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The 7 Best MacBook Keyboard Covers

Brent Dirks Updated 20-05-2019

One of the most important parts of any MacBook is right in front of you. The keyboard is the major way to interact with your laptop. And when something goes wrong with any part the keyboard, work or play will definitely take a back seat while trying to fix the problem.


A big way to help protect your laptop is with a MacBook keyboard cover.

We’ll take a look at why you need a keyboard cover for your MacBook and a number of different options for the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook.

Why Do You Need a MacBook Keyboard Cover?

The best way to think of a keyboard cover is like a case for your iPhone or iPad. Each one will cover the keyboard with a thin layer of material. The cover is molded with precise raised spots for each key.

A good cover offers a number of advantages to MacBook users. It can protect the keyboard from wear and tear while most importantly fending off dust and debris that might cause issues with individual keys.

Using a cover can also offer limited protection if you ever spill something like coffee or water on it. While a cover isn’t guaranteed to protect your expensive laptop from every spill completely, it’s an important way to make sure liquid can’t seep into through the small openings around the keys.


Another plus is that a keyboard cover can help customize any MacBook and help it stand out from the crowd. There are a huge variety of different designs and colors to select from, everything from an understated black that matches the hue of the original keyboard to something more ornate like the flag of your home country.

1. Moshi Clearguard

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For any 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook with a Touch Bar, Moshi’s ClearGuard is just 0.1mm thin and made from a special transparent film. That allows the backlit keys to shine through without any issue and gives a natural typing experience.

The cover protects the Touch Bar as well.


2. UPPERCASE GhostCover Premium

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If you’d rather not cover the MacBook Pro Touch Bar take a look at the UPPERCASE GhostCover Premium. Compatible with both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro model, the case is 0.13mm thin.

There is also a version of the transparent cover for a MacBook Pro without the Touch Bar.

3. Mosiso Keyboard Cover

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Anyone new to the Mac should take a look a the Mossio Keyboard Cover. Made for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, the 0.3mm cover offers full protection from spills and more.

Instead of offering only different color options, you’ll get something more. The cover is color coded and showcases different Mac shortcuts and the specific keys you need to press. Some of the options are simple like Command-Q to quit. But others feature unique combinations that even the most seasoned Mac user might not know about like Option-Command-L to open the Downloads folder.

You can select from one of four different options that each feature different accent colors.

4. CaseBuy Premium Ultrathin Keyboard Cover

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If you own a 2018 MacBook Air, the CaseBuy Premium Ultrathin Keyboard Cover offers a little something for everyone. The cover is made from durable and lightweight material and just adds 0.13mm to the existing keyboard. Both waterproof and dustproof, the protector can fend off spills and crumbs.

You can select from a wide variety of different color options. Some of the best include a clear option, a gradient blue, and rainbow. One choice also highlights Mac shortcuts for quick reference.

5. All-inside Keyboard Cover

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The All-inside Keyboard Cover does double duty and can protect either any 12-inch MacBook or a modern 13-inch MacBook Pro without a Touch Bar. You might have a hard time picking out a perfect color as there are 13 different gradient hues to select from—everything from an understated gray to bright orange.

6. HRH Silicone Keyboard Cover

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The HRH Silicone Keyboard Cover will help you do work even faster. Made for the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, you can select from a cover with different shortcuts for a wide variety of different Mac programs. Some of those include Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro X, Avid, DaVinci Resolve, and Serato DJ.

All of the shortcuts are color coded and feature a large font and icon.

As a bonus, HRH also includes a regular, transparent keyboard cover with each order.

7. Masino Silicone Keyboard Cover Skin

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Even if you have an older MacBook, a keyboard cover can still help prolong the life of your laptop. Masino’s Silicone Keyboard Cover Skin is available for the 2015 or older 13-inch, 15-inch, or 17-inch MacBook Pro without a Retina Display. As a bonus, it can also fit Apple’s first-generation wireless Bluetooth keyboard.

