What to Do With Your Old Nexus 5

Recycling bin that reads "We recycle"I think it’s safe to say the original Nexus 5 is nearing the end of its life. Google announced earlier this year that it was pulling the highly popular handset from its Play Store to make room for newer devices like the Nexus 6. And with the new 2015 Nexus 5 reboot just around the corner, many original Nexus 5 users are preparing to make the upgrade. So, what should you do with your old Nexus 5?

Music Player

Rather than getting rid of your old Nexus 5, you may want to hang on to it so you can use it as a music player. The Nexus 5 has a decent storage capacity, with models offering either 16 or 32GB of storage space. Assuming the only data you store on it is MP3s, that’s a ton of room for music. Whether you’re going for a morning jog, working in the office, or just laying in your bed at night, the old Nexus 5 makes an ideal portable music player.

Sell it On eBay

If you want to fetch top dollar for your old Nexus 5, sell it on eBay. Prices for used Nexus 5s range from $200 to $300, which is pretty good considering their age. Be sure to include photos of your actual Nexus 5 rather than stock photos to show potential buyers that you really have it and what condition it’s in. Also, consider offering free shipping to entice eBay users to bid. You’ll have to cough up the money to pay for shipping out of your own pocket, but numerous studies have shown that auctions generally with free shipping end with a higher winning bid.

Sell it Via a Third-Party

Some people avoid auction sites like eBay simply because they don’t want to deal with transactions. With Gazelle, though, you can sell your Nexus 5 directly to the website, who then sells it to a buyer. Keep in mind that you won’t receive as much money when selling your Nexus 5 on Gazelle, but it’s easier and less of a hassle. Of course, Gazelle is just one of many third-party vendors of used smartphones. Feel free to browse around some of the other vendors’ sites as well.

Donate it

Alternatively, you can donate your old Nexus 5 to charity. Most major charity organizations like GoodWill will gladly accept your “gently used” Nexus 5. You won’t receive any cash by donating your Nexus 5, but you’ll get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside knowing that you did a good deed. And as a side benefit, you can write off your donation when you file taxes, meaning you’ll recoup at least some of its value back. Search online for charities you’d like to support to see if they accept smartphones.

Recycle It

In the event that your Nexus 5 is completely wasted, you may want to recycle it. Electronic waste (known as e-waste) has become a major problem, polluting streams, rivers, waterways, the ground, and even the air. Taking your old Nexus 5 to an electronics recycling facility will ensure it doesn’t end up polluting the environment.

What do you plan on doing with your old Nexus 5? Let us know in the comments section below!

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What to Do With Your Old Nexus 5
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If your Nexus 5 is nearing the end of its life or you're ready to upgrade, consider these options for what to do with it.
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4 Comments

  1. Simon

    July 22, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I’m keeping my old phone. It never seems to fail that whenever I get a new phone and recycle my old phone, something happens to the new one. This time, I’ll have a backup.

  2. Joel

    July 23, 2015 at 9:41 am

    I’ll be recycling my old 5 when I upgrade.

  3. Andre

    July 23, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Selling it as soon as I get the new one. Might as well try to recoup some of my cost.

  4. Chris Laarman

    July 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I have my Nexus 5 replaced as a primary device (by both a Galaxy S6 and an iPhone 6).

    However, I rather heavily use it at home for “listening to” streamed television news and on the road (bicycle) for GPS-tracking and for controlling a GoPro action cam.

    As I happened to comment a few hours ago at another website, I prefer the software-keys approach of the N5 to the physical Home key on iPhone and Galaxy. I also like the plastic feel. 🙂

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