If you’re setting up a new or used iPhone, you’ll need to activate your iPhone with a cellular service provider.
Activation is the initial part of the iPhone’s setup wizard and you should be able to complete it in just a few minutes, as long as you have a SIM card that’s activated for your cellular carrier’s service plan.
If you have activation problems, there are a number of steps you can take to troubleshoot, including resetting the SIM card and trying to activate via Wi-Fi.
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When you use an iPhone for the first time – whether it’s a new iPhone fresh out of the box or a used phone that you’ve gotten from another user – you need to activate it to set up cellular service.
For the most part, this process is painless and straightforward thanks to the iPhone’s setup wizard.
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How to activate an iPhone
If you purchased the iPhone new in an Apple store or at a wireless provider, your SIM card has probably already been installed for you.
If not, you need to insert the SIM card yourself. To do that, ensure the phone is turned off, and carefully insert the tray ejection pin into the hole on the side of the phone until the tray pops out.
1. Insert the SIM card in the tray and push it back into the phone.
2. Also, note that the SIM card must be activated by the cellular carrier you have a plan with. A T-Mobile SIM card will not work in a phone that’s locked to AT&T, for example. If you want to unlock your iPhone and use it with a different carrier, see the article, “How to unlock an iPhone from its current carrier and switch it to a new one.”
3. Turn on your iPhone by holding down the Power button until you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.
4. Begin the setup process by following the on-screen instructions.
5. When you’re asked to choose a connection option, you can choose your Wi-Fi network and enter your Wi-Fi password, or choose to activate the phone over the cellular network.
6. You may be asked to sign in with your Apple ID. This is a security feature called Activation Lock designed to prevent theft. If this is your own iPhone, log in with your Apple ID. If this phone belonged to someone else, you need to ask the original owner to sign in with their Apple ID so you can complete the setup. You can change the Apple ID later.
It will take several minutes for the phone to activate.
Complete the iPhone setup
Once your iPhone is activated, you can proceed with the rest of the initial setup. Following the instructions in the setup …read more
Source:: Business Insider