How to Fix iMessage or FaceTime After iOS 7 Update

iMessage and FaceTime are probably every iOS users’ favorite tools, and it sucks if they don’t work properly after updating to iOS 7. Here are some fixes you can try.

Technically, updating your device to the latest iOS 7 should be trouble-free. Even after extensive testing by beta users over the past months, Apple’s latest iOS 7 is still a bit buggy. Since it was made available worldwide two days ago, many have been complaining that they are having trouble to make iMessage and/or FaceTime to work properly on their iPhone.

If you’re struggling to make it work, here are some possible solutions that may help you.

Solution 1: Toggle FaceTime or iMessage in Settings (turn off and then back on)

  1. Go to Settings on the Home Screen
  2. Go to Messages or FaceTime
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  3. Wait for it to re-activate.

Solution 2: Reset your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad

  1. Make sure that your WiFi is turned on.
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  2. Check if iMessage or FaceTime is working for you now.
Solution 3: Reset Network Settings
  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Reset.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings.

If solution 2 and solution 3 don’t work, try solution 1 one more time.

I know it’s a pain to do these but this is the temporary workaround until Apple releases iOS 7.1 that should iron out all the major issues with iOS 7 and iOS 7.0.1.

Does this work for you?

How to Fix iPhone 5 Not Charging After Updating to iOS 7

Just updated to iOS 7 and discovered that your device is saying that “This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone”? Try this fix.

This problem is caused by iOS 7 trying to fend off people from using non-certified or non-original a.k.a. fake lightning cable which has a cracked authenticator chip. Apple updated the codes in iOS 7 and will prevent “fake” lightning cable from charging your iPhone. Although this seems to work in iOS 6.1.x and below, Apple, as usual would do anything they can do block any non-approved third part device to be used on “their systems”.

While this irritates many people, Apple is actually doing them a big favor by providing a guarantee of their safety. There have been many cases of iPhones blew up due to the use of non-authorized lightning cables.

Thankfully, there’s a temporary fix for ”This cable or accessory is not certified and may not work reliably with this iPhone” error while you find the time and money to get a genuine or approved ligthning cable from Apple. Here’s how:

  1. Turn on USB power
  2. Plug in lightning cable to iPhone
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  3. Dismiss warning again
  4. It should now charge

It’s a bit of hassle doing the steps above all the time, so I would suggest that you get yourself a genuine lightning cable from your nearest Apple store; or just wait until some hackers or Chinese manufacturers can come up with a new workaround to bypass this blockage.

How to Fix iTunes Errors 3200, 3014, 3004, 3002 When Updating to iOS 7 Firmware

Trying to update to iOS 7 or iOS 8 but kept getting an iTunes error 3200, 3014, 3004 or 3002? Here are some possible fixes which you can try.

Now that iOS 7 iOS 8 is officially public, you might want to install it on your iPhone right away. However, it’s frustrating when you keep getting these errors while you spend hours trying to get your iPhone working again.

Firstly, please be aware that you’re getting one of these error messages because iTunes is unable to connect to Apple firmware verification server to verify your device probably due to:

  • Apple server is extremely busy as millions of people around the world are trying to install iOS 7 iOS 8.
  • Your computer’s hosts file is causing communication issue between iTunes and Apple’s servers.

The easiest fix for this is to wait and try again at a later time. Usually this would fix the problem right away. However, if you’re still getting the same problem even after waiting for a couple of hours. Try the following fix:

1. Edit your hosts file:

  • Windows user go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\ and open the hosts file with any text editor or Notepad
  • Mac users go to \etc\ and open the hosts file with any text editor
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5. Try restoring to iOS 7 again.

I hope this helps! If not, leave your comments below and we’ll see if there’s a way to help you.



How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 7 on September 18

It’s finally here! If you encounter iTunes error 3194 when updating iOS 7, let me show you how to fix it.

You’re probably trying to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 7 using iTunes but kept getting this error. If you’re new to using iPhone, one of the most important things you need to know is you can never downgrade your iOS. This is by designed, and of course, how Apple wants it to be.

One of the main reasons is that Apple doesn’t want you to jailbreak your iPhone. For example, iOS 6 has exploits that can jailbreak iPhone 3GS, 4 and 5. Since Apple can no longer patch or fix previous iOS which version which has been released to public, they can only fix those issues in the next release.

iOS 7 is a total overhaul of the iOS 6 mainly the user interface. It’s also designed for the latest iPhone 5s and 5c which are coming to you really soon.

