$35 at Otterbox

Best AirPods Pro case made with recycled materials

Otterbox Core case


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$30 at Amazon

This Catalyst case provides waterproof protection for you Airpods Pro

Best waterproof case for AirPods Pro

Catalyst case


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$21 at Amazon

An AirPod Pro earbud with a black Comply foam tip.

Best alternative eartips for AirPods Pro and AirPods 2

Comply foam eartips


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$17 at Amazon

The Caseology Nano Pop is a solid case for the AirPods Pro 2

Best AirPods Pro 2 case for around $20

Caseology Nano Pop case for AirPods Pro 2


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$4 at Amazon

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Best cheap AirPods Pro 2 case that does the job

Ouluoqi case


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$20 at Amazon

The Eartune foam tips for AirPods Pro come in a variety color options and sizes The Eartune foam tips for AirPods Pro come in a variety color options and sizes

Best quality foam tips for AirPods Pro and Pro 2

Eartune Fidelity UF-A memory foam tips


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$40 at Woolnut

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Best scandinavian leather AirPods Pro case

Woolnut leather case


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$20 at Amazon

Spigen's Rugged Armor case for the AirPods Pro 2 provides good protection Spigen's Rugged Armor case for the AirPods Pro 2 provides good protection

Best affordable tough case for AirPods Pro 2

Spigen Rugged Armor


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$25 at Amazon

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CharJenPro AirFoams Pro Active


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$26 at Anker

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Anker Foldable 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station 335


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$23 at Amazon

The Spigen Mag Armor is a tough case for the AirPods Pro 2 with built-in magnets The Spigen Mag Armor is a tough case for the AirPods Pro 2 with built-in magnets

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$45 at Casetify

The Casetify Ultra Impact AirPods Pro 2 case can be customized with your name The Casetify Ultra Impact AirPods Pro 2 case can be customized with your name

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Casetify Ultra Impact case


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$15 at Amazon

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Best PopSockets AirPods Pro case combo

PopSockets PopGrip AirPods Pro Holder + PopChain 2


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$55 at Amazon

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Best wireless transmitter for planes for AirPods Pro

Twelve South AirFly Pro


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$8 at Amazon

The Hagibis Cleaning Pen is designed to clean AirPods and other earbuds The Hagibis Cleaning Pen is designed to clean AirPods and other earbuds

Best AirPods Pro cleaning tool

Hagibis Cleaning Pen


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$40 at Bluebonnet

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Best slim leather AirPods Pro case

Bluebonnet AirPods Pro 2 case


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$20 at CharJenPro

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Best sport fins for AirPods Pro

CharJenPro AirFoams Pro ear hooks


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$30 at Amazon

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Best mini USB-C wireless charging pad for AirPods

Satechi wireless charging dock


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$15 at Amazon

The Anker Wireless Charging Pad 315 sometimes sells for as little as $10. The Anker Wireless Charging Pad 315 sometimes sells for as little as $10.

Best affordable wireless charging pad for AirPods

Anker Wireless Charging Pad 315


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$12 at Amazon

Spigen's lanyard for the AirPods Pro 2 is thicker than some competitors Spigen's lanyard for the AirPods Pro 2 is thicker than some competitors

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$6 at Amazon

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Yinva ear hooks


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The Cobcobb cord is an anti-loss leash for your AirPods Pro The Cobcobb cord is an anti-loss leash for your AirPods Pro

Best AirPods Pro leash

Cobcobb Anti-Lost Cord sports lanyard


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$40 at Amazon

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What is the best AirPods Pro accessory overall?

It’s no secret that Apple’s products tend to attract a lot of third-party accessories. These range from options that can improve the base product to those that can protect it from accidents, and there’s more — the list doesn’t end. Even Apple’s earbuds and headphones attract add-ons, especially the AirPods and the AirPods Max. Buying an accessory to protect an accessory may seem weird, but there’s definitely a market. A lot of the accessories on this list are made for the original AirPods Pro and the newer AirPods Pro 2, which now get a slightly upgraded USB-C version. (We have a dedicated list of the best AirPods Max accessories.)

