How to Unlock Any Blacklisted iPhone using R-SIM and ICCID Exploit

Chinese hackers have identified a new exploit that can unlock any blacklisted iPhone by using an R-SIM and changing the ICCID.

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In the early days of the iPhone it was relatively easy for hackers to unlock any iPhone. Simply by jailbreaking it and installing an unlock software, an iPhone can be unlocked very easily.

However, it’s much more harder these days as Apple is doing their best to patch all possible exploits and vulnerabilities.

The ICCID is short for Integrated Circuit Card Identifier – A SIM card contains its unique serial number ICCID. An R-SIM is a third party device with the size of micro-SIM that you place together with the SIM card.

By using the new ICCID exploit, the iPhone can be unlocked even without using the R-SIM.

If you manage to get hold of an R-SIM, then simply follow the following steps. You can order one here.

How to Unlock Blacklisted iPhone using R-SIM and Changing ICCID

1. Insert a non-official SIM card into the locked iPhone.

2. On the dial pad, dial this number: *5005*7672*99#

3. Edit the ICCID and type 8901-4104-2778-0604-3133.

4. Restart your iPhone and follow the steps on the screen.

5. Go back to Home screen and remove the R-SIM. Re-insert the non official SIM card.

It’s that simple but do note it’s not a permanent unlocking solution. You’ll need to repeat the steps above if the device is restarted. If the ICCID doesn’t work, you can get fresh ICCIDs here.

Unless if you get to unlock your iPhone officially, updating to future iOS may patch this exploit so proceed with caution.

How to Unlock Any Blacklisted iPhone using R-SIM and ICCID Exploit was last modified: August 27th, 2018 by Jonathan

How to Activate Face ID Feature on Older iPhones

If you wish to activate a Face ID like feature on your older iPhone, you can do so with this simple hack.

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The Face ID feature is definitely a useful feature to have. So if you own an older device, there’s still a way for you to enjoy this unofficial feature offered by a jailbreak app called Appellancy

How to Activate Face ID Feature on Older iPhones:

1. Jailbreak your iPhone using the latest available methods.

2. Launch Cydia and go to Sources and enter julioverne.github.io.

3. Next, search for Appellancy and install it. This tweak is paid tweak that costs US$1.99.

4. After the installation, go to Home screen to launch the Appellancy app.

5. Tap on ‘+’ to add a new user.

6. Take your own photos by following the on-screen instructions.

7. You can now unlock your iPhone using your face.

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Since Apple doesn’t endorse this app, use it with caution as it may not be 100% secure.

How to Activate Face ID Feature on Older iPhones was last modified: August 25th, 2018 by Jonathan

Strange Parts Successfully Added Wireless Charging on an iPhone 7

iPhone 8 and iPhone X have wireless charging feature, but fear not as iPhone 7 can have this feature too with a certain hack.

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If you own an older iPhone, you would be envious to see the wireless charging capability of the latest iPhone. You shouldn’t be so despair because the guy from Strange Parts have shown to the world that it’s possible to hack the iPhone 7.

In the video below, he basically did a documentary of his experience hacking the iPhone 7 by installing a wireless charging circuit. It’s definitely not for the average user because of the specialized tools and some skills with dismantling small components.

Scotty Allen has been hacking electronic devices for quite a while and has a huge number of followers on YouTube. Since he’s based in Shenzhen in China, he can get access to these parts very easily at the local electronics market. Previously he attempted to add a headphone jack on the iPhone 7.

People are now challenging him too upgrade the storage chip of older iPhones.

Scotty is selling the part on his website for US$70, which is kind of expensive. It’s probably sold around $20-30 at the market. We guess that’s fine since it’s not really possible to buy it from anywhere. He also advised everyone not to do it on their own devices due to the risk. People should do it purely for hobby only.

Are you daring enough to add this on your iPhone?

Strange Parts Successfully Added Wireless Charging on an iPhone 7 was last modified: August 24th, 2018 by Jonathan

iOS Downgrade to iOS 11.3.1 Released by JailbreakStatus for Electra Jailbreak

Are you ready for the Electra Jailbreak? Find out how you can use the software by JailbreakStatus hackers to downgrade to iOS 11.3.1 here.

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Over the past few weeks, the news on the upcoming Electra jailbreak has been going around the internet. Jailbreak developers know that the jailbreak is soon to be released and those who are still on iOS 11.3.1 are surely going to enjoy this.

Hackers who developed iOS downgrade software are helping the community by offering the latest downgrade software. It’s meant to allow as many people possible to be prepared for the new Electra jailbreak. It’s crucial to have the right version of the iOS that supports the jailbreak.

A long time ago, jailbreaking the iPhone was one of the most exciting things to do. Each time there’s a new iOS version, hackers would flock to find any exploit to develop a new jailbreaking software. However, that has long gone as there are lesser people who wants to jailbreak their iPhones. Apple did warn people about the risks of doing a jailbreak but people didn’t care at all.

