How to restore SAM unlock activation tickets with RedSn0w

By , Jun 4, 2012

The latest version of RedSn0w now includes a new option nestled under the extras menu for restoring SAM unlock activation tickets. The iPhone Dev Team relates in the release notes that “you can now include your SAM tickets as part of your initial ramdisk jailbreak of iPhone 4 or earlier, or alternatively you can upload your SAM tickets to any device after its been jailbroken.”

Previously, we posted a manual method to go about restoring your activation tickets, but this newer method is preferable due to its simplicity.

Since the SAM ticket upload feature works universally with A5 and A4 devices, we suggest sticking with this method when it comes to restoring your unlock activation tickets. We’ve also posted a full video walkthrough; be sure to take a look inside…

Note: First, your iPhone must be jailbroken, since this will transfer files to a native location in iOS. Secondly, in order to use this tutorial, you must have got in on the SAM unlock while the window was still open. You were also required to backup your activation ticket in order to restore it later.

Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your computer.

Step 2: Download and launch RedSn0w 0.9.12b1 or above.

Step 3: Click Extras > Even more > Tickets and select your Lockdown.zip file that you created when you backed up your SAM unlock ticket. You can also just select the .plist file if you backed up your ticket manually.

Step 4: You should see a message from RedSn0w saying that the Tickets uploaded.

Step 5: Reboot your device, and try the SIM card associated with the ticket(s) that you restored.

Are you currently using a SAM unlock? If so, what do you think about RedSn0w’s new easy restoral feature?

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  • http://twitter.com/satropuk  Steven Portas

    Great news. I have been wondering about this for a few days now. Really need an unlock soon. Glad I saved my SAM tickets when you said to. Now off to update, jailbreak and unlock!

    • pacaveli21

      can you email me your unlock ticket. pacaveli21@yahoo.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/abdallah.razak.77 Abdallah Razak

      Please can you share with me as well? Here is my email: razak.theboy@gmail.com

    • theking_13

      Send me it as well please! Could even send a donation via Paypal if you want. thistheking@gmail.com

    • Mitja Gajst

      Hi.

      Can you send me your SAM ticket please. If I manage to unlock my Iphone 4 5.0.1, baseband 4.11.08, I will make you a donation with paypal.

      My email: icegatto@gmail.com

      Tnx

  • Anonymous

    Does this work with the Iphone 4.12.1

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mohamed-Siblini/1806085792 Mohamed Siblini

    Newest version of ultrasn0w unlocks iPhone 4, 3GS on iOS 5.1.1, RedSn0w 0.9.12b1 also released

  • http://twitter.com/The_Malik Malik Davis

    lol I had to comment on this post just for the picture.

  • http://www.facebook.com/drescher.hans Johannes Drescher

    Is only works with A4 and A5?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Greg-Ceballe/1261923209 Marlon Greg Ceballe

    Yeah my phone is unlock via SAM but my push is f*cked up. Any permanent fix for this? I used te old method btw

    • http://www.facebook.com/rsconcep Ing Ruben S. Concepcion Asenci

      Install sam pref. from cydia and after get notification remove it

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kénitrio-Di-Ariani/100001142550279 Kénitrio Di Ariani

      this method can fix everything imessage , facetime nd push notification

      Launch SAMPrefs and navigate to Utilities menu.

      Under Utilities, tap the option that says “Revert Lockdown to Stock”. This will deactivate your hacktivation, but don’t worry about it; your iPhone will remain functional.

      A message will pop up claiming that Stockification was a success. Hit OK to dismiss.

      Next, on the same screen, hit the De-Activate iPhone (clear push) button. Another message will pop up, confirming that the phone has been deactivated.

      Now, if you had your iPhone already connected to your PC, remove the USB cable and reconnect. Otherwise, just connect it with iTunes and let it activate (one sync is all it takes with SAM package installed). Also, at this point, if iPusher app was already installed on your iPhone, remove it.

