Get Your Phone Ready to Sell:
Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or Google Nexus 6

Music, memories and money. Your entire life is right there on your phone, easily accessible with just a few swipes. With three simple steps, we'll help you transfer your valuable information and memories, erase data and get that old phone ready to sell.

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Think of all the music you've collected on your phone over the years. All those thousands of pictures and videos, your favorite games, the apps you can't live without, not to mention your contacts and emails. You've got a lot of data on your phone. Let's talk about relocating it, so it's ready and waiting to be transferred to your new phone.

Backing up

Backing up your Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or Google Nexus 6 makes it possible to transfer your old data to your new phone

Before you start: Make sure to save and close your files before copying them from your phone to your computer

Backing up to your computer

  • Connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable
  • On the pop-up that appears, select Open device to view files
  • Double click > Internal Storage and you'll see a list of folder icons
  • Find the DCIM folder
  • Right click and select Copy, then Paste it on your computer's hard drive

Check to make sure the subfolders inside the DCIM folder have the content you want to copy. For example, the "Camera" folder should have your photos and videos, "Music" will have music, etc.

  • Check your computer to make sure those files/folders were saved
  • Disconnect your phone from the computer

Backing up via Bluetooth Transfer

The simplest way to use Bluetooth to back up your data is with the Bluetooth File Transfer app, which you can download for free

Backing up Media and Pictures via Google Drive

  • You'll need the Google Drive app.

If you don't already have it, you can download it for free

  • Go into your Photos file
  • Select Menu > Share > Share to drive

Backing up your apps

  • From your phone's home screen, select Apps > Settings
  • Scroll to Personal
  • Select Backup and reset

You MUST be logged into a Google account to back up your apps. If necessary, you might have to do the following:

  • Select Account > Add account
  • Follow the prompts to Log In or Create a Google account
  • Select Backup my data

How to back up your Samsung Galaxy or Nexus data.

Backing up your contacts

The good news is, your phone automatically backs up your contacts and calendar to the primary Gmail account associated with the phone. To make SURE your contacts are synced, go to and log into your Google account. You'll see a list of all the contacts that are synced to your Gmail. These are the contacts that will re-sync to your cell phone once you log back in with your new phone.

To turn on automatic back up for your contacts, first connect to Wifi, then:

  • From your phone's home screen, select Apps > Settings
  • Scroll to Personal
  • Select Backup and reset > Backup account and choose either:
    Your phone's account, or Google Account
  • Select Automatic backup to backup contacts daily over Wifi
  • Select Back up now to back up phone contacts to the cloud

Remove accounts from your phone

It's time to get rid of any accounts you no longer use

  • Go to Settings > Accounts & sync > Account type
  • Select How to remove accounts from your Samsung Galaxy and Nexus phones to resell them. next to the account you want to remove.

If you're on Account Settings, tap Find Account Settings to reset a Galaxy S6 or Nexus phone.

  • Select Remove

Good to know: Removing an account does not remove accounts and information from the online service itself. Some personal data may be retained by the third-party app after you have removed the account from your Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or Google Nexus 6.

Now that you've completed the important step of backing up your data, it's time to disconnect your phone and make sure your account is paid off.

Make the call

Call your carrier and disconnect service to your old Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge or Google Nexus 6. Before you do, make sure:

  • All bills have been paid
  • You own your phone (it could be leased or under installment plan)
  • You disconnect the phone from your service

You're in the final stretch of getting your old phone ready to sell. You've backed up all the data you want to keep and called your carrier to disconnect your old phone. The last step is wiping the slate clean by resetting your old phone.

Ready. Set. Reset.

Your phone's Factory data reset is a tool used to remove everything that was imported, added or installed on the phone. It will also turn off the kill switch. Keep in mind: Everything will be deleted, so before you get started, make sure you've backed up all data you want to keep.

  • Select Apps > Settings (NOT Google Settings) > Backup & reset > Factory data reset > Reset phone > Erase everything

This will cause the phone to reset and start to factory reset
Good to know: when Erase all content and settings is performed, your phone locator feature will be disabled

How to reset a Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge or Nexus phone to factory settings.
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Charge your phone

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Your phone is now clean as a whistle (data-wise, anyway). You've taken the important steps to make sure your information stays with you, and all your photos, videos, apps and music are backed up and ready to be transferred to your new phone. Now you can sell that old phone with confidence.

Like the idea of making instant cash on your old phone? Go to an ecoATM® kiosk, where you can recycle it for cash on the spot. Charge your phone and find an ecoATM® kiosk location near you.

Last Updated August 31, 2015

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