Complete Guide: Jailbreak iPhone 3.0 using PwnageTool for iPhone 2G & 3G for Mac

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As you should know, iPhone Dev Team has released the updated version of PwnageTool to cater for iPhone 3.0 jailbreak. Now, it’s time to upgrade to iPhone OS 3.0 to enjoy all the new features. To simplify your jailbreak, I have also updated the jailbreak guide for iPhone 3.0 OS using PwnageTool.

Okay, let’s go straight to the jailbreak procedures.

But before you read on and take action to jailbreak your iPhone, please note that:

  • This jailbreak guide is for PwnageTool, which is for Mac Only. Check here for Windows user
  • You can use this guide to jailbreak & unlock iPhone 2G (the 1st generation iPhone)
  • You can use this guide to jailbreak iPhone 3G (Please note jailbreak only. You’ll need to use ultrasn0w to unlock it.)
  • If you’re using lower version of firmware (e.g. 1.1, 2.0, 2.1 or 2.2), you can also follow the jailbreak procedures to upgrade the firmware to 3.0. But please note that you’ll have to re-install all the Cydia applications after upgrade. And, at the time I write this post, not all Cydia applications (e.g. Backgrounder, iRealSMS, MySMS, BossTool, Quickgold) are compatible with iPhone 3.0. So, if you have any cydia applications that you rely on, please ensure its compatibility before the upgrade.
  • For iPhone 3GS user, please do not use PwnageTool to jailbreak your new iPhone. Presently, there is no way to jailbreak iPhone 3GS.

Ready? Let’s get started.

Preparation for the jailbreak

1. First, make sure you have upgraded to iTunes version 8.2 and backup your iPhone data by synchronizing it with iTunes.

Tip: If you’re upgrading the iPhone from older version of firmware, make sure you sync the iPhone with iTunes. This ensures all your SMS, contacts and applications can be restored after the firmware upgrade.

2. Download all the files including PwnageTool 3.0 (or download from here), bootloader and iPhone firmware 3.0 (2G / 3G)

Tip: Please use Firefox to download iPhone Firmware 3.0. Do not use Safari as by default it’ll unzip the IPSW file

3. Launch PwnageTool_3.0.dmg and copy PwnageTool to your desired folder. Also, extract bootloader files to the same folder.

Files you need before iPhone 3.0 Jailbreak

Note: Make sure you copy the bootloader files to the same folder. Also, please note the image above shows the firmware file for iPhone 2G. If you’re jailbreaking iPhone 3G, the IPSW file should be iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw.

4. Copy the iPhone firmware 3.0 file to “~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates”. If the folder does not exist, create it by yourself. However, in case the folder contains other firmware files, please delete them.

5. Finally, connect your iPhone to the dock/USB cable. Please keep connected for the whole process and close iTunes if it has been launched.

Running PwnageTool 3.0

6. Let’s start the core part. Go to the folder you save PwnageTool. Click “PwnageTool” to launch it.


7. Click “Expert” mode. For iPhone 2G, select “iPhone”. For iPhone 3G, please select “iPhone 3G”. Then click the arrow to continue.

PwnageTool - Select your iPhone model

8. Next, Pwnage tool searches for the iPhone 3.0 firmware file. It may take some time to locate the file. Once completed, select the firmware file and click the blue arrow to proceed. Please note the below screenshot is for iPhone 2G. For iPhone 3G, the firmware file is “iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw”.

PwnageTool - Select firmware 3.0 IPSW

9. In PwnageTool main menu, select “General” and click the blue arrow.

PwnageTool - Main Menu

In general settings, please set the root partition size to 580MB. This value works fine for me. But if you have any problem with your jailbreak, you can try to set the partition size to larger value (say, 600MB).Once you’ve configured the size, click the blue arrow to continue.

Note: If you are using a legitimate iPhone from official carrier (for instance, iPhone with AT&T), you need to uncheck the “Activate the iPhone” option.

