Hacktivate 5.0.1 on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4

On February 13, 2012, in Fixes, by Ian Ziyar

If you don’t have a sim card to activate your iPhone then it will be stuck on the activation screen.  iTunes will not let you use your iPhone until its activated so you will need to perform a process called “hacktivation.”  Hacktivation, as its name implies, is spoofing your iPhone into thinking its activated.  This doesn’t mean you will get free cellular service.  Rather, it will just trick iTunes into thinking that there is a sim card in your iPhone and allow it to bypass the setup screen. Follow the steps in this video to get your iPhone up and running in no time.  The video is performed step by step so you do not get lost during the process.

Afterwards, if the above video gets stuck at “only compatible sim cards can be used” follow this video:

Download Links:
Redsn0w 0.9.10b5 (Windows)

Redsn0w 0.9.10b5 (Mac)

iPhone 3GS/4 Regular Firmware File (Scroll down to find the firmware file you need)

iPhone 3GS 5.0.1 Custom Firmware

iPhone 4 GSM 5.0.1 Custom Firmware

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48 Responses to “Hacktivate 5.0.1 on iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4”

  1. John says:

    hacktivating will update my baseband too?

  2. Lee says:

    Thanks, Ian. I used your website because my phone was getting the “no service” signal after I upgraded to 5.0.1. I followed all of the steps in your other video and everything seems to work well. I then needed a non-ATT sim card (which I did not have), and so I tried to follow this video to get around that. When I finished running the custom firmware, iTunes still says that I do not have a “valid SIM card.” What am I doing wrong?

  3. jerome says:

    man please help me im stuck here for days. i cant restore in itunes it has so many fckn errors..do you know how to restore in diff way? help me please :((

  4. Cindy says:

    Ima Try This Out 😀

  5. Anass says:

    I followed all the steps, but still got the sin card is not active, nothing changed….

  6. yogesh says:

    how to does it take after we restore it using itunes????

  7. yogesh says:

    how long does it take after we restore it using itunes????

  8. Fez says:

    Error 3194 when i try to restore with custom firmware? why? The redsnow part worked.

  9. yogesh says:

    opened cydia and lost most of the apps including settings
    please help

  10. Diaa says:

    Error !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The iPhone “iPhone” could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (3194).

    What’s the solution ??

  11. Pukar raj says:

    The link to custom firmware 3gs is not available any more.

    Please can u tell me where i can find the download link?

    Or is there any method to activate without using the custom firmware? or by jail breaking it?

  12. Dylan says:

    what on earth am i doing wrong? i do all the steps, in iTunes says that it is updating my software! but the it says your phone has been updated to factoury settings and takes me back to where i started?

    Please help

  13. jham says:

    Hey, Ian, I’ve tried to fix my iPhone4 with all your instruction but the last bit where you say “Custome Restore” on that it says something about the firm that its not mathcing the device. Please help me to sort out this iPhone.

    Thank you.

  14. rafi says:

    im so stupid i can’t follow directions.

  15. y says:

    Hey man. I own an iphone 4s. how does this work on 4s?? Thank you

  16. JOE says:

    the custom ios for the 3gs download link is not working..

  17. ashley says:

    when i click on the custom 3gs firmware it says this file is to longer available

  18. KevSam2 says:

    Hi, I need the custom 5.0.1 Firmware for the Iphone 3Gs For by-passing the Activation page, The link takes you to a different page saying that it is no longer available.
    My phone wont bypass the activation page. and even when I have my sim card in the phone it won’t activate it’s saying
    ” Your Iphone could not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable. Try connecting your Iphone to Itunes to activate it, or try again in a couple of mins”
    I’ve done it for days an days and it’s not by-passing the activation page, I really need that custom IPSW, custom 5.0.1 Firmware that by-passes the activation page please, Thank You..

  19. Monique says:

    Hi , I open iPhone 3GS 5.0.1 Custom Firmware link above and its not available anymore. Where can I download it? thanks!

  20. spiral says:

    Ohhh! come on the link is dead for the custom firmware for 3gs!!

    Please update!

  21. Sami says:

    Where can i find the custom firmware for the 3gs ? The link above doesnt work

  22. Della says:

    Will this work for my iphone 4S on 5.0.1 with firmware 1.0.13?

  23. jap says:

    Hey men i can’t download the custom firmware..What should i do? Where i can find it? PLEASE reply…thankss

  24. Omz says:

    Please update the link for the custom 3gs 5.0.1 firmware Ian! Thank you!

  25. Slyone says:

    we all need the custom file, link is no longer there so can you fix it please bro.

  26. Gab says:

    I’ve got a iphone 3gs and restored updated it with itunes to iOs 5.1 it’s currently locked. i’ve tried a bypass method to check my baseband it and it’s currently on 5.16.05. Please help how do i unlock/activate my iphone?

  27. Shazif says:

    the iphone custom file no longer available plx plx plx help!!! I have an iphone 3gs plx fix the custom file or give another link from where we can get custom file!!!

  28. Andrew says:

    Hey Ian,

    Like everybody else, I’m wondering where I can find the custom 3gs 5.0.1 firmware. Please let me know. Thank you so much!

  29. Tris says:

    Of course the 3gs is no longer available, story of my life! Like everybody else how can I find the custom firmware for the 3gs?

  30. John says:

    Ian, the custom firmware link doesn’t work anymore. Could you please suggest where can I find it?

    Many thanks for your help!

  31. Bob says:

    hi man please i cant find the: iPhone 3GS/4 Regular Firmware File & iPhone 3GS 5.0.1 Custom Firmware
    where can i find them ?? Thanks

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  33. thanks for the pointer

  34. Launa Budd says:

    Wonderful site. A lot of useful info here. I am sending it to several friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

  35. Very well written information. It will be supportive to anybody who usess it, as well as me. Keep up the good work – can’r wait to read more posts.

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  37. fad says:

    Yeah,good video…work well.

  38. Chris says:

    Can i get the new link for the custom firmware

  39. Noe says:

    Can you provide the link to both the firmware & custom firmware please. Thank You

  40. Luis says:

    WIll you please provide the link to the firmware and the custom firmware. Thank you

  41. Omer says:

    can you please provide 3gs 5.0.1 custom firmware, thanks

  42. MC says:

    i can not find the ipsw in the link you posted in here. can you show me those two 3gs ipsw 5.0.1?

    my 3gs current ipsw is 5.0 can not activate without AT&T sim card. can i use this video to bypass the activation.?

  43. maria says:

    i have an iphone 3g 16gb it has cydia installed and i dont get no wifi, is there anyway to use only wifi since im missin a simcard tray, all i want to do is run the phone on wifi

  44. jim says:

    Pls i need a link to download the custom firmware 5.0.1 for 3gs. thanks.

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