How To Fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone

Are you being bothered by the iMessage “Waiting for activation” error on your iPhone 7 Plus, 7, 6S, 6, 5S, 5C, 5, 4S, 4 with iOS 10.3.2, iOS 9 or iOS 8.x? If that is the case, then you are probably running out of patience because regardless of what you do this annoying message keeps on popping up. In some instances you may have luck and you may solve the issue, but sometimes it just wouldn’t work.

Because of this, we have devoted ourselves into testing a lot of iPhone devices and finding a solution on how to activate iMessaging successfully.

iMessage Waiting for Activation Error

Fix iMessage Waiting for activation Error

Just before you start fixing the iMessage error “Waiting for Activation” on your iPhone with iOS 10, iOS 9 or iOS 8.x, you will need to meet these requirements:

  • First of all, ensure that you have in the Phone app, your phone number listed. Open Contacts and check if you see “My Number” listed. If not then you will need to fix this.
  • Open Settings -> Phone -> My Number and enter your phone number
  • Ensure that the Date and Time are properly set. (Check this under General). To auto fix this, set the slider to “Set Automatically”, check if the Time Zone corresponds with the area you are living and if the iPhone shows the correct time
  • Go to Settings ->FaceTime-> and ensure that you have selected you’re your Apple ID and phone number under “you can be reached by FaceTime At”
  • Check if you have stable internet and network. In some cases, the Wi-Fi can cause iMessage activation problems. To avoid this, ensure that cellular network is enabled

In some case, the activation message which is sent goes out as an international SMS. Check if your carriers permit this and that you have sufficient amount of credit to send them.

6 Methods: How to solve the iMessageWaiting for Activation error

We in this guide will show you how to fix iMessage Waiting for Activation error by 6 methods, possible to do that. Here it’s tested all possibility options to be resolved this problem for iMessages on your iPhone.

Method 1: Check your Internet Connection

iMessage and FaceTime require a good internet connection in order to work without a problem. Therefore, check if your internet connection is uninterrupted.

To check this—Open Settings—Wi-Fi/Cellular—set the slider to off, reboot your iPhone and turn On Wi-Fi/Cellular

In case this does not fix your problem, try to reset the network settings. It will permanently delete all the current network settings and return them to a factory settings stance.

To do this open Settings-> Genera-> Reset-> Reset Network settings

Method 2: Contact your mobile operator

Check if your mobile operator offers support for iMessage or not. Contact the carrier support team and check if there are any limits, filters or restrictions for iMessage on text messages.

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Method 3: Airplane Mode

Even though this is unconventional method, you got nothing to lose. In one of the discussions we have Airplane mode activation to be a possible problem solver.

  • Step 1: Open Settings—scroll down and press on Messages. Set the slider of iMessages to OFF (at the same time disable FaceTime)
  • Step 2: Turn on Airplane Mode. The Wi-Fi will also be turned off automatically
  • Step 3: Turn ON the Wi-Fi
  • Step 4: Go back to Messages and turn ON iMessage
  • Step 5: now you should be asked for your Apple ID, in case you have not added it yet. (If you already have added, then no notification will be shown)
  • Step 6: Go back to Settings and turn OFF Airplane Mode
  • Step 7: A new notification will be shown “Your carrier may charge for SMS”. Just press Ok
  • Step 8: If this does not work, go back to messages, turn OFF iMessage and then turn it ON one more time
  • Step 9: Shortly afterwards the iMessage should be activated
  • Step 10: Now a grayed out number and an email ID will be shown. After a while, the number should be checked and the iMessage feature should be activated

Method 4: Try Updating the carrier Settings of your iPhone

  • Check if the Wi-Fi or cellular data is enabled on your iPhone. Go to Settings—General–About
  • If you see any update available, there will be an option to update it immediately

The carrier settings version is shown right next to “carrier”

When you put a new SIM card into your device, sometimes you need to download the carrier settings in order for the card to properly work

Method 5: Sign Out and Sign in from Apple ID

In some cases, all you need to do is “sign out and sign in” into your Apple ID.

  • Open Settings—Message and go down till you see “Send and receive”. Tap on this
  • Now, tap on your Apple ID and choose Sign Out
  • Turn off iMessage
  • Wait several seconds (you can turn off/on Wi-Fi ) and then turn ON iMessage
  • Enter your Apple ID credentials and try to reactive iMessage againFix iMessage Error

Method 6: If nothing above works

If any of the methods explained above do not work for you, then try to update your iPhone to the latest version.

Go to Settings—General—Software Update

If you see no update available, then restore your iPhone via iTunes. Before you start, ensure that you have a backup of your device in case something goes wrong.

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In addition, you can try contacting Apple’s support team, to help you if the problem continues even after you have tried the software update//restore of your iPhone.

Make sure that you also contact your mobile carrier to check if you can send and receive SMS.

Video Guide How to Fix iMessage Error Waiting for Activation

Apple gives their best effort to enable the users to have the best experience while sending iMessage, however, nobody can deny that iMessaging sometimes does not work the way it was supposed to for all users.

Try some of the methods we have explained above and let us know if any of them have worked for you. We are currently working on finding other possible solutions as well.

We are positive that any of the above mentioned Method will help you fix the iMessage and Face time activation error on your iPhone. Being a problem that has bothered so many users, it definitively should be resolved as soon as possible.

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