Tired of iMessage waiting for activation error in iOS 9 or iOS 8.x on iPhone? 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.

iMessage Waiting for Activation

Before You Start To Fix iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Issue on iPhone running iOS 9 or iOS 8.x:

Before you start trying out all these methods to get iMessage activated, you’ll need to sort these things out:

  • Make sure in the Phone app, you’ve got your number listed. On top of ‘Contacts’ you should see your number listed (My Number:). If not, you’ll need to go to Settings → Phone → My Number and enter your number.
  • Make sure Date & Time (under General) are correct. Set to ‘Set Automatically’ make sure the Time Zone is correct and the iPhone holds the right time.
  • Also make sure you’ve got a working network. Wi-fi issues can cause iMessage activation problems so have cellular enabled.
    For some users, the message sent out for activation goes out as an international SMS. Make sure your carrier permits these and you have sufficient amount to send them.

1. Contact Your Carrier

First of all make sure that your carrier support iMessage or not. Contact your Carrier support team and verify any limiting condition on your for iMessage, blocks, or filters on text messages.

2. 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. Go to Settings → scroll down and tap on Messages and turn off iMessage (also disable 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

3. 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

iMessage Settings

4. 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.

Watch out how to fix iMessage Not Working issue on your iPhone:

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.

  • emilydaballerina

    i tried airplane mode but it didn’t work the first time. When i went to date and time I had to change it to set automatically then airplane mode worked like a charm! even though my time was right it needed to be on “set automatically”

  • Alec Miguel Miranda

    i could not do it, because as the primary condition says, my number should display under my name in contacts. However it does not appear even after I am done with the phone>my number method.


    Airplane Mode Worked .. Thanks.

  • SoulBound SVG

    just so y’all who are jailbroken know if you give up all hope don’t upgrade and lose your jb, get the tweak called remote messages ios-(your ios) from cydia it wont help with your phone but it’ll give you the opportunity to use your computer until a perm. fix is out there. just a heads up from soulbound ^_^

  • Lauren Shead

    Thank you! the number in my contacts was wrong – it had kept the number from a previous sim card. Sweet diagnostic skills guys!

  • Aperson

    Make sure you can send international text to apple otherwise you cant activate imessage i have found this out from Apple and confronting AldiMobile which tell me i have to pay more money just to send 1 text to activate imessage.

  • ניצה גרוס כספי

    I have tried every thing!!! (a few times) including updating to 9.0.2 and my imessage activation still doesn’t work…..

  • Buakonikai

    For me it was the VPN settings. I had downloaded the “TunnelBear” app which I had forgotten to turn off. After turning off the VPN option I finally got my imessage to work again. Settings -> General -> VPN. Make sure that it is not trying to connect. If it is, turn it off.

    • Steinar Helgesen

      That is helpful to turn VPN off but for most users don’t know VPN =)

  • Emily

    I just updated to the iOS 9 today, iMessage failing to work ranging from ‘waiting to activate’ to the error message. Tried all of this and still doesn’t work :(

    • James

      it’s the same with me did u find a fix yet

  • http://dbcooper.livejournal.com Perry F. Bruns

    Here’s a fun variation on the problem: whether I go into Airplane mode or not, iMessage and FaceTime will not accept the password I’m entering for my Apple ID. And yes, I have verified that it is the correct password. Those two dialogs are literally the only places on or off my iPhone where my Apple ID and password are not accepted.

    I don’t think Apple should be writing software anymore.

  • Gino

    Airplane mode worked. Amazing

    • JAVAID

      It Worked for me Thankfully …

  • shads


  • http://www.jackenhack.com/ Jack Zimmermann

    I could only send, but not receive tap messages but now it works thanks to your instructions. Cheers!

  • ShankyS

    I just fixed my i6. Simple. Sign out of account. Turm off wifi. Turn off messaging. Turn off phone. Turn on phone and turn on messaging sign in. Turn on wifi and it worked.

    • a

      After 9.0.2 update, this fix worked for me. None of the other solutions worked.

