Fix Waiting for Activation iPhone Error on iMessage

Guide on how to fix the waiting for activation iPhone error on iMessage found iOS 11, iOS 10 running iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, iPhone X, 6, iPhone SE, 5 and other iPhones.

Sometimes, a thing doesn’t go in the usual way and you need to tweak around to get your work done. We are right now talking about most common error found on iMessage on your iPhone.

Waiting for Activation iPhone Error


Waiting for Activation iPhone Error

Have you ever camera across an error like “Waiting for Activation“, “Activation unsuccessful“, or “An error occurred during activation“? This error happens while you are trying to activate your phone number with FaceTime or iMessage.

We have gone through the guide on how to fix “Waiting for Activate” iMessage error on your iPhone, 5S, 5C and other models.

Fix for iPhone Running on iOS 11

If you are running the latest iOS 11 on your iPhone 8, 7/7 Plus or any other iPhone model, then follow the process mentioned below –

  • First Deselect your Apple ID on iMessage.
  • Now Turn OFF and Re-Activate Apple ID.
  • Change Networks and activate iMessages again.
  • Reset Network Settings by going through General > Reset > Network Settings found under Settings menu.

With those tweaks, iMessage should be active on your phone now.

Fix for iPhone Running iOS 11

If you are running any other iOS version which is not iOS 11, then follow the process mentioned below –

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone
  • Enable Airplane Mode
  • Turn off iMessage and FaceTime services
  • Now Enable Wi-Fi
  • Now turn on iMessages
  • Provide your Apple ID.
  • Tap on Popup notification which reads “Your Carrier may charge for SMS”.

This guide works good for following Apple iPhone models:

It will also work on upcoming iPhone models like iPhone SE 2, iPhone 9, iPhone 9 Plus and even on iPhone 11.

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Mostly the problem should be resolved by now but if you are still facing the issues, then we would suggest you reach out your nearest Apple Service Center and get your device replaced.

Yogesh Patel: Yogesh Khetani is a famous Tech Blogger who loves to be surrounded by tech gadgets. So obviously, we can see his contribution here in that field. He also contributes to Now I am Updated website.