Error "Activation server is temporarily unavailable"

yuvib

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 19, 2009
13
0
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.

PLEASE HELP!!

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

ANY HELP WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED!

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.

Cheers
 

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Menel

macrumors 603
Aug 4, 2011
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Beta1 expired.

Did you never update?

Id tell you to log into the dev center and pull down the latest build... But...
 

yuvib

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 19, 2009
13
0
Beta1 expired.

Did you never update?

Id tell you to log into the dev center and pull down the latest build... But...
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?
 

dokterdenis

macrumors newbie
Jul 24, 2013
2
0
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...
 

Topher227

macrumors regular
Sep 18, 2012
150
26
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.
 

dokterdenis

macrumors newbie
Jul 24, 2013
2
0
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.

D
 

tot1939

macrumors newbie
Jul 24, 2013
4
0
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?
 

C DM

macrumors Sandy Bridge
Oct 17, 2011
49,598
18,143
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?
Do you have a way to update to beta 2 or 3?
 

pman219

macrumors 6502
Feb 8, 2011
479
2
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.

Thanks
 

vdubben

macrumors newbie
Oct 5, 2013
3
0
Final Beta expired today. Put it into DFU mode and download the public release
have this problem..phone 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?
 

TTile

macrumors 6502
Jan 23, 2013
269
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have this problem..phone 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?
If its in recovery mode a message will pop up in itunes (if you phone was plugged into your computer). Then just click restore.
 

infamous425

macrumors newbie
Oct 5, 2013
1
0
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.
 

TTile

macrumors 6502
Jan 23, 2013
269
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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.
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...
 

rtomyj

macrumors 6502a
Sep 3, 2012
804
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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...
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.
 

TTile

macrumors 6502
Jan 23, 2013
269
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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.
Yeah I completely agree. Apple did everything they could to tell people.
 

Cattastic

macrumors member
Apr 25, 2013
33
0
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.

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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...
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.
 
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brentc133

macrumors regular
Jan 31, 2012
101
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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.

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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.
 

Tyler23

macrumors 603
Dec 2, 2010
5,652
157
Atlanta, GA
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.

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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.
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.
 
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Cattastic

macrumors member
Apr 25, 2013
33
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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.

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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.
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 iCloud.com, target your phone in the find my iPhone app, and hit erase iPhone to bypass it.
 
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