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How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Posted January 30, 2009 at 12:20pm by iClarified
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**** THIS TUTORIAL HAS BEEN UPDATED FOR THE NEW 3.0 FIRMWARE. PLEASE FOLLOW THE UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS HERE ****

This tutorial will show you how to jailbreak and unlock your 2G iPhone. It has been updated for the 2.2.1.

You can find the 3G version of this tutorial: here. To locate the Windows version of the tutorial click Windows


You need iTunes 8.0.2 to continue...


Note: This video tutorial is for the 2.0.2 firmware but it still applies

Alright, first make a folder on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. The two bootloader files 3.9BL, 4.6BL, and Pwnage 2.2.5, found here or here

You will also need the 2.2.1 iPhone firmware.
2.2.1 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H1_Restore.ipsw

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox!

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop with all the required files listed above.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Two
Double click to mount the PwnageTool dmg.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Drag the PwnageTool icon to the Pwnage folder then launch it.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Click Ok if presented with a warning.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Three
Make sure you click Expert Mode from the top menu.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Four
Select your iPhone or iPod from the three devices shown. Notice a large checkmark appears over the selected device. Then click the blue arrow button at the bottom right.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Five
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... button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Click to select the found IPSW file, a checkmark will appear next to it. Then click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with 7 choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

The General settings allows you to decide the partition size. Click activate the phone and Disable partition wipe-out. Click the blue arrow button.
***If the Enable Baseband checkbox is not greyed out, checkmark it. This will allow the unlock to occur!***
***For the 2.2.1 firmware you may have to increase the size of your root partition slightly for the IPSW build to be successful. 590MB worked just fine for me***
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

In the Bootneuter settings, click Neuter bootloader, Unlock baseband, and Auto-Delete BootNeuter.app. It is not necessary to upgrade the bootloader unless you are really feeling the need to be on 4.6. Click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

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 Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Checkmark the ones you want then Click the blue arrow button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

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 Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

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.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Remember the rules for them: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimension bellow 320x480. If you would like to use the iClarified ones they can be found here: Boot Logo, Recovery Logo
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Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Seven
You are now ready to build your custom firmware. Click the build button to select it, then click the blue arrow button.
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Step Eight
If this is the first time doing this, you will be asked to upload the 3.9 and 4.6 BL files. When prompted to search the web, click no.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

You will prompted to browse for the 3.9BL file. Click Yes then select the file(BL-39.bin) from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and click the Open button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Select the file in the Pwnage folder on your desktop and click the Open button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Do the same for 4.6.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

***: After loading the 4.6 BL you may be asked if you're a legit user. If you legally have ATT or an iPhone plan in a different country, clicking yes will not unlock the iPhone and activate it as your legal plan already activates it and there is no need for an unlock. However if you wish to keep the iPhone unlocked, when asked if you're a legit iPhone user, click no

Step Nine
After both are found. You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder on the desktop.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Ten
Your custom IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

If prompted enter your Administrator password and click the OK button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

When prompted if your iPhone has been Pwned before, we clicked No. It allows for a more thorough restore.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

You will be asked to turn off the device. Make sure it is connected to the USB port.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Eleven
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 Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

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.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

When done correctly, Pwnage 2.0 will display a message telling your that it successfully entered DFU mode. iTunes will also pop-up.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

IMPORTANT***: If you have Mac OS X 10.5.6 you may have an issue with putting your iPhone into DFU mode. The easiest option is to use a USB hub between your iPhone and the computer. Another option is to run this automator script. NOTE*: Make sure the script completes properly. If the files are not replaced properly you will lose keyboard and mouse upon reboot. Later today we will post a third alternative for enabling DFU mode on your Mac.

Step Twelve
In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option button and click Restore.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Thirteen
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created (iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Custom_Restore.ipsw) and click the Open button.
How to Unlock/Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 2G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Fourteen
Once the restore has completed, it will restart your iPhone. The phone will then launch BootNeuter.app to unlock your device.

