How to activate and set up iMessage on my iPhone, iPad and iPod if it fails

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If you own an iPhone, iPad or iPod, you may have encountered the problem with iMessage . as this is a common thing on such devices. Such problems can become a bit frustrating if you don't know how to reactivate iMessage.

How to activate and set up iMessage on my iPhone, iPad and iPod if it fails

While this isn't something that complicated, if you're new to the device you won't be able to fix it without someone's help. In this article, we will show you how to turn on and set up iMessage, how to know when iMessage is turned off and what to do if iMessage is not responding after activating iMessage.


    How to know if iMessage is disabled?

    When this function of your device is deactivated, the same device will indicate it to you. It will tell you through alerts, notifications or messages. Such messages could be:

    • “The iMessage server could not be contacted. Try again"
    • “Failed to start the assignment. Please check your network connection and try again"
    • "There was a problem activating"
    • "Wrong activation"
    • “Waiting for activation”

    If you are presented with any such messages or notifications, that is a clear sign that iMessage is disabled . Before you start testing your device settings, it's very important to consider the following:

    • : verify that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network or that you have a good mobile data signal. If you do not have good signal reception and you will be using Wifi and you have an iPhone, it is important to look for a signal to receive the message with which you will activate the iMessage.
    • : Go to your phone settings and check that the date, time and time zone are configured correctly according to the area you are in. To be sure of these open settings) general) date and time) and there will be "Time zone".

    The most feasible method to activate iMessage

    To activate iMessage, go to settings, then open the message section and proceed to iMessage deactivation . This way, iMessage will stop running all its processes and will be completely inactive. Now go back and proceed to disable FaceTime as well.

    After doing that, restart your device. When the device has restarted, go to settings again and turn iMessage and FaceTime back on. This should by law reactivate iMessage and it should work normally again.

    If your device has some problems connecting to a network, chip or Wi-Fi, it might not activate iMessage . Such a problem could be due to incorrect configuration.

    What to do if a day has already passed and iMessage has not been activated?

    Well, if iMessage won't turn on instantly then you don't need to worry as sometimes that feature doesn't turn on immediately. Could be even 24 hours are needed for activation, but if even after those 24 hours the iMessage does not activate, you can do the following:

    Make sure you have the latest system update

    The first thing to check is if you have the latest version of iPadOS or iOS. Since if your device system is old, it is possible that the compatible iMessage version with the system is already discontinued.

    Check with the carrier

    Sometimes it happens that the problem is the messaging providers that doesn't work and it's not iMessage's fault. The provider's platform may be down and you don't know it.

    In case none of the previous recommendations worked for you, it is better to try another messaging application. A messaging application that works with mobile data come Instagram.

    You can download and install Instagram on your device, without any problem, or any other messenger like WhatsApp or the one that is attracting more attention today like .

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