iPhones are such wonderful gizmos to have around, and we actually feel quite blessed about their existence. But it all ends when the ‘iMessage waiting for activation’ error pops up, and it really drains every bit of patience when no matter what you do iMessages just don’t activate.
Now there can be a whole lot of reasons that may have been keeping you away from the iMessage extravaganza. Nothing to worry about though as this comprehensive article empowers you with easy-to-do and quick fixes
to combat this epidemic.
Why do You Get “iMessage Waiting for Activation” Error?
There could really be an array of potential reasons behind the ‘iMessage waiting for activation’ error on your iPhone.
This concise troubleshooting guide has measures to all of these issues. Hopefully, you have followed the basics of activating iMessage though which are:-
- You need to have a working Wi-Fi connection or cellular data connection for activating iMessage.
- iMessage activation can easily take up to 24 hours so you should wait for this period of time without taking any troubleshooting measures.
- You must be able to send and receive SMS texts to do the activation of iMessage.
As overwhelming/confusing as it may sound, the process is quite simple if you follow the steps mentioned here correctly. Without any more ado, let’s get hop into the solutions-
Set Your Date and Time Zone Correctly
This is one of the primary reasons why iMessage is displaying the ‘waiting for activation’ error. If your iPhone is set to a wrong date or time, then you need to correct that. Just go to Settings, then General and next Date & Time. Select the right time zone and turn on the switch for Set Automatically so that your iPhone has a date & time for your location.
Worked for the error problem? If it didn’t make it, the few next ones will certainly.
Connect to Wi-Fi or Cellular Data
This is a no-brainer but many times, there is a Wi-Fi or Cellular Data connectivity issue in the iPhone, and this might be the reason for the error.
1. For Wi-Fi
Open your Settings tab and tap on the Wi-Fi option. Check that Wi-Fi is turned on and if there is a checkmark right next to your Wi-Fi network. If there is no checkmark, then you need to tap on your network and connect with
it. If the checkmark is there, then try switching the Wi-Fi off and back on. Also, you can just use Safari to browse a few pages and check that there is no issue on the Wi-Fi providers end.
2. For Cellular Data
iMessage can also be activated using mobile data. For this, go to Settings >> Cellular Data and switch on the Cellular Data option. If Cellular Data is already on then try switching it off and back on.
Restart Your Phone
Even though you have connected to Cellular Data or Wi-Fi and selected the correct time zone, iMessage still displays the same message? The reason here could be that probably your iPhone is experiencing a software crash.
A software crash can be fairly responsible for the non-activation of iMessage and be fixed quite easily by turning
your iPhone off and back on. Simply, just press and hold the Power button on the right side until the slide to
power off dialog box pops-up at the top. If you have an iPhone X, then press and hold the side or any of the volume buttons. Then all you have to do is swipe the Power icon from left to right across slide to power off, and your iPhone will switch off.
Wait a few moments and then press and hold the Power button (iPhone 8 or earlier) or the side button (iPhone X) until the display lights up and an Apple logo can be seen.
Do an iOS Update if Available
This is one method that Apple recommends for the iMessage ‘waiting for activation’ message. So to update to the latest iOS version just head over to Settings, then General and then Software Update. Check if there is an iOS update available, download and install it if there is.
Apple frequently comes up with updates that solve a lot of issues, glitches and introduces new features. Apple itself recommends this method, so you know that this will undoubtedly work if others haven’t.
Sign Out of Your Apple ID
Now that you must have tried the software update to find that you already have it up to date try this one. Just sign out of your Apple ID and sign back in. Like the switching on and off of the iPhone, this also helps combat any minor software bugs.
To apply this method, go to Settings >> Messages and then Send & Receive. Tap on your Apple ID at the top and then tap Sign Out. After doing this, tap Use your Apple ID for iMessage and enter your Apple ID details to sign back in.
Do Carrier and Network Setting Changes
Now, what exactly needs to be done here is, check for any available carrier settings upgrade or resetting the network settings. Carrier settings are the settings wireless carriers usually release to help the iPhone connect with the network more efficiently. There will be an update available if you don’t update regularly, just hit the update option on the pop-up.
There are no cons to this too as carrier update improves the functioning of your carrier network. If there are no carrier setting upgrades available then just reset the network settings on the iPhone. Do write down your Wi-Fi passwords and other information as the reset will clear all the Bluetooth, Cellular, Wi-Fi and VPN settings to factory defaults.
Go to Settings then General >> Reset and then tap Reset Network settings. Tap the same on the confirmation pop-up and Voila! Your iPhone will shut down, do the reset and switch back on. Try to activate iMessage after connecting to a Wi-Fi or cellular data network and now hopefully it works.
So, the above was the best ways a.k.a. Tricks to activate iMessage. Typically one of the these should have done it for you but if they haven’t then duly contact Apple Support and they will have your back on this.