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Question: I can’t activate my iPad. Get an error of server not available

My iPad asks for activation. It’s not new, but was not used for a while. Now when turned on it asks for activation after I put in the passcode. When I follow all steps, it gets stuck with an error saying the server is temporarily unavailable, try after sometime. But despite repeated tries it keeps doing the same thing.

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Mar 13, 2018 8:11 AM in response to jyothi.veen In response to jyothi.veen

If your iPad is a cellular model, some have reported that temporarily

removing the sim allows activation to complete.

Otherwise, 5 possible causes for that error message:

1] Activation server is actually down. Very rare occurrence, and of short duration when it

does happen. Solution - try again.

2] Your firewall and/or antivirus software are preventing the necessary connection. Solution -

temporarily disable your firewall and/or antivirus software until the activation completes.

3] computer being used for activation has been used to jailbreak an iOS device in the past.

Solution - use a different computer.

4] iPad has been jailbroken. Your favorite search engine may provide some direction, but jailbreaks often prevent

activations/updates from succeeding. Per Terms of Use for this forum, discussion of jailbroken iPads is


5] your region and/or timezone settings are inconsistent with your actual location. Solution - set region and/or timezone correctly.

You should also check this article: If you can't activate your iPhone - Apple Support. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201407

Mar 13, 2018 8:11 AM

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