iPhone Fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Error

// October 16, 2015
How to fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone

Sometimes you would encounter the iPhone glitch iMessage Waiting for Activation. FaceTime and iMessage are apps which we use to frequently to not fix. But all good things come with their fair share of glitches. When you activate iMessage on your iPhone 6, you might get a message that says “Waiting for Activation” or “Activation Unsuccessful”. Whatever the case, there is a solution for your problem.

How to fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone

First and foremost, check whether or not you have a stable connection to the internet, cellular data or WiFi, either will do. To activate iMessage you will need your phone number so you will be charged as per SMS for activation. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Next go to “Settings” and tap “General. Under General, find “Date & Time”. Make sure you have chosen the correct time zone, the current date on your iPhone and enough storage for iMessage. If you don’t have enough storage on your iPhone 6, delete some apps or photos.

Also, make sure that under the Phone app, your phone number is listed. No idea what we are talking about? Worry not, we’ll explain. Under the Contacts app, you should see your number on the top. If not, then follow this path: Settings> Phone> My Number and then enter your phone number. See, no rocket science!

First thing to do is to contact your carrier to make sure their service support iMessage in the first place. Ask them if they have any limitations for iMessage, blocks, filters and text messages.

How to fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone

Go to “Settings” again and find “Messages” and turn off iMessage.

While you are at it, turn off FaceTime too. Restart your iPhone (and cross your fingers). Once the device comes back to life, turn on iMessage.  You might get an alert saying that you will be charged for a SMS. Tap on OK. If the alert doesn’t appear, then go back to Settings and turn off and on iMessage again. Hopefully, iMessage will get activated soon.

If it has been over 24 hours with no luck, then you need to check whether or not your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS on iTune.

If the error message is still bugging you on iOS 9.3, then contact your carrier provider. If they cannot help you with the task, then it is time to head down to the nearest Apple Store. Hopefully they will help you end this nightmare and you can go back to being a happy and content texter.

Update to iOS 9.3

Updating to the latest iOS 9.3 will likely fix this problem. If you still having trouble after the iOS update, you might need to do a system setting reset.

Other iMessage Error, like grey box will make you not able to send messages to other iPhone users.


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