      At this point, the activation is basically complete and you can verify that by navigating to Settings > SAM > More Information. If it says Wildcard Activated, you’re good to go.

      Once your iPhone is activated, launch SAMPrefs again, tap Utilities and you’ll notice that the menu displayed is different from the last time around. Hit Backup Activation, followed by Restore Activation. A success popup should follow.

      From here on begins the part that requires patience (bothered me, at least). Reboot your iPhone and then let it sync with iTunes. Once that is done, install the free iPusher app from App Store

      Reboot your iPhone again (yeah, that’s two reboots before you can actually use it – I didn’t like that, either) and sync once more with iTunes. Also, ensure that you have a working WiFi connection with active internet access. Then, launch iPusher, allow it to send you push notifications, and tap the Test Push Notifications button. Should you see the below screen, breathe a sigh of relief, for everything works!

      This should basically fix everything, but to be sure, it’s better that you turn off both iMessage and FaceTime, and reactivate them. To do that, go to Settings > Phone and turn off FaceTime. For iMessage, follow Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage. Now, reboot your iPhone again, turn both these features back on and they should be good to go.

      and now restore ur Sam unlock tickets as in jef tutorial

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Greg-Ceballe/1261923209 Marlon Greg Ceballe

        Thanks! I’ll do this like now :)

      • paul

        i need a ticket, a ticket to my iphone…phantom87_2003@yahoo.com please

  • http://www.facebook.com/nemanja.krajic Nemanja Krajic

    how to backup a activation ticket?
    I was unlocked my Ip4s on 5.1 whit SAM but it’s not jailbroken.
    I wan’t to update to 5.1.1 where i can jailbreak my phone.
    HELP!!

    • Anonymous

      what?, in order to use sam,your iphone is supposed to be jailbroken!, are kidding us?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jdotcong Jomel Duka

        i think he’s not kidding i unlock my iphone4 4.11.08 using sam unlock Technic (jailbroken ios 5.0.1) then i update to 5.1 using presereved baseband. the crazy thing happen i dont yet jailbreak my i4 the signal just came up so i was glad and try other sim and yes it worked now i have factory unlock i4.. recently i updated to 5.1.1 (still baseband preserved) coz im afraid i will lose my factory unlock.. so now that im in 5.1.1 still it can get a full signal even not jailbroken.. but ofcourse i jailbreak now

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

        Yes because your activation ticket will be saved by perserving your baseband!

      • http://www.facebook.com/jdotcong Jomel Duka

        I see as long as i preserved my baseband i dont have to do anything.. That will be nice

      • Mitja Gajst

        Hi.
        Can you write me a guide of this on my email. I have an Iphone 4 5.0.1 , 4.11.08 to unlock.
        If you can send the SAM ticket It will be nice too. :)

        My email: icegatto@gmail.com

        Tnx

      • http://www.facebook.com/jdotcong Jomel Duka

        i think he’s not kidding i unlock my iphone4 4.11.08 using sam unlock Technic (jailbroken ios 5.0.1) then i update to 5.1 using presereved baseband. the crazy thing happen i dont yet jailbreak my i4 the signal just came up so i was glad and try other sim and yes it worked now i have factory unlock i4.. recently i updated to 5.1.1 (still baseband preserved) coz im afraid i will lose my factory unlock.. so now that im in 5.1.1 still it can get a full signal even not jailbroken.. but ofcourse i jailbreak now

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know whether using this method still allows you to/fixes the push notification problems?

  • http://twitter.com/AEGOku Aaron Garcia

    So if I upgrademy iPhone 4S to 5.1.1 and of course my baseband will upgrade to. can I still used my Sam ticket yo unlock my iPhone 4S so it doesnt matter what Baseband it updated?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z65BMLDLRFY252WD23JIYLE6LI nitesh

      if you are already on sams unlock just do a normal update via itunes and jailbreak via absinthe, dont need to use redsn0w, dont need to backup sams ticket.. enjoy

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.ramirez.5070 Albert Ramirez

    Does it work with the iphone 4 5.0.1 4.11.08

    • http://unlockboot.com/ UnlockBoot

      Yes it work!

