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How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Posted October 14, 2012 at 6:25am by iClarified
These are instructions on how to upgrade your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS firmware without updating the baseband.

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download the latest version of RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the firmware you would like to upgrade to from here and place it in the Pwnage folder.


Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Two
Right click or control click the RedSn0w application that you extracted in Step One and click Open from the popup menu that appears.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Three
Click Extras from the RedSn0w menu.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Four
Click Even More from the Extras menu.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Five
Click the Restore button from the Even More menu.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Six
Click the IPSW button.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Choose the firmware you would like to update to from the dialog box that appears and click the Open button.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Seven
You will be asked if you would like to Prevent baseband update. Click the Yes button.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Eight
You will be told that Pwned DFU mode is required. Click the OK button.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Nine
Connect your iPhone to the computer, turn it off, and click Next
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Ten
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Eleven
Your device will be detected once in DFU mode and exploited with Limera1n.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Redsn0w will then prepare a restore image.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Twelve
Redsn0w will now restore the device to the new firmware.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)

Step Thirteen
RedSn0w will tell you when the restore has been completed successfully.
How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband (Mac)


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AdrianaH
AdrianaH - March 1, 2014 at 6:08pm
Is there a way to use this method with a broken Home button? Thank you.
Isaias
Isaias - September 1, 2013 at 12:47am
can I use this method with my iPad 2 , I am running 6.1.3 ???
Thomas
Thomas - June 15, 2013 at 12:58pm
Great news guys! If you iPhone is locked by AT&T and you bought it 2 years ago it can be Factory Unlocked now! Just contact AT&T from the following link: https://www.att.com/deviceunlock/client/en_US/termsAndCondition I did it and it is free and fast! Forget about Ultrasnow/Gevey and preserving your baseband, this is the real jailbreak, haha! iclarified should post this info in every post!
902dbf9
902dbf9 - June 20, 2013 at 7:47pm
iPhone 3GS on 3.1.3 baseband 5.12.10 tried this & it asks for shsh. My cydia crashed months ago so I deleted it and don't know how to reinstall it to see my shsh or get them or whatever I'm supposed to do. Ive been in safe mode for 2 months but everything seems to work. I just want to go to 4.3.2 or 5.0 because most apps require it. Any help would be enormously appreciated.
Thomas
Thomas - May 5, 2013 at 7:46pm
I am trying to upgrade to 6.1.3 from an iPhone 4 on 5.0.1 with BB 01.59.00 and got Unexpected Error 2831. I tried fixing it holding Home Button through all the process, I didn't get the error but Redsnow never finished and I got stucked on Recovery Mode (itunes logo). Any ideas how to fix it?
009
009 - May 19, 2013 at 2:49am
I also got "Couldn't restore" "Unexpected error (2831)" and my phone came back on just the way it was before I began. I'll keep scoping this out to see if there's a fix. I will also try using firmware 6.0 instead of 6.1.3 and see how that goes. I'm running iPhone 3GS 4.2.1 Modem Firmware 5.13.04. Thanx
Daniel
Daniel - February 9, 2013 at 7:39pm
When i finished this process i ended up with the 'connect to itunes logo"
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Alex
Alex - February 6, 2013 at 10:59am
Can I use this method to upgrade my 3gs from iOS 4.1 to 6.x ? My iphone is running still BB 5.13.04 and I think I have to keep this BB to stay unlocked ?! I have iphone 3gs new bootrom, AT&T unlocked and jailbreaked via redsn0w running iOS 4.1 Thanks !
al
al - January 28, 2013 at 4:12am
