How to Activate Your iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max

By Novak Bozovic / September 18, 2021

Before you get to use your brand-new iPhone 13, you first need to activate it to set up cellular service. For the most part, that should be an error-free and smooth process done on the device itself. However, it's also worth knowing a few tricks, especially if you encounter an issue. So, let's talk about how to activate your iPhone 13, Mini, Pro, and Pro Max. 


This article’s content applies to the entire iPhone 13 lineup. So, no matter which model you have, the following steps apply. The same goes for any other iPhone capable of running iOS 15.

How to Activate Your iPhone 13 (Using the Device Itself)

You need to activate your iPhone 13 during the initial setup, which takes place once your power on your phone for the first time. For the most part, the process of activating your iPhone should be automatic. So, here are the steps you need to take.

1. To begin this process, make sure that your iPhone is turned off

2. Then, insert your SIM card into the phone. Make sure to push the SIM tray correctly.

3. Turn on your iPhone by holding the 'Side' button until the Apple logo appears.

4. At this moment, you should see the 'Welcome' screen on your phone. 

5. To activate your SIM card, you’ll need a strong Wi-Fi connection

6. You'll also need to log in to your Apple ID to bypass SIM-related security measures. 

7. At this moment, your iPhone 13 will activate. That can take a couple of minutes. 

8. Then, finalize the initial setup by following the on-screen instructions. 

9. Once done, you should see your iPhone’s home screen. That’s it!


Once you activate your phone, don’t forget to take full advantage of any features your mobile carrier might offer. For example, if your carrier supports 5G, here’s how to turn ON/OFF 5G on your iPhone 13. And also, you’ll want to set up voicemail on your new iPhone

How to Activate Your iPhone 13 Using a Computer (Windows & macOS)

As a way to bypass issues with activating your iPhone, you can use your computer for that purpose. Here are the steps you need to take. 

1. If you’re using Windows, download the latest version of iTunes

2. If you’re using macOS, update to the latest macOS version

3. Ensure that your computer has a reliable Internet connection (wired or wireless). 

4. Using the cable that came with your iPhone 13, connect it to your computer

5. On Windows, iTunes should open automatically. If not, open it manually. 

6. On macOS, find your device using Finder

7. Wait until your computer detects and activates your iPhone.

8. To finalize the procedure, follow any instructions you might see on your screen.

In some instances, know that iTunes/macOS won't give you a clear confirmation message regarding your iPhone's activation (even if your iPhone is activated successfully). So, rely on the following alerts to check your iPhone's status. 


If you’re looking for more tips and tricks, know that we have exactly what you need. Here’s our overview of the latest iPhone 13-related articles, where you’ll find the freshest news, tutorials, and guides, showing you how to use your brand-new phone. 

That would be all on how to activate your iPhone 13. If you have any questions for us, let us know via the comments section below. And finally, thanks for reading!

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