Fix iOS 17.4.1 iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone, iPad & Stuck

iMessage Waiting for Activation on iPhone 13 Pro Max,12 Pro, 11, SE,7,8,6, iPad Pro/Air or iPod Touch, try these solutions to deal with it.

There are many iOS users reporting its problem on the Apple community about the iMessage activation error after the iOS 17 update. lots of users won’t activate iMessage even after installed iOS 17 successfully on iPhone 13 Pro Max. iPhone 12 pro Max/ 11/ XR/ 11 Pro Max, XS Max, X/8 Plus/ 7 Plus/6S Plus, and iOS 17 compatible devices.

In the case of iMessage not Working with the all-new iOS 17 with amazing features to use. You can diagnose the iMessage by some indicators and solve the problem “iMessage waiting for activation in iOS. When the message is sent through iMessage iPhone will show a blue bubble and if it is not then it shows a green bubble and it will cost you. Message app saying “Not Delivered” and “Force iMessage send as text Message” message status.

The very first step to check the problem with iOS 17 is you should check that the iMessage is not working with a particular contact and if yes then the problem might be on the other end. Or else it is not working with any of your contacts then the problem is on your iPhone.

iMessage Activation takes too much time and Asking when I restart my iPhone, iMessage an error occurred during activation in simple English your phone iMessage won’t Activate after iOS 17 update. Let’s see straightforward fixes,

Useful Solutions for iMessage waiting for Activation error after iOS 17 update

  • You have enough balance to send a message from your iPhone to your Carrier Company. Otherwise, Free International SMS service enabled on your Active CDMA or GSM network. If not you can contact your Cellular or Carrier Company in your Country. iMessage is Carrier-Based if your Carrier is providing iMessage that it will easy to activate on your Mobile number otherwise the solution is the switch to the other Carrier company.

Note: When you Activate iMessage on your Mobile number, You will be charged with a standard SMS rate.

  • Many times iMessage waiting for activation error occurs due to Wi-Fi connectivity issues. So you should check your Wi-Fi network. if your Phone has weak Wi-Fi then change the Wi-Fi network and try again.
  • iMessage Activation unsuccessful in the case of iMessage Down server due to under maintenance by the company. in this case, you should check iMessage System Status
  • Check, SIM is Inserted or Not? First, check your phone number listed in your Phone app. Otherwise, update your profile and number showing on the Phone app as a first contact. Go to the Settings app on iPhone > Phone > My Number – Enter Your cell phone number. Go Back to save.

Tip 1: Check Network Connection When iMessage Stuck on Waiting for Activation

is your iOS 17 iMessage not sending from a Phone number? Then activate iMessage on your Apple ID as an Address. Go to the “Settings app” > “Messages” > “Send & Receive” > “Use Your Apple ID for iMessage“. Once you register Your Apple ID for iMessage, Now from other apple Devices you can send a free message using apple ID instead of Mobile Number.

Network on WiFi or Cellular disconnecting, The iMessage entirely depends on the Wi-Fi network, with a good network connection you cannot send messages, or you will be charged by your carrier service. First off, reboot the router if you’re using the internet through it. And if it doesn’t work then reset the network settings of the iPhone.

Step #1: Go to “Settings” and open “General”.

Open Settings Choose General on iPhone

Step #2: Next, scroll down the screen Transfer or Reset iPhone and click on “Reset”.

Click on Transfer or Reset iPhone Tap on Reset on iPhone

Step 3: Select Reset Network Settings tap Enter your passcode choose Reset Network Settings on IOS Device.

Select reset network settings enter your passcode click on reset network settings on iPhone

This action will clear all the settings you have made related to the network to default settings. still, iMessage waiting for the activation label can’t go away the continue mentioned workarounds.

Tip 2: Set Date and Time Automatically

After the first step if iMessage waiting for activation in iOS 17 is not solved then try this trick. The messaging apps required the date and time should be set correctly otherwise it will show errors. Better off you must enable auto-set date and time on iPhone.

Step #1: Launch “Settings” and tap “General”.

Open Settings Choose General on iPhone

Step #2: There you will find “Date and Time”.
Step #3: Enable to Set Automatically and also check the time zone.

Click date & time turn off set automatically date & time set on iPhone

Tip 3: Enable and Disable Airplane Mode

Turning on and off the Airplane mode is helpful when the issues are related to network connections. Simply open the control center and turn on the Airplane mode and after a few minutes disable it.

Open Setting Enable Airplane Mode Disable Airplane Mode On iPhone

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Tip 4: Update Your Carrier Settings

You can manually update carrier settings on your iPhone. If you are using carrier data and still receiving iMessage waiting for activation, then try to update the carrier settings if available.

Note: Make sure that your iPhone or iPad is connected to a strong Wi-Fi or cellular network.

  • Step #1: Launch the “Settings” App,
  • Step #2: Choose “General
  • Step #3: Now tap on “About”.
  • Step #4: Scroll down to the Carrier option.
  • Step #5: Click on Carrier,
Carrier Settings Update on iPhone
Carrier Settings Update on iPhone

if a new carrier update is available,  You’ll see a pop-up option to perform this update. For example, check my phone screen.

There you can update the carrier settings.

Tip 5: Contact Your Carrier or Apple Support

Selected Carrier (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, Vodafone, O2, and others in the USA, UK, Canada, Brazil, India, New Zealand, and other Countries) only support iMessage free in selected plans. Otherwise, you need to activate using requests at the Career desk.

You can also ask the Apple Support Center to get free help and support.

Tip 6: Disable iMessage Reboot the iPhone and Enable the iMessage

Now the next troubleshooting tip is to reboot the device. Before shutting off the iPhone, you should try to disable iMessage, and after that, restart the iPhone. To disable iMessage, follow the steps.

1. Go to “Settings App” and tap on “Messages” on your iPhone.

Launch the settings app tap on messages on iPhone

2. In there, turn off “iMessage”.

Turn off iMessages on iPhone

How to reboot:

iPhone X/iPhone 8/iPhone 8 Plus

Hard Reboot iPhone Step by Step
  • Step #1: Press and release the volume up key.
  • Step #2: Press and release the volume down key.
  • Step #3: Now, press and hold the power button until the Apple logo is visible on display.

After this reboot, the iPhone and again follow the same steps to enable iMessage. Know Reboot or Hard Restart All iPhone models.

Force Restart iPhone 5S iPhone 6 iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

Tip 7: Restore iPhone to Factory Settings

If neither of them works for you, then the last option is to reset the iPhone to its factory settings and try to fix the iMessage waiting for activation. But it will erase everything on your iPhone, so it is advisable to take a backup before restoring the iPhone.

1. Open up the“Settings” App and click “General”.

Open Settings Choose General on iPhone

2. Click Transfer or Reset iPhone and tap on Reset.

Click on Transfer or Reset iPhone Tap on Reset on iPhone

3. Select Reset All Settings tap Enter your passcode choose Reset All Settings.

Tap on Reset All Settings Enter Passcode Click to Confirm Reset All Settings On iPhone

Step #2: Now, open “Reset” and then tap on “Reset All Contents and Settings”.

Setup your iPhone as a new and Restore the last backup to fix the internal iOS 17 error.

Or Downgrade iOS 17 to iOS 16 (if you saw an error after updating iOS on iPhone or iPad).

Hope you have fixed your problem of being unable to activate iMessage successfully and trying to fix the iMessage Waiting for Activation Error on iPhone.

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Karly Wood

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