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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 4 Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 4 Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.3.3]

Posted May 6, 2011 at 3:03pm · 114 comments · Add Comment
David - June 28, 2011 at 6:13am
I have an iphone4, which was jailbroken and unlocked. I followed the instrructions to jailbreak for 4.3.3, and the phone seems to be stuck on the very last bit of the jailbreak restore...ie..the line under the apple completes to 95% of the way and stops. HELP! what do I do? Thanks anyone out there
joel723 - June 25, 2011 at 10:05am
Nick, thank you! You're a genius and saved me. I was having the same issues, cydia refusing to open after pwnage JB 4.3.3. I re-pwned and followed your instructions and its now opening cydia so I was able to unlock with Ultrasn0w. Anyone else experiencing this issue, follow Nick's solution. Thanks!
kalpesh - June 24, 2011 at 5:38pm
m done with the jailbreak comfortably... but now i am without any network...? so wa do i do..?
chris - June 23, 2011 at 2:25am
For anybody looking for direct download links for all updated firmware, check out http://www.ipswnow.com
Brent - June 22, 2011 at 9:16pm
Step 0: Sync your iPhone so you have a recent backup and don't lose a few weeks of data.
Newbie - June 9, 2011 at 11:12pm
Ok. I am stuck on the last part. Every time I try to restore into my custom .ipsw, I get the dreaded This iPhone Could Not Be Restored 1601. I can get my phone to normal, but I would really like to go back to jailbroken status. Can anyone help? Where do I go from here?
Bragaadeesh - June 1, 2011 at 1:49pm
There is a couple of important steps need to be mentioned in this tutorial which will make it cleaner 1. Let know the users who are unlocking that ALL THE DATA IN THE PHONE WILL BE LOST. 2. Regarding the Activate Phone checkbox should not be applied for FACTORY UNLOCKED iPhones.
iMeL - May 27, 2011 at 2:41am
Everything is working fine, for those who is trying to upgrade their iPhone for the first time & only read this thread, of course u'll have problem coz u guys missed some steps prior to these. Do a little research & read earlier threads & then move along to these newer ones... Good Luck!!
POncho Carrillo
POncho Carrillo - May 27, 2011 at 2:01am
Hi, after i finish installing the custom firmware 4.3.3, my 3g network doesnt work, i cant enter cydia or safari, is this normal?
Nick - June 24, 2011 at 12:26am
I finally found the solution to getting cydia from not crashing. With these steps or helper points and the real instructions, I've JB both a 3GS and 4 with the 4.3.3 mod. Also, I tried at least 10 times before getting things to work. So, I figured I'd spread the word.

1) During the install there are two screens in the packages area that say "Cydia" installer. Choose the one where it specifically says "Cydia Installer". If you choose the screen where it shows it in the list with all of the packages, your installer will die. 2) No luck with just doing a Restore / DFU without using the Pwnage tool. So far, it seems every time it fails you need to run through the entire builder process to get things to work with iTunes. 3) Don't choose ANY packages. Only the Cydia installer that is typically already preselected. You can install these later once a clean JB is good.
ExcelonGT - July 12, 2011 at 2:03am
Thank you! it only took me 3 attempts at the complete process before I got it fully working. I almost was about give up on jailbreaking and go "legit" if I hadnt found your post
David Port
David Port - May 23, 2011 at 12:34am
Just completed the jailbreak. Also unable to open Cydia. The only app I requested was "Install Cydia". Was I supposed to load something else? When you went to redsn0w, did you restore to standard 4.3.3 first or go directly to redsn0w?
Sam - May 26, 2011 at 6:45pm
If you have an older baseband, there is a conflict with it and Apple's upgraded baseband. It's purely cosmetic....if you want to know what your reception is, download and run ultrasnow and this should take care of it. Make sure though that your VVM works by playing your greeting...sometimes there is a glitch and it won't work (just reboot your phone and that should take care of it). Also, beware...ultrasnow is running in the background and will drain your battery faster.
apek - May 11, 2011 at 6:39pm
Hello! I run version 4.1 with baseband version 02.10.04. I saved with TinyUmbrella my SHSH. I tried to jailbreak using pwnage tool (mac) 4.3.3 but it didn't work. When I finish DFU mode with sucess and I try to restore Itunes with iPhone3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Custom_Restore.ipsw there is massage in Itunes This device isn't eligible for the requested build. Please some one can help me?
varma - May 11, 2011 at 9:43pm
comment the line which has gs.apple.com in my hosts file (/etc/hosts) That will resolve your problem.
