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nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 02:20 PM
Anyone else getting this message on the iMessage status?
Settings -> Messages -> iMessage
Under it I have that sentence "Waiting for activation..."
Which kind of activation do I need to do to start using iMessage?
Thanks.



Rickity Rick
Oct 12, 2011, 02:25 PM
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yeah i'm getting the same thing
weird.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 02:30 PM
Maybe this feature has not yet been activated by Apple?

Rickity Rick
Oct 12, 2011, 02:32 PM
Actually, I just waited and then it activated. And then, I was stupid enough to turn iMessage off. -___- Now it's waiting for activation again. But I think you just need to toggle the iMessage slider continuously. It's a pain, but it will eventually activate.

----EDIT----
Yeah, just toggle the slider and wait.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 02:40 PM
Will iMessage allow for free texting between people in America and others in Europe, for example?
Why can you choose a Location on the iMessage Account?
If you go to the Message Settings and press Receive At and then press Apple ID, there you'll be able to Change Location.
There it says:
"Choose a country or region to allow iMessage to message local number in your address book."

What is this for?

Gdgtguru
Oct 12, 2011, 02:40 PM
I had this issue with both facetime and iMessage during the betas, the below steps resolved both issues for me.


To fix the FaceTime activation message, follow the steps below:

1.) Turn on WiFi by going to Settings > WiFi and connect to your local WiFi network.

2.) Go to Settings > General > About and wait here (about a minute) until you receive a carrier update prompt. After the update, the carrier field should say “xxxx 7.2″, where “xxxx” is your carrier name. If the carrier says “xxx 8.0″ or later, continue to step 3.

3.) Now go to Settings > Phone. Turn off FaceTime and turn off “Show My Caller ID”. Then, turn iPhone 4 off (slide to power off method).

4.) Turn iPhone 4 back on. Go to Settings > Phone. Turn “Show My Caller ID” back on and turn FaceTime back on. Make a call to another iPhone 4.

5.) If you are running iOS 4.1 or later, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 02:43 PM
I have 3GS so no facetime.
Just would like to have iMessage activated.

Acronym
Oct 12, 2011, 02:46 PM
Will iMessage allow for free texting between people in America and others in Europe, for example?
Why can you choose a Location on the iMessage Account?
If you go to the Message Settings and press Receive At and then press Apple ID, there you'll be able to Change Location.
There it says:
"Choose a country or region to allow iMessage to message local number in your address book."

What is this for?

with iMessage you can text anyone in the world as long as they also have iOS 5 also it uses your wifi, or data depending on whether wifi is available or not.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 02:59 PM
Does my carrier need to support this new feature?
It still does not activate.

Diode
Oct 12, 2011, 03:02 PM
Does my carrier need to support this new feature?
It still does not activate.

No - I'm sure apple is just getting hammered with people trying to activate it.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 03:07 PM
Maybe that's it...
And anyone knows why you can chose a region on iMessage?

navindralr
Oct 12, 2011, 03:07 PM
it takes awhile to activate... I've had this issue since Beta 1 until now. You just have to toggle it on and leave it. I have tried turning phone on and off, doing it with wifi on or off.. Nothing really makes a difference.

What I did notice, is that I could iMessage after a short time of waiting for it to activate, even WHILE it still said "waiting for activation." So there might be a slow communication between the phone and servers. Try testing iMessage with someone who you know has iMessage. Probably hard to do at the moment since it's just rolling out now. Also, when you're typing in someones apple id or phone number for iMessage, don't just type the message and send. wait for the send button to turn from green to blue, then send it (as long as the other persons iMessage is active, this will always happen). I did this a couple times to kind of kick the phone out of the "waiting for activation" time frame.

7.29.80
Oct 12, 2011, 03:10 PM
I just got the message unable to activate.

I hope it isn't a having GM issue...

whathesaid
Oct 12, 2011, 03:14 PM
My apple id has been verified, but when I try to add my me.com email address it says 'unable to verify because it is already in use'???? anyone know why that is?

Gdgtguru
Oct 12, 2011, 03:15 PM
I have 3GS so no facetime.
Just would like to have iMessage activated.

Process should still work, just ignore the step about Facetime.

