Fix iOS 16 Could Not Activate iPhone Activation Error After Update, Here’s How

Here’s how to fix the iOS 16 “Could Not Activate iPhone Activation” error right after performing the update on your compatible iPhone.

Now that Apple’s big iOS 16 update is available and ready for download, that’s exactly what people are doing.

But whenever there is a big new update there is, invariably, a collection of people who find that they run into the dreaded activation error. Thankfully, there are some things that you can try. Let’s five in.

Restart Your Router

The problem here is that your iPhone is waiting for a response from Apple’s activation server and simply isn’t getting one.

That could be for all kinds of reasons, but restarting your router will make sure that your internet isn’t the culprit. Make sure other devices are working just fine, too.

Wait It Out

If it isn’t your internet that’s struggling, it’s probably Apple’s servers. With everyone trying to update to iOS 16 at once there is a good chance that Apple’s aging servers are simply struggling to keep up with demand. If that’s the case, there isn’t a whole lot that you can do to fix things on your side. The actual fix? Just kick back and wait. Apple’s servers will soon catch up and you’ll be running iOS 16 in no time at all.

It isn’t the answer that you were looking for, but rest assured, it’s the only real option you have at this point.

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