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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Posted October 14, 2012 at 6:36pm by iClarified
These are instructions on how to perform a jailbreak of your iPhone 3GS on iOS 6 using Redsn0w for Mac.

This jailbreak is untethered for old bootrom devices; however, new bootrom devices are tethered. A tethered jailbreak means you will need to connect your device to the computer each time you reboot.

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 6.0 firmware from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. (Note: you do not need to download the 6.0 firmware if you are already on iOS 6.0)

Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Two:
If you haven't already updated to iOS 6 then open iTunes from your dock.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Select your iPhone from the list of devices on the left. Now hold down Option and click the Restore button. Restore is preferred as it won't create any wasted space on your iPhone.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop and select the 6.0 firmware ipsw. Click the Choose button to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

iTunes will now update your iPhone to the new firmware.

**Important: If you want to keep your UltraSn0w unlock then follow these instructions to update.

Step Three
Right click or control-click the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier and choose Open from the popup menu that appears.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Four
Once RedSn0w opens ensure your device is connected and click the Jailbreak button
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Five
Connect your device, turn it off, then click the Next button
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Six
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Seven
Your iPhone will now be exploited with limera1n.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Eight
RedSn0w will now prepare the jailbreak data.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Nine
Select Cydia from the list of options and click Next.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Ten
Your iPhone will now be rebooted again and RedSn0w will begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Eleven
Once this is complete you will be notified that RedSn0w is done.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]


BOOT TETHERED
Once you have jailbroken you will need to rerun redsn0w to boot tethered only if you have a new bootrom iPhone 3GS.

Step One
From the main RedSn0w menu click the Extras button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]

Step Two
Select Just boot from the Extras menu to boot tethered and follow the instructions to put your device into DFU mode again for boot.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using RedSn0w (Mac) [6.0]


*A big thanks is owed to the iPhone Dev-Team and Geohot for their hard work and contribution to the iPhone community.

ANSWERS:
If you need help with this tutorial please post a question in the comments or submit a question to the iClarified community using our Answers section.
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Novaz
Novaz - February 28, 2015 at 3:23pm
I have got an error it says i am missing "Keys.plist" anyone able to help me
abhinav
abhinav - June 6, 2013 at 10:32am
how long does it take to reboot???i hav completd all the above stepsss...n im in last stepp...how much tym does it take to reboot....i woud be happie..if u send me the crrct steps...beczz im liitl bit cnfuseddd
Rafal
Rafal - May 10, 2013 at 2:31pm
Also watch out for those 5 dollar unlocking sites, they are SCAM
Ian Hindley
Ian Hindley - March 5, 2013 at 10:04pm
states usb communication problem and does not proceed even though the usb will connect it to itunes to get the wrong sim card message?
Tim Campbell
Tim Campbell - November 30, 2012 at 10:16pm
At Step7, when the iPhone is being exploited with limera1n, I get the message "Missing Keys.plist data for this build." Do you know what this means and what I can do about it?
Matt
Matt - December 15, 2012 at 6:16pm
I did this with an iPhone 3GS, and this was what worked for me. I got this exact message when I used the iPhone2,1_6.0_10A523_Restore.ipsw file. Then I used the iPhone2,1_6.0_10A403_Restore.ipsw file and it worked perfectly. Give 'er a whirl, it might work.
noAlvaro
noAlvaro - November 7, 2012 at 11:10am
No Hadi, you cannot downgrade your boot room, I think. It is related to the week in which you phone had been produced. Never seen anyone changing this. Sorry.
GeNeRaL.JeDDaH
GeNeRaL.JeDDaH - November 5, 2012 at 8:53pm
very much thanks ..to you and your group .. i will tested now.. thanks again
Hadi
Hadi - October 31, 2012 at 1:08am
Can my 3GS with new bootrom be downgraded to old bootrom? I thought it was possible now to upgrade/Downgrade to any IOS version?!
noAlvaro
noAlvaro - October 26, 2012 at 11:57am
The OS installation actually works, but ultrasn0w didn't worked for me at all. The phone just won't find my carrier. Although having the same issue with the version 5.1.1, installing the iPad baseband had solved before. But not now, this sucks. Downgrading... :_(
joseph
joseph - October 17, 2012 at 11:05am
Hey. I have an iphone 3gs with an old bootrom. so actually i should be able to do an untethered jailbreak, right? i wouldn't have to do a tethered reboot, correct? i have the latest redsnow-data, updated via itunes etc. and followed every of your steps. however, i doesn't … wait. hm. EDIT: damn. it seems to work! yeay! i reinstalled ios6 once again via itunes, restoring the factory settings. thanks!
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