While we’ve seen many smartphone makers try and fail to sell smartphones with “modular” hardware features, Motorola seems to have been the most successful with its Moto Mods. Okay, they may not technically be “modular” accessories since they attach to the back of Moto Z phones via magnets, but it’s the next best thing, and these Moto Mods work really well.

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The nicest thing about Moto Mods is that a number of them are available to buy right now for devices in Motorola’s Moto Z lineup, and even more are on the way, just in time for the newly announced Moto Z2 Force. Here’s a quick look at all of the mods, including the new Moto Mods you can buy, along with the older ones, and a few that are scheduled to be released in the very near future.

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Which phones work with Moto Mods?

At the moment, there are actually five handsets that support Moto Mods:

That’s a pretty solid base, consisting of phones released in 2016, as well as 2017. Even better, Motorola claims all current and upcoming Moto Z Mods, including the Moto Z Force Mods and the Moto Z2 Force Mods, will work with the next generation of Moto Z phones, which will likely be launched sometime in 2018.

List of currently available Moto Mods

Moto Insta-Share Projector

The Moto Insta-Share Projector is perfect for business users who may want to show a presentation on the road without the need for a standalone projector or PC. The projector contains a 100 mAh battery and a 50 lumen projector that should last about an hour on a full charge. It also comes with a stiff folding stand that allows the image coming from the projector to be placed on any surface. The image projected by the Moto Mod can go up to 70 inches at a 480p resolution on a wall. Amazon is currently selling this Moto Mod for $250.

JBL SoundBoost Speaker Moto Mod

As the name suggests, the JBL Moto Mod offers a much better speaker experience compared to what you get with the Moto Z series out of the box. This accessory has a 1,000 mAh battery that will allow the speaker to run for up to 10 hours on a single charge, along with a handy kickstand. This is perfect for people who don’t want to mess with setting up a wireless Bluetooth speaker for their phone. You can get the JBL Moto Mod speaker on Amazon for as low as $99.99 in white or black.

JBL SoundBoost 2 Speaker Moto Mod

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The 2017 successor to the original JBL Moto Mod Speaker, this new version comes in two different colors (red and blue) and has a more rounded shape compared to the 2016 edition. Aside from that, the speaker still has a 1,000 mAh battery, which should allow it to last up to 10 hours, and a built-in kickstand. You can buy the JBL Moto Mod speaker only at Motorola for now for the price of $59.99 (some colors may not be currently available).

Hasselblad True Zoom Camera

This Moto Mod camera is made for people who want to own a smartphone, but also want some features that are normally not included in mobile phone cameras. The Hasselblad True Zoom Camera‘s biggest feature is its 10x optical zoom. It also has OIS for photos, EIS for video, two microphones, a Xenon flash, and much more. You can currently buy this Moto Mod camera on Amazon for $239.99

Incipio Vehicle Dock Moto Mod

There are tons of smartphone dashboard mounts out there, but the Incipio Vehicle Dock Mount Moto Mod was created specifically for Moto Z devices. The mount itself is made to attach to one of your car’s air vents, and the magnetic back should be secure enough to keep the phone from moving. You can get this mount on Amazon for $64.99

Mophie Juice Pack Moto Mod

There are plenty of battery Moto Mods for the Moto Z and Z2 phones, but the best one is made by Mophie, which has gained fame for a number of battery cases made for other phones. In this case, the Mophie Juice Pack Battery Moto Mod includes a big 3,000 mAh battery that is supposed to add up to 60 percent more battery life to the phones. You can snag it at Amazon for $99.95.

Kate Spade New York Power Pack Battery Moto Mod

Kate Spade, which also makes a number of stylish cases for the Moto Z lineup, has also released a battery pack case for those phones. It’s a bit slimmer than the Mophie, but the battery itself is also smaller at 2,220 mAh. You can purchase it at Amazon now for about $41.

Incipio offGRID Power Pack Moto Mod

This Moto Z battery mod  case not only extends the battery life of any Moto Z or Z2 phone by up to 20 extra hours, it also supports wireless charging with any Qi and PMA compatible charging pad. The Incipio offGRID Power Pack allows both the pack and the main phone to be charged wirelessly, which should be a big help for many people who don’t want to mess with connecting the phone to a charging cord. It’s available now at Amazon for $89.99.

TUMI Wireless Charging Power Pack Moto Mod

Much like the Incipio Moto Mod battery pack, the TUMI Moto Z battery mod not only adds more battery life to any Moto Z device (up to 22 hours of extra use), it also throws in wireless charging via Qi-based pads, adding that support for both the phone as well as the battery pack. You can get this Moto Mod from Amazon for $115.

Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging

If you want to add wireless charging to your Moto Z but don’t want to add a bulky battery pack, Motorola sells this thinner Moto Style Shell that supports both Qi and PMA wireless charging pads. You can also get this shell in some different designs as well. Motorola is selling the Moto Style Shell directly for $39.99.

Moto 360 Camera

As its name suggests, this Moto Mod camera will add a 360-degree sensor to any Moto Z device, allowing users to create 360-degree images and video designed to be viewed by virtual reality headsets. It has two 13 MP cameras with support for taking 4K 360-degree videos at 24 fps. It can also take 150-degree videos and images that will be perfect for extra-wide selfies. The Moto Mod camera is now on sale for $299.99 in the U.S. and is available from Motorola’s website.

