Can’t Activate iPhone or iPad After iOS 9.3.1 Update Fix

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Here are some possible ways if your iPhone or iPad is stuck on activation after updating to iOS 9.3.1.

Old models of iPhones and iPads users are currently faced with an alarming problem. A large amount of users report that they can’t activate their iPhone iPad after upgrading to iOS9.3.1.

If you are stuck on such situation, here are some possible solutions you can try out:

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Possible Workarounds if You Can’t Activate iPhone After iOS 9.3.1 Update

If you see the message “cannot activate because activation server is temporarily not available”, you need to try again later. It may be that the Apple’s activation server has shut down due to high demand or high load. This usually happens during the day of the release of an iOS update.

You can also try to restart your iDevice: Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

Alternatively, try to connect your device to computer and try connecting to iTunes.

Step-by-Step Solution if You Can’t Activate iPhone After iOS 9.3.1 Update

If the suggested workaround above doesn’t work, you may need to try below.

Firstly, make a full backup of your iPhone or iPad before performing a restore.

1. Turn off your iDevice firstly. By Pressing and holding the power and home buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears.

2. Visit iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID and password.

3. Select Find iPhone > Input the password of your Apple ID to confirm > Click All Devices on the top > Select the Device which can’t be activated > Click Remove from Account > Click Remove again when note window pops up.

4. Switch off and turn on your iPhone or iPad, and then activate try to activate again.

Most people said that the steps above helped to activate their device normally. However, if you see something like shown in the image above, it’s likely that you need to remove the iCloud activation lock.

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