Hagen - May 10, 2011 at 10:21am
I jailbreak as the tutorial said Now Cydia won't open... On my iPhone 4 Help!!! What should I do to fix it?
Justabrake - May 10, 2011 at 11:08am
Same here followed directions 3xs Why is there a problem with this ? IClarified
Daniel Maier
Daniel Maier - May 10, 2011 at 10:31pm
I didn't have any problem with Cydia after this upgrade with Pwnage Tool. It was just a btch to get it restored with the custom firmware. I ran from 4.3.2 to 4.3.3 on BB 03.10.01 iPhone 4, and you folks?
Mike - May 11, 2011 at 1:16pm
Hey. I just bought an iphone 4 and still running the stock 4.3. Have not yet upgraded through itunes. Was wondering if this jailbreak is efficient to do or not ?
hagen - May 11, 2011 at 11:53pm
i used the redsnow method now its working great but use the new version of redsnow here's the tutorial https://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=14567 this is the redsnow i use redsn0w 0.9.6rc15 https://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=15002 it work for me... ^_^
hagen - May 12, 2011 at 12:02am
well its worth it if you wanna cusmtumize the iphone 4 theme theres great themes out there n mad cool too... also look for MY3G app from cydia its no free but cost every penny what it do for example no need for wifi to do facetime thats one of many of the use for also MYWIFI no need to get a tethering plan, it allows you to create a hotspot using your 3G connection. five icon dock, winterboard, mixtube, firewall IP and many other... its up to you
Nick - June 24, 2011 at 12:22am
l finally found the solution to getting cydia from not crashing. With these steps or helper points and the real instructions, I've JB both a 3GS and 4 with the 4.3.3 mod. Also, I tried at least 10 times before getting things to work. So, I figured I'd spread the word. 1) During the install there are two screens in the packages area that say "Cydia" installer. Choose the one where it specifically says "Cydia Installer". If you choose the screen where it shows it in the list with all of the packages, your installer will die. 2) No luck with just doing a Restore / DFU without using the Pwnage tool. So far, it seems every time it fails you need to run through the entire builder process to get things to work with iTunes. 3) Don't choose ANY packages. Only the Cydia installer that is typically already preselected. You can install these later once a clean JB is good.
Daniel Maier
Daniel Maier - May 9, 2011 at 10:50pm
For those having issues with restore on iTunes, if you have your SHSH's saved on Cydia you should add to your /etc/hosts file the following: gs.apple.com And then the important part is to DFU usign Pwnage Tool, if you just DFU manually it doesn't work! And then you restore...
mcardill - May 10, 2011 at 12:41pm
not letting me restore. "iphone could not be restored. this device isnt eligible for the requested build" This is the first time I have ever attempted to jail-break. Im not very familiar with what you are talking about here. My SHSH is not saved in Cydia because thats the only way TinyUmbrella would allow me to save my SHSH. Please help.
Daniel Maier
Daniel Maier - May 10, 2011 at 10:23pm
I don't know if whatever I said would work if you don't have your SHSH saved on Cydia since it verify the custom firmware with Cydia servers. But it could work but I'm not sure since I don't really know the engineering behind. Have you tried using TinyUmbrella after saving your SHSH through the app? I think you have to unselect the option in preferences to get it straight from Apple. But anyways, did you add the IP on your hosts file? Try this first: [ open your Terminal, and type: sudo nano /etc/hosts and at the bottom or somewhere there add the line: gs.apple.com then save it with CTRL+O (if I'm not wrong) and then exit. Flush your DS cache with: dscacheutil -flushcache (on Terminal as well) and then put your iPhone in DFU mode, but attention, using Pwnage Tool to do so, after that restore your CUSTOM firmware on iTunes holding the OPTION/ALT key on your Mac. That's how I did and it worked after getting your error and others similar...
