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When you try to activate iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, you may receive an error message that says “Waiting for Activation.” Your use of the messaging platform is halted by this error message. Please let me help you if you don’t understand why this is happening or are struggling to find a solution. You may be encountering the “Waiting for Activation” problem message and this article explains why and how to fix it.
Why Does iMessage on Verizon iPhone Say “Waiting For Activation”?
If your iPhone reads “waiting for activation,” there are numerous possible causes and our extensive troubleshooting guide will help you identify and fix the problem. However, before we get started, it’s crucial to remember:
According to Apple, iMessage activation might take up to 24 hours. There are times when you just have to sit back and see what happens.
Before you can use iMessage, you must be connected to either cellular data or Wi-Fi.
As long as you can receive SMS texts, you can use iMessage.
There is no need to worry if any of this is difficult for you to understand. Step-by-step instructions are provided below!
[FIXED] Verizon iPhone’s iMessage Says “Waiting For Activation”
Make Sure You’re Connected To Wi-Fi Or Cellular Data
A problem with Wi-Fi access may be preventing you from using iMessage. To access Wi-Fi, go to the Settings menu and select that option. Check to see if your Wi-Fi network has a checkbox next to it and that the switch next to it is switched on.
In order to select your network if Wi-Fi is enabled but there isn’t a tick, select your network by tapping on it. Switching the Wi-Fi switch off and back on may help you reconnect to your network if it’s already connected.
Try loading a web page in Safari to test if your iPhone is connected to the Wi-Fi network. If the webpage loads correctly, your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi problems may be to blame if the webpage won’t load. If you suspect a problem with your iPhone’s Wi-Fi, we recommend reading our guide on how to fix a broken Wi-Fi connection.
Use Cellular Data instead if you don’t have access to the Internet. Cellular Data can be enabled by going to the Settings menu and selecting Cellular Data.
Toggle the switch off and on again if Cellular Data is already active.
Turn Airplane Mode On & Back Off
Toggle Airplane Mode on and off after enabling cellular data or Wi-Fi. If your iPhone is having trouble connecting to your wireless data or Wi-Fi network due to a minor technical fault, try this.
To activate Airplane Mode, go to Settings and tap the switch next to it. When the switch is lit up green, you know Airplane Mode is activated. Tap the switch again after a few seconds to exit Airplane Mode.
Make Sure Your Date & Time Zone Are Set Correctly
The fact that your iPhone is programmed to the incorrect time zone is another common source of the “waiting for activation” message that iMessage displays. Make sure that your iPhone is set to the appropriate time zone by navigating to Settings > General > Date & Time on your device.
It is recommended that you turn on the switch that is located next to Set Automatically so that your iPhone can determine the appropriate time zone for you based on the location that you are currently in.
Restart Your iPhone
If you have already connected to data or Wi-Fi and selected the appropriate time zone, but iMessage still says it is “waiting for activation,” you might try restarting your iPhone. It’s conceivable that iMessage isn’t activating on your iPhone because the software on it has crashed. If this is the case, the problem may typically be fixed by shutting off and then turning on the device again.
To switch off your iPhone, press and hold the power button located on the right side of your iPhone until the option to slide to turn off the display appears towards the top of the screen. Instead, press and hold the side button while simultaneously pressing and holding either one of the volume buttons on your iPhone X.
Then, to switch off your iPhone, swipe the power symbol from left to right across the words slide to power off. This action will accomplish the desired result.
After a brief pause, press and maintain pressure on the power button (for iPhones 8 and previous) or the side button (for iPhones X and later) until the Apple logo displays in the middle of the screen.
Turn iMessage Off And Back On
The next step is to exit and then reenter iMessage. It’s possible that an error occurred while iMessage was trying to activate; if so, turning iMessage off and then back on will give it a clean slate to work with.
To turn on iMessage, go to Settings > Messages and then hit the switch that is located next to it at the very top of the screen. When the switch is in the white position, iMessage will be deactivated. Tap the switch once more after a brief pause, and iMessage will begin functioning normally once more.
Check For An iOS Update
When iMessage displays the message “waiting for activation,” Apple suggests updating to the most recent version of iOS; thus, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to check if an update to iOS is available. Apple is known for its habit of releasing new software updates on a regular basis in order to bolster data protection, expand functionality, and correct bugs.
If there is an available software update, select Download and Install from the menu.
Sign Out & In Of Your Apple ID
You can try signing out of your Apple ID and then signing back into it if the software on your iPhone is up to date but iMessage is still showing that it is “waiting for activation.” This will give your Apple ID a fresh start, similar to what happens when you restart your iPhone, and it might be able to fix a minor software fault.
Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen once you’ve navigated to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive in the Settings app. Then, select the Sign Out option.
After you have finished using your Apple ID, go to the top of the screen and select the option that says Use Your Apple ID for iMessage. To re-enter your Apple ID, you will need to enter the password that you set up for it.
Troubleshooting Carrier-Related Issues
If you’ve made it this far and iMessage still isn’t activating, it’s time to move your focus to probable issues caused by your wireless carrier’s network. If you haven’t activated iMessage yet, go to Settings > Messages > iMessage.
In order to activate iMessage on your iPhone, it is necessary for your iPhone to have the capability of receiving SMS text messages, as I explained at the beginning of this post. If your iPhone is unable to receive SMS text messages, then you will not be able to enable the iMessage feature on your iPhone.
Check For A Carrier Settings Update
The ability of your iPhone to connect to the cellular network of your wireless carrier can be improved with the help of regular updates to the carrier settings that are released by Apple and your wireless carrier. The majority of the time, when an update to your carrier settings is ready to be downloaded, your iPhone will notify you by displaying a pop-up that reads “Carrier Settings Update.”
Tap the Update button whenever the corresponding pop-up appears on your iPhone. There is no disadvantage to upgrading the carrier settings on your iPhone, but there is a possibility that you will experience problems if you do not update them.
You may also check to see whether a carrier settings update is available by navigating to Settings > General > About and waiting for around ten to fifteen seconds. This will take you to the settings menu. The pop-up will appear in this menu if there is an available update for the carrier settings.
Reset Network Settings
You should reset the network settings on your iPhone if there is no available update for the carrier settings. Your iPhone’s cellular, Bluetooth, wireless LAN, and virtual private network (VPN) settings will all be reset to their factory defaults when you do this (so make sure you write down Wi-Fi passwords first).
To reset the network settings on your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. Tap the Reset Network Settings button as soon as the confirmation message appears on the screen.
Your iPhone will power down, go through the reset process, and then power up again. After you have turned your iPhone back on, you will need to either re-establish a connection to your Wi-Fi network or enable cellular data before attempting to activate iMessage once more.
Contact Apple Support
Contacting Apple Support may be the one and only option available to you in extremely unusual circumstances in order to activate iMessage on your iPhone. Your iMessage activation issue can be escalated to an Apple engineer, who will then be able to fix the issue for you. You can do this by contacting Apple’s customer service department and speaking to an Apple customer service person.
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