  • Hah

    How do u fix it with iOS 9 beta

  • Hanna

    I tried everything on this page and nothing worked for me! Not sure what is wrong with my phone!? Any suggestions??

    • ניצה גרוס כספי

      same here

  • Clementine

    Number 3 worked for me. Many thanks.

  • Sean

    Nothing worked for me.

  • Kochan Kevin

    This shit works as hell, after trying out all sorts of things. This airplane mode stuff coupled with wifi made all the things work for both the facetime and imessage services. I was even able to change the phone number, thanks guys. thumbs up.

  • Aiev

    Haha strange as it sounds, after hours of trying many things, i came to this site, read the airplane mode trickt, did it and my imesage problem instantly fixed. Have no idea how and why. But thanks.


    no work for me

  • Megan

    This was great! I didn’t think it’d work after I tried almost everything, thank you so much!

  • kaf

    thank you so much for this!!! I’m in colombia traveling for three months and relying on my imessages and was desperate for a solution! #3 worked for me! Gracias!

  • lynn

    Worked when I reset location settings and then carrier settings

  • dannnyb

    The airplane mode worked for me. i just got a new phone and different number. although the old number is still showing up (greyed out) it is working after switching on the airplane mode. i was skeptical but it worked!

  • Jacqueline

    Did work the number 3 for me.
    I’d restored my iPhone 4 (ios 7.1.2) and iMessage didn’t work anymore

  • Ralph Huete

    Did not work any of the given tricks. Just a waste of time. I bought an iphone for facetime and imsg but this inconvenience of apple disappointed me. Now what?!

  • Juan Garcia

    I tried all the methods and the Fourth one is the one that worked for me. Sort of an inconvenience but I’m glad it works now. Thank you!!

  • Adam Pelletier

    this airplane mode thing worked! thanks so much, but ugh, how annoying!

  • Caine

    This worked! I’ve tried everything and it was literally as simple as that. Thank you!!

  • Oran

    THANKYOU!!! saved me a whole night of frustration! worked after the turning airplane mode off!

  • Aaron

    The Airplane mode routine worked flawlessly and instantly…thanks!

  • Josephine Trott

    I’ve followed this twice now, with success, but I’ve had to do the airplane thing AND log out log in thing to get it working. next time I’ll try the log out log in without first doing the airplane mode thing.

  • Gil

    #3 worked for me on my iPhone 5s after an iOS upgrade. Thanks!

  • Aeb

    I used tips number 3 to sign out and sign in back apple ID and surprisingly it worked for my iphone 6plus. Yeay.. Thanks a lot =D

  • Emily

    I’m currently visiting Brazil and iMessage stopped working as soon as I got here (it works for everyone else in my family). I tried method 2 the first time and it worked for about 2 hours. But when I tried sending a message later, iMessage stopped workin. Method 2 didn’t work when I tried it again, and method 3 didn’t work either. So I decided to reset network settings and it finally worked. But for some reason, I’m only able to message one person. All messages to other people keep failing and I have no idea why. I don’t know if this was the case the first time because I only messaged one person that time.

  • Mauro

    Nothing works… “Waiting activation” still goes… SO ANNOYING! apple used to be simple and smooth… now it’s just shit

    • Josephine Trott

      Same for me – imessage AND facetime both still say waiting for activation BUT I got a message on my laptop saying that my iphone had signed into imessage and another one saying my iphone had signed into facetime AND my phone number turned from grey to black in the ‘send and receive’ list so I’m just ignoring the ‘waiting for activation’ message on my phone.

  • Shay

    it works on windows 8 too now I have to fix facetime hopefully i can use the same steps thanks

  • trish

    yessss…. solution no. 3 worked for me

  • mary beverly

    thanks! i cant believe i fixed it, even with your step-by-step instruction!!

  • Willo

    I have tried everything. Even went to Apple, and they could not get it to work, so gave me a new phone. Still does not work. Now gonna push for another new phone from the carrier i bought it from, but not an apple. I am sure once I leave apple….and therefore Itunes… I will be a happy man.