Mike L
Mike L - November 4, 2011 at 7:01pm
absolutely! kept getting same errors and this is the only way it worked! you have to use a custom ipsw
afalimar - May 9, 2011 at 8:43pm
think :)
varma - May 8, 2011 at 9:25pm
I have upgraded my iphone to ios 4.3.3 by preserving the base band 03.10.01 using Tiny Umbrella. Now I want to jailbreak iphone, so created a custom restore file using Pwnage Tool. But when I am trying to restore this custom ipsw using itunes, I am getting "The iphone "iphone" could not be restored". Could you please help me on how to jailbreak iphone running ios 4.3.3 and bb 03.10.01
varma - May 8, 2011 at 9:47pm
Never mind. This got resolved by removing gs.apple.com in my hosts file (/etc/hosts)
Daniel Maier
Daniel Maier - May 9, 2011 at 2:30pm
I had the same problem and I tried pointing gs.apple.com to Cydia's IP and it didn't work for me! Where did you point yours? To or Cydia's server? Did you boot you Mac after doind that? Thanks.
varma - May 9, 2011 at 7:22pm
Just comment that line using #. it will work
Juan Ribes
Juan Ribes - May 8, 2011 at 2:26pm
If someone have a problem restoring custom ipws, with a message from iTunes telling "this device isn't inteligible.. " or something similar remember flush cache by opening terminal and running: dscacheutil -flushcache I had that problem, and finally I've could fix it. Bye.
Sheefo - May 9, 2011 at 6:39am
I got the same "not eligible" error, when I tried to update to a firmware version that I didn't sign the SHSH for (as I didn't understand the importance of saving SHSH regularly). I solved it by updating to a version that I already had signed. Hope this helps.
Roll - May 8, 2011 at 12:54pm
Cannot re-jailbreak. I have an iPhone 4 running stock iOS 4.3.3 (build 8JA) and baseband 04.10.01 I jailbroke using Pwnage tool 4.3.3 and went OK as per instructions. I ran it for a day without problem but had a bit of a panic when I realised that prior to jailbreak I hadn't saved the SHSH blob (this wasn't among the instructions). I downloaded Tiny Umbrella and managed to do so. I decided to revert to standard iOS with aim of re-jailbreaking correctly but then the trouble started. After much sweating, several error messages and failure I eventually managed to restore to the stock software (unjailbroken) and have fully functional iPhone again (after several hours as a brick) Now I would like to Jailbreak again using same method but no matter how I try it will not work. Gets past "extracting" and "verifying with Apple" but during "preparing iPhone for restore" stage it fails with a message the iPhone is ineligible to use this software version!! I then have to force out of recovery mode. What am I doing wrong? Was under the impression I could jailbreak and restore at will but this is a real headache. Have I had my once chance and blown it?
Milo - May 7, 2011 at 8:43pm
SOLUTION to Cydia not staying open after Pwnage jailbreak. Do the jailbreak by using redsn0w for DFU mode. go ahead and just select set up as new phone. then try cydia, if it doesn't work exit out of everything, use redsn0w to ONLY install cydia. then it works. install ultrasn0w (latest) to fix the signal bar issue. it works!!!!
milo - May 7, 2011 at 8:45pm
Only up to 4.3.2. 4.3.3 errored for me in itunes.
bnf-austin - May 10, 2011 at 8:49pm
following Milo directions 2011-05-07, I either get an unexpected error message or redsn0w crashes. Anyone else having this issue?
milo - May 13, 2011 at 1:44am
Need to make sure to collect all the right files for 4.3.2. use the right redsn0w, the right pwnage tool and the right firmware. can't cross stuff over. i just had to do a re-JB and it worked again for me just fine.
Sheefo - May 7, 2011 at 8:53am
I have iPhone 4 on 4.0.1 with bb 01.59.00, I tried to update to 4.3.1 using your tutorial, I got an error when I tried to restore using CF: the iphone could not be restored, the device isn't eligible for the requested build. Is it because I did not sign the 4.3.1 SHSH? I have 4.3.2 and 4.3 signed, should I update to those instead? Do I need to change something in my Hosts file? Thanks for your help.
my2cents - May 7, 2011 at 10:04am
I didnt have anything above the 4.3 shsh in umbrella but there was an update to umbrella this morning. My version is 4.33.00 and I'm on a mac. I had the same error trying to update my phone so I updated umbrella, started the TSS server, went back into itunes and was able to restore custom 4.3.3 firmware.
