Activate / Set Up Device - Samsung Galaxy S® 5

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.
  • Wi-Fi Calling settings don't transfer after switching devices and/or performing a factory data reset. You need to enable W-Fi Calling manually if you want to use it.


  1. If powered off, press and hold the Power button (located on the right edge) until the Samsung logo appears then release.
  2. Tap the appropriate Language then tap Next (located in the lower-right).
    Note Allow several seconds for activation to complete.
  3. If presented, enter the Samsung account ID and Password.
    Note If the credentials can't be remembered, they can be reset.
  4. From the Phone activation screen, tap Next.
  5. If presented, from the Got another device? screen, select No thanks then tap Next.
  6. From the Add your account (Google) screen, navigate: Skip > Skip.
  7. From the Name screen, enter the first and last names then tap Next.
  8. From the Google services screen, tap any of the following services to enable or disable then tap Next.
    Note Enabled when a check mark is present.
    • Use Google's location service
    • Help improve location services
    • Help improve your Android experience
  9. From the Verizon Cloud screen, tap Skip then tap Not Now.
  10. From the Email setup screen, tap Skip.
  11. From the Setup Wizard summary screen, tap Done (located in the lower-right).
  12. From the Samsung account screen, tap Skip.
    Note To add a Samsung account after initial setup, from a Home screen navigate: Apps > Settings > Accounts > Add account > Samsung account.


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