How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3G, 3GS Using BlackSn0w [Windows]

Posted November 3, 2009 at 11:54pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 497362 views
Vietnamese  Croatian  Korean  Greek  Indonesian  Danish  Chinese (Traditional)  French  Hebrew  Chinese (Simplified)  Turkish  German  Russian  Swedish  Arabic  Polish  Dutch  Spanish  Portuguese (Brazil)  

These are instructions on how to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 3G and 3GS using BlackRa1n and BlackSn0w for Windows.

These instructions will work with the 3.1.2 firmware, the 05.11.07 baseband, and iPhones which require hactivation. If you have already jailbroken following these instructions to unlock will be easier.

For those with a new iPhone 3GS (updated Bootrom), BlackRa1n only supports a tethered jailbreak. This means that once jailbroken you should not let your battery die. If it does die you will need to reconnect it to the computer and use BlackRa1n to boot it.

Before continuing make sure you are on the 05.11.07 baseband by following this tutorial. If you are on 5.12.01 or higher, unfortunately you CANNOT jailbreak as of yet. If your baseband is lower than 05.11.07 then you must restore to the 3.1.2 firmware for the iPhone 3G or 3GS. You can do this by opening iTunes, selecting your iPhone from the list of devices on the left, then hold down the Shift key and click Restore.

You can find the Mac version of this tutorial here. Ok lets begin...

Watch the Video!
For your convenience this tutorial is available in video format also. Click the Watch It button to view the tutorial!

Step One
Open your web browser of choice and navigate to Click the Windows logo at the bottom of the screen.

Step Two
When prompted save the download to your desktop

Step Three
Then double click the blackra1n executable file from the desktop to launch the program

Step Four
Make sure your iPhone or iPod is connected to the computer then click the large make it ra1n button

Step Five
You iPhone will now be placed in recovery mode.

You will see a picture of GeoHot that replaces the regular recovery mode screen on your device.

blackra1n will run and then your device will reboot.

A popup message will appear informing you that BlackRa1n is free software and if you appreciate it you can donate to GeoHot at

Step Six
Once your device reboots it will be jailbroken and you will notice a blackra1n icon on the Springboard. Make sure you have an internet connection and press to launch the application.

Choose the installer application of your choice then press to select sn0w if you would like to unlock your device. Press the Install button at the top right of the screen to begin.

BlackRa1n will begin to download and install the package you selected.

If you chose to unlock device using blacksn0w you will be presented with a Post Install log for sn0w. CommCenter will be restarted and there is no need to reboot. If your carrier doesn't support 3G then disable it. Press the Close button to continue.

Step Seven
Once complete BlackRa1n will respring your iPhone and you will find the installer package of your choice on the Springboard.

Step Eight
Once you have confirmed your installer package is working correctly you may use the Uninstall blackra1n button inside the BlackRa1n app to remove it from your springboard.

***THANKS: A big thanks to Geohot for making this jailbreak possible. Also thanks to those who contributed to making it a success. You can donate to Geohot using the button below. Please note these donations go to Geohot and not to iClarified.
Add Comment
jamal - April 24, 2013 at 1:48pm
if enterung recovery doesnot show black image instead of ITUNE recovery logo what should be done?
Klitschko vs Wach Live streaming - November 6, 2012 at 2:35pm
Wladimir Klitschko will try to honor the legacy of his late trainer when he meets Wach in the ring on Saturday.
Pacquiao vs Marquez Live streaming - November 6, 2012 at 2:33pm
If you're not excited for this fight then there is something wrong, because everyone and their mother wants to see Pacman beat Marquez, again.
Pacquiao vs Marquez stream - November 6, 2012 at 2:31pm
This stream will be highly sought after. Be sure to watch Pacquiao vs Marquez live on fight night!
Watch Pacquiao vs Marquez online - November 6, 2012 at 2:29pm
This fight is something I will really be looking forward to and since I don't have PPV, I will have to stream it live online.
648 More Comments
Follow iClarified
Microsoft Officially Launches Windows 10 [Video]
Microsoft has officially launched Windows 10,...
New York Film Festival to Screen 'Steve Jobs' Movie on October 3rd
The Steve Jobs movie, written by Aaron Sorkin...
Alympus Tweak Brings New App Switcher, Music Player, Toggles Screen to iOS
Apple Music May Already Have 10 Million Subscribers
Apple Music has reportedly attracted more tha...
T-Mobile Announces Free Swap to iPhone 6s for iPhone 6 Buyers, Free Apple Music Streaming