How to Fix Can't Activate iPhone/iPad Problem After iOS 10 Update


Can’t activate iPhone, iPad, iPod touch when updating to iOS 10? This guide list several solutions to help you fix this annoying problem.

Aug. 29, 2016

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The iOS 10 will be available in September, and many users have decided to download and install this brand new operating system on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch once Apple officially releases it. Apple called it “the biggest release for our users”, so it definitely can give you a lot of new experience in every respect.

Updating to the latest iOS version is great, but you may meet some problems during the process, like having trouble activating your iPhone or iPad. Actually, this is a quite common issue and there are a couple of solutions to fix it. Now read this guide to get them.

Fix Can't Activate iPhone/iPad/iPod touch After iOS 10 Update

Solution 1: Wait and Retry

If you see “Cannot activate because activation server is temporarily not available”, then you can wait and try again later. There might be too many users waiting for activation, and Apple's activation server has shut down for the high demand.

Solution 2: Check Your Network Connection

Make sure the 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 connect your iPhone to a different Wi-Fi to have a try.

Solution 3: Reset Your iDevice

This simple method can fix many iPhone/iPad/iPod related problems and you can also try it to fix activation issue. Press and hold the on/off button and Home button until the Apple logo appears.

Solution 4: Release the Activation Lock in iCloud

Step 1. Turn off your device to make it offline.

Step 2. Go to 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.

Step 4. Turn on your device and activate it again.

Solution 5: Use iTunes to Activate Your iDevice

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.

Solution 6: Restore Your Device via iTunes

If all the above methods cannot help you activate your device, then you can restore your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch through iTunes. You can follow this guide to make it: How to Restore iPhone iPad via iTunes >

Hope this guide can help you solve can't activate iPhone/iPad/iPod touch problem successfully. If you have other solutions to fix it, please share it the Comment Section.

After updating to iOS 10, if you find your iPhone or iPad perform more and more slowly, then can go to Tips to Speed Up iOS 10 Devices to get some basic tips. You can also read Tips to Free Up iOS 10 Devices to get more space.

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