FaceTime Activation Error on iPhone iOS 12? Here's the fix

Getting a FaceTime Activation Error while trying to activate FaceTime…? If Yes, then am pretty sure that this article will be useful for you. Whenever I try to log in and activate my FaceTime on iPhone, I couldn’t do it. I was a bit confused why this error occurs on my device alone. Then what I did is… had shared this serious issue with my friend Sherrick and he gave me some easy tricks to fix it. Here, I gonna share those tricks with you. Hope it will help you.


When you are trying to activate FaceTime, you might see any one of the messages like:

  • An error occurred during Activation.
  • Activation Unsuccessful.
  • Waiting for Activation.
  • Could not Sign In, please check your internet connection.

To get rid of such issues, follow the below fixes:
Fix 1: Turn Off Restrictions

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Scroll down to see General and then tap it.
  3. Tap “Restrictions”.
  4. Enter your Restrictions Passcode.
  5. Finally, “Disable Restrictions” for FaceTime.

Fix 2: Turn Off and Turn On FaceTime

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Scroll down to see FaceTime and then tap it.
  3. Turn Off FaceTime.
  4. Restart your device.
  5. Turn On FaceTime.

Fix 3: Set Date and Time Automatically

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Scroll down to see General and then tap it.
  3. Tap on “Date & Time”.
  4. Turn on “Set Automatically”.

Fix 4: Sign Out and Sign In Apple ID

  1. On your iPhone, launch Settings.
  2. Tap the “Apple ID” banner (at the top of the screen).
  3. Scroll down to see “Sign Out” option and then tap it.
  4. Tap Sign Out of iCloud if you have different accounts otherwise,
  5. Enter your Password and then turn off.
  6. Wait for few seconds and then again go back to Settings.
  7. Sign In your Apple ID.

Fix 5: Turn On and Turn Off Airplane Mode

  1. Launch Settings.
  2. Tap “Airplane Mode” and then turn it on.
  3. Wait for a few seconds.
  4. Turn Off “Airplane Mode”.

Fix 6: Turn On Location Services

  1. Launch Settings
  2. Scroll down to see Privacy and then tap it.
  3. Tap on Location Services.
  4. Turn On “Location Services”.

See also: FaceTime Missing from iPhone? Here’s how to fix it
Fix 7: Hard Reset
Force restart/Hard Reset ( iPhone 7)

  1. Press and hold the “Wake/Sleep (Power) button” at the right of the iPhone.
  2. Press and hold the “Volume Down button” on the left side while holding the “Wake/Sleep button”.
  3. Wait until the “Apple logo” appears.

Force restart/Hard Reset ( iPhone 8 and iPhone X)

  1. Press “Volume Up button” and quickly release it. And then Press “Volume Down button” and quickly release it.
  2. At last, press and hold the “Side button (Wake/Sleep button)” until the Apple logo appears.

Note: Don’t press “Volume Up” and “Volume Down” at the same time.
Fix 8: Reset Network Settings

  1. Go to Settings->General->Reset.
  2. Tap “Reset Network Settings”.
  3. Enter the Passcode if required.
  4. Tap “Reset Network Settings” in the pop-up box.

Note: This action will reset all Wi-Fi Networks & Passwords, APN & VPN Settings, and Cellular Settings of your iPhone.
Fix 9: Reset All Settings

  1. Go to Settings->General->Reset.
  2. Tap “Reset All Settings”.
  3. Enter passcode if required and then tap “Reset All Settings” in the pop-up box.

Note: When you Reset All Settings, your iPhone will remove all Bluetooth pairing details, saved Wi-Fi Networks & Passwords, and APN & VPN Settings.
Fix 10: Factory Reset

  1. Go to Settings->General->Reset.
  2. Tap “Erase All Contents and Settings”.
  3. A pop-up box will appear with three options: Finishing Uploading Then Erase, Erase Now, and Cancel.
  4. If you want to take a Backup, tap “Finishing Uploading Then Erase”.
  5. If you have already taken a Backup, tap “Erase Now”.
  6. Wait until the process gets finished.
  7. Then restore everything from iCloud Backup or iTunes Backup.

Fix 11: Refresh Wi-Fi

  1. Open Settings->Wi-Fi.
  2. Turn off “Wi-Fi”.
  3. Restart your device.
  4. Turn on “Wi-Fi”.

Fix 12: Restore your device

  1. Connect your Apple iOS device to a computer via USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes and backup your device.
  3. Close iTunes app and disconnect your device.
  4. Put your iPhone or iPad in recovery mode.
  5. Open iTunes on Mac or Windows.
  6. Connect your iPhone or iPad to computer via USB cable.  iTunes will show your device in recovery mode.
  7. Restore your device as new. It will erase every data on your phone. Restore data from backup.

Note: Before doing this fix, it is advisable to take a backup of all your data because this fix will delete all data from your device.
Other Solutions:

  • Check whether your device is under any Warranty Status or not. If there is any, Contact Apple Support for further Repair or Replacement.
  • Try using a different DNS and give a try.
  • Check Apple’s System Status page and find whether there are any server issues.
  • Make sure that you are using the latest version of Software on your device.
  • Make sure that your Carrier supports FaceTime.
  • Make sure that you have a stable and speedy internet connection.

Hope any one of the above fixes will be helpful for you. If you find this article as useful then kindly share your experience with me through your comments below. Thank You…

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