  • http://www.facebook.com/PequenioDorian Dorian Roque

    this will work if i update my baseband along with firmware?,my iPhone is currently on FW 5.0.1 BB 02.10.04

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1507068701 Jorit Studer

      NO!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdotcong Jomel Duka

    i unlock my iphone4 4.11.08 using sam unlock Technic (jailbroken ios 5.0.1) then i update to 5.1 using presereved baseband. the crazy thing happen i dont yet jailbreak my i4 the signal just came up so i was glad and try other sim and yes it worked now i have factory unlock i4.. recently i updated to 5.1.1 (still baseband preserved) coz im afraid i will lose my factory unlock.. so now that im in 5.1.1 still it can get a full signal even not jailbroken.. but ofcourse i jailbreak now

  • http://www.facebook.com/jdotcong Jomel Duka

    i unlock my iphone4 4.11.08 using sam unlock Technic (jailbroken ios 5.0.1) then i update to 5.1 using presereved baseband. the crazy thing happen i dont yet jailbreak my i4 the signal just came up so i was glad and try other sim and yes it worked now i have factory unlock i4.. recently i updated to 5.1.1 (still baseband preserved) coz im afraid i will lose my factory unlock.. so now that im in 5.1.1 still it can get a full signal even not jailbroken.. but ofcourse i jailbreak now

  • Dipendra Gautam

    i used SAM on my iphone…. now my sim card is damaged… i upgraded to 5.1.1 … can the new sim card be used via same activation ticket

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WBEG7ASZOMPFUYYOIK2C6VLWYM akram

    Question for Jeff Benjamin: how can i fix notifications (SAM Unlock) ??

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kénitrio-Di-Ariani/100001142550279 Kénitrio Di Ariani

      this method can fix everything imessage , facetime nd push notification

      Launch SAMPrefs and navigate to Utilities menu.

      Under Utilities, tap the option that says “Revert Lockdown to Stock”. This will deactivate your hacktivation, but don’t worry about it; your iPhone will remain functional.

      A message will pop up claiming that Stockification was a success. Hit OK to dismiss.

      Next, on the same screen, hit the De-Activate iPhone (clear push) button. Another message will pop up, confirming that the phone has been deactivated.

      Now, if you had your iPhone already connected to your PC, remove the USB cable and reconnect. Otherwise, just connect it with iTunes and let it activate (one sync is all it takes with SAM package installed). Also, at this point, if iPusher app was already installed on your iPhone, remove it.

      At this point, the activation is basically complete and you can verify that by navigating to Settings > SAM > More Information. If it says Wildcard Activated, you’re good to go.

      Once your iPhone is activated, launch SAMPrefs again, tap Utilities and you’ll notice that the menu displayed is different from the last time around. Hit Backup Activation, followed by Restore Activation. A success popup should follow.

      From here on begins the part that requires patience (bothered me, at least). Reboot your iPhone and then let it sync with iTunes. Once that is done, install the free iPusher app from App Store

      Reboot your iPhone again (yeah, that’s two reboots before you can actually use it – I didn’t like that, either) and sync once more with iTunes. Also, ensure that you have a working WiFi connection with active internet access. Then, launch iPusher, allow it to send you push notifications, and tap the Test Push Notifications button. Should you see the below screen, breathe a sigh of relief, for everything works!

