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  • [How To] Use iFaith to Save SHSH Blobs + APticket for iOS 5.0 + Build Custom Firmware

    iFaith was updated as insurance for iOS 5.0 for you.

    iH8sn0w released the updated iFaith not too long ago as I reported earlier this week and it allowed you to save your SHSH blobs and APticket for iOS 5.0 and let you build a custom '.ipsw' file that you could use to restore to iOS 5.0 in iTunes at any time. We already went over that though and there will be another guide coming up that explains how to use that custom '.ipsw' file to downgrade to iOS 5.0. In this guide, we will be showing you how to save your information and build your '.ipsw' file.

    YOU WILL NEED:
    1. A Windows machine (or Mac running Windows)
    2. iFaith version 1.4
    3. An iOS 5.0 iDevice.

    The first step is to plug your iDevice into your computer and download iFaith from the link provided above.

    Once you download and unzip the iFaith file, open it and you will be welcomed by the iFaith window. Follow the prompts and then click on the Dump SHSH Blobs button as shown by the yellow bounding box below:



    You will be prompted with warnings, just click on Proceed:



    After that you'll be shown the credits, just click on Let's Go!:



    iFaith will ask you if you are dumping blobs for an Apple TV or not. I am not so I have clicked on, "No":



    After you do that, you will be asked to power down your iDevice and then put it into DFU mode. Putting your iDevice into DFU mode is simple. You can follow the on-screen instructions of iFaith, or you can just hold down Power and Home for 10 seconds, then let go of Power and continue holding Home for about 15 seconds. Your device will then be in DFU mode and you can click on Start:



    Once you click start, iFaith will use a combination of Greenpois0n and Limera1n exploits to enter your iDevice:



    Once the exploiting is done, it will begin fetching your SHSH blobs:



    When it finishes finding and saving your SHSH blobs, it will prompt you to find a save location for the SHSH blob file. I recommend putting it in your documents folder or somewhere that you will always remember to look when you need to use it. You should back this file up on several drives if you can because it's a pretty important file:



    After you've saved it, you'll get a message saying that it was a success and it will warn you again that the file is really important and asked you to back it up to several locations and even email it to yourself for extra insurance. Just click OK and you will be returned to the main menu:



    Once at the main menu again, you are going to use the SHSH file that you saved in order to build a custom '.ipsw' file. To do this, click on the 'Build *signed* IPSW w/Blobs' button:



    You will be greeted with credits again, just click on the Build IPSW button:



    Next, you will be asked to browse for the SHSH blobs file that you saved earlier. So, click on Browse for SHSH Blobs Cache:



    Open the file location that you saved it to and click on open:



    Now you will be asked to browse for your current iDevice's '.ipsw' file:



    Search for your iOS 5.0 file for the iDevice that you are using in this tutorial, for me this is the iPod touch 4G:



    After you select both your files, let iFaith build your custom '.ipsw' file. When it's finished, you will end up with a weird named file such as '000000H3U553N5_iFaith_iPod_Touch_4-5.0 (9A334)_signed.ipsw'. This is the signed file that you will use in this tutorial to restore back to iOS 5.0.

    Did everything work out for you this far? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: iH8sn0w
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [How To] Use iFaith to Save SHSH Blobs + APticket for iOS 5.0 + Build Custom Firmware started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. fulcrom's Avatar
      fulcrom -
      Beginning to thing I should have kept the IPhone 4 instead I switched to the 4S on launch day, but I kept my iPad1 didn't get the iPad2 and enjoying my untethered jailbreak on the iPad1. there seems to be no tools for the 4S well lesson learned the latest and greatest means nothing without jailbreakss or dev tools.
    1. djrbx's Avatar
      djrbx -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      You cannot be using a Virtual Machine. I tried that, it didn't work for me either.
      I just backed up my APticket using Parallels. I am currently using the latest 6.0.12106 build had no issues. What build are you using?
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Does iFaith preserve baseband?
    1. rcm's Avatar
      rcm -
      Hi, just thought i trow this out there, if you are lucky enough to have saved the 4.3.3 to .5 blobs ifaith can also build the costume firmware so you can downgrade from 5.0.1 and 5.0 if you just want to go back to untethered until the final jb for 5.0 is released. I used it and worked great and i didn't even have to change the server address on itunes and had no 1xxx or 6xxx errors during the process. But I did have to use an old backup becase ios 5 backups are not compatible with ios 4.
    1. iPhoneThereforeIAm's Avatar
      iPhoneThereforeIAm -
      My i-4 is still on 4.01 - and I've never flashed and blobbed anything higher.
      I'm guessing I won't be able to upgrade to 5.0 since Apple are no longer signing it.
      Would this be the case ?
      TIA
    1. ceramicwhite's Avatar
      ceramicwhite -
      everything works fine but after it makes the custom IPSW the IPSw is know where to be found?
    1. dxe's Avatar
      dxe -
      Tried this on my IP4S running 5.0.1 - told me un-supported device then I could not get my phone out of DFU mode.

