Verizon Phone Won’t Activate : Steps to Satisfying Start

Verizon phone won’t activate, but there has to be way out. There are so many questions going in your brain while you are checking your phone like, …. how to activate a new Verizon iPhone or Android to replace your old iPhone or Android, as well as how to activate most Verizon flip phones, activating the phone and register it for use on the Verizon network.

Keeping in mind that buying a smartphone or any other flip phone from a Verizon store and then setting it up to use, will generally involve activating the phone. In this article, let’s talk about the steps that will help you when your Verizon phone is not activating. The steps as very simple and any body can follow it.

Verizon Phone Won’t Activate : Steps to Satisfying Start

  • Preparing to Activate
  • Activating an iPhone
  • Activating an Android

Preparing to Activate

Ensure knowing your account holder’s PIN.
If the new phone you have got is activation-locked, you’ll definitely be prompted for a four-digit PIN which you generally use to log into Verizon services to identify yourself as a genuine user of Verizon stores. If by any chance you do not have an account, call and speak to the Verizon account holder for the plan that you wish to obtain the code. You may then, instead need to know the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the account holder.

Ensure to have an account for the phone.
You’ll definitely require an iCloud or a Gmail account set up in case you’re switching over to an iPhone or an Android smartphone, respectively. In case you do not have an account already, set one up before proceeding with simple on-screen prompts.

  • iPhone — Create an iCloud account for your iPhone.
  • Android — Create a Gmail account for your Android.

Back up the old phone.
If you wish to save your contacts and information on your phone, it is better to back up the information before proceeding to any step. This process may vary depending on the current smartphone and operating system:

  • iPhone — Use iCloud or use iTunes to back up an iPhone.
  • Android — Use your Android’s settings to back it up.

Turn off iMessage, if need be.
You will require to disable iMessage on the iPhone before proceeding in case you’re switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone or a flip phone. The steps to follow are:

  • Open Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap Messages
  • Tap the green “iMessage” switch.

Turn off old phone.
Press and hold the phone’s “Power” button, then select the Power Off option when prompted. In some models, holding the “Power” button for long period will turn off the phone.

Remove the old phone’s SIM card.
This step is only essential when you wish to use the same phone number on the new phone which you were using on your old phone. You may skip this step when you wish to use a brand-new SIM card from Verizon.

Activating an iPhone

Insert the SIM card into new iPhone.
It will only fit one way into your iPhone’s SIM tray.

Turn on your new iPhone.
Until you see the Apple logo appear, press and hold the iPhone’s “Power” button placed in the upper-right corner of the iPhone’s housing. In case you encounter a battery outline to appear or the screen doesn’t brighten up, you are required to attach iPhone to a charger.

Enter Verizon PIN when prompted.
Pin asked for is the four-digit code your account holder uses to identify themselves to Verizon. You will be prompted for the last four digits of the account holder’s Social Security Number. You will not always be asked for the Verizon PIN, therefore don’t bother in case you don’t see the said option.

Follow the on-screen setup instructions.
Once the iPhone is switched on, you will reach a greeting screen. You may follow the on-screen prompts to set up the iPhone, that will include customizing the following sections of your iPhone:

  • Language
  • Country
  • Wi-Fi network
  • Location settings
  • Passcode

Restore the backup files.
When you reach at the backup page, you can restore the previous iPhone’s backup by clicking Restore from iCloud Backup or Restore from iTunes Backup and then following on-screen instructions, thereof. If the previous phone wasn’t an iPhone, you will be required to sync your contacts later from the mail ID.

Complete the rest of the setup.
Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the rest of the setting up of the iPhone.

Tap Get Started when prompted.
Get Started option will appear after the setup process is complete. On tapping the button, you will see a progress bar at the top of the screen. When the activation is complete, the progress bar will disappear leaving behind word “Verizon” to appear at the top of the screen. If you are prompted to “if you want help from Siri,” just click Dismiss. The activation process will definitely going to take several seconds.

