How To Activate a Phone on Verizon

What is a Phone?

A mobile phone is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user moves within a telephone service area, as opposed to a fixed-location phone.

How To Activate a Phone on Verizon

How do I activate a phone I purchased from Verizon or a Verizon Authorized Retailer?

When you order a new phone from us, it will be ready to activate when you turn it on. Simply follow the steps on your screen to complete activation and set up your iPhone®, Android™ or prepaid device.

For additional assistance, visit our Smart Setup tool.

Note: Activation typically takes minutes, but in some situations may take up to 24 hours.

What should I do if my new phone doesn’t activate automatically when I turn it on?

If the activation process doesn’t complete automatically when you power on your new phone for the first time, check the following:

  • Ensure a SIM card is inserted in your phone and is attached to your Verizon account. This can be done via My Verizon.
  • Make sure your old phone is powered off. If it was on, turn it off then power your new phone off and back on.
  • Make sure you’re at a location with an adequate Verizon network signal.

How long does it take Verizon to activate a phone?

Confirm the status bar at the top of the screen changes from ‘No Service’ to ‘Verizon’. This process may take 2-3 minutes.

How much does it cost to activate a Verizon phone?

Before this week, the standard activation fee, both for an in-store activation and when purchasing a new phone online, was $30.

Now, Verizon says you can save $10 by buying a new phone online, paying only $20 to activate it, while doing so via a Verizon brick-and-mortar retail store will now cost you $40.