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Google is out of stock of the Pixel 6, but you can still preorder it

Google Pixel 6
Google Pixel 6 (Image credit: Ara Wagoner / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Google continues to struggle with inventory for Pixel 6 preorders.
  • Interested parties can now sign up for a waitlist.
  • Once the model selected is in stock, an email will be sent to notify you.

To say that the Pixel 6 preordering process was a frustration would be an instant contender for "understatement of the year." Interested parties were met with an array of errors ranging from the standard "501. It's not you, it's us" to random "R" errors when you finally were able to reach checkout. Things to be a bit more stable at the time of this writing, but it's clear that Google was stripped of its initial stock relatively quickly.

Google Pixel 6 Waitlist

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Now, if you try and place a preorder for the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro of your choice, you have the option to sign up for a waitlist. Currently, it appears as though you can go through and place an order for any unlocked Pixel 6 variant. However, the only Pixel 6 Pro option available at the time of writing is the base Stormy Black model with 128GB of storage. The rest of the options show an 'Out of stock - continue to waitlist' message.

When you go through the process on Google's online storefront, you can select the color and configuration that you want. And then, when you reach the end of the line, you'll be greeted with a "Join Waitlist" button. After tapping that, the site will show you a prompt to notify you once the Pixel 6 or 6 Pro model becomes available.

Google Pixel 6 Waitlist

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If you flat-out gave up on trying to preorder through Google, all hope is not lost. Looking around, you can still get both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro from either Amazon or Best Buy. We have seen a "Not Available" button appear through Best Buy, but Amazon seems to be a pretty good bet for many. Considering that the Pixel 6 could dethrone the Galaxy S21 as the best Android phone of the year, you'll definitely want to get your hands on one sooner rather than later.

Given that this is the most ambitious phone to come from Google since the original Pixel, it comes as no surprise to see issues with inventory. And based on our first impressions, the wait will be well worth it.

Andrew Myrick
Andrew Myrick

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.

20 Comments
  • Best phone of the year over S21 Ultra.. umm, ok
  • Did anyone actually say it was?
  • Nothing to stop scalpers from getting on the wait-list.
  • I just recall wish Google would accept my S21+ for a trade-in. It's rather annoying
  • They'd have to give you a Pixel at no charge, plus offer you cash.
  • Nah. Best buy's site quoted me $525 as a trade-in for my S21+. Only reason I didn't opt for that was because it didn't give an option to swap it for the Pixel. T-Mobile's only giving $355 as a trade-in without a 2-yr contract. They could definitely get away with a less-than-equal trade
  • That's a fraction of the amount you can sell it for on Swappa.
  • From what I can see on Swappa, the S21+ is going for anywhere from $5-600. Right inline with Best Buy, and far from Google "having" to offer an even exchange
  • Google isn't like Samsung. They're more like Apple. They're not going to give you a decent offer. They're trying to make money lol
  • Somewhere between the Nexus 4 and now I would have thought Google would have figured this out. But alas...
  • Out of stock? They have yet to be in stock. Can't pre-order in the Google store. I keep getting a 500 error. Amazon seems okay.
  • I have to compare with how Apple does things. You can always pre-order but the date of anticipated shipment goes out a bit the later you are to the party.
    Why can’t they do that ?
  • I'm good until 2024 and I'll see what Samsung or Google has then... But zero interest in only 128GB internal storage when no expansion storage exists. Hard pass.
  • Just FYI I added my email to the 6Pro 256 (black) waitlist this morning (10-20). And about 4:30 PM the same day I got an email saying I was able to pre-order it. So was able to order it in about 15/20 minutes which included getting credit approval. Also got the free ear buds. So it really wasn't a big deal.
  • No worries, I was waiting on the real world reviews anyway before deciding. I'm still deciding if it's worth all that extra money for the 6 Pro over the 6. One thing the Pixel A series has taught me is I don't need to spend big on a phone that does EVERYTHING I want well. Until then I'm quite happy with my 3a XL, the Android 12 update has actually made it sweeter and smoother.
  • I agree with that decision to wait. I'm sure the phone is going to be great, but no sense in losing one's mind in trying to buy it on launch day. Are people really that anxious and impatient to buy one? I can understand if tech reviewers want to get one asap so they can get a review out. But for general consumers, there's always going to be the next phone that's going to dethrone the one that came before it.
  • I definitely agree on the 3aXL and android 12. It's like they were made for each other.
  • So all 10,000 units have gone.
  • Ordered a Stormy black 6pro 256 gig. Delivery date is December 12. ouch.
    I hope it alot earlier. Was sooo close to getting the iPhone 13 pro. But heard about the new pixels coming out and decided to wait.
  • There is no company I hate pre ordering more from than Google...