Today, we are here with another solution for our readers. Those of you who want to activate your recently unlocked iPhone without updating to the latest iOS firmware. Have you received a confirmation email that the iPhone is unlocked? If yes, you need to do a restore with iTunes, but you might be afraid of losing your data or the untethered jailbreak.

Activate Unlocked iPhone

Methods To Activate iPhone Without Losing your Jailbreak

Don’t worry, we’re here to facilitate you so you can activate your recently unlocked device without losing any data while preserving your iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak.

Method 1: Use SAM Tool to Activate your Unlocked iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, 5

Step 1: Jailbreak your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to Cydia and add this source: http://repo.bingner.com

Step 3: Install SAMPrefs from the above source

Step 4: After SAMPrefs is installed, an incon in Yellow will be visible on the Springboard saying SAMPrefs. Launch it.

Activate iPhone with SAM
Activate Factory unlocked iPhone using SAM Tool

Step 5: Now head over to utilities and de-activate the iPhone.

Step 6: After that, insert the desired SIM card on the remote factory unlocked iPhone.

Step 7: Once finished. Open iTunes to activate the device. Once activated, a message will arrive stating the iPhone has been unlocked. That’s it.

Method 2: Use Redsn0w to Activate Your Unlocked iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S & 5C

Step 1: Download the latest redsn0w version.

Step 2: Connect the device to the computer and open the rednsn0w software.

Step 3: Click the ‘Jailbreak’ option. The iPhone is going to be connected in a ‘Normal’ state, but the device needs to be put in DFU mode.

Step 4: Now the build version of the phone will be detected by redsn0w.

Activate Unlocked iPhone with redsn0w
Deactivate – Activate unlocked iPhone with redsn0w

Step 5: After the successful detection of the build, a few options will be presented to you by rednsn0w. Check ‘Deactivate’ and un-check all other options, including Cydia.

Step 6: After the completion of the deactivation, remove the SIM card and turn off the device.

Step 7: Now turn on the iPhone, connect it to iTunes, and insert the SIM card. If you did everything right, the unlock confirmation message will be displayed by iTunes.

Method 3: Use Wi-Fi Connection to Activate your Unlocked iPhone 5, 4S, 4, 3GS

Step 1: Find an activate Wi-Fi connection (at home or office).

Activate iPhone with WI-FI
Activate your unlocked iPhone using Wifi activation method

Step 2: Once the confirmation has been received for the unlock, remove the official SIM card (AT&T in our example) from the iPhone.

Step 3: Insert some other SIM card e.g Verizon SIM card. An ‘Activation Required’ message will pop up.

Step 4: Connect the device to the active Wi-Fi network, and let the iOS do the rest.

We have tested all these steps, and they are legit. We also hope these steps were able to solve your problems. In the end, we recommend you to take the factory unlocking service from Official iPhone Unlock. They have been tested, and we can confirm they are the only reliable factory unlock service providers out there. Use this verified service to get the iPhone unlocked, while not losing any data or the untethered jailbreak. Feel free to leave comments.

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When iDevice users experience problems with the iOS software or unlocking, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. My passion is providing answers to your problems. I help iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users by recommending fixes for common iOS bugs and tools that improves your experience. I conduct in-depth research for every topic i cover on this blog, to ensure that I cover everything Apple users need to troubleshoot their issues. When not writing for UnlockBoot, i enjoy swimming in my backyard pool. P.S. i prefers the Maldives for holidays. Connect with me on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter.
  • Axioo12

    THANK YOU! I was very nervous of updating my iPhone 4 to 6.0.1 which was just released by Apple to get my Factory Unlock, I was very happy seeing the “Congratulations your iPhone has been unlocked” message on iTunes and keeping my 5.1.1 untethered JB.

  • Luigi

    what method did you use?

  • Luigi

    Do you have the original sim?

  • riyaz

    can some one help me with unlocking. My phone locked to rogers.what method should i follow?

  • Axioo12

    Yup, I had the original sim, and a reminder to people who use method 1, turn off SAM before connecting to iTunes, once activated and after the “Congratulations unlocked message” uninstall SAM Prefs, so you don’t get No Service error when swapping different Sim Cards

  • Luigi

    what do you mean turn off SAM? and what if you dont have the original sim?

  • richard

    i have an iphone 4 locked to 3 network with no service, can method 1 fix my iphone, can my iphone be factory unlock by method 1…?

