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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Posted June 23, 2010 at 2:43am by iClarified
These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3G on iOS 4.0 using PwnageTool for Mac.

● If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3G at 3.1.2 (but not jailbroken with Spirit) then you should create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore from recovery mode or DFU mode.
● If you have an out of the box iPhone 3G you should restore using a PwnageTool 4.0 ipsw using DFU mode.
● If you have a Jailbroken 3.1.3 iPhone 3G it is very possible that this can fail from recovery mode, if this failure happens you will need to restore using DFU mode.
● As an alternative to PwnageTool, you can use redsn0w on iPhone 3G (on both Windows and Mac)

IMPORTANT! Whenever you need to enter DFU mode, you will need to do so using PwnageTool.


Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 4.0, found here or here

You will also need the 4.0 iPhone firmware.
4.0.0 (3G): iPhone1,2_4.0_8A293_Restore.ipsw

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Click Ok if presented with a warning.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Four
Click to select your iPhone. A check-mark will appear over the image of the phone.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Five
Click the blue arrow button to continue. You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. On my laptop, it automatically found the IPSW. If PwnageTool doesn't automatically find the ipsw file you can click Browse for IPSW....
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Click to select the found IPSW file, a checkmark will appear next to it. Then click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

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.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

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.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

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.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Checkmark the ones you want then Click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

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.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

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
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Remember the rules for them: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimensions below 320x480...
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

When prompted if your iPhone has been Pwned before, we clicked No. It allows for a more thorough restore.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

You will be asked to turn off the device. Make sure it is connected to the USB port.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Nine
Be ready to follow directions now. It will ask you to hold the home button and the power button for 10 seconds. Then, you will have to release the power button and hold the home button for 10 seconds to enter DFU.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

If you fail, it will show you a message. Click Yes. Unplug the iPhone from the USB. Turn it off, then turn it back on. Plug it back into the USB and turn off the iPhone when prompted.

When done correctly, PwnageTool will display a message telling your that it successfully entered DFU mode. iTunes will also pop-up.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Eleven
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.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

Step Twelve
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 iPhone OS 4.0!
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.0]