If you’re shopping for the best accessories for the AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2, there are a ton of different types available. The two most popular ones are protective case covers (a case for the case) and foam ear tips for a more secure fit. My personal favorite is the Otterbox Core case at the top of this list. That said, this list includes plenty of other excellent cases to choose from, which may serve your needs better, along with a few different types of foam ear tips, including ones from Comply.

Here’s a look at CNET’s current top picks for AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2 accessories based on my hands-on experience. I’ll update this as I test more of the best AirPods Pro cases and accessories. 

Best AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2 accessories for 2024

Otterbox Core series cases for smartphones — and now the AirPods Pro 2 — are made of 50% recycled materials. But what I like about them is their texture. Not only is this AirPods case soft to the touch, but it also has a grippy feel, and it’s protective too. You can find cheaper silicone cases (see below), but this is truly high-quality silicone that mixes in colorful flecks of recycled material. What’s also nice is that, unlike some other silicone offerings, Core series cases don’t attract and show dust. 

Although this is a two-piece case (by that I mean there’s a top and bottom but nothing joining them together), both pieces fit snugly. With some of these types of cases, the top tends to slip off (some come with an adhesive on the inside), but this top stays on better than most without the need to use the adhesive.

The one downside is that the case is currently available in only two color options: Mardi Gras (purple) and Carnival Night (black). I did like both colors (I was slightly more partial to the purple, as you can see by the photo), but a few more options would be good.

You can find cheaper knockoff versions of Catalyst’s AirPods Pro case, but the Catalyst is a better Apple AirPod case than many of the imitators, not to mention one of the top AirPods case options you can purchase. This AirPods case cover protects your AirPods’ own case, as well as makes it fully waterproof. Another key feature: The bundled detachable carabiner lets you strap the AirPods case onto a belt loop or backpack or use it as a keychain case to help keep your wireless earbuds from getting lost. This Catalyst waterproof case is available in multiple color options.

For several years, Comply has been the gold standard for memory foam ear tips and now you can get Comply tips for your AirPods Pro. I tried them and they work quite well, and even the large tips fit just fine in the AirPods Pro charging case. With the Apple-issued tips, I found that the AirPod Pro in my left ear got a little loose when I ran with the buds. With the Comply tip, it didn’t get loose and fit very securely. They also seem to help a bit with noise-canceling because you get an even tighter seal. 

Comply tips are fairly pricey at $24. You can get foam tips that cost less (more like $12 to $15), but as I said, Comply is the gold standard and it may be worth paying a little more. If you know your specific size, you do get three sets of tips in a pack (of the same size). Comply also sells a pack with small, medium and large tips although it’s currently only available on the Comply website, not Amazon). That might be a good option for your new AirPods Pro ear tips if you have a couple of people in your family who own the AirPods Pro and have different size ears.

The Caseology Nano Pop case comes in a couple of color options and is one of the early cases specifically designed for the AirPods Pro 2. While it doesn’t include a lanyard, it does come with a carabiner and has a cutout for the charging LED and dimple over the pairing button. 

I’m not sure how you can even pronounce the name of the company that produces this inexpensive AirPods Pro 2 case, and it does the job. This case is specifically designed for the AirPods Pro 2, and several similarly styled budget cases are available on Amazon (they’re all your basic slim silicone rubber case). It comes with a lanyard and a gasket covers the Lightning port.

I’ve been using a pair of extra large Eartune foam tips with my AirPods Pro 2 and have been happy with the quality and fit. The extra-large tips come in only gray and black, while the small, medium and large tips are available in a variety of colors. If you’re just looking for one size, you can get a pack with three large tips, for example. Or you can buy a pack with small, medium and large tips if you have friends or family who use different-sized tips.

Before I put an earbud in, I scrunch the tip up and then let it expand in my ear canal. While I can use Apple’s large tips, I get a more secure fit with these tips. (When I run with the AirPods Pro 2 I use foam tips to make sure they stay in my ears.)

If you treat them well, these tips should last a few months at minimum. They’re a reasonably good value at three to a pack.

