Apple blocks activation on iOS 9.0-9.3.5 firmware

After reactivating activation for older devices, Apple has again blocked activation for iOS 9 devices. Here’s all you need to know about it.

Activation servers block iOS 9 devices

Yes, activation errors are back and they aren’t going to go away anytime soon!

A few months back, Apple opened activation for A6 and below devices. However, the party seems to have come to an end as Apple has blocked all activation requests.

Surprisingly, this issue is limited only to 64-bit devices running any version of iOS 9. Users with 32-bit models such as iPhone 5 and iPhone 4s can normally activate their devices.

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For the uninitiated, you need to activate your device whenever you restore it or reset its contents and settings. All activation requests are routed to Apple’s activation servers that can either authenticate or block them.

If you want to keep your jailbreak intact, stay away from restore tools like Cydia Eraser and Semi-Restore.

How can you get past the activation screen?

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this error (on iOS 9) because it’s a flaw in Apple’s servers.

Only Apple can resolve this issue. Therefore, I suggest taking it to an Apple store and get them to activate your iPhone.

Moreover, There’s no point in trying conventional methods such as changing SIM cards, activating with iTunes, or modifying DNS servers since all requests will eventually go through Apple’s servers.

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With that said, here are a few working methods that will help you get past the activation screen easily.

1. Upgrade your device

Since this issue is prevalent only on iOS 9, upgrading will fix it. Updating to, say, the latest version of iOS 11 will solve all activation issues in a jiffy.

2. Hacktivation

If you are adamant about staying on your current version, you can hacktivate your iPhone.

The hacktivation process, however, is impossible without SSH access and involves a lot of advanced stuff that is out of reach of the average user.

Give hacktivation a try only if you used Semi-Restore since it installs OpenSSH. Remember, some features like iMessage and FaceTime will stop working should you do so.

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