How to Swap your Old Google Pixel Phone

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If you want to buy the Google Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL without paying full price, trading in your old Pixel is a smart way to do that. But, to get the most value out of your phone, you’d best trade it in sooner than later. Once Google’s next phone is in the wild, the value of your older Google Pixel or Google Pixel 2 phone will greatly diminish.

When the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are announced, many will decide whether they’ll go for the latest or instead buy a lightly used phone from an older generation that will suit their needs without breaking the bank. If you’ve got an older Pixel model and are ready for an upgrade, here are a few steps to take to get your device ready for selling, followed by how much cash you can expect to earn back.


If your old Pixel device is in good condition, you shouldn’t have much of a problem finding a new owner.

Even if your phone isn’t in the best shape, you should still be able to get something for your trade. Take into consideration its blemishes, including scratches, dents, cracks, and any other quirks that the next owner should know about. Be honest, or else it will probably come back to bite you.


If your Pixel or Pixel 2 has the most up-to-date Android Pie software, erasing your phone starts with navigating to the settings menu, then to “Google services and preferences.” Once you’re there, click “Google account” to drill down another level, then hit “security.” Scroll down until you see “your devices,” then click the device you’re using and select “remove.” This will sign you out of the device that you’re trading in.

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The next step is to factory reset the phone. Back at the main settings menu, select “system” and then hit “advanced” at the bottom. If you plan to restore your phone on the Pixel 3 or 3 XL, make sure you’ve backed up to Google Drive recently. Otherwise, going into “reset options” will take you to the final step. Select “erase all data (factory reset)” to completely wipe the device’s storage.


As for where you can sell your old Pixel phone, is a top pick with a healthy community of buyers and sellers. At the time of this writing, you stand to get more for your Pixel here than most other places. protects both ends of the transaction with PayPal.

As at the time of this writing, this platform is mostly dominated by users in the US, but I will be exploring the platform more to update local pixel users here in Ghana how to go about the whole process on


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