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Download SAM to Activate iPhone 4S/4/3GS on iOS 5.1 [Guide]

One of the best perks of jailbreaking an iPhone is that it will allow you to install third-party software such as SAM for iOS 5.1 that enables you to unlock your iPhone. If you have managed to jailbreak your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS on 5.1, then you can install SAM so you can officially activate / unlock your device through iTunes. In addition, you can also use SAM to fix YouTube error on iOS 5.1 and fix Push Notifications on iOS 5.1 as well. Follow the instructions on how to Use SAM to Activate iPhone 4S/4/3GS on iOS 5.1.

Steps on How to Use SAM for iOS 5.1 to Activate iPhone 4S/4/3GS

  1. First you will of course require a jailbroken iPhone. For instructions on how to jailbreak iPhone on iOS 5.1: Redsn0w | Sn0wbreeze
  2. Once the jailbreak is successful, launch Cydia from the Springboard. On the Cydia homepage, tap the Manage tab from the bottom of the screen.
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  4. On the next screen, tap on the large Sources button.
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  6. On the Sources screen, tap the Edit button at the top right of the screen. Then tap the Add button that will appear in the top left portion.
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  8. You will be asked to enter the Cydia/APT URL, in which case input: then tap the Add Source button.
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  10. Cydia will now start updating, then tap the Return to Cydia button.
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  12. Tap on the Search tab at the bottom of the screen and type in SAM in the search field.
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  14. Select SAM from the search results and tap the Install button located in the top right of the screen to start the installation.
  15. Install SAM for iOS 5.1

  16. Once the installation is done, Reboot your iPhone or Restart the Springboard.
  17. Proceed to insert your new SIM card and tap SAMPrefs which should now be found in your Springboard.
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  19. Tap on Utilities. On the next screen, tap on De-Activate iPhone. Now if you check under the More Information screen, you should see the ActivationState to be "Unactivated".
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  21. While SAM is enabled, tap Method and change the setting from Auto Detect to By Country and Carrier.
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  23. Back one step on the SAM menu and tap Country and choose the country of the Original SIM.
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  25. Back up again, and this tap on Carrier and select the Original carrier which the iPhone is locked to.
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  27. For carriers that have more than one Carrier ID, select SIM ID.
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  29. Now navigate to the More Information screen and copy the IMSI located under SAM details. After that, tap on Spoof Real SIM to SAM.
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  31.  Now return to the main SAM menu and paste the IMSI number you have copied earlier.
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  33. Now hook up your iPhone into the computer and launch iTunes and it will proceed to reactivate your device. Double click on the "Phone Number" and ensure that the ICCID matches that of your SIM card. If not, then you have to go back and redo step 10.
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  35. Disconnect your iPhone from the computer and terminate iTunes. Launch SAMPrefs again from your Springboard and disable SAM through the Enabled toggle switch.
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  37. Now connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes again. You should see a failure to activate message which is normal. Simply close iTunes and open it again.
  38. In a little while, if you have done things right, you should be able to start seeing signal bars.
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So that's it! Be sure that you backup your iPhone unlock ticket using Redsn0w.

NOTE: If Push Notifications doesn't work after performing these steps, you can restore it by using the Clear Push utility in SAM. Just connect it to iTunes after that. That's it for our SAM for iOS 5.1 tutorial. :)

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    Roland6 years, 10 months ago

    I cant find Sprint, in the carrier. How?

    Tadeu Carvalho7 years, 8 months ago

    It Works like a charm! Thank you so much. Rounded all over the net and this post was the only cure for push notifications error. Thanx!

    casterTroy8 years, 7 months ago

    help cant activate my iphone 4 canada rogers, help please

    karadeniz9 years ago

    widcardactivated but push notifications doesnt work. How can ? clear push utility like you said at the end?

    trooper0099 years ago

    doesn’t work on iOS 6, when opening iTunes the first time, it says “The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported.”

    AAA9 years, 3 months ago

    can you send or update your tutorial for
    iphone 4, iOS 5.1.1

    ric9 years, 3 months ago

    The Sim Card inserted in this iphone does not appear to be supported………
    I got this i cant activate by itunes.

    BHAVESH JAIN9 years, 3 months ago

    my activationstate is not getting converted to unactivate…what to do..?

    BHAVESH JAIN9 years, 3 months ago

    my activationstate is not gettin concerted to unactivate…what shall be done

    Ryan Vun9 years, 5 months ago doesnt work for me.celcom from malaysia. =(

    Bradley479 years, 5 months ago

    will this make at&t gophone data work ?? 

      Pesmerga9 years, 5 months ago

      This method will not work anymore for new activations, Apple has already patched their servers.

    Atam9 years, 5 months ago

    please anyone help me, I unlocked my iphon 4 BB 4.11 using SAM and I backed the tickets up , now Can I update to 5.1 BB 4.12 and then restore the activation tickets? or will I lose them. plz reply

    Friend4u389 years, 6 months ago

    i think apple has patched the activation server,, i keep getting error was able to do it day before yesterday…. any clue anyone

      Pesmerga9 years, 5 months ago

      Yes, indeed Apple has patched their activation servers. But if you have managed to unlock it using SAM and backed up your activation tickets using Redsn0w, you can still take advantage of this process.

    Gundamwing489 years, 6 months ago

    i’ve followed this method and i got the phone activated but when i disable sam i get sim card is not supported but when i enable sam i get phone menus on itune pop up but no phone number can someone tell me what i’m doing wrong please?

    Joe Black9 years, 6 months ago

    I heard that Apple is fixing it’s activation severs, so that this unlock method won’t work anymore. Can anyone comment on this?

      Pesmerga9 years, 6 months ago

      That’s what we’ve heard but nothing official let, we’ll let you know.

      Jean Francois Sallé9 years, 5 months ago

      I allways get error too… 

    Benze9 years, 6 months ago

    Does these methods work with 5.0.1 as well?

      Pesmerga9 years, 6 months ago

      Yes, and iOS 5.0 as well. But we’ll try to write a separate guide if possible. But yes, you can follow this for iOS 5.0.1.

    Media Media9 years, 6 months ago

    how i can use sam if i don’t have the original sim 

      Atam9 years, 5 months ago

      u don’t have to have original SIM, but that’s too late now!

    Sajid Rizvi9 years, 6 months ago

    With Sam updated to 0.1.16.U dont hv to connect ur phone to iTunes.I have unlocked many phones by choosing the option Automatic instead of By Country & carrier.After u paste the imsi number on the main sam page u need to go into utilities & just click on “Atempt Activation”  n it will unlock the phone.No itunes required.I hope this info helps some1.

    Dzeleke9 years, 6 months ago

    i have been an admirer of u jaxov, but this time u got it wrong.
    this is an unlock method not an activation.

    Juan Rueda9 years, 6 months ago

    Ok , the process is working for me. The only issue is with the push notifications. I’ve done the Clear Push final step and connect it to the iTunes. The phone get thes Activated state (not wildcardactivated)  but notifications doesn’t work.

    Any clue, please?