Connecting the DK to nRF Connect for Cloud

To be able to transmit data from your nRF9160 DK to nRF Connect for Cloud, you must activate your Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card and add the nRF9160 DK to your nRF Connect for Cloud account.

Complete the following steps to connect your nRF9160 DK to nRF Connect for Cloud:

  1. Go to nRF Connect for Cloud ( and sign in.
  2. Click the + icon in the top left corner.
  3. Click LTE Device.
  4. Activate your iBasis SIM card by entering the 18-digit Integrated Circuit Card Identifier (ICCID) and the Personal Unblocking Key (PUK), accepting the terms and the privacy policy, and clicking Activate SIM.
    The ICCID and the PUK are printed on the SIM card.
    Figure 1. Placement of PUK and SIM ICCID on the SIM card
    Placement of PUK and SIM ICCID on the SIM card
    Note: If you activated your iBasis SIM card before, click Skip this step.

    If you are using a SIM card from another provider, make sure to activate it via your network operator. Then click Skip this step.

    After the SIM card is activated, you are redirected to the Add LTE Device screen. Leave the browser window open and continue with the next step before you enter the information on that screen.
  5. Punch out the nano-SIM from the SIM card and plug it into the SIM card holder on the nRF9160 DK.
  6. Optional: If you want to test the optional Global Positioning System (GPS) functionality and you have received an external GPS patch antenna with your nRF9160 DK, attach it to the GPS SWF connector (P29) to the left of the LTE antenna.
    See nRF9160 DK GPS for more information.
  7. Connect the nRF9160 DK to the computer with a USB cable and turn it on, or reset the device if it is already turned on.
  8. Wait up to three minutes for the device to find the cellular network and the cloud server.
    The LEDs indicate the current state as described in Asset Tracker user interface. When LED3 and LED4 blink simultaneously, the connection to nRF Connect for Cloud has been established. The device is now provisioned on nRF Connect for Cloud, but it is not yet associated with your account.
  9. When both LEDs blink, return to the nRF Connect for Cloud browser window from the earlier step to associate the device with your account.
  10. In the Add LTE Device screen, enter your device ID and ownership code.
    Device ID
    The device ID is composed of nrf- and the 15-digit International Mobile (Station) Equipment Identity (IMEI) number that is printed on the label of your nRF9160 DK. For example: nrf-123456789012345
    Ownership code
    The ownership code is the PIN or the hardware ID of your Development Kit (DK). You can find it on the label of your nRF9160 DK. If the label contains a PIN in addition to the IMEI number, enter this PIN. If it does not contain a PIN, enter the HWID HEX code, with or without colons. For example: AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF or AABBCCDDEEFF

    You need to enter this information several times while setting up your nRF9160 DK. Therefore, it can be helpful to note it down somewhere on your PC.

    Note: The ownership code serves as a password and proves that you own the specific nRF9160 DK. Therefore, you should not share it with anyone.
  11. Click Add Device.
    LED3 stops blinking and LED4 turns on, indicating that the device is now associated with your nRF Connect for Cloud account.
The nRF9160 DK is now added to your nRF Connect for Cloud account. You can access it by clicking Devices in the navigation pane on the left.