The 20 Best Phones for Uber Drivers

Driving for Uber is a great opportunity to make some extra cash or even provide a significant income.
In terms of the investment required, driving for Uber is an extremely cheap option, too, especially when you consider how much you can easily make. Assuming you already have a vehicle, all you need is the right phone.
Fortunately, Uber approves of a number of different models from popular brands.

Uber’s Phone Requirements for Drivers

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Uber only has two main requirements for drivers’ phones.
They must have a minimum of 2GB of data available every month and they must have airtime for calling rides (when necessary).
The company also requires that each driver have their own smartphone with its own designated SIM card, so they have access to the Internet, email, whatsapp, and other channels of communication.

The 20 Best Phones for Uber Drivers

Uber allows just about 30 different phones for its drivers and doesn’t cite any specific requirements outside of the ones we just covered. So you have a lot of freedom to choose which phone is best for your needs.
To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best options, broken down by brand, and included the specs that matter most.

In short, the Uber app isn’t extremely taxing, so capability isn’t much of an issue. Instead, priority was given to phones that are user-friendly and offer a sufficient display for finding your next customer and where they are headed.

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Apple

Uber will allow their drivers to use an Apple iPhone 5 or newer.
Obviously, Apple iPhones are extremely popular, but here’s what you need to know about the most current models if you drive for Uber:

· iPhone 5

o Size: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
o Display Size: 4 inches
o Resolution: 1136 x 640 326 ppi
o Average Price: $219 (16 GB) $245 (32 GB)

· iPhone SE

o Size: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
o Display Size: 4 inches
o Resolution: 1136 x 640 326 ppi
o Average Price: $349 (32 GB) $499 (128 GB)

· iPhone 6s

o Size: 138.3 mm x 67.1 mm x 7.1 mm
o Display Size: 4.7 inches
o Resolution: 1134 x 750 326 ppi
o Average Price: $449 (32 GB) $549 (128 GB)

· iPhone 6 Plus

o Size: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
o Display Size: 5.5 inches
o Resolution: 1920 x 1080 401 ppi
o Average Price: $549 (32 GB) $649 (128 GB)

· iPhone 7

o Size: 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm
o Display Size: 4.7 inches
o Resolution: 1134 x 750 326 ppi
o Average Price: $549 (32 GB) $649 (128 GB)

· iPhone 7 Plus

o Size: 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
o Display Size: 5.5 inches
o Resolution: 1920 x 1080 401 ppi
o Average Price: $669 (32 GB) $769 (128 GB)

· iPhone 8

o Size: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm
o Display Size: 4.7 inches
o Resolution: 1134 x 750 326 ppi
o Price: $669 (64 GB) $849 (256)

· iPhone 8 Plus

o Size: 158.4 x 78.1 x 7.5 mm
o Display Size: 5.5 inches
o Resolution: 1920 x 1080 401 ppi
o Average Price: $799 (64 GB) $949 (256 GB)

· iPhone X

o Size: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm
o Display Size: 5.8 inches
o Resolution: 2436x 1125 458 ppi
o Average Price: $999 (64 GB) $1,149 (256 GB)

LG

Another popular brand that needs little introduction is LG. If you prefer Android over iOS devices, LG’s devices are great alternatives.

Uber has approved the following phones from this brand for its drivers:

· LG G4

o Size: 148.9 x 76.1 x 6.3mm
o Display Size: 5.5 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2560 538 ppi
o Average Price: $220

· LG G5

o Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7 mm
o Display Size: 5.3 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2560 554 ppi
o Average Price: $650

· LG G6

o Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
o Display Size: 5.7 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2880 564 ppi
o Average Price: $650

· LG K4

o Size: 131.9 x 66.7 x 8.9 mm
o Display Size: 4.5 inches
o Resolution: 480 x 854 218
o Average Price: $100

· LG Nexus

o Size: 147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm
o Display Size: 5.2 inches
o Resolution: 1080 x 1920 423 ppi
o Average Price: $249

Samsung

Finally, the other option that’s popular among Android enthusiasts is Samsung.
Uber approves of seven different phones from this brand:

· Samsung Galaxy A3

o Size: 130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm
o Display Size: 4.5 inches
o Resolution: 540 x 960 245 ppi
o Average Price: $250

· Samsung Galaxy A5

o Size: 139.3 x 69.7 x 6.7 mm
o Display Size: 5.0 inches
o Resolution: 720 x 1280 294 ppi
o Average Price: $339.99

· Samsung Galaxy A7

o Size: 151 x 76.2 x 6.3 mm
o Display Size: 5.5 inches
o Resolution: 1080 x 1920 401 ppi
o Average Price: $399.99

