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Program your Apple iPhone SE

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2016

Steps to activate your Apple iPhone SE

  1. Hands free activation

    If this is the first time activating your device, hands free activation automatically starts when you power it on for the first time.

    1. With your device powered off, press and hold the Power key.
    2. Press the Home button.
    3. Tap a language.
    4. Tap the country or region.
    5. Tap an activation method:
      • To activate using a Wi-Fi connection, tap the Wi-Fi network, enter the network Password, and then tap Join.
      • To activate using iTunes, tap Connect to iTunes.

          Note: Connect to iTunes is only available when the device is unable to use any other activation methods.

      • To activate using a cellular connection, tap Use Cellular Connection.
    6. Your device will activate.
    7. Tap an option for Location Services.
    8. Follow the prompts to set up Touch ID.
    9. Follow the prompts to create a Passcode.
    10. Tap an Apps & Data option.
    11. Enter your Apple ID credentials and tap Next.
      • If you do not have an Apple ID, tap Don't have an Apple ID or forgot it?, then tap Create a Free Apple ID and follow the prompts, or visit
    12. Tap an option for Apple ID Security. To skip, tap Not Now.
    13. Read the Terms and Conditions and tap Agree.
    14. Read the Apple Pay message, then tap Next.
    15. Follow the prompts to add a card to Apple Pay or tap Set Up Later in Wallet.
    16. Tap an iCloud Keychain option.
    17. Tap an option for Siri.
    18. Tap a Diagnostics option.
    19. Tap an App Analytics option.
    20. Tap Get Started.

    Note: If hands free activation fails, continue to the next guide.

  2. Update the data profile

    If this is not the first time activating your device, or hands free activation did not complete successfully, update the data profile.

    1. From the home screen, tap Phone.
    2. On the keypad, dial ##873283# and tap Call.
    3. Tap OK.
    4. Your device searches for profile updates and installs them.
    5. Tap OK.
    6. Press the Home key.
    7. You've now updated the data profile.

If you are having trouble activating your Apple iPhone SE, make an appointment at a nearby Sprint Store for assistance getting your device programmed.

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