9 Ways to Fix iMessage An Error Occurred During Activation

08/14/2019 Posted by FoneGeek

Having iMessage activated on your iPhone or iPad gives you access to free and unlimited messages over Wi-Fi. You can enjoy many cool features such as share location, send voice messages, get read receipts, etc. However, you could get an error occurred during activation iMessage. Don’t worry. This write-up will focus on how to activate iMessage, as well as 9 simple ways to fix iMessage an error occurred during activation. There methods can be applied to almost all iOS devices, even the latest iPhone XS/XS Max/XR (iOS 12.4/iOS 13 supported).

How to Activate iMessage

Before showing you how to fix the error occurred during iMessage activation, let’s first learn how to activate iMessage on your iPhone or iPad. Follow the steps below to set up your iOS device to send and receive iMessages:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down to find Messages and click on it.
  3. Tap the iMessages button to turn it on. The slider will become green and you will be able to send and receive iMessages.
  4. Sign in to your Apple ID when prompted. Please note iMessages may take up 24 hours before it starts working.
  5. You can click “Send & Receive” to set the emails or phone numbers for sending and receiving messages to/from.
  6. Then click on the email or phone number to enable it to use the iMessage service.
Activate iMessage

If you still get an error when trying to activate iMessage on your iPhone or iPad, you can try the follow helpful solutions to fix the error:

Way 1: Check Date & Time Settings

To avoid iMessage an error occurred during activation, you need to ensure that the date and time settings on your iPhone or iPad are correct. Here is how to check your device date & time settings:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Click on General and select “Date & Time”.
  3. Turn on “Set Automatically” and ensure the Time Zone is set correctly.
Check Date and Time Settings on iPhone

Way 2: Check Internet Connection

To activate iMessage, your need connect your device to a stable cellular data or Wi-Fi network. If you see an error occurred during activation iMessage, it may due to the network issues. Follow the steps below to fix the error:

  1. Launch other applications (e.g. Facebook, Google Chrome) to check if your internet connection is working.
  2. If other applications do not run correctly, check your Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity.Try to disconnect and reconnect Wi-Fi or cellular network, then check again.
  3. Turn on the Airplane Mode to disconnect all network signals for some minutes. Then turn off the Airplane-Mode to reconnect to the network.
  4. Try to activate iMessage again to see if an error occurred during activation iMessage has been resolved.

Way 3: Turn iMessage Off and Back On

Another way to fix iMessage an error occurred during activation is by turning iMessage off and then back on. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Head to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Scroll down and choose Messages.
  3. Tap the toggle button to turn off iMessages.
  4. Restart your iPhone or iPad, then turn on iMessage again.
Restart iMessage

Way 4: Remove Restrictions on iMessage

If Restrictions has been enabled in your device, you won’t be able to activate iMessage and you’ll get the message of “An error occurred during activation”. Fix this error by following the steps below:

  1. Click on Settings and choose General.
  2. Select Restrictions and tap on it to turn it off.

Way 5: Resign In Your iMessage

To resolve iMessage an error occurred during activation, you need to re-sign in the iMessage. Here is the fix:

  1. Head to Settings and select General.
  2. Click on Messages and turn off iMessage.
  3. Wait for some minutes and turn iMessage back on.
  4. Sign on with Apple ID when prompted, then you have re-signed in your iMessage.

Way 6: Try Airplane Mode

If you still have error occurred during iMessage activation, try the Airplane Mode to disconnect and reconnect internet connectivity. Follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Settings and choose Messages, then turn off iMessages.
  2. Turn your device into Airplane mode to disconnect Wi-Fi or cellular data.
  3. Turn on Wi-Fi manually and iMessage as well.
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password if prompted.
  5. Back to Settings and turn off Airplane mode.
  6. You will see a pop-up saying that “Your carrier may charge for SMS messages used to activate iMessage”, just click “OK”.
  7. Now try to activate iMessage in your iPhone or iPad to see if it works.
Try Airplane Mode

Way 7: Update iOS Version

iMessage may not get activated if your current iOS version is outdated. Another quick fix to the error occurred during iMessage activation is to update your iOS to the latest version. Follow the steps below:

  1. Connect your iOS device to Power as well as a stable Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to Settings and choose General, then click on “Software Update”.
  3. Click on “Install Now” if there is a new iOS version available.
  4. Wait for your iPhone or iPad to complete the update and reboot.
Update iOS

Way 8: Check Your Carrier

You may get iMessage an error occurred during activation if your cellphone carrier does not support iMessages. Follow the steps below to fix the problem:

  • Check and ensure that your carrier supports iMessage.
  • Check any limiting conditions stipulated by your carrier.
  • Check if iMessage has any filter or blocks to messages on your device.

Way 9: Fix or Re-install Your iOS

If the issue continues after trying the above solutions, don’t fret, you can try to fix or re-install your iOS with third-party tool. FoneGeek iOS System Recovery helps to remove all errors during iMessage activation without any data loss. Also, it supports to repair various iOS system issues, such as iPhone stuck on Recovery mode, DFU mode, Apple logo, boot loop, black screen of death, etc.

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How to Re-install iOS and Fix Error Occurred during iMessage Activation:

  1. Download, install and run FoneGeek iOS repair tool on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable and select “iOS System Recovery” on the main window.
  3. Click “Start” and wait for the program to recognize the iPhone stuck in iMessage activation error automatically.
  4. After that, confirm your device information and click “Repair” to download the corresponding firmware and fix iPhone.
iOS System Recovery

Bonus Tip: Recover Deleted iMessage on iPhone

If you accidentally deleted your iMessage and want to get them back, you can also rely on FoneGeek tool – iPhone Data Recovery. The software allows iMessage recovery directly from iPhone/iPad, or from iTunes and iCloud backup. Not only iMessages, it can also recover deleted text messages, contacts, call history, photos & videos, WhatsApp, notes, voice memos, Safari history and much more data from iPhone XS/XS Max, XR, X, 8/7/6s/6 Plus, iPad Pro etc.

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How to Recover Deleted iMessages on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Download, install and run FoneGeek iMessage Recovery software on your PC or Mac.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer, and your device will be recognized automatically.
  3. Click “Start Scan” and let the software to scan all your iPhone data, including deleted iMessages.
  4. After scanning, you would be presented with all the data found in the device. Choose “Messages” on the left list to preview all deleted iMessages in details.
  5. Select the conversations that you want to recover, then click “Recover” to save and export the iMessages to your computer in CSV/HTML format.
Recover Deleted Text Messages iPhone

Conclusion

By following these tips above, you would be able to activate iMessage successfully and fix error messages such as “An error occurred during activation” for iMessage. If you found this guide helpful, please don’t hesitate to share it with anyone who’s stuck on the same error. Thanks for your reading.

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