How to Check Your iPhone Bootloader Version (Windows)

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These are instructions on how to find your iPhone Bootloader version using BBUpdaterExtreme and Windows. You can use these instructions to determine if an unlock is possible on an accidentally upgraded iPhone 3G. Currently only iPhones with bootloader 5.08 will be able to downgrade their baseband for the unlock.

Before you begin please have MobileTerminal and OpenSSH installed from Cydia. You can find MobileTerminal in the Terminal Support section of Cydia. For instructions on how to install an application from Cydia you can use this tutorial.

You will also need WinSCP installed you can find it here


Step One
Download BBUpdaterExtreme from here and save it to your desktop.

Step Two
Launch the WinSCP application from your Start Menu programs.

Step Three
Make sure you iPhone is connected to the same wireless network as your computer and determine its IP Address using these instructions.

Step Four
WinSCP will ask you to input your login information. Enter the IP Address you just retrieved in Step Three as the Host Name, root as the username and alpine as the password. Click the Login button to continue.


If prompted to add the host key to the cache click the Yes button.


Step Five
WinSCP will now display two file trees. The one on the left is your local computer and the one on the right is your iPhone.


Navigate to your desktop using the left file tree and navigate to the /bin directory using the right file tree.


Step Six
Drag the BBUpdateExtreme file from the left panel to the right panel.


Step Seven
Select Open Terminal from the Commands menu.


Step Eight
Input the following commands into the Terminal window and click the Execute button after each.

cd /bin


chmod 755 BBUpdaterExtreme


launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.CommCenter.plist




Step Nine
Your iPhone will now loose its network connections. Launch Mobile Terminal from the iPhone SpringBoard.


Step Ten
Type su into the terminal window. When asked for a password input alpine as the password.


Step Eleven
Now input BBUpdaterExtreme queryversion to get the bootloader version of your iPhone. It will look something like Boot Loader Version: ICE2_BOOT_05.08_G2M3S2



NOTES: You will need to restart your iPhone to regain network connectivity. You could also type launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.CommCenter.plist into the terminal window.

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Nyco - March 15, 2011 at 4:13am
Hi. A friend bought an iPhone4 on the street and after a few days it left without signal, probably was stolen. I need to change the imei but after I install Cydia using redsn0w the internet doesn\'t work. If I restore it it works. I already tried with Configuration Utility and restore. What to do to get the internet working? 10ks. Great work.
Legend - November 6, 2009 at 4:32pm
Best way to check your baseband n boot loader is install fuzzyband through cydia n it will check it for u.best of luck
aaaaaaaa - August 27, 2009 at 11:05am
when i do step 4 and login to winscp it says \"acces denied\" what should id o ? whats wrong please help me
Malcolm - June 6, 2009 at 8:54am
Download fuzzyband app from cydia. It does all the steps for you and also lets you know if your baseband is not supported.
sublime740 - June 4, 2009 at 11:17am
I am unable to connect to my Iphone using WinSCP. I get a message repeatedly that access is denied. Is it possible that the username and password on the phone is not \"root\" and \"alpine\"? I am not the original owner of the phone but was curious why I can\'t remote access into the phone. I was able to do this with several other Iphones so I know it\'s not my laptop or router causing the problem. Any suggestions/ideas??
mubeen - June 5, 2009 at 5:41pm
i ve the same prob mate i entered the same username n password as bove it doesnt login neways if u do find a way to login lemme knwo as w7ell ill b waitin
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