Motorola's Moto Z series phones are all modular, and can take advantage of Motorola's proprietary Moto Mods. You can buy them separately online or through your carrier. Once you snap them on, the phone knows how to utilize them from there.
Which phones are compatible with Moto Mods?
As of writing, there are five phones compatible with Moto Mods:
Complete list of Moto Mods
Hasselblad True Zoom Camera
Get up the ten times the optical zoom with the Motorola-commission Hasselblad True Zoom Camera ($299.99). This Moto Mod turns your regular old smartphone into a bonafide point-and-shoot of sorts. It features optical zoom, xenon flash, and physical buttons for zooming' and shootin'. And if you use the Moto Z's RAW shooting format, you can do all the editing and tweaking you need to do to make it look professional in a desktop app.
Incipio Offgrid Power Pack
One more power pack! This one is from Incipio and, like the Mophie Juice Pack, it's a simplistic battery back you can tack on to the Moto Z for an extra boost of battery power. The Incipio Offgrid Power Pack ($79.99) features an additional 2220 mAh of battery. It also supports both Qi and PMA wireless charging, which will come in handy from time to time where wireless chargers might be available —this one compatible with the charging pads offered at Starbucks! It comes in both white and black.
Incipio Vehicle Dock
This phone mount doesn't just cradle the Moto Z, it latches on to it. Once you snap in the smartphone, the dock will fire up Android Auto so that you can have immediate access to your contact, music, and maps without being distracted from the road.
In addition to Android Auto support, the Incipio Vehicle Dock also offers 15-watt fast charging in your car so you can also ensure you're topped up and ready to go.
Interested? The Vehicle Dock will set you back $64.99.
The music is better when you're dancing to it with your friends. Bring your Spotify playlists to life with the JBL SoundBoost speaker ($79.99), which snaps on to the Moto Z and has a built-in kickstand. The mod is comprised of two 27mm speakers with 6W of power each. You can use the speaker to broadcast conference calls and make sure everyone in the room can hear what's being said back at headquarters. There's also an extra 1000 mAh of battery packed in there.
JBL SoundBoost 2
A sequel to 2016's SoundBoost, this Moto Mod is a speaker that attaches to the back of a Moto Z series phone, but this one is cooler: it comes in an assortment of colors, including bright blue or red, and is more rounded than the original, making it easier to hold.
With two 3-watt speakers, the SoundBoost 2 sounds just as good (but no better) than the original, and the 1000mAh battery lets it play for 10 hours without needing to be topped up. This one is also splashproof, just like the Moto Z phones themselves.
If you'd like to pick one up for yourself, you'll need to hand over $79.99.
Kate Spade New York Power Pack
Kate Spade New York Power Pack hails the brand's simplistic, modernist color palette to help make your Moto Z stand out from the crowd.
As if that wasn't enough, it also boosts the Moto Z series' battery capacity by an extra 2220 mAh. Similar to the Mophie Juice Power Pack, this easily charges alongside the Moto Z when it's plugged in for the night.
The retail price for the Kate Spade New York Power Pack is set at $79.99.
There is also a polka-dotted variant at Verizon.
Mophie Juice Pack
The battery will eventually peter out on your Motorola smartphone. Avoid living life without smartphone juice by packing something like the Mophie Juice Pack.
This snap-on module provides an extra 3,150 mAh of battery and can be easily recharged when you charge up a Moto Z device.
Mophie's one of the best-known brands when it comes to battery products, and the company's Juice Pack can be yours for just $79.99.
Moto 360 Camera
The newest Moto Mod is a 360-degree camera ($299.99) that attaches to the back of any Moto Z device and offers dual 13MP sensors and 4K video capture.
There's also 3D audio support using microphones from the phone and camera itself, and by attaching directly to the phone there's no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to struggle with when transferring photos over; they're all on the device or microSD card itself, and can be edited on the phone and uploaded to Google Photos.
Folio cases are a great solution for keeping the back and front of your phone protected at all times, but depending on which one you buy, the can sometimes add a lot of unwanted bulk.
If you've got a Moto Z phone, you can get that same level of protection while keeping your phone slim and trim thanks to the Moto Folio. Although this doesn't necessarily add any new functionality to your phone, it does offer some enhanced protection and has a small sleeve for storing a credit card or ID.
There are six colors to choose from and prices range from $14.99 and $19.99.
This is so cool. Motorola's Gamepad Mod lets a Moto Z series phone fit inside the comfortable confines of a game controller, adding dual control sticks, a d-pad and four buttons, along with shoulder buttons, for an incredible gaming experience. There's also a 1035mAh battery to power the Gamepad for eight hours of usage.