i have an iphone 4 and i follow the instruction but i am stuck in DFU mode, can someone help?!!
al
al - January 28, 2013 at 4:13am
I know how to get out of the DFU mode, I just need to know why the update is not working....
rocky
rocky - January 23, 2013 at 6:17pm
iPhone 4 with baseband 03.10.01 with gevey sim unlock.. will this work?
0di3
0di3 - January 7, 2013 at 2:42am
will this method work for the iphone 4s?
Hamza
Hamza - November 6, 2012 at 10:33pm
does anyone know If I have iphone 4, baseband 01.59.00 would i still persevere my baseband if i follow these instructions correctly?
jeibi
jeibi - October 31, 2012 at 4:31am
if you are using IPHONE 4 running at 5.0.1 at 4.11.08 baseband and you followed these steps ACCURATELY, you have no problems after. Did every step and now I have a preserved baseband running at IOS 6 :) Thanks bud! Your steps were AWESOME! KUDOS!
Hamza
Hamza - November 6, 2012 at 10:32pm
I have iphone 4, baseband 01.59.00 would i still persevere my baseband if i follow these instructions correctly?
yaku
yaku - October 30, 2012 at 3:47pm
Hello, i have an iphone IOS 4.3.2 Baseband 4.10.01 (Factory Unlocked using gevey sim) . and how can i update it to IOS 6 without upgrading my Baseband? and If i successfuly Updated it to ios 6 and preserved my baseband, can i still unlock it with my gevey sim?
thefakeburrito
thefakeburrito - October 30, 2012 at 4:48pm
If you got an iPhone 4 or 3GS, you can follow this guide step by step, it's pretty easy. I don't think there'll be a problem if you update multiple firmwares at once (since you are in 4.3.2). Update here to iOS 6, then jailbreak it (you can find another guide here in iClarified).
yaku
yaku - November 4, 2012 at 3:28am
hey.. did you update using this method? and your gevey sim still worked?
jb
jb - October 28, 2012 at 4:29pm
after getting it into DFU mode, its asking me for shsh blobs, local or remote, i clicked remote and it couldnt find them and i dont have any local ones, what do i do? im an iphone 4 on 4.3.5 with 4.10.01 trying to upgrade to 5.1.1
jj
jj - December 18, 2012 at 4:51am
Having the same problem here. I'm on a 3GS, iOS 4.1, 04.26.08 firmware. If I try to use any higher iOS ipsw, it asks for SHSH blobs that I don't have and it can't find remotely.
jj
jj - December 27, 2012 at 9:18am
The same to my. It ask me to use local/remote Blobs to restore. UGRRR
JJ
JJ - December 27, 2012 at 5:02pm
What finally worked for me was finding a list of what iOSes redsn0w could remotely find blobs for, THEN downloading the right ipsw and successfully getting remote blobs for it. I ended up on 5.0.1.
pedro
pedro - December 30, 2012 at 7:23pm
had same problem the only thing that work was to create a custom firmware with snowbreeze on windows.
steve
steve - October 18, 2012 at 11:14am
on mac this process is working great
thefakeburrito
thefakeburrito - October 16, 2012 at 4:15am
It worked pretty cool to me, I have an iPhone 4 (GSM) and I use the gevey sim: everything fine, but, it didn't install cydia any ideas..? please?
thefakeburrito
thefakeburrito - October 16, 2012 at 4:34am
Well, uh, I think this tutorial is about "How to Upgrade Your iPhone 4, 3GS Without Updating the Baseband" and not jailbreaking it... correct me if I'm wrong, but, mmm, yes
yaku
yaku - November 4, 2012 at 3:30am
did your gevey sim still worked?
vipul1614
vipul1614 - October 15, 2012 at 12:14pm
i juz update my iphone 3gs without updating the baseband i.e 5.13.4.........after restore and jailbreak there is no carrier section in settings....cydia is working fine...i also install ultraslow 1.2.7 but still no service.....help me ?? wat to do ?
Victor
Victor - October 15, 2012 at 5:26pm
Ultrasn0w isn’t yet updated for 6.x Redsn0w will still hactivate your 3GS or iPhone4 if you run it before the device is activated. Due to the current tethered 6.x JB status, redsn0w now hactivates 6.x without requiring subsequent tethered boots. If you accidentally hactivate with redsn0w, use the “Deactivate” checkbox available from the Jailbreak screen, not the normal one in “Even more”
sompopo
sompopo - October 16, 2012 at 3:04am
open cydia and look for a program call tetherme install it problem fix
mark
mark - October 14, 2012 at 11:29am
anyoane tested this ?
iPhonesandMacs
iPhonesandMacs - October 14, 2012 at 6:28am
whats the point in this? just pay $4 to get it factory unlocked
steve
steve - October 14, 2012 at 8:38am
dude stfu an unlock for an iphone 4 is between 50$ and 200$ have anyone tried this on an iphone 4 ?
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