Samsung Galaxy Tab A (10.5) - 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 Tab A screen appears then release.
    Power button
  2. Select the appropriate language then tap the right Arrow icon.
    Select language
  3. To continue, review the 'Terms and Conditions' screen then tap Next.
    Note In order to continue, you must accept (check) all items.
    Terms and conditions
  4. From the 'Tablet 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 tablet on an existing phone number, ensure the old device is powered off.
    Activate your tablet
  5. From the 'Bring your old data for quicker setup' screen, select the preferred option then tap Next.
    • Wireless
      Note Only available with Samsung Galaxy devices.
    • Cable and USB connector
      Note Bring data from another device (iPhone, Android, etc.)
    • Skip this for now
    Bring your old data screen
  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.
    Add Wi-Fi network
  7. Sign in to your existing Google™ account or create a new one.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add a Google account after setup is complete.
    Google sign in
  8. From the 'Google Services' screen, select any of the following to turn on Switch on or off Switch off then tap Accept.
    Google Services
  9. From the 'Protect your tablet' screen, tap an option.
    Note If you choose 'Not now', you can set up a screen lock or face recognition after setup is complete.
    Protect your tablet
  10. From the 'Verizon Services' screen, tap Accept.
    Verizon Services
  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 a personal email account after setup is complete.
    Add email account
  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.
    Sign in to your Samsung account
  13. From the 'Setup Wizard is complete' screen, tap Done.
    Setup complete