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

Posted February 15, 2010 at 12:03am by iClarified
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This tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS using PwnageTool for Mac. PwnageTool now supports the latest 3.1.3 firmware.

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 3.1.5, found here or here

You will also need the 3.1.3 iPhone firmware.
3.1.3 (3GS): iPhone2,1_3.1.3_7E18_Restore.ipsw


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]

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool 3.1.5 then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

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

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

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

Step Four
Click to select your iPhone. A check-mark will appear over the image of the phone.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

Step Five
Click the blue arrow button to continue. You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. On my laptop, it automatically found the IPSW. If PwnageTool doesn't automatically find the ipsw file you can click Browse for IPSW....
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

Click to select the found IPSW file, a checkmark will appear next to it. Then click the blue arrow button to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with 7 choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

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]

NOTE*: Deselect Activate if you have an iPhone legitimately activated on an official carrier.
NOTE*: You may need to increase the size of the root partition slightly. My first attempt failed at creating the IPSW until I increased the size to about 695 MB.


The Bootneuter settings are greyed out for the 3G iPhone. Click the blue arrow button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

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]

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]

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

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]

The Custom Logos Settings menu allows you to add your own images as boot logos. Click the Browse button to select your Boot logo and Recovery logo. If you would like to use the iClarified ones they can be found here: Boot Logo, Recovery Logo
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

Remember the rules for them: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimensions below 320x480...
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

Click the blue arrow button to continue.

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]

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]

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

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]

You will be asked if your iPhone has been pwned before. If unsure click the NO button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

Step Nine
If your iPhone isn't already connected to the computer connect it now.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

After delivering the payload PwnageTool will have placed your iPhone in recovery mode. Click OK to close the popup message telling you this.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

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

iTunes will also pop-up saying it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

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

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

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created (iPhone2,1_3.1.3_7E18_Custom_Restore.ipsw) and click the Open button.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone 3GS Using PwnageTool [Mac]

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 iPhone OS 3.1.3!