Activate 4G or a pre-paid service plan.
You may need to activate one or both of these options, depending on the service plan and the SIM card you have opted for :-

  • Activate 4G — Dial (877) 807-4646 on a different phone, then follow the spoken prompts. Skip the step if you are going to use your old phone’s SIM card.
  • Activate a Pre-Paid Plan — Dial *22898, then follow the spoken prompts. Skip the step if you were already got prompted for your pre-paid plan information during setup process.

Contact Verizon if you run into trouble.
In case you are unable to activate the replacement phone, call (800) 922-0204 to speak to the customer care representative of the Verizon support. You can even visit a Verizon retail outlet to get one of the employees help you out to activate iPhone for free.

Activating an Android

Insert the SIM card into the new Android.
Your SIM card should only insert one way.

Insert the new Android’s battery in case it is required.
Since some Android phones come without the battery attached, you may be required to plug the battery into the back of the Android before proceeding further. In case you need any help, consult the smartphone’s manual for specific instruction on battery installation.

Turn on new Android.
Press and hold the Android’s “Power” button until the screen lights up. In case the screen doesn’t light up or you see a battery icon, you are required to charge the Android with a charger before trying again.

Enter the Verizon PIN when prompted.
Verizon PIN is the four-digit code that your account holder uses to identify themselves to Verizon. You may be instead prompted for the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the account holder. You always might not be asked for the Verizon PIN, so don’t bother when you don’t see the said option.

Follow the on-screen setup instructions.
Instructions will differ for each Android, but you’ll typically have to sign into your Gmail account, set a passcode, select a Wi-Fi network, and so on.

Restore the backup.
Follow the on-screen instructions when prompted to restore the Google backup.

Select the link to activate the phone when prompted.
The screens again are different on every phone, but once the initial setup is complete, you will automatically arrive at a screen that will be like “Activate Now”. The activation process may take a few moments to complete. After the activation, you will notice the word “Verizon” at the top of the screen. You may be prompted to restore your Android at this point in case you weren’t prompted already to do so.

  • Activate 4G or a pre-paid service plan. You may require to activate one or both of these options depending on your service plan and the SIM card you have as a service provider:
    • Activate 4G — Dial (877) 807-4646 on a different phone, then follow the spoken prompts. Skip step, in case you are using your old phone’s SIM card.
    • Activate a Pre-Paid Plan — Dial *22898, then follow the spoken prompts. Skip step, in case you were prompted for pre-paid plan information during the setup process.

Contact Verizon when you run into trouble.
In case you are not able to activate the replacement phone, call (800) 922-0204 to speak with a Verizon support. You can also visit a Verizon retail outlet to have the employees activate Android for free.

Activating a Flip Phone

Back up then current phone.
If the phone has Verizon Backup Assistant, open it and follow the on-screen instructions to make a backup of phone’s contacts and other information. You may also be able to attach phone’s SD card to a computer and copy its contents into a folder onto the phone.

Turn off current phone.
Press and hold the Power or End button to turn off your current phone.

Install and charge the battery of the new phone.
Depending on the phone, consult your phone’s manual for specific steps for installing the battery and charging the phone if it is necessary. You might not need to insert a SIM card into your phone if it’s a flip phone.

Turn on the new phone.
Press and hold the phone’s Power or Send button until the screen lights up.

Dial the update number.
Open the phone’s dialer if necessary, use the dial pad to write *228 and press Send.

Follow any on-screen prompts.
The instructions thereof, will help you register your new flip phone with the most up-to-date directory.

Restore the old phone’s backup.
In case the new phone supports Verizon Backup Assistant, open it and follow the on-screen instructions to download the data.

Activate a pre-paid service plan.
In case of a pre-paid plan on your phone, dial *22898 and follow any prompts to set up the plan as needed.

Contact Verizon if you run into trouble.
Call (800) 922-0204 to speak with a Verizon customer support representative in case of any problem faced while activating your replacement phone. You can also pay a visit to the Verizon retail outlet to have the employees help you activate your flip phone for free.

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