(Fixed) Unable to Activate an Update is Required to Activate Your iPhone

by J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young Basic iPhone Tips Ideal for Newbies Published On Jun 29, 2022 Updated On Aug 25, 2022
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Do you see the error code “Unable to Activate, an Update is required to Activate your iPhone” when you try to set up your iPhone?

This is a very common problem that can, unfortunately, prevent iPhone users from setting up their devices.

But even though you are unable to access most of the data on the device, it can be easily fixed using the solutions we will show you in this article. Let’s get started.

Unable to Activate, an Update is required to Activate your iPhone

Turn Off Your iPhone and Remove the SIM Card

The first solution that we recommend you try is to reinsert the SIM card. There is a chance that you may have inserted the SIM card incorrectly and therefore the iPhone is unable to detect the card.

Therefore, power off the device and remove the SIM card from the device, then reinsert the SIM card properly into the device.

If you see the same error even though you are sure that the SIM card has been inserted properly, check to see if the SIM card is compatible with the iPhone.

Remove the SIM Card

Check the Apple System Status Page  

Sometimes you may see this error message if the Apple Servers are down. There is an easy way to check the status of Apple servers. Just go to the Apple system status page and if the box next to “iOS Device Activation” is not green, then the server is down.

In this case, there is nothing you can do other than try activating the device a little later. Apple will often resolve the issue very quickly and you should be able to continue with the update process fairly quickly.

Check the Apple System Status Page

Force Restart Your iPhone

If your SIM card is inserted properly and Apple servers seem to be working normally, you might want to try force restarting your iPhone.

A restart can refresh the device’s memory and remove any bugs that may be interfering with the activation process.

The method to force restart your iPhone will depend on the model. Here’s how to do it:

iPhone 8 or later: Press and then quickly release the Volume Up Button, press and then quickly release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Power button. Release the button when you see the Apple logo appear on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 8

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Power and the Volume Down buttons. Release the buttons when the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 7

iPhone 6s or earlier: Press and hold both the Power and the Home buttons at the same time. Release the buttons when the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Force Restart iPhone 6S

Use iTunes or Finder to Activate Your iPhone Instead

If you are still unable to activate the device directly, you can try using your computer instead. Follow these steps to do it:

Step 1: if you are using a Mac, ensure that you have the latest version of macOS running on your computer. If you are using a PC, ensure that you have the most up-to-date version of iTunes on the device.

Step 2: Ensure that the computer is connected to the internet.

Step 3: Use the device’s original cable to connect it to the computer. Once the device is connected, look for it in Finder or iTunes.

Step 4: Once the computer detects the connected device, you will see one of the following:

  • If you see “Set up as New” or “Restore from Backup,” your device has already been activated.
  • If you see an error message saying that the SIM card is incompatible or invalid, you need to contact your carrier.
  • If you see “activation information was invalid” or “activation information could not be obtained from the device,” you can restore the device in recovery mode.

Fix System Issue on Your iPhone

TinyFix is an iOS system repair solution that you can use to repair any issues that may be preventing your iPhone from activating.

One of the main benefits of choosing TinyFix is that it can allow you to repair the device without causing any data loss.

TinyFix is the most effective solution for some of the most common issues that may affect your iPhone including a device stuck on the Apple Logo, a device that will not activate, a device in recovery mode, and many more.

The following are the features that make TinyFix the most ideal solution:

  • You can fix an iPhone that won’t update in a few simple steps.
  • It can also be used to resolve other common iOS system issues.
  • It supports all iPhone models and all versions of iOS.

Here’s how to use TinyFix to fix the “iPhone Unable to Update” issue:

Step 1: Download and install TinyFix on your computer.

Step 2: Open it after installation and click on “iOS System repair” at the top. Use the device’s original cable to connect it to the computer.

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 3: You should see two repair options on the next screen. Click on “Standard Repair” to attempt to repair the device without losing any data.

Standard Repair Mode

Step 4: Then click the “Download” button on the next screen to proceed.

get the appropriate firmware

The repair process will begin immediately. When the process is complete, you should be able to activate your iPhone without any additional issues.

repairing the device

Wrap Up

If you are unable to activate your iPhone, you are unlikely to be able to use it in any way. Therefore, this problem can be quite problematic if you don’t know what to do to fix the device.

In most cases, it is caused by an invalid or incompatible SIM card. But if you find that your SIM card is just fine, then this issue could be caused by several other issues, most of them software related.

In this case, your best bet is to try and fix the system issue and nothing can do that better than TinyFix.

J. Robertson Macaulay D. Young

Mako is a technical freelance writer with a passion for all things tech. Whether you're wondering about how to fix your iPhone or trying to get something to work in your settings, Mako is your go-to for professional help. He loves writing, testing solutions, and most of all, making sure his research is factually accurate.

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