Samsung Galaxy S8 / S8+ - Activate / 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.

Caution To avoid potential issues, review the following:


  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 the right arrow icon.
    Select a langauge then tap the arrow
  3. To continue, review the 'Terms and Conditions', screen then tap Next
    Review terms then tap Next
  4. From the 'Phone Activation' screen, tap Next.
    Note If prompted, enter the account PIN then follow the onscreen prompts (see Account PIN FAQs for additional info).
    Note If activating a new phone, ensure the old phone is powered off.
    Tap Next
  5. From the 'Bring your old data for quicker setup' screen, select the preferred option then tap Next.
    Select an option then tap Next
  6. From the 'Set up Wi-Fi' screen, select a network then enter the password.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add Wi-Fi networks after setup is complete.
    Select a Wifi network
  7. Sign in to your existing Google™ account or create a new one.
    Note If you choose to 'Skip', you can add your existing account after setup is complete.
    Sign in to your Gmail account
  8. From the 'Google services' screen, select any of the following to turn on Switch on or off Switch off then tap Accept.
    Review google terms
  9. From the 'Protect your phone' screen, tap an option.
    Note If you choose 'Not now', you can add a screen lock or set up faceIris™ or fingerprint recognition after setup is complete.
    Select a screen lock option
  10. From the 'Verizon Cloud' screen, tap Next.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can set up Verizon Cloud after setup is complete.
    Tap Next
  11. From the 'Email setup' screen, select an email account type then enter your sign-in info.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add an email account after setup is complete.
    Sign in to your personal email
  12.  From the 'Sign in to your Samsung account' screen, sign in to your existing account or create a new Samsung account.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add a Samsung account after setup is complete.
    Enter Samsung account
  13. From the 'Setup Wizard is complete' screen, tap Done.
    Tap Done



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