Can’t activate iPhone, iPad when updating to iOS 14 (beta)/13/12 Update? This guide lists several solutions to help you fix this annoying problem. And we will also tell you how to activate iPhone via iTunes or without SIM card.
Updating to the latest iOS 14 (beta) or iOS 13/12 version is great, but you may meet some problems during the process, like a message saying “Unable to Activate. An update is required to activate your iPhone”. Actually, this is a quite common issue and there are a couple of solutions to fix it. At the same time, we will also show you how to activate iPhone via iTunes or without SIM card.
If you see “Cannot activate because the activation server is temporarily not available”, then you can wait and try again a few minutes or hours later. There might be too many users waiting for activation, and Apple’s activation server has shut down for the high demand.
Make sure your iPhone network connection is stable. You can switch from cellular to WLAN and vice versa. Generally, the Wi-Fi network is more reliable. And you can also switch your iPhone to a different Wi-Fi to have a try.
This simple method can fix many iPhone/iPad/iPod related problems and you can also try it to fix the activation issue. Press and hold the on/off button and Home button until the Apple logo appears. If you are using iPhone X or higher, press and quickly release the Volume up button then press and quickly release the Volume down button, then press and hold the Side button until the Apple logo appears on the screen.
Step 1. Turn off your device to make it offline.
Step 2. Go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.
Step 3. Open Find My iPhone > Confirm your password > Select All Devices > Select the device that can’t be activated > Choose Remove from Account.
Another possible solution to fix can’t activate iPhone is to unlock your SIM card. If your iPhone is a new one and you get it from your carrier, contact your carrier and ask them to unlock your iPhone and SIM card. If your iPhone has been unlocked before, bring out your SIM from the iPhone and reinserting. Then try to activate your iPhone once again.
Or if it says that the server is temporarily unavailable when not activating, you can check for a carrier settings update. Go to Settings > General > About. If there is an available update, just select Update from the prompt window.
If you got an error message, saying “activation information was invalid” or “activation information could not be obtained from the device”, then you can restore your iPhone or iPad through iTunes. You can follow this guide to make it: How to Restore iPhone iPad via iTunes >
Luckily, if you want to make a last-ditch attempt to activate your device, AnyFix – iOS system recovery would be a life-saver for you. This iOS system repairing tool is a reliable Apple device rescuer that is capable of fixing more than 50+ iPhone system problems, including iPhone stuck on the activation screen and 40+ iPad system problems, like iPad cannot connect to the activation server, etc. Then you can get the latest version of AnyFix to do iOS system recovery and fix unable to activate issue.
Step 1. Launch AnyFix after installation, then connect your device with the computer via a USB cable. Click “System Repair” column.
Step 2. Choose the corresponding category and then click “Start Now” button.
Step 4. Select a repair mode you prefer to repair and click the corresponding repair button.
Step 5. Wait for the repair completed page.
Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes > Open it.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone/iPad to computer > Select your device and you should see Activate screen on iTunes.
Step 3. Input your Apple ID and password > Click on Continue.
Step 1. Turn on your iPhone > Click on the Home button.
Step 2. Tap on Emergency call and make a call to 112/999.
Step 3. Press the power button immediately.
Step 4. Tap on cancel on the pop-up window.
With the different issues happening in iOS 14 (beta) or iOS 13/12, you may get to know how to solve the iOS 13 common problems. Here, in this guide, the fixes mentioned above may help you solve unable to activate iPhone/iPad successfully. If you have other solutions to fix it, please share it in the Comment Section.
After updating to iOS 14 (beta)/13/12, or earlier iOS versions, if you find your iPhone or iPad perform more and more slowly, then you can go to Speed Up Slow iPhone/iPad after Updating to iOS 13/12 to get some basic tips.
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