iMessage Waiting for Activation: It doesn’t trigger iMessage on your iPhone and you don’t know why. Either way, your iPhone’s stuck on “waiting for activation.” I’ll clarify why iMessage is “waiting for activation” in this article and demonstrate to you how to resolve the issue for good!
iMessage Waiting for Activation
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Why does iMessage say “Waiting for Activation”?
There are lots of possible explanations why your iPhone says “waiting for activation” and our detailed troubleshooting guide can help you find and repair the true cause why it’s on your iPhone. But it’s important to know that, before we dive in:
According to Apple, iMessage can take as long as 24 hours to enable. Occasionally, you just have to wait.
Before you can activate iMessage you must be connected to Cellular Data or Wi-Fi.
To trigger iMessage you need to be able to accept text messages via SMS.
Should you find all of this frustrating, don’t stress. We are going to split it down in the step-by-step guide below!
Make sure you’re connected to wi-fi or cellular data:
The iMessage may not activate due to a Wi-Fi connectivity problem. Open Wi-Fi settings, and tap. Make sure that the key is switched on next to Wi-Fi so that there is a checkmark next to the Wi-Fi.
When there is Wi-Fi enabled but no checkmark next to your Wi-Fi network, press your network to pick it. If you have Wi-Fi on and your network is selected, try switching off and back on.
Turn airplane mode on & back off:
Try toggle Airplane Mode off and back on after turning on Cellular Data or Wi-Fi. This may fix a minor technical glitch that inhibits the ability of your iPhone to connect to your wireless data or Wi-Fi network.
Open Preferences, and press the button to toggle it on next to Airplane Mode. Once the light is orange, you’ll realize Airplane Mode is on. Wait a few seconds, then tap the switch to turn Airplane Mode off again.
Make sure your date & time zone are set correctly:
Another famous explanation iMessage asks you to “wait for activation” is that your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone. Head to Preferences-> General-> Date & Time to make sure you match your iPhone to the correct time zone. I suggest clicking on next to Set Automatically so that your iPhone will adjust the time zone according to the current position.
Restart your iPhone:
When iMessage says “wait for authentication” after connecting to the internet or Wi-Fi and choosing the right time zone, then consider restarting your iPhone. You might not be enabling iMessage since your iPhone is having a device malfunction that can normally be repaired by turning it off and back on.
Push and hold the power button on the right side of your iPhone to shut off your iPhone before slide to turn off appears at the top of the window. Whether you have an iPhone X, then click and hold the hand button and one of the Volume keys.
Turn iMessage off and back on:
Turn off iMessage, and resume next. If iMessage tried to boot, a glitch-turning iMessage could have been felt off and back on would give it a fresh start!
Go to Settings- > Messages, and tap the switch next to iMessage at the top of the screen. If the switch is white you know that iMessage is off.
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Wait a few seconds and then press the button to restart iMessage.