***THANKS: Thank you to the Dev-Team for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible!
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nik14
nik14 - July 14, 2010 at 10:06pm
Any eta on a jailbreak for a 3GS with the new boot rom? Thanks
AKJHS
AKJHS - July 14, 2010 at 2:07pm
I just have the same problem as the other people. iTunes says: An unknown Error occurred (1604) ... when trying to install 3.1.3. Also My phone won't get in recovery mode. Please answer asap. Thanks so much for your help.
ljz
ljz - September 18, 2010 at 10:53am
mine too... tried few times, still facing the same problem when tried to retore with the firmware.. error msg (1604) fyi: iphone 3gs - 3.1.3(7E18) - 05.12.01 is there any1 can help on this?? plsss..
ljz
ljz - September 18, 2010 at 10:56am
btw, my phone is now freezing on 'connect to itune' mode and it's being locked fr carrier country. thanks
AR3GS32GB
AR3GS32GB - July 13, 2010 at 12:33pm
Dear All, I know that every single days you might be recieving buches of e-mails, but I will really appreciate if you can dedicate just few minutes and answer me about a very serios concern i have and it may be the same concern of others Iphone users that first (1) do not live in USA and as consequences can not open and USA itunes and secondly (2) tells you that the iphone obviously is locked. I have a 3GS iphone with firmware 3.1.3 and baseband 05.12.01, i live in the Netherlands Antilles and my account with Itues obviously is not an USA account as i am not resident of USA. I followed couple of times your instructions with Pwnage tool 3.1.5 (Mac) step by step and everything seems to be fine except when i reach the point that the Pwnage tool 3.1.5 after being created the custom firmware and ask me for a password and introduce the password now ask me also about if my Iphone has been pwnage and I answer (no), them the applicate should at that point to put the Iphone in recovery mode. the couple of times i have been running the applicate step by step the Pwnage does not put my Iphone in recovery mode and it is just freezing, no only that, i would like to know why when i created the custom firmware and try to restore through Itunes, Itunes is always giving an error message? do you may think that this is because Itunes after introduce the new policy that can be able to monitory from where are you log in to they can block any update or anything you would like to do in regards with their software? I just trying to get the logistic of this situation as i notice a lot of people in the block saying that its work, but why no with me? do you by any chance know about others that they may be getting the same situation i do? There is some extra or additional solution you can suggest me in order to active my iphone? i have it that way since almost four month and now that there is IS04 out there i would like to have my iphone working fine. I will really appreaciate your respond in this regards. Regards
Anthony Rijo
Anthony Rijo - June 29, 2010 at 8:21am
I have an Iphone 3GS (3.1.3/05.12.1) and i have been trying like a crazy (step by step) to do as exactly you say in your tutorial to do to jailbraek this iphone; everything goes well till i try to install the custom firmware Pwgnage did, but the Itunes always give me an error message that i can not install this firmware; I really need your help (please); I need that in despite i know you all receive a bunch of e-mails that you please kindly help me and send me an e-mail stating why of this error or if there is something else i most do in order to jailbreak my iphone.... Your prompt respond to this inquiry will be highly appreciated. Regards
tatanka
tatanka - June 23, 2010 at 1:30pm
This latest version of PwnageTool can jailbreak the original iPhone (Edge/2G), iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS(older bootrom only with baseband 04.26.08) and iPod touch running on iPhone firmware 3.1.3. The custom .ipsw firmware files created with PwnageTool can update iPhone to firmware 3.1.3 without updating its baseband so that it can be unlocked to run on any carrier SIM. Please do not use this with New Bootrom on 3.1.3, it will screw your iphone. iClarified shoutd give this warning in the begining of the tutorial.
Mile
Mile - August 27, 2013 at 6:00am
Yes. If you sync'd your iPhone w/ iTunes and then jailbreak; the next time you run iTunes and cnceont the iPhone, iTunes will recognize a new phone as ask you if you want to restore from a prior-backed up version. Select that iTunes will then restore. After finished, check your sync settings (email, bookmarks, music, apps, videos, etc) and sync again. iTunes puts everything back like normal. Cydia installed apps are not backed up/restored. Use AptBackup from the Cydia repository prior to jb'ing and last iTunes backup. Then after the iTunes restore, open Cydia, download AptBackup, and press restore. Now all your jb'd apps are loaded. Just performed this procedure twice in the last 3 days .. great success. The only thing missing is the exact placement of app icons on the SB . and passwords for email accounts are missing (probably a good thing).
michael
michael - June 23, 2010 at 2:43am
