How To Activate a New Cricket Phone

How To Activate a New Cricket Phone

What is Cricket Phone?

Cricket Wireless is an American prepaid wireless service provider, owned by AT&T. It provides wireless services to ten million subscribers in the United States. Cricket Wireless was founded in March 1999 by Leap Wireless International.

How To Activate a New Cricket Phone

  • Insert your SIM card BEFORE you activate (learn how to insert your SIM card here).
  • Locate your order number and phone number.
  • Go to and follow the steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I activate a phone myself?

Although the specific steps vary from device to device, generally, you need to insert the SIM card, power on the device, and follow the on-screen prompts to set it up. If you are activating a new phone, you may also need to activate the SIM card with your carrier.

Can I just switch my Cricket SIM card to new phone?

Yes, as long as the SIM cards are the same size. Just switch them out and you should be good to go. It will work but be advised, they will lock your new phone to Cricket even if you did not buy it from them.

Why is my SIM card not activating?

Ensure that your device is connected to a stable and active internet connection. This is necessary for the activation process to work. Check if the SIM card is inserted correctly into your device. You can follow the instructions that came with your device to make sure that the SIM card is inserted properly.

How do I activate my SIM after purchase?

Wait for few seconds so that your phone gets disconnected from the network. Remove the old SIM from your mobile and insert the new SIM in the slot. Switch on the phone and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. It take 1 to 2 hours to activate a new SIM.

Can I activate an unlocked phone on Cricket?

Purchase a Cricket SIM card and one month of service. You can also bring your current wireless number. Select devices feature an eSIM (embedded SIM).

What is the number for Cricket transfer?

You can also call 1-800-CRICKET (274-2538) from any device. When calling Customer Service, you’ll need your account PIN to generate the Number Transfer Pin.

Can I put a cricket SIM card in an iPhone?

Your iPhone must accept a Cricket SIM card or be eSIM-capable. Select Apple devices include an embedded SIM (eSIM). This makes the activation process quicker and more secure. It also allows you to activate two phone numbers on the same device (iPhone 13 and 14 only).

How do I know if my phone is activated?

Click on the Android card under Your Google services section. You will find the activation date of your Android mobile or tablet right below the device name. If you want to customize this name, check out my guide on changing the device name of Android.

Can you activate a phone by switching SIM cards?

Yes, you can switch SIM cards between phones as long as they are compatible with the same carrier network. Your SIM card should also be compatible with the new phone in terms of size (micro, nano, and standard size).2

How long does a new SIM card take to activate?

A replacement SIM lets you move your number to a new SIM if your old SIM is lost, stolen or damaged, or if you need a different size SIM for your new device. A replacement SIM can take up to 24 hours to activate in busy periods, however it’s usually much quicker.