iPhone 7 Activation & iCloud Restore Problems
This morning some users spent close to two hours at the Apple Store trying to activate the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The blame bounces between carriers like Verizon and Apple’s own activation servers.
While attempting to activate the iPhone 7 Jet Black at home we had to try several times just to get the iPhone activated and then had to install iOS 10.0.1 on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
We are already hearing from users on Twitter who are having trouble with the iCloud restore to the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus. When this happens the iPhone 7 iCloud restore is timing out and then saying could not restore.
Here’s what’s happening and potential fixes for this annoying iPhone 7 activation and iCloud problems.
iPhone 7 Activation Problems & Fixes
If you are having trouble with your iPhone 7 activation, there are some things you can try to fix it. The first thing is to simply switch your SIM card from your old iPhone into your new iPhone. This may allow you to skip the issues that is happening between Apple and carriers to activate. This may not work in all cases and if you buy at an Apple Store they may not let you do it.
If you are at home you can plug in to iTunes to activate, which is sometimes more reliable than activating the iPhone 7 over WiFi.
For users who cannot get the iPhone 7 activation to complete with either of those methods, you may need to go to a carrier store to get this issue fixed. This will likely sort itself out over the next several hours.
Stuck on Updating iCloud Settings
Some users are reporting that the iPhone 7 is stuck on updating iCloud settings. If this is happening to you, it is possible to hold the home button to start over or you can hold the power button to restart. This may put you back into the same issue though.
iPhone 7 iCloud Restore Problems
We are also starting to see reports of iPhone 7 iCloud Restore problems on Twitter and from from others who have purchased an iPhone 7. Today is a very taxing day for Apple servers and that can lead to iCloud restore problems.
@AppleSupport I'm having trouble restoring from a iCloud backup, tried so many times, said 1 min remaining then could not restore? Help
— Ads (@adman1990) September 16, 2016
If you run into iCloud restore problems you can bypass it by creating a local backup on your Mac or PC and then restoring it to your iPhone 7 by plugging in. That’s the only real way around iCloud problems on the release day. You can also check out our iCloud backup problems and fixes if you cannot get your old iPhone to backup to iCloud.
When you make an iPhone backup in iTunes, if you choose the encrypted option it will transfer over all your accounts with passwords.
27 Best iPhone 7 Cases
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Speck chose to deliver a new line of iPhone 7 cases that look and feel amazing. The new Presidio iPhone 7 cases use upgraded material to deliver better shock protection while arriving in a thinner design.
The Presidio Grip, Inked and Wallet can protect your iPhone 7 from a 10 foot drop while the Presidio Clear, Clear + Glitter and Clear + Print are tested for an 8 foot drop.
We already have these iPhone 7 cases on our iPhone and love the look and feel that they offer.
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