find it from third-party sellers on Amazon starting from $7.45 for used, and $34.50 for new.
ULAK Knox Armor iPad Mini 4 Case
If you want your iPad mini 4 to have Fort Knox-level protection, the Knox Armor from ULAK may be the best case for you.
Like your typical rugged design, this case can withstand drops and shocks thanks to its polycarboate hard shell and TPU exterior. It also comes with a screen protector to keep your screen scratch-free.
You can also use the handy kickstand to prop your device up. The Knox Armour comes in black, blue and green.
Maroo leather folio case for iPad mini 4
If the classic leather folio is your style, then the Maroo case is a great choice. Its simple design closes securely with elastic straps over two corners, with your precious iPad held in place in a sturdy rubberised frame.
It has even got a slot for a stylus if that’s how you choose to use your tablet. You can fold back the front flap and create a wedge shape that allows you to either type raised while on a flat surface, or stand up for easy video viewing.
Zagg Slim Book Keyboard Case for iPad mini 4
The ZAGG Slim Book is a neat backlit keyboard case for your iPad mini that pairs over Bluetooth. ZAGG claims that based on usage of one hour a day, the keyboard’s battery will last an incredible two years, great if you want to transform your iPad into a tiny laptop for daily use with minimal fuss.
The keys are necessarily small, but easy to type with. Your tablet snaps into a plastic sleeve that you pop in and out of the robust, movable hinge - meaning this case is very versatile too, and can be used in laptop or video viewing angles, or removed from the keyboard altogether.
Moshi VersaCover Case for iPad mini 4
With its minimalist, origami-inspired design the Moshi is one of the best-looking iPad mini cases available. The front cover not only auto-wakes and sleeps your device; it also acts as a foldable stand that can form three different positions for use.
The instructions aren’t the clearest out there, and it took us a while to be happy with the viewing angles, but it does also depend on what surface you’re using the case – if you’ve got a slippery glass desk, you might find the typing angle in particular hard to work with.
For US visitors, this case is now only available in pink on Amazon for $49.95.
STM Bags Dux Case for iPad mini 4
The Dux case from STM comes with the assurance that it can be dropped 26 times from 4 feet in a military standard test. Don’t do that if you buy it – but this is an excellently protective case for your highly breakable iPad mini.
Protective yet stylish and available in a rainbow of colours, it has a clever magnetic tab fastening that doubles up as a way to stand your iPad for typing or excessive Netflix consumption.
A transparent back shows off your device amongst the rubberised protection on offer. You can get it in a number of other colours too, including blue, red, pink (UK only) and an army green, to list a few.
Twelve South BookBook for iPad mini 4
Sitting firmly in the corner marked ‘luxury’ is this brushed leather book style case from Twelve South. It’s a fully protective, zip closed case with great attention to detail, from the faux-vintage book spine details to the practical microfiber lining to keep your iPad safe from scratches.
You can snap your tablet down with poppers, or unsnap to stand it up for FaceTime or video viewing. It’s not the most streamlined case, but it looks great and you can even buy matching cases for your iPhone or MacBook.
There's also a brighter tan version available for £69.99/$79.99 on Amazon.
Griffin Survivor All-Terrain Case for iPad mini 4
This is the daddy of iPad mini cases – dirt, sand, rain, dust, vibration and shock resistant with a casing design that is three separate layers. You can pick one up from Griffin's official website (US visitors can go here).
It’s very easy to get your iPad into, and very hard to damage it afterwards. There’s a clear film that lies over the screen but barely affects normal use, and also a rubberised, water tight material over the Home button designed specifically for Touch ID for the iPad mini 4, so you still have usable fingerprint security on your device.
Hinged caps seal all ports yet make them accessible and it comes with a clip-on stand for all your viewing needs.
US visitors interested in the blue version of this case can find it on Amazon for $39 (price at the time of writing).