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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.2.1]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.2.1]

Posted February 16, 2011 at 3:13am · 67 comments · Add Comment
Rands - July 20, 2011 at 5:23pm
Please help! I was following this tutorial and got to the last step, as I was restoring it in itunes I kept getting the following message: "The iPhone cannot be restored at this moment because the iPhone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable" Now I'm stuck in DFU mode, what should I do?? :(
Tony - July 20, 2011 at 5:33pm
Hold the home and power buttons till you see the apple icon.
Rands - July 20, 2011 at 7:02pm
Okay, I just rebooted it using blackra1n and it's working again. It's still tethered and running on the old iOS, but at least I got my phone back and didn't lose any of the info. Guess I'll just stick to 3.1.2.
Pat_O - April 4, 2011 at 3:35pm
Hi All, Great work Dev Team. Now my question was, I created a custom restore(using PwnageTool) for my iPhone3G 4.2.1 and managed to jailbreak it. The problem that I now have is, both wi-fi and bluetooth are not functioning. For example, wi-fi has address but doesn't pick up any signals. I have tried to re-jailbreak but still get the same problem. what solution can you recommend?
dragonmorphs - March 12, 2011 at 9:14pm
So I just went through all the steps and when I went to restore the Custom_Restore, I got a message from iTunes "The iPhone "iPhone could not be restored. This decise isn't eligible for the requested build." What to do? My iphone is 4.2.1, BB 5.15.04, bought unlocked. My macbook I used is up to date and so is my iTunes... could that be the reason?
david - March 18, 2011 at 12:13pm
i get the same error message with my factory unlocked 3gs!
dragonmorphs - March 18, 2011 at 10:38pm
Yeaaa. I think it's 'cause we don't have SHSH (well i didn't save any with TU) and Apple isn't allowing anymore 4.2.1.... i think
david - March 19, 2011 at 8:00am
i checked out greenpoison, and it worked, and apart from that its much easier :-)
Miguel - April 2, 2011 at 5:31pm
I just ran into the same error trying to upgrade from 4.0 to 4.2.1. How did you guys resolve it? Thanks!
iHacker - March 4, 2011 at 4:49pm
To all queries regarding BB 06.15.00 : worked Wonderfully!! Successfully "Un-tethered" my previously jailbroken tethered device! NO issues/bugs whatsoever! iPhone 3G [S] with NEWER bootrom previously jailbroken but TETHERED on iPad baseband 06.15.00 on iOS 4.2.1. Here's what you do: 1.0 Just follow the above given procedure (Step by Step). 2.0 If error 16xx is encountered in iTunes during restore, don't worry, DO NOT TOUCH the iPhone (leave it on DFU mode plugged in) and RESTART the computer. 3.0 Open iTunes (if not automatically) and repeat the "Option-Restore" process. This should do the trick and voila!!, you just got yourself an UNTETHERED Jailbreak!
jo-b - March 14, 2011 at 9:10am
Hi, the Mac-Restart doesn't solve the problem here. iTunes always gives the message: "The iPhone cannot be restored, because the iPod-Updateserver[!!] isn't available yet." or "Restoring is not possible" (>> both free translated from german.) Restoring from the old (4.1) ipsw is also not possible. Are there any other ideas out there? tia jo-b -- iPhone 3GS, MBP 10.6.6, iTunes 10.2.1
claudia - March 3, 2011 at 7:13pm
I made it, thank you sooo much! It worked the second time y tried.
T1m - February 25, 2011 at 4:28am
So if I'm officially unlocked and I only want the jb, can I update my bb. Or should I stick with 05.13.04?!? Thanks
Jigar Doshi
Jigar Doshi - February 24, 2011 at 2:17pm
hi im currently using iphone 3gs 4.2.1 jailbroken through redsn0w and then have run ipad baseband to upgrade the baseband and unlocked using ultrasn0w. now my iphone is working but evertime by battery goes off, i have to connect iphone to redsn0w and then boot the phone. i am confused will the help? will i need to connect to redsn0w everytime when battery goes off?
windows version
windows version - February 22, 2011 at 10:29pm
do you have a windows version? i found sn0wbreeze and says its like Pwnage Tool for windows. is it safe to use it? I only trust tools posted on iclarified.com Thanks.
