Tired of iMessage waiting for activation error in iOS 10, iOS 9 or iOS 8.X on iPhone? Sometimes it works just perfectly, but sometimes it drives us crazy. There are quite a lot of fixes optional 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 imessage waiting for activation successfully.
Before You Start To Fix iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Issue on iPhone running iOS 10, iOS 9, or iOS 8.x:
Make sure in the Phone app, you’ve got your number listed. On top of ‘Contacts,’ you should see your number listed. If not, you’ll need to go to Settings → Phone → My Number and enter your number.
Similarly, go to Settings → FaceTime → and make sure you have selected both your phone number and Apple ID under You Can Be Reached by FaceTime At.
Make sure Date & Time 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 waiting for activation problems so have cellular enabled.
For some users, the message sent out for activation goes out as an international SMS.
Check out Internet Connection
Both iMessage and FaceTime require a very good internet connection to work properly. Hence, make sure your internet connection is up to the mark.
Open Settings → Wi-Fi/Cellular → turn off the switch, reboot your device and turn on Wi-Fi/Cellular.
Try to reset network settings. It will delete all the existing network setting and return them to factory settings.
Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings.
Contact Your Carrier
First of all, make sure that your carrier supports iMessage or not. Contact your Carrier support team and verify any limiting condition on your for iMessage, blocks, or filters on text messages.
As strange as it sounds, maybe you should try this method if nothing else works. We found the airplane mode activation mode in one of the discussions.
Here’s how it works:
Step #1. Go to Settings → scroll down and tap on Messages and turn off iMessage
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.
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 grayed out number and an email ID. A little later, the number should be checked and that’s it.
Update your iPhone’s Carrier Setting
Step #1. Make sure Wi-Fi or Cellular is enabled on your device. Open Settings → General.
Step #2. Tap on About. If there is any update available, you will get the option to update it.
You can see the version of the carrier settings next to Carrier.
When you insert a new SIM card into your iPhone, you need to download the carrier setting for your new carrier.
Apple ID Sign-Out, Sign-In
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.