PwnageTool - General Settings

10. Next, select “Bootneuter” and click the blue arrow. You will be go through several configuration screens. Keep all the default settings and proceed as shown.

** For iPhone 3G, the bootneuter settings screen is grayed out.

PwnageTool - Bootneuter Setting

Pwnage - Cydia Setting

PwnageTool - Custom Package Settings

Pwnage - Custom Logos Settings

Tip: If you want to keep the original logos, uncheck both “Boot logo” and “Recovery logo” checkboxes.

11. After complete all the settings, you will go back to the main screen. Select “Build” and click the arrow to start building the custom firmware.

PwnageTool - Build Custom IPSW

** In case PwnageTool prompts you to provide the bootloader file (v3.9 / v4.6), please browse to the location that you have saved these files (BL-39.bin / BL-46.bin). You should have saved these files in step 2.

12. Accept the default filename for the custom firmware. (Of course, you can choose a better name)

PwnageTool - Save custom IPSW for firmware 3.0

13. Next, Pwnage will start creating a custom firmware file that will be used later to recover the iPhone. During the process, you will be prompted to enter your logon password.

PwnageTool - Building custom IPSW

14. When complete, PwnageTool will ask you whether your iPhone has been pwned before. Okay, take note here. If you haven’t pwned your iPhone before, please Answer “No” and go directly to step 15 to put your iPhone into DFU mode.

Pwnage - Pwned before

But if you have pwned it using Pwnage tool before (say, you’re upgrading from firmware 2.2 and have jailbroken the iPhone before using PwnageTool), please Answer “Yes” here. You’ll then be prompted to close Pwnage Tool. Close it and continue and put your iPhone in recovery mode. Then you can go to step 18 to continue with the jailbreak.

Tip: To put your iPhone into recovery mode, first disconnect your iPhone from USB cable and power off your iPhone. Then hold the “Home” button and connect USB cable again. Keep holding the “Home” button until you see a dock cable pointing to the iTunes icon (or yellow triangle for older version of iPhone). Now you are in recovery mode.

Put your iPhone in DFU mode

15. Now, the game starts. Pwnage shows you some instructions to follow. You should follow exactly the instructions to put your iPhone in DFU mode. Remember timing is important!

Pwnage - DFU #1

Pwnage - DFU #2

Pwnage - DFU #3

Pwnage - DFU #4

16. By following exactly the instruction, your iPhone can enter DFU mode. In case you fail, don’t panic! It won’t brick your iPhone. I did the procedures twice when I first jailbreak my iPhone. To retry, you can just disconnect your iPhone from USB, turn on your iPhone and connect it again.

DFU mode success

DFU mode fail

17. Ok, your iPhone should appear as if it’s turned off. Don’t touch it. Quit Pwnage and go to the final procedures.

Install the Custom Firmware

What you have completed with Pwnage is you have created a custom firmware 3.0 for your iPhone. The remaining procedures are to use iTunes and install that custom firmware onto the iPhone.

18. Start iTunes and it automatically detects your iPhone is in recovery mode.

iTunes Recovery

19. Confirm “OK”. Hold down “Option” button and click “Restore”. You will be prompted to select the firmware file. Remember to select the custom firmware file.

Custom Firmware IPSW for 3.0

20. Now, iTunes will start loading the firmware onto iPhone. Don’t touch anything, keep your iPhone connected. It may take several minutes to complete the process. Once complete, iTune will prompt you that it has recovered your iPhone to the default factory settings.

21. The iPhone will then start up automatically. For first time bootup, BootNeuter will be launched to flash the baseband and unlock your iPhone. The process will take around 3-4 minutes to complete. Again, don’t touch your iPhone. Let it complete the process alone.

22. Okay, I believe everything is smooth. You should see your iPhone come back with firmware 3.0 and notice a new Voice Memo application.

iPhone 3.0 with Voice memo

23. Finally, you can sync back all your data using iTunes.

Comment here and let me know how smooth was the process?

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