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How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3G, 3GS Using BlackSn0w [Mac]

How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3G, 3GS Using BlackSn0w [Mac]

Posted November 3, 2009 at 11:54pm · 175 comments · Add Comment
rremosson - November 24, 2013 at 7:03pm
My attempt to unlock a 3G was unsuccessful as I only got to Step 5 but no "picture of Geo Hot". Any suggestions? many thanks
summer s
summer s - August 23, 2013 at 6:56am
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jiohn paredes - September 15, 2012 at 10:17pm
bro - June 30, 2010 at 7:37am
Is there any chances that BlackRa1n will totally jailbreak the new iPhone 3GS (updated Bootrom) instead of tethered jailbreak??? Because I've been connecting and jailbreak my new iPhone 3GS (updated Bootrom) to my laptop everytime the battery runs out for a year now.
CA - April 28, 2010 at 11:23pm
Worked great thank you (just had to do the reset network settings to get wifi up no big deal)... any known issues going to the newest iTunes 9.1.1?
tracer123 - April 27, 2010 at 4:00am
Yes...BUT THE PHONE DOES NOT REBOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eliyahu - April 21, 2010 at 6:00pm
When can we expect to Jailbreak and Unlock for iPhone 3Gs with Baseband 05.12.01?
indga - April 18, 2010 at 4:04am
I couldn't connect to Cydia (kept on getting connection errors) and couldn't download blacksn0w either, but I unlocked my phone 3G, 3.12, 5.11.07 by following Vikram's words found at 1. downloaded PhoneDisk (free until September) 2. downloaded blacksn0w at 3. jailbroke with PwnageTool 4. Extracted .deb and found the necessary files in the /data folder 5. Copied files to the iPhone using PhoneDisk (put files in data/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/ and data/usr/lib/blacksn0w.dylib) 6. Restarted the iPhone and my carrier came up. Now, I'm going to back up and restore my iPhone but without using iTunes. PhoneDisk, iPhone Backup Extractor, and SQLite Database Browser makes it all possible! My last restore from backup took 54 hours; my last backup took 29 hours. I'm not ever going to backup using iTunes. I've compiled a set of instructions from browsing the web and they will help with backup and restore. Freedom!!! F R E E D O M!
anna - April 17, 2010 at 10:36pm
I've once used blacksnow to reboot my iphone cuz I forgot to charge the phone and since that time, the iphone is unable to connect to wifi anymore, is there any way to fix this problem?
Mo - April 27, 2010 at 9:09am
Try restoring the network settings.
anna - April 5, 2010 at 3:01pm
I use black snow to reboot my 3GS since the battery went out last night, but it has problem in connecting to the internet, it cannot find WIFI conncection, can someone tell me how to fix it?
leO - February 23, 2010 at 1:36pm
hi.i jailbreak and unlock mi iphone-3GS-3.1.2. work is good,only one problem,when i tern power off and next mornig tern power on, mi phone go to recoverry mode,and i need using blackSnOw ageIn ??? PLEASE HALP ME.
mauurenaa - February 23, 2010 at 2:23pm
You have to use Blacksn0w again to turn it on. That's why you don't let the batterie die.
leo - February 24, 2010 at 3:18pm
wot,every time after i tern phone on i need use blacksnow???
mauurenaa - February 24, 2010 at 3:38pm
Yep!, that's very annoying. On the 3GS that's the way it works. With the 3G you don't have that problem. However there is this one iPhone 3GS 14GB I unlocked and works just fine, doesn't matter how many time you turn it off and on you don't have to use the software; don't know why I didn't do anything different. Good Luck!
Xandersfury - January 28, 2010 at 12:50pm
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TeamLCL - January 28, 2010 at 8:15am
I bought the new 3gs and followed the tutorial "How to Jailbreak and Unlock Your iPhone 3G, 3GS Using BlackSn0w [Mac]". It goes right. I can used my iphone on other carrier, use wifi, used the GPS, connect youtube thought wifi. But I am not able to activate 3G. I all ready check wth my new carrier. every think is right in his side. Does anyone has an answer to this problem?
