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What is iPhone Activation?

Iphone activation. The process by which a new iPhone contacts Apple servers via the Internet and receives permission or prohibition to use a smartphone with an installed SIM card.

How Apple Activation and Warranty are related?

The iPhone activation process automatically starts the Apple Warranty. In other words, the countdown of the warranty period for the new iPhone will start not from the date of purchase, but from the day the smartphone is activated.

Attention! When you turn on your iPhone for the first time, “Hello,” and so on, does not mean that the iPhone is new. To check that you bought and activate your new iPhone, the article below will help you:


What is a locked (unlocked, tied to the operator, factory unlocked, SIM Free) iPhone?

  • An iPhone that was purchased with an operator’s contract (synonyms: locked, contract, locked, tied to the operator, operator, SIM-locked) can only be activated with the SIM card of the operator to which it is tied. In other words, such an iPhone cannot be activated and used with any SIM cards.
  • An iPhone purchased without being tied to an operator (synonyms: officially unlocked, official, factory unlocked, SIM Free) can be activated with a SIM card of any mobile operator.

How to activate and set up a new iPhone

Immediately after purchasing an iPhone, before using it, you must first activate and configure it. This process is completely simple and will not take much time.

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How to activate iPhone

1. Insert SIM card

First you need to insert a SIM card into the device. The card tray is located on the side of the gadget (or on the top panel in the iPhone 2G / 3G / 3GS). We open this slot with the help of a special tool that is in the packaging from the smartphone on the spread of the cardboard. You can use a paper clip or needle to remove the tray;

2. Turn on iPhone

After the working SIM is placed in the slot, turn on the iPhone (press and hold the Power button for 3-4 seconds), wait for the welcome screen to appear and press the Home button to open the presets;

3. Then select the language and indicate the region of residence;

4. After that, connect to a Wi-Fi network or, if there is no access to one, to a cellular network (Use a cellular network button) or to a computer with iTunes pre-installed (download here) and with the ability to access the Internet.

5. Starting with iOS 11, there was an opportunity for quick setup, which consists in copying credentials from your other device running on iOS 11 or later.

6. In the next window, set up Touch ID by storing your fingerprint. This will allow you to unlock the device in the future, simply by touching the sensor, as well as make purchases on the Web and quickly log in to various resources.

Then enter a four to six character password that will be used to unlock the device. By pressing the button Code-password parameters, you can select the type of code-password;

7. The next window will offer to restore programs and data from a copy to iCloud / iTunes or transfer data from Android.

If this is not necessary, then you should select the item “Set up as a new iPhone“;

8. After that, a window will open with a field for entering your Apple ID, but if the user has not previously created an account, then you should not register an account directly at this stage.

To refuse registration, click on the buttons “No Apple ID or forgot it”, “Configure later in Settings” and “Do not use”.

This instruction will help you to correctly create an Apple ID without linking to a credit card;

9. Next, you will be prompted to enable geolocation options, as well as activate the Siri virtual assistant, but we can also postpone these actions for the future;


10. When setting up iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, you will be prompted to customize the response of the Home button.

11. When setting up your iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, you will be prompted to activate the True Tone display. The function allows you to automatically adapt the iPhone screen to ambient light.

12. In the next window, the user, depending on the state of vision, will be able to select the scale and display features of the iOS interface.

On the next screen, if you wish, you can enable automatic sending of device diagnostics reports to the Apple database.

The activation process consists only of the above actions. After completing them, you can safely start using your gadget.

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