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Best universal lenses for Android phones 2022

Moment 18mm lens on Pixel 4
Moment 18mm lens on Pixel 4 (Image credit: Hayato Huseman / Android Central)

Most phones these days are capable of taking beautiful photos, and some even feature multiple lenses that change the perspective of your shots on the fly. But for those that don't, artificially distorting your photos in post to add a fisheye, wide-angle, or macro look can affect the quality and feel of the image. Luckily, external, universal lenses allow you to achieve these unique perspectives naturally, even if your phone only has one lens. Here are the best universal lenses for your Android phone.

Why use a photography case?

Pixel 3 XL rocking a Moment Leather phone case

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Moment's lenses are by far the most expensive of this list, reaching over $100 per lens when most alternatives include full multi-lens kits for a fraction of the price. So why shell out the extra cash? For one, Moment uses high-quality glass to ensure the absolute best image quality possible, and while it still isn't quite as convenient as having an extra lens built into your phone, it's the next best thing.

Moreover, though, Moment uses its cases for mounting lenses, rather than a clip-on attachment. While this limits how many devices are actually compatible with the company's products, it ensures quick and accurate alignment every time you need to attach a lens, rather than moving a clamp around to avoid blocking your camera's view. If you're shooting something time-sensitive, this quick attachment process could be the difference between getting or missing the shot.

Should I use a clip-on?

Aukey Ora Lens kit

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Suppose you're unable or unwilling to buy Moment's lenses and cases, absolutely! Clip-on lens attachments are often much more affordable and perhaps just as important because they're more widely compatible. Since there's no special case required, you can clip one of these lens mounts to just about any phone — you can even use them on your front camera if you're so inclined!

Most of these camera kits also include carrying cases for easy travel, meaning you can shoot with different perspectives from anywhere, even if your phone only has one built-in lens.

Hayato was a product reviewer and video editor for Android Central.