Here are some solutions to fix the iMessage “Waiting for activation” error and “An error occurred during activation” error on iPhone in iOS 10, iOS 9 or any other iOS version.

iMessage has received a lot of new features in iOS 10 including stickers, screen effects, bigger Emojis and much more. But one issue that is still prevalent in iOS is the iMessage “Waiting for activation” error. It can be extremely frustrating when you want to enable iMessage and enjoy all the new features it offers, but you’re drawn back by this error.

This issue has been present in past iOS versions as well including iOS 8, iOS 9 and now even in iOS 10. There are many solutions on the internet for fixing this issue, but most of them do not work at all. This is why we took matters into our own hands to find out the ones that work.

Here are the 6 methods to fix the iMessage “Waiting for activation” error on iOS 10 iPhone or iPad. These solutions will also work if you are getting the message “An error occurred during activation”.

Fix iMessage Not Working or”Waiting for activation” on iPhone

Solution 1: Airplane Mode

Step 1: Go to Settings and open Messages.

Step 2: Toggle off iMessage.

Step 3: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center and then turn on Airplane Mode.

Step 4: Toggle on WiFi.

Step 5: Now go back to Messages in Settings and toggle on iMessage.

Step 6: You may get a prompt to enter your Apple ID information.

Step 7: Next, turn off Airplane Mode but keep WiFi turned on. If you get a popup saying ‘Your carrier may charge for SMS’, press Ok.

Step 8: After a while, iMessage should get activated. If not, turn it off and then turn on.

Solution 2: Disable automatic setting of Date & Time

Step 1: Go to Settings -> General.

Step 2: Scroll down a little and open Date & Time.

Step 3: Turn off the toggle for “Set Automatically” and then choose your date and time manually as well as the timezone. Make sure that you choose the correct timezone.

Solution 3: Re-login into iMessage

Step 1: Open Settings and go to Messages.

Step 2: Tap on Send & Receive.

Step 3: Tap on your Apple ID at the top of the page and then choose Sign Out.

Step 4: Now sign back into your Apple ID account.

Step 5: Go back to the Messages settings and disable iMessage. Wait for a few seconds and then turn it on again.

Solution 4: Hard Reset

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Messages and turn off iMessage.

Step 2: Now hard reset your iPhone:

On iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus:

  • Press and hold the Lock/Power and Volume Down buttons together at the same time.
  • Keep holding until your device restarts and the Apple logo appears.

On other iPhone models:

  • Press and hold the Lock/Power and Home buttons together at the same time.
  • Keep holding until your device restarts and the Apple logo appears.

Step 3: After your device boots up, go back to Settings -> Messages and turn on iMessage. Make sure that you are connected to the internet.

Solution 5: Reset Network Settings

Step 1: Go to Settings -> General.

Step 2: Scroll to the end and tap on Reset.

Step 3: Press Reset Network Settings.

Step 4: After your device restarts, make sure that you are connected to the internet.

Solution 6: Update or Restore

If you haven’t updated to the latest iOS version, then make sure that you do. Go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. If there’s an update available, download and install it.

Otherwise if your device is on the latest version, the last solution would be to restore it using iTunes. Make sure that you first take a backup before restoring.

These are some of the solutions that worked for users who’ve faced this iMessage error. If you have any alternative solution, let us know in the comments below.

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