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8 Fixes to FaceTime Waiting For Activation on iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in iOS 11

Myra updated on Nov 30, 2022 | Home > iOS & Mac Topics

FaceTime is a frequently used feature on iPhone. With FaceTime, you can have a better connection with your friends and families that are far away. That's why it's so important in your daily life. But FaceTime cannot always work properly. Many iPhone users have reported the FaceTime "Waiting for Activation" error when they try to make a FaceTime call. As you may know, when FaceTime is not working, it's can be quite annoying. Given that, this article is written to provide the potential solutions to the FaceTime "Waiting for Activation" error on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or other iPhones running iOS 11.

8 Fixes to FaceTime waiting for activation on iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in iOS 11

Tip 1: Check your Phone number

As you know, when you are making a FaceTime call, you can be reached through your phone number. Thus if your FaceTime is "Waiting for activation" on iPhone in iOS 11, you need to check whether you have entered your phone number on your iPhone correctly by going to Settings > Phone > My Number.

Tip 2: Check Restrictions.

If you have put the restriction on FaceTime or Camera on your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X, FaceTime not working in iOS 11is resultant. Follow the steps below to check whether you have enabled restrictions on the two features.

Step 1: Open Settings App on your iPhone in iOS 11.

Step 2: Go to General > Restrictions.

Step 3: If your Restrictions option is on, make sure both FaceTime and Camera options are in the ALLOW section.

Tip 3: Check network connection on your iPhone

Using FaceTime requires wireless data, which means you'd better put your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X under a stable and reliable WiFi network. If the WiFi not working on your iPhone, that may be the contributor to the FaceTime "Waiting for Activation" error on your iPhone in iOS 11.

Tip 4: Return on FaceTime and re-sign into Apple ID

Step 1: Go to Settings > FaceTime on your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X in iOS 11.

Step 2: Toggle the button to turn FaceTime off and then switch it on again.

Step 3: Tap on your Apple ID, click Sign Out and then click Use Your Apple ID for FaceTime to enter your Apple ID again.

Tip 5: Set Date & Time automatically

Many users have reported the effectiveness of this tip in solving FaceTime "Waiting for Activation" error in iOS 11. Besides, this tip is also useful in solve the "Cannot Connect to iTunes Store" issue in iOS 11. Go to Settings > General > Date & Time and turn on Settings Automatically. Meanwhile, make sure the Time Zone is set correctly.

Tip 6: Turn on Airplane Mode and then turn it off

This is a quite simple tip you can try to fix FaceTime not working in iOS 11. Just open Control Center on your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X to turn on Airplane Mode and then turn it off a few seconds later.

Tip 7: Reboot your iPhone 8/8 Plus/X

Force restarting iPhone is always a way to solve the common problems on iPhone like FaceTime "Waiting for Activation". This tip is also effective in fix the issue "Cannot Connect to App Store" in iOS 11.

Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button.

Step 2: Press and quickly release the Volume Down button.

Step 3: Press and hold the Side button (Sleep/Wake button) until you see the Apple logo.

Tip 8: Upgrade to the latest version of iOS

If the FaceTime not working is caused by the bugs with the iOS operating system, the issue may be solved by upgrading your iOS to the latest version, which is always the improved version compared to the previous one.


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