Activate Your Phone
Depending on your account or how and where you purchased your phone, it may be ready to use or you
may need to activate it on your wireless account.
If you purchased your phone at a store, it is probably activated and ready to use.
If you received your phone in the mail and it is for a new wireless account or a new line of service,
it is designed to activate automatically.
When you turn the phone on for the first time, you should see a Hands Free Activation
screen, which may be followed by a PRL Update screen and a Firmware Update screen.
Follow the on-screen instructions to continue.
If you received your phone in the mail and you are activating a new phone for an existing number
on your account (you're swapping phones), you will need to contact your wireless service
To confirm activation, make a phone call. If your phone is still not activated, contact your wireless
Tip: Do not press the Power/Lock Key while the phone is being activated. Pressing the Power/Lock
Key cancels the activation process.
Note: If you are having any difficulty with activation, contact your wireless service provider.
Complete the Setup
After you turn on your phone and activate it, your phone displays a Welcome screen. Follow the prompts
to set up features and preferences on your phone.
Note: In some cases, you may be able to complete the setup process before your phone has been
activated on your wireless account.
During or after setup, you may see a Connections Optimizer notice. Read the notice and touch I Agree
to allow your phone to connect automatically to the best available data network, including Wi-Fi. To turn
Connections Optimizer off at any time, touch
networks > Mobile networks >
1. At the Welcome screen, follow the on-screen instructions to configure your phone's basic
options, such as language, date and time, Wi-Fi connections, location settings, etc.
Google Account: Many of your phone's applications, such as Gmail, Google Maps,
Hangouts, and the Google Play Store, require a Google Account. To use these applications,
you must set up your Google Account on your phone. Complete the steps to sign in to your
current Google Account, or sign up for a new Google Account.
Samsung Account: Your Samsung Account is used for access to Samsung apps and
services, such as Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Link, and much more. Complete
the steps to sign in to your current Samsung Account, or sign up for a new Samsung
> Settings > Connections tab > More
and uncheck the box.