If you want to turn your Moto Z into a Nintendo Switch-like alternative, you can pick up the Moto Gamepad for $79.99.
Moto Insta-Share Projector
YouTube is fun for everyone, but not when you have to huddle over a small screen to see what's going on. Snap on Motorola's Insta-Share projector, which projects what's on your Moto Z's screen onto the wall of your choice.
You can project up to 70 inches and adjust the device as you like with the included stand. The projector also adds on an extra 1100 mAh of battery.
The $199.99 price isn't cheap, but it's a lot more mangabale than the $300 MSRP it launched with.
Moto Power Pack
There are a lot of great battery Moto Mods out there, but there's one undesired quality a lot of them have — they turn your slim Moto Z handset into a thick beast.
If you want some extra juice without the added weight, the Moto Power Pack is worth checking out. Its 2,220 mAh battery is rated to add up to 16 hours of additional use and measures in at a mere 4.99mm thick.
The charge rate is 4-6W and the Mod's available in a black or white plastic finish and in two glass-backed designs. Depending on which one you choose, you'll spend $49.99 to $59.99.
Moto Smart Speaker w/ Amazon Alexa
Amazon Alexa is one of the most powerful virtual assistants on the market, and thanks to the Moto Smart Speaker, you can easily bring it with you wherever you go.
You can use the Smart Speaker to use Alexa just like you would on an Amazon Echo, including asking it about the weather, reading aloud audiobooks, controlling your smart home gadgets, and so much more.
In addition to the Alexa capabilities, this Mod also comes with a low-profile docking mode, dual speakers, four microphones, and a built-in battery that should last for 15 hours. Pricing is set at $149.99.
Moto Stereo Speaker
If you want an alternative to JBL's SoundBoost Moto Mods, your only other option currently comes from Motorola itself in the form of the Moto Stereo Speaker. It's a bit more affordable at $59.99 and comes in black, blue, and red colors.
The Mod's incredibly eye-catching, featuring an intricate pattern on the back for the speaker grill and a circular stand that pops out so you can prop your phone and the Mod up on a table or other hard surface.
Two 28mm speakers drive your audio and there's a loudness rating of 80dB at 50cm.
Moto Style Shell
Although Motorola's Style Shells don't technically add any functionality to Moto Z handsets, they do allow you to quickly change up the look and feel of your phone in the blink of an eye.
There are quite a few Style Shells to choose from, including two nylon ones and three that are made out of Corning Gorilla Glass.
Each Style Shell has its own unique look, and while the Gorilla Glass ones may not be the most durable, they do offer some of the flashiest designs of the bunch. Depending on what you choose, prices range from $19.99 to $29.99.
Moto Style Shell with Wireless Charging
If you want to update the look of your Moto Z while also adding wireless charging, the Style Shell with Wireless Charging does exactly what it describes. Adding a tiny 3.25mm of thickness to a compatible phone, the back adds Qi and PMA wireless charging.
This Mod retails for $39.99 and is currently available in only a gray color. It may not look like much, but if you've got a lot of wireless chargers in your home or simply don't want to mess with cables any longer, this is an essential pickup.
Moto TurboPower Pack
Motorola's fast charging technology is branded TurboPower, so it makes sense that its most powerful and expansive battery Mod would be named after it.
The Moto TurboPower Pack contains a massive 3,490 mAh cell that charges a Moto Z series phone at 15W for incredibly fast recharge speeds.
While it adds a girthy 6.58mm to the phone it's connected to, it's not meant to be kept on all day; instead, it's a top-up, bringing a phone from 0% to 50% in 20 minutes or so.
To pick one up for yourself, you'll need to shell out $79.99.
Updated June 2018: This list has been updated with the latest Moto Mods added in 2018.
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.
Moto mods are nice and all but very expensive, too. Got the JBL mod and some style shells
I wonder if they'll keep Moto mods on their next phones because these seem amazing!
Motorola have said that the Moto Z phones released over the next couple of years will also be compatible with Motomods.
They have promised compatibility for the next three years (originally 2 at launch).
Why are these seen as so innovative? You can get a case for many phones to add the same exact functionality. Especially if you use an iPhone.
I guess it's because of how they work. Just snap on and it's being used.
Oh right, all those projector cases for iPhones that you can find anywhere....Not. sure battery packs aren't innovative, but being able to snap off and on so many different attachments is far more innovative than a simple case with a battery.
Then what's this? Same price as the Moto Mod too. Projector case: https://www.iphone7fanclub.com/2017/01/daeon-portable-iphone-7-projector... Please name one Moto Mod that you can't achieve the same functionality of on an iPhone with an accessory.
