Best refurbished phones 2024

Buying a new phone is a lot like buying a new car. You're likely overpaying for something that immediately loses value, even if it does come with a lot of cool new features. But what if you could get that same phone for less? Buying refurbished means you can get the latest phones at a bargain price.

If you've never bought a refurbished phone before, here's how the program works. Companies like Amazon and Best Buy accept trade-ins for new devices. Those traded-in devices get sent to an authorized Amazon supplier, or the Best Buy Geek Squad, which then inspects the device and makes any repairs necessary to make it look and feel like new again.

Amazon and Best Buy both back the renewed device up with an extra 90-day warranty. In our experience, Best Buy offers the best refurbished devices and is often the easiest place to handle an exchange since you can just walk into a store and get it handled ASAP.

In other words, you get the savings of buying a used device but the peace of mind that comes with a 3-month warranty — something you'd never get with a plain old used phone. Plus, these refurbished items come with all the accessories you'd expect a phone to come with, which makes buying renewed best for you and the planet. Also, be sure to check out the best refurbished deals for monthly updates on the best sales.

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Which refurbished phone is best?

The Google Pixel 8 Pro packs an impressive wallop, providing fantastic cameras and a distinctly bold design that is comfortable to hold and still familiar to just about every Android user. We spoke highly of the phone in our Pixel 8 Pro review, and that love hasn't gone anywhere. If anything, the premium features such as an IP68 waterproof rating and wireless charging make the refurbished Pixel an even sweeter deal.

If you want to save a few bucks and get a device that will still turn heads, there's no better way to go other than Samsung or OnePlus.

Opting for the renewed Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra provides a fantastic bargain for those looking to score a true-blue flagship Android phone. Everything is as premium as possible, starting from the design to the hardware powering the device. You even get an S Pen in addition to a state-of-the-art camera setup and a phenomenal 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2X panel. 

How refurbished phones help the environment

Nowadays, nearly all of the world's biggest tech companies — from Apple to Samsung and Google — have launched sustainability initiatives, with lofty goals of incorporating more recycled materials into their products and aspirations of becoming carbon neutral by some future date. 

Sure, all of these efforts are commendable, but the only real way to make the tech industry environmentally sustainable is to reduce production at its source. Here at Android Central, we've written at length about why cell phone companies should stop producing a new phone every single year, and yet the industry is showing no signs of shifting away from that model any time soon. The average American buys a new phone every 18 months, and over 5 billion phones are thrown away every year, according to the international waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) forum. What if, instead of buying the newest flagship as soon as it came out, we shifted our focus to buying refurbished phones? 

Switching to refurbished or repairable phones en masse could have a tremendous impact on the amount of e-waste that is produced every year, and it may even inspire tech giants to make more sustainable decisions when it comes to manufacturing smartphones. Refurbished devices are beneficial to the environment and your bank account, so keep that in mind the next time you're in the market for a smartphone.

Once your new device arrives, don't forget to use our step-by-step Android to Android transfer guide so you can move all of your data from one phone to another without losing anything. 

Andrew Myrick
Senior Editor - Chromebooks and tablets

Andrew Myrick is a Senior Editor at Android Central. He enjoys everything to do with technology, including tablets, smartphones, and everything in between. Perhaps his favorite past-time is collecting different headphones, even if they all end up in the same drawer.

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