7.29.80
Oct 12, 2011, 03:19 PM
activated and testing with a friend who is activated and still no imessage. boo!

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 03:32 PM
I just got the message unable to activate.

I hope it isn't a having GM issue...

Me too!
This sucks...

Will there be an App or some way to run our contact list and know exactly which of our contacts has iMessage active?

matty.p
Oct 12, 2011, 03:35 PM
If your friends have iMessage active, when you look at your contact list there will be a blue message bubble next to their name.

Found this pic: http://cdn.tipb.com/images/stories/2011/06/ios_5_iphone_messages_contacts_imessage.png

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 03:39 PM
Either none of my contacts updated yet or me not having it on yet doesn't allow me to see that status on my contact list.

I don't know what to do anymore to get it activated...

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 04:01 PM
I think I managed to activate it.
Anyone in the USA would like to test iMessage over the Atlantic?
I'm in Sweden ;)
Send me a PM with your phone number.
I have turn off "Send As SMS" when iMessage not available.

aircanman
Oct 12, 2011, 04:21 PM
Am I being stupid, I have not iMessage app on the iPhone, how do I use it?

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 04:25 PM
Am I being stupid, I have not iMessage app on the iPhone, how do I use it?

iMessage is inside the Message app itself.
Go to Settings -> Messages and check if iMessage is turn ON and ACTIVATED.

aircanman
Oct 12, 2011, 04:32 PM
iMessage is inside the Message app itself.
Go to Settings -> Messages and check if iMessage is turn ON and ACTIVATED.

iMessage is on and it does not say anything about being activated. The message app looks the same as it did before iOS5. :s

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 04:36 PM
iMessage is on and it does not say anything about being activated. The message app looks the same as it did before iOS5. :s

So it says "iMessages can be sent between iPhone, (...)" right?

Then it should be on. But I haven't been able to test it has I have no contacts with iOS 5 installed yet.

Apparently, when sending a message to another user with iMessage activated, the send button will be blue, instead of green.

Tyrion
Oct 12, 2011, 04:44 PM
When I try to associate my e-mail address with iMessage it tells me it can't verify it since it's "already in use". I don't get it? It's just my me.com-address.

aircanman
Oct 12, 2011, 04:45 PM
So it says "iMessages can be sent between iPhone, (...)" right?

Then it should be on. But I haven't been able to test it has I have no contacts with iOS 5 installed yet.

Apparently, when sending a message to another user with iMessage activated, the send button will be blue, instead of green.

Yer it says that, it must be that I have no iOS5 contacts yet either then. I thought it came up in a different button!!

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 04:48 PM
It worked for me... Try rebooting phone maybe...

Isengardtom
Oct 12, 2011, 05:02 PM
don't want to hijack this thread but can anyone explain me why I can't use my apple ID mail (which is also my mail for the iPad) for iMessage?

I can use my work mail for example but with my ID mail it says it's already in use

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 05:05 PM
don't want to hijack this thread but can anyone explain me why I can't use my apple ID mail (which is also my mail for the iPad) for iMessage?

I can use my work mail for example but with my ID mail it says it's already in use

I was able to add my Apple ID to iMessage, as well as my new @me.com account and my phone number.

AppleSimon
Oct 12, 2011, 05:09 PM
I am from UK and my phone number verified and so did me @me e-mail address.

My Dad has updated his to iOS5 and I am still running a beta version. When I go to text him it appears blue, and says delivered but he doesn't receive it. And when he tries to message me it just appears as normal text?

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 05:11 PM
I was still not able to test it out.
No one willing to send his/her phone number to me for testing iMessage?

AppleSimon
Oct 12, 2011, 05:13 PM
I was still not able to test it out.
No one willing to send his/her phone number to me for testing iMessage?

PM'd.

Isengardtom
Oct 12, 2011, 05:14 PM
I was able to add my Apple ID to iMessage, as well as my new @me.com account and my phone number.

strange
I'm talking about iMessage on my iPad however.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 05:49 PM
Had a test run with AppleSimon.
Was pretty cool!
iMessage works really fast!
AppleSimon sent me his number (we don't know each other).
I just texted his number and iMessage started working immediately.
To mention that we live in different countries.

