Error "Activation server is temporarily unavailable"

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by yuvib, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. yuvib macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2009
    Hi guys..

    i am currently using an iphone 5 ( completely factory unlocky, no jailbreaks nothing ) and have been running ios7 ( again officially as i have an developer account ) since the beta version was out.

    All of a sudden last night my phone started asking me to activate it again. after following the steps i keep getting an error 'could not activate iPhone, try connecting to iTunes and activate etc'.

    Even after connecting to iTunes i am unable to activate it.


    i am attaching a few screen shots below which will hopefully give you a clearer picture of what the issues is exactly..


    i have uploaded 3 attachments.

    one is the error i am getting on my phone, and the other two are iTunes errors. one when the phone connects and the other one when trying to restore.


    Attached Files:

  2. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    Beta1 expired.

    Did you never update?

    Id tell you to log into the dev center and pull down the latest build... But...
  3. yuvib thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2009
    so what are my options? do i revert back to iOS 6 first and then upgrade back to ios 7 or is there any other way?
  4. zmagik macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2013
    That's the only way
  5. yuvib thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2009
    cheers thanks
  6. dokterdenis macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2013
    Same problem after downgrade

    went that way, but with restore to 6.1.4 you end up in the same alley: no activation server avail. Is waiting the only way now...
  7. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    6.1.4 will work fine.
  8. Topher227 macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    You could also Google iOS 7 and find a mirror of the beta...

    Edit: Just re-read the thread. If the activation server is down then having the software won't really help now will it. Looks like 6.1.4 will have to do.
  9. dokterdenis macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2013
    worked fine 6.1.4 only OTA activation

    Hi, thx 6.1.4 worked fine OTA activation, not via iTunes. Back on track, for now.

  10. tot1939 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2013
    same problem

    I have the same problem as this and I'm registered as a developer. I was running beta 1 and got locked out yesterday. Is the only way for the time being to revert back to iOS 6 to get my phone working? If so, the only back up i have is from a month ago right before I updated to iOS 7. Does that mean I will lose all the information I have on my phone since then if i revert back to iOS 6?
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Do you have a way to update to beta 2 or 3?
  12. tot1939 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2013
    Since the dev center is down it's not letting my computer find the new betas to download. Should i try to find them somewhere else to download?
  13. dictoresno macrumors 601


    Apr 30, 2012
    sure why not. there are a bunch of places you can get them from.
  14. pman219 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2011
    Rochester, NY
    Is the activator server not working though due to the Dev center being down ?
    Don't want to go through the trouble just to hit a wall.

  15. Jab00 macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2012
    Final Beta expired today. Put it into DFU mode and download the public release
  16. vdubben macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2013
    have this wont go into dfu mode becuase says its in recovery mode, also tried all the devices that make the recovery mode crash but no help..anyone?
  17. TTile macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2013
    If its in recovery mode a message will pop up in itunes (if you phone was plugged into your computer). Then just click restore.
  18. infamous425 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2013
    Was so confused

    I had these exact same problems and so did my girlfriend and i was so confused. both tonight at homecoming our phones went up and we were like what?? and then when i got home my mom told me my sisters as well, and my uncles. All these in connection? i all gave them IOS 7 beta before it came out. I plugged my phone in. tried to back up, but couldnt because find my iphone was on and couldnt turn it off. luckily my last backup was just 2 days ago and i was still able to back up all my photos with iPhoto. but reset it. installed 7.0.2 and boom. fixed it immediately. Now to fix everyone elses without them getting pissed lol. But thank you. wouldnt of guessed this issue if you hadnt of posted this.
  19. TTile macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2013
    Yeah the whole 'beta doesn't update over the air to gold master' wasn't extremely well advertised on here. I'm sure there's going to be a lot of unnecessarily pissed off people at Apple tonight...
  20. rtomyj macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2012
    Yea but let's face it, developers know when the GM lands. It's on the portal, we get emails, release of apps to new OS etc. only people that should've been more informed are effected.
  21. TTile macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2013
    Yeah I completely agree. Apple did everything they could to tell people.
  22. Cattastic, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013

    Cattastic macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2013
    3 ways to fix your issue:

    1. Restore from your iOS 6.1.4 saved file you should have saved.

    2. Delete the iphone software update file in itunes and off your computer.

    or 3. DFU your phone.

    Keep your phone plugged into iTunes.
    Turn off your phone connected to the USB cable and iTunes is open.

    Once turned off:
    Step 1. Hold down the power 3 seconds, while the power is held down
    Step 2. Hold down the Home Button and Power button for 10 seconds,
    Step 3. Let go of the power and continue to hold down the home button until iTunes pops up with a
    I have detected a device in recovery mode.

    iTunes will install 7.0.2
    After itunes installs 7.0.2.. your phone will restore as a normal restore. If you have an iCloud backup.. you probably will recovery everything.. if you have a beta itunes backup.. probably won't work and you will just have to setup as a new phone.


    This is not Apple's fault, its people for putting on a beta on your phone and you are not a registered developer. Developers would already have been issued a Master Copy of iOS 7. The fault is they never got rid of beta when iOS 7 came out.
  23. brentc133 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2012
    Pissed off people? I'm one of them. Suddenly my iPhone 5 yesterday tells me the phone needs to be activated by entering my apple sign-on/password info. Since the developer site is it won't reactivate. Plug into my computer and it tells me my ios7 has expired and to update. Won't update because I have "find my iPhone" is activated. Now what, wait for the developer site to come back. I have a phone that cannot even be used.


    I disagree. I paid the $99.00 for a developer account and never got a notice to update to the GM ios7. It is apples fault.
  24. Tyler23, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013

    Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    It's not Apple's fault. If you are a developer then you read the information provided from the developers site and know how the beta process works.

    You had to update manually from beta to beta, what made you think beta to final version would be done automatically?

    Sounds like you just paid the $99 for access to the betas and didn't bother educating yourself.
  25. Cattastic macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2013
    You got the notice weeks before iOS 7 was even out.
    You also could have updated to iOS 7 at launch and restored your phone from a previous 6.1.4 backup.. You also could have DFUed your phone.

    If you are getting a message saying your iCloud Find my iPhone is turned on and can't get in your phone, go to, target your phone in the find my iPhone app, and hit erase iPhone to bypass it.

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