Functionality? Sure, it offers the same, and even adds an HDMI port and headphone jack, which the Moto Z's projector mod doesn't. The overall user experience, though, seems unwieldy at best. With the projector mod, you just slap it on the back of the phone and bam, there you go. With the case you linked, you have to open the case, slide your phone into it (and, because it's not magnetic, it has to grip around all sides of the phone, noticeably increasing the phone's footprint), and then you have to plug a clunky little cable from the case into your phone. That's hilariously janky, especially considering how Apple and its fans always crow about the iPhone's supposedly superior user experience.
Do you think you can print an "ID-10-t" form from one of the mods?
That's pretty janky really.
The Hasselblad camera mod gets a lot of flak, but the optical zoom has allowed me to take some great shots from a distance. Closest thing I've seen to that for Iphone is clip-on lenses...which is a joke.
Check out these AutoMod apps for automating your phone when a mod is attached and detached! I use the the projector AutoMod to setup the volume I want, screen rotation, brightness, and turn Bluetooth on for playing games with my Bluetooth controller. It's stuff I found myself changing every time I used the mod anyways. Now my phone does it on its own! https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F... https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F... https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F...
The mod i would really like on my Moto Z Play, es getting Android 7.0 by this time.... (not forcing it by TWRP or custom ROM) just the OTA.
The Force and regular Z already have it. Play was the last one released and will get it soon.
Those are appealing, but ultimately, only the speaker mod and Mophie Juice Pack are appealing enough for me to get them. It's not that the others are bad, but for my usage pattern, those 2 are the ones that seem suitable for me. Also, the Incipio offGRID, kate spade and TUMI battery mods are exactly the same, just with a different exterior design and higher MSRP.
That's not completely true. The Tumi one has a USB-C so it can be charged independently. Also the more expensive Incipio one has wireless charging. The Kate Spade one is basically the same as the cheaper Incipio one though.
Really? That's interesting
Powerful DAC amp mod would be nice.
Qwerty keyboard mod maybe, too.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/physical-keyboard-mod-for-moto-z#/ Here is a keyboard mod that recently started on indiegogo. Opening the keyboard to use the camera seems to be a shortcoming. I have the Z Play and added a battery mod. Now I need to charge the device occasionally😉.
Someone is developing a DAC/Amp mod https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/simply-great-audio#/
I was skeptical at first but I Love the mods.
Looking forward to seeing more mods
I live in Vancouver BC and just got my Motor Z play about 3 months ago and other than online, I can't find mods for this phone. I can get charge cords, that's it. Any suggestions please?
Hey shark, mods last a long time, any other questions?
If anybody has any questions, don't think visit these campaign. always getting upgrades 😊 https://twitter.com/mobileheatsync or https://igg.me/at/recorder
I own the speaker and the Incipio battery pack, but only because it got bundled with my phone. I would spend $80 on the speaker, but after using the battery pack, it's definitely worth it
TUMI made a non wireless charging model of their powerpack TOO! I know I have one! It might be "out of print" now, but they did have one. Also of note, while NOT a Moto Mod, the Google Daydream View works with SOME but not all of the Moto Zs It supports the Moto Z, Z Force, and I BELIEVE (but I don't know for sure) the Z2 Force. It does not support the Play models.
Did you get a chance to ask Lenovo about nougat for the Moto X Pure?
There's still one massive inherent flaw to these Moto mods: they can't be used with a case
Somebody needs to make a case that clips around the sides so the mods can be added or removed
I just bought this battery pack mod, made my Motorola. It's basically the same as the Incipio battery pack, but it's got a big Moto M on it. Cheap too, got it for less than $40. https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fshop-links.co%2Flink...
You forgot the Polaroid Insta-Share Printer
I had the Play 1 and I think I know a reason they dropped the battery size down for the 2 and 3. After about a year and a half of use, one day I found my self suddenly with half the battery life. It would get below 50% and be shutting off dead in an hour. I looked online and found that others had this issue as well with some occurring as early as 10 months. I think the battery they used had a design flaw. Going bigger like the other Moto Play series phones would make it too think. The 3000 they used in the G5 plus doesn't have the extensive life, but it's solid.(my wife has one) So they started using this battery in a lot of phones. I've enjoyed the software experience of the Moto series ever since my OG Moto X. So considering that and the fact that I own several Moto Mods, I purchased the Moto Z3 Play. I have to say the phone is solid. The battery gets me through the day just fine without the battery pack it came with. So what I believe is that this phone is for people like me who want/need to upgrade but don't want to throw out their mods...which can be a pretty good value (I've never paid full price for one). Also, my Play 1 had a glass back and it quickly got all kinds of marks on it from use/mod changes. The Play 3 has gorilla glass and after a few weeks of use, the glass part doesn't have the slightest scratch. It definitely made a difference.
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