Jess - February 22, 2011 at 12:43pm
Hi I have a 3gs bb 05.12.01 I followed all the steps below but when restoring I get the 1611 error, I allready tried to plug and unplug iphone but in the screen with the apple logo and scroll band it never starts loading... and then gives me the error, any idea why??
Tony - February 22, 2011 at 10:30pm
Did you install Tinyumbrella or change your hosts file?
T1M - March 15, 2011 at 4:46am
Have you tried re-pwnage the firmware. Best download the firmware restore again and create another custom firmware. Worked for me. I was stuck on apple logo and connect to iTunes. Believe it was the same error! GL
Ryan C Lee
Ryan C Lee - February 21, 2011 at 9:43pm
Hey All I'm in Buenos Aires using 'Personal'! So I JB/unlocked the my iPhone 3GS (Version 4.2.1 (8c148a) Modem Firmware:06.15.00) using the redsn0w application, and then within Cydia I used ultrasn0w to unlock the phone. This worked, however i could only tether the jailbreak and therefore was unable to turnoff or reboot, which was fine until I let the battery die. After repeating the steps, I was only able to receive phone calls/ text messages (however i could call to check my phone balance, and when i friend call she told me she received a message for Personal saying I was trying to contact her). So I found this site, followed the directions (except I downloaded Ultrasn0w through custom packages and now Cydia because it wasn't working). 3rd time it worked! I'm now able to turn my phone on and off without having to re-tether. BUT, I'm still only receiving texts and calls???? Do you'll think it is a phone company issue?
claudia - March 3, 2011 at 5:04pm
Hey there!, Im now in Buenos Aires, and i had my iphone working perfectly, but i updated de iphone trhough Itunes and now it's block or something. Th screen only shows the connect to itunes image. I follow the steps here but it didn;t work it says error (21). Help please!!
Ryan Lee
Ryan Lee - March 3, 2011 at 5:08pm
I believe the update might have killed your chances (unless you updated it using the update provided above. If not, keep trying! It took me 4 or 5 times to get it to work! suerte!
claudia - March 3, 2011 at 5:20pm
thanks! i'll kee p trying a friend from cr told me that it can be unlock, it's just not too easy
Shasudi - February 20, 2011 at 11:45pm
I have iPhone 3GS running 4.01 with baseband 5.13.04 and it is not carrier unlock. Can I use PwnageTool to jailbreak and activate the phone and also unlock ? Somebody please help me
Tony - February 21, 2011 at 10:55pm
Yes. Use Pwnagetool in expert mode to jailbreak and activate and then once you have jailbroken your phone, run cydia and install ultrasn0w to unlock. Do not select update baseband!!!
Shasudi - February 22, 2011 at 1:36am
Thanks Tony I followed the tutorial and it is activated. But the problem is that Cydia crashes and I cannot unlock it. Any solution. Please help.
Tony - February 22, 2011 at 8:46am
Have you tried rebooting? Turn off your phone and restart it.
yaman - February 22, 2011 at 10:23pm
Same thing happened to me when I tried using Pwnage. I tried 4 times and rebooting wouldn't do anything for me. I used GreenpoisOn and it worked perfect. I had 3GS on 4.0.1 with baseband 5.13.04 upgraded to 4.2.1 and kept my baseband. Cydia started right away and unlocked.
