How to Downgrade Your iPhone 3GS, 3G Baseband for Unlock (Mac)

Posted June 18, 2012 at 8:43am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 115890 views

These are instructions on how to downgrade your iPhone 3GS or iPhone 3G's baseband from the iPad's 06.15 baseband to 05.13.04 using RedSn0w for Mac. The Mac version of this tutorial can be found here.

Typically you’d have the 06.15 baseband if you unlock with ultrasn0w but updated your iPhone baseband past 05.13.04. With this new capability, you can now downgrade specifically from 06.15 to 05.13.04 (even if you never had 05.13.04 on that device before). This gives you the best of both worlds: ultrasn0w unlock compatibility and a normal iPhone baseband with full GPS and the ability to use stock IPSWs again.

Step One
Create a new folder on your desktop called Pwnage.

In the folder place the current firmware of your device (which can be downloaded from here) and the latest version of RedSn0w (from here).

Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.


Step Two
Launch the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier.


Step Three
Once RedSn0w opens click the Extras button.


Step Four
Choose Select IPSW from the Extras menu.


Step Five
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop, choose the firmware ipsw we downloaded earlier, and click Open.


Click OK to confirm your selection.


Tell RedSn0w whether you have a newer or older model iPhone 3GS.


Step Six
Press Back to get back to the main menu then click the Jailbreak button.


Step Seven
RedSn0w will now prepare the jailbreak data.


Step Eight
Check the Downgrade from iPad baseband checkbox, uncheck Cydia if you already have it installed, and click Next to proceed through the normal DFU ramdisk steps.


Step Nine
Plug your iPhone into the computer and make sure its OFF then click the Next button


Step Ten
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here.


Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.


Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.


Step Eleven
Your iPhone will now be exploited with limera1n and reboot


Step Twelve
Your iPhone will now be rebooted again and RedSn0w will begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.


Step Thirteen
RedSn0w will now inform you that its work is done. The rest of this process will take place on your device.


Step Fourteen
After showing some scrolling text, your iPhone will display the pwnapple icon and say Flashing Baseband. THIS STEP TAKES A VERY LONG TIME to complete and there won’t be any feedback while its running. Please just let it be for the next 3-8 minutes! When the ramdisk has done its job it will reboot the phone on its own.


Step Fifteen
Once the phone has rebooted you will be on the 05.13.04 baseband. You can then follow this tutorial to unlock!



***A big thanks to the iPhone Dev-Team for making this possible!

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seff - February 2, 2014 at 8:48am
somehow I managed to flash 06.15 baseband from 05.16 on my 3GS, but any attempt to downgrade 06.15 to 05.13 ends with a redsn0w message "the connected device doesn't support untethered options". any idea what could it be and whether there is any runaround would be greatly appreciated
Saad - January 23, 2014 at 3:14pm
i am using iphone 3G and it is not going to dfu mode and give some error on redsnow. I want to downgrade my baseband please guide me
vivek - April 30, 2013 at 10:19am
Hi I tried doing it. In the end it gives me an ERROR. "Please reboot the device in to normal operating mode. then perform a clean slide to power off. then try redsnow again. \ what do i do now? cant switch off or get out of this. please help.
fubar121 - April 13, 2013 at 1:27pm
Great tutorial thank you for you hard work. How ever I can not get my 3gs to downgrade. I have tried just about every version of redsn0w with every possible firmware. currently stuck with iOS 4.1(8b117) with baseband 06.15.00 my phone is bell 3GS Model MC637C and serial 86023F0UEDG. Currently unlocked and jailbroken with redsn0w latest and ultrasn0w latest. I haave been pulling my hair out for a week now. I can reinstall the 06.15.00 with no issues and everything seems to work fine including the gps?? but when I try to downgrade redsn0w starts the exploit then crashes saying downgrade failed?? Anyone have any ideas?
ZoeSouls - February 19, 2013 at 1:54am
I'm having the same issue as Redtowner. I have a factory unlocked 3GS (serial ---947) with baseband 15.16.08 and want to downgrade my baseband back to 5.13 so I can get my imessage and picture messaging capability back and so my signal will stop spazzing. Anyone offer any advice?
ZoeSouls - February 19, 2013 at 1:59am
Forgot to mention that I'm on iOS 6.1.
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