Upgrading to Google Pixel or Pixel XL? Here’s What You Should Do with Your Old Phone


If you're planning on upgrading to Google Pixel or Pixel XL, here's what you should do with your old iPhone, Android, or Windows handset.

Selling Your Phone Right Now Is the Best Route to Take If You're Planning on Upgrading to Pixel or Pixel XL

If you're living in the United States, you'll be pleased to learn that the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones will go on sale very, very soon. And while we are sure most of you have made up your mind regarding the new handsets, the big question here is: what should you do with your old phone if you're upgrading to Pixel or Pixel XL? Don't worry, we will walk you through everything in a snap, laying down options you can opt for.

Selling Options

Selling your old phone seems like the most obvious thing to do, if you plan on keeping just handset with you once you get the Pixel or Pixel XL. But while some routes sound very appropriate to take due to their convenience, but do keep in mind extra effort needs to be put in place if you want serious cash for your gadget.

Some of the services you can utilize for online selling of your gadget are as follows:

  • Gazelle
  • Amazon Trade-in
  • eBay
  • Craigslist

The first two choices are great if you want to get rid of your phone in the quickest possible manner. There's even a chance you might end up with good cash in hand as well. But of course, selling things in a speedy manner will only leave you with less value. If you're looking for good money for your smartphone, then eBay and Craigslist are the way to go.

Last but not the least, selling your gadget using word of mouth will also earn you good money as well. But of course, keep in mind - extra effort.

Carrier Exchange Options

There's a chance your carrier is running an offer, allowing you to upgrade to the Pixel or Pixel XL by spending a small amount of money. Head over to their website right away to see where you stand.

Copy Your Data & Backup Everything

Before handing over your old phone away, make sure you have backed up everything in a safe location. This includes your photos, the list of apps you have installed and whatnot.

If you have an iOS device, you can follow our guide posted here on how to backup your data using iCloud or iTunes. You'll also be pleased to learn Google has a great way of letting you copy your data from an iPhone or Android device straight to the Pixel, details of which can be found here.

Android users can backup their data by going to Settings > Backup & Reset. Over here turn on the Back up my data option as well as Automatic restore.

Users with Windows phone devices can go to Settings > Backup in order to save their files and folders safely in the cloud.

Play the Waiting Game

Once you have sorted everything out, all there's left to do is play the waiting game. Once the Pixel and Pixel XL phones go on sale, it'll be your time to shine.