Shasudi - February 22, 2011 at 11:57pm
Thank you, What I did was I have installed Cydia Installer from Custom packages and not from General. It is working fine.
caue - February 20, 2011 at 7:21pm
the tutorial for windows tells that, to make the download of greenpois0n (gp_win_rc5_b2.zip). however, when i click at the windows link the file is different! (gp_win_rc6.1.zip). and it's not working to jailbreak my iphone. does anyone know why?? thks.
Jakub - February 20, 2011 at 3:39pm
Guys what about all the people who jailbreaked previously with upgrading baseband to 6.15? Can we use this to get rid of the tethered jailbreak and unlock with Ultrasnow? Please I'm waiting for this desperately, anyone knows?
Rodoga - February 19, 2011 at 5:47pm
Can I use a custom ipsw from this release, with the earlier redsnow release for Windows (direct to DFU mode)? I don't want to upgrade my baseband.
escdotdot - February 19, 2011 at 8:37am
I have a 3GS on v4.0 (8A293) and firmware 05.11.07. Should I let iTunes upgrade me before running this PwnageTool? Thanks for your help!
Tony - February 19, 2011 at 6:48pm
Dont use itunes to update if you need to unlock. Pwnagetool helps you keep your current baseband if you are using ultrasn0w. If you do not need the unlock, then you can update through itunes and use greenpois0n to jailbreak.
escdotdot - February 20, 2011 at 1:01am
Thanks Tony, All went well with the jailbreak, but I think I made a mistake by trying to use blackra1n to unlock. Now the phone restarts and cannot get past the apple logo, and gives an error type 21 when I try to restore. I guess I should have used ultrasn0w. Any idea how to reset the iphone so I can start again?
escdotdot - February 20, 2011 at 3:03am
UPDATE: by following the above instructions again (this time to the letter) I was able to reboot the iPhone and from there install ultrasn0w and get everything working again. fan-bloody-tastic! Heartfelt thanks to all the contributors!
Zeljko - February 18, 2011 at 5:24pm
work like a charm.... Thanks guys
yaman - February 18, 2011 at 8:22am
I have 3GS with 5.13.04, I followed all the steps exactly as they say. Once I try to restore with custom fw in itunes the phone is stuck with the apple logo and the progress bar almost at the end. I've waited over an hour and nothing. Would anyone no why? Thanks for you help!
yaman - February 22, 2011 at 10:28pm
Figured it out, I used greenpoisOn instead of pwnage and it worked like a charm.
resho - February 17, 2011 at 5:19pm
well, i made all these steps but whem restoring to the custom fw itunes give me error 1600 can any one help please
Ecua4ever - February 18, 2011 at 12:06pm
Just unplug your iPhone and plug again then press alt and select custom firmware and try again
Jess - February 22, 2011 at 12:52pm
Same problem here... tried to unplug and choose custom firmware again, still gtting the same answer, error 1611... The scroll bar below the apple logo never starts loading. HELP!!!
T1M - March 15, 2011 at 4:50am
Have you tried re-pwnage the firmware. Best download the original restore again and recreate the custom firmware. and try again Worked for me.
rodney - February 17, 2011 at 9:58am
i am using an iphone 4 with 4.2.1 and after i create custom ipsw and restore it in itunes i doesn't complete and gives me an error 21. anyone know why?
Tony - February 17, 2011 at 4:27pm
This is for iPhone 3GS, not iPhone 4.
claudia - March 3, 2011 at 5:07pm
Same happend to me error21
gerisgame - February 17, 2011 at 4:45am
After build 3GS 4.2.1 custom ipsw and put iphone to dfu mode, by Pwnage and Opt-Restore in iTunes, I meet error in iPhone: firmware not compatible. What is my problem? help please!!!