Moto GamePad

This is perhaps the most anticipated Moto Mod of all time. The Moto GamePad will turn your Moto Z device into a portable game console similar to the PlayStation Vita. It adds dual control sticks, a D-pad, and four tactile action buttons to your device, and also includes its own 1,035 mAh battery that should offer owners up to eight hours of gaming. The Moto GamePad Moto Mod is priced at $79.99 and is now on sale at Motorola’s web site.

Moto TurboPower Pack

The Moto TurboPower Pack is yet another Moto Z battery mod. It not only adds an extra 3,490 mAh battery, but it will also charge up to 50 percent of its total capacity in just 20 minutes. It’s priced at just $79.99 and is available now from Amazon.

Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa

This speaker is similar to the two JBL SoundBoost Moto Mods, but adds support for Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. It will include four far field microphones that will be able to pick up voice commands from the owners and will be able to handle anything that Amazon’s Echo speakers can do. You can ask it to give you news and weather reports, play your favorite songs, remind you of your calendar appointments, and more. The speaker will also include a battery that is supposed to last up to 15 hours. It even throws in a blue Echo-speaker LED light. It’s now on sale for $149.99.

Polaroid Insta-Share Printer


A few weeks after the Brazilian blog Technoblog posted leaked images of this Moto Mod, Motorola officially confirmed the existence of the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer add-on. Putting this Moto Mod on the back of your Moto Z phone model will allow you to not only take pictures with its physical camera button, it then also instantly prints any photo you take with the Moto Mod — or any image you can access online on on your phone, for that matter. You can even apply filters and other photo effects to images before printing them.

The photos are printed as 2×3-inch prints that use Zero-Ink Paper, with peel-off, adhesive backs. That allows those photos to be placed pretty much anywhere you want. The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer hold 10 sheets of the Zero-Ink Paper, and the printer’s built-in 500 mAh battery is supposed to handle 20 prints for a single charge. The Polaroid Insta-Share Printer Moto Mod is on sale now for $199.99 and you can buy extra photo paper for the printer at Amazon for as low as $8 for 20 sheets.

Moto Stereo Speaker

This new Moto Mods entry from Motorola is this Stereo Speaker add-on. Like the JBL branded Moto Mods speakers, this product snaps on the back of a Moto Z phone and offers a better audio experience, and even includes an embedded kickstand. The biggest different between the two is that theMoto Stereo Speaker does not come with its own internal battery, which means your phone’s battery is powering this Moto Mod. The JBL Moto Mod speakers have their own internal battery.
The Moto Stereo Speaker comes in red, blue and black colors and are on sale on Motorola’s web site for $59.99. The JBL Moto Mods normally costs $79.99, but at the time of this writing they are on sale for $59.99, which means they may be a better value that Motorola’s Moto Mod.

Upcoming Moto Mods

AT&T Mobile TV Cast

According to a recent Android Authority exclusive, AT&T is planning to team up with Motorola to launch the AT&T Mobile TV Cast Moto Mod. This mod will include a stick that will  be plugged into a big screen TV, so that owners can watch shows and movies from the DirectTV Now streaming service anywhere they want. It uses the phone’s LTE connection, rather than Wi-Fi, to cast and stream the DirecTV video.

Owners of the Moto Mod can also cast their own phone’s screen to mirror it on the TV, and can continue to use the phone even while it is showing DirecTV content. Finally, this Moto Mod is supposed to have its own 2,730 mAh battery. At the time of this writing, neither AT&T nor Motorola have confirmed that they are even working on this Moto Mod, but we will update this post when more official news is released.


Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod

At CES 2018, Motorola announced two upcoming Moto Mods. One, the Vital Moto Mod, is being made by Motorola’s parent company Lenovo. It will connect to the back of any Moto Z phone. When you slip in your finger, it will record a number of health indicators, including heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, core body temperature, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The Lenovo Vital Moto Mod will be released in April for $395.

The other addition to the Moto Mods family will come from a third-party, Livermorium. It is a Slider Keyboard mod that includes a full QWERTY layout. The project started out with funding from Indiegogo users, and won Motorola’s Transform the Smartphone Challenge in 2017. The keyboard Moto Mod will be released sometime this winter for $99.

Motorola VR headset Moto Mod (rumored)

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A recent, but still unconfirmed, report from noted gadget leaker Evan “@evleaks” Blass suggests that Motorola may launch a VR headset for the Moto Z lineup as a Moto Mod product. The leak shows images of the headset, but so far no other information has been revealed, including a release date or price. There’s speculation that this Moto Mod VR headset could serve as Motorola’s way to support Google’s Daydream VR platform, but again this has not been confirmed. Hopefully we will learn more about this product soon.

The future of Moto Mods

Motorola has released a hardware SDK for third-party makers to design and create their own Moto Mods, and has partnered with the crowdfunding site Indiegogo to support the development and release of these kinds of products. It also plans to directly mentor, and in some cases offer financial assistance, to some of these Moto Mod third-party hardware teams. Hopefully we will continue to see more Moto Mods released from Motorola and others in the near future.


That’s a look at all the mods that are available, including the Moto Z Force mods and the Moto Z2 Force mods that you can get right now for those phones. Is there another Moto Mod you would like to see on this list? Let us know in the comments.