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Back in the modern smartphone’s formative years, it was pretty easy to find a device with a removable battery. But the trend towards unibody, sealed designs means you’ll actually struggle to find a phone with this feature today. It’s a pity because a removable design means you can easily swap out batteries — be it so you don’t have to charge your phone or if the other one has degraded. In any event, we’ve searched high and low to bring you the best phones with a removable battery.

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The best phones with a removable battery:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro
  2. Motorola Moto E6
  3. Nokia 2.2
  4. Blu Studio Mini
  5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best phones with a removable battery regularly when new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro

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Most phones with removable batteries fall at the lower end of the specs and price spectrum, and it’s getting harder and harder to find good options in this category. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro is such a pleasant surprise.

It’s no flagship by any stretch of the imagination. But a great Full HD display, excellent mid-range processor, decent cameras, and a large battery that is also removable makes for a very compelling phone. The rugged Xcover Pro is also built to survive the elements. It comes with an IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance, along with a MIL-STD 810G certification for impact-resistance.

Another highlight is the fact that this phone comes with Android 10 out of the box. That’s not a huge surprise if you compare to other 2020 releases, of course. It’s certainly a positive when compared to the rest of the options on this list though.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro is more expensive than other similarly-built mid-rangers. But this phone targets a very specific segment of the market. Anyone lamenting on the fact that there aren’t a lot of decent phones with removable batteries out there has something to look forward to with this legit good option.


Samsung Galaxy Xcover Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD
  • Chipset: Exynos 9611
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 25 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,050mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Motorola Moto E6

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Motorola’s Moto E6 is the middle child of the family, standing alongside the Moto E6 Plus and E6 Play. It’s not rocking top-end storage with just 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, but it’s enough to keep you on the go. You can expand the storage by up to 256GB thanks to the microSD slot too.

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A Snapdragon 435 chipset helps to give the internals a bit of a boost, and the 5.5-inch HD Plus display should make your content look pretty good. You’ll only have two total cameras to work with — a 13MP rear shooter and a 5MP front-facing lens, but that’s not unexpected in a budget device.

For any shortcomings you may notice, the Moto E6 comes with Android 9.0 right from the box, and the removable 3,000mAh battery should keep you going for a nice long time. No matter which network you prefer, the Moto E6 is universally unlocked for both GSM and CDMA options.


Motorola Moto E6 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Nokia 2.2

The Nokia 2.2 from various angles.

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The Nokia 2.2 is one of the better smartphones with a removable battery announced last year. It stands out from the Moto E6 by packing Android One support, which means it’s guaranteed to get two major Android updates.

HMD’s phone packs a quad-core Helio A22 chipset, which should handle messaging, browsing, and other lightweight tasks just fine. Just don’t expect graphically advanced games and 4K recording.

Don’t hold your breath for anything spectacular when looking at the rest of the spec sheet either. There’s 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of expandable storage, and a 3,000mAh battery. And yes, the removable nature of the latter means you can just swap batteries when your phone is low on juice


Nokia 2.2 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Mediatek Helio A22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. Blu Studio Mini

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You may not know the name Blu when it comes to smartphones, but the Studio Mini is worth a look if you’re searching for a phone with a removable battery. It bears a striking resemblance to most others on the list — a forehead and a chin with two total cameras — but the Blu Studio Mini is available for less than $60.

In exchange for your small stack of cash, you’ll get 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage as well as an ARM Cortex-A55 chipset. If there’s one limitation to the Blu Studio Mini, it’s that the device only works on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. You’ll get Android 9.0 right out of the box though, and a screen protector with a silicone case to keep your investment safe.

Most phones have made the move to USB-C, but the Blu Studio Mini sticks with a trust old microUSB connection, so you should have more than enough compatible chargers lying around.


Blu Studio Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD Plus
  • Chipset: ARM Cortex-A55
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro

Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro

Samsung has a few different options in its rugged Xcover range, and the company’s second 2020 release is the Galaxy Xcover FieldPro. The FieldPro is a rather odd phone. It comes with specs similar to the Samsung’s 2018 flagship, the Galaxy S9.

So powering the device is an Exynos 9810. The camera package is almost identical to the S9, and the FieldPro even comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. However, an upgrade to Android 10 is in the works. The rugged phone even comes with a Quad HD display, which is exceedingly rare in this particular category.

While the specs sheet may read the same, things couldn’t be more different in terms of design. The Xcover FieldPro is for people like law enforcement officers, emergency workers, hikers, technicians, and anyone who needs a phone that can survive in extreme conditions. It’s compact and highly ruggedized, with physical buttons for navigation below the screen. It also comes with an IP68 rating for dust- and water-resistance and a MIL-STD-810G certification for durability.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro is very expensive, with a price tag similar to the company’s latest releases. This phone is for a very specific group of people who might not mind the hefty price tag when considering everything it has to offer. It is only available on AT&T.


Samsung Galaxy Xcover FieldPro specs:

  • Display: 5.1-inch, Quad HD
  • Chipset: Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

It’s time to move on from removable batteries

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As the list above makes clear, you’re going to have a tough time finding a modern phone if a removable battery is a priority. The easiest thing to do is simply accept that and start looking for other ways to keep your phone from running out of juice.

Luckily, there are plenty of options for that. The most obvious solution is to buy a portable battery pack to top-off your phone’s battery. We have a whole list of terrific battery pack options here. Obviously, waiting for your device to charge won’t be as fast as swapping out the battery. However, many phones have fast-charging capabilities, so charging your battery isn’t nearly as slow as it used to be.

Similarly, you could also get a phone with wireless charging. You can dock the phone or simply lay it on a mat while you are at your desk and it will charge as if it were plugged in. This will give your phone little bursts of juice throughout the day and hopefully prevent you from running dry.

Another option is battery phone cases, which are protective smartphone cases with an extra battery built-in. Depending on the make and model of your smartphone, there might be dozens of different cases for you to try out which could literally double the amount of juice you can get out of one charge.

Finally, many manufacturers include battery optimization features within their version of Android. OnePlus and Samsung both have very flexible battery optimization settings in OxygenOS and One UI, respectively, that could help you prolong your battery life. Of course, you’d need to sacrifice some features for this to work.

Unfortunately, these are the things you’re going to need to do going forward as the idea of a removable smartphone battery slowly fades away.