Suffice to say, jailbreaking is no longer easy. Hackers struggle to find exploits as the iOS is patched so tightly that it takes a lot of time and effort to jailbreak it. One requires multiple software and tools to find new exploits.

In order for jailbreakers to get the Electra jailbreak on iOS 11.3.1, a seasoned iPhone user would have saved the device’s iOS 11.3.1 blobs. This is needed because Apple no longer signs this iOS version. That means downgrading it is not possible unless if the blobs is save.

Team JailbreakStatus is responsible with the latest software to help you downgrade your iOS to 11.3.1. If you’re already on iOS 11.3.1 and would like to wait for the jailbreak, it’s best not to upgrade it for now.

Ready to downgrade? Be sure to backup your device and head to jailbreakstatus.com/downgrade to start the process of going back to iOS 11.3.1.

Good luck!

iOS Downgrade to iOS 11.3.1 Released by JailbreakStatus for Electra Jailbreak was last modified: July 5th, 2018 by Jonathan

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 12

The latest version of iOS is here. If you encounter iTunes error 3194 when trying to update to iOS 12, try one of these fixes.

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You’re probably trying to update your iPhone to the latest iOS 12 using iTunes but kept getting error 3194.

If you’re new to using iPhone, one of the most important things you need to know is you can never downgrade your iOS. This is how Apple designed it to be.

One of the main reasons is that Apple doesn’t want you to jailbreak your iPhone. For example, earlier iOS 11 and below have exploits that can jailbreak iPhone most iPhone models.

Since Apple can no longer patch or fix previous iOS which version which has been released to public, they can only fix those issues in the next release.

Now let’s go back to your iTunes restore error 3194. This is a very common error if you’re trying to restore your iPhone. Error 3194 is a response from iTunes telling you that your iPhone is not eligible to be restored to a particular iOS version.

Apple will only allow you install the latest iOS, but why are you still getting this error if the iOS version you’re trying to restore to is already the latest?

Well, the problem lies with your computer’s hosts file.

iTunes uses your computer’s hosts file to “communicate” with Apple’s activation server. It exists in both Mac and PC. If your hosts file is modified, you will definitely get this error message when updating to iOS 10 using iTunes.

So, how did your hosts file got modified in the first place? Jailbreaking software are usually the culprits. If you’ve used one of these programs before, they will modify your hosts file to trick iTunes to NOT connect to Apple’s iOS restore verification server.

Why you may ask? On older devices, it IS possible to restore to an older iOS for as long as you have the SHSH saved. This is a separate topic but is related so let’s discuss about this another day while we work on fixing this issue.

How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 12

Scenario 1: if you need to restore to a firmware version that is currently being signed by Apple (latest iOS):

Apple OS X 

  1. Open Terminal (Click Spotlight, or press Command+Space. Now type terminal.)
  2. Copy and paste the following code into Terminal
    sudo /Applications/TextEdit.app/Contents/MacOS/TextEdit /etc/hosts
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Remove any line that says 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com or similar.
  5. Save by pressing Command+S, click Save.

Apple OSX 10.4.X Tiger

  1. Open Terminal (Click Spotlight, or press Command+Space. Now type terminal.)
  2. In Terminal type, ‘sudo pico /etc/hosts‘, press Enter.
  3. Remove any line that says 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com or similar.
  4. Press Ctrl+X, then Y to save.
  5. Type ’sudo niload -v -m hosts . < /etc/hosts’, press Enter
  6. Type ‘lookupd -flushcache’, press Enter.

Microsoft Windows Latest

  1. Click Start -> All Programs -> Accessories.
  2. Right click “Notepad” and select “Run as administrator”
  3. Click Yes on the UAC prompt.
  4. Click File -> Open.
  5. Change the file filter drop down box from “Text Documents (*.txt)” to “All Files (*.*)”.
  6. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
  7. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
  8. Remove any line that says 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com or similar.
  9. Close Notepad. Click Save when prompted.

Microsoft XP/2003/2000

  1. Browse to Start > Programs > Accessories > Notepad.
  2. Click File > Open.
  3. Browse to “C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc”.
  4. Select “All Files (*.*)” from the Files of Type drop-down menu.
  5. Select “hosts” and click “Open”.
  6. Remove any line that says 74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com or similar.
  7. Close Notepad.  Save when prompted.

Scenario 2: if you need to restore to an earlier firmware version and if your SHSH blobs is saved in Cydia (Saurik) server:

You will need to add the following line to your hosts file using the same steps above.

74.208.151.171 gs.apple.com

Well, remember to close iTunes or reboot your computer after modifying your hosts file.

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How to Fix iTunes Error 3194 When Updating iPhone to iOS 12 was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by Jonathan