Now let’s go back to your iTunes restore error 3194. This is a very common error if you’re trying to restore your iPhone. Error 3194 is a response from iTunes telling you that your iPhone is not eligible to be restored to a particular iOS version. Apple will only allow you install the latest iOS, but why are you still getting this error if the iOS version you’re trying to restore to is already the latest? Well, the problem lies with your computer’s hosts file.

iTunes uses your computer’s hosts file to “communicate” with Apple’s activation server. It exists in both Mac and PC. If your hosts file is modified, you will definitely get this error message when updating to iOS 6.1.4 using iTunes.

So, how did your hosts file got modified in the first place? Jailbreaking software such as TinyUmbrella and redsn0w are the culprits. If you’ve used one of these programs before, they will modify your hosts file to trick iTunes to NOT connect to Apple’s iOS restore verification server. Why you may ask? On older devices, it IS possible to restore to an older iOS for as long as you have the SHSH saved. This is a separate topic but is related so let’s discuss about this another day while we work on fixing this issue.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 7

Scenario 1: if you need to restore to a firmware version that is currently being signed by Apple (latest iOS):

Apple OS X Snow Leopard & Leopard

  1. Open Terminal (Click Spotlight, or press Command+Space. Now type terminal.)
  2. Copy and paste the following code into Terminal
    sudo /Applications/ /etc/hosts
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Remove any line that says or similar.
  5. Save by pressing Command+S, click Save.

Apple OSX 10.4.X Tiger

  1. Open Terminal (Click Spotlight, or press Command+Space. Now type terminal.)
  2. In Terminal type, ‘sudo pico /etc/hosts‘, press Enter.
  3. Remove any line that says or similar.
  4. Press Ctrl+X, then Y to save.
  5. Type ’sudo niload -v -m hosts . < /etc/hosts’, press Enter
  6. Type ‘lookupd -flushcache’, press Enter.

Microsoft Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories.
  2. Right click “Notepad” and select “Run as administrator”
  3. Click Yes on the UAC prompt.
  4. Click File -> Open.
  5. Change the file filter drop down box from “Text Documents (*.txt)” to “All Files (*.*)”.
  6. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
  7. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
  8. Remove any line that says or similar.
  9. Close Notepad. Click Save when prompted.

Microsoft XP/2003/2000

  1. Browse to Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad.
  2. Click File > Open.
  3. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
  4. Select “All Files (*.*)” from the Files of Type drop-down menu.
  5. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
  6. Remove any line that says or similar.
  7. Close Notepad.  Save when prompted.

Scenario 2: if you need to restore to an earlier firmware version and if your SHSH blobs is saved in Cydia (Saurik) server:

You will need to add the following line to your hosts file using the same steps above.

Well, remember to close iTunes or reboot your computer after modifying your hosts file. If you managed to fix this problem, please share, tweet or like below.

How to Check on Verizon’s Website if Your iPhone with Bad ESN Can Be Fixed

If you bought yourself a used Verizon iPhone from eBay or Craigslist and found out that it has a bad (blacklisted) ESN/MEID due to it being reported missing or stolen, it’s still possible to fix it.

Verizon works differently from AT&T or T-Mobile because it runs on a mobile network called CDMA. Before you can use any device on Verizon’s network, you will have to check if it’s eligible for activation.

Now, lets get back to the original topic. If you have an iPhone or any Verizon device which has a bad ESN/MEID/IMEI, we have a service that can fix that. Everything is done remotely and currently the turnaround time is about 1 to 3 business days.

How to Check if Your Verizon iPhone (or any device) with Bad ESN Can be Fixed?

1. Enter the URL below on your web browser:

2. Scroll down to Step (2) in the web page if you already know your ESN. Otherwise, see how you can get your device ESN using Step (1) shown in the above URL.

3. Enter your 14-digit ESN into the text box and click Check Device.

4. If your iPhone has a “regular bad ESN” due to reported missing or stolen, it will show the result above: Please contact Customer Service at (800) 922-0204. This is a good news for you because you can now use this service to make your bad ESN good again.

If for some reason you get the following message, you’re out of luck because there’s no way to fix your bad ESN. This error message means your iPhone or Verizon device is in fraud list.

The phone associated with the Device ID you entered cannot be activated at this time. Please contact Customer Service at 800-922-0204 for assistance.

Once your bad ESN has been fixed, you can verify it yourself using the same steps above. You will get either one of the following results or messages:

It appears you would like to activate your recently purchased device. Please sign in to My Verizon to complete your new device activation Activate My New Device

or something like below:

As long as you have a device with “regular bad ESN”, we can assure you that it can be fixed. Before buying any used Verizon device, remember to always check the ESN to save you from any trouble! Click here to get your ESN fixed!