Gaemon - February 16, 2011 at 10:11pm
I am on 05.15.04. Hence I need to use redsn0w. It has come to my knowledge that upgrading my baseband to iPad baseband is a irreversible process. Should anything goes wrong my 3GS will not be able to be restored via iTunes and I would want to update my iPhone to the upcoming official firmware by Apple. Is there any alternative for unlocking?
tennsmith777 - February 16, 2011 at 3:37pm
I found this website to make the process a lot easier, this is the link: www.pwnageme.com Apparently they make IPSWs and upload them with all the possible modifications, so you only have to select what you want and download from them. And after you download you can continue on Step 9 of this amazing tutorial. THANKS A LOT! I hope this help people like me to make life easier.
Ecua4ever - February 16, 2011 at 12:05pm
Para toda mi gente latina que tenga iphone 3GS en este momento acabo de hacer el jailbreake a mi iphone gracias a pwnage tool sigan todas las intrucciones y cuando comiencen hacer el proceso con itunes recuerden ecojer el el custom firmware y precionar restore pero itunes le saldra error xxxxx desconecten el iphone y hacer otra vez y todo saldra bien escribanme si necesitan ayuda
Jess - February 22, 2011 at 12:36pm
Hola! Soy de méxico, seguí todo el tutorial y al final me apareció error 1611 en itunes. Lo volví a poner en DFU y volví a escoger el custom firmware pero me salió error otra vez. QUE PUEDO HACER? Tengo un iphone 3gs, estaba en 3.1.3 y bb 05.12.01. Gracias!!
Josh - February 16, 2011 at 12:05pm
This looks great! Any idea when there will be a 4.2.1 untethered jailbreak/unlock tool for windows?
Jepsy - February 16, 2011 at 3:42pm
Redsn0w may help you.
Peter - February 16, 2011 at 9:58am
Hello, I have an iphone 3GS with jalbreaked and unlocked 4.1. I have jailbreak it to 4.2.1 using this method everything goes well but when I try to enter to cydia it keeps crashing. Therefore I cannot install ultrasn0w for unlock. Anyone has a solution for me?
Peter - February 16, 2011 at 11:10am
Figured it out. Don't select the cydia package from cydia and select the cydia from custom packages. That will make it work and cydia will not crash.
Stan - February 17, 2011 at 11:48pm
I had the same problem, but now when I try to re-jailbreak it again, I get an error 1600. I originally was on 4.0.1. Should I try to restore back to that?
Watloo - February 19, 2011 at 5:46pm
Thanx Peter. Leaving the first cydia page unchecked then only the custom install worked for me too.
escdotdot - February 20, 2011 at 2:59am
this worked for me too! genius!
Tony - February 16, 2011 at 8:54am
Does this upgrade my baseband?
Peter - February 16, 2011 at 9:59am
nope it doesn't
Gallofeen - February 16, 2011 at 8:26am
Whatsapp about modem fa 06.16???? Can i jet unthetered
Jonathan - February 16, 2011 at 6:37am
works great just as they said. I am on a 3GS with 5.17 baseband and as they stated it kept it intact thanks guys
sevgjan - February 16, 2011 at 5:08am
does this procedure upgrade my baseband, cause i'm on 4.0 still, with unlockable baseband? will this lock my phone?
jonathan - February 16, 2011 at 11:31am
no it wont do as the tutorial says and then unlock with ultrasnow. It worked for me and I was on an unlockble baseband
Spotme - February 16, 2011 at 4:59am
Welll.... works... JB and unlock, but with FW 05.14.02 keeps searching network and thats about it..... any luuck with this Fw someone?
vdesai - February 16, 2011 at 11:58am
because 5.14 is not unlockable if u r trying to use some other carrier than att. ugrade the baseband to 6.15 using redsnow. and than use ultrasnow to unlock
PGD - February 16, 2011 at 3:52am
would this process help unlock an iPhone 3GS running iOS 4.2.1 on 05.15.04 baseband??
Jepsy - February 16, 2011 at 3:40pm
You can unlock with redsn0w. PwnageTool is made so you can upgrade the iOS without messing up you baseband. In redsn0w you have upgrade your baseband to iPads baseband and after that ultrasn0w will unlock it with no problems.
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