iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Error on iPhone [How to Fix]
Tired of iMessage waiting for activation issue? Or is it just draining the last ounce of patience left in you?
Despite our ‘been there done that’ experience, we’re equally skeptic about how to activate iMessage. Sometimes it works just perfectly, but sometimes it drives us crazy. There are quite a lot of fixes recommended almost everywhere but most of it doesn’t work. That’s what prompted us to test with a lot of iPhones and we ended up activating iMessage successfully.
Before You Start To Fix iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Issue
1. Airplane Mode
As strange as it sounds, may be you should try this method if nothing else works. We found the airplane mode activation mode in one of the discussions. It sounds simple and if it solves, that’d be good, right?
Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Turn off iMessage (and FaceTime)
Step 2: Turn on the Airplane mode. Wifi will be turned OFF automatically.
Step 3: Turn ON Wifi
Step 4: Head back to Messages and turn ON iMessage
Step 5: You’ll be prompted for your Apple ID if you haven’t added it yet. (else, you don’t get any notification)
Step 6: Now, head back to Settings and turn OFF Airplane mode.
Step 7: Mostly, you’ll be shown a notification that says ‘Your carrier may charge for SMS’ – Tap on OK
Step 8: If not, go to Messages, turn OFF iMessage and then turn it ON again.
Step 9: In a short while, iMessage should get activated.
Step 10: You’ll see a greyed out number and an email ID. A little later, the number should be checked and that’s it.
(This worked for us, seriously.)
More discussion at Apple’s forum
2. Apple ID Sign-out, Sign-in
Sometimes, you just need to sign-out of your Apple ID and then login again.
Step 1: Under Settings -> Message, scroll down to where it says ‘Send & Receive’ and tap on it
Step 2: Tap on the Apple ID and then press Sign Out
Step 3: Switch off iMessage now
Step 4: Wait for a while (turn on/off Wifi) and then switch ON iMessage
Step 5: Enter your Apple ID details now and try to reactivate iMessage
3. Reset, Or Restore
If things don’t work, you’ll first need to reset your location settings, then the iPhone. Reset is just a forced reboot so your data remains safe. After the reset, you’ll just login with your Apple ID and set up iMessage as new.
Should this fail, you might have to restore the iPhone as new or from a backup.
Apple tries to let users enjoy a seamless iMessage experience but one thing that’s clear is that setting up and activating iMessage doesn’t usually work smoothly for all users. Try these methods and let us know if any of it worked. And we’re looking for more solutions too so let us know.