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.
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.
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 again
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.
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
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.