How To Activate a Phone using iTunes

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 using iTunes

  1. Restart your iPhone or iPad.
  2. If you’re using a cellular data connection, connect to a reliable Wi-Fi network instead.
  3. If you get an error message on your iPhone or iPad that says the activation server is temporarily unavailable or cannot be reached when trying to activate, wait a few minutes, then repeat the previous steps.

If you still can’t activate your iPhone or iPad, try again using your computer instead:

  1. Make sure that you have the latest version of macOS or the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Check that your computer has an internet connection.
  3. With the cable that came with your iPhone or iPad, connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. Locate your device on your computer.
  4. Wait while your computer detects and activates your iPhone or iPad:
    • If an alert appears that says “Set up as New” or “Restore from Backup,” it means your iPhone or iPad is activated.
    • If you get an error message on your computer that says that the SIM card isn’t compatible or is invalid, contact your carrier.
    • If you get an error message that says the “activation information was invalid” or “activation information could not be obtained from the device,” use recovery mode to restore your iPhone or iPad.

How do I activate my iPhone manually?

Press and hold the device’s power button until you see the Apple logo. You’ll then see “Hello” in many languages. Follow the onscreen instructions to get started. If you’re blind or have low vision, you can turn on VoiceOver or Zoom from the Hello screen.

Is an iTunes card used to activate an iPhone?

It’s important to know that App Store & iTunes Gift Cards can ONLY be used to purchase goods and services from the iTunes Store, App Store, Apple Books, for an Apple Music subscription or for iCloud storage.

How long does it take for an iTunes card to activate?

The card will most likely become active within 24 hours, as mentioned in the receipt. Apple offers sales support at 1-800-MY-APPLE and also around the globe in many local sales numbers.

How long does iTunes card last?

Apple Store Gift Cards have no expiration date; however, Apple may amend eligible purchases and locations for redemption with appropriate and reasonable notice by updating the Apple Store Gift Card terms and conditions at