26 most reliable iPad Air 5 cases and sleeves to get this year

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Best iPad Air 5 cases in 2022

In this updated overview, we list the best new case covers and sleeves for the new iPad Air 5. They are compatible with iPad Air 4 as well.

How many cases for your new iPad Air have you found in Apple’s online store? That’s the problem: you can only choose from a few overpriced original cases, and even fewer from Apple-approved brands.

Opposite to Apple, you can find over 5,000 iPad Air cases on Amazon, as well as a few hundred cases and sleeves on Etsy. Sometimes it may be a problem, too. Which cover is the best if you have to choose from so many?

First, make up your mind which case will suit your needs the most.

Is it a Smart Cover alternative? Do you need a lightweight folio case? A case with a built-in keyboard? A keyboard case with an iPad compatible trackpad? A cover with a secure Apple Pencil holder, the one that allows for wireless charging? Or maybe you are looking for a gorgeous designer case?

Jump to the list

Use search box on Amazon or Etsy to find the case – and be as specific as possible. However, search result pages usually do not return the most relevant results. They are packed with ads that look like regular product entries. To find the design you really love, you may need to go through multiple pages.

To make things easier for you, we’ve prepared a round-up of the best Apple iPad Air 5 case covers, plus list the evergreen cases for previous Air models. We’ve taken into consideration a reputation of the seller, customer reviews, as well as availability of variants.

Treat this list as a quick and easy guide to inspire you to dig deeper into what kind of the cover you need the most.

Tip: Register your fingertips with Touch ID before you put any case on.

The best iPad Air 5 cases and sleeves – highlights

The best iPad Air 5 cases 2022

In this overview, you will see:

  • Smart cover alternatives with back shell
  • A lightweight tri-fold case combined with transparent back
  • A heavy-duty stand cases
  • A rugged keyboard case
  • Cases compatible with Smart Keyboard and Smart Cover
  • Premium-looking folio stands
  • Fashionable boutique-style sleeves and sleeve bags
  • A floral case that’s perfect for women
  • Keyboard cases for different needs
  • A stand case made of naturally looking faux leather

Will iPad Air 4 case fit iPad Air 5?

Yes, it will. The 2020 4th-generation model and the 2022 iPad Air 5 have the same dimensions, proportions, and a location of ports, speakers, and buttons. As a result, the Air 4 case is 100% compatible with Air 5 model released in 2022.

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The best iPad Air 5 cases to get in 2022

1. Translucent Apple Pencil compatible back cover

Matte translucent iPad Air 5 case

Our pick: The best back shell case for iPad Air 5

It’s one of these cases you’d want to get the moment you buy the iPad – and before you make up your mind which advanced case you need in the end.

This simple matte back cover from ESR is a perfect transitional case. It’s lightweight and doesn’t add too much bulk while giving easy access to all ports and buttons, including the Touch ID.

The case is available in two colors: Matte Black and Matte White. They will nicely match whatever iPad Air color you choose.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $14.99

2. Portfolio bag case for iPad Air 5

iPad Air 5 compatible portfolio bag case Tomtoc

Our pick: The best multipurpose iPad Air 5 bag

If you are looking for a sleeve that would accommodate more than just your iPad Air 5, think about getting a portable bag that comes with several compartments and pockets, but still has the size of a mobile device.

The bag from Tomtoc is intended for devices no larger than 12.9-inch, so it will fit any iPad model, including the Air 5.

Tomtoc Portfolio combines a rugged EVA hard shell with soft microfiber lining to protect against bumps and scratches. Water-repellent fabric provides protection even on a rainy day.

The patented ergonomic groove design and comfortable grip make it easier to carry on without drops, even if you want to avoid using the built-in handle.

Inside, there are multiple compartments. You can use the main one for your iPad Air or a notebook. Elasticized segments provide tight grip for cables, earphones, and other small accessories.

Tomtoc offers one year worry-free guarantee. Plus, you will benefit from a friendly customer service available via email and phone.

You can choose from several colors, including Mixed Orange (shown above), Avocado, Gray, and Caramel.

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4, and 3.