E3BK
Oct 12, 2011, 05:56 PM
I added 2 more email address to receive iMessages for for a total of 3.

1 - apple ID gmail
2 - work email
3 - other personal gmail

1 and 3 have both been verified and just say "email" while 2 says "verifying" even though I verified over 10 minutes ago. I'm sure it's just the Apple servers but is anyone else having this verification delay?

oSutrooper
Oct 12, 2011, 06:09 PM
ok its working for me know.... anyone need me to send them a test message

Jedi5
Oct 12, 2011, 06:14 PM
Just sent u a message

E3BK
Oct 12, 2011, 06:16 PM
Not sure if mine is working.....can someone try it with me? email me at ----r@gmail.com

You might want to remove your email before you get spammed.

EDIT: sent!

oSutrooper
Oct 12, 2011, 06:18 PM
its working, just got a message from a fellow macrumors member!

kappaknight
Oct 12, 2011, 06:21 PM
When I try to associate my e-mail address with iMessage it tells me it can't verify it since it's "already in use". I don't get it? It's just my me.com-address.

My apple id has been verified, but when I try to add my me.com email address it says 'unable to verify because it is already in use'???? anyone know why that is?

If you have multiple devices (i.e. iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), I think you can only use one email per device in the settings. For my iPhone, I setup my @gmail.com and my phone number. For my iPad, I used my @me.com account. The added benefit, I can text myself between devices.

If you're getting the message above, check and make sure you're not already using your primary email as a recipient on one of your other devices.

oSutrooper
Oct 12, 2011, 06:21 PM
You might want to remove your email before you get spammed.

But I did try and it says "----@gmail.com is not registered with iMessage."

When you get a free chance, can you edit your post to remove my email address.... thanks

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 06:23 PM
I'm texting right now a friend in Portugal (I'm in Sweden) and it work perfectly. Even with pictures! GREAT! :)

chrismac2
Oct 12, 2011, 06:31 PM
If you have multiple devices (i.e. iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch), I think you can only use one email per device in the settings. For my iPhone, I setup my @gmail.com and my phone number. For my iPad, I used my @me.com account. The added benefit, I can text myself between devices.

If you're getting the message above, check and make sure you're not already using your primary email as a recipient on one of your other devices.

This is incorrect....the whole point of iMessage is that you can start a conversation using iMessage on your iPhone and continue it on your iPad as long as you are using the same email address on both.

The message about "unable to verify email because it is already in use", means that it is listed as a "verified" email address on *another* Apple ID. (perhaps you entered this email address when you signed up for FaceTime using another Apple ID)....

For example, in my case, my original iTunes accounts (pre-mobileme), is just an account name, i.e.: myitunesacct

If I look at that Apple ID (myitunesacct), one of the verified email addresses is my MobileMe address, i.e.: mymobileme@me.com

So when I log into iMessage with Apple ID "mymobileme@me.com" and try to use mymobileme@me.com as an address, it says it's already in use. And it is, it is currently linked to my old Apple ID "myitunesacct".

If you log onto iMessage with Apple ID "myitunesacct" instead, then you will be able to use "mymobileme@me.com" as a verified address.

SUPER confusing, I know.

Supposedly, I should be able to remove the mobile me verified address from the old "myitunesacct", which I did. But it still is giving me the error that it is already in use.....I'm hoping it just takes time to reset and after all the craziness calms down, it will let me use the MobileMe address again.

Jedi5
Oct 12, 2011, 06:43 PM
working on my 3GS and still waiting on activation. i've turned the phone on/off and toggled the switch and still no activation.

i can however send messages between my phone and ipad.
so if it's not activated, how am i sending messages?

also, for my phone, how can i have it so that imessage only works with my phone #? the option to erase my apple id is greyed out.

nampramos
Oct 12, 2011, 06:48 PM
I love iMessage! It works great and now I can text message my friends back in Portugal for free! Thanks Steve!

Le Big Mac
Oct 14, 2011, 08:30 AM
You might want to remove your email before you get spammed.

EDIT: sent!

You might want to remove the other poster's email from your quote before the spammers get it.