How do I set a custom activation time on a port order?


Chase Greiser


In the Bandwidth Dashboard, you’re able to manually activate a port-in order and choose a custom activation time. Custom activation is a useful tool that allows you to control the activation time on the day of the Firm Order Commitment (FOC), which is the date the losing carrier releases the numbers.

Bandwidth activates ported phone numbers at 11:30 a.m. ET. If you prefer to manually activate the phone numbers on a port request, you can adjust the time using our time scrubber.

Note: Times before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. are outside the standard business hours, so customer support may be limited.

To utilize the custom activation time feature, perform the following steps your a port-in order:

  1. On the Port-In Order Details page, click Edit.
  2. Under Requested activation date, we recommend selecting a date 4+ business days from your submission date.
  3. All of our ports default to activate at 11:30 a.m. ET. If you’d like your order to be activated at another time on the day of FOC, please use the time scrubber under Requested activation time (ET)Once this is done, our system will treat your port order as one that you're able to activate. 
  4. Click Continue to Final Review at the bottom right corner of the screen.  


This feature also gives you the freedom to manually activate the port on the day of FOC. If you don’t elect to manually activate, then the port will auto-activate at the time selected.

To activate the order on the day of FOC:

  1. Log into the Bandwidth Dashboard.
  2. Use the Search for an order tool to locate your Order by selecting Port as your Order Type.
  3. On the Port-In Order Details page, click the Activate Numbers.


Note: To delay, you can mark the I understand the risk and click Delay activation for 24 hours.

Once the phone numbers have completed the activation process, the order will show a completed status, and the numbers in the port request will show inservice. We recommend that you wait 10 to 15 minutes after the order completes to begin testing.

If you're looking for more information on port activation rules, check out this support article.

Questions? Please open a ticket with your Bandwidth Support Team or hit us up at (855) 864-7776!

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