What’s the best way to deal with a Samsung Galaxy S8 or a Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus smartphone that won’t activate? It’s simple, you give it back to the mobile carrier and ask them to deal with it. But if you’re like all the other users out there, excited about getting Samsung’s latest flagship, and frustrated that they will have to wait until the carrier will do something about it, you probably wouldn’t miss the opportunity of fixing the problem on your own, as fast as possible.
This article is a guide designed to help with the activation problems of Galaxy S8 and S8+ Plus devices, no matter from what distributor you have purchased it. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint shouldn’t stand a chance in front of these fixes.
There are usually two potential causes for this problem of yours. One of them relates to the fact that the smartphone’s servers may be temporarily unavailable. The other one is that the smartphone itself may not be recognized during the activation process. Here is what we suggest you try.
Restore your Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus
So far, the hard reset is the most effective fix for a wide range of activation problems out there and many users would actually swear by it. The thing about the is that it gives the device a fresh start, with significantly improved performances. And if it also solves the activation issue, what’s not to like about it? Go ahead and back up whatever you want to keep, then follow the indications from the link above and do the factory reset on your own.
The alternative is to simply access the Settings menu and, in there, to go to the Backup & Reset section. You’ll easily find the backup instructions and you will be able to proceed with restoring your smartphone to the settings from the factory.
Restart the Samsung device
It sounds too simple to represent the solution to your complicated problem? Think again – or, better yet, restart the phone right away – and you’ll see with your own eyes. All you have to do is to use the Power key and turn off the Samsung Galaxy S8+ Plus device. Once it completely shuts down, let it sit for at least 30 seconds, even a minute. Only after that you can turn it back on and try to activate the phone once again. Is it working? If not, we still have one more ace up the sleeve for you.
Check out the Wi-Fi or network issues
So far, you made sure that the smartphone is flawless. But if you’ve started it from the factory defaults and still can’t activate it, perhaps there’s something wrong with the network or the Wi-Fi settings of the device. Because of them, the connection with the servers may be blocked, hence all the other complications.
The best way to proceed about it is to connect to another Wi-Fi network and see if the problems persist. We have a feeling it won’t be the case, so go on and fix the Galaxy S8+ Plus activation issue for good.