⇢ Amazon – $39.99

3. Slim iPad Air 5 Smart Cover tri-fold alternative

Slim tri-fold Apple iPad Air 5 alternative

Our pick: Highly rated tri-fold design for iPad Air 5

Tri-fold case is one of the most popular case designs among iPad users. It offers stand functionality similar to Apple’s own Smart Cover but adds a protection of the back, and – most importantly – when you buy a case from a third-party seller, you can save a lot of money.

One of the most interesting tri-fold covers so far is offered on Amazon by Dadanism.

The case is designed exclusively for the newest 4th-generation iPad Air with precisely made cutouts for camera, ports and buttons.

Besides the front cover which can be folded to form a horizontal or vertical stand (but you know that already from the Smart Cover, right?), the case offers a slim yet solid protection for the back – a semi-transparent backshell made of flexible TPU.

So far, two color versions are available (Black and Rose Gold) but more designs are on the way.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $12.99

4. Slim iPad Air 5 “air-pillow” edge case

Slim clear iPad Air 5 case with corner protection

Many users decide to get an affordable, basic case for their new iPad model before the covers with advanced features and good ratings become available.

One of such preliminary cases to consider for your new iPad Air 5 is the one from TiMOVO.

The case is extremely lightweight, with enhanced corner protection guaranteed by specially designed case made from strong and durable plastic. The back of your iPad Air 5 will be covered by a clear shield. A special “air pillow” raised surface design of the back will allow for better ventilation of your iPad.

This minimalist case simply doesn’t stand in the way and lest you fully use your iPad Air 5 without worrying you can damage it.

Wireless Apple Pencil is supported and the price is inviting.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $9.99

5. Stylish felt sleeve with Apple Pencil compartment

Felt and leather sleeve for Apple iPad Air 5

Our pick: Most fashionable iPad Air felt sleeve

Felt is always in fashion. But some felt sleeves are better than others.

One of the best-designed felt & leather iPad Air sleeves that you can find on the web is offered by Stilbag on Etsy.

The sleeve is hand-crafted from 100% merino wool and features three compartments: first one is for the iPad; the second one is for Apple Pencil (or any other stylus); the third one is for cables and chargers.

You can choose between light and dark felt (outside), and pick up from a few bright colors of the interior (including Red and Azure Green).

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4 and 3.

⇢ Etsy – $49.99

6. Six-angle iPad Air 5 protector case

Multi-angle heavy-duty iPad Air 5  case wireless charging

Here is another Zugu alternative that’s designed for iPad Air 4 and 5. The case provides a solid and stable stand, with as many as 6 angle positions set by strong magnets.

An interesting features is a small external pocket that’s hidden in the base of a kickstand. You can place here your credit or library card.

A special cutout on the side of the case will let you charge your Apple Pencil wirelessly. The case offers also a convenient and secure stylus holder that’s located on the other side of the display.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $21.99

7. Slim touchpad keyboard case for iPad Air 5

Slim touchpad keyboard case Apple iPad Air 5

This iPad Air 5 keyboard case is sleek and lightweight while giving maximum protection for the front and back.

The case includes a Bluetooth keyboard which has two outstanding features: its frameless design is extremely thin, and it has an integrated trackpad that will let you use all advanced iPadOS touch commands. Plus, matte round keys give the keyboard a cool vintage look.

Both the keyboard and the iPad can be easily attached and detached thanks to a strong magnet system.

The charging time is 1 hour, and you will be able to use the keyboard for 20 days.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $39.99

8. Executive 360-degree rotating stand case for iPad Air 5

Executive 360-degree rotating iPad Air 5 stand case

Our pick: The best 360-degree rotating iPad Air 5 case

If you are going to use your iPad Air 5 at work, making video calls or presentations, a good idea is to get a business-looking case that will enable you to use the tablet in both horizontal and vertical mode.

TiMOVO offers a solid case with a 360-degree rotating ring giving you unlimited flexibility: writing a memo, showing a report to your coworkers, or managing a next video meeting.

Three stand positions will help you adjust the viewing angle between 50 and 100 degrees.

If you are asking: yes, this 360-degree rotating stand case for iPad Air 5 sports a groove to wirelessly charge your Apple Pencil. There is also a stylus loop and a hand strap for convenient one-handed use.

