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How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.1]

Posted November 28, 2010 at 7:11pm · 39 comments · Add Comment
Dooferdog - February 10, 2012 at 9:52am
Superb solution. Thanks a million !!! I had previously nearly bricked my phone by purchasing software I had no idea was a scam. Wish I'd found you guys before! Still I'm happy now with a jailbroken, unlocked 3GS
valerie - June 30, 2011 at 1:06am
I used pwnage for 4.21 for an iphone 3 and everything working until I went to itunes. I saw the little pinapple but all of my contact, apps and everything is missing. what do I do? How do I get my information back?
chris - May 18, 2011 at 12:49pm
when I try to select the firmware through pwnage it says incorrect firmware bundle am I downloading the wrong firm ware or is it my computer my iphone 3gs has 4.3.3 and firmware 05.16.02 im tring to jailbreak and unlock it for tmobile
elg - April 7, 2011 at 10:19pm
Why does iTunes have to be connected to the internet for this jb to work? before restoring in iTunes, I turned off my wifi to check, and sure enough, got the error "the iphone 'iphone' cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable". What does Apple 'see' when the restore process requests conformation from the servers? Should I be concerned? Thx in advance for your comments :)
David - January 18, 2011 at 2:10pm
After following the tutorial, when restoring, I get the message "the iPhone couldn't be restored. The device is not eligible for the requested build". What do I do next?
German - December 14, 2010 at 5:30pm
Just a simply questions, can i follow this tutorial if my BB is 5.12?? Will I have the same BB after it?? Will it be able to unlock?? It never says anything about iPhones with 5.12.... :S Some help here please.
dburden - December 11, 2010 at 8:52pm
Been on the unlock train with my 3G and had no probs at all - currently at 4.2.1, bb 4.26.08. A friend asked me to help upgrade his 3GS from 3.1.3 bb 5.11.xx which was tethered via blackra1n. Tried to use pwnage tools to make custom ipsw's which all worked fine, however, the 4.2.1 JB seemed to work ok - (dfu restore to the custom 4.2.1 ipsw in iTunes) but at the end of the process the phone does not activate - stays in 'jail'. I then tried rolling back to custom 4.0 FW ipsw(assuming the bb hasn't been upgraded) which again, all goes fine until the end when the phone won't boot out of DFU mode. Any help?!
Hifa - December 1, 2010 at 12:35am
HI.. i did all step and success.. but the last step (restore custom firmware with itunes) i tried and it gives me error "The iPhone "iPhone" could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build" Please help me.. apple stop sign 4.1?? but i use custom restore
James - December 1, 2010 at 3:59am
I get this same error
NG - December 1, 2010 at 7:18am
I get this same error too! But only in the past day (I restored 29 November and it was fine, but I couldn't restore starting 30 November).
Doh - December 1, 2010 at 7:32am
Same error message here. I tried to jailbreak using the same procedure on Nov 29/30. Did Apple stop signing 4.1 firmware? Someone in the know, please help
Geny - December 1, 2010 at 8:05am
I also could not unlock on last step over iTues at 30.11.2010. Seems to be an apple cutoff???
blonsky105 - December 2, 2010 at 1:09am
Hey! this is for the 3g s new bootrom, tried and tested for me; First, save ur shsh blobs using tiny umbrella. Second, upgrade your version to 4.2.1. Third, using redsnow, jailbreak your device and upgrade the baseband too. Lastly, coz these steps make your 3g s tethered, restore your iphone using 4.1 version. After that, you'll notice that the baseband is upgraded and now you can use limera1n to re-jailbreak!
blonsky105 - December 2, 2010 at 3:34am
when downgrading your firmware to 4.1, you will get an error 1015. but don't worry, you can use tiny umbrella to exit recovery mode! cheers!
Genius - December 2, 2010 at 6:20am
Wait a second. My 3GS is on jailbroken 4.1 with baseband 5.14.02 (I did save SHSH blobs, but I've only had the phone for a week, so I only saved at 4.1 / 5.14.02). You're saying that I can upgrade to the official version of 4.21, then use the crazy risky new Redsn0w procedure to jailbreak and upgrade to the iPad baseband 6.15.00? Then you say I'll be able to use TinyUmbrella to go back to 4.1? Will I still be on the 6.15.00 baseband? I don't think I want to get stuck there… I like the idea that I can always restore to official firmware if necessary.
blonsky105 - December 4, 2010 at 1:04am
Sad to say, but that's method is not working anymore. It works before Nov 30.
tytusek - December 7, 2010 at 1:18am
Same error. I've tried number of things including iREB for for windows (Mac version is not ready yet) but had no luck. On top of it all my 3GS will not reboot (stuck on apple). My only option is to restore at this point. Please let me know whenever someone comes up with a fix for this. I certainly don't want up go up to 4.2 with the new baseband.
gecko - November 30, 2010 at 1:26am
I have a jailbroken and unlocked iPhone 3Gs on 4.0.1 right now. Which firmware can I upgrade to with an untethered jailbreak and without losing my unlock? And how? Any suggestions/directions appreciated. Thanks!