highgrade - May 7, 2011 at 7:43pm
Had the same error also open tinyumbrella and start tss sever and i was able to do restore custom firmware
highgrade - May 7, 2011 at 11:16pm
pwnage tool garbage lucky i have a mac and a pc use snowbreeze which work fine
bahram - May 7, 2011 at 1:43am
after connecting to itunes when it is verifying the restore with apple, I got error message indicating that the device is not eligible for this build. What should I do? I have IOS 4.3.2 on my iphone and currently I am not is USA and I want to jailbreak my phone first to be able to unluck it. I had AT&T contract before in USA.
t - August 5, 2011 at 2:46am
It appears this (...this phone is not eligible for this update) is happening to more than one person. I thought it may have been to a version of iTunes that was not the latest, but no. I was unable to restore to my previous IPSW and had to use iTunes to Update And Restore. Now I have OS 4.3.5... bummer!
Desirea - May 6, 2011 at 10:45pm
Should I update to 4.3.3 in iTunes first? I'm running 4.3 (8F190) or do I just let the ..pwnage do the updating??
Eniram56 - May 6, 2011 at 9:48pm
Everything works great but when I open up cydia it gives me an error of. "the list of sources could not be read" and "malformed line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/cydia.list(URI parse)
iPhone - May 6, 2011 at 4:15pm
Guys, please don't release non-working crap. I don't mind waiting, but don't tell us something works when it doesn't.
Zeljko - May 6, 2011 at 6:42pm
Agree 100 %
nsinsinsi - May 6, 2011 at 12:01pm
PwnageTool isn't working for me. I had a jailbroken iPhone 4 on 4.1 working fine. I wanted to upgrade to 4.3 because a lot of app store updates started requiring it. So I upgraded firmware to 4.3.3 via iTunes, and then downloaded pwnage tool 4.3.2, as well as the appropriate firmware restore image iPhone3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw. When I try PwnageTool, it tells me it can't find the appropriate firmware, and asks me to go to advanced mode. I do, and then manually select the firmware image. PwnageTool tells me "Wrong Firmware Bundle Selected". Please help :(
Justabrake - May 6, 2011 at 12:51pm
Try getting firmware from somewhere else That happened to me once
decorativejunk - May 7, 2011 at 8:09pm
Downloaded pwntool 4.3.3 .. do try the same process.. it will work... i had the same problem
tenzee - April 28, 2011 at 3:19pm
hai guys i done jailbreaker on iphone4 version 4.3.2 but problem is it show no service and i cann`t call and sms for myfriends n relative.i just want to help from u guys to solution. i think if i change my new version 4.3.2 into old version 4.1 or 4.1.2 it may working.So PLEASE HELP ME TO HOW TO CHANGE IT OR OTHER WAY PLEASSSSSSSS
tenzee - April 28, 2011 at 5:54am
hai i just wanna ask you how i can fix no service my iphone4 ios 4.3.2 after jaailbreaker? plsease HELP ME
needweeds - April 28, 2011 at 10:13am
Hi, I have the same problem.. tried a few times generating and builing the custom ipsw but still can't get any signal from the the telco!! I'm using an unlock Iphone4.. Other than using pwnage I've tried using redsn0w to jailbreak, and as get the error 1013,, worst part is wnever i tried to restore to factory setting this error still persist!! I have to send back to the dealer and retore back to factory setting!!
Peter - April 26, 2011 at 7:30am
Someone please help!!! Im using the iphone 4 4.3.2. I got to the final step to load the custom firmware, it loads for about 5 or 10 mins, then an error comes up. (My iphone could not be restored. an un known error occured 1601. I tried installing the original firmware that I downloaded prior to trying this and the same thing happened. Any help will be greatly appreciated
rbs2000 - April 25, 2011 at 11:53am
Do guys leave the partition at 924 MB or do you increase that partition ? Can I increase it to 2gig or 4 gig? I have a 32 gig so I have plenty of space ? Let me know what is the best set up ? Thanks
Mike Walker
Mike Walker - April 25, 2011 at 9:25am
Will this be able to work with bb 04.10.01?this bb wasnt compatible on 4.3.1
jake - April 24, 2011 at 3:32pm
Hey! Does PwnageTool jailbreak erase all content of my iphone? Thanks!
00Kvin - April 24, 2011 at 1:27pm
Hi, I jailbroke my iPhone 4 today without any issues except that there is 8 gigs of memory labeled "other" being used? I don't know if this is all from the custom ispw that I made that only includeds SSH and Cydia. Other then that, everything is gravy. Is anyone else having this problem?
