How to Fix the Error When Trying to Activate iMessage or FaceTime

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Overview: In work or study, if you want to use iMessage or FaceTime, you have to activate them first. At the same time, errors often occur in the activation process. This article will tell you how to solve the problems encountered in the activation process!

For iPhone users, they may be using iMessage or FaceTime all the time, however, after they are upgrading to the latest iOS system or changing to a new iPhone, they will be notified of the following information when trying to sign in to iMessage or FaceTime:

If you also experience the similar issue during iMessage or FaceTime activation or stuck in activation, pleaes don't worry and keep reading on this article, we will show you the best way to fix the error when trying to activate your iMessage or faceTime.

Part 1 Fix iMessage/FaceTime Activation Error Manually

Step 1: First, make sure that you are connected to cellular or WiFi network. Follow the following order: open Settings > General > Date & Time and make sure that your time zone is set correctly.

Note: If you use iPhone and need to activate your mobile phone number with iMessage and FaceTime, you may be charged by the operator for SMS.

Step 2: Open Settings > Messages and close iMessage. Similarly, open Settings > FaceTime and close FaceTime. Then restart your iPhone, and restart your iMessage and FaceTime.

Step 3: Activation of iMessage or FaceTime may take 24 hours. If the problem still exists after 24 hours, please follow the steps below:

  1. Make sure your device is installed with the latest version of iOS.
  2. If you are using iPhone, please contact the operator to ensure that you can send and receive SMS messages.
  3. If your iPhone uses a carrier not mentioned in the article, please make sure you can send and receive international SMS.
  4. Please contact Apple support.

Part 2 Fix iMessage/FaceTime Activation Error with iOS System Recovery

When your iPhone is disabled, your iMessage or FaceTime activation is unsuccessful, your iPhone is stuck on recovery mode/Apple logo/red screen/black screen, and so on, to fix various types of iOS system issues, you just need the iOS System Recovery.

iOS System Recovery is highly praised recovery program enables you to fix iOS issues in many common scenarios without any skills and any risk of data loss. More importantly, it is perfectly compatible with almost all iOS devices, including the latest iPhone 12 series and iOS 14. So, you can easily fix iMessage/FaceTime activation error on your iPhone by using this program.

Step 1: Download and install iOS System Recovery on your computer, and run it on your computer. Connect your iPhone to computer by using a USB cable, click "More tools" in the left column of the screen, then click "iOS System Recovery" in the primary window.

Once your iPhone is detected, click on "Start" to repair your iPhone error.

Step 2: Click the "Question" button and follow the prompts to switch your iPhone to Recovery or DFU mode. We choose to switch the phone to DFU mode.

Step 3: Select the appropriate iPhone model and click "Download" to download the repaired device plug-in. After downloading, the software can automatically repair the iMessage/FaceTime activation error and make the phone return to normal.

Part 3 Recover Deleted/Lost Data from iPhone without Backup

After we successfully repair the iPhone, some important data may be deleted or lost. At this time, we also need to solve such problems. The software you need to use is iPhone Data Recovery, which can recover all kinds of data including contacts, photos, text messages, WhatsApp, iMessages, videos/music, call history, notes and more from your iPhone no matter with or without backup file.

Step 1: Return to the homepage of the software, then click on "iPhone Data Recovery", and connect your iPhone to the computer through USB cable. If there is pop-up operation on the screen, please follow the prompts.


Step 2: Select "Recovery from iOS Device" on the main page of the software, and then click "Start Scan" to start scanning the lost data. After scanning, all the data in your iPhone will be listed, which needs careful attention. Please wait patiently because scanning will take some time.

Step 3: In the listed files, you can select the target file and preview it. Just double click it.

Step 4: Select the file you want to recover, and then click the "Recover" button. The selected file will be exported and saved to your computer.

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