Activate Verizon SIM Card Online : Verizon Wireless Activate SIM Card

Activate Verizon SIM Card Online : Verizon Wireless Activate SIM Card

Most devices come with a SIM card already inserted in the device.


Follow the activation instructions that came with your device. If you need to insert the SIM card, you should find instructions in the SIM packaging or you can also refer to the device User Guide or use one of our simulators to learn how.

How do I activate my SIM card?

To activate a device with a pre-installed SIM or to activate a replacement SIM, go to the Activate or Switch Device page in My Verizon.

Note: When activating a new 5G device launched in 2020, we recommend you use the pre-inserted 5G SIM.

How do I secure my SIM card?

You can set up a SIM PIN to prevent unauthorized use of the SIM card in your device.

The SIM PIN is disabled by default but you can turn it on in your device Settings.

You’ll be asked to enter your PIN when you:

  • Turn your device on for the first time after setting the SIM PIN or
  • Transfer a SIM card from one Verizon certified device to another.

I have a SIM PIN, but I can’t remember it. What do I do now?

Go to the My Devices page in My Verizon, click on your device and then select PIN and Personal Unblocking Key (PUK) to view your SIM PIN and PUK.

If you’ve already entered the PIN 3 times unsuccessfully, you’ll need to obtain the PUK online to unlock the SIM (i.e., through My Verizon, My Business Account or Verizon Enterprise Center).

If you choose a unique PIN and forget the PIN code, Verizon can’t retrieve that new PIN.

What is the SIM Personal Unblocking Key (PUK)?

The PUK is required to unlock a SIM if an incorrect PIN is entered too many times. If the PUK is entered incorrectly more than 3 times, the SIM card will no longer work and must be replaced.

Can I switch a 3G, 4G LTE or 5G SIM from a certified Verizon device into a device on a different Verizon network?

Not all previously activated SIMs are compatible with all devices on the Verizon network. You may need to change plans if the device you’re switching to requires a different plan.

See the chart below to find out whether you can move a SIM from one device to another.

When you swap a SIM card from an older device to a newer one, you’ll receive the following text message asking for your confirmation:

“We noticed that you switched the SIM card to a new device. Review and confirm your device replacement by visiting us at”.

Follow the link in the message to confirm your device replacement on our website. This added step ensures your device is properly set up to access the Verizon network.

You can also visit the Bring Your Own Device page to find out if your device is compatible with your SIM card and explore eligible price plans.

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