By AOMEI / Last Updated October 23, 2020

I can’t activate iPhone after iOS 14 update.

I Just downloaded the iOS 14 profile and installed it on my iPhone 7, but couldn’t use it now. It says an update is required so how can I fix the unable to activate iPhone 7 issues?

- Question from Apple Community

Unable to Activate iPhone

As the new iPhone 12 is going to be released in November this year, the push of official iOS 14 might be delayed, too. If you want to experience the brand-new system, iOS 14 beta is the only choice.

iOS 14 has attracted thousands of users to download because of its convenience, but many users say the beta is not perfect and they have all kinds of problems when after iOS 14 beta update. After all, it is the aim for Apple to help find the deficiencies and bugs from the feedbacks. Sometimes users would find cellular data not wrorking after iOS 14 update or even iPhone is unable to activate iPhone and an iOS update is required.

This might be the worst result of iOS update, but there are still the solutions for it. You can follow this guide to know why you can’t activate iPhone and how to solve it.

Why you can’t activate iPhone after iOS 14 update?

Technically, this problem is often caused by iOS glitches, insecure network, or SIM card issues.

It is common to see the system glitches in the beta, and they could be easily fixed. If the Internet is not secure, iPhone activation will fail at the first step, so stop using public Wi-Fi. SIM card is a must during activating iPhone, so if the card is not installed correctly, you could not activate iPhone.

How can you fix iPhone could not be activated?

Since you have known the causes of the problem, you can connect iPhone to a secure Wi-Fi and then try the following 4 solutions to troubleshoot and fix the issue.

#1 Force restart iPhone

This solution is called iOS glitches killer. It could fix most of the system problems and won’t cause data loss. Select your iPhone model and do a hard reset.

  • iPhone 8 or later: Press the volume+ button and then quickly release. Press the volume- button and then quickly release. Press the power button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus: Press both the power button and volume- button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.

  • iPhone 6s or earlier: Press both the power button and the Home button for seconds and wait for the Apple logo appearing.

Restart iPhone

#2 Check SIM card status

SIM card is important when you activate iPhone. If you see “activation server cannot be reached”, then you need to check SIM card. Eject the SIM tray and make sure it’s clean and there is no debris or dust influencing chip contacting.

If you see “iPhone is not activated contact your carrier”, and it keeps saying so after hard reset, you need to contact your carrier to update their service or downgrade iPhone back to iOS 13. If your iPhone is locked and you changed carrier, you need to tell your carrier to unlock the iPhone.

Eject Sim Tray

#3 Activate iPhone in iTunes

If you keep failing activate iPhone, you could turn to the good iPhone companion, iTunes. It could also be used to activate iPhone and update carrier settings.

Step 1. Download the latest iTunes on computer and connect iPhone to PC with lightning cable.

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID and click Continue.

Step 3. If carrier settings update is available, click Download and Update. You could select to Set up as new iPhone or Restore from iPhone backup, and click Continue. Wait for several minutes, and this iPhone would be activated.

Update Carrier

#4 Recover iPhone

iPhone Recover Mode is often used to rescue iPhone from any bad situations but you need to be prudent before using this method because you will lose everything on iPhone.

Step 1. Download iTunes and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Enter Recovery Mode in the same way of force-restarting iPhone in method 1 and you will see iTunes logo on your iPhone.

iPhone Recovery Mode

Step 3. Select Restore in iTunes and wait for iTunes repairing iOS.

iTunes Repair iPhone Recover Mode

Backup iPhone to always keep data safe

If there is important data on iPhone, you need to save them to computer in case of any iOS bugs.

AOMEI MBackupper would help you save photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to computer. It is free and very simple to use.

  • Free Software: You could export unlimited iPhone data to computer for free with AOMEI MBackupper.

  • Select Data: You could preview and select iPhone data in AOMEI MBackupper.

  • Fast Speed: AOMEI MBackupper is the fastest iPhone backup software.

  • Widely Compatible: AOMEI MBackupper supports all the iPhone including iPhone 11/11 Pro/SE 2020.

Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 1. Select Custom Backup to select all the five types of iPhone data.

Custom Backup iPhone

Step 2. Click an icon on the home screen to preview and select iPhone data. Click OK to return.

Select iPhone Data

Step 3. Select the storage path and click Start Backup.

Click Start Backup


The official iOS 14 might be pushed along with iPhone 12 in November so iOS 14 beta is the only choice to experience iPhone’s new features. If you can’t activate iPhone after iOS 14 update, you can use the 4 method in this passage to easily fix the issue.

To make iPhone data always safe and sound, you could use AOMEI MBackupper to save the important data computer.

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