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Best Android phones with expandable storage 2022

Galaxy Note 9 with a microSD card
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Whether you carry your media library with you, shoot a lot of 4K videos, or you're looking to download a few movies ahead of a long commute, expandable storage is essential for many users. Thankfully, plenty of options are still available, ranging from high-end choices with endless features to budget options with a few compromises. If you're not looking to spend upwards of $1,000, take a look at our list of best Android phones with expandable storage.

MicroSD isn't dead yet

With more of the best Android phones moving away from expandable storage and some brands like Huawei switching from microSD to their own standards, you might think the format is becoming a dying breed, but don't panic just yet. There are still plenty of great phones with microSD support, ranging from budget offerings to top-tier flagships.

If you want the absolute best of the best with expandable storage, look no further than the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. With this stunning phone, you get phenomenal value and rich features like 5G support for any compatible U.S. carrier. That gorgeous 6.5-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display coupled with stereo speakers is ideal for multimedia consumption. The camera array is also incredibly versatile, allowing you to capture some neat shots in varying conditions. You also get Android 12 right away, with four more major updates down the line.

In terms of full-blown flagships that offer expandable storage, you're out of luck with the latest releases. You won't find a microSD slot in the Galaxy S22 lineup or the Pixel series. The older Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is your best option here. Even as a much older release, the last Note phone ahs aged quite well. You'll find the internals to be solid even today, pushing out smooth performance consistently. It's a great hit in the camera and battery departments too, with the S Pen adding a lot of functionality.

If you're looking to spend even less, though, the OnePlus Nord N200 5G and Moto G Power are also great options to consider. Both deliver performance well above their asking price and are some of the best cheap Android phones you'll find, expandable storage or otherwise.

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.