How to Fix FaceTime Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone

It’s pretty annoying to experience FaceTime activation errors when trying to set up FaceTime on iPhone. This usually happens when upgrading to a new device or when you change your carrier or your phone number, and we already showed you how to fix a similar issue on iMessage. So in this post, we’ve lined up ten solutions to fix FaceTime waiting for activation error on iPhone. Before you begin, first understand why this error occurred during activation.

Why Does FaceTime Say Waiting for Activation on iPhone?

The Facetime activation error can occur for many reasons. Sometimes it also shows up with different wording such as ‘Activation unsuccessful‘, or ‘An error occurred during activation. try again’. All of these are basically pointing to the same problem and there are some simple things you can do to try to resolve it.

Before you attempt to fix it though, please be patient and wait at least 24 hours. Apple says that activation can sometimes take this long so trying again after a day might solve your problem. If it has been more than 24 hours and you still face the same error, here are some solutions you can try:

FaceTime Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone? How to Fix It

Solution #1: Check Apple’s System Status Page

Before trying to fix the problem, it’s a good idea to check out Apple’s System Status site. It will show you if FaceTime is facing any server issues at the moment that could be causing the error. This is indicated by FaceTime being shown in yellow on the site. However, if the app is listed in green, there are no current server issues so you should proceed to the next solutions below.

Check FaceTime Server Status on Apple's System Page

Solution #2: Turn ON and OFF Airplane Mode

Sometimes a random hiccup in the system can cause the FaceTime activation error. So you can try turning on Airplane Mode on your iPhone. Wait about 15-20 seconds and then turn it off. Launch FaceTime and see if the issue is solved. If not, don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of other solutions for you.

Turn ON Airplane Mode and Turn Off Again

Solution #3: Make Sure You are Connected to WiFi and Cellular Data

This one sounds obvious but it’s worth rechecking that your WiFi and cell data are working. If you’re not connected to the internet, you might see the FaceTime Waiting for Activation error as the app won’t be able to reach Apple’s servers.

Solution #4: Toggle FaceTime OFF and ON

Sometimes just turning off FaceTime and then turning it back solves the problem. I am not sure what makes it work, but it is worth giving a try.

Go to SettingsFaceTime → Toggle OFF and then after a minute or two, turn it back ON. See if you can get it to work this time. If not, keep reading.

Turn Off FaceTime and Turn ON Again

Solution #5: Make Sure You Have the Latest iOS Version

As always in these kinds of situations, it might be a good idea to update to the latest version of iOS if you are having some issues, especially if you are still sporting a version of the operating system that is a year or more out of date. To update to the latest iOS version, go to SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.

Software Update on iPhone

Solution #6: Check Date and Time Settings

Make sure you have set the correct date, time, and time zone on your iPhone. Go to SettingsGeneralDate and Time and check the details. Toggle ON the Set Automatically option.

Set Date and Time Settings to Automatically on iPhone

Solution #7: Verify Your Phone Number

Open SettingsPhoneMy Number and be sure to enter the correct phone number which you are currently using on your iPhone.

Verify Phone Number to Receive SMS

Moreover, contact your carrier and make sure your incoming SMS services are active. This is because Apple sometimes might send an SMS to your phone as part of the activation process for FaceTime.

Solution #8: Check for Restrictions Settings

Go to Settings → Screen TimeContent & Privacy Restrictions → and then Disable Content & Privacy Restrictions.

Disable Content and Privacy Restrictions on iPhone

If that’s not possible due to certain other reasons, make sure FaceTime is turned ON in the list of ‘Allowed Apps’.

Tap on Allowed Apps and Check FaceTime is Enabled

Solution #9: Reset Network Settings of iPhone

Go to Settings General Reset and select Reset Network Settings. Please note that doing this will remove saved IDs and passwords for all saved networks. So do this only if you know your login IDs and passwords.

Reset Network Settings

Solution #10: Restart Your iPhone

If none of the above options have worked for you, one last thing you can try is to go to Settings General Shutdown. Once your phone switches off, wait a minute and then power it back on. Hopefully, this should help fix the FaceTime activation error issue.

Restart Your Device

If in case this too does not do the trick, the best option would be to contact Apple Support. They’ll be the right source to help you out.

Wrapping Up…

Well, we’ve done our best to give you all the different solutions to fixing the FaceTime activation error issue. Let us know which option worked out for you in the comments below.

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  1. I have to SEND an SMS to activate??? I have an pre-paid sim card and I’m not interested on putting credit on it just so Apple can unauthorizedly send an SMS. If I don’d spend money, I will never be able to FaceTime again??

    Until a couple of weeks ago I used to use FaceTime without any problem, why the heck this problem appeared from nowhere!

  2. I tried everything recommended by apple and apple users in numerous fora.

    In the end, only a factory reset of the iPad (ios 8.1.3) worked, although I note that other users have done the factory reset and their problems were not resolved.

    Considering I bought the iPad specifically for the Facetime feature and ease of use
    (to communicate with my computer illiterate mother-in-law in India), it’s a major blow to have to go through 5+ hours of troubleshooting then have to resort to a factory reset

    For the benefit of anyone suffering the same or similar tribulations, and in anticipation of the arrival of the iCar, I have taken the trouble to transpose the typical apple troubleshooting steps into iCar format, although you can probably use this approach for any apple product:

    Assuming that the problem you are facing is that your iCar will not start, perform the following steps, in no particular order:

    1. Check your iKeys to make sure you are using the right one, as there are 8 keys on an iRing and we are not sure which one works best. If in doubt, try them all.

    2. Turn the key clockwise and hold for about 3 seconds.

    3. Try turning it anti-clockwise.

    4. Remove the iDipstick* and wipe it on a clean cloth, then put it back in. Check again in
    24 hours and repeat as often as necessary. Note* Since the iCar does not use oil, the
    iDipstick is a purely cosmetic feature, without which the iCar will not function at all.

    5. Jack up the iCar using the iJack*, remove all wheels and try starting the car. *Note:
    Use only the latest version of iJack. Older versions will sometimes lower the car
    instead of raising it.

    6. Re-install the rear wheels on the front and vice versa.

    7. Swap the wheels from left to right.

    8. Remove the engine & re-install it backwards with the dipstick unplugged but not fully

    9. Re-flash the engine management system with the previous known working IOS
    version (since it is impossible to actually remove the IOS updates recently applied).

    10. Check the luggage compartment and ensure that it has been correctly packed.

    11. Make sure there is something in the glove compartment. Anything will do – try a pair
    of gloves if you have some.

    12. In the EMS, enter a DNS server IP address of, or maybe – we’re not
    really sure which one is best, because mostly this step doesn’t actually work.

    12. Reset the car to factory settings. Note that you must do a backup of your installed
    applications and data. You most likely will not be able to restore from this backup,
    but do it anyway. For your convenience, you may back up to iCloud or iTunes. The
    advantage of backing up to iCloud is that it enables apple, or any security agency
    or approved hacker group to download your trip information and re-upload it with
    whatever modifications they deem appropriate.

    13. If none of the above works, return the car to the iGenuis workshop, where an
    iGenius will do everything that you have done, with the same result, and will offer
    you a full replacement iCar at a reduced cost of 90% of what you paid in the first
    place, even though it is still under warranty.

    I hope this helps! I know it helped me.


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