For most iPhone and iPad users, they may be getting the “iMessage waiting for activation” error, because of which these people cannot use iMessage which is a big problem. Some reasons may be that the carrier network is not working or your Date & Time is not the same as the one of your internet or region or there is a pending iOS update. iPhone and iPad users rely on the iMessage app and service to send messages to other iPhone or iPad users. So, to solve the “iMessage waiting for activation” error message on iPhone 7, 6 and 6s, we have seven ways to fix it:
Method 1: Check Wi-Fi or Carrier Network
The first thing to check should be Wi-Fi or your carrier network because these can be the first main reason why you see the “iMessage waiting for activation” message. Follow these steps:
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Wi-Fi.
- If your device is not connected to any Wi-Fi network, connect to your desired network.
- Once your device is connected, iMessage will work.
For carrier or cellular network (like 3G and 4G);
- On your iPhone or iPad (only cellular models), go to Settings > Cellular (or Mobile Data).
- Turn on “Cellular Data” if not on.
- See if your cellular data is working.
- If it is working and you can access the internet, then iMessage will work.
- If it is not connecting, then contact your carrier provider.
If this method does not work, try these methods:
Method 2: Sign Out and Sign In your Apple ID
Sometimes you can see “iMessage waiting for activation” on your iPhone 7 or 6 because you are signed in Apple ID is not connecting with iMessage or iCloud. You should try to sign out then sign in again to your Apple ID:
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to “Settings” from the home screen.
- Then go to “Messages”.
- In Messages, scroll down and select “Send & Receive”.
- Tap on your Apple ID, which is on the top.
- A message will open where your Apple ID will be shown along with “Change Location” and “Sign Out” options.
- Select “Sign Out”, this will sign out of your Apple ID.
- Go back to “Messages”, and turn off “iMessage” at the top.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and restart your device.
- After your iPhone or iPad reboots, turn on Wi-Fi.
- Then go to Settings > Messages.
- Turn on “iMessage” at the top.
- Then sign in with your Apple ID to reactivate iMessage.
Method 3: Restart FaceTime and iMessage
Restarting iMessage and FaceTime can help with the “iMessage waiting for activation” problem on your iPhone or iPad. Follow these steps:
- Go to “Settings”.
- Then go to “Messages” and turn off “iMessage” at the top.
- Similarly, go to “FaceTime” and turn it off from the top.
- Turn off Wi-Fi and restart your device.
- After your device restarts, turn on Wi-Fi and connect to your desired network.
- Then turn on iMessage and FaceTime from where you turned them off in steps 2 & 3.
Method 4: Check Date & Time
Sometimes, Date & Time settings on your iPhone or iPad may be the reason for this issue. Follow these steps to set the time right on your phone.
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Date & Time.
- If your “Time Zone” is not correct, then select it and select your correct time zone.
- You can also select “Set Automatically” when you are connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.
- Once you have the correct time and time zone, restart your device.
Method 5: Check for iOS Update
Sometimes, an older iOS version causes problems with iMessage. Check for iOS update from these steps:
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update.
- If there is an update, select “Download”.
- Once it is downloaded, install the iOS update.
- After the update is installed, the phone will restart.
- If not connected, connect your device to Wi-Fi or cellular.
- Then use iMessage to see if it is working or not.
Method 6: Try Turning on Airplane Mode
For some people, trying to use iMessage with Airplane mode turned on helps with removing the “iMessage waiting for activation” error on iPhone7 or 6s. Follow these steps:
- Just like Method 3, turn off iMessage and FaceTime from Settings > Messages and FaceTime.
- From Settings, turn on Airplane mode from the very first option.
- Wi-Fi and cellular networks will turn off once Airplane mode is on.
- After that, turn on Wi-Fi and connect to your network.
- Turn on iMessage and FaceTime from where you turned off in step 1.
- Your device will ask to add your Apple ID if you haven’t logged in or have logged out. If you have already logged in, there will be no prompt.
- Turn off Airplane mode from where you turned it on in step 2.
- After a while, open “Messages” from home screen and you should see “Your carrier may charge for SMS” message.
- iMessage should now work.
Even if this does not work, then try this last method:
Method 7: Factory Reset or Restore your iPhone or iPad
Most problems are solved when you factory reset or restore your Apple device. Follow these steps to do a factory reset:
- Make a backup of your iPhone or iPad on iTunes on your Mac or Windows PC.
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Reset.
- From the “Reset” page, select “Erase All Content and Settings”.
- Once you have confirmed that you want to reset your device, your phone will start to perform a factory reset.
- After the phone is reset, enter your Apple ID and do everything at the start up of your Apple device.
- iMessage should work now.
iMessage is very useful app for iPhone and iPad users. For some people, the “iMessage Waiting for Activation” is a very annoying error which stops the iMessage app from working. One of these above steps would be useful to fix the error and make it work.