IMessage is Apple’s instant messaging service for devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Released in 2011 with iOS 5, iMessage lets users send messages, photos, stickers, and more between any Apple devices over the Internet. Cannot send or receive iMessage on iPhone 6. IMessage will not activate. IPhone 6, iOS 8 Posted on Sep 27, 2014 6:04 PM. Set up Messages on iPhone. In the Messages app, you can send text messages as SMS/MMS messages through your cellular service, or with iMessage over Wi-Fi or cellular service to people who use iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or a Mac. Texts you send and receive using iMessage don’t count against your SMS/MMS allowances in your cellular messaging. Sign Out of iMessage & Back In: 1. In the Settings app, select Messages. Tap Send & Receive. Tap your Apple ID at the top and press Sign Out. Toggle off iMessage. (or Facetime, if not working) 5. Visit Wi-Fi in settings and toggle Wi-Fi off and back on. Wait a few minutes, then toggle iMessage back on. Tap Send & Receive.
This article contains a working solution, which you too can try if ever you encounter the same problem while trying to activate iMessage on your iPhone 6 Plus. Though we can't guarantee that this method works for everyone, many have claimed it does wonder on their end. So if you haven't done this yet, I suggest you might as well give it a try this time.
Important things you need to do before you start:
- Verify and ensure your phone number is listed in the Phone app. To check, launch the app and then see on top of Contacts and you should see your number listed as My Number. If your phone number isn't there, go to your phone Settings->Phone->My Number, and then enter your number.
- Also check the date and time on your phone are properly set. Just go to Date & Time under General section. To ensure the Time Zone is correct and the iPhone got the right time, better select the option to Set Automatically.
- Another thing you need to check is that your iPhone is connected to an active Wi-Fi network. Sometimes Wi-Fi issues can also trigger activation problem on iMessage unless you've enabled cellular.
- Furthermore, make sure iMessage is supported by your carrier. If you're unsure, contact your carrier and verify relevant information such as limiting condition on your iMessage, filters, or blocks on SMS.
If all the aforementioned factors are verified and still you can't activate iMessage on your iPhone 6 Plus, then you can resort to this workaround. The solution that I'm talking about has something to do with your iPhone's Airplane mode settings. You may think it's a bit irrelevant but mind you, this has helped others get rid of the activation failure message and successfully activated the service on their device.
Here's how they did it:
1. On your iPhone, go to Settings.
2. Once you're in the Settings menu, scroll to and tap on Messages.
3. Turn off or disable iMessage.
4. Turn off or disable FaceTime.
5. Enable AirplaneMode. Doing so will automatically disable Wi-Fi.
6. Enable Wi-Fi.
7. Go back to Messages.
8. Enable iMessage.
9. If you haven't yet added an Apple ID/account, you will be prompted to do so. Otherwise, proceed to the next step.
10. Go back to Settings.
11. Disable Airplane Mode.
12. If prompted with the SMS charging notification, read and review the information and then tap OK to proceed.
13. Go to Messages.
14. Disable iMessage and then enable it again.
Imessage Effects Iphone 615. Wait for a short while until iMessage gets activated.
A grayed out number and an email ID will be displayed, and then a little later that number should be checked.
This solution has done wonders to a number of iPhone 6 Plus users who have encountered problems while attempting to activate iMessage on their device.
When activating iMessage or FaceTime, you might see one of these messages:
- Waiting for activation
- Activation unsuccessful
- An error occurred during activation
- Could not sign in, please check your network connection
- Unable to contact the iMessage server. Try again.
Check your device settings
- Make sure that you’re connected to a cellular data or Wi-Fi network. If you're using an iPhone, you need SMS messaging to activate your phone number with iMessage and FaceTime. Depending on your carrier, you might be charged for this SMS.
- Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and make sure that your time zone is set correctly.
Turn off and restart iMessage and FaceTime
- Go to Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage.
- Go to Settings > FaceTime and turn off FaceTime.
- Restart your device:
- Turn iMessage and FaceTime back on.
Still not activated after a day?
It might take up to 24 hours to activate iMessage and FaceTime. If the issue continues after 24 hours, follow these steps:
- Make sure that your device has the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
- If you're using an iPhone, contact your carrier to make sure that you can send and receive SMS messages.
- If your iPhone is used with a carrier not found in the wireless carrier articles make sure you can send and receive international SMS.
- Contact Apple Support.
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Get more help
You can also use your email address with iMessage and FaceTime. Sign in to your Apple ID account page and review all the email addresses you have on file, including the one that you're trying to verify. If the email address is incorrect, you can update it. Then click Resend next to the email address that you want to verify.
If you can't sign in to iMessage or FaceTime on your Mac, see If you can't sign in to your iMessage account or FaceTime on your Mac.
FaceTime is not available in all countries or regions.