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Initial Activation and Setup - Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

Note Notes:

  • Ensure the SIM card is inserted if performing first time (out-of-the-box) setup.
  • Accounts (e.g., Gmail, email, etc.) should be set up after activating the device (see Related Topics).
  • This device can only be activated on another network after 12 months from initial activation. 


  1. If powered off, press and hold the Power button (located on the right edge) until the Samsung logo appears then release.
  2. Tap the appropriate language then tap NEXT (located on the lower-right).
  3. From the Phone activation screen, tap NEXT.
    Note If needed, refer to Set up Verizon Prepaid Service.
  4. From the Email setup screen, tap SKIP.
  5. If presented, from the "Verify your account" screen, sign in with a Google Account that was previously synced on the device.
  6. From the Add your account (Google) screen, navigate: SKIP > SKIP.
  7. From the Name screen, enter the first and last names then tap NEXT.
  8. From the "Protect your phone" screen, tap (uncheck) Protect this device then tap SKIP > SKIP ANYWAY.
  9. From the Google services screen, tap any of the following services to enable or disable then tap NEXT.
    Note Enabled when a check mark is present.
    • Help apps find your location
    • Improve location accuracy
    • Help improve your Android experience
  10. For contacts and other media retrieval, tap Verizon Cloud.
    Note Refer to Install & Configure Verizon Cloud in the related topics section.
  11. From the Setup Wizard summary screen, tap DONE (located in the lower-right).
  12. From the Samsung account screen, tap SKIP.
    Note To add a Samsung account after initial setup, from a Home screen navigate: Apps > Settings > Add account > Samsung account.


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