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FaceTime Not Working in iOS 15/14? Here are 6 Solutions

“Activation of iMessage and FaceTime will not work. I am currently out of the country and both have stopped working and are saying waiting for activation. Is there any way to get these back in working order? I won't be back in the states until the fall and need both working badly.”

If you have an iPhone, the odds are high that you must be hooked to FaceTime. In some cases, it can sometimes so happen that your FaceTime may not be activated. You may get a message that ‘FaceTime is waiting for activation’ and this might go on continuously. So, are you wondering how to fix this problem? We will be talking about the key steps here.

Part 1. Symptoms of FaceTime waiting for activation

There are various messages which indicate that there is an activation issue with FaceTime but one of the common ones is the message ‘waiting for activation’ displayed on your device. Other possible errors messages you can encounter are as follows.

  • Activation unsuccessful
  • An error occurred during activation
  • Could not sign in
  • Please check your internet connection and so on.

Part 2. Fix: FaceTime waiting for activation

Here are some of the different ways by which you can fix this problem.

1. Check the device settings

The very first thing which you need to check is to see if FaceTime is blocked in the restrictions. To do this, follow these steps.

  • Go to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘General’.
  • Now, click on ‘Restrictions’ and then choose ‘Disable restrictions’.
  • Make sure that FaceTime is always turned on in the list of allowed apps.

2. Turn off FaceTime and restart iPhone

One of the other possible solutions is to turn off FaceTime and restart the iPhone. Follow these steps.

  • Go to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘FaceTime’.
  • Now turn it off.
  • Restart you device and then head to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘FaceTime’.
  • Turn it on again.

3. Sign out of Apple ID and sign in

Sometimes, this too does the trick. It is said to be one of the most effective solution to successfully activate the FaceTime. You need to sign out of Apple ID from FaceTime and then sign again. Go to FaceTime Calls > Preferences > Settings and click on Sign Out. Then sign in again. However, another problem may arise. You may be unable to sign in to your Apple ID.

4. Set correct date and time

You need to make sure that the date and time are rightly set as this too can disrupt the FaceTime activation.

If your date and time settings are set to automatic, make sure that you have selected the right time zone or else set it manually.

5. Reset Network Settings

Sometimes if you do not have a stable network, your FaceTime activation might not work. So, do the following.

  • Head to ‘Settings’ and then to ‘General’.
  • Now move to ‘Reset network settings’.
  • When the reset has been done, enter your Wi-Fi password again and see if FaceTime gets activated.

reset network settings

6. Fix FaceTime not working with iOS System Recovery

If none of the above steps seem to be working, you can make excellent use of the tool, iOS system recovery, a third-party tool intended to fix different kinds of iOS system. This is one of the best tools which come with a lot of functions and had been highly recommended by some renowned sites, like Cult of Mac and Makeuseof. Let us see what they are.

  • It offers specific recovery modes for highly improves the success rate of fix.
  • This program is 100% secured to download without any harm to your computer and device.
  • Completely compatible with iPhone 13, iPhone 12 with iOS 14 and iOS 15.

Sometimes the real reason why FaceTime is not being activated is because of iOS issues. In such cases, you can use iOS system recovery and find out the apt way to work things out. Let us see the key steps you need to follow.


Step 1. Download iOS system recovery and install it on your system. Select 'iOS System Recover' from the main interface.

select ios system recovery

Step 2. Now connect your device to the system and tap on 'Start' button to begin the program.

connect iphone to computer

Step 3. Now when the device has been connected, the program will detect the latest firmware for your device and need to click on ‘Start Repair’.

repair ios system

Step 4. When the download is done, the tool will fix the problems. When the process is over, restart your phone and see if the problem has been fixed.

These are some of the different steps which you can use. There is no doubt that with the systematic application of these steps, you will be able to remedy the problems and have your FaceTime working again smoothly.


Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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