Xandersfury - January 26, 2010 at 9:40am
Just followed these directions plus did the LEGACY t-mobile download from Cydia to get picture messaging. Works GREAT!! But!!!!! PLEASE HELP-- Even when I'm on WIFI it says YOUTUBE CANNOT CONNECT. Does anyone know how to fix this? 3G Unlocked iphone on T-mobile
mauurenaa - January 26, 2010 at 3:41pm
Yeah, follow the steps on this link.
Xandersfury - January 28, 2010 at 10:16am
Thanks! It worked!
aaron - January 21, 2010 at 10:43am
I get a "you do not have internet connection" error. I am currently in China, and no option to connect to ATT :) But, I do have wifi connected. I have a 3GS with 3.1.2 Any suggestions? -Aaron [for discounts on zagg skins]
Craig - January 18, 2010 at 5:26am
I have a jailbroken iPhone 3GS which I have powered off completely and rebooted several times using Blackra1n, today however the same process no longer works!! When I click 'make it ra1n' the GeoHotz picture comes up as normal, after about 30 seconds or so it restarts again and comes up with the itunes connect screen, it just does this over and over! Anyone else having this problem? can anyone help? it was working fine up to today!
alexxxey - January 27, 2010 at 9:42pm
kill the ituneshelper.exe , moove blackrain.exe to the root of disk c then run blackrain again
leo - February 23, 2010 at 2:15pm
how i kill my itunes???
Nestor - March 18, 2010 at 1:00pm
Yes, I've got the same problem and I don't know how to solve it. Here is some method but it doesn't work for me.
anna - January 17, 2010 at 4:55pm
i just got the 3gs and i tried to jailbreak and unlock using blackra1n several times but it didn't work. there is a window showed that the phone is jailbroken but the phone itself never reboot, it always asked for restore...i have waited a long time to see if it will reboot, but didn't happen. plus i checked the version and the firmware is correct. now i have no idea, please help
Amin - January 18, 2010 at 1:54am
If u just bought the iPhone frm apple store then restore the phone once, and then use blackra1n to JB it. After receiving the message that ur phone is jailbroken, leave ur phone connected and close the blackra1n. When u see the iTunes logo on ur phone n says that u need to restore ur phone, just reopen the blackra1n again n u should be fine.
Donna Thrower
Donna Thrower - February 10, 2010 at 11:48am
I've had the same problem. Downloaded black ra1n, it came up with the message saying it had worked. It never rebooted, came up with the connect to itunes message on screen. Did that, and itunes told me to restore to factory settings as it was in recovery mode. Why it did not reboot I do not know, but now have lost a lot of things that I would rather have not lost!!!!! Won't be trying this again in a hurry.
Diego - March 2, 2010 at 11:09pm
That's exactly what happened to me. Can anybody help?
Diego - March 2, 2010 at 11:32pm
Never mind, already solved it. If your phone wont reboot just run blackra1n again. That's all. Thanks for the help :-P
sam - January 13, 2010 at 1:59am
please please someone help me!!! I got my iphone 3gs exchanged today from Apple because i was having some problems. i JB and unlocked the new phone, every things seem work great. BUT as soon as it turn off, the phone lock back again. plz help me. what should i do??
Noiz - January 8, 2010 at 6:39pm
I ran the program and followed the instructions and it worked for me. The only issue I have is that when I try to run programs such as DiskAid, or Iphone Browser, it shows my device as Unlocked, when clearly I just used the blackra1n program to jailbreak my phone. Is there any way to get it so my phone can be seen as jailbroken, so that I'm able to use those programs to change system sounds. Thank you for any suggestions.
eng_alobaydee81 - January 4, 2010 at 1:54am
hi for all, please i need your help, i have a friend will come form us, he will bring me iphone 3gs 16gb, i living in malaysia, can i do a jailbreak for it, and what about if i will go to us later on, i can use it there or how. i am waiting your help, thanks. regards alobaydee.
