Troubleshooting guide to deal with iMessage waiting for Activation on iPhone or iPad

If you are struggling with iMessage Waiting for Activation on your device running iOS 12 or below, this topic will help you overcome this problem with useful instruction in detail. As a matter of fact, a beginner in using iPhone or iPad will feel unfamiliar and sometimes confront several problems during setup. Among those, the general error in iMessage is “Waiting for activation”.

Things need to be done Before Begining To Fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Issue in iOS 12 or Earlier

-Ensure you already had your number listed in the Phone app. Otherwise, you have to go to Settings → Phone → Your Name and enter your number.
-Guarantee Date & Time are correct. In addition, ensure that Time Zone is set properly. Settings → General → Date & Time → turn on the switch next to Set Automatically.
-iMessage activation sometimes may last for 24 hours. You should inform your carrier if
-iMessage activation is still disabled even after a day.
-Talk to your Carrier support team and notify any limiting condition on your iMessage, blocks, or filters on text messages. At the same time, ensure you are not prohibited from sending/receiving SMS.
-In some cases, the message for activation may be sent as an international SMS. Make sure your carrier accepts it.
-It was reported by several iPhone users that the iMessage won’t activate if the SIM card is running out of credit. Therefore, check your SIM card and make sure you have enough credit if you are a prepaid user.

It is necessary to have a look at the Apple’s system status because, if your device has some system problems it has potential to influent negatively iMessage as well as FaceTime

How to Fix iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone

Method 1. Check Out Internet Connection

Both iMessage and FaceTime demand a superb internet connection to operate smoothly. Therefore, make sure your internet connection is in an acceptable status.

Access Settings → Wi-Fi/Cellular → turn off the switch, reboot your device and turn on Wi-Fi/Cellular.

Then, enable the iMessage activation. If the problem continues, you can reset network settings. This will remove all the recent network settings and return them to factory default. Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings → Enter your Passcode → Confirm .

Now, check out if the problem is gone. If you are still stuck with the issue, try out the next solution.

Method 2. Switch Off/ON iMessage and Hard Reset Your Device

Some iPhone or iPad users successfully activate their iMessage using this small trick. You can try to do the same to solve the problem.

  • Step 1. Open Settings app → Messages → Turn off iMessage.

  • Step 2. Now, reboot your iOS device:

On iPhone 6s/iPhone SE or earlier, hold the Power button and Home button at once for about 10 seconds.

To hard reset iPhone 7/7 Plus, press and hold volume down button and Home button.

  • Step 3. When your device has restarted, turn on iMessage.

If the issue doesn’t get fixed, be patient and continue to read.

Method 3. Update Your iPhone’s Carrier Settings

You might not know that the carrier provides updates to advance performance and even resolve some issues of previous versions? Hence, check out if there is an update available.

  • Step 1. Make sure Wi-Fi or Cellular is enabled on your device. Open Settings → General.

  • Step 2. Go to About. If a new update is available, there will be an option for you to update it.

You can see the version of the carrier settings next to Carrier.

Once you insert a new SIM card into your iPhone, it is essential to download the carrier setting for your new carrier.

Method 4. Apple ID Sign-out, Sign-in

If you are still stuck with the issue, It’s time to sign out and sign back into Apple ID account. It seems weird but it works effectively for some clients. I hope it will also help you get the job done.

  • Step 1. First, head to Settings → Message, scroll down till you see “Send & Receive” and tap on it.

  • Step 2. Next, hit the Apple ID and then press Sign Out.

  • Step 3. Then, switch off iMessage now.

  • Step 4. Now, wait a moment (turn on/off Wifi) and then switch ON iMessage.

  • Step 5. Finally, type your Apple ID details now and try to activate again iMessage.

Method 5. Go For Software Update

Whenever Apple releases a software update, I make sure to update my device. It helps me shoot out miscellaneous issues and boost the performance of the device. Therefore, I would recommend you to give a shot to this trusted troubleshooter as well.

Another method which may help you get rid of this trouble is that you should ensure to update the app whenever Apple provide a new patch of the software. To do that, follow the instruction below:

Open Settings app → Tap on General → Tap on Software Update and then install the update as usual.

When you have successfully updated your device, the issue should be resolved.

Method 6. The issue still persists?

Now, we will clear all the recent content and settings and restore your device as the original one. Just in case something goes wrong, ensure your iPhone is completely backed up.

Go to Settings app → General → Tap on Reset → Tap on Erase All Content and Settings → Enter iPhone Passcode → then confirm. Then, set up your device as you prefer.

It is also possible to restore your iPhone through iTunes. Simply connect the device to your computer → fire iTunes → select the device → hit Restore iPhone and confirm .

When the device is fully restored, set it up perfectly. Now, enable iMessage again.

Congrats!