      This should basically fix everything, but to be sure, it’s better that you turn off both iMessage and FaceTime, and reactivate them. To do that, go to Settings > Phone and turn off FaceTime. For iMessage, follow Settings > Messages and turn off iMessage. Now, reboot your iPhone again, turn both these features back on and they should be good to go.

      and now restore ur Sam unlock tickets as in jef tutorial

  • http://www.facebook.com/hasankoliqi Hasan Koliqi

    Where is UNLOCK for 5.1.1 ? i see nobody can unlock now Iphone 4 ors new Bb

  • Anonymous

    I unlocked my iphone with SAM with baseband 2.10.04.. I want to upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 with the latest baseband, will i lose my unlock??, does the unlock tickets works in any baaseband?

    Regards

  • Pure Desi

    there is no unlock available for iphone 4, guys dont try with 4

    • ongxadayne

      i unlock my iphone4 5.0 with sam .

  • Adnan Hajjoub

    hey everybody i was unlocked on sam with my iphone 4 5.1 then i’ve updated to 5.1.1 unfornatuly i’ve lost my sam unlock ticket and know i have signal bars just 3min or something like that and after no service yesterday i saved a ticket with redsn0w 0.9.8b1 and i had a lockdown zip file so can i still use this tickey (remember i was unlocked on sam the day it appeared but i lost my ticket i did save it )

  • http://www.facebook.com/vivex.agrawal Vivek Agrawal

    I am having the same problem, i unlocked one IPhone4 5.0.1 on my Airtel service provider, now i want to use another service provider, is it possible???
    any help would be great…

    • Rahul Bongoni

      can you tell me how you unlocked the phone what is your baseband pls help me

  • jose torres

    i need help unlocking my iphone 4 5.0.1 help pliz

  • http://twitter.com/Napaceni Hamce M

    Can i transfer my unlock ticket to any iphone other than the one i used to unlock it with SAM?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001587773276 Jeff Gonzales

    Hello, i reset all my settings then suddenly the SAM files were gone. I did not back up the activation ticket before and now my sim card won’t work. Is there a way to restore it? The SAMprefs is still installed on my iPhone. Please help me. Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.facebook.com/arbnor.z.noli Arbnor Ziba Noli

      Just go to settings sam disable hhey should be all off

  • bryan nguyen

    Share your unlock ticket please? bryan.n@aol.com

  • Julian Garcia

    i have my saved SAM PREFS ticket..willing to share for 5 bucks pay pal
    let me know if you are interested. mrjuliangarcia@gmail.com

    • Mitja Gajst

      Hi.
      Please send me your SAM ticket please and if I manage to unlock my Iphone 4
      5.0.1, baseband 4.11.08, I will be happy to transfer you 5 bucks on your paypal account.

      My email: icegatto@gmail.com

      Tnx

  • Amador Jimenez

    locked on iphone 4 baseband 4.12.01 if you send me your activation ticket and get to unlock my divice I will be generous on paypal donation

    pls send to gizboy23@hotmail.com

    thx

  • jaymark escasinas

    give me sam tickets please pleasee… i beg you >.< wenkz19@gmail.com mail me pleaseeee!!!

    • thescragster

      SAM Unlock tickets are specific to both your iPhone as well as the sim card that phone was unlocked with. Someone else’s unlock ticket will be useless to you.

  • Max1

    can anyone give me the tickets?

  • Net

    My iPhone 4 version 5.0.1 from Japan, it was locked. Then I unlocked it by using SAM Unlock. I confused to Reset all Setting and it can’t be used with my Sim Card now!!! Can you give me any comment? Does SAM unlock work this time?

  • Diana

    After you got your signal, are you able to put any sim card in now?? Or do you have to stick with tmobile??

  • arnold

    hy you can seend to me a activatios ticket for ios 5.1.1 bb 04.12.05 iphone 4 to arnoldduka@gmail.com thanx

  • Cata

    hey, i want to ask you something, my sim card stoped working so i went to the shop and they changed it with a new one that has the same phone noumber, will it still work? or can i do something to it so that i works?

  • Mic Makau

    Someone kindly e-mail me their sam unlock tickets, will really appreciate