frostignarr - January 3, 2010 at 11:34pm
Hello. I have been trying to jailbreak my american iPhone 3gs for the last 48 hours. I never get the Blackra1n icon on the phone. I have tried restoring it, rebooting, switching computers and praying. Nothing seems to work.. I am on an Intel Core 2 Duo iMac with iTunes v. 8.2.1. If anybody has any suggestions or solutions you will make me a very happy man!!!!
ambarak - January 4, 2010 at 5:17pm
hi i have the same here its from the serail no for the new 3gs .wait till they found an answer in the mean time use black rain to boot
amr - January 3, 2010 at 10:55am
I have iphone 3g wirh OS2.2, was already unlocked and jailbroken, i tried to install OS 3.1.2, after istalling the I tunes ask me for a valid SIM , and I don't have a valid sim, in that case my i phone is working only for emergency calls, can any body help me, please? thanks amr
Wood56 - March 22, 2010 at 1:26pm
I have the same issue. after upgrading from 2.2 to 3.1.2, follow all the instruction. verified that I on 3.1.2 and 05.11.07 and I get no coverage "NO SIM" I have tried different sim in this phone and all the sim work in my 3GS and my wife as well. Is there something I missing. please help W56
Anand - January 3, 2010 at 2:56am
Is there latest development to overcome the problem of rebooting iphone with blackra1n..
Dan - January 1, 2010 at 2:02pm
Anyone knows why every time the iPhone reboots enters on recovery mode? The iPhone is already jailbroked and unlocked with blackra1n and blacksn0w. When this happens I have to connect the iPhone to the computer and start blackra1n again and then works fine.
VNo - January 2, 2010 at 8:35pm
Thats how its supposed to work - why dont you read up a bit before asking?
Dan - January 4, 2010 at 11:16am
If the question bothers you why you answered?
XAN - January 17, 2010 at 6:46pm
Don't do be a douche!
Rashid - December 31, 2009 at 12:19pm
Succeded first unlocking my iphone 3GS 16GB. Then I got the famous problem of wi-fi not working. Tried to restart the iphone which did not work unless I conneced it to the cable. But no wi-fi. Restarted it again but now the iphone has hanged. Had not removed the Blackra1n yet so what I see now is a picture of geohot. Can not even close it. Can not turn it off completely. And when I connect it with the cable to the computer, it is not being read by the computer and gives the message that the device I have connected cant be recogonised. Now I am sitting with an unlocked "locked" iPhone and do not know what to do. Is there anyone who can help me?
Ahmed - December 29, 2009 at 5:08pm
I c'ant install INSTALLER APP for m'y 3G FW 3.1.2 so please help and i m waiting
Andre - January 3, 2010 at 5:39pm
I had the same problem too. Do you already know what to do ?
iPILOT - December 26, 2009 at 12:37am
Bucknasty - January 3, 2010 at 5:20pm
Make sure wifi is off then run blackrain again
djdjek - December 22, 2009 at 4:10am
Please help!!! I just jailbroke and unlocked my wife's iPhone. Now the problem is she can't make, receive calls and send messages. The signal barrier ( T-Mobile UK) is full and working. I restored too many times but not success. I even reset the networking however it didn't work. Anyone has this problem before??? HELP ME!!!!
Clara - December 18, 2009 at 11:32am
PLEASE HELP! I tried to unlock my Iphone 3g and an error occured! On my screen is the image that i have to plugg my phone to itunes, and when i do my phone dosen't appear on my mac!!! It's freezed and i can't restart my phone! WHAT CAN I DO!!
