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My iMessage still says "Waiting for activation..."

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  • BeaconZA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 11:43 AM (in response to NHZA)

    Nope using my mobile number and the phone number is active.  The send and receive now lists my two email addresses and my mobile number.  My mobile number was not registering before.

  • DJMACESA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 11:53 AM (in response to NHZA)

    I think the main part here that is important, is to make sure only your mobile network is on and not connected to wifi...

     

    Have to follow this STEP by STEP... I had to try twice before it worked...

     

    Check your location settings as well and make sure it is correct.

  • NHZA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 11:54 AM (in response to BeaconZA)

    Great. Thanx will try tomorrow & see if it works on Voda.

    But it's obviously a bug & has been for some time why don't Apple fix it instead of us having to go thru all this BS?

  • NHZA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 12:02 PM (in response to DJMACESA)

    Mine appears to have miraculously fixed itself ! Not sure how/why! But I definitely won't switch imessage off again. I suspect there was an Apple server problem that they've sorted.

  • NHZA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 12:05 PM (in response to DJMACESA)

    Mine appears to have miraculously fixed itself ! Not sure how/why! But I definitely won't switch imessage off again. I suspect there was an Apple server problem that they've sorted.

  • Jadis_S Calculating status...
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    Mar 5, 2013 10:50 PM (in response to NHZA)

    Just thought I might add what worked for me - maybe help a few people who are having the same problem... After going through the forums for days and trying everything I could to get my iMessage to activate on my mobile number, I restored it twice, hard reset, toggled all possible options and nothing worked... I was eventually convinced that it must be an Apple server problem.

     

    Last night I logged out of my Apple ID on the phone, I switched off iMessage, I switched Cellular Data off and put my phone on Airplane mode (which is all a kind of combination I read in the forums). I went to sleep, this morning I switched Airplane mode off, switched Cellular Data back on, left it for about an hour and then turned my iMessage on, it activated almost instantaneously.

     

    Whether there was a server problem which was coincidentally fixed before I turned my iMessage back on this morning, I don't know... but hopefully this could work for you, should you find yourself with the same problem.

  • thangbom Calculating status...

    Nothing works for me.  I have been trying to fix this issue for over 6 months.  I don't know what the f#@%$ is wrong with apple but this unacceptable. 

  • nguyenann13 Calculating status...
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    Mar 10, 2013 12:42 AM (in response to Kingchiam)

    People, this method works. Restore and do not backup until you've set up your iMessage.

     

    THIS. IS. THE. SOLUTION.

  • chcn Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)

    nguyenann13 wrote:

     

    People, this method works. Restore and do not backup until you've set up your iMessage.

     

    THIS. IS. THE. SOLUTION.

    Uh, except for those of us for whom it is NOT the solution. We have one iPhone in our house on a cheap pay-as-you-go provider that does not support the special activation text message that is sent to shortcut 28818773 or 49988. I have tried the suggestions to manually send a text to +44 7786 205094, etc., and I've even tried jailbreaking and editing the carrier settings to change the activation number (as explained in posts like this one: http://www.speakoutwireless.ca/speak/phone-features/facetime-and-imessage-regist ration-workaround/), but nothing has worked for that phone. Our other iPhones on officially supported carriers work fine.

  • James vdM Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)

    For me, this worked.

     

    Sign out of iMessage on all devices.

    Deactivate iMessage on all devices.

    Turn on iMessage on phone only.

    Sign in to iMessage on phone.

    Do above two on other devices.

  • housewifeben Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    same thing happened with me. just make sure its reset from itunes on the computer and not from the reset button on the phone

  • Lau Boyd Calculating status...

    I was able to fix the problem after several tries, the solution for me, upgrading to the new iOS v6.1.2.

     

    I tried following all possible solutions here, even turning on/off iMessage and Facetime,  backup/restoring my phone and setting up new ID after restoring all of them, but everything didn't work.

     

    However, like i mentioned above after upgrading to the new iOS v6.1.2 my iMessage and Facetime now works perfectly. I'm guessing there's something wrong with my previous iOS version.

  • nilesh73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i have solved this issue by restoring to ios 6.1.3 to my iphone 4s.

    i tried every steps on this forum and google.  then i found a way to activate imessage and facetime with following steps.

    step 1: backup your device to itunes.

    step 2: fresh restore your device with latest firmware.

    step 3: while activating your device do not sign with your apple id-skip it.

    step 4: let it activate your phone number first. start using iphone.

    step 5: imessage and facetime will activate to your phone number.

    step 6: restore you backup and you will see your phone number and apple id activated to imessage and facetime.

     

    hope this will solve your problem.

  • Jacky1985 Calculating status...

    Hi there i found ring your mobile provider cause if you turned off the imessage they have to fix it on there end to allow it. I had this happen this morning rang apple no help but a fail then i rang my phone provide who sorted it on the spot.

  • Jacky1985 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i found you have to ring your phone provider thats the issue

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