Activate / Set Up Device - Samsung Galaxy S® III mini

If you are upgrading your existing Verizon device, follow these steps to activate before proceeding with the instructions below.

Caution To avoid potential issues, review the following:

  • Accounts (e.g., Gmail, email, etc.) should be set up after activating the device (see Related Topics).
  • If performing first time (out-of-the-box) setup, ensure the SIM card is inserted.
  • To activate the device on prepaid service, refer to Set up Verizon Prepaid Service.


  1. If powered off, press and hold the Power button (on the right edge of the device) until the Samsung logo appears then release.
  2. Tap the appropriate language then tap Next (lower-right).
    Note Allow several seconds for activation to complete.
  3. From the Your Verizon phone is now active screen, tap Next.
  4. From the Restore your contacts screen, tap Next.
    Note To disable contact syncing, ensure Sync contacts is unchecked.
  5. From the Email setup screen, tap Skip.
  6. From the Got Google screen, navigate: No > Not now.
  7. From the 'This phone belongs to...' screen, enter the first and last names then tap the Next icon Next icon (lower-right).
  8. From the Setup Wizard summary screen, tap Done (lower-right).
  9. From the Samsung account screen, tap Skip.
    Note To add a Samsung account after initial setup, from a Home screen navigate: Apps > Settings > Add account > Samsung account.


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