00Kvin - April 24, 2011 at 1:32pm
Nevermind, the 8 gigs used was my movies that I hadn't restored back to my phone. After I did, then the yellow bar became the "app" green bar incase anyone runs into this.
jonat - April 24, 2011 at 12:30pm
If you have any paid applications through Cydia I recommend you wait until Cydia recovers from the Amazon EC2 outage. As I write this, Cydia is unable to install any paid apps, such as PkgBackup!
Tom - April 24, 2011 at 6:25am
Im on baseband 1.59.00 on 4.2.1 can i use this without upgrading baseband or use tiny umbrella?
Hunter MacLean
Hunter MacLean - April 23, 2011 at 8:51pm
Anyone know if we can use PwnageTool with the new iPhone 4.3.2 firmware?
Luciovia - April 20, 2011 at 1:53am
Hi All, I am getting a brand new AT&T iPhone 4 shipped to me tomorrow. I need to unlock it for use on other networks. Is it possible for me to activate (hactivate) the phone with Pwnage Tool straight out of the box? Would redsn0w activate the device too? I understand there is no unlock for the moment (assuming it's on 4.3.1), and don't mind using it as an ipod for now. Please advise. Thanks in advance.
goom - April 24, 2011 at 11:52am
sorry to bring the bad news, but u're lost. As u know, dev team still cannot unlock bb higher the 01.59, (and ofc u're iphone will come with 04.xx bb) and other methods, like the online unlock are not available anymore. U just have the option to buy a sim card (read gevey) and try use it, but again there's problems with that.
jb - April 15, 2011 at 7:56pm
lost my phone and replaced with another carrier used. this saved me 20 to 50 bucks i will donate thanks!
ME - April 14, 2011 at 4:01pm
i jailbroke successfully using all the steps but do not have any of my contacts after I backed up from itunes.......any help?? please!
wordatron - April 13, 2011 at 5:08pm
Apparently the new ultrasnow 1.2.1 will fix the 1 signal bar issue for those encountering it. Even if u do not need to unlock ur phone it is supposed to fix the 1 signal bar issue too. So it's an unlock for peeps with an unlockable old BB and a "fix" for peeps with the 1 signal bar issue. I had the 1 signal bar issue after updating/jailbreaking my iphone 4 to 4.3.1. I ran the new ultrasnow 1.2.1 to "fix" the 1 signal bar issue and guess what? it still didn;t work. tried running ultrasnow a few more times and then gave up and restored it to factory apple 4.3.1. During the restore i got the dreaded 1013 error so i couldn;t even restore to factory 4.3.1 . Basically my phone was bricked. then i found an article saying to go into the hosts file and delete the apple servers and retry the restore in itunes. i did that and it worked. so now i have a working phone back but it has the new bb and 4.3.1 on it. ah well...at least i have a phone again. ridiculous all this shit really. hope this helps anyone else stuck in a similar position. :)
Claudio - April 13, 2011 at 6:06am
Hi. I´m a experienced user, I think, but still don´t getit how to jailbreak with PwnageTool without upgrading my baseband. I´m still in 01.59. I have to use TinyUmbrella when I restore with the custom firmware? I already upgraded to 4.2.1 using redsn0w, but after the upgrade I got just one signal bar, after putting ultrasn0w get full bars (that´s OK). Still one problem, is draining my battery. Thanks iClarified, DevTeam, GeoHot, Zibri, and all the rest. Great job you don over the years
beks6 - April 14, 2011 at 8:16am
download ultrasn0w sbsettings toggle than u can turn off ultrasn0w and it wont drain anymore your battery
Claudio - April 14, 2011 at 11:38am
Ok, Downloaded. Traing. Thank you!
Skywalker - April 12, 2011 at 5:13pm
I was previously on 4.2.1 Jailbreak through Greenpoison, then I used pwnagetool on my mac os 10.6.7 to jailbreak my iPhone 4 to 4.3.1 and everything seems to be working just fine except for the fact that I can’t get any signal!! It doesn’t recognize that I’m on the AT&T network and I can neither call or receive incoming calls. What did I do wrong?
iphonegirl - April 13, 2011 at 1:16am
re do it, but this time when u build ur package you have to uncheck the "activate phone" this fixed it. Also make sure you erase ur first custom bundle before you rebuild.
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