How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.2.1]
These are instructions on how to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 3G on iOS 4.2.1 using PwnageTool for Mac. This tutorial will explain how to upgrade your baseband if needed for an unlock.
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 4.1.3, found here
You will also need the 4.2.1 iPhone firmware.
4.2.1 (3G): iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
If you are on the 05.14 or 05.15 baseband you will also need the iPad 3.2.2 firmware. You can find out how to determine your baseband version here.
When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.
Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.
Click Ok if presented with a warning.
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar
Click to select your device. A check-mark will appear over the image of the device. Click the blue arrow button to continue.
You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. Click the Browse for IPSW... button.
From the popup window select your firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.
You will now be asked if you want to update your baseband to the 06.15 version. If you are on 05.14 or 05.15 or higher you will need to do this to unlock. You do not need to do this for jailbreak only.
Please read the following very carefully before deciding whether to do this.
1. There is no way to come back down from 06.15, and theres no hiding the baseband version from Apple. Youll be voiding your warranty in a very obvious way.
2. If some future baseband comes out with a critical fix, you wont be able to update to it if it remains down in the 05.xx sequence (then again, you wouldnt update to it if you wanted to keep your unlock anyway).
3. Starting with FW 4.2.1 if you have 06.15 on your iPhone you wont ever be able to restore to stock firmware (it will fail). Youll need to only restore to custom IPSWs (then again, if youre unlocker you should already be doing that).
4. There are reports that 06.15 may disable your GPS. The iPhone Dev-Team is currently working on a fix.
Dont update to 06.15 if you dont need to! Only do this if you need the unlock and youre stuck on 05.14 or 05.15, and youre willing to assume the above risks.
If you pressed YES then click the Browse for IPSW... button.
From the popup window select the iPad 3.2.2 firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.
The General settings allows you to decide the partition size. Check Activate the phone if you are not with an official carrier then click the blue arrow button. Here you can also choose to enable iOS 4 features such as Multitasking, Wallpapers, and Battery Percentage. If you choose to do this please be aware that the performance of your device could suffer.
NOTE*: Deselect Activate if you have an iPhone legitimately activated on an official carrier.
The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later.
Click to select the Download packages tab. Then click the Refresh button to display all the available packages. Double clicking the package you want will download it and make it available in the Select Packages tab.
Checkmark the ones you want then click the blue arrow button.
The Custom Packages Settings menu displays listed package settings for your custom IPSW. For know leave these settings as is. Click the blue arrow button to continue.
The Custom Logos Settings menu allows you to add your own images as boot logos. Click the Browse button to select your Boot logo and Recovery logo. If you would like to use the iClarified ones they can be found here: Boot Logo, Recovery Logo
Remember the rules for them: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimensions below 320x480...
Click the blue arrow button to continue.
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.
Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.
You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.
When prompted if your iPhone has been Pwned before, we clicked No. It allows for a more thorough restore.
Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your iPhone to the computer. Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your iPhone into DFU mode.
Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds.
Then release the power button and continue holding the home button for 10 seconds.
Once your iPhone is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your iPhone. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iOS 4.2.1!
UNLOCK: You can now follow this tutorial to unlock your device.
***THANKS: Thank you to Geohot and the Dev-Teams for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!