How to Use SAM Unlock Activation Ticket to Unlock iPhone

Loktar_Sun was able to unlock any jailbroken iPhone on any baseband using Sam Bingner’s SAM (Subscriber Artificial Module) package. Apple has fixed the SAM activation method to unlock iPhones. However, if you were proactive enough to unlock your iPhone using SAM and have backup your SAM activation ticket, you can unlock your iPhone on any future iOS update without any issue.

If you’re one of those lucky iPhone users who have unlocked and backup their SAM unlock Activation tickets, you can easily restore those SAM tickets and unlock iPhone if you’ve to restore or update your iPhone for whatever reason.

If you’ve unlocked your iPhone on any unofficial SIM using SAM unlock, backup your SAM activation ticket now, if you have not already done so.


  • In order to unlock your iPhone using this method you must have your backed up Lockdown folder after unlocking with SAM.
  • Your iPhone MUST be jailbroken in order to unlock iPhone using backed up SAM activation ticket. iOS 5.1.1 Jailbreak guides are linked at the bottom.
  • After jailbreak, your iPhone MUST be activated either using official carrier SIM card or using SAM.

If you meet the above mentioned criteria, follow the steps below on how to use SAM unlock activation ticket to unlock your iPhone on any iOS…

How To Use SAM Unlock Activation Ticket

We assume that you have your backed up Lockdown folder available on hand. If it’s a .zip file, extract it to get the Lockdown folder. Insert your unofficial SIM that you had unlocked using SAM activation.

Step 1

First thing you need is a file system explorer program. iExplorer is a free iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch filde explorer program. Download and install iExplorer:

Download iExplorer for Windows or Mac

Step 3

Connect your iPhone to your computer;
If you have SAM installed, it’s time to diasable SAM (Settings > SAM > Tap on Enabled toggle to disable it)

disable SAM

Step 4

Open iExplorer;
In iExplorer, navigate to the following directory: /var/root/Library
Right click on the Lockdown folder and choose Delete;

Step 5

Now click and drag the Lockdown folder (that you backed up after unlocking with SAM) into the /var/root/Library directory.

Note: If your Lockdown activation token is currently in a .zip format you will need to extract it and rename the folder to Lockdown.

Now if you navigate to: /var/root/Library/Lockdown directory, you should see the following files there:


Step 6

Now Power Off your iPhone and when it reboots, you should notice the signal bars. That’s it! you’ve successfully restored the SAM activation tickey and have unlocked your iPhone.

23 comments… add one
wallylb May 31, 2012, 6:04 pm

done as stated.. unlocked OK with carrier name but NO BARS?? any solution?

Jirka May 31, 2012, 6:09 pm

And what if I do not have an activation ticket? Is there any option?

tuty May 31, 2012, 8:12 pm

i have iphone 4 4.3.5 unlock whit sam can i update it im use the tricket sam unlock ..i dont wan to lose my unlock but im stock on the thetered jailbreak please heelpp

rohan biswa February 17, 2014, 11:46 am

hey once u ve jail broken ur ipohne download iexplorer and connect ur iphone and open iexplorer and go to root>application>then delete then u can unlock ur home screen and use ur iphone to clickphoto and minor bt there will be no service 4 service u might have to follow the above mentioned steps

sumbaba4 June 1, 2012, 1:30 am

It’s easier to back it all up with cookie and then just install the SAM ticket using cookie.
Ask me on twitter @sumbaba4

notoriousomi June 5, 2012, 6:05 pm

my SAM information activationState show me that it’s unactivated ! how could i activate ? i did delete lockdown folder and and paste from unlock iphone. but that unlock ph didn’t use SAM. any ways and advise ?

@aliammar512 July 9, 2012, 11:20 am


i have Sam install in my iPhone 4 5.0.1 (04.10.01) and using Greavy Sim i want to use my iphone with greavy sim and want to sue orignal carrior.

Please help me

Miguelduia July 30, 2012, 5:24 am

And what if I do not have an activation ticket? Is there any option? Help me Plaese

Miguelduia July 30, 2012, 5:26 am

I have activation ticket And what doing if I do not have an activation ticket? Is there any option? Plaese Help me

Miguelduia July 30, 2012, 5:27 am

I don´t have activation ticket And what doing if I do not have an activation ticket? Is there any option? Plaese Help me

jd December 6, 2012, 5:18 am

Does this method work for iphone4s?

nara December 21, 2012, 5:43 pm

Does it work on Iphone4s? can unlock with Sprint too? if so, can unlock forever or not?

toasterdroid March 9, 2013, 11:35 pm

I ALSO have an iPhone 4s Sprint model that I’m trying to unlock. I at one point got it to show bars, but it was with a carrier not associated with the sim and (as one might expect) couldn’t place or receive any calls. Any help is appreciated.

lqna January 2, 2013, 10:14 pm

i’ve deleted the lockdown folder and after that i couldnt connect my iphone to the pc. can u help me what to do pls?

Mugabe February 10, 2013, 12:35 am

Can some one help me with SAM Activation Ticket? have an iphone 4,with the Infamous Baseband, please help me, this is my email address-

nehad March 18, 2013, 1:47 am

active iphone 2g

nehad March 18, 2013, 1:50 am

jailbreak for iphone 2g with ios 5.1.1 softwere 3.1.3

vladmir17 March 23, 2013, 2:18 pm

Does it work in iphone 4 baseband 04.12.05? any idea?

naythuwin August 23, 2013, 3:31 pm

Can i get SAM Activation Ticket?I have iphone4 with ios 5.1.1 and 04.12.01

sacha April 26, 2014, 10:58 pm

hey there, just wandering, does this method also work for iphone 5 ISO7.0.4??

Tech Leaks December 11, 2014, 2:38 pm

great, It’s easier to back it all up with cookie and then just install the SAM ticket using cookie.

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