Friday, November 25, 2011

How to get Push notifications working properly on your iPhone.

Push notifications (as used by the facebook app, or Find My iPhone) on the iPhone rely on valid and unique certificates on the iphone that are tied to that particular iPhones UUID number. These certificates are handed out by the apple servers when a phone is first activated through iTunes, and when an the first app that uses push notification is run. As such, a “hack-tivated” does not have valid certs, resulting in Push not working, the iPhone quickly draining its battery as it continuously contacts the apple servers with invalid certs, or both.  To get valid certificates, you have three choices:
  1. Get valid certificates using ”Push Doctor” from cydia. A guide is available here: http://www.redmondpie.com/fix-push-notifications-on-iphone-3.1.3-hacktivated-unlocked-9140492/. I have had great success with the method, and am very grateful for them for giving the valid certificates for free. Unfortunately it is becoming increasingly rare to find valid certificates on the server to grab. You will get an error during the installation if there //www.cmdshft.ipwn.me/blog/?p=791 and checking the “remaining” counter on the left hand side.
  2. You can also pay for valid certificates using PushFix. First pay the $6 at the PushFix website here: http://www.pushfix.info/purchase, and then install PushFix from Cydia using the guide here: http://www.pushfix.info/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=39. I have had mixed results with this method. Although I did get valid certificates on my iPhone and thus Push notification worked, the batter began to drain very quickly. I have my suspicions that the certificates handed out by PushFix are not unique, causing the iPhone to keep trying the Apple Push servers until it gets a response, which is especially shitty considering they are charging money for them.
  3. The other option is to return the iPhone to a pre-activated state, and get an official activation and thus Push certificates by using iTunes to activate it. In the next post, Il outline just how to do that.

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