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

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

Posted July 5, 2009 at 7:58pm by iClarified
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 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.
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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?
quinn - July 10, 2009 at 8:13pm
It seems that purplera1n crashes every time it opens on my mac os x 10.4.11 mac pro ..anyone else ?
brandon - July 6, 2009 at 11:15pm
This Jailbreak worked fine for me. I am happy with the results I got. The only thing that doesn't work for me after this jailbreak is that the AppStore app crashes after 5 seconds of launching it. No big deal, I can always get my apps through iTunes :) but of course I would prefer that I did not have an app that crashes.
John - July 6, 2009 at 1:43pm
Well the jailbreak worked great for me. Have a 32gig 3GS and with in a few min I was jailbroken and ready to go. Now comes the problem. I was lying in bed looking on Safari and the auto rotate was driving me nuts so I decided to download the SBSettings autorotate kill switch. NOT A GOOD IDEA!!! Now my phone just keeps rebooting. What do I do now!?!?!? Do I just restore or is their an easier way? HELP!!!
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iPhone CNX - July 6, 2009 at 7:06am
OK I found the solution for Freeze : just go to Cydia then install Cydelete then in the preferences of Cydelete ask it to support NON Cydia applications. That all, plus some restarts and I could get rid of Freeze. very easy. Note that Big Boss ( has a very good how-to that works great with Windows ans Mac OS X PurpuleRa1n
palcica - July 6, 2009 at 9:49am
Sorry, could you tell me more specific, where are CyDelete preferences? I can't find it :(
Awayze - July 6, 2009 at 10:11am
Install CyDelete and then go into Settings on your iPhone and there should be an option for Cydelete. Turn Non-Cydia Deletion ON.
iPhone CNX
iPhone CNX - July 6, 2009 at 6:58am
Just to say that I have an official desimlocked iPhone (did it in France (75 euros at Orange shop), just before coming back to Thailand where I live – 3GS arrive in Bankgok with True Mobile only in August. So I did not tried Ultrasn0w.
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iPhone CNX - July 6, 2009 at 6:53am
As French Folk said just before, this PurpleRa1n works very well. And all my iPhone 3GS functions are… functional. Wifi works perfect. I did reinstall of the pieces of software I have on my (still alive) iPhone V1. The only thing I don't know to do is to get rid of Freeze application. I used always in the past the DEV Team tools that I respect a lot. But there's no reason (I don't use Winterboard anyway) to wait. If the DEV Team as something to propose, I will be also happy looking at.
sarvary70 - July 6, 2009 at 5:28am
you guys don't waste your time most apps and settings are not working I just tried it and my network last Wi Fi not working and much more be patient and wait for the great work of Dev Team !!!
Cody - July 6, 2009 at 3:04am
geohot is full of himself. dev-team for life!
neurocxjimenez - July 5, 2009 at 11:46pm
Thanks. You are right. I wait for Dev-Team
neurocxjimenez - July 5, 2009 at 10:04pm
Hi My iphone 3GS are not activate for apple or AT T. I run purplera but when reboot, the jailbreak don´t work! Help!
r0ot - July 5, 2009 at 9:03pm
u CANNOT delete Freeze with CyDelete becuase its not installed from cydia...
canolli - July 5, 2009 at 11:14pm
Launch settings app and navigate to the bottom of the first page to find the settings bundle and Tap CyDelete and enable “Non-Cydia Deletion” (the top option).After the springboard reloads, hold any icon to get into wiggle mode and remove Freeze: Optional. You no longer need CyDelete. You can uninstall this in Cydia now. I recommend keeping it however. It’s a very easy way to uninstall Cydia apps and you now have enough memory in your 3GS that you will not notice any overhead having it
William - July 5, 2009 at 8:48pm
Thanks! You guys are great!
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