How To Fix Unable To Activate iPhone 11, 11 Pro And 11 Pro Max

When the new models of the iPhone was released by Apple, many Apple device lovers are so excited to get the latest iPhone to try its additional features. But with the release of the new iPhone comes with some reports from Apple users that they are unable to activate their new iPhone. Getting an error message “ Activation Error” can be frustrating for some. But not to worry though because we will be discussing the reasons as to why iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro max unable to activate and provide potential solutions on how to fix it.

If you own an Apple iPhone 11, 11 Pro And 11 Pro Max or any iPhone device, we will be glad to assist you with any concerns that you may have with your device. Feel free to contact us using this form. This is a free service that we are offering. We asked however, that when you do contact us, please try to be as detailed as possible about your concern so that we can accurately assess your concern and able to give appropriate solutions.


Check the website for the status of iOS Device Activation. If it is not green, it means that activation is having some technical issues and Apple server are trying to fix them and you may want to wait to activate after it has been fixed by Apple. However if it is green it means it is available and not having some problems. 

  • Check Network Connection

It is required to be connected to a WiFI network or a Cellular network so fix issue on unable to activate. But it is highly recommended to use WiFI instead of cellular if possible to prevent activation problems and interruptions with the process. Make sure your WiFI is having a strong and reliable signal strength.

  • Force restart your iPhone Device

This is probably the simplest way to solve unable to activate error brought about by software bugs and conflicts. 

To force restart  iphone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, simply do the following below:

  1.  Press and quickly release the Volume Up Button, located at the left side of your device.
  2. then , press and release quickly the Volume Down Button, located just below the volume up button. 
  3. Next, press and hold the Sleep/Wake Button, located at the right side of your device.
  4. When ‘Slide to Power Off” appears, release Sleep/Wake Button. 
  5. Afterwhich, slide starting from the left to right on “Slide to power off” to power off your iPhone Device. 
  6. Wait for a few seconds, iPhone will automatically restarts. 
  • Check SIM Card

You will need a SIM card before you can activate your iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. If an error message “No SIM card” appears, insert again your SIM card unto the SIM Card Slot making sure to close properly the SIM card tray. After inserting a new sim card, restart iPhone and try to activate again.

One important thing to remember that when you are trying to activate an iPhone using a SIM card from a different carrier then it is pretty obvious that your iPhone will not activate. Most of the iPhones are locked by the carrier thereby using another SIM card is probably the cause why iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max is unable to activate. To resolve this, try to contact the carrier to ask them if it is possible to unlock iPhone and SIM card to be able to proceed with the activation process. 

  • Activate iPhone using iTunes

If at some point the above mentioned solutions did not resolve issue of unable to activate, you can try to activate your iPhone using iTunes from your computer.

To activate iPhone on iTunes, simply do the steps below:

  1. Connect your iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max to iTunes using a compatible USB cord.
  2. Once connected, select your Device
  3. On iTunes, “Activate your iPhone” appears.
  4.  When prompted, enter your correct Apple ID and Password
  5. Click on Continue to start the process of activation of your iPhone.

Once you will see these options on the screen “Set as New” or “Restore from backup”, it basically means that iTunes successfully activated your iPhone. 

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