***THANKS: Thank you to the Dev-Team for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!
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Dionizio
Dionizio - September 26, 2010 at 9:53am
Hello Folks, I jailbreak my 3G with Pwnage, but i can not install any third app, everything is working, except the the function to install third part app. happened this to anyone?
rui
rui - October 17, 2010 at 9:23pm
I get the same here!
imahuot
imahuot - September 15, 2010 at 2:07pm
is PwnageTool now supports firmware 4.0.1 for 3Gs old iboot?
Richard
Richard - July 22, 2010 at 5:21am
Hello, my 3g is running (trhough pwnagetool) on ios 4. Can I upgrade to ios 4.0.1?
Zoki
Zoki - July 20, 2010 at 3:17pm
" If you have a Jailbroken 3.1.3 iPhone 3G it is very possible that this can fail from recovery mode, if this failure happens you will need to restore using DFU mode." I jailbroke with Spirit, on 3.1.3 and 5.21.01 - can I unjailbreak, I have my pre-jailbreak ispw file, and re-jailbreak on 4.01 with this process?
Dev
Dev - July 9, 2010 at 8:23am
Hi, My iPhone is working great after upgrading to iOS. But my safari browser has stopped remembering passwords. Everytime I add pw, it keeps asking again and again. Please help soon. Also tethering is not working. can that be activated? Dev
faz
faz - July 8, 2010 at 8:17am
i jst tried jailbreaking my 3g following these steps but the error i get is "The SIM card inserted is not in this iphone is not supported." Help!?! Any ideas on how to get past this... i am new to all this Thanks
A
A - July 7, 2010 at 9:26pm
Will this work for me if I am updating from 3.0? (Iphone 3g 3.0 4.26.08) or do I have to update to 3.12 and then update to 4.0? thanks
A
A - July 8, 2010 at 10:31am
I did it n it worked out fine
PalmerWoodrow
PalmerWoodrow - July 4, 2010 at 7:09pm
Nobody every explains the "Re-enable functionality" option. These are features of iOS 4. Why do we have to RE-enable them? How did they get disabled?
DT
DT - June 29, 2010 at 10:13pm
For some reason I am missing Cydia and Installer after I JB my 3G on 4.0. Anyone know a fix or why this is happening? It is missing even before I do restore. If anyone can help that would be great!!
FjETHER
FjETHER - June 28, 2010 at 4:38am
Simple question: Can I use this guide to update to 3.1.3? I have an iphone 3G on OS 3.0 - but i've heard that OS 4.0 is slow on the 3G, so I think I'll try 3.1.3 instead.
yasbm
yasbm - June 27, 2010 at 9:07am
ear all I try the tuto and doesnot work. itunes 9.2 4.0 first ddownload all Firmware and redshow. when i try to use Redshow, saying unable to recognize the firmware try with PWNAGE and itunes dont work. i am sure you need to check the bootloader. it looks like a big issue. i have 3 iphones 3g and 3gs AND both are not working with your tuto lucky i could bring it back to normal. SO GUYS BEFORE DOING IT MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A BACK UP OR YOU WILL BE USELESS ... So just wait for spirit or Wait for the blacknr .. mine advice cheers
arshad
arshad - June 26, 2010 at 9:24pm
while im custom restoring my 3gs it says unknown erroe occured and it wont update can any1 help
Elko
Elko - June 25, 2010 at 9:15pm
Ok at first i had problemswith upgrade to ios4 losing 3G and MMS after restoring form backup but i had 5 backups in iTunes and only one was ok (lucky it was 3 days ago backup) but not the last backup in order after jailbrake i have lost 3G. On screen show 3G but not working to fix that reset all settings and ios4 + jailbrake working perfect on my iphone 3G
Diso
Diso - June 25, 2010 at 4:08pm
Hello, sorry for asking again. I have an jailbroken 3G on 3.0(7A341) BB 4.26.08 and want to use pwnage 4.01 to upgrade to 3.1.3 not 4.0. When starting pwnage I can't choose 3G, only 3G(S). When choosing 3G(S) and locating the 3.1.3 FW for 3G pwnage tells me I've choosen the wrong FW. Can I use pwnage 4.0.1 for my plan? How do I manage?
Mr.360
Mr.360 - June 25, 2010 at 4:34pm
You have to use pwnage 3.1.5 to update a 3G to 3.1.3
Diso
Diso - June 25, 2010 at 4:39pm
Thank you, but I thought, using pwnage 3.1.5 I'm not able to unlock.
Caleb Larsen
Caleb Larsen - June 25, 2010 at 12:39pm
I have an US iPhone 3G tied to ATT but live in Mexico and want to us Telcel. I followed the instructions, everything went swimmingly. I used Pwnage to activate it (it was previously activated in the US on ATT) but when I put the Telcel sim card in I get no service bars, and now when I put the ATT card in too, i get no service bars and I can't make or receive phone calls. Any ideas?
CAPS
CAPS - June 25, 2010 at 2:22pm
I had the same trouble too. Hey, I live in Mexico aswell and the tutorial works great!, i just noticed some troubles running this new IOS 4.0 version. It is slower than 3.0 version which I was running. Some apps, still not have upgrades, so the iphone just not run them and it crashes Besides that everything works. Try jailbreaking again, but before that, make sure to turn off 3G data and take off the sim card, once you jailbreak it, restar it and then insert your sim. You won't have troubles after that.
Caleb Larsen
Caleb Larsen - June 28, 2010 at 1:20pm
I answered my own question. After running pwnage, i needed to download ultrasnow from Cydia...then all was well.
Thom
Thom - June 25, 2010 at 11:05am
Update 3g to ios 4 worked perfectly and is fast enough Only thing is Find my iPhone does not work anymore. I tried everything that apple says but cannot find anyone else with this problem. Did one of you guys experienced the same and/or know how to resolve it.
BlkPrl
BlkPrl - June 24, 2010 at 3:40pm
Works like a charm!!!!! Thank you!!!!
Jo
Jo - June 24, 2010 at 9:40am
i don't get it, dev team said it would work with iphone 3g but on the pwnage software - first screen, it only shows the 3GS and the ipod touch... am i missing something? which one do i need to select?
Leen
Leen - June 25, 2010 at 2:15am
Wondering the same thing here...
me
me - June 27, 2010 at 12:08pm
the 3G(s) means it works with 3G or 3GS, so choose that one.
Nikhil
Nikhil - June 23, 2010 at 8:31pm
Hi Guys, Thanks for the tutorial but i made a novice and a stupid mistake, after adding all the Cydia and reuqiste items in the ipsw bundle, when trying to restore -- i did from the Offical Store bundle that is provided before making the changes. Any ways i can jailbreak the phone ??
Steve
Steve - June 23, 2010 at 7:55pm
4.0 on 3G is painstaking, my phone is drags its ass even changing between settings to safari takes ages!! Remember kids unless you got a load of patience go ahead and upgrade otherwise, 4.0 is only meant to run on 3GSs or 4 smoothly
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