Hello fellow Uber Partners and Drivers! It has been months since Uber discontinued the Rent-To-Own Scheme for Devices.
Before, they issued Asus Zenfone 5 to new Partners under the Rent-to-Own scheme; however, a lot of drivers are having issues with the Uber Partner App as well as network connectivity issues (ehem Globe and Smart!).
So, in additon to our post about the Best Mobile Data for your Uber Device, we give you our recommendations for the Best Smartphone for Uber Device. We’ve compiled the most reliable and affordable device options based on our experience and other partners’.
TIP: In our experience, the Uber Partner App uses around 2-3 GB per month if you go online everyday 10-12 hours a day. If you want to know what mobile data we use in our more than 2 years of driving with Uber, see this article: Best Mobile Data for your Uber Device
If you have your own suggested device, please let us know in the comments sections! Our Partners would appreciate your recommendations. First, we need to understand the optimum Device Specifications for Uber Partner App. For iOS devices: You must have an iPhone 4S or newer with iOS 7.1.2 or higher.
For Android devices, your device must meet the following specifications:
- Memory / RAM: minimum 1GB
- Storage: minimum 8GB
- Processor Speed: Quad-Core Preferred
- GPS Support for at least two of the following: A-GPS, GPS and/or GLONASS
Based on these parameters, read below for our recommended smartphones.
This is the device we bet our Uber careers on. This is the most cost effective phone for us at around Php 8, 000 that offers durability and reliability. Since the we shifted to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), we used Sony M2 phones; we’ve been using it for almost a year now. And we rarely encounter problems or issues with the Uber Partner App (except for network issues of course, darn you Globe and Smart!).
We’ve curated other Sony devices at this price range that we think would be very reliable to run your Uber Driver app. Simply click on the links and it will take you directly to the device pages in Lazada. Convenient, huh? 😉
Samsung is one of the most reliable brands when it comes to smartphones, no doubt about it. According to other partners, Samsung J5 is the right balance of affordability and function. At around Php 9 000, you get a mid level phone that’s reliable; no incompatibility issues, no GPS errors.
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Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime basically have the same specifications as that of Samsung J5. So it’s also a very good alternative. But the real reason we put it on our list is because it’s onn sale now for only Php 8,150 from Php 10, 000. That’s 20% OFF. Just click on the buy link below.
Before we used our Sony M2, Uber issued us Ipad Mini which worked very well. No errors at all, the apps do not even lag (except for when there’s no network connection). And the Uber Driver App and Waze works efficiently; we think these apps are highly stable and optimized for the iOS platform. Not to mention the durability and reliability we all know and trust from the Apple brand.
So if money is not an object, we suggest you go for any iOS device for your Uber Device. Anyway, this is an investment on your business. All else fails, iOS devices takes some time before they go down in value, so you can still sell them at a very good price.
So here’s a few suggestions for iOS devices:
- Iphone 4S
- Ipad Mini WiFi + 3G (cellular)
- Iphone 5C (a bit on the pricey end)
- LG G4 Stylus 8GB
- LG G2 Mini Dual
We hope we’re able to give you an idea as to what’s the best phone for Uber device. Just remember that this device is the heart of your Uber business. If your device does not function properly or has a lot of technical issues, you won’t be able to receive trip requests, which means no income for you plus hassle, effort and stress. So, we highly encourage you to NOT skimp on the device, if you have the means, get the BEST device available. Remember that it is an investment in your business and that this is a key to your success as an Uber Partner. 😉
I tried to use my samsung galaxy mega with 8gb internal memory but it’s just hang up and I could not go online at uber app eversince. If you’re suggesting from the gadget above with the same feature of mine, would it be possible that I could no longer experience uber app signal problems? For now I’m using my lenovo yoga tab8 with 16gb internal memory and still experiencing technical issues with uber app. This happens everyday when i accepted riders request and could not locate their pick-up point and just waited for riders text or call. It takes several minutes or more than 1 hour to determine my exact location also even my internet signal is excellent.
You might be having problem with Samsung Galaxy Mega because it’s just dual core. Ideally, if you’re using Android, better quad core.
Lenovo Yoga tablet’s GPS, we’re not sure if it’s GLONASS or AGPS, we’ve never tried Lenovo
I have two active drivers but only one vehicle. Shall I get two smartphones or just one that will be used every time my vehicle unit is on uber?
Try Cherry Cosmos 2 (LTE ready) + Smart Big Bytes 799 (LTE sim) – works great!
Thanks for the input! Cherry mobile works fine? That’s good to hear!
What is the average data usage per month? I need to know for the allocated data i’m going to apply. Is 1.7GB data enough? Thanks
About 2GB per month
Thank you admin
can i use samsung galaxy j1 for uber?
Yes you can. You can download the Uber Partner App here. Hope this helps.