Hello! I has 3gs version 3.1.2 ,model firmware 05.11.07. I just upgrade version 3.1.3 using Pwnage Tool .After run version 3.1.3 the phone is stock in recovery model ( power on or logo on the screen ) when i used USB connect to iTune see the phone on recovery model .Please help ?Thank you !
Jorgeme
Jorgeme - June 22, 2010 at 9:56pm
Thank you guys (iClarified / Dev-team). I had a 3GS on 3.1 and have done the jailbreak to 3.1.3 smoothly!!!
jorgeme
jorgeme - June 22, 2010 at 9:58pm
Just to add...My baseband was 5.11.07 and continues with that!!!
Hugo
Hugo - June 11, 2010 at 2:30pm
Hi there. Please if i write something wrong please reply/comment!!! This tutorial is just for 3GS with 3.1.3 baseband equal or inferior xx.11.xx WILL NOT WORK IF YOU HAVE baseband 5.12.xx. - only for MAC OS; - For WINDOWS there is a "spirit" Jailbreak (google "3.1.3 spirit") and it will work on all baseband even xx.12.xx but your phone MUST NOT be locked in "Emergency Call". For those who have the same as me: 3GS 32GB 3.1.3 Baseband: 05.12.01 Serial: xxx30 <= old serial but the bootloader is the newest BootLoader: 6.4 <= new bootloader Model MC134 But locked in Emergency Call you have to wait! If not locked in Emergency Call USE ONLY the Spirit. For UNLOCK still have to wait 21st June for the release of OS4.0 and maybe then DevTeam release the so waited unlock! To check your iPhone info use f0recast.exe Hope this isuseful and with the correct information.
Vakas
Vakas - June 14, 2010 at 7:16am
Thanks brother. Usefull information. Let's hope that iPhone Dev team release Jb and Unlock tools on 21st after the release of iOS4.
pankaj
pankaj - June 2, 2010 at 4:02pm
hey does it work on iphone 3gs baseband 5.12.xx and i m not a mac user is there any softwre for windows??????
HUgo
HUgo - June 11, 2010 at 2:13pm
This is only for mac. For Windows (i think there is not nothing). To your baseband it will NOT WORK. we are in the same "boat" and we have to wait a few more days. Maybe 21st June.
xavier
xavier - June 1, 2010 at 3:45am
Help....!!!! Stuck on step nine. just stays there, saying "connect device to USB" but doesnt go anywhere. For 1hrs.... How longs is going to take more!? Help....!!!!
Vakas
Vakas - June 14, 2010 at 7:10am
I think you are on the latest firmware 3.1.3 and baseband XX.12.XX, if yes this is not for your device. Use Spirit to jailbreak your device but to use Spirit you must not have your phone stuck at connect to iTunes or emergency scree.
Bruno B
Bruno B - June 29, 2010 at 9:04am
i have exactly the same problem 3gs 32gb 3.1.3 05.12.01... stuck on step 9 what to do?
seb
seb - May 31, 2010 at 1:55pm
guyzz whn will be the new version of redsnow will be released am having a 3gs 3.1.3 with latest bootloader in emergrncy mode. pls give me a reply thnxx for ur response
Vakas
Vakas - June 14, 2010 at 7:12am
Hopefully on 21st June when the Apple will release iOS 4.
sudo
sudo - May 30, 2010 at 2:38pm
Hi What happens if not in recovery mode before doing a custom restore? Doing an alt-restore in itunes makes no difference to me...
joey
joey - May 28, 2010 at 2:04am
i keep getting error 1604. i put it in recovery mode and even update my itunes and im still getting the error. plz help me
thunder
thunder - April 27, 2010 at 10:05pm
Hey guys, does this tutorial work with an iphone 3GS with new bootrom ( my model number starts with MC). I jailbroke it before on 3.1.2, but i accidentaly updated to 3.1.3. Does this tutorial work? thanks much appreciated.. :)
Vakas
Vakas - June 14, 2010 at 7:14am
No this turorial is not for your device.
val
val - April 27, 2010 at 4:39am
hi, I have 3Gs iPhone with 3.1.3 firmware, but dont have Mac, I use windows, so is there a way (tool) that I can use to jailbreak it? thank you for your help in advance.
philip
philip - April 23, 2010 at 5:13pm
stuck on step nine. just stays there, saying "connect device to USB" but doesnt go anywhere. background info: iphone crashed, already jailbroken. had to restore to factory settings which installed 3.1.3. now cant downgrade or jailbreak... thanks
faith
faith - May 25, 2010 at 3:34am
i am having the same trouble did you ever figure it out?
dryeast
dryeast - June 28, 2010 at 7:38pm
did you guys figured it out? i'm having the same problem.. no payload was delivered.
aficionado
aficionado - April 23, 2010 at 10:45am
Hi. I have an iphone 3gs version 3.1.3 (7E18) with firmware 05.12.01. Will this tutorial work on my iphone. Please advise. Many thanks.
holycowe
holycowe - April 22, 2010 at 1:35am
ONLY work if you have 3GS with the following: -Older bootrom (week 40, 41 or lower) -On firmware 3.1.2 (baseband 05.11.xx) or lower If you have it on 3.1.3 (baseband 05.12.xx) already. DO NOT TRY!!! Or if you have a newer bootrom. DO NOT TRY!!!
keviphone
keviphone - April 21, 2010 at 12:47pm
this works very good for me, I have older base band 4.26 with os 3.1.2, did it without any problem, I guess this doesn't work for newer base band even 5.11
WJ
WJ - April 20, 2010 at 5:28pm
Will this method only JB or will it Unlock also. Can I use my 3GS with T-Mobile?
keviphone
keviphone - April 21, 2010 at 12:49pm
It will unlock if you have base band 4.26, i did it , not sure for 5.11 or newer
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