iPhone users have reported facing errors while trying to activate their devices. You will find below some of the methods to fix iPhone activation errors.
iPhone Activation Errors
While most iPhone activation errors are being reported by iPhone X users, the problem is not just confined to this model of iPhone alone.
People activating other models of iPhone have also reported facing long wait times and encountering one of the following error messages on their device.
- “iTunes was unable to verify your device”
- “iPhone could not be activated, the activation server is temporarily unavailable”
- “iPhone is not recognized and cannot be activated for service”
Going by above error messages, the problem appears to be due to Apple servers being busy, Carriers network experiencing problems or due to technical glitches on the device or the SIM Card.
1. Try to Activate Later
If you are trying to activate iPhone and get an error message reading “the activation server is temporarily unavailable”, the best course of action is to postpone the activation process.
Wait for some time (30 minutes) and hope that Apple servers will be available and free of glitches when you try to activate your iPhone.
2. Check WiFi Network
Make sure your iPhone is connected to WiFi Network by opening Settings > WiFi and confirm that iPhone is connected to your WiFi Network.
Also, test the WiFi Network on your Mac or another device to make sure that it is working and you are able to access the internet.
3. Restart iPhone
The simplest way to fix minor software glitches on iPhone is to Restart your device by pressing and holding the Power button for a few seconds.
To restart iPhone X, press and hold the Side button (Volume Up or Down), until you see Slide to Power OFF option appearing on the screen of your iPhone.
Drag the Slider to the right and wait for your iPhone to completely Power OFF.
Wait for 60 seconds and Restart your iPhone by Pressing and Holding the Side button, until you see Apple logo appearing on the screen of your iPhone.
4. Remove and Reinstall SIM Card
It is quite possible that the SIM Card on your iPhone is not sitting properly in the SIM Card tray.
Simply, remove the SIM Card from your iPhone and Re-insert it back into your device.
Note: If you are trying to switch carriers, make sure that your previous carrier has unlocked your device and it can be used with any other carrier.
5. Try to Activate Using iTunes
If you are unable to activate iPhone using above methods, you can try to activate using iTunes.
1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.
2. Completely Turn OFF your iPhone and plug it into the USB Port of your computer
3. Now, turn ON the iPhone and this should automatically open iTunes on your computer. If it does not, manually open iTunes on your computer.
4. Once your iPhone is detected by iTunes, it will prompt you to go through the steps to activate your iPhone.
If you are connecting iPhone to iTunes for the first time, you will see a welcome screen. Click on Continue.
If you had previously connected iPhone to iTunes, click on the Preferred Setup option and then click on Continue
Next, Click on Get Started and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the activation process.
6. Contact Apple Care and Carrier
If you are unable to fix iPhone activation errors using above methods, it is time to contact Apple Care. They should be able to find the source of problem on your device and help you fix it.
If you bought your iPhone from a carrier, try calling the carriers technical support service and ask them to help you activate your iPhone.