Sometimes, when you try to activate iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, you may see an iMessage "waiting for activation" error. This will prevent you from using this messaging service. This post from MiniTool provides solutions for you.

Reasons for iMessage Waiting for Activation

There are many potential reasons for the “iMessage activation unsuccessful" issue.

  1. According to Apple, iMessage can take up to 24 hours to activate. Sometimes, you just need to wait for it.
  2. You must be connected to cellular data or Wi-Fi before you can activate iMessage.
  3. You must be able to receive SMS text messages to activate iMessage.

Then, let’s see how to activate iMessage.


Due to Wi-Fi connection issues, iMessage may not be activated. Open Settings and click Wi-Fi. Make sure the switch next to Wi-Fi is turned on and there is a checkmark next to your Wi-Fi network.

If Wi-Fi is turned on but there is no checkmark next to your Wi-Fi network, tap your network to select it. If Wi-Fi is turned on and your network is selected, try turning it off and then turning it on again.

3. Check Date & Time

Another common reason why iMessage says "Awaiting activation" is that your iPhone is set to the wrong time zone. Go to Settings -> General -> Date and Time and make sure your iPhone is set to the correct time zone. I recommend turning on the switch next to "Automatic Settings" so that your iPhone can set your time zone based on your current location.

4. Update Your iPhone

If the “iMessage waiting for activation” issue also occurs. Thus, you can update your iPhone to see whether the issue is solved. Charge your iPhone and connect it to a wireless network. Unlock your iPhone and go to Settings > General > Software Update. Tap Install and enter your passcode.

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You can also try to re-open iMessage, sign out & in of your Apple ID, and restart your iPhone to get rid of the “iMessage waiting for activation” issue.

Final Words

To sum up, this post has shown fix the “iMessage not activating” issue. If you come across the same error, try these solutions. If you have any different ideas to fix it, you can share them in the comment zone.

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