iMessgae wont Activate ? HELP!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by yuvib, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. yuvib macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2009
    Hi guys.

    i turned off my imessage a last week and tried turning it back on, but now it wont activate with my number. it gets stuck at "waiting for activation" and then it fails to activate. i tried it a couple of times and left it on for over 24hrs. still nothing. i have tried to rest my phone, reset the network setting but still nothing. any help will be apreciated!!



    ps - im in india and its an iPhone 4 running 6.0.1
  2. dextr3k macrumors 6502

    Nov 26, 2012
    iMessages needs an active cellular network and SMS to activate.

    Do you have an active sim card, and credits to send sms? Also make sure cell reception is OK.
  3. blatopilot macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    This was a widespread issue when there was an icloud outage a while ago. Not sure if there were any recent outages.

    Try going into settings and signing out of app store and icloud. Turn off phone, power on, try to activate imessage first and see if that changes anything.
  4. yuvib thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2009
    logged out of the app store and icloud as you suggested. powered off and then on and tried. nothing so far. will give it a bit. dont know how long it should take. but thanks for the suggestion.


    yes i do have an active sim with credits to send an sms. it was have had the phone for over a year and it was working fine. has just stopped working all of the sudden
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Always found being on wifi helps too
  6. yuvib thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 19, 2009
    nothing seems to work. i keep getting an error message asking me to try again. any other suggestions guys?!
  7. daudi macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    in order to activate imessages u need to have some balance in ur sim card.

    if u got the balance and still it is not working, make sure u are factory unlocked on it because on gevey sim imessages have some issue. if you are factory unlocked, then try taking the sim out. turn on the airplane mode, re insert the sim card, and tr again.

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