The case is available in Executive Black and Deep Purple.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $6.95

9. Personalized boutique-style sleeve bag

Personalized iPad Air 5 and 4 fabric and felt sleeve

From Germany-based creators Mum and Mädi comes a series of beautiful sleeve bags that will add even more style to your iPad Air 5 or 4.

The sleeve opens on the larger side and is made of a combination of cotton and felt to provide a perfect balance between a fashionable look and durable protection.

The sleeve bag can be personalized – you can describe whether you want it for your iPad with or without the case or provide exact dimensions. You can also decide whether you need a flap or not.

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4 and 3 (please provide exact dimensions of your model).

⇢ Etsy – $39

10. UAG Metropolis heavy-duty iPad Air 5 stand case

UAG armor heavy-duty Apple iPad Air 5 and 4 protector case

The Metropolis case from UAG (Urban Armor Gear) is designed for people who are obsessed with protection but don’t want to sacrifice the convenience of having a stand case.

It combines the toughness of a military standard heavy-duty case with a functionality of a stand. It meets military drop-test standards (MIL-STD 810G 516.6) when used with Apple Smart Cover. It’s made from a water-resistant soft grip material to guarantee the iPad Air won’t slip out of your hand.

What’s important, the case is surprisingly lightweight. It’s because it is made from “feather-light” composite. Three vibrant colors are available: Shiny Black, Cobalt, and Magma.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $54.99

11. Durable sleeve handmade from recycled materials

Environmentally friendly iPad Air 5/4/3 sleeve from recycled materials

Our pick: Best eco-friendly sleeve for iPad Air 5

Here is another cover for your iPad Air 5/4 or 3, if you are looking for environmentally friendly solutions.

This sleeve is handmade in Slovakia by disabled and socially disadvantaged people. It’s made from recycled textile waste mixed with used plastic bottles.

Due to its thermo-insulating characteristics you may also use it as a cushion seat while sitting on a cold bench or ground.

The sleeve is available with either white or yellow cotton strap.

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4 and 3 (please provide the seller with the exact dimensions of your model).

⇢ Etsy – $28

12. Embossed iPad Air 5 case with internal Apple Pencil holder

Fashionable embossed iPad Air 5 folio case

Take a look at one of the most original iPad Air 5 cases out there. The case features a tiny embossed stripe that goes horizontally from the front to the back.

Combined with the faux leather material the case offers a nice natural feel, while being also protective and functional.

Auto sleep / wake support is a common feature, but the case includes also a hidden Apple Pencil slot that allows for wireless recharging.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $29.99

13. Zugu Alpha military-grade case for iPad Air 5

Zugu Alpha multifunctional case for iPad Air 5 and 4

Our pick: Best heavy-duty iPad Air 5 case on Amazon

If you are ready to invest in a case that combines extra protection with plenty of other features, take a look at the new case from Zugu Alpha, designed to fit the iPad Air 5.

Besides being tested against 5-feet drops (Military Drop Test Standard MIL STD 810G 516.6), the case sports an innovative stand solution.

The magnetic kickstand can be positioned in as many as eight secure angles, so that you can use your iPad in any possible situation. The magnets are strong enough to hold your iPad Air on the fridge and use it as a kitchen TV.

Thanks to materials that are similar to what Mercedes-Benz is using in their cars, Zugu Alpha is extremely thin and lightweight – and it also looks like being taken directly from a dashboard of a luxury car.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $55.99

14. Premium faux leather iPad Air 5 folio case with flexible back

Premium faux leather iPad Air 5 folio case with flexible back

Best feature: Hidden Apple Pencil holder

Take a look at a refreshing idea in this overview – a folio iPad Air 5 case that’s made of eco-friendly material that perfectly resembles genuine leather.

It’s a typical folio case – fold it back to form a three-angle stand. Plus, there is also an option to set up a horizontal stand that’s perfect for writing and sketching.

The case supports auto sleep/wake feature. The back shell is made of flexible material, making it easy to install and remove it any time you want.

Best of all, the case from Antbox has a built-in Apple Pencil holder that’s hidden on the left side of the display.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $28.99

15. Dual origami iPad Air 5 case with Apple Pencil holder

Dual origami iPad Air 5 case with Apple Pencil holder

Are you a fan of origami case covers? The one designed to fit iPad Air 5 is worth taking a look.