  • Marky Mark

    yep airplane mode fixed this issue for me on my iphone 6

  • Akaasia

    The airplane mode trick did it for me. IPhone 5s. Thank you!!

  • Glen

    your the man !

  • Lena

    Thanks! Airplane mode trick did it for me :-)

  • Harris

    No No No. The solution above does not work. The problem is the iOS, not a setting, so the only way is to delete everything and set up as new. Trust me, I did this and it worked like charm:
    1/ Plug your phone into your computer, do a full back up
    2/ Unplug your iPhone, go to Settings –> General —> Reset –> Erase All Content and Settings
    (This step will wipe out everything in your phone, so make sure you have performed a full backup)
    3/ When your phone is on again after the reset, choose to restore iphone via iTunes, then plug into your computer, choose the backup you want to restore your phone to.
    (this step will take about 10-15 minutes)
    4/ When your phone is done with back up and is on again, go to Settings –> General –> Reset –> Reset all network settings
    5/ DONE, you’re iMessage and Facetime should be on the next time your phone is on.

    • Zed

      This was the only thing that worked for me. Cheers!

    • http://emwng.com/ Emily Wang

      Finally! A solution that works. Thank you!

    • Lucas

      Tried everything else, but this worked. Thank you x100 for this great solution. You’re a gentleman and a tribute to humanity!

    • http://www.phoenixstudios.com.np/corporate Herojig

      Nothing works here, not even that. But I found out that Nepal’s government considers the Apple protocol used illegal, so no Telcom has implemented it. It’s never gunna work here unless there is a change in government. Really sad…

    • Weaver

      This was the best solution you came up with!! Nothing else worked for me… Thank you times a million!!!

    • http://emiunicorn.com/ Emi Unicorn

      Why don’t you just reset all network settings instead of doing a hard reset of the whole phone?

      • SoulBound SVG

        well besides the fact that its a definitive fix it also clears up that bar that says other which is generally junk files that apple is too stupid to make a cleaner for :p

  • http://www.sparta.com/ King Leonidas

    I’ve been trying all these steps for long hours now and still have no luck. I did a hard reset as well. My phone number simply doesn’t appear. I cannot even see “Start a new conversation from”. I recently changed carriers, from B back to A. A used to work just fine before. Switched to B as I went abroad, everything worked there. When I came back and switched to A, everything stopped working! Please help!!!

    • andy

      Having trouble. Im using iphone 4 with ios 6.0
      I got this activation error fucking twice again omg!!! :(

      • http://www.sparta.com/ King Leonidas

        I spent 6 hours with Apple’s rep chatting. As per their instructions, I’ve switched off iMessage, leaving it off for 3 days. They said that should take the number off of their servers. Let’s see what happens.

        • andy

          Ah what i did is i turned off imessage. Waited 1 hour, i switched back on and went to sleep so within 7 hours imessage finally is activated.

          • http://www.sparta.com/ King Leonidas

            I wish I were that lucky! I’ve been doing that for 13 days now. No luck!

          • andy

            ah wow :
            Well my options:
            Give is a restore
            turn off imessage for 1-3 days and then turn on
            try resetting network settings
            contact ur carrier
            For me i got lucky when in Australia. I was about to go sleep, i turned on imessage and leaved it to be. After waking up in morning, imessage was successful and i was so damn happy!.

  • Karlo

    This what worked for meAfter doing “Before You Start To Fix iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Issue”,
    sync to itunes
    turn off imessage and facetime.
    Restart phone.
    Turn on imessage.
    Restart phone
    Turn on facetime

    • andy

      Doesnt work for me :( still in no luck
      Im running phone 4 with ios 6.0.

