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iMessage and Facetime won't activate after porting my number.

  • 4 February 2022
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My number has apparently been successfully ported from O2 yesterday. I got a text from ID to say this was complete. My calls and texts all working fine. Only issue outstanding is that I can’t activate Facetime or iMessage. Continually get the message “An error occurred during activation. Try again”. It has been doing this for about 30 hours now.

I can sign into iMessage via my Apple ID and send a message that way, so I know iMessage works. People are just receiving messages from my email address rather than my phone number, so at least I know iMessage works in that respect. It just won’t activate for my phone number now, which I need it to.

Steps I have tried (basically everything that an internet search suggests):

  • I have tried switching off and on iMessage and Facetime several times.
  • I have reset my network settings on my phone a few times.
  • I have tried another SIM in the phone. It activates fine.
  • I have restarted the phone several times.
  • I have contacted Apple and they have said that everything checks out on their side. They said the issue has to be with ID. They suggested it might be a porting issue or a problem with the IMEI on the ID mobile server side not matching the IMEI on my phone.
  • I contacted ID and they have said there is nothing they can do, and someone will be in touch within 48 hours.

Anyone got any other suggestions? I don’t really want to leave ID after only signing up a few days ago, but that would perhaps be the quickest solution since I can’t find anyone willing to look into this properly.

Thanks.


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Hi @Ham, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. 

 

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Thank you,

Rory

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My number has apparently been successfully ported from O2 yesterday. I got a text from ID to say this was complete. My calls and texts all working fine. Only issue outstanding is that I can’t activate Facetime or iMessage. Continually get the message “An error occurred during activation. Try again”. It has been doing this for about 30 hours now.

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Anyone got any other suggestions? I don’t really want to leave ID after only signing up a few days ago, but that would perhaps be the quickest solution since I can’t find anyone willing to look into this properly.

Thanks.

Hello @Ham,

Have your tried the following?

  1. Sign-out from your Apple ID on your iPhone
  2. TURN OFF your iPhone, for a least 10 minutes 
  3. TURN ON your iPhone and sign-in with your Apple ID

That might do the trick - anyway, good luck.

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Hi @andewhite, I did try that. I honestly think I did try all permutations of everything that I could find to try. The good news is that it magically just fixed itself about 3 days after the number ported. I guess the full porting (including iMessage and Facetime activation) takes a bit longer than the 1 day porting of the number itself. Thank for your suggestion. Thanks to @Rory too for responding.

Hi, I am having the exact same issue at the moment. I’ve tried all the normal troubleshooting things as stated in the op. Can I also receive some help please?

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Hi, I am having the exact same issue at the moment. I’ve tried all the normal troubleshooting things as stated in the op. Can I also receive some help please?

Do you mean you’ve got an iPhone and can’t activate iMessage & FaceTime?

What normal troubleshooting things have you tried?

Thank you.

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