When I first took this Woolnut case out of its packaging, I wasn’t sure if it was real leather because the inside of the case was rubberized. Upon closer inspection, it’s indeed real leather and has a nice, almost pebbled look to it (the textured finish offers a bit of extra grip). Woolnut is based in Sweden and also makes an attractive leather-clad AirPods Max case, as well as leather-clad sleeves for laptops.

Available in four colors — that’s the cognac model in the photo — the case’s only downside is that it’s somewhat expensive. It weighs slightly less than Nomad’s Modern Leather case (see below). No lanyard is included. 

Spigen’s Rugged Armor case returns for the AirPods Pro 2. It’s available in only one color at launch but it is protective and includes a carabiner although no lanyard.

The husband-and-wife team of Charlie and Jen at CharJenPro pulled off a successful Kickstarter for AirPods foam earbuds in early 2020 and created a line of AirPods Pro foam ear tips. Their top model is the AirFoams Pro Active 2.0, which has a silicone layer over the foam that’s designed to protect the tips from sweat and ear wax and help them last longer (the company claims five times longer).

I did notice that the large Comply tip is slightly larger than the large CharJenPro AirFoams Pro Form Fit tip, and it’s also probably worth pointing out that if you typically use a medium tip for your AirPods Pro, you may want to go with a large foam tip here).

The AirFoams Pro Active includes three different-sized tips (small, medium and large), so you can choose the tip size that fits you best and possibly pass the other tips on to friends). Since I know I require a large tip, I’d prefer it if there was an option that included a couple of sets of large tips instead — that would be the better value — but CharJen Pro doesn’t offer that option.

Nomad makes nice leather cases for the iPhone and other Apple products, including the AirPods, AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2. Its Modern Leather AirPods Pro case is one of the best I’ve tested and it now comes in a version for the AirPods Pro 2 (it remains available for the original AirPods Pro as well).

This AirPods Pro case fits like a glove and wears nicely over time, developing a patina. It’s available in four colors and comes in a version with Horween leather for $10 more; the Horween version is only available in black and rustic brown.

If you’re looking for an affordable wireless charging dock for several of your Apple devices, the Anker Foldable 3-in-1 Wireless Charging Station 335 is about as good a deal as you can get on one. This isn’t MagSafe-enabled and it won’t charge your iPhone at top speed (it charges at only 7.5 watts), but it’s a nice compact dock that will also charge your AirPods and Apple Watch (that said, you have to supply the wireless charging puck for the Apple Watch).

The AirPods Pro 2 are MagSafe enabled, but once you put a case on the case, it’s no longer magnetic. That’s where a magnetic case like the Spigen Mag Armor comes in, restoring MagSafe compatibility so your case will stick to a MagSafe wireless charger (or any magnetic wireless charger). A carabiner is included but no lanyard.

If you didn’t get your AirPods engraved with anything, Casetify gives you the option of customizing its cases with your name. It makes a few different case models, but it touts its Ultra Impact case as its toughest to date with 6.6-foot (2-meter) drop protection.

The case comes in four base colors, and you can have your name or whatever letters you want — up to 10 characters — printed on the case in 17 color options with four font choices.

If you’re a PopSockets fan, the PopSockets PopGrip AirPods Pro Holder + PopChain 2 is a surprisingly good deal on Amazon. It has a stick-on attachment for the back of your phone, that lets you clip the case (and the AirPods Pro) to your phone and use your AirPods Pro case as a kickstand for video watching, or you can attach your AirPods Pro to the included PopChain 2, which clips onto your belt loop or the loop on your backpack. The case itself fits like a glove and seems nicely protective.

Note that the version I got included the PopChain Premium. The model linked here includes the PopChain 2, which has a carabiner clip instead of a keychain. The case is compatible with PopSockets’ PopGrip base so you can use it with another PopGrip if you own one already.

What do you do if you want to use your AirPods with an in-flight entertainment system or the TV built into a machine at the gym that requires a wired connection? Well, one workaround is buying a Bluetooth transmitter that you can plug into any 3.5mm audio jack. There are several transmitters available from TaoTronics and other little-known brands.

