How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS using PurpleRa1n for Mac OS X. Once you have completed this tutorial you will be able to unlock your iPhone 3GS using this tutorial.

This is a preliminary jailbreak and thus some apps such as Winterboard will not work. You may want to consider waiting for the jailbreak release from the iPhone Dev-Team if this is important to you.

You can find a Windows version of this tutorial here.


Step One
Open your web browser of choice and navigate to http://www.purplera1n.com. Click the Apple logo at the bottom of the screen.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

Step Two
When prompted save the download to your desktop
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

Step Three
Double click the purplera1n archive to extract the application. Then double click the purplera1n application file from the desktop to launch the program
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

Step Four
Click the large make it ra1n button
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

Step Five
You iPhone will now be placed in recovery mode. You will see a picture of GeoHot that replaces the regular recovery mode screen on your device.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

purplera1n will run and then your device will reboot.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

Step Six
Once your device reboots you will see a new icon on the SpringBoard entitled Freeze. Press it to continue.
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Step Seven
Once Freeze opens tap Install Cydia.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

Step Eight
Once the Cydia installation has completed you must reboot your iPhone.
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Step Nine
When you iPhone has rebooted you can run Cydia. Let it do all the necessary updates then follow our Unlock tutorial to finally unlock your iPhone 3GS.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PurpleRa1n (Mac)

NOTE*: To remove the Freeze icon from your desktop you can install CyDelete from Cydia then use it to delete the application. We will post a tutorial on this shortly.

THANKS*: A big thanks goes to GeoHot for his work in making this jailbreak possible. Also thanks to others who contributed such as chronic and the dev-team.

agamy - September 7, 2009 at 5:36pm
how long does it take to reboot, its taking a while now but no reboot yet.
TJ - August 31, 2009 at 12:25pm
Tried purplerain for my Iphone 3GS and my phone just locks up on the pruple rain recovery screen. Tried 3 times but no joy... I guess I\'ll have to wait for them to iron out the kinks. Let it rain my arse!
MDX - September 12, 2009 at 8:30am
I\'m having the same issue. Stalls on the picture of Geohot in the rain. Been like it for about half hour now. Any ideas anyone? As for the official Dev-Team Jailbreak... iTunes just throws up the error message that my 3gs cannot verify the software when it reaches the verifying 3.0.1 software and fails every time. I am on 3.0.1 so this really should not be the case. Anyone got any idea? Having trouble finding any info on the problem I am having. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Orbaksingapore - July 12, 2009 at 9:20am
I wanna say thanks for purplerain. I just got my phone less than 10 hours ago after quesing for 2 hours. As soon as I got home I started to download redsnow. As it was taking a ling time to diwnload I decide yo try purple rain. Great choice. At least for now everything works perfectly. From native apps to intelliscreen to installous, there\'s nothing that\'s working less than normal. In fact everything is much faster than my 2g which is now my secondary phone. Great job geohot!!!!
rkd - July 7, 2009 at 12:49am
how can I activate my 3GS without AT&T SIM card?
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