      Had to do an iTunes restore to get my phone back
    1. PoEtikly's Avatar
      PoEtikly -
      Quote Originally Posted by ceramicwhite View Post
      everything works fine but after it makes the custom IPSW the IPSw is know where to be found?
      It should ask you where you want to save the ipsw to, you choose where you want it. I always put it to desktop then put it away where I want to store it. I usually email them to myself as well and save them in email just in case something happens to pc.
    1. AAred's Avatar
      AAred -
      What if i'm currently on 4.3.3 and have my ios 5 blobs? Can i just make a custom firmware with the blobs i already have without upgrading?
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Quote Originally Posted by dxe View Post
      Tried this on my IP4S running 5.0.1 - told me un-supported device then I could not get my phone out of DFU mode.

      Had to do an iTunes restore to get my phone back
      iPhone 4s is not supported
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      The ipsw file will be saved in the same directory as the original file you used to build the custom one. Check desktop though.
    1. jonkjon's Avatar
      jonkjon -
      Quote Originally Posted by ceramicwhite View Post
      everything works fine but after it makes the custom IPSW the IPSw is know where to be found?
      Same thing for me.....on 5.0.1. It creates the signed ipsw(so it says) but, i have no idea where it put it.....

      Desktop is where it was.....thanks for this! I would've never looked there.
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dxe View Post
      Tried this on my IP4S running 5.0.1 - told me un-supported device then I could not get my phone out of DFU mode.

      Had to do an iTunes restore to get my phone back
      I've had this issue before too but there is a way to get your phone back without restoring. You just hold the home and power button down together for an oddly long time, like 15-20 seconds and eventually it boots up again. Hope that helps for next time
    1. Chamillionze's Avatar
      Chamillionze -
      I'm on 5.0 iPhone 4 and it keeps saying iOS not detected Aborting..
    1. mari0siphone's Avatar
      mari0siphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      iPhone 4S. There's your problem.
      i have an iphone 4 running iOs 5.0 and i was wanting to use iFaith to dump my blobs as well. well, when it came down to it i got an error message saying "unknown ios detected on this device..aborting."i made sure my itunes was up to date my cord is perfectly brand new and i even switched usb ports just for giggles and still the same result..Any help will be greatly appreciated
      16GB Iphone 4 CDMA model
      iOS 5
      Windows 7
      P.S
      i tried the procedure on my old 3gs running ios 5.0.1 and it did it perfectly so is there something wrong with my phone??
      when i updated to ios 5 i was through itunes as well if that helps
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mari0siphone View Post
      i have an iphone 4 running iOs 5.0 and i was wanting to use iFaith to dump my blobs as well. well, when it came down to it i got an error message saying "unknown ios detected on this device..aborting."i made sure my itunes was up to date my cord is perfectly brand new and i even switched usb ports just for giggles and still the same result..Any help will be greatly appreciated
      16GB Iphone 4 CDMA model
      iOS 5
      Windows 7
      P.S
      i tried the procedure on my old 3gs running ios 5.0.1 and it did it perfectly so is there something wrong with my phone??
      when i updated to ios 5 i was through itunes as well if that helps
      Might be because it's CDMA. I think most issues stem with CDMA iPhones. GSM iPhones aren't complaining as much.
    1. Casanova232's Avatar
      Casanova232 -
      i have an iphone 4 running on 4.3.3 cfw (custom firmware ) and would like to preserve my baseband and upgrade to 5.0 or 5.0.1, i would like to know if i can follow the above tutorial to create the CFW and update it while preserving the baseband using ifaith
    1. brisco's Avatar
      brisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by KakashiSS1 View Post
      I have an iPod 4g on iOS 5.0 it says unknown iOS detected everytime I try to save the shsh blobs. Anyway to fix it? thanks
      I am having this same problem. I was able to get it to work for my 3gs on 5.0.1 but my ipod 4g it tells me that it is unsupported and cant make the ipsw and aborts. Someone has to know whats going on here. It let me go into dfu mode once and said that. I have tried at least a dozen times to get back into dfu for ifaith and it wont even reckognize that i am in dfu mode. ibooty knows i am in dfu when i have to reboot it. I have no idea whats going on.

      Also if i point ifaith to tiny umbrellas saved shsh blobs is says every one of them is unsupported. Dont have a clue whats going on. Would love some advice. Thanks
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      Quote Originally Posted by brisco View Post
      I am having this same problem. I was able to get it to work for my 3gs on 5.0.1 but my ipod 4g it tells me that it is unsupported and cant make the ipsw and aborts. Someone has to know whats going on here. It let me go into dfu mode once and said that. I have tried at least a dozen times to get back into dfu for ifaith and it wont even reckognize that i am in dfu mode. ibooty knows i am in dfu when i have to reboot it. I have no idea whats going on.

      Also if i point ifaith to tiny umbrellas saved shsh blobs is says every one of them is unsupported. Dont have a clue whats going on. Would love some advice. Thanks
      For tiny umbrella blobs add an extension ".ifaith" without the quotes and it should work.
    1. brisco's Avatar
      brisco -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      For tiny umbrella blobs add an extension ".ifaith" without the quotes and it should work.
      Thanks. That should help about using the blobs but I point ifaith to the touch 4g ios5.0.1 and it says it is unsupported. Why is that happening?