To pair your AirPods with a transmitter, you have to turn off the Bluetooth on your phone (or just put it into airplane mode), put your AirPods in their case, hold down the Bluetooth button on the transmitter until it goes into pairing mode and then hit the pairing button on the AirPods case. (This video explains how to pair to your AirPods.) Battery life is rated at 16 hours, and the AirFly Pro uses Bluetooth 5.0.

Your AirPods Pro 2 will pick up dust, grime and perhaps even a bit of ear wax that can impact performance. You can find several cleaning pens on Amazon that are pretty similar and share a few elements, including a brush for cleaning the windscreens covering the AirPods Pro 2’s microphones, a soft “flocking sponge” to clean gunk out of the wireless charging case and a metal pen tip to dig out any dust wedged in seams. The Hagibis Cleaning Pen has a slightly more elevated design but also costs a couple of bucks more than the cheapest cleaning pens.

Based in Austin, Texas, Bluebonnet is named after the state flower and crafts leather-clad accessories for various Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks, Watches and AirPods. Its AirPods Pro and new AirPods Pro 2 cases are a bit slimmer than Nomad’s leather cases but offer ample protection and have a distinct style with turquoise trim lines. Your AirPods charging case is designed to slide up a little as you open the Bluebonnet case so the bottom portion doesn’t fit as snugly as some AirPods Pro cases. Nonetheless, I found it worked well.

You have a couple of choices if you want to add some additional grip to the AirPods Pro to promote them staying in your ears more securely. You can get very thin silicone skins that cover the bud portion of the AirPods Pro or a set of wings like these that not only cover the bud but add a sport fin (they do help lock the AirPods Pro in your ears). The only issue with the fin approach is that the AirPods Pro won’t fit in their case with an appendage on them so you have to remove them whenever you want to charge the AirPods.

It’s actually pretty easy to get them on and off but you just have to avoid losing them. Two sets of ear hooks are included — one that’s translucent (shown here) and one that’s white.

If you go the silicone skin route, with no fin, you should be able to get your AirPods in the case without having to take the skins off. However, some people complain that because the rubber is so thin, it tends to stretch easily and end up not fitting as well as it should. That isn’t a problem with CharJenPro AirFoams Pro Ear Hooks (and other ear-hook accessories) because the rubber is thicker and more durable.

If you’re looking for a mini USB-C wireless charging dock for your AirPods Pro (or standard AirPods), this Satechi accessory fits the bill nicely. It’s very compact — basically slightly bigger than the AirPods Pro’s case — and easily fits in a pocket. It works with any USB-C port that outputs power. The only issue is that you may have trouble plugging it in if you have some sort of case on your computer because it has to plug all the way into the port to work.

The AirPods Pro can charge wirelessly, so you’ll need a wireless charging pad to take advantage of that feature. A good affordable option for both your AirPods Pro and your phone is the Anker Wireless Charging Pad 315. It offers 7.5-watt charging for your iPhone and 10-watt charging for Android models that support it.

There are a number of inexpensive lanyards you can pick up for the AirPods Pro 2. This Spigen one is a little thicker than some on Amazon. Alternatives like the HiFan Lanyard ($7) should also work just fine for you but are designed a bit differently.

If you’re looking for a more affordable way to make sure your AirPods don’t drop out of your ears, these clear-colored ear hooks can currently be had for $6. You do need to take them off to charge your AirPods Pro, but if you’re a biker who’s worried about losing a bud, this is certainly a cheap option to try.

I personally don’t like the idea of adding a wire to true-wireless earbuds, but plenty of people have asked me about “anti-lost” cords for AirPods over the years. Several cheap versions are available on Amazon, but the Cobcobb is one of the better ones although it costs a few bucks more at a little over $10. Some competing models come in packs with multiple cords in different colors. This is a single cord with built-in magnets that allows you to clasp your AirPods Pro together around your neck when not in use — just like the Beats Flex earbuds.

I like Catalyst’s original waterproof case (see above), but if you want something that delivers maximum protection, its newer Total Protection case certainly measures up to its title. If you happen to drop your AirPods in the ocean or a deep lake, the case is rated as waterproof down to 330 feet (100 meters). It’s also shock-proof. 

