Google Is Paying up to $500 to Owners of the First Pixel and Pixel XL

If you own the first-generation Pixel or Pixel XL phones, you might be entitled to a payout from Google.

Google was faced with a lawsuit back in 2018 after knowingly selling early versions of the phones with microphone issues that prevented calls and voice assistant functionality.

The company is finally making good by offering up to $500, depending on when you purchased your phone. Google set up pixelsettlement.com, a site for owners of Pixel or Pixel XL phones who think they're owed money.

According to the site, you're eligible for a payout if you bought one of the First-Generation Pixel or Pixel XL smartphones in the United States before January 4, 2017. However, if you exchanged your Pixel for one that was "manufactured after January 3, 2017 or refurbished after June 5, 2017," you're not eligible.

As for how much money you can get, here's the breakdown:

  • Receive $20 if you have an affected phone but did not experience any issues.
  • Get a reimbursement if you paid an insurance deductible for a replacement Pixel or Pixel XL because of the issue.
  • $500 if you owned multiple faulty Pixel phones.
  • $350 if you dealt with the defect on one Pixel phone, "unless there is not enough money left to make those payments, in which case the rest of the fund will be distributed to them on a pro rata basis."

Visit pixelsettlement.com to check if you're eligible for a payout.