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How to Fix iOS 7 Activation Error with Simple Steps

Updated on Apr 17, 2019 by Abby Haines to iPhone Data Recovery

Recently many iPhone users reported iOS 7 activation error.With simple guide, you can easily solve the problem and recover your iPhone.

Several months ago I downloaded iOS 7 beta with developer program. It worked fine. When iOS 7 had officially came out, I checked my phone and it restarted on its own. The locked screen said"Activation Error: This device is not registered as part of the iPhone Developer Program. If you are a member of the iPhone Developer Program, please register your device in the iPhone Developer Program Portal at http://developer.apple.com/iphone." I went to the link using my computer, although I am not a developer, and it didn't help me.

Recent days we see lots of iPhone users reported iOS 7 activation error. How did this happened? It is probably because users installed iOS 7 beta 6. As the iOS 7 beta has expired on October 6, which means anyone still running one won't be able to use their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and won't even be able to get past Activation if they try.

If you're experiencing an iOS 7 activation error on your iPhone/other device and were previously using iOS7 beta, there's a good chance to fix it  with following simple steps:

1) make sure you have upgraded to iTunes 11.1.1. It is the most recent version of iTunes.

2) Plug you iPhone/iDevice into your computer. Back up the data on the device.

3) Click "Restore" on your device's page in iTunes. If this doesn't work, proceed to DFU mode

4) your device is done restoring and activating you can restore your data from your iTunes backup

5)  you can use your non-beta iOS 7

If iTunes says there is no newer version to upgrade to, you can put your iPhone or device to DFU mode after the backup. DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode will make sure you download and install the latest release version of iOS off of Apple's servers.

1) Plug your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into your Mac or Windows PC and make sure iTunes is running.
2) Hold down both the Sleep Button (on top of your device) and the Home Button (on the front underneath the screen).
3) Keep them both held down from about 10 seconds. (If you see the Apple logo, you've held them too long and will need to start again.)
4) Let go of the Sleep Button but keep holding the Home Button for about 5 seconds. (If you see the "Plus into iTunes" screen than you held it too long and will need to start again.)
5) Restore the device

you should find that your iPhone is being updated when you go through all the steps. One thing you need mentioned:  iTunes isn't recognizing the device you've plugged in. If that happens, you'll need to go through a "Recovery Mode Restore".

Note: There is huge possibility of losing you iPhone sms or contacts when you are upgrading you iOS 7. You'd better recover your iphone data with MobiSaver in case your important data get lost.