  • OytunO

    For the ones who tried everything (inc. reset and/or restore) but still couldn’t activate iMessage and FaceTime with their cellular number, I strongly suggest you to major on your mobile phone network operator. Even if you have an active international sms plan that charges the activation sms’s, there might be a problem(I have no idea why but some kind of line forwarding/redirecting problem) about your line. Especially the ones who travels internationally much. For your information…

  • nihal rao

    hello guys
    i m not updating my iphone in wifi.i m doing it through itunes.and when ever i try to activate my iphone to 7.1.2 its showing a popup IPHONE COULDNT BE ACTIVATED DUE AN UNKNOWN ERROR 8000000004 its showing me from past 3 days please tell me the solution guys

  • http://www.liamer.com/ Liamer LLC

    I had a guy approach me about this same issue. I just went to General – Reset – Reset Network Connections…the phone rebooted and was able to log in. Might work for some of you.

    • Tim

      This worked!! None of the others things did for me but this fixed it. Try this if you’re having trouble

    • Cool

      It worked! Thanks

  • Peter Kaczm

    Having tried all the fixes none actual got iMessage to work correctly. Getting iMessage to work via your apple id is one thing but getting it to work sending via your iPhone number seems to be the main problem. The difference being that apple id looks like an email and the other looks like an SMS. I have found that using the SIM card from an iPhone 5 and putting it into an iPhone 6 will stop iMessage from activating. Got a new replacement SIM from my carrier and as soon as i activated the new one (deactivate the old) iMessage fired up immediately. Worked on two phones. Seems that the activation may be getting conflicting info from the iPhone.

  • Adk Man

    Option 3 fixed my issue

  • CallMeJehova

    I tried both. The second one my number appeared but then it just left. It still says waiting for activation. Is it because my phone was cut off two weeks ago. I was still able to receive iMessages at that number until I reset my phone.

  • Spaz

    OMG – thank you! The Airplane mode trick worked perfectly! Fixed everything! Thanks so much.

  • Tired Back

    IMessage and FaceTime activated immediately following your simple directions. Very, very much appreciated. Thanks.

  • CrazyMonkey CrazyMonkey

    It didn’t work for me either. I wish it would. This is annoying…..

  • Mia Walters

    None of these techniques worked for me over the last 36 hours, but I figured one out that did:

    I finally just tried again and succeeded. I made sure “”MMS Messaging” and “Group Messaging” were both off. I then turned iMessage off and back on again. It immediately activated iMessage and stayed activated after I switched them both back on too.

    • Carl

      This actually worked! Thank you very much!

    • Amirrasa Kateb

      I can’t see this settings in Messages part of the Settings app. where can I find them?

    • Elizabeth Royer

      Thank you so much! I have been trying for days to get mine to work after updating to IOS 8 and none of the other stuff worked. I couldn’t believe it when I read your comment and figured I would try it. It worked right away!!

  • Kishore Elayanarayanan

    Hi ! I just found out for the network carrier “Airtel” that it takes 24 hours from the time of SIM activation to enable SMS services in case of a SIM swap. I had swapped my micro sim for nano sim and hence this delay. The carrier confirmed that though I would be able to receive / make calls, the messaging activation takes 24 hours. Anyways thanks a ton for providing solutions for this issue.

  • Ruce

    Wow, trick # 1 actually worked. Thanks a lot guys. Life savers :D

  • Jana77

    Hi I justfixed my iMessage activation error problem Yay!!!! I tried all the log in and out advice in these blogs sites but it did nothing to fix it. The problem after weeks of investigations and a replacement sim, trip to the genius desk, calls to the carrier, callls to the service provider, new hardware, etc..you name it I tried it… was actually with the port service between carriers. When your number is ported the new carrier has to tell all the other carriers that they now have your phone number for routing. When my number got ported no one told vodaphone, or told them and they didn’t act on it. So anyway I actually wasn’t receiving any calls or texts from vodaphone customers as well as not being able to activate iMessage and Facetime. Anyway once the vodaphone issue was fixed my iMessage activated straight away and I got in touch with all the people in my phone book with a 0414 vodaphone prefix and explained what had happened.

    • Guest

      Hi Jana77, just wondering what you asked Vodafone when you called? I am having the exact same issue after switching from Vodafone to O2 (O2 handled the whole change over).