You should definitely find a version of the cover that suits your taste. There are 27 different options, everything from hot pink to a world map.

Protect Your MacBook Keyboard at All Cost

With a MacBook keyboard cover, you can protect one of the most important parts of the notebook from hazards like dirt, dust, and spills. That protection can definitely help you get the most use out of an expensive Apple laptop.

Even when you use a cover that doesn’t mean everything will always be perfect on a MacBook keyboard. Take a look at our primer on why MacBook keyboards break easily and how to fixed jammed keys Why MacBook Keyboards Break So Easily (And How to Fix Jammed Keys) Macbook keyboard not working? Here's how to remove dust from your keyboard and other settings to check that can fix your issue. Read More .

Related topics: Keyboard, Mac Customization, Mac Tips, MacBook, MacBook Air.

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  1. Lane Jasper
    September 25, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I use a clear one so the LED can shine through as best as possible. The rumor that they cause the mac to heat up is literally false. the keyboard has a layer of LED "film" under it. The heat is expelled through the back so just make sure to NOT use the mac laptop on a blanket, in bed or on a couch etc where the exhaust areas might get covered by blankets, comforters, pajamas etc. You'll be TOTALLY fine if it adds any heat at all it's probably a couple degrees at most but one spill will do FAR more damage and instantly so to me the trade off by using a cover is one more step to save my mac should I spill on it if I act fast enough but immediately flipping it upside down should you spill so anything drips back out through the way it came in, so act fast. but yes. you're totally safe to use a keyboard cover. Download mac fan control and test it yourself. You'll see NO change by using one whatsoever.

  2. Ashley
    July 26, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I do, fortunately, use a keyboard cover. I highly recommend it. The only struggle is that the lights of the keyboard doesn't show up through the cover very well, so it might be hard typing when it's dark. I just -10 minutes ago- spilled some drink on my laptop and if I didn't have the cover I wouldn't have been able to type this comment now let me tell you. I had minor spill on the speaker and the trackpad as well bu it doesn't seem to have caused a problem just yet.
    TLDR; if you like to drink stuff near your MacBook (bad idea) this product is pretty much a must buy.

  3. Anna
    February 8, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I use a keyboard cover because it's a pain not being able to see what you're typing- I have an English keyboard, but before I got a keyboard cover, I had a very hard time typing in Hangul (Korean), as I couldn't see the keys. My keyboard cover took a bit of time to get used to, but now I can actually see what I'm typing, lol.

  4. Ruby
    March 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I had a key pop off of my keyboard about 4 months ago, and the little hook inside the key also broke off, rendering it unrepairable. Luckily, my dad was able to replace my entire keyboard, but it was a painstaking process. Only the left speaker works now, there are several tiny holes in the spaces between my keys because he had to drill holes for the screws, and sometimes it randomly shuts off. Taking a Macbook apart is truly agonizing to watch. I'm quite honestly just happy it turns on. I keep it plugged in most of the time, but I did get another laptop to use for when I'm doing critical work (i.e. school tests or work.)
    Since then, I've used a keyboard cover on that laptop, and my new one. I bought super cheap ones off eBay for around 3 dollars and used double sided tape under the keys that don't lay flat. I don't have any issues typing anymore, in fact I like the grip that the silicone provides, and it's a lot nicer since it doesn't move around when I type, thanks to the tape. Dust and cat hair doesn't get in my keyboard anymore, either, which I like very much. :)

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      That's great! I'm also very impressed that your dad was able to replace the keyboard on a MacBook. That's pretty awesome. This is a great reason for using a keyboard cover that I didn't think of, so thanks for pointing it out!

