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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Posted December 28, 2011 at 5:19am by iClarified · 157191 views
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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS on iOS 5.0.1 using PwnageTool for Mac.

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 5.0.1, found here.

You will also need the 5.0.1 iPhone firmware found here.

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Click Ok if presented with a warning.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Four
Click to select your device. A check-mark will appear over the image of the device. Click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Five
You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. Click the Browse for IPSW... button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

From the popup window select your firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

The General settings allows you to decide the partition size. Check Activate the phone if you are not with an official carrier then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

NOTE*: Deselect Activate if you have an iPhone legitimately activated on an official carrier.

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 iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

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 iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Checkmark the ones you want then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

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 iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

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 iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

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 iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Nine
Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your iPhone to the computer. Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your iPhone into DFU mode.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Then release the power button and continue holding the home button for 10 seconds.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Once your iPhone is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool (Mac) [5.0.1]

Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your iPhone. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iOS 5.0.1!


***THANKS: Thank you to iPhone Dev-Team, Chronic Dev-Team, I0nic, and Geohot for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!
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jay
jay - March 11, 2013 at 5:02am
I followed the instructions to restore and jailbreak Iphone 3gs it has activated but it wont detect the sim card help
melina
melina - February 7, 2012 at 10:20am
Bought used 3gs. I unlocked and jailbroke on 3.1.2 on baseband 05.11.07. Followed all your steps everything was going well until the end of step 12. iTunes was processing like it was going to work until it came up with this message "the iphone could not be restored. this device isn't eligible for the requested build". I tried to option+restore it again and looked like it was processing it but then got error code 1601. Then I tried to restart the phone and now I get the "only compatible sim cards from a supported carrier may be used." TinyUmbrella now says: firmware 5.0.1 baseband 05.11.07-6.4_M3s2 serial number 85946xxxxxx Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Sithu
Sithu - March 11, 2012 at 2:28am
I have a 16g 3g Iphone. It is running 2.2 and is oajlbriken. I DO want to be able to unlock in the future (as when I sell it on ebay to get the lastest Iphone this summer!). I am using a PC but my wife has an Imac and her own Iphone 3g which she updated to 2.21 as is not interested in jailbreaking. So I want to upgrade to 2.2.1 but not change the baseband. I also do not want to do anything to screw up my wife's Iphone on her Mac. Can I download the PwnageTool on her Mac and create the custom .ipsw and then save and transfer that file to my PC? Then do I use Itunes to update to 2.2.1 and select UPDATE while holding down the shift key, and select the custom .ipsw file? Then use Quickpawn to jailbreak? Are those the correct steps?
matt
matt - February 6, 2012 at 5:20pm
Wasn't clear about one thing, should I already be on OS 5 with my iphone 3GS before I Jailbreak using the Pwnage tool? Right now I have an 3GS with the factory settings. thanks,
Luis
Luis - March 11, 2012 at 3:28am
5221Bonjour, j'ai bien la mise c3a0 jour oficielle de mon nohpie 3gs, chose bizare mon gsm est desimlockc3a9 d'origine alors que au firmware 4.3.3 il etait encore impossible de lire ma sim sans jailbreakc3a9, petit soucis quand je lance redsnow pour jailbreakc3a9 il me dit impossible de le jailbreakc3a9 en untethered alors que j'ai un old bootrom, quelqu'un sait il m'aider pour passer ce problc3a9me ou a t il une solution c3a0 me proposer, merci d'avance
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