Fix iPhone iMessage “Waiting For Activation” Error

iphone imessage waiting for activation error

It’s one of the most used apps that can bring as much joy as heartache if you are graced with the awful ‘Wait For Activation’ Error. Without a doubt this error is extremely frustrating, but lucky for you there are several available ways to cure this ailment. Here a few tips to deal with the iPhone iMessage Waiting For Activation Error.

Fix iPhone iMessage “Waiting For Activation” Error

1. Time and Date on Your Device

If your time and date aren’t properly set it’s almost a foregone conclusion that you’ll experience this error. Good thing it’s an easy fix.

1. Tap ‘Settings’ and choose ‘General’.
2. Select ‘Date & Time’.
3. Ensure ‘Set Automatically’ is selected. If it’s not – select it.

2. Reset Your Router

If you’re on your home Wi-Fi (or feel free to berate a Starbucks barista to reset their router) there could be something amiss with your network. Simply turn off or unplug your router, wait 15 – 30 seconds, and then turn on / plug in your router. Connect to your network, and jump back into iMessage.

3. Sign Out of Your Apple ID

1. Touch ‘Settings’.
2. Choose ‘Messages’.
3. Click ‘Send & Receive’ and select ‘Apple ID’.
4. Sign Out.

Then you’ll need to sign back in:
1. Select ‘Use your Apple ID for iMessage’.
2. Enter your ID (hopefully you remembered it).
3. iMessage should be working again. If not, try another one of the methods listed on this page.

4. Toggle Airplane Mode Off / On

1. Touch ‘Settings’.
2. Turn ‘Airplane Mode’ to ‘On’ and leave it for a few seconds.
3. Then turn it ‘Off’.

5. Reset Location & Privacy Settings

1. Tap ‘Settings’ and choose ‘General’.
2. Select ‘Reset’ and tap ‘Reset Location & Privacy’.
3. Enter your Passcode, and follow the on-screen instructions.
One of these should do the trick for you.


If none of the tips above fix your iPhone iMessage Waiting For Activation Error then touch base with your carrier. They may be able to help or they may make you wait for 30-minutes before being unable to solve your issue :)

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