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. Some of these can also be fairly pricy. 

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.

Note: with just about any of these phones, you’ll be able to download the free Gridwise app, where you can:

  • Effortlessly track all of your rideshare miles to maximize your tax deduction
  • Save time by receiving alerts when passengers are arriving at your local airport and check the queue length from anywhere
  • See how your earnings break down across services so you know where to focus more of your time on the road
  • Compare your earnings to other drivers in your area 
  • Get alerts about local traffic, weather, and large events going on in your city
  • Easily switch between apps from anywhere on your phone (Android only)

Not too bad for a free app huh?

Click here to download the Gridwise app today.

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:

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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:

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

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.