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iOS 7 iMessage won't activate

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  • dufc64 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 5:05 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    my iphone 4 is the same, my number wont activate the imessage and my facetime wont activate

  • Hallassou Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 5:29 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    On my iPhone 5 the iMessage works but on my ipad retina display I can send messages but I don't recieve them. I can see on my iPhone that I sent a message from my iPad but when someone writes I can only see it on my iPhone.

  • Emvinluan Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 5:31 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    This kept happening to me and for some reason after many, many attempts of trying to activate, i turned my phone off and then back on again and it immediately worked. Idk if i was just lucky or if this actually works

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    Sep 18, 2013 5:34 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    Try turning off any wifi connections and using your cellular data this worked for me!

  • vskar27 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 5:37 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    Hi everyone! I found a solution! Go to Settings>General>Reset (Hit "Reset Network Settings") and wait for your phone to reload. Once it turns on again go to Settings>Messages>Sign into iMessage with your Apple ID and then your phone number should show up and you should choose that as your iMessage. It worked for me and I really hope it works for you too!!!

  • Blu3 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 6:14 PM (in response to vskar27)

    I can confirm that this solution worked for me as well. To repeat:

     

    1. Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings.

    2. Settings -> Messages -> Sign into iMessage with your AppleID.

    3. Your phone number and your AppleID will show up, and my phone number was checked by default. Just make sure your phone number is checked.

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    Sep 18, 2013 6:22 PM (in response to nekulturni)

    This worked for me..... I had to hook my iphone 5 up to iTunes and restore it. It redownloaded ios 7 to my iphone and now everythings works!

  • cassanduraah Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 6:27 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    Okay I had the same problem as all of you. After freaking out for awhile, i finally decided to plug my iPhone to my computer.

     

    I then downloaded the new version of iTunes and synched my phone.

     

    It worked for me afterwards.

     

    Hope this helps!

  • dcjk91 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 6:28 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    i also having the same issue.. my iphone 5 stucked at the waiting for activation on both imsg and facetime

  • tphelms Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    Installed iOS7 on three devices this afternoon. My iPad and iPad Mini installed on their own, accessing the wifi network. My iPhone 5 however showed my old iOS6 to be 'up to date'. I plugged it into ITunes and it then recognized the update.

     

    The iPads worked great right off the bat. The iPhone had the iMessage problem 'waiting for activation'. It would also not connect for Facetime as well. Both times if I tried to connect it said there was a 'network problem'.

     

    I tried some of the fixes noted here including restoring my network settings. Nothing worked.

     

    So I backed up the phone and restored it on iTunes, then imported the settings back to the phone. Now it all works including iMessage and Facetime.

     

    Hope this helps someone else!

  • indyjenn Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 6:55 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    I also reset network settings, like a previous poster suggested, and it solved the problem!  Just have to go through reentering all wifi passwords, etc.!

  • Jgallen1211 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 7:00 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    You have to make sure your Apple ID is activated along with your iCloud I'd is activated and they have to match. That's how I got it to work. Or create a new name and sign into iTunes and I could with it.

  • nekulturni Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 18, 2013 7:23 PM (in response to tphelms)

    This actually solved the issue for me. Thanks.

     

    To recap:

     

    1) backup

    2) restore (with "backup settings" option)

    3) restore settings from backup

  • ballislife22 Calculating status...
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    Sep 18, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to Tazz22)

    would it say " an error occurred during activation" ? did you just keep pressing okay?

  • Navweb3620 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Sep 18, 2013 7:39 PM (in response to Seanm85)

    I'm willing to bet Apple's servers are getting hammered: this issue has happened before.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/18989775#18989775

     

    I would just give it 24 hours and retest.

     

    Also, go to Settings>Messages and ensure iMessage is flipped to on. But by the length of this thread, I'm assuming you already did that

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