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Why does my new iPhone say iMessage activation error?

If you see an “iMessage waiting for activation” error, it could be a problem with your cellular company or simply a bug that’s easily remedied. Oftentimes, when iMessage or FaceTime won’t activate, you can resolve the problem by turning certain settings on and off or signing out of iCloud and back in.

How do you fix an error occurred during activation for iMessage or FaceTime?

Check your Apple ID

  1. Messages: Choose Messages > Preferences > Accounts. Select your iMessage account, then click Sign Out. And sign in again.
  2. FaceTime: Choose FaceTime > Preferences > Settings. Tap Sign Out. Then sign in again.

How do I activate iMessage without a SIM card?

Pro Tip: In a nutshell, you simply need to select your Apple ID under Settings > Messages > Send & Receive to send messages over Wi-Fi without a SIM card. Even if you see Waiting for activation, you can send and receive messages via your Apple ID.

How do I enable iMessage on my iPhone?

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Messages, then turn on iMessage. On your Mac, open Messages, then do one of the following: If you’re signing in for the first time, enter your Apple ID and password, then click Sign In.

Do you need credit to activate iMessage?

iMessage only works over WiFi or 3G, & thus requires a data plan from your carrier to function using cellular data. What’s the meaning of credit? If it’s the credit of iTunes Store, the answer is absolutely no.

Why does it keep saying iPhone not activated?

You may receive this error if your SIM card has gone bad (or another one has been activated which is a sign of fraudulent activity), you do not have a SIM card in your phone, your phone is not compatible with the SIM card that’s in it (i.e. the phone isn’t unlocked), or some other major issue.

Why is iMessage stuck on waiting for activation?

Another common reason why iMessage says “waiting for activation” is because your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone. Go to Settings -> General -> Date & Time and make sure your iPhone is set to the correct time zone.

Why can’t I activate iMessage?

Unlike most errors, there are quite a few different reasons why your iMessage or FaceTime may not be activating. If you see an “iMessage waiting for activation” error, it could be a problem with your cellular company or simply a bug that’s easily remedied.

Can’t activate iMessage on iPhone?

It’s possible that iMessage isn’t activating because your iPhone is experiencing a software crash, which can usually be fixed by turning it off and back on. To turn off your iPhone, press and hold the power button on the right side of your iPhone until slide to power off appears near the top of the display.