How to Take Backup of Unlocked iPhone’s Activation Ticket Using Redsn0w

iPhone Dev team has released a new version of Redsn0w, which now allows users who have successfully unlocked their iPhone using SAM to take a backup of the activation key that will be useful in the future.

iPhone Dev team has provided the following information about the new feature in Redsn0w 0.9.10b8 on their blog:

redsn0w 0.9.10b8 adds the ability to backup arbitrary directories or files from your device into a zip file on your Mac or PC.  The new button is Extras->Even More->Backup and it requires your device to be jailbroken with the afc2 service enabled (most jailbreaks include that).  By default it will backup your activation records from /var/root/Library/Lockdown, which is useful for everyone taking advantage of today’s SAM unlock using Loktar_Sun’s trick (more on that in a later post!).

If you haven’t unlocked your iPhone, then check out our step-by-step guide to unlock your iPhone using SAM. After you’ve successfully unlocked your iPhone, you can follow these simple instructions to take a backup of the activation ticket using Redsn0w 0.9.10b8:

Step 1: Download Redsn0w for Windows from this link and Redsn0w for Mac from this link and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder. Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application.

Step 3: After launching Redsn0w, click on the Extras button and then click on the Even more button.

Step 4: You should now see the new Backup button, click on it and you will be prompted to enter the path to backup. Leave it as it is “/var/root/Library/Lockdown” and click on the Ok button.

Step 5: After Redsn0w has successfully backed up the folder it will inform you that the Backup has been created and you will find the file in the Redsn0w folder.

That’s it. So if you need to use the activation ticket in the future, you know where to find it.

You can also take a backup of the activation key using iFile or SSH into the “/var/root/Library/Lockdown” folder on your iPhone and copy the contents to your computer.

At the moment, we’re not sure how the activation ticket can be used, but MuscleNerd has tweeted that it will be useful in the future:

Be sure to save the unlock activation ticket from this will likely be useful for a long time! Even if Apple fixes the method.

iPhone Dev team plans to provide more details about the SAM unlocking trick, so we’ll let you know as soon as they provide more details.

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  • elim

    Charming !!

  • Joe

    Does not work.
    redsn0w 0.9.10b8b says “Failed to backup var/root/Library/Lockdown (Service wouldn’t start)”
    /iPhone 4 4.11.08 jailbroken, unthethered by SAM yesterday (working sweet).

    • Mark

      im guessing you used sn0wbreeze? but anyways
      i had the same problem.
      just go to cydia and search for afc2add install and it will reboot your iphone
      now redsn0w will back up the activation ticket
      btw it saves the back up in the redsn0w folder.

  • Cesar

    Does this work even if I am using Sam method already? Can I go thru it ?

  • Greg

    I’m so confused. If I’m jailbroken with Absinthe (4S, 5.0.1), do I want to use this for anything? Would this let me restore to 5.0.1 If I have a problem because I have my blobs saved?

    • Kimk69

      No, I’m not a pro but you can’t restore an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 or 3 of course to 5.0.1. Only the newest 5.1. This is for people who unlocked there phones yesterday using the brand new SAM method so they can back up there activation ticket that doesn’t even have a use yet but it might come in handy for the SAM unlocker’s in the future. So if u didn’t unlock with SAM this is not for you. Hope that helps you.

      • Greg

        Sorry, I wa referring to the fact that the new tool will (I think) allow us to stitch a custom IPSW now. That’s what I don’t understand (whether that means I could restore from that instead of being forced to upgrade if I have to restore)

    • ifzal

      Yes you use SAM. Also you use any sim. One thing if you need to replace different sim than every time you need to activation.

  • JLX

    hy guys,can i unlock an iphone 4 whit SAM if i dont have the original sim card? it is locked to Hutchinson(ireland)

    • sly

      yes you can…u don need original sim….dont follow the video follow the instructions

      • Cesar

        iPhone hacks: I am running on 5.01 iPhone 4. Successfully unlock with Sam. Can I update directly on iTunes ?
        And use Sam to unlock?

        • ifzal

          Yes, I try it in my phone, It’s working fine. Don’t warry.

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  • JLX

    ok so it works even wgitout the original sim card but how do i select hutchinson 3G (ireland) if it is not in the list…help me guys i’m really despered..:(

  • JLX

    it doesnt work for cosmote romania,no network found, only vodafone and orange…

    • JLX

      i just tried with vodafone,and orange and nothing works,when i copy the MSI it is the same with the one that i am deleting…

      • Don

        Hi all guys;
        I just use SAM to unlock my iphone 4 IOS 5.1 BB 04.11.08 works great no complaint. Here you should do: Copy IMSI from SAM Detail to Sim Detail also on main screen have to be same IMSI number. Try this it might works for you.

      • Madbloke

        when you Spoof sim once you have put in the new sim IMSI will change, that is when you paste the IMSI that you copied from old sim.
        your making itunes think your using the origianal/old sim
        hope that helps.
        I have got Tesco, Orange and Tmobile all working on my Iphone4 JB 5.0.1 which is factory locked to O2 UK.
        btw to use tesco select O2 UK as tesco use O2 Network 😉

  • Simon McCutcheon

    i have downloaded this and when i go connect my phone it says at the bottom of the jail break screen connected iphone 4s 5.1 but the jailbreak button is blanked out so i am unable to select it so how can i jailbreak my phone?

  • Madbloke

    Can I backup more than one sim?
    I can restore using sam and it works perectly.
    but if i backp another sim will it over ride the one saved or will it save two?
    hope that makes sense…….

  • giuseppe

    i have the sam and i would like to back it up before i lose the ability to . i downloaded the redsnow and followed directions but when i get to the second window for back up its still grey not allowing me access to press the button.
    I have used cydia to download and reboot the afc2add but still i get a grey window on the back up can you please help me out as so i still have the option to keep my phone unlocked

  • Roberto

    I’m trying to unlock via Sam in some sites I see it’s not working anymore does anybody knows if it still works !?!?

  • Alireza yousefi

    Sam opened the base band with my iPhone 4:11:08 simcard lock replacement, but please do it his way again

  • Alireza yousefi

    I have iphone 4 base band 4:11:08 iunlock by sam when open but simcard lock replacement, but please do it his way again

  • Andy

    Stupendous Fabulously Fantastic….. Runs smoothly for for iPhone 4 Jailbreak.

    Boss i use a UK iPhone 4 jailbreaked Version with cydia & Geevee sim.

    I need to upgrade my IOS to 5.1.1 preserving my base band i.e. 4.1 (8B117)
    How do i do it?
    Also i don’t want to loose any of my APPS.
    And again use it with GeeVee Sim.

    Please advice as i m new to iPhone World of hacking & Cracking 🙂