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How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Posted January 30, 2009 at 11:39am 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 your 3G iPhone. It has been updated for the 2.2.1 firmware.

To learn how to use PwnageTool to unlock/jailbreak a 2G iPhone you can use the tutorial found: here.


If you have a 3G iPhone make sure you have iTunes 8.0.2 and continue...


Note this video is for 2.0.2 however its still applies!

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 2.2.5, found here or here

You will also need the 2.2.1 iPhone firmware.
2.2.1 (3G): iPhone1,2_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox!
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool 2.2.5 then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Click Ok if presented with a warning.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Four
Click to select your iPhone. A check-mark will appear over the image of the phone.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Five
Click the blue arrow button to continue. 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....
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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.

NOTE*: Deselect Activate if you have an iPhone legitimately activated on an official carrier.
NOTE*: You may need to increase the size of the root partition slightly. My first attempt failed at creating the IPSW until I increased the size to about 695 MB.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

The Bootneuter settings are greyed out for the 3G iPhone. Click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Checkmark the ones you want then Click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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. If you would like to use the iClarified ones they can be found here: Boot Logo, Recovery Logo
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Remember the rules for them: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimension bellow 320x480...
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Your IPSW is not being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Nine
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 Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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.

When done correctly, Pwnage 2.2 will display a message telling your that it successfully entered DFU mode. iTunes will also pop-up.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G 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 Ten
In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option button and click Restore.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created (iPhone1,2_2.2.1_5H11_Custom_Restore.ipsw) and click the Open button.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your iPhone. This can also take up to 10 minutes.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

If you so desire you may restore from a previous backup to keep all your settings or set your iPhone up fresh.
How to Jailbreak Your 2.x.x 3G iPhone (Mac) [Updated 2.2.1]

Step Thirteen
Once the restore is completed your iPhone will reboot and you will notice Cydia is present on the SpringBoard!
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Trisha - January 8, 2012 at 11:50pm
Appreciation for this inorfmation is over 9000-thank you!
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essay help - July 5, 2011 at 9:02am
very interesting article! I will follow your themes. Can I subscribe to your posts on Twitter or on your Facebook profile?
danny
danny - October 13, 2009 at 5:12pm
hi can some help i connet my iphone to itunes message on screen saying sim inserted does not appear to be surported how do i get to restore page to start my jailbreak process can somone help me thanks danny boy!!!
wes
wes - September 15, 2009 at 7:38pm
yea this pretty much just screwed my phone up......i can't restore it to its original firmware or anything! And the jailbroken firmware freezes everytime i power it up. So im pretty sure I just wasted 300 dollars ....FML any ideas...
Keith
Keith - August 27, 2009 at 10:13am
Hi I got an USB problem. I followed the steps with out any problems until i got to the USB connection. It will not find my iphone 3gs. It appears in Itunes , the charger works great. So the problem is not the cable. Is there any one out there who got the same issue, and maybe got thrue it..
hamster
hamster - August 27, 2009 at 10:55am
Hi Keith, are you plugging it into the keyboard or the back of the display if so don't the power from these are not enough and needs to be plugged directly into the computer. If you are try using a USB hub this may alleviate any problems you may have.
natassa
natassa - July 2, 2009 at 7:27pm
Hi, I have the same problem as Tannoy (posted on 2009-05-20), i.e. can't switch on the phone at all after I botched this. Would anyone happen to know if there is anything I can do to resuscitate a resolutely non-responsive 3g, other than take it to applestore and beg them not to charge too much?
Nick
Nick - June 22, 2009 at 11:35pm
Thank you so much for this. My iPhone pretty much died about 3 weeks after jailbreaking. This tutorial helped me restore. After a wasted day dealing with Apple's proprietary BS, I can finally rest!
mimi
mimi - June 13, 2009 at 5:16am
thank youuuu..thank you very much...of all tutorials i found, yours is the best! :)
john
john - June 11, 2009 at 3:57am
my phone has firmware 2.2.1 5H11 ..when i download it and browse for it in pwnage tool it says it's the wrong bundle, i should be downloading and saving the same firmware that is on my phone currently correct?
Bobby
Bobby - May 29, 2009 at 3:23am
When i download the iphone firmware it gives me a folder instead of the block looking thing in the tutorial. i have tried redownloading it but nothing new happens. please help
Tanoy
Tanoy - May 20, 2009 at 5:24am
Help! I got to as far as step nine, and the message popped up saying "and ipod was detected". I tried opening iTunes but I don't see my iPhone showing. To make matter worse, now I can't even turn on my iPhone at all. Please let me know what's going on with my iPhone. Did I break it?
saber
saber - May 27, 2009 at 5:04pm
Hey what was your modem firmware? Do not try with 02.30.. firmware otherwise you will face difficulties. Open your i phone normally itunes connection screen will come and make restore Then try for jailbreak and unlock again Regards
natassa
natassa - July 2, 2009 at 6:52pm
Hey, did you manage to solve this in the end? I am experiencing the same problem, and the same levels of anxiety. Could I please ask you to post the solution which I hope and pray you have found? Thanks
Abraham Asto
Abraham Asto - May 19, 2009 at 1:50pm
I get as far as restoring the iphone on itunes, but after I select the customrestore package itunes says it cannot restore my phone. What can I do?
Chewy
Chewy - May 9, 2009 at 2:45pm
Hey, I keep getting to about step 9 but an error message pops up and says an iPod was detected but could not be found (not actually what it says, but that's pretty much it without the technical language), and asks me to reconnect my iPod, even though I'm doing it with an iPhone 3G... Anyways, it's really bugging me because I've tried pretty much everything I can, so, e-mail me: joeweston1015@hotmail.co.uk with any helpful comments!
Darryn Flowers
Darryn Flowers - June 23, 2009 at 4:21pm
Hey man, I get the same thing but if I pull out and reinsert my phone everything is cool except it tells me that I can't use my backup because the software is too old! It's not I backed up with the new software having been installed an running fine for 6 days. What if anything worked for you. At one point I had everything on the phone except I had "no service"! I'm trying again.
rkp01_jec
rkp01_jec - April 24, 2009 at 9:44am
hello guys, i have bought a new iphone 3G from US and want to work with iphone in India .can u plz give me the whole procedure or suggest me the right direction to make iphone work for airtel carrier or vodafone carrier .what will good for me .
bio
bio - April 20, 2009 at 3:39pm
hi, i download the PwnageTool_2.2.5.dmg but how to extract it? im clicking on it but its not oppening since there is no problem assigned for it. please help.
42b4ebc
42b4ebc - April 15, 2009 at 12:24am
i get this error message with iTunes 8.1.1 and have entered DFU mode with my iphone 3g. I have used the script and all that jazz with no help. What gives? For all of you in a similar situation: to get out of the DFU mode, hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds and then press the power button. Below is my error message. HELP!
TLM
TLM - April 12, 2009 at 1:54am
Does this work if I have iTunes 8.1.1 ?
freeheel
freeheel - April 6, 2009 at 6:38am
Prob with DFU mode and Mac OS: I ran the additional script you provided. Now I restart my Macbook and mouse and keyboard are frozen. I am writing you from my old PC. What can I do?
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