  5. Daniel
    February 10, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I just order an "HRH" Premiere Pro CC keyboard cover from Amazon that was advertised to fit on my 15" Retina MacBook Pro. However it doesn't fit quite snugly enough on the keys. For now I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt. Like a pair of shoes I anticipate that continuous pressure of my typing will condition it to fit much more firmer. However, I recall getting FCP and Avid Media Composer silicon covers from "KB Covers" in 2009 for my 2007 MacBook Pro and it fit like a glove from the first moment. I guess I might be optimistic beyond my better judgement. I would hate to go through the hoops of returning the HRH cover, getting a refund, then spending twice as much on a KB cover online or just cutting my loses with a sense of disappointment. I'm behind on the learning curve for the big shift to editing on Adobe Premiere Pro + I got back from a hiatus and am back to square on in developing a client base so it's just been impossible to remember the PrPro hotkeys after years of sense memory dedicated to mastering Avid MC and FCP. *fingers crossed*

    • Dann Albright
      February 11, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Hm; that's interesting. The cover I tried fit pretty well, but it still made typing feel very strange. I hope yours starts fitting better, though!

  6. Aibek Esengulov
    February 29, 2016 at 11:53 am

    I have been using my Macbook for nearly 3 years now and all keys still look good. Why would someone get a keyboard cover is beyond me :)

    • Dann Albright
      March 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      Maybe you haven't been writing enough. :-)

  7. Rae
    February 29, 2016 at 3:33 am

    It's a Macbook Air- after about a year of use, the 'r' key fell off, then a few others. Now, six keys are constantly popping off. I would have thought it's from the constant use, but one of my friends has the same problem with their Macbook Air. They hardly use their mac. It's inconvenient, but I manage. I think I'll give one of these covers a try. It's a simple and cheap solution if it works out. If it doesn't... Well, at least I've got a stylish keyboard!

    • Dann Albright
      March 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      That's really weird . . . I've never had a key come off of one of my Macbooks, and I'm on my third one! Could just be a fluke, but that wouldn't really explain the fact that it's happening with six different keys. Very strange.

      But yeah, try a keyboard cover—that should hold them in place. And liked you said, if it doesn't, you'll look cool trying!

  8. Cheryl
    February 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I've used keyboard covers for years and love them. I can't even tell it's there except that my fingers don't slip off the keys like they are prone to without the cover. I supposed it does take getting used to, but be sure to get the thinnest you can find. Well worth the money as it seals out dust and moisture prolonging the life of not only your keyboard, but also your Mac.

    • Dann Albright
      February 28, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      Yeah, I think going for a slightly more expensive one is the way to go. Like I said, the one that I tested out was the #1 seller in the category, so it seemed like a good one to test. But a thinner one would have been much better. And you're right—protecting your keyboard and your computer is worth the investment!

  9. Rae
    February 27, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I wonder if these would help keep the keys on my keyboard. The letter just pop off my keyboard sometimes, it gets very annoying.

    • Dann Albright
      February 28, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      I bet they would—I've never heard of that problem on a MacBook. Did something precipitate it, or has it always been an issue?

  10. rudi
    February 26, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    After having to replace the keyboard on my Mac twice within a few months (spills happen) I got the Moshi ClearGuard FS for Apple Keyboard on Amazon. Not the cheapest for sure, but its so thin (0.1mm) you can't tell its there without close inspection, and the thinness makes it mostly unnoticeable while typing.

    • Dann Albright
      February 28, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Sounds like a good option! I definitely believe that a more expensive cover would feel nicer, and if it's meant as a spill guard, that's a plus. I bought the one I did because it was the #1 seller, but if I had thought about it more, I may have sprung for a more expensive one. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  11. chris cleeland
    February 26, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    When you're tire of yours, send it to me and I'll try it out.

    • Dann Albright
      February 28, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Ha—I would, but my wife already claimed it. :-)

      • chris cleeland
        February 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        I suppose spouses should get priority. Good call.

        • Dann Albright
          March 10, 2016 at 10:49 pm

          Yeah, seemed like the right way to go in this situation.