Catalyst’s original waterproof case has a rubberized finish, while this has a hard plastic finish. Both include a carabiner and this model literally clamps shut. Still, you can access your AirPods fairly quickly. The case is available in army green or black.

Speck’s initial AirPods Pro cases, the Presidio Pro and Presidio Perfect-Clear, are decent but not anything special. The newer Presidio ClickFlip is more intriguing. It offers IPX5 water resistance, as well as dust resistance and is generally well-designed — although it’s a bit thicker than more minimalist AirPods Pro cases.

The Lightning port is covered by a gasket, but the port is still easy to access and the wireless charging works fine, although the case is thicker. Also, the carabiner seems securely attached to the case (with some silicone cases, the carabiner can end up getting torn off if you snag the case on something). The case has a kind of band that slides up and clicks into the lid, locking it down.

Compatibility

The first thing you need to do is make sure the accessory you’re buying is compatible with the AirPods Pro model you own because there are some small differences between the AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2.

Budget

AirPods Pro accessories can get kind of expensive. For example, some cases cost upward of $40. You can also find cheap cases that closer to $10. While a cheaper accessory may be fine, note that more premium accessories tend to cost more and likely hold up better over time.

Durability

You do want an accessory that holds up well over time, so look for models that we note have sturdy build quality.

Return policy

It’s a good idea to buy your accessory at a retailer that has a good return policy in case you have buyer’s remorse.


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Using an accessory for at least a day and sometimes several days in a real-world environment, we evaluate it based on three key criteria. These criteria include designfeatures and value

  • Design: Evaluating design, we assess the build quality and how the accessory looks and feels (some AirPods Pro accessories are more aesthetically pleasing than others). 
  • Features: Some accessories have extra features we take into consideration. For instance, a case may be waterproof or have an integrated clip or lanyard.
  • Value: We evaluate value based on the overall quality of the accessory in relation to its price. 


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Speck Presidio Pro: While it’s somewhat pricey at $30, the design is better than many AirPods cases, with a hard plastic shell rather than the soft silicone finish of the Catalyst cases. The loop where the included carabiner connects to the case is more durable than the loop on the Catalyst case. 

EarBuddyz 2.0 Ear Hooks: The only issue is that to get the AirPods back in their case you have to remove the fins and store them somewhere. That’s a nuisance, and you might want to invest in a case that fits both the AirPods and EarBuddyz. The new AhaStyle ear hooks come with a little carrying pouch for the hooks but not for your AirPods.

Twelve South AirSnap case: Made of rugged leather and equipped with a snap closing system, as well “loss-prevention” clip, Twelve South’s AirSnap leather case is a little bit of a different take on an AirPods case. It’s available in three color options in leather for $35. 


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What are the key differences between the AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2?

The AirPods Pro 2 are the same size as the original AirPods Pro. Some small differences could affect your choice of accessory, the most notable of which is the microphone configuration on the buds and a built-in speaker in the AirPods Pro 2’s charging case that emits a sonar-like sound when tracking the buds in the Find My app. Also, there’s now a spot on the AirPods Pro 2’s case to attach a lanyard. Finally, the latest AirPods Pro 2 features USB-C instead of Lightning charging.


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Do AirPods Pro cases fit the AirPods Pro 2?

While cases designed for the original AirPods Pro case fit the AirPods Pro 2 just fine, a case specifically designed for the AirPods Pro 2 (this includes the new USB-C version) will have cutouts for the speaker port and lanyard loop. If you want a waterproof case for your AirPods 2 (or AirPods Pro), those tend to cover all the ports. You can buy a simple, cheap case cover made of silicone rubber that provides decent enough protection from dings and scratches, or you can buy fancier cases, some even made of leather, that give your AirPods case a more premium look while also providing protection. 


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Why is it a good idea to get foam ear tips for AirPods Pro?

Some people can’t quite get a tight seal and secure fit with the ear tips that Apple includes with the AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro 2. Foam tips have more grip to them and also may offer a better seal. If you’re a runner and have trouble keeping the AirPods Pro in your ears, foam tips can solve that problem.


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