  • mike

    can i unlock iphone 4 baseband 04.11.08?pls reply

  • Axioo12

    You have to turn off SAM because it spoofs the ICCID of the original sim, so when you try to activate the iPhone on iTunes it will read the ICCID of the original sim, with the Foreign SIM’s chip this would lead to an error message, “Problem reading SIM Card” on iTunes. I think you can still activate it without the original sim, mine activated no problem with the Foreign SIM.

  • UnlockBoot

    Open SAM -> de-activate your iPhone -> Connect to iTunes

  • ✨RomyRome✨ ®™©

    what could prevent an unlocked iphone from reading certain sim cards?
    ive been trying to get it working from september and it keeps saying ” no sim card inserted in the iphone you are trying to unlock” i get that in itunes

  • Luigi

    By turn off, you mean by removing it in the multitasking bar?

  • Axioo12

    No, You open the SAM Prefs icon, go to utilities and deactivate, after that go back to the main menu under Subscriber Artificial Module, Enabled—> OFF.
    Insert the Foregin SIM and then connect to iTunes.

  • sajid

    i dont have orginal sim iphone4 canda telus. can i unlock sim by sam

  • sajid

    if i order factory unlock whts is the cost for factory unlock??

  • francis

    -at-UnlockBoot:disqus , when will you add Mobinil (Egypt) unlock service? is there a possibilities? Will be happy to hear any feedback. Thanks.

  • sajid

    hi
    i m from pakistan . pls tell me this is payment in dollar or pound??

  • Hasan Khan

    Sajid frm which city ur?? have u tried the 2nd method?

  • sajid

    i m from multan . iphone v.5.1 baseband 4.12.1 . and jailbreak and sam is already install but i didnot try yet 2nd method . pls help me

  • Toan

    My infomation that Apple lock SAM method from April, Does it work now? Is there anybody successful unlock this method?

  • Sam Hardy

    after i activate with SAM, my iphone 4s 5.1.1 have Service, but i cannot call.
    can u help me with this problem?

  • onnlian

    iphone 4s 5.1.1 lock by UK Vodafone is working??

  • asim shah

    hasan khan .plz help me i me also from pakistan .i have iphone 4 version 6.0.1 basband .4.12.2 .its work on sam in my iphone 4 plz get it me reply bro.

  • asim shah

    hasan bhai its my cellphone num plz get it me one sms i wanna talk to u on cellphone ..03329648298

  • sarxan

    is it working with iphone 4S 6.1.2?

  • Florin Hrib

    Guys! I will unlock iPhone 4, 4s on any carrier for life and you pay after you see your iPhone it’s unlocked! Send me a message on florinchisinau at g mai l point com!

  • Florin Hrib

    I unlock iPhone 4,4s lifetime and you pay after you see your iPhone it’s unlocked ! florinchisinau at g mai l point com!

  • ain

    can tou unlock 4s sprint?

  • Jerick Monteza

    is the method 1 works on iphone 4s ios 6.1.2

  • UnlockBoot

    Yes, method 1 works on iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S (tested).

  • Ben

    Which method should i use to unlock Iphone 5 Rogers Canada?

  • Sam Muir

    What method should I use for my iPhone 4, Vodafone?

  • shaxawan hassan

    is the Sam Prefs works on iphone 4s ios 6.1.2?

  • UnlockBoot

    Yes, SAM method works on iOS 6.1.2

  • Toyspank

    Redsn0w doesnt work with 6.1.3

  • timotabang

    can you unlock Globe Telecom iPhone 4?

  • raji

    how can i unlock my iphone 4s last version phone?

  • Raji

    hey can u tell me how to downgrade my iphone 4s version 6.1.3 to 6.1 version

  • Eslam

    my iphone 4s 6.1.2 is locked on verizon and here in egypt i can’t get verizon sim card so what’s method to hactivate it…………….

  • Neo

    It’s not possible to downgrade from 6.1.3.

  • Lalan Yassasthi

    can any one tell how unlock iphone 4.. base band 4.12.5

  • Peds48

    does SAMPrefs work with iOS7 Jailbreak?

  • erik

    why redsnow is not supported my iphone 4s and 5s?

  • darren

    can u help wiv iphone 5c
    plz

  • darren

    i cant get past activation coz the pre owner has clearly sold me a stolen phone but dont mind using it as ipod/tablet if i can

  • TECHNOMAN

    does it give you free service?

  • amit

    I have submitted unlock request for my iPhone 5s locked with orange uk. the order id is 2800937. I submitted this order more than 1 month back and till date I have not recived the unlock confirmation