MJC - December 10, 2009 at 11:12pm
Greetings, I had a few questions which i hope someone here could kindly answer. 1. If I successfully JB and unlock my phone how do I got about installing apps, do I still use iTunes? 2. Are there issues with turning the phone off with this Jailbreak, once the battery goes flat I've read about having to connect and reboot? 3. I have ungraded my 3GS to 3.1.2 and 5.11.07 firmware and I'm on a Vodafone (Australia) account, is BlackSnow the best option? Cheers
lonelysprm - December 8, 2009 at 1:12am
i cant connect my iPhone 3G with any wi-fi after i updated it with blackra1n... wtf is going on?
iunlock - December 20, 2009 at 10:02pm
Reset your network settings worked for me...hope it helps..
iunlock - December 7, 2009 at 1:55am
I have a 3gs, still on version 3.0 and 04.26.08 firmware. Is it worth it to upgrade to 3.1.2 with the 05.11.07 firmware? I've read that for those who are still on 04.26.08, to keep that due to the permanent lock issue, however, isn't that now irrelevant because you can now downgrade back to 04.26.08 anyway, let alone the ability to now unlock with the latest firmware. What should I do? Is there any reason why I'd want to stay on my current 04.26.08? Any advantages? - OR- should I just re-jailbreak to 3.1.2 and unlock with ultrasnow?
Ahmed - December 29, 2009 at 4:55pm
I advice u to do nothong for ur phone,there is some problems with JB 3gs after updating to 3.1.2
VNo - January 2, 2010 at 8:37pm
Who says you can downgrade back to 4.26 from 5.0.11 ? AFAIK, its not possible. So keep your 4.26 firmware - its better. AM
aaronhk - December 2, 2009 at 3:16am
i just found out i can receive BUT can't send sms... i didn't realize it since i upgraded until today... 3g updated to os 3.1.2, modem firmware 05.11.07, jb + unlocked with blackra1n + blacksn0w... any help??
نونا - November 30, 2009 at 4:11am
fabian - November 27, 2009 at 8:59pm
This tutorial as helped me to unlock my iphone so easily I still can't believe it
Eduardo Troconis
Eduardo Troconis - November 25, 2009 at 9:04am
I had my iPhone 3G jailbroken and unlocked with redsn0w amd it worked perfectly, telephone an d data network. After install the firmware 3.1.2 and make the jailbreaking and unlocking with blackra1n, the telephone recognizes without any problem the service provider but now doesn't working the data service, I mean, when you try, for example, to access a web page the phone shows a message "Could not activate cellular data network; You are not subscribed to a cellular data service" If someone has any clue please help me with this issue. Thanks in advance
Eduardo Troconis
Eduardo Troconis - November 25, 2009 at 5:32pm
By the way, I have installed Pushfix, made a network reset, reboot the telephone, force reboot with sleep+home button and nothing, my telephone still shows reluctant to connect to internet via data service. I'm very upset because until yesterday I had my iPhone with firmware 3.0 and redsn0w and worked perfectly in all its functions. Now, I have this mess and nobody tell my how to solve it...
Bucknasty - November 28, 2009 at 10:04pm
You need to reset your data network settings
millca - December 5, 2009 at 1:14am
If you are trying to use your iPhone with TMobile, go into Settings > General > Network > Cellular Data Network and enter into the APN setting. That should fix it. I had the same problem.
Gooooey - November 24, 2009 at 9:20am
Hi thanks for the tutorial. Anyway, after my iPhone rebooted, the Blackra1n icon didn't appear, instead my iPhone was rebooted to back when I first got it, with all the default apps in it. Meaning, no Cydia and I have no idea why! I repeated the steps all over again (double jailbreak - not sure whether it does anythg not right to my iPhone but nvm) but I still don't see the Blackra1n icon! Anyone can help?
moosa133 - November 24, 2009 at 12:59am
im going to prcaase anamerican iphone will it work in india and how plz reply me on my email its urgent.will ur software disable ma wireless features.
msuhr00m_ - November 21, 2009 at 8:34pm
Hi , I have an iPhone 3GS (3.0 FW) jailbroken by purplera1n and unlocked by ultrasn0w So i want to update my iPhone to 3.1.2 but i heard about the tethered mode that your iPhone will just work until the battery finish(i don't want that), my question my iPhone(with the way that it was unlocked and jailbroken) can be update to 3.1.2 FW with these tutorial of unlock and jailbroken without go to tethered mode?
Help - November 21, 2009 at 2:59pm
i need help i run blackra1n an my iphone 3G but dosen't do anything what can i do i have a macbook pro thanks for you replay
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