Some error messages are so vague that you might feel lost trying to understand them. This is the case of the "could not activate" error of the iPad, which interrupts the setup process of the tablet. Fortunately, we have a few things that you can try to see if they fix your system.

Using iTunes

If you have a laptop (or a desktop computer), you can use iTunes, but you will need to update it first. On a Mac, open iTunes, click iTunes on the menu bar, and click Check for Updates. On a PC, open iTunes, click Help, and select Check for Updates.

After updating, connect your iPad to your laptop and, in iTunes, click the iPad icon that appears after the connection. Then select "Set as new iPad" or "Restore from a backup". Then follow the steps indicated, including the designation of your tablet, and wait until it is activated.

Perform a hard reset

If that does not work, and you have a Wi-Fi connection, a hard reset can do the trick. Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep / Wake button until the Apple logo appears (also known as the lock button), then follow the steps presented.

Dance around public Wi-Fi constraints

If you set up your iPad from a public network requiring a connection via the web, you are also faced with the problem that the iPad does not allow you to use a web browser so much that it is not configured. In the Wi-Fi network selection window, tap Next to deny the use of Wi-Fi.

When you arrive at the Home screen, tap Settings and Wi-Fi to search for the network and connect, then tap iCloud in Settings to connect via Wi-Fi.

Escape the developer mode

The activation error can also occur if your iPad is running a developer version of iOS. In this case, you will have to follow the instructions of iTunes above, then choose Configure as new iPad.

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Some error messages are so vague that you might feel lost trying to understand them. This is the case of the "could not activate" error of the iPad, which interrupts the setup process of the tablet. Fortunately, we have a few things that you can try to see if they fix your system.

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Using iTunes

If you have a laptop (or a desktop computer), you can use iTunes, but you will need to update it first. On a Mac, open iTunes, click iTunes on the menu bar, and click Check for Updates. On a PC, open iTunes, click Help, and select Check for Updates.

After updating, connect your iPad to your laptop and, in iTunes, click the iPad icon that appears after the connection. Then select "Set as new iPad" or "Restore from a backup". Then follow the steps indicated, including the designation of your tablet, and wait until it is activated.

Perform a hard reset

If that does not work, and you have a Wi-Fi connection, a hard reset can do the trick. Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep / Wake button until the Apple logo appears (also known as the lock button), then follow the steps presented.

Dance around public Wi-Fi constraints

If you set up your iPad from a public network requiring a connection via the web, you are also faced with the problem that the iPad does not allow you to use a web browser so much that it is not configured. In the Wi-Fi network selection window, tap Next to deny the use of Wi-Fi.

When you arrive at the Home screen, tap Settings and Wi-Fi to search for the network and connect, then tap iCloud in Settings to connect via Wi-Fi.

Escape the developer mode

The activation error can also occur if your iPad is running a developer version of iOS. In this case, you will have to follow the instructions of iTunes above, then choose Configure as new iPad.

 Henry T. Casey

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After graduating from Bard College with a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP after writing for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar, and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He shares his free time between going to concerts, listening to too many podcasts and mastering his cold coffee process. The content governs all around him.
Henry T. Casey,
sure


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