We are using Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Polaroid cellphone. Why is it that when using the waze app, it shows (on the top of the screen). “No GPS”. That’s why it is hard to find the exact location of the riders becasue of this GPS issue. What suppose to be the problem?
Sometimes its the network connection. Make sure also that your GPS at least is A-GPS or Glonass.
I have a huawei media pad t1 7.0 quad core 1gb ram, 8 gb rom with A-GPS can I use this for uber?
Yes, this should be fine for as long as the phone the suggested minimum specifications.
IOS does not have the updates app version. No trips earnings, hours online and ratings. Is it only available in andriod?
Hi. I’m thinking to buy mi4i or mi4. Confused between the two. mi4i has 1.7GHz processor and Android v5.0.2 while mi4 has 2.5 GHz processor but Android v4.4.2. Which one do you suggest will work better for uber? Thanks.
For as long as octacore, 1GB RAM and has Glonass or AGPS
Can i use my passport that expired last jan, 2013 for proof of filipino citizenship?
No. it has to be valid. You can renew your passport or request for an NSO certificate
How about NSO certified copy of marraige certificate can i use it for proof of filipino citizenship
Birth Certificate and Passport po
Can i use my nso marraige certificate for proof of filipino citizenship?
I see thanks.
I understand i can apply for tnvs two vehicles at same time, one already have an OR/CR but the other one only have a sales invoice, in the event that PA comes out and i still dont have the OR/CR of the latter will i still get the PA of the car with or/cr? Or should i just apply the tnvs for each car separately?
Can I use asus zenphone 2 laser for uber?
how will i verify if what i was registered is uber partner driver or uber partner operator?
You can check the difference here: http://ubermanilatips.com/what-is-the-difference-between-partner-operator-and-partner-driver-account-in-uber-manila/
Amazingly there is no Asus Zenfone Max or Zenfone 5 (both are running 2gig RAM 16gig Internal) on the list they are the most reliable Android phones for Uber at price range of 6-8k
Uber server is Designed for IOS or apple phone since the system is based originally sa US, this is what an Uber employee told me
Thanks for the input on Asus Zenfone. Based on our first hand experience, Zenfone has a lot of compatibility issues and easy to lag. Sony is still our weapon of choice for about 2 years now! 😉
hi sir may problema po ako sa app eh registered driver na po ako and hanggang loading screen lang yung app ayaw niya bumukas, my device is zenfone max, i tried it out with my other devide but it doesn’t work can you me with this issue?
Baka po wala kayong mobile data.
hi there. experienced the same thing. i uninstalled waze then tried to login to uber partner ayun gumana.
Thanks for the tip!
what smartphone do you currently use? Do you think that asus zenphone 2 laser s compatible with uber?
Hi. I have used uber service for more than 10x. Most of them, if not all, use a pocket wifi device.
Any reason for this? Is the phone connectivity not enough?
We’ve been driving for Uber for more than a year now and we’ve been using our mobile data. Probably just preference
Can i use Huawei Honor 4c for uber?
Yes, however, make sure that it has the minimum system requirements so your phone won’t lag or have a lot of issues.
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Well thats exactly what you should have done. Summoned him using a diplomatic process instead of damaging us. He informed me that he suspects that you were trying to call him over the his mobile phone while he was on the road driving, this is when we realized that the number was not a local one. What is that, you know perfectly that using phone while driving will get him in trouble. Another, what is this anarchical practice that you are having such that in the middle of the day that you know perfectly the driver is enthusiastically aiming to earn high you will block out his account during which he was with a client as result the rider had to get off in the middle of the trip leaving the driver uncompensated but the uber had already charge my account for it was a cash basis trip. There go again the greens. You will again say sorry, this time SORRY won’t cut it, for uber owe me a great deal of supposed earnings since last friday till whenever my driver can go back on the road. For crying out loud people of uber we are not earning much since you know perfectly that most uber cars are in mortgage then just because some foreigner witness an uncalled for violation of a corrupt enforcer, you are up on your feet right away, HEY LETS BLOCK THIS DISGRACEFUL DRIVER AND ITS SO EMBASSING WE DON’T WANT TO LOOK BAD TO THE FOREIGNER, typical. Don’t you for one minute reason out that you have sent an email, FYI not all people have time to check email well actually even to pee, again FYI in case you don’t know this reality most driver stay on the road until exhaustion. Why, THE EARNINGS CAN HARDLY COVER EXPENSES. Youngsters, if your still somehow oblivious to the workings of life in the real world why not try to actually live in it with eye wide open as much as your logics. Last i check we are still in a democratic society not in anarchy. I’m just expressing my freedom of speech here.
I just hope and pray that youll take my points here seriously, cause you yourselves will kill the industry your trying to established.
