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New iPhone problem: iMessage "waiting for activation", how to fix it?

enero 17, 2020

Setting up iMessage is simple, but what if you see the iMessage error waiting for activation or if your iMessage just doesn't work on your iPhone? The activation process usually takes up to 24 hours. Most of the time, activation is completed in approximately one hour. If the iMessage is blocked and you still see the same error, there are several very effective solutions to try. The following solutions apply not only to iMessage waiting for activation "but also if you see messages such as" Activation failed "and" An error occurred during activation ".

Note: Before trying the solutions, contact your operator and make sure that you can receive text messages and that your operator supports iMessage. Also, make sure you have an internet connection (Wi-Fi or mobile network).

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steps to fix iMessage pending activation on iPhone

phone

Your phone number must be listed in your Phone application. If this is not the case, or if you have entered the wrong number, the configuration and activation of the iMessage service will not be possible.

  • Navigate to settings
  • Press Phone
  • Your number must be listed as My number
  • If your number is not added, or if it is not correct, press My number and add or correct it.

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Date and hour

You must make sure that the date and time are set correctly. There is an option that you can choose, Automatically set. However, make sure the time zone and time are correct. Go to Settings> Date and time and make changes if necessary. If the time or time zone is not correct, turn off Automatically set and manually set the appropriate time and time zone.

automatically set iPhone steps

Airplane mode

This simple solution is very effective in solving various problems related to the iPhone. With a few clicks, you can get rid of the iMessage error while waiting for activation. Open the Settings app, tap Airplane mode and activate it. Now wait 30 seconds and turn it off. After a few minutes, try using iMessage again.

Switch to airplane mode

Disable iMessage and restart your iPhone

What to do next? Go to Settings> Messages and deactivate iMessage by flipping the switch just next to it.

iMessage disabled

The next step is to restart your iPhone. Press and hold the sleep / wake button, then drag the slider to turn off your phone. After the phone turns off, press and hold the sleep / wake button until you see the Apple logo.

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Go back to Settings, press Messages and re-activate iMessage. Hopefully this will set things in motion and the iMessage service will be activated.

iMessage

Log out of your Apple ID and log in

If the solutions mentioned above have not resolved the problem and you still see one of the error messages, sign out of your Apple ID and sign in again. Let's see how to do it:

  • Go to settings
  • Then tap Messages
  • Tap Send and Receive
  • Tap your Apple ID, then tap Sign out
  • Now go to Messages and deactivate iMessage
  • Turn off Wi-Fi, wait 10-15 seconds and turn it back on
  • Go back to Settings> Messages> Send and receive
  • Enter your Apple ID

Explain below with the picture:

  • For iPhone and other iOS devices: Settings >> Message >> Send and receive. Here, just tap on the Apple ID and sign out. After that, log in to iMessages again.
  • For Mac: Messages >> Preferences >> Account application. Click Disconnect, and then try to connect.

How to fix iPhone SE not syncing iMessage

iMessage Apple ID tapes iPhone

Check the setting on Mac

You can also make sure that the Messages app on your Mac has been activated using the same Apple ID. Follow these steps:

  • Open Messages application >> Preferences >> Account
  • If you've already enabled it, you just need to check if it uses the same Apple ID as other iOS devices. Remember to make sure the Activate this account box is checked.

How to fix iPhone SE not syncing iMessage

  • If the Messages app has not been activated, you can simply log in using the same Apple ID.

How to fix iPhone SE not syncing iMessage

Check the setting in other iOS devices

You can perform the same steps as solution no 1 on your iPad or other iOS devices. Make sure you are signed in with the same Apple ID in the Send & Receive section.

Toggle multiple different settings

Here is another effective solution. Follow the steps listed below, and I hope iMessage will finally activate.

  • Go to Settings> Messages
  • Now turn off iMessage and FaceTime
  • Then go to Settings or open Notification Center and activate the airplane mode
  • Once you have activated Airplane mode, the Wi-Fi will turn off
  • Go to Settings or open Notification Center and turn on Wi-Fi.
  • Access Messages and activate iMessage and FaceTime
  • If invited, add your Apple ID
  • Open the Notification Center and turn off Airplane mode, or go to Settings and turn it off from there.
  • If you see a message Your operator can charge the SMS used to activate iMessage, click OK
  • If there is no message, go to Settings, deactivate iMessage and activate it again.

Reset network settings

This solution worked for a good number of users. Many people have finally gotten rid of the iMessage error waiting for activation. Keep in mind that this will reset your Wi-Fi networks and passwords, which means that you will need to re-enter your network password.

  • Go to Settings> General
  • Press Reset
  • Then tap on Reset Network Settings
  • Enter your password
  • Press Reset network settings to confirm your action.

