If you want to receive messages on the iPhone, you need iMessage activation. iMessage isn’t activating on your iPhone and you don’t know why. No matter what you do, your iPhone is stuck on “waiting for activation”. We will tell you how to activate iMessage on your device.
Why Does iMessage Say “Waiting For Activation”?
There are many potential reasons why your iPhone says “waiting for activation” and our comprehensive troubleshooting guide will help you diagnose and fix the real reason why it’s happening on your iPhone. But before we dive in, it’s important to know that:
- iMessage can take up to 24 hours to activate, according to Apple. Sometimes, you just have to wait it out.
- You have to be connected to Cellular Data or Wi-Fi before you can activate iMessage.
- You have to be able to receive SMS text messages to activate iMessage.
Make Sure You’re Connected To Wi-Fi Or Cellular Data And iMessage Activation
iMessage may not be activating because of a Wi-Fi connectivity issue. Open Settings and tap Wi-Fi. Make sure the switch next to Wi-Fi is turned on and that there’s a checkmark next to your Wi-Fi network.
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If Wi-Fi is on, but there isn’t a checkmark next to your Wi-Fi network, tap on your network to select it. If Wi-Fi is on and your network is selected, try toggling the switch off and back on again. You can quickly check to see if your iPhone is actually connected to Wi-Fi by opening Safari and trying to load a webpage. You’ll know your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi if the webpage loads successfully. If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, you can also activate iMessage using Cellular Data. Go to Settings -> Cellular Data and turn on the switch next to Cellular Data.
If Cellular Data is already on, try toggling the switch off and back on again.
Turn Airplane Mode On & Back Off And iMessage Activation
After turning on Cellular Data or Wi-Fi, try toggling Airplane Mode off and back on. This could fix a minor technical glitch inhibiting your iPhone’s ability to connect to your wireless data or Wi-Fi network. Open Settings and tap the switch next to Airplane Mode to turn it on. You’ll know Airplane Mode is on when the switch is green. Wait a couple of seconds, then tap the switch again to turn Airplane Mode back off.
Make Sure Your Date & Time Zone Are Set Correctly
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. I recommend turning on the switch next to Set Automatically so your iPhone can set your time zone based on your current location.
Restart Your iPhone
If iMessage says “waiting for activation” after you’ve connected to data or Wi-Fi and chosen the correct time zone, try restarting your 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. If you have an iPhone X, press and hold the side button and either one of the volume buttons instead.
Then, swipe the power icon from left to right across the words slide to power off — this will turn your iPhone off.
Wait a few seconds, then press and hold the power button (iPhone 8 and earlier) or the side button (iPhone X) until the Apple logo appears on the center of the display.
Turn iMessage Off And Back On
Next, turn iMessage off and back on. iMessage might have experienced a glitch when trying to activate — turning iMessage off and back on will give it a fresh start!
Go to Settings -> Messages and tap the switch next to iMessage at the top of the screen. You’ll know iMessage is off when the switch is white. Wait a few seconds, then tap the switch again to turn iMessage back on.
Following these steps will help you to activate your iMessage within no time. Let us know in the comment section if your iMessage activation was successful on your iPhone.