How To Fix iMessage Waiting For Activation “Error” On iOS 10 iPhone Or iPad [No Jailbreak Required]

Are you stuck on iMessage waiting for activation error in iOS 10 running iPhone? Tired of such disgusting prompts? Or is it just draining the last point of patience left in you? Then here’s one solution to get rid of that experience, as we’re equally skeptic about how to activate iMessage.

Fixes for when iMessage says waiting for activation, there are quite a lot of those recommended almost everywhere but most of it doesn’t work perfectly. That’s what prompted us to test with a lot of iPhones and thus ended up activating iMessage successfully.

Before you start to Fix iMessage “Waiting for Activation” Issue on iPhone running iOS 10, iOS 9, or even iOS 8.x. Trying out all these methods to get iMessage activated, you’ll thereby require these things.

First and foremost:

* Make sure in the Phone app, you’ve your number listed. On top of ‘Contacts’, you should see your number popup (My Number:). If not, you’ll need to go to Settings > Phone > My Number and enter your number.

* Head over to Settings > FaceTime and make sure you have selected both your phone number and Apple ID under You Can Be Reached by FaceTime At.

* Also make sure Date & Time (under General) are correct. Set to “Set Automatically” assuming the Time Zone is correct and the iPhone holds the right time.

* Similarly, make sure you’ve got a working network. Wi-Fi issues can cause iMessage activation problems so have cellular network enabled.

For some users, the message will be sent out for activation as an international SMS. Make sure your carrier permits these and you have sufficient amount to send them.

Repair #1. Check Out Internet Connection

Both iMessage and FaceTime require a pretty good signal of internet to work properly. Hence, make sure your connection is up to the mark. To do so:

Open Settings > Wi-Fi/Cellular > Turn Off the switch, reboot your iOS device and turn on WiFi or Cellular networks.

If it doesn’t work, then try to reset network settings. It will delete all the existing network settings and return them to factory settings. Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.

Affix #2. Contact Your Carrier

What you have to recognize is whether 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.

Next #3. Airplane Mode

This sounds a bit strange, may be you should try this method i nothing else works. Fairly to say, as we found the airplane mode activation mode in one of the speakups. It sounds simple and if it solves, that’s a great story.

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Go to Settings app. Scroll down and tap on Messages and turn off iMessage (also disable FaceTime)

Step 2: Turn on the Airplane Mode. WiFi will be disabled or turned off automatically.

Step 3: Tun on WiFi.

Step 4: Go back to Messages and turn-on iMessage.

Step 5: Now, you’ll be prompted for your Apple ID if you haven’t already added it yet. Else you don’t get any notification.

Step 6: Head back to Settings and turn off Airplane mode.

Step 7: Msot probably, you’ll be shown a notification that says ‘Your carrier may charge for SMS’ – Tap on Ok.

Step 8: If not received any alert, go to Messages, turn off iMessage and again turn it ON.

Step 9: In a short period, iMessage should get activated.

Step 10: You’ll see a grayed out number and an registered email ID. A little while later, the number should be checked and that’s it. This worked for many, and us as well, certainly.

Even though you are experiencing the same my iMessage is still waiting for activation issue, then there are some other methods to follow.

Solution #4. Update your iPhone’s Carrier Settings

Step 1: Make sure WiFi or Cellular is enabled on your device. Open Settings > General. Tap on About. If there is any update available over the air, you will get the option to download and 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.

Method #5. Apple ID Sign-out, Sign-in

Rarely, you just need to sign out of your Apple ID and then log in again.

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Message, scroll down to where it says ‘Send & Receive’ and tap on it.

Step 2: Tap on the Apple ID and press Sign Out.

Step 3: Switch Off iMessage now.

Step 4: Wait for a while (turn on/off WiFi) and then again switch back On iMessage.

Step 5: Enter your Apple ID credentials now and try to reactivate iMessage.


If the aforementioned are working perfectly to activate iMessage on your iPhone, or failed to fix the waiting for activation problem, then the only final step is to update your device to the latest version of iOS. Tap on Settings > General > Software Update.

Note: If there is no update available, then simply restore your iPhone with iTunes. Make sure to take a backup of your device before doing so. Should this fail, you might have to restore the iPhone as new.


In any case, if the problem continues even after the software update or restoring your device, you will need to contact Apple for help. Also, contact your carrier to ensure you can send/receive SMS.

As always, Apple tries to let users enjoy a seamless iMessage experience, but one thing that;s clear is that setting up and activating iMessage doesn’t usually work smoothly for all users. Try the above mentioned solutions and let us know if any of it worked.

Conclusion: The solutions already placed can even help you fix the iMessage/FaceTime activation error on your iOS device. Stay tuned for more, below:

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