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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:

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 1.3

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The Nokia 1.3 is far from the most powerful phone with a removable battery, but it’s one of the newest on the list. 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 Qualcomm 215 platform, 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 1GB of RAM, 16GB 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 1.3 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, HD+
  • Chipset: Qualcomm 215 mobile platform
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10 (Go Edition)

4. Motorola Moto e5 Play

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Moto E5 Play

Yes, Motorola’s Moto e6 is on this list and it’s a newer option, but removable batteries are hard to come by. With that in mind, the sub-$100 price tag and decent specs make this older Moto e5 Play worth a closer look.

In exchange for your small stack of cash, you’ll get 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset. If there’s one limitation to the Moto e5 Play, it’s that the device only works on GSM networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. You’ll get Android 8.0 right out of the box, and the 5.2-inch display is perfectly pocket-sized.

Most phones have made the move to USB-C, but the Moto e5 Play sticks with a trust old microUSB connection, so you should have more than enough compatible chargers lying around.

Motorola moto e5 Play specs:

  • Display: 5.2-inch, HD
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Camera: 8MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • 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.

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