  • Jonnyphish

    Great article…this is the farthest I’ve gotten so far, but am still having one more issues and am hoping you can help me.

    Just got iPhone 5s, followed all the instructions above, however under Settings–>Phone–> My Number it says Unknown and will not let me add my number.

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Many thanks!

  • Cycleops

    The Airplane mode solution worked for me. Serious developer issues at Apple.

  • jubilee

    set your time/date to auto!!!!! the daylight savings times messed up my iMessage settings

  • Rainer

    I went crazy with my iPhone 6 and iMessage. Nothing worked. Than I changed the carrier and within seconds, iMessage was activated and the sms forwarding to my iPad Air 2 can be used. The signal of the new carrier is much stronger, maybe this was the reason for the activation problems! I changed from Cellcard Cambodia to Smart Cambodia and of course my phone number changed unfortunately too.

  • Mustafa

    I can’t even turn iMessage on cause every time I try to turn it on it instantly says “an error has occurred” and when I press “ok” it says waiting for activation. I don’t have a SIM card in my iPhone 4s so I don’t have a phone number meaning none of these obviously won’t work but I tried anyways and guess what? It didn’t work. Please help, I don’t know what to do and I need some way to text people.

  • Scott

    iPhone 4S- Had the “Waiting for activation” message. Performed a hard reboot and, Boom! problem fixed.

  • Mellissa

    How about if I want to use my old iPhone 4s as an ipod? I recently upgraded and want to give my mom my old phone so she can facetime with us. I erased/reset the 4s and signed in with her apple id. It is set to receive messages and facetime at her email address. I can’t get the imessage and facetime to activate, it has the ‘waiting for activation’ message. I read other places to connect the phone to a computer with itunes, I have done that as well and it still isn’t working. Ideas??

    • stranger

      even it has “waiting for activation”, still you can use apple id to send imessage and facetime. Tested and worked

  • Kris

    iphone 5, has th wrong mobile number in the “send and Receive” how do I change that mobile number. I message is waiting for activation. the right mobile number is in the contacts and settings

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Turn off iMessage.
      Then, go to Settings -> Phone and make sure ‘My Number’ has the right number.
      turn on iMessage again. If you see no tick mark next to the phone
      number (but there’s one next to your Apple ID), you just tap on the
      Apple ID and logout. That will select the phone number as default.

      • http://www.sparta.com/ King Leonidas

        This didn’t work

      • http://fb.com/ishaktichauhan Shakti Singh

        How to fix with BSNL
        Running iPhone 5s in iOS 8.1.3

      • http://fb.com/ishaktichauhan Shakti Singh

        I tried all Things but No result

        • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

          Make sure your carrier support iMessage or not.

  • Zed

    Just got iPhone 6 I’m trying to reactive iMessage on my iPod touch. When I click verify it just spins. Am I supposed to get a text message on my iPhone with a verification link???

  • Ivy Chace

    None of these worked for me, instead I tried doing them at the same time. First, I signed out of both iMessage and FaceTime and turned them off. Next, I restarted my phone, (held the home button and the lock botton) and then when I turned my phone on again, it prompted me to ‘sign into imessage’ and my phone number was activated!!!

  • mnorman014

    My phone is currently deactivated bcuz I am stationed overseas.. This may sounds stupid, but is the reason why mine isn’t working is bcuz my phone is deactivated? I’ve tried everything and my phone number continues to stay gray.

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      That could be very much the reason. can you access websites on your iPhone?

  • mblow

    Thank you! Turning off wifi allowed the iMessage to activate, and now I can text again – such a weird issue.

  • Seiko Tanaka

    i cannot Reply Directly , When some is Texting me. :(
    how can i fix it ?

  • Katie

    After trying for a long time i finally got it!!! I cant thank you enough! wile it was Activating i tried to text another iPhone and it finally sent! Thank you veeery much! i will pass this along to friends!

  • Antione Felder

    I have an unlocked iphone with a number so can it still work

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      It should, yeah.

  • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

    Here’s what worked for me: Go to https://appleid.apple.com. Click on the “Manage my ID” button. Make sure your email address and phone number are correct. Then click the “Save Changes” button. I didn’t change anything but as soon as I clicked the “Save Changes” button, my iMessages instantly activated. Thank God I’m bald or I would have pulled all my hair out until I did this.

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      That’s great! Thanks for sharing it!

      • MatG

        YES!!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH. It has been days since i used iMessage with this stupid iOS update.. never updating again :'(

    • Anne Shuker

      I could literally kiss you!

    • Derek

      This works!!!

    • Kara Harington

      I tried this thanks for the tips, but it did not work for me. It continues to say waiting for activation.

    • http://twitter.com/mualhadi Muhanad

      Which one did you fill? or all of the forms with same number?

    • Vince

      Thanks Eclectablog, none of the mothods are worked for me. Your is worked

  • Johan Opperman

    I had this problem, and found that the problem disappeared after sending only one message as plain SMS (so green message). After that, Blue iMEssages suddenly also got sent…

  • Toby

    Go into settings, click on messages, scroll down to ” send & receive’ and make sure the number shown is yours. Click on “send & receive” then click on ” use your apple ID for message”, this is to make sure your apple ID is correct and if it isn’t this where you will change it. Back out and go into “general”, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on “reset” then click on “reset network settings”. This worked for me hope it helps.

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Thanks for the comment.. :)

  • Ash Kirch

    I restored my phone and tried the other options and to no avail..

  • dayana sanabria

    I have GPP from sprint to tmobile. I did the update because I didn’t know I couldn’t please advise!!! I got to work the calls using the Irose patch. but I can’t get to work data and SMS.
    if anyone knows
    thank you

  • Malana Goodrich

    the reboot seems to work best, but i keep having to do it several times. i get knocked off imessage once or twice an hour. my internet connection is solid. i hope i won’t have to continue rebooting my phone like this

  • Corinn Byrne

    Just to let all know, even though my phone says it is waiting on activation for iMessage and FaceTime, I can send messages and use FaceTime, I tested it with my husbands phone, he hasn’t upgraded to iOS 7 yet

    • Carlos

      my iphone5 says waiting for activation. Sending messages works for some phones but not all. One friend has a iphone4s and she receives my messages but i cannot receive her messages. Another friend of mine, we have no problem sending messages back and forth. Dont know what is wrong.

  • Corinn Byrne

    I have done everything and still not able to get iMessage or FaceTime to work on my Iphone 5 even after doing everything that Apple chat told me to.

  • PSmith

    I found that the problem with iMessage not activating was an error during the installation of iOS 7 to my device as it worked on my iPad but not my iPhone. Also, I was not receiving push notifications on my iPhone. A restore of the phone so that it re-installed iOS 7 and restore from backup was the only thing that fixed it.

  • http://twitter.com/EgorArchitec Egor Danilenko

    Thank you soooo muuuuch! It works for me!!

  • goobers

    neither worked, i dont want to restore to factory settings but i’m almost ready to. it will not verify my phone number (all grey digits) in FaceTime and wont even show the number in the iMessage

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Sometimes, you might need to wait a full day before re-activating
      iMessage using your number. If that still doesn’t work, restore is the
      only option imho.

      • Via Newson

        restoring it didnt even work..

    • Wisey

      I can’t even add my number in Settings > Phone > My number, as it’s greyed out. Another slowclap for Apple. What’s the point in such a large scale beta rollout when issues like this are still unresolved when the full release rolls around? Absolute garbage.

      Thanks for the tips though. I’ve tried all of them, and despite the fact they didn’t fix my issue, they’ve clearly worked for others :)

      • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

        Strange. I know it sucks when you’ve got core issues like these…

        Did you try doing a full restore via iTunes? May be backup data in iTunes and then restore it again to check if the problem is resolved?

  • ArubaMac

    #1 and #2 didn’t work for me. And I’m bit ready to Ho through the trouble of wiping/restoring!

    I’ll see whether apple techs have another solutions.

    Thx for s recommendations though.