The producer, Khomo, calls it “dual origami.” It’s because you can use the foldable origami front cover to form both the vertical and horizontal stand.

Unlike other origami cases, Khomo for iPad Air 5 features an Apple Pencil holder on the right side. It’s fully compatible with wireless charging, and it’s easy to remove the stylus from the slot.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $12.99

16. Fabric sleeve with gentle floral patterns

Custom handmade fabric iPad Air 5, 4 and 3 sleeve with floral pattern

Our pick: Best iPad Air sleeve for women

You are looking at a gorgeous sleeve handmade by Leaky Breeks. It’s a perfect choice for every woman who is looking for a gentle and natural floral design.

The sleeve is handmade from a durable polyester that resists water, dries quickly, and is easy to clean (and may be dry-cleaned).

Interior is lined with an extra layer for enhanced protection.

The most important thing about this sleeve bag, however, is the looks! Plus, there are almost thirty other iPad sleeves to choose from in the Leaky Breeks store.

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4 and 3 (make sure to provide the seller with dimensions of your model).

⇢ Etsy – $21.99

17. Floral watercolor iPad Air 5 case with transparent back

Floral watercolor iPad Air 5 tri-fold case

From MoKo comes a tri-fold case that features an insanely beautiful watercolor floral artwork – one of the most popular case designs on Amazon this year.

The case supports auto sleep / wake function, adds minimal bulk to the already lightweight iPad Air 5, and includes a transparent back shell that will let you enjoy the look of your iPad at all times.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $16.99

18. Eco-friendly cork folio case for iPad Air 3

Eco-friendly cork folio case - best iPad Air case covers on Amazon

Are you looking for cork folio case for your iPad Air? Made of natural cork by Reveal, this slim and form fitting case is eco-friendly and provides an easy grip. It’s also sleek and has a high-end look.

What’s most important, as this case is made of naturally-occurring cork, each individual item is truly unique!

Compatible: iPad Air 3.

⇢ Amazon – $44.99

19. Designer Apple iPad Air 3 case cover

Designer premium iPad Air stand folio case

Are you looking for a classic stand folio case in a beautiful design and premium look?

This iPad Air 3 case from ProCase combines the functionality of the stand (with three viewing angles) with sleep/wake support and a pencil loop. What’s more, it has a large external pocket on the front side.

A bonus ProCase pen is included. You can choose from fourteen classic colors, including four designer variants: Circles (shown above), Aztec, Native, and Plaid.

Compatible: iPad Air 3.

⇢ Amazon – $29.99

20. Trackpad Air 3 case with detachable backlight keyboard

Jelly Comb trackpad keyboard for iPad Air

Our pick: Best budget iPad Air 3 trackpad keyboard

From Jelly Comb, a trusted producer of tablet and computer keyboards, comes a new iPad keyboard case that’s equipped with iPadOS-compatible trackpad, and features an inner Apple Pencil holder.

The Bluetooth keyboard is detachable, and compatible with other iOS devices, so you can use it with your iPhone as well. The touchpad is sensitive, what combined with laptop-style keys, could dramatically improve your productivity.

With long battery life, you can use the Jelly Comb trackpad keyboard for up to 220 hours if the backlight is turned off.

The adjustable backlight allows you to personalize your setup, match specific working conditions and showcase your favorite colors.

Compatible: iPad Air 3.

⇢ Amazon – $54.99

21. Transparent iPad Air 3 back case with Apple Pencil holder

Transparent back shell iPad Air case with Apple Pencil holder

Our pick: Highly rated iPad Air 3 case available at reasonable price

The case from Poetic Lumos series has a clever design. It’s made from a flexible soft and transparent plastic and has a pencil holder integrated on the right side that doubles as a grip area to better handle the device with one hand.

Poetic Lumos is ultra light but is capable of protecting not only from dust but also impact.

Available in two transparent colors – Crystal Clear, and Gray – that let enjoy the view of the iPad all the time.

Compatible: iPad Air 3.

⇢ Amazon – $12.95

22. Smart Keyboard compatible back shell case for iPad Air 3

Smart Cover compatible iPad Air back shell case - one of the best you can find on Amazon

Our pick: Best Smart Keyboard compatible iPad Air 3 case

This case will be a perfect companion for the original Apple Smart cover if you have already purchased it. Most importantly, it’s also designed to work together with the original Smart Keyboard.