Reset network settings

Reinsert your SIM card

Do you still have the same problem? Try the following:

  • Go to Settings> Messages and deactivate iMessage
  • Press and hold the sleep / wake button, then drag the slider to turn off your iPhone.
  • Remove your SIM card and put it back
  • Press the sleep / wake button until the Apple logo appears
  • Then go to Settings> General> Reset> Reset network settings. As explained above, this will reset your Wi-Fi settings, so you will need to enter passwords for Wi-Fi networks.
  • Activate the Wi-Fi after the reset
  • Go to Settings> Messages and re-enable iMessage.

Update software

Do you have the latest version of iOS? If not, install it as it can solve the problem.

  • Connect your iPhone to a power source and a Wi-Fi network
  • Navigate to settings
  • Tap General> Software Update
  • If you have previously downloaded the latest version, press Install and if not, press Download and install

Update software steps

VPN settings

You can resolve the problem by making some changes to the VPN settings. Go to iPhone Settings, press General, then Profile (if this option does not exist, ignore this solution). Once you tap Profile, you will see the installed profiles. Delete these profiles. To do this, tap each, then tap Delete Profile.

Reset Location and Privacy settings

Another simple thing you can do to fix the problem is to reset the location and privacy settings. Here's how you can do that:

  • Go to settings
  • Press General
  • Then press Reset
  • You will see Reset location and privacy, tap it
  • Enter your password
  • Tap Reset location and privacy to confirm your action.

Keep in mind that once you've done that, the apps you have on your iPhone will no longer use your location. You can browse apps later and grant them permission to use your location.

reset location and privacy

Clear all content and settings

Nothing seems to work? Maybe you need a new start. You can erase all content and settings on your iPhone and then set it up as a new device. Before you start, save the data as this will erase everything you have stored on your iPhone.

  • Go to Settings> General> Reset
  • Tap Clear all content and settings
  • Enter your password
  • Tap Erase iPhone
  • Once this operation is finished, your device will restart
  • Follow the steps to configure it as a new device
  • Once you are done, configure iMessage and hopefully it will activate.

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iPhone doesn't sync iMessage?

Check the message setting on the iPhone

The first thing to do is to check the message settings on your iPhone SE and make sure your Apple ID has been connected to Send and Receive.

  • Go to Settings >> Messages >> Send and receive
  • Press your apple ID for iMessage
  • Enter your Apple ID and password
  • Wait until the validation process is complete and an email associated with your Apple ID appears.

iPhone SE does not sync iMessage

IMessage error waiting for activation after iOS update

The iMessage error waiting for activation may appear after upgrading your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. If you are having the same problem, you can try the solutions we explained above, such as:

  • Switch to airplane mode
  • Make sure the date, time, and time zone are correct
  • Deactivate iMessages, restart your iPhone, then activate iMessages
  • Log out of Apple ID and log in again
  • Reset network settings
  • Reinsert your SIM card
  • VPN settings
  • Reset location settings

If nothing seems to work, you can restore your iPhone to factory settings using iTunes. Before you start, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. Also, back up your data.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes
  • Select your iPhone
  • In the Summary panel, select the Restore iPhone option
  • To confirm your action, click on Restore
  • iTunes will erase your iPhone and install the latest version of iOS
  • When this is finished, your iPhone will restart
  • Set it up as a new device, then set up new iMessage.

Restore iPhone using iTunes

iMessage does not work / activation error – Unable to connect

Sometimes iMessage waiting for activation may appear due to network connection issues, especially if you see a message saying Unable to connect. Things to try:

  • If you are using Wi-Fi, go to Settings, turn it off and on again.
  • If you are using cellular data, go to Settings> Cellular, deactivate cellular data and turn it on again.
  • Is your Wi-Fi connection bad? Go to cellular data or vice versa.
  • Access Parameters, activate the airplane mode, wait a few seconds and turn it off.
  • Restart your iPhone. Press and hold the sleep / wake button and drag the slider. After the phone turns off, press and hold the sleep / wake button until you see the Apple logo.
  • If you are connected to your home Wi-Fi network, restart your router. Unplug it from the outlet, wait a minute, and then plug it back in.
  • Reset network settings. To do this: go to Settings> General> Reset> Reset network settings. Press Reset network settings to confirm your action.

Additional advice

  • Go to https://appleid.apple.com/
  • Select Manage my username
  • Check that all information is correct
  • After verifying your information, click the Save Changes button (Note, you must click the Save button whether you make changes or not.

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Change Apple ID

Try to verify if the verification phone number you are using for the Apple ID is correct.

  • Go https://appleid.apple.com and sign in with your Apple ID
  • In the Account setting, click Edit, make sure you have an appropriate email address defined under Accessible. Otherwise, enter it and press Done.

How to fix iPhone SE not syncing iMessage

Next tip for iOS 9 and 10 (beta version)

You can play around with the settings and see if it works for you. For example:

  1. Disable WiFi
  2. Disable facetime
  3. Activate / deactivate airplane mode
  4. Activate iMessage
  5. Restart the phone
  6. Come back to Facetime

You can do it sequentially or consecutively.

These problems / solutions are found and effective on iPhone 4, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.