iMessage is one of the selling points of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The company has been working hard to improve iMessage since the day one in an attempt to compete with other competitors and bring a better experience to the iPhone using community.
However, at times iMessage may become a cause of annoyance as it fails to work as intended. A lot of iPhone owners have recently reported that iMessage gets stuck at “Waiting for activation”. The problem emerges in both iOS 11 and iOS 10. If you are experiencing the issue, we are here to help.
In this guide, we will go through the steps on how to fix iMessage Activation error on your iPhone. Before we begin, make sure you now have the latest software update of iOS installed on your device.
How to fix iMessage activation error on your iPhone
Make sure you are now connected to a network
iMessage requires internet connection for sending and receiving messages between Apple devices. If you cannot activate iMessage, there is a good chance that you don’t have a stable internet connection.
Head to Settings > Wi-Fi/Cellular and turn off the switch. After that, reboot your device and turn it back on. If the problem still persists, try resetting your network settings. Following this method, all your existing network settings will go back to its default settings. To reset network settings on your iPhone, head to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Switch off/on iMessage and hard reboot your iPhone
If the above solution doesn’t work, the next solution is to turn off iMessage and turn it back on. To do this, open Settings app from your home screen, then select Messages and switch off iMessage. Once you are done, reboot your iPhone.
If you now own an iPhone X, the method used to reboot your device is slightly different. You now need to press and hold the Side button, then press and release either Volume button until you see the slider. Once your iPhone finishes booting up, switch on iMessage.
Sign out of your Apple ID account and sign back in
Step one: First off, launch the Settings app, and then select Message
Step two: Once you are in, hit Send & Receive and then hit Apple ID
Step three: Tap Sign Out at the bottom and turn off the switch for iMessage. After that, turn on iMessage and sign in with your Apple ID details.
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