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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 · 637 comments · Add Comment
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 - July 13, 2011 at 5:27am
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 - February 1, 2011 at 2:06pm
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 - May 31, 2010 at 5:00pm
Just released, unlock codes for all model iPhones at
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 - October 12, 2009 at 10:35am
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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 - 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
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 - August 29, 2009 at 10:28am
its the first time im doing this but yet it doesnt ask me for the bootloaders
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - August 26, 2009 at 12:59am
i have the same problem, did you manage to fix it?
pht-fxr - May 24, 2009 at 10:53am
Accidentally updated my iPhone 2G software to 2.2.1 and then lost all my iPhone functionality. Had tried several other methods of unlocking and jailbreaking and wasted countless hours trying to get the iPhone working again but this was the ONLY ONE that did it without a hitch and exactly as described in the video. Thanks!!!
rramnel - May 10, 2009 at 9:18pm
For guys using the new macbook running 10.5.6, use a USB hub. iTunes does not give a 2001 error and detects the phone in DFU mode when a USB hub is used.
Diego Quiros
Diego Quiros - April 27, 2009 at 6:05pm
Ok defintely DO NOT USE a Mac from 2008. Scared the sh out of me, thought my phone was bricked. I read the comments (most useful) and what worked for me was Quickpwn in a non2008 laptop mac, then normal restore (without the power and home button schezz) of the ipsw file created from Pwnage Tool. They should warn everybody!! After that it was cream over berries!!! (it was smooth i mean...)
Murthy - April 27, 2009 at 1:14pm
hello! thank u for the procedure but im having a problem with the QUICKPWN.EXE could anyone please help me out .Actually im getting an error mesage whenever i open the file
brandyn Clark
brandyn Clark - April 21, 2009 at 8:29pm
why does my iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H1_Restore.ipsw file look diferrent?
diego - May 10, 2009 at 9:27pm
you have to download it with firefox, cause safari decompresses it automatically into a folder. If firefox doesn´t work try a download manager (like Download Manager).
Carles - April 21, 2009 at 8:53am
i've messed up! i arrived to step eleven but then at the end the red advertisment appear "Failed to enter DFU mode. Do you like to try again?" before saying yes I unplugged my iphone.. no it doesnt turn on... what can i do!?? heeelp!! plz!
nuraizarose - May 13, 2009 at 7:54am
Hi carles.. i have the same problem as yours. any solution? Plzz help.. my phone wont even turn on.. helpppp!
maurizio - April 19, 2009 at 11:48am
Done and it worked perfectly, starting from a ziphone-ed 1.1.4. It is now working perfectly, despite having not asked for bootloaders recognition. Thanks very much for the tutorial.
sparky_clarke - April 17, 2009 at 8:06am
I'm a massive fan of my iPhone and have a O2 account which I'm very happy with. This may sound really stupid but I'm going to ask anyway. If I Jailbreak my iPhone 3G will it mess up my contract or indeed future updates like v.3 software? I'm a expert .OS X user so the procedure posted here looks very well and may I say how well it is explained. Any advice would be welcome. I was thinking of testing the process on my iPod Touch but I advise from here first. Thanks, Nick
Melissa - April 17, 2009 at 8:13am
It messed up one of my iPhones, so I'd proceed with caution. I did successfully jailbreak one, but I can only get a screen with the itunes icon and usb port and can't get ANYTHING else on the other one.
Diego - May 10, 2009 at 9:31pm
I´d try to quickpwn it in windows. Same thing happened to me, 2 iphones one succeeded and one fail and had to do it in windows and worked nicely. Even after taht, i wanted to do the whole process again, and the iphone that once worked with mac, didn´t the second time and had to do it in windows which again worked nicely. I don´t know why.
XIV - April 17, 2009 at 8:00am
Just followed instructions exactly, updated 2G iphone onto the 2.2.1 firmware & it worked perfectly first time thanks!
Gangadhar - April 12, 2009 at 7:55am
I have 2G iPhone. I did exactly as per the tutorial. The phone is in DFU mode. I have imac with OS X 10.5.6 However I am unable to re enable my iPhone as iTunes doesnt detect my iPhone. I also tried your advise on 'iPhone | How to Enable DFU Mode in Mac OS X 10.5.6" by downloading fixing the patch as per the tutorial. However still my iPhone is undetected in iTunes. My iPhone is still in DFU mode and cant use it now. Please advise.
Mel - April 6, 2009 at 9:27pm
I have gotten up to step 12 when you're in iTunes and click alt/option and restore and choose the custom restore. My phone shows the apple logo and then a circle turning constantly underneath. After about 5 minutes it says something to the effect that it could not be restored (error 1604). I have tried several times and nothing...also tried on a different account. Please help! Thanks!
ahmed wahsh
ahmed wahsh - April 7, 2009 at 4:12am
do you have access to the settings in your iphone, cause if you do then go on general, about, and scroll down and see if you have an IMEI and CCID number. If you dont have those number's and codes then your in big trouble and your iphone is literally bricked, if you do have those set of numbers and codes then you're on the safe side.