Please allow 5 minutes for this to complete. Your iPhone will restart once completed.
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j-dawg
j-dawg - March 6, 2012 at 11:18am
thanks! only issue was getting the link for the restored IPSW other than that just follow instructions and your Golden!
Tze Chyi
Tze Chyi - August 30, 2011 at 3:30pm
how to open my i phone after update to 4.3.5
xusha
xusha - July 13, 2011 at 5:27am
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH !!!!!
Rosalinda
Rosalinda - September 21, 2012 at 12:52pm
Thank you so much for this artclie, it saved me time!
lucas ledford
lucas ledford - March 6, 2011 at 1:17am
I tried everything I could read, nothing worked until I read this, you are awesome!!! Just follow the guided steps and theres no way you can't unlock your phone. Thanks sooo much!!!
RE
RE - February 1, 2011 at 2:06pm
FANTASTIC! WORKED LIKE A CHARM....THANKS.
Lorelai
Lorelai - January 15, 2010 at 10:01pm
This worked perfectly for me. I just followed the directions, didn't skip steps, and made sure I was selecting exactly what was pictured and now my 2g is syncing with iTunes as I type. I will definitely be recommending this to everyone.
Mark
Mark - May 31, 2010 at 5:00pm
Just released, unlock codes for all model iPhones at http://unlockiphone4free.blogspot.com/
coen
coen - October 7, 2009 at 6:07am
I followed all the instructions and the Iphone still won't accept the sim card I trried and use. Where did I go wrong? How do I uninstall the program? Does anyone know any good iphone unlocking software? Thanks
Meredith
Meredith - October 12, 2009 at 10:35am
If the above method does not work you can get your iPhone unlocked online by downloading some simple software. Try visiting http://unlockiphone4free.blogspot.com/ I got my iPhone unlocked quickly and easily using the unlock Apple iPhone software.
Jennifer M.
Jennifer M. - September 6, 2009 at 1:57am
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! this tutorial made everything easy as pie! I am really a dumbo when it comes to techy things like this, but I had nothing to lose when I effed up my iphone... I found this and am so relieved that everything is going to be okay! thanks so much again! great instructions!
Harold
Harold - September 3, 2009 at 10:02am
Hey I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for mentioning the trick with usb hub for users running OSX 10.5.6 I was pulling out what little hair I have trying to jailbreak my 2g. After hours of searching forums, threads, and guides I FINALLY came across this. Thanks again for the attention to detail.
Chloe Quiroga
Chloe Quiroga - August 29, 2009 at 5:09pm
if anyone knows what to do please email me at chloe.quiroga@hotmail.fr
Chloe Quiroga
Chloe Quiroga - August 29, 2009 at 5:07pm
This broke my iphone!! My iphone is just a black screen now. everything went fine until it was supposed to be restored in itunes-something went terribly wrong and now I have broken my iphone. I have no idea what to do
Raya
Raya - August 29, 2009 at 10:28am
its the first time im doing this but yet it doesnt ask me for the bootloaders
mohawk
mohawk - July 29, 2009 at 6:16pm
I have iphone 2g with firmware 2.2.1 and planning to jailbreak the phone ,will it work with latest update of itunes v8.2.1.Can someone plz answer the question.
David
David - July 19, 2009 at 3:52pm
My phone won't shut off long enough for me to complete the final step of DFU. It just turns off for 4 seconds, but then restarts and reloads the image of a usb plug and an arrow pointing upwards towards the iTunes symbol. Any suggestions on how to turn it off completely long enough to fulfill the DFU step? Thanks. So far it's been very helpful.
steve
steve - June 20, 2009 at 2:14pm
After installing 3.0 itunes is asking if I want to set up as a new iphone or restore with a backup from when I had 2.2 on this phone. WHich one should I select?
tj
tj - June 18, 2009 at 9:04am
With the upgrade to the 3gs I assume that there will be many people trying to sell their 2g phones These people more than likly have itunes 8.2 like me. How do we go about doing this?
alice
alice - June 18, 2009 at 7:15am
thanks so much it worked great!!! now i can use my phone in france!
Peter T
Peter T - June 15, 2009 at 5:42am
What a lifesaver !! It worked beautifully on both my wifes and my sons iPhones. Thank you so much !
Bob G
Bob G - June 4, 2009 at 10:44am
Followed this to the T - it's killed the phone, only "emergency phone calls".
Rohan Maheshwari
Rohan Maheshwari - May 27, 2009 at 5:38am
I upgraded my iphone software using this , ... and then my sim card stops to work , and it shows "NO SERVICE" .... why does this happen and what can i do :S... sme1 plz help
erfan
erfan - August 26, 2009 at 12:59am
i have the same problem, did you manage to fix it?
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