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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [4.3.3]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [4.3.3]

Posted May 6, 2011 at 2:15pm · 41 comments · Add Comment
Rose - June 26, 2011 at 12:56pm
In step 2, iTunes is telling me that my iPhone "could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible." My phone isn't activated, so I can't figure out how to even find out what firmware it has. I restored it two days ago through iTunes, which probably means I've got the most recent version, which could be bad news bears for me?
Jimmy - March 11, 2012 at 12:22pm
Apple and Palm are selling a artpfolm. They want all users of there devices to get updates to drive the artpfolm forward. I'm been saying this very same thing on several posts awhile back. Companies, namely HTC are only interested in selling phones. They rather you just buy a new phone if your old one has bugs. Google should FORCE device makers using android compulsory updates. The old G1 should get android 2.1. Microsoft with WM7 should control 100% of the software that goes on the phones, similar to the model that google is doing with the nexus one.
Rangga - March 13, 2012 at 4:53am
Not quite a year ago, I switched from HTC's iwodnw based phones. My last 3 phones have been imported into the US and I loved them. I did the usual hacking of the ROM's and made it the way I wanted it. I bad-mouthed iphones all day long.Then, I bought one on a whim. Now almost a year later, I have bought 5 different iphones for members of my family. Though I agree somewhat with the closed-minded business practices of Apple, it's tough to beat the ease and usefulness of the iphone. The apps and software design IMO is superior to any iwodnw's based phone for daily use.And now with the new 4.0 OS coming out, it will be the cat's meow I can't wait. And if that were not enough, the possibility that the new 4G may have a removable battery seals the deal. I've always complained about the iphone's battery usage, I thought it was ridiculous. By noon, my battery was dead and I was charging again. After having to replace my iphone 3Gs because I broke it, I received a new one with the 3.1.3 OS. Funny thing now, since I can't jailbreak it like my old one, my battery life goes from 6:30am to 7-8pm before I have to charge it. At first I thought it was the fact that the new phone comes with a new battery but I had recently replaced my battery in my old iphone.Apparently, jailbreaking uses more battery than I thought.An interesting sidenote, when my iphone broke and I had to wait till Monday to replace it, I fired up my trusty HTC and what a disappointment, it was so awkward and non-refined, I ended up using my iphone though I only had a speaker phone to work.Guess I do love my iphone.
AJ - June 6, 2011 at 9:11am
I have my iPhone on FW 4.3.2 & I am using Mac to unlock. In step 2, after I browse the "iPhone2,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw" file, it prompts me "iTunes will erase and restore your iPhone to iOS 4.3.2 and will verify the restore with Apple." If I click restore, it says "The iPhone could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build." Any idea how I can get away with this error ?
Ryan - August 4, 2011 at 5:21am
Same thing happened to me, it's because an Apple server was blocked in my Hosts file. Go to this folder: /private/etc/ Locate the "hosts" file and open it up. See if there is a line that looks like this... # gs.apple.com If so, remove the "#" at the beginning and save the file. You may need to adjust permissions before you can save. After I did this, iTunes allowed the custom firmware to load. Good luck!
unixes - May 14, 2011 at 5:36pm
I was on 4.0.1.I update it on iTunes to 4.3.3 then Jailbreak it with RedSn0w.Everything worked perfectly! Thank you.
Paul - May 8, 2011 at 3:43pm
I have a 3GS (newer) and I followed all the steps installing only cydia, but then after the "waiting for reboot" phase the phone's screen goes white and redsn0w says "unexpected error". Any idea ?
Scott M
Scott M - May 20, 2011 at 6:46pm
did you find a fix to the problem, because I have the same one.
kdb - May 23, 2011 at 4:07pm
I have same problem....have tried 3 time following iclarified steps
cjc - June 8, 2011 at 1:09am
count me as having the same problem. I found some info somewhere that indicated that somebody had luck by doing a full restore then re-running redsn0w, so I tried that. didn't work. would love a solution... may try on a PC. I've been doing all this on a macbook 2006.
Tom Smith
Tom Smith - May 6, 2011 at 6:16pm
So I just jailbroke it, it restarts and Cydia is sitting there but the icon is grey...i try to open it but it just crashes...what the hell?
Don Draper
Don Draper - May 6, 2011 at 2:38pm
When you do the "Option"+restore does it preserve the data on your iPhone? I have over 100 customized apps so I'd prefer it to not wipe the phone...
xdrive - April 27, 2011 at 12:21pm
i tried to jailbreak iphone 3gs using redsnow 9.6rc14 but the jailbreak fails. only ipad baseband is upgraded. its a 3gs with serial xxx49 so i selected YES when prompted to have a fixed bootroom. what did i do wrong? i updated to stock apple 4.3.2 firmware before jailbreak. from 4.3 to 4.3.2. everytime i do the jailbreak again, there is a crash error in the iphone screen and when the iphone reboots CYDIA cant be found anywhere in the home screen.
Black_Hawk - April 19, 2011 at 12:23pm
Well "The iPhone could not be restored. This device isn't eligible for the requested build" thats itunes message and i do not want to be on the 5.16.02 and im @ 5.15. So with the risks i won't ipad baseband update so how do i get around this itunes error??
Yasmina - March 11, 2012 at 2:19am
Hi Pugalenthi!The file I linked in the end of this post is allcatuy a plain zip file so you can unzip it and see the source code and other relevant resources. In order to modify this to work on your iPhone 3g, you would need to unzip the file and check the hardware IDs of iPhone 3g from the properties (see the picture in the beginning of the post). Then you would need to replace the iPhone 4 hardware IDs listed in the code (in some file in the root of the unzipped folder) with the ones for iPhone 3g. Finally, you would need to zip the source codes back into a similar package you downloaded (don't change the filename) and proceed with the instructions on how to install the package to your system. Ideally you would not need any special tools to make the change. However, the tutorials and tools can be found from Device Experience Development Kit that is available . It's not a 10-minute job to use those tools, tho.
Max - April 19, 2011 at 5:21am
I'm unable to download the redsn0w file. Can someone pls upload the file for me somewhere?
Seb - April 21, 2011 at 7:55am
Me too.... pls upload it again!?
stevesien - April 19, 2011 at 12:30am
3gs. Jbroke 4.3.2, was fine on 4.3.1, Cydia is white icon and does not work. Anyone else g this? Anyone fix it. Should have left it alone.
stevesien - April 19, 2011 at 2:59am
I redid everything, reinstalled stock 4.3.2 from Apple, then did Redsnow again, now its OK, had to reinstall Cydia once also after initial run of Cydia. All this with the ## gs.apple.com blocked Now its all good :)
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