Google Pixel 2 - 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 (on the right edge) until the Google logo appears then release.
  2. Select the appropriate language option then tap Start.
  3. From the 'Phone activation' screen, tap Continue.
    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.
  4. From the 'Connect to Wi-Fi' screen, select a network then enter the password.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add a Wi-Fi network after setup is complete.
  5. From the 'Copy apps & data' screen, select one of the following:
    • Next
    • Don't copy
  6. If presented, either connect the supplied cable from the old Android device to the new one or tap 'Other ways to copy data' and follow the instructions.
    Note If 'other ways to copy data' is selected, follow the onscreen instructions to copy content from another Android device, an iPhone, or the cloud.
  7. From the 'Sign in' screen, enter a Google email address then tap Next.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add your Google account after setup is complete
  8. From the 'Google Services' screen, select the desired options then tap Accept.
  9. From the 'Unlock with Pixel Imprint screen, tap Next.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can set up a fingerprint after setup is complete.
  10. From the 'Set screen lock' screen, tap Next.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can set up a screen lock after setup is complete.
  11. From the 'Continue setup?' screen, select one of the following:
    • Continue: to continue with setup.
    • Leave & get reminder: to exit and get a reminder to finish setup later.
  12. If you choose continue, select the following options:
    • Google Assistant
      Note Skip or Next and follow prompts
    • Always-on display
      Note Turn on or No thanks
  13. From the 'Anything else?' screen, select an option to enter more information or tap No thanks.
  14. From the One last tip' screen, tap All set.
  15. Once the 'Adding finishing touches' screen displays, setup is complete.


Video Camera Icon If you'd like additional support, check out this Getting Started With a New Smartphone video.