Mel - April 7, 2009 at 7:34am
I can't even get the phone functioning. It's stuck either on the apple with the circle turning underneath or at the iTunes logo and the USB cord :(...even tried just clicking restore in iTunes but it won't even do that restore.
Melissa - April 7, 2009 at 7:50am
I've got the screen with the usb cord and NOTHING else. I wonder if an ATT store could save my phone. :(
Diego Quiros
Diego Quiros - April 27, 2009 at 4:11pm
what do you mean "bricked"?
ahmed wahsh
ahmed wahsh - April 6, 2009 at 6:11pm
Do not do this, it totally messes up your phone i had to spend alot of money to unlock it. to removes your IMEI and CCID number and doesn't allow the phone to read you sim.
melissa - April 6, 2009 at 6:22pm
My iPhone is COMPLETELY frozen after running this jailbreak and I can reboot.
eduardo - March 31, 2009 at 10:18pm
i have the 2G iphone, have done the jailbreak, no problem, followed the step by step but it is not unlocking the phone, still says "no service". Version says 2.2.1 (5H11). On setting, General, it says Network:not available. Even show my voicemail but it does not recognize the sim card.
Az'farr Baginda
Az'farr Baginda - March 31, 2009 at 10:32pm
Jailbreak is to let you use your iPhone to the capacity of an iPod Touch. You need to "unlock" your iPhone to use it to maximum capacity. You need to read more on the terminology of iPhone that can be found here in iClarified.
Eduardo - March 31, 2009 at 10:42pm
yes, but I above says that it also unlocks the phone. So how can I unlock it? I can't find the instructions on how to unlock, i thought the above was for jailbreak and unlock. Could you please give me the link on how to be able to use ny sim card on my phone? thanks !
Melissa - March 29, 2009 at 10:58pm
I successfully ran the Jailbreak on my first phone, but my second one is stuck. It won't run the iphone restore and keeps giving me diffenent errors (I've tried 2 computers) and the only image I can get on the screen is the usb cord connecting to iTunes. Can someone help?
Radu - May 4, 2009 at 6:07pm
Magnus - March 26, 2009 at 5:12am
I had some problems with my 2g iphone after running pwnage with error odes such as 2, 21 and 1600 in itunes. I restored to the original 2.2.1 ipsw-file and ran quickpwn. That worked for me.
BC8 - March 29, 2009 at 12:21am
Well on mac os x 10.5.6, you need to download a usb fix to make it see the iphone in DFU mode, it happened to me. hope this helps
Jeffrey - March 24, 2009 at 3:01am
Update: I ran Pwnage one more time, and this time installed yellowsnow and bosspref's. I followed all the instructions, but still get no signal. Is there anyway to do this?
Jeffrey - March 24, 2009 at 2:23am
I just got a brand new iPhone 3G. I thought the very first thing I would do was jailbreak it using the 2.2.1 custom firmware created by Pwnage 2.2.5. But -- I misread the instructions. Pwnage created the new firmware, but I stupidly thought it meant to just use iTunes to Restore (not option-click and choose the custom file). Anyway, I finally figured it out, but by then it was too late. However, I figured since I'm with ATT anyway, I didn't need the iPhone unlocked, just jailbroken. So I ran Pwnage again, this time, choosing the custom ipsw. All went smoothly, but the iPhone now says No Signal. I tried everything I knew to get signal, hard reset, resetting my Network prefs, to no avail. So finally, I reverted back to the standard 2.2.1 restore in iTunes -- voila: Signal. Is there still a way to jailbreak this thing?
Hanchy - March 23, 2009 at 10:17am
Hiya just to let you know that I was using iTunes 8.1 1st gen iPhone 10.5.6 (on UK Orange network) and it worked fine the SECOND time. First time after restore I got error reports (which scared me somewhat!) but then I ran restore a second time and it worked fine. I didn't need to use the automater script to get the phone into DFU mode, it worked OK. The only difference between the first and second restore was that I quit Pwnage tool, so that might have made a difference, might not have. Thanks for easy to follow instructions!
Bre - March 21, 2009 at 10:37pm
someone please help me. i had my phone unlocked already and i wanted to update to 2.2.1 and everything was successful until it restored and now it says to enter accepted sim card. what do i do now???
MSM - March 21, 2009 at 7:51pm
The "2.2.1 (2G): iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H1_Restore.ipsw" link in the tutorial above points to the 3g .ipsw download, which does not work for the 2g.
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