Could Not Activate iPhone 12/11/X/8/7/6? Here Are the Solutions

“My iPhone keeps saying ‘Your iPhone could not be activated' and my iPhone 12 unable to activate. How can I fix it?”

Same problem you are facing? Want to know how do I fix my iPhone it won’t activate because my iPhone 12 stuck on confirm phone number? There might be lots of reasons that result your iPhone could not be activated. Read this article to learn what to do when your iOS device could not be activated.

Part 1. Common Screenshots You Will See When Unable to Activate iPhone

Case 1: Could Not Activate iPhone. Your iPhone Could Not Be Activated Because the Activation Server Cannot Be Reached

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If you see this page that reads “Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server cannot be reached”, this may be caused by Internet error or unsupported SIM card, even iOS related problems.

Case 2: Your iPhone Could Not Be Activated Because the Activation Server Is Temporarily Unavailable

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If you are stuck on “Your iPhone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable” like this picture, this might because your connection to the Internet is unstable or the activation server is experiencing a high volume of traffic etc.

Case 3: Unable to Activate. An update is required to activate your iPhone. Learn more at

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Case 4: Activating your iPhone. It may take a few minutes to activate your iPhone.

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Case 5: The iPhone Could Not Be Activated Because the Activation Information Could Not Be Obtained

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Try to connect your iPhone to iTunes to activate it but still failed? The iTunes keep saying “the iPhone could not be activated because the activation information could not be obtained”. It can be caused by unsupported SIM card or iOS related issues etc.

Case 6: We're sorry, we are unable to continue with your activation at this time. Please try again later or contact customer care.

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Part 2: Best Method - Fix Could Not Activate iPhone Using PassFab Activation Unlocker

If you meet above problems, then try this PassFab Activation Unlocker. With powerful features, this tool can help you remove activation lock, fix activation error and could not activate iPhone. Just follow 3 steps after launching the software on your computer.

Step 1: Connect your iDevice to the computer and Click Start.

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After reading the agreement and select Next, the program will recognize your device automatically and down load the jailbreak tool for you.

Step 2: Follow the guide on the interface to jailbreak your iDevice.

After the program reminding you that The jailbreak tool has downloaded successfully, click the Start Jailbreak button and follow the steps to jailbreak your device.

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Step 3: Click Start Remove to remove activation lock and it will be done after a while.

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Now, you can set up your device bypassing the activation. You can sign in your Apple ID in App Store or iTunes & App Store from Settings over Wi-Fi. Then you can download applications from APP Store and use them under Wi-Fi.

Part 3: Other 12 Methods to Fix Could Not Activate iPhone

Still can’t active iPhone after trying method above? Then try these 12 methods to fix it.

Method 1: Go to check Apple System Status.

If your problem is listed there then what you can do is just wait. When the dot in front your problem becomes green, you can try again.

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Method 2: Retry after waiting for a while.

Occasionally, Apple activation server might be busy, try to activate your iDevice after a while.

Method 3: Check your network connection.

Check if your network connection is stable. Try to change a Wi-Fi or use personal hotpot.

Method 4: Connect to iTunes.

Connect your device to Itunes to activate it. If you meet the problem in case 2 then ignore this method.

Method 5: Use latest iTunes.

Ensure your iTunes is the latest version if you fail to activate you device through iTunes.

Method 6: Check your SIM card.

Make sure you have installed a SIM card. Remove your SIM card and reinsert it. Or change a supported SIM card.

Method 7: Restart your device.

Sometimes, you may find that restart is a magical way to fix any problem.

Method 8: Restore your device.

If you still can't activate your device, you can connect it to the iTunes. Click the icon of your device and choose Restore from iTunes. Then try to activate it again.

Method 9: Force to reboot your device.

For iPhone 6 and older models, you should keep holding home button and power button at the same time until you see Apple logo appears.

For iPhone 7 and 7 plus, you should keep holding power button and volume down till the logo appears.

For iPhone 8 and later models, first press and release volume up button, and press and release the volume down button, then press and hold the side button until the Apple logo appears.

Method 10: Contact with your carrier.

Ensure your SIM card is compatible and not invalid and ask for advice.

Method 11: Go to Apple Store.

You can order a support on website of Apple support, and go to nearby Apple Store that can provide support for help.

Method 12: Contact Apple.

If above methods can’t solve your problem, then you can contact Apple to report your issue.

Read Also: How to Use Activation Lock Bypass Code on iPad

Part 4: FAQs About iPhone Activation

Q1: What does it mean when your iPhone cannot be activated?

It can be your iPhone goes wrong, or you network connection is unstable. Also, maybe the iOS system have some problems to be repaired, or your SIM card is not compatible or is invalid.

Q2: How do I know if my iPhone is activated?

Connect your iPhone to iTunes, if it prompts that Set up as new or Restore from backup, it indicates that your iPhone is activated.

Q3: Can you activate iPhone without SIM?

You can activate iPhone by connecting it to latest iTunes or using an R-SIM or X-SIM card. If these two all failed, you can try to jailbreak your iPhone.

Final Words

All in all, if you meet the problems we introduced in 3 cases or other activation issues, you can try 12 methods we mentioned before. Also we introduced a worthy Activation Lock Removal tool for you. With this software, you can bypass activation lock of your iDevce or fix activation error quickly and safe.

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  • Bypass Activation Lock without Apple ID and password
  • Remove Activation Lock without previous owner
  • Unlock iCloud lock within a few minutes
  • Support iPhone/iPad and iOS 12.0-14.3

Updated on / Posted by Andy Samuel to iPhone Tips / Follow @Andy Samuel

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