Can I use Huawei Honor 4c for uber
What brand of tablet would you suggest that has all the required specs?
personally, we’ve only tried IPad mini and it works fine. We know some partners using Sony tablets as well.
Good PM, just received text message form UBER “Your driver account has been idle for more than 21 days! In line with our updated service fee policy, complete a trip by April 11 to avoid getting your vehicles/s moved to 25% service fee.” as far as I am concerned I am really very much eager to try my very first driving experience with you, but since my PA for (yw0421) has not yet been release, I think it will be impossible for me to accomplish what your office is asking me, though based on last info from your tracking device it is already at LTFRB, having said that, is 25% service fee still to be applied to me? Thanks.
Hi, for us we took our first trip even if we don’t have our PA yet. Anyway, the application is already with LTFRB. You can ask Uber directly at
I’m new to uber but have an iphone 4 so I’m taking advantage of their mobile website. I wasn’t able to connect to their website because it constantly says network error and noticed in your article globe doesn’t work. What other networks so you recommend to use instead in Manila?
Globe works it’s just unreliable. Try Smart
I’ve encountered error messages saying that I cannot be connected with your server. And, some of my passengers got irritated about this since the trip cannot be ended. They even accused me of cheating them.
Can something be done about this?
I started using Globe but it seems it’s not good for Uber use. I tried smart big bytes, and it’s working well. It never let me down. I still have globe as back up just in case something goes wrong with smart.
I am not a techie, don’t know much about device details, I have a Samsung j1, will it work well ?
Yes it will. 🙂
lol. uberpartner is not replying on my email. they only know how to send an email if they have concerns. service sucks.
I have a LENOVO TAB 2 A7 30GC and 0+ evo 4G which one can I use
We haven’t personally tried to use po these models. In case you do, llet us know how it goes.
my Lenovo’s RAM is 1 GB , STORAGE IS 16 GB , CPU is Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7, GPS A- GPS so it’s OK right
calling has been discontuned plz fix mah problem
I am wondering will samsung j2 work well?
Am newly purchased a phone Intex cloud swift with 16gb internal 3gb ram but am unable to open the uber partner application it’s not opening how can i solve this problem please help me as early as possible
Is Globe pocket wifi (Huawei) 4GB / 12 mpbs reliable for uber? Thanks
We personally find Smart mobile data more reliable than Gobe. Refer here: http://ubermanilatips.com/best-mobile-data-plan-for-uber-manila/
Can I use Samsung A3 for my uber app
Basta po pumasok sa minimum specifications
can i use samsung grand?
Hi, Kindly refer to this link for the Best Smartphone for Uber Device: http://ubermanilatips.com/best-smartphone-uber-device/
Will a samsung j2 work well with the uber partner app?
Hi Ashton, kindly refer to this link: http://ubermanilatips.com/best-smartphone-uber-device/
I am using Samsung Galaxy S4.
Since i am new, i have successfully completed over 30 Trips.
i have had issues as below;
1. Sometimes when i get trip request and my phone would start beeping. I would touch my screen to accept the trip but it would not accept it and after the countdown is over app would give me error saying “there is an error”. How to deal with it? I think Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty good phone to use this app.
2. In relation to above problem. would it effect my Rating(*****) ?
Regarding to your concern, kindly email Uber at
Hi- Im trying to log in to Asus Zenfone Go but i cant log in to my Uber partner account.
Specs: 1GIG Ram; 8gig ROM; Quadcore processor.
You can directly email Uber at or go to Uber’s Office in The Square, Greenfields, Mandaluyong to have it your account personally fixed.
Hello, We will registering for uber 2nd week of November and doing a lot of research on which phone to use. We are currently looking at Vivo Y55, Has anyone tried this unit? It is only 7999 with Octacore processor and 2GB Ram
Kindly refer to this link: http://ubermanilatips.com/best-smartphone-uber-device/
hi sir we are using micromax canvas mobile in cab it is not taking much faster and it is hanging and going to switch off.how we this problem sir
You should have a phone that it has the minimum system requirements so your phone won’t lag or have a lot of issues.
hi sir we r using micromax canvas mobile it is not taking bookings fast and it is hanging and suddenly it goes to switch off when trip in online.how we prevent this problem sir
You should have a phone that it has the minimum system requirements so your phone won’t lag or have a lot of issues
Hi just want to ask if okie din ba gumamit ng Cherry Mobile Flare ?
I have been using this phone.. but sometimes I got some issue… minsan uber as a request for rider then I’m trying to accept the request pero Hindi sya ma accept..
I have a 4G wifi connection… do you think there’s a problem between application or phone??? Pls help me
magandang tanghali po bago lang po ako sa uber, kaka sign up ko lang po today. di ko po alam kung paano ang gagawin ko after mag sign up at kung ano mga requirements ang ibibigay. salamat po
Here’s a step by step guide on how to be an Uber Partner. Let me know if you still have questions.