What is cell phone activation

If you're on a standard monthly plan, we recommend you activate your iPhone using the mobile network, but you can also use Wi-Fi if necessary:

  1. Turn on your iPhone.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.
  3. Note: If you're already a Verizon customer, you may be prompted to enter the last 4 digits of the account owner's Social Security number or the 4-digit account PIN.

  4. To activate over the mobile network, when you reach the Wi-Fi Networks screen in the Setup Assistant, tap Use Cellular Connection. (To activate over Wi-Fi, select your Wi-Fi network instead and enter the Wi-Fi password when prompted.)
  5. If you're a new Verizon customer, activation will begin automatically.
  6. Note: It may take a few minutes to complete activation.

  7. Continue to follow the onscreen instructions to complete setup.

Note: If you're unable to access the mobile network or Wi-Fi, you can activate using iTunes with your iPhone tethered to your computer.

If you're on a prepaid plan, we recommend that you activate using a Wi-Fi connection:

  1. Turn on your iPhone.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your iPhone.
  3. When you reach the Wi-Fi Networks screen in the Setup Assistant, select the Wi-Fi network you want to use and enter the password if required.
  4. Continue following the onscreen instructions to complete setup.
  5. Sign up for mobile data:
    1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
    2. Tap Cellular Data.
    3. Note: Cellular Data must be turned ON in order to continue.

    4. Tap View Account.
    5. Tap Set Up New Account, then tap Continue.
    6. You'll be directed to a screen where you can purchase a data plan. Activation will begin shortly after signing up for service.

If you're unable to access Wi-Fi, you can activate using iTunes with your iPhone tethered to your computer.