A unique thing about this case is that it’s made of a special material that prevents the iPad Air 3 from slipping out of your hand. At the same time, this anti-slip surface gives the case a premium matte look.

You can choose from six classy colors, including Cocoa and Red (yes, Red in matte is classy).

Compatible: iPad Air 3.

⇢ Amazon – $12.99

23. Vera Bradley recycled iPad Air 5 compatible organizer

Vera Bradley tablet organizer for iPar Air 5

From Vera Bradley comes the most fashionable item in this overview – the Cotton Tablet Organizer. Its size makes it easy to put any iPad model, including the newest 5th-generation Air.

As other tablet organizers, the Vera Bradley bag comes with several utilities: two slip pockets, two mesh pockets, three card slips, four pen slips, and one ID window.

The bag is made of a sustainable recycled cotton fabric and “and has all of the comfort, softness, and vibrancy that you know and love.”

The sleeve is padded for increased comfort and protection. Plus, there is a handle to let you carry it with ease.

Vera Bradley tablet organizer is available in eight fashionable designs, including Ikat Island, Java Navy Camo (shown above), Indiana Rose, and Plum Pansies.

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4 and 3.

⇢ Amazon – $44.99

24. Shockproof tri-fold case matching iPad Air 5 color range

Apple iPad Air 5 protective tri-fold case

If you are looking for a tri-fold case with a twist, take a look at the newest design from Infiland.

The standard front cover that folds into a vertical or horizontal stand is combined with a shockproof but slim back case which guarantees enhanced corner protection while showing off the beauty of your iPad through the transparent back.

The case features Apple Pencil compatible stylus holder, and comes in five variants that match the color range of iPad Air 5.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $24.99

25. 100% waterproof iPad and MacBook messenger bag

Best waterproof bag for iPad Air 5

Our pick: Best waterproof bag for iPad Air 5

A standard case can surely protect your iPad Air 5 against scratches and dust, but won’t guarantee any resistance against water.

Unlike the iPhone, your iPad is not waterproof. And I doubt new-generation models will ever have this feature. Now, imagine you take your iPad outside, and, suddenly, you are in the middle of a heavy storm.

Getting a 100% waterproof sleeve or bag that would work with your iPad Air 5, as well as any device you will have in the future, seems like a reasonable choice.

The top brand in this field is AquaQuest. They offer a versatile and protective Typhoon bag that guarantees 100% protection against water. The main compartment sports 20,000 mm hydrostatic resistance. Plus, there is an inner neoprene sleeve to ensure extra water and shock protection.

This messenger bag is super durable. It’s made of 420D rip stop nylon, with welded seams and dual coatings of premium TPU material.

The case is available in two sizes: 13″ (perfect for the iPad, no matter which model you own) and 15″ (for most MacBooks, except the 16-inch Pro). There are six colors to choose from, including the Red & Gray.

Compatible: iPad Air 5, 4, and 3.

⇢ Amazon – $59.99

26. MoKo Shockproof iPad Air 5 case with multi-angle magnetic stand

Protective executive iPad Air 5 case Apple Pencil charging

If you are looking for a multi-angle magnetic iPad Air 5 case with enhanced functionality that’s similar to iconic Zugu cases, you can already check out a design offered on Amazon by one of the most trusted brands – MoKo.

Four magnetic grooves in the front cover enable to perfectly set an angle, no matter whether it’s for writing or watching Netflix movies.

A solid plastic frame offers an enhanced corner protection, and thanks to cutout on the right side it provides a convenient way to charge your Apple Pencil wirelessly.

There is a convenient stylus holder on the front side, so that you can store your Apple Pencil securely while carrying your new iPad Air 5.

So far, the case is available in two colors: Textured Black and Cloud Blue.

Compatible: iPad Air 5 and 4.

⇢ Amazon – $17.99

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Published by Piotr Kowalczyk

Geek and book lover who has been recently updated to the latest beta operating system which is still full of bugs. Blogger by day, designer by night. Founder of Ebook Friendly and Geek Updated.

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