Sometimes iPhone runs into iMessage Waiting for Activation Error, making it impossible to activate and use iMessage. You will find below various methods to fix this error.
iMessage Waiting For Activation Error on iPhone
iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone is known to occur while activating new iPhone, switching Phones or Carriers, after a major iOS update and other reasons.
While the Error Message that we came across read ‘An error Occurred during Activation’, users have reported seeing other variations of iMessage Activation error on their iPhones.
The most common iMessage activation error messages as reported by users are Activation Unsuccessful, An Error occurred during activation and Could not sign in, please check your network connection.
All these error messages indicate a problem with iMessage activation and can be fixed using methods as provided below.
1. Check Network Connectivity
Starting with the basics, make sure that your iPhone is actually connected to either WiFi or Cellular network.
1. Go to Settings > WiFi > on the next screen, make sure that WiFi is enabled and iPhone is connected to your WiFi network.
2. Similarly, go to Settings > Cellular and make sure that iPhone is connected to cellular network.
Note: iMessage can work without Cellular Data being enabled.
2. Add Credit to Your Phone Plan
In certain cases, iMessage activation process may try to use your carriers network or SMS protocol to activate iMessage service on your iPhone.
Hence, make sure that you have enough balance in your pre-paid plan to send and receive SMS Messages.
If you are on limited monthly plan, make sure that you are still within the limits of your Plan and your account still has the balance to send and receive SMS Messages.
If you are on an unlimited plan, make sure that SMS Messages are working on your iPhone.
3. Turn Airplane Mode ON/OFF
This step can help, if the iMessage Activation Error on your iPhone is due to a unexplained minor technical glitch.
1. Go to Settings > turn on Airplane Mode by moving the toggle to ON position.
2. Wait for 30 seconds and disable Airplane Mode by moving the toggle to OFF position.
3. After 30 seconds, go to Settings > Messages > on the next screen, see if ‘Waiting for Activation’ message is gone.
4. Check Date and Time
Make sure that Date and Time settings on your iPhone are correct.
1. Go to Settings > General > Date & Time.
2. On the Date & Time Screen, disable Set Automatically and make sure that your iPhone is displaying the correct Date and Time under ‘Time Zone’ section.
3. Correct the Time Zone (if required) by tapping on Time Zone and selecting the correct Time Zone on the next screen.
5. Turn OFF and Restart iMessage and FaceTime
Restarting iMessage service can clear out temporary bugs (if any) and restore proper functionality to iMessage service on your iPhone.
1. Go to Settings > Messages and turn OFF iMessage.
2. Similarly, go to Settings > FaceTime and turn OFF FaceTime.
3. Next, go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Shut Down.
4. Wait for 30 seconds and turn ON iPhone by pressing the Power button.
5. After the Phone restarts, turn ON iMessage and FaceTime on your iPhone.
6. Sign-out of Apple-ID and Sign Back-in
Sometimes the problem of iMessage Waiting for activation error on iPhone is related to your Apple ID being not recognized by Apple’s iMessage service.
1. Open Settings > Messages > tap on Send & Receive.
2. On the next screen, tap on your Apple ID.
3. On the pop-up, tap on the Sign-out option.
4. After signing out, tap on Use Your Apple ID for iMessage.
5. On the next pop-up, tap on Sign-in to sign-back in.
7. Reset Network Settings
This method will erase all Network Settings on your iPhone, including your WiFi Network Password.
Hence, make sure you remember your WiFi Network Name and Password, before following these steps.
1. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Reset.
2. On the next screen, tap on Reset Network Settings option.
3. After your iPhone starts back, go to Settings > WiFi > tap on your WiFi network.
4. When prompted, enter your WiFi Network Password.
After iPhone connects to WiFi network, see if you are able to activate iMessage.
8. Wait for 24 Hours
According to Apple it can take up to 24 hours to activate iMessage and FaceTime. If the issue continues beyond 24 hours, Apple recommends the following steps.
- Make sure the latest version of iOS is installed on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
- Contact your carrier (if you are not receiving SMS messages).
- Contact Apple Support.
If nothing works, you may have to Factory Reset iPhone and set it up as a New Device.