Samsung Galaxy S10 - 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 S10 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.
    Terms and conditions
  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.
    Phone activation
  5. 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.
    Set up Wi-Fi
  6. From the 'Copy apps and data' screen, select one of the following:
    • Next
    • Don't copy
    Copy apps & data
  7. Sign in to your existing Google™ account then tap Next or create a new one.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add your 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 icon or off Switch off icon then tap Accept.
    Google Services
  9. From the 'Protect your phone' screen, tap an option.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can add a screen lock or set up face or fingerprint recognition after setup is complete.
    Protect your phone
  10. From the 'Verizon Services' screen, turn the following on or off then tap Accept.
    Verizon Services
  11. From the 'Verizon Cloud' screen, tap Next.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can set up Verizon Cloud after setup is complete.
    Verizon Cloud
  12. 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.
    Email setup
  13. From the 'Digital Secure' screen, tap Accept.
    Note If you choose 'Skip', you can change permissions after setup is complete
    Security and privacy
  14. 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.
    Samsung sign in
  15. From the 'Setup Wizard is complete' screen, tap Done.
    Setup complete


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