willwang - November 29, 2010 at 9:29pm
i did all the above steps and when i try to restore it on itunes it gives the red stop icon saying "the iphone 'iphone' cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable" what to doo
brian - November 30, 2010 at 2:36pm
yup, similar issue here... stuck in DFU. All was going well until iTunes started "restore" mode (mac). Box read "verifying iphone restore with apple"... cycled for a minute or 2... then box read that it couldn't be restored because the phone doesn't qualify for that rebuild (paraphrase). any way to bypass Apple verification? cutting off internet still ends the process. help!
ao1985 - December 1, 2010 at 9:52am
Same message: the iphone 'iphone' cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable Did you guys save your 4.1 blobs prior to this? I have, but apparently this is not helping...
Simon - November 29, 2010 at 1:21pm
Hi, I have unlocked my 3GS iOS 4.1 (45 week 2009) with this tutorial (PwnageTool and iPad iOS 3.2.2). Everything went well but I noticed a big bug or something. My phone is now unlocked, can put any sim card I want BUT when somebody calls me I'm always unavailable......like I have 'No service'. And I can call any number I want. I think Ultrasn0w 1.2 is causing problems. Please reply.......help me Thanks in advance, Simon
aelly - November 28, 2010 at 9:48pm
hi there, sorry ahead if i m asking a dump question but hope tat some1 can help me on this: i m currently in 3Gs vers4.1(8B117), fw 05.14.02, jailbroken - looking for unlock. downloaded Pwnage Tool (replaced the correct bundle already) & iPad1,1_3.2.2_7B500_Restore.ipsw i tried to follow the steps above but stuck at step 6 (browse for IPSW) where it shows tat [wrong firmware bundle selected] m i missing any step? will b much appreciated with your help. Thanks.
ryan - November 29, 2010 at 6:07am
Hi , i had same problem , and all others on here as well, i used the red snow for mac, instead it does everything for you. found the link on geo hot's website . good luck
Hifa - December 2, 2010 at 5:04am
check the name of ur iPad baseband it should be like this iPad1,1_3.2.2_7B500_Restore.ipsw not iPad1_1_3.2.2_7B500_Restore.ipsw
faris - November 28, 2010 at 9:48pm
I have iphone 4 running on iOS 4.1 will this work ? Thanks
Ecua4ever - November 28, 2010 at 10:31pm
Nope this tutorial is just for iPhone 3G and 3GS
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Neo Andersson - November 28, 2010 at 7:23pm
I have iPhone 3GS on 4.1 and 5.14.02. I did all this steps. After the custom restore mny BB is still at 5.14.02. Its not upgrading as it should be. I had a success on an iPhone 3G on 4.1 and 5.14.02 but NOT with 3GS. Already tried 3 times with the 3GS with the same result. Please help.
Ran - November 28, 2010 at 10:19pm
Read the update #1 of the blog of the dev team, you need to replace de bundle for de 3gs 4.1
Damian - November 29, 2010 at 6:55am
Same here... The upgrade does not work....
Kumar - November 28, 2010 at 7:20pm
After completing all the above steps successfully the baseband still remains unchanged i.e. 05.14.02. HELP!!!!!
AlanLEI - November 28, 2010 at 7:33pm
They have fixed this issue. go to blog.iphone-dev.org to download the fixed iOS 4.1 iPhone 3G S bundle. The iOS 4.2.1 bundle for us iPhone 3G S users is coming soon as well!
Kumar - November 28, 2010 at 8:07pm
It worked....thanx a lot...
vdesai - November 28, 2010 at 8:36pm
can u give me the link to that bundle plssss. i looked at the website and didn't find anything and than i try to go back but the site was already down due to server overload
AngkorIphone - November 28, 2010 at 9:09pm
Hi, could you let me know how to launch the 'bundle' on Mac? I tried to open it but Mac gave me message saying it cannot be opened as there is no suitable application.
deteto - November 28, 2010 at 9:24pm
It worked for me too, however Cydia will not open :(...it just comes up and goes way...any ideas?
Pat - November 29, 2010 at 7:41pm
I need serious help. I've had it up to here with this unlock not working. I've waited for months for this unlock and now its not even working. I followed the steps updated to 4.2.1 as they said IPhone 3GS 4.1 had a problem with allowing the ipad firmware 3.2.2 to be used. So now I'm running IPhone 3gs 4.2.1 followed all the steps and Im stuck in Pwnage Tool because its telling me I have the wrong firmware bundle selected which is ridiculous because I've downloaded THE SAME FIRMWARE OVER 5 times. Getting so frustrated with this please help!
Hifa - December 2, 2010 at 5:07am
check ur firmware iPad like this iPad1,1_3.2.2_7B500_Restore.ipsw not iPad1_1_3.2.2_7B500_Restore.ipsw
Jenny - February 25, 2011 at 1:04am
I'm having the same issues. I downloaded everything as stated above but my 3GS firmware stayed on 05.14.02 after 3 tries. Any advice would be appreciated.
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