If powered off, press and hold the Power button (located on the right edge; first button from the bottom) until the HTC logo appears then release.
If presented, drag the Lock icon (located at the bottom) to the middle of the screen.
From the 'Welcome' screen, tap tap NEXT (lower-right).
To select a different language from the one displayed, tap the Language box, select a language then tap NEXT.
Allow several seconds for activation to complete.
From the 'Phone activation' screen, tap NEXT.
Share my precise location
Share my personal usage data
From the 'Tap & Go' screen, tap SKIP.
To configure Tap & Go settings after initial setup, navigate: Apps icon > Settings > More > NFC.
From the 'Add your account' (Google) screen, navigate: SKIP > SKIP.
From the Google services screen, turn any of the following on or off then tap NEXT:
Let Google's location service help apps
Improve location accuracy
Help improve your Android experience
From the 'Protect your phone' screen, tap Not now then tap SKIP ANYWAY.
From the 'Verizon Cloud' screen, tap SKIP then tap NOT NOW.