· Samsung Galaxy S6

o Size: 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm
o Display Size: 5.1 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2560 577 ppi
o Average Price: $269.95

· Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

o Size: 142.1 x 70.1 x 7 mm
o Display Size: 5.1 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2560 577 ppi
o Price: $244.99

· Samsung Galaxy S7

o Size: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm
o Display Size: 5.1 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2560 577 ppi
o Average Price: $469.99

· Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

o Size: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm
o Display Size: 5.5 inches
o Resolution: 1440 x 2560 534 ppi
o Average Price: $449.99

· Samsung S8 / S8 Plus

o Size: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
o Display Size:
o Resolution: 1440 x 2960 570 ppi
o Average Price: $800

Phones Uber Does Not Allow Its Drivers to Use

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Uber also expressly forbids the use of certain devices by its drivers. In some cases, it actually bans entire manufacturers.

Here’s the company’s list of phones you cannot use as an Uber driver.

· All Blackberry Devices
· HTC Desire 816G Dual Sim
· Huawei Y550
· Lenovo A606
· Lenovo S660
· Microsoft Devices
· Mobicell Devices
· Motorola Moto E (Dual SIM – XT1022)
· Motorola Moto G
· Samsung Core 2 Duos (SM-G355H)
· Samsung Galaxy Grand prime
· Samsung Galaxy Core prime
· Samsung Galaxy E5
· Samsung Entire J Series
· Samsung Galaxy S Duos 3 VE
· Samsung Galaxy Star 2 Plus (SM-G350E)
· Sony Devices
· Xiaomi Devices

Choosing the Right Phone as an Uber Driver

As you can see, while Uber does ban a number of devices, there are plenty of other options to choose from. From the list of 20 above, you should have no problem finding a phone that works for both your needs as a driver and in your personal life, too, no matter what kind of budget you’re working with.

 

By | 2018-09-28T15:19:28+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Blog, Driver|14 Comments

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  1. Albert March 20, 2018 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    As a Samsung galaxy j6 holder I been driving for 20 years and never never had a issue with my phone so why can’t we use it what’s the problem
    Also what’s the problem with the new Motorola moto phone I am planning to purchase
    Thanks

  2. Ronald Coleman March 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    I signed up last night I received a phone stating they were going to send me a back round check to fill out I never received it I’m ready to work

    • Aidan McKevitt March 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm - Reply

      Hey Ronald! Sorry about that, here is the link for you to complete your background check https://app.hyrecar.com/profile & enjoy a free background check on us using the promo code FREEBGC at checkout!

  3. Christopher Reece March 21, 2018 at 12:11 am - Reply

    What about lg k20 Is that a good phone to use

  4. Irfan Raja August 11, 2018 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Can I use samsung galaxy s9 for uber driver

    • Aidan McKevitt August 13, 2018 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Irfan! It would be best to check with Uber but usually, any smartphone device will work just fine. Thank you for asking!

    • KJ August 18, 2018 at 1:20 am - Reply

      I’m using a Samsung S9+ with no issues, the S9 Should work fine. I have also tested the Xiaomi Note 5 with Ubers partner app and while it says it’s not supported, it works flawlessly.

  5. Akinduro David August 21, 2018 at 11:43 pm - Reply

    Hello good morning please am using HTC one phone which i use to perform different functions can it be used for uber, is it accepted,

    • Aidan McKevitt August 22, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Hello, If it is a smartphone and can access the apps it will work fine. Please check with uber as well if you have any questions.
      Thank you for asking!

  6. Jehrome August 31, 2018 at 3:37 am - Reply

    Why cant I use my galaxy so? It works on the s8 but not the s9

  7. Tom September 1, 2018 at 7:27 am - Reply

    I use a sony xperia z3v with no problems.

  8. Ozz September 29, 2018 at 8:26 am - Reply

    It is not about a phone being user friendly cause iPhone is not user friendly . Can’t give an old person an iPhone if they never used it . Huawei and HTC are user friendly yet not recommend . We need proper info as to what the requirements are . Is it
    the ram or processor

  9. Chris October 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Moto G5 works great. I drive for Lyft and Uber and use Waze without any problems. Software loaded without a hitch. Not sure why it would be on the no go list.

    • Jim Wells November 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Chris
      Interested that you are using Moto G5. I am new and using and using an old Moto X. No one told me what I needed. I am having lots of problems with the Uber system and considering a new phone (which should be Republic compatible) I want to run Uber and Lyft. Any advice? Thanks.

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