Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ - Set Up Device

If you need to transfer contacts and media from one device to another, follow these step-by-step instructions before activating the new device.

Note Notes:

  • Video Camera  Icon For a quick overview, watch this video.
  • If you have set up a Samsung account and are activating after performing a factory data reset, you may be required to enter your Samsung username and password.
  • To activate the device on prepaid service, refer to Set up Verizon Prepaid Service.
  • Wi-Fi Calling settings don't transfer after switching devices and/or performing a factory data reset. You need to enable Wi-Fi Calling manually if you want to use it.
  • Accounts (e.g., Gmail, email, etc.) should be set up after activating the device (see Related Topics).

  1. If powered off, press and hold the Power button until the Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ screen appears then release.
    Power button
  2. Select the appropriate language then tap OK.
  3. Tap Start.
    Note To activate Voice Assistant:
    1. Tap Accessibility.
    2. Tap Vision.
    3. Tap Voice Assistant.
    4. Tap Voice Assistant switch to turn it on On Switch.
  4. To continue the setup, review the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and Diagnostic Data then click AGREE.
  5. From the Phone Activation screen, tap NEXT or ACTIVATE NOW (if available).
    Note If prompted, enter the last 4 digits of the account owner's social security number or the billing password.
    Note If activating a new phone, ensure the old phone is powered off and allow several minutes for the deactivation of the old phone to complete.
    Note Allow several seconds for deactivation of the old device to complete.
  6. If presented with the Set up Wi-Fi screen, tap SKIP (in the lower-right).
  7. From the Sign In with your Google Account screen, tap SKIP.
    Note Once setup is complete, refer to Add an Existing Google Account or Create a New Google Account.
  8. From Date & Time, adjust if needed then tap NEXT.
  9. From the Protect your phone screen, select No, thank you then tap SKIP.
  10. Tap SKIP ANYWAY.
  11. From the Google services screen, tap any of the service switches to enable (in the blue position) or disable (in the gray position) then tap I AGREE to continue setup.
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  12. From the Email setup screen, tap SKIP.
    Note To add Email accounts after initial setup, refer to Add a Personal (POP/IMAP) Account.
  13. From the Personalize your phone screen tap SKIP.
    Note To add a Samsung account after initial setup, from a Home screen navigate: Settings > Accounts > Add account > Samsung account.
    Note To use Samsung Smart Switch after initial setup, complete the following steps:
    1. Refer to Transfer Content with Samsung Smart Switch™ USB Connector for instructions on how to set up the devices for transfer.
    2. After preparing the devices, from a Home screen navigate: Settings > Backup and reset > Smart Switch.
  14. From the Ready to go screen tap Got it.

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