April 18, 2014

Activate iMessage, Facetime On iPhone 4,iPhone 3GS Running iOS 5.0/5.0.1 [Guide]

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I got a lot of questions in past couple of days regarding iMessage and FaceTime activation issues. What’s a better way of telling than writing a complete guide on how you can active both FaceTime and iMessage on your iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS running iOS 5.0/5.0.1. Before beginning let me elucidate more about iMessage and FaceTime activation. FaceTime was introduced back in 2010 when iPhone 4 was unveiled but iMessage is one of the core features on iOS 5 which was released in October last year. Both of these features requires activation but most people who rely on unlock don’t live in USA or don’t have an AT&T SIM card for regular activation process.

Even if they do have an AT&T card they face a lot issues while activating both iMessage and FaceTime. Mostly they get “Waiting for activation” message even after they put an AT&T SIM card to activate their iPhone 4. Some people use jailbreaking tools like redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to bypass iPhone activation process but doing so won’t activate your iMessage or FaceTime. There are a lot of paid solutions available in Cydia but why spend money when you can do it for free right? This process involves activation of your iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS with SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module) which is not a new process at all but most of people don’t know about it. SAM activates your iPhone 4 like a normal iOS device via iTunes and activates your iMessage and FaceTime features for free.

How To Activate iMessage and FaceTime on iPhone 4/3GS Running iOS 5.0/5.0.1 Without AT&T SIM Card:

Note: You have to follow each and every step as mentioned below.

Things you will need during this process:

  • Jailbroken iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS
  • WiFi Connection

Step 1: Launch Cydia from your home screen, tap Manage and then Sources. Tap Edit on top right corner and then Add from top left corner. Add this source http://repo.bingner.com

Step 2: After Reloading of Cydia go to Search and type SAM I’m pretty sure it would be on top. Install it

Step 3: Once installed, SAM will create SAMPrefs icon on your home screen go ahead and tap it, go to Utilities menu

Step 4: In Utilities menu you will see option “Revert Lockdown to Stock” tap it. Stockification Success message will pop up tap OK.

Step 5: Now tap De-Activate iPhone (clear push) option, another success message will pop up which says “SAM Notification De-Activated” tap OK and proceed.

Step 6: Now connect your iPhone with computer and launch iTunes, Sync your iPhone with iTunes.

Step 7: Your iPhone should be activated by now, go to Settings>SAM>More Information and if it says Wildcard Activated then everything worked like magic and you’re good to proceed further.

Step 8: Go back to home screen and launch SAMPrefs again, go to Utilities and you will see a different menu than before. Now tap Backup Activation, you will see a success message and then tap Restore Activation.

Step 9: Reboot your iPhone and Sync it with iTunes once again. After Syncing go to app store and download iPusher app which is free of cost.

Step 10: Once iPusher is installed don’t do anything and reboot your device and Sync it again with iTunes.

Step 11: Make sure you’re connected to a WiFi network, launch iPusher app and hit Test Push Notification button; you will see a success message saying that your Push Notification works fine.

Step 12: Everything is complete! But just to make sure, go to Settings>Messages and turn off your iMessage. Repeat the same process for FaceTime, now reboot your iPhone again and turn both iMessage and FaceTime on from Settings.app.

Step 12: That’s it! you’re good to use iMessage and FaceTime on your iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.

Important: Even if you see “Activation Unsuccessful” message for both iMessage and FaceTime they would work fine.

I tried to keep this guide as simple as possible, if you still face any issues feel free to bug us!

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