How To Activate a Phone with 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 with Verizon

Go to and sign in to your My Verizon account. From your account overview, select Manage All Devices.

To continue changing a device on an existing line, select Activate your own device. From the Activate or Switch page, select Activate on an existing line.

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 to bring my phone number to Verizon from another carrier?

Moving a mobile number between carriers can take up to 24 hours. Moving a landline number to a mobile account can take up to 10 business days.

Will Verizon activate any phone?

You can bring Apple®, Google, Samsung and other Android™ devices to Verizon. To be eligible for BYOD to Verizon, your device must be unlocked and its hardware and software must be compatible with our mobile network.

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.

How do you activate a Verizon SIM by yourself?

To activate a new or replacement SIM card in your device, visit the Activate or Switch Device page in My Verizon.