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how to jailbreak iphone 3gLast week Apple released the latest firmware 2.2 for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Thanks to the team at iPhone-dev, the jailbreaking app – Pwnage Tool and QuickPwn were released days after the firmware release. If you are looking for a simple guide to easily jailbreak your 3G iPhone, here it is.


1) The tutorial I am going through below is only for the 3G iPhone using the Pwnage tool. This is meant for iPhone users who want to preserve their baseband firmware in the hope of unlocking it in the future. For those who already have an unlocked iPhone or who don’t care about unlocking their iPhone, a quicker and faster method is to use the QuickPwn.

2) This method does not work on the latest generation of Macbooks. If you are using the late 2008 model aluminum MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, you will not be able to jailbreak your iPhone.


I have tested this tutorial on my Macbook and iPhone and it works well. Your results may vary.

Jailbreaking Your iPhone (Preparation)

Download the Pwnage Tool (torrent file) and iPhone 3G firmware 2.2.

Starting the Jailbreaking Process

Open your Pwnage Tool. At the top menu, select the Expert mode.


Select the iPhone 3G image.

jailbreak ipod touch

The tool will now scan your computer for the firmware. Select the one that you have just downloaded.

pwnage tool

The next page is where you need to pay a little more attention. When you are in the “General” tab there are a few things you must take care of. Here you will decide your partition size – 530 MB should be good. Next, if you are using your iPhone on an official carrier (AT&T, O2, Rogers, etc.) uncheck “Activate the phone”. Lastly, check “Disable partition wipe-out”. Hit the arrow button to continue.



Click on the ‘Build’ button to start building the custom firmware. It will first prompt you for the location to save the custom firmware. The whole firmware building process will take about 5-10 minutes.


Once it is done, it will instruct you to turn your iPhone to DFU mode. Follow the instructions :

  • first, switch off your iPhone
  • hold the power and home button for 10 seconds
  • release the power button and continue to hold the home button for another 10 seconds


If everything went correctly, your iPhone should now be in DFU mode.

Back to your iTunes, press the Alt/Option button and click ‘Restore’. Select the custom firmware that you have just saved. Sit back or go for your coffee break.

Your iPhone should now be jailbroken.

If you have any problems, please leave questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to help.   Or maybe you know of a similar free application that can do the same job but better?   If so, tell us about it.

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  1. Pzizzle
    December 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Lol. these comments are funny. cant wait to play music for
    free from my iphone

  2. gamefreak
    April 21, 2009 at 6:35 am

    any way to do this on vista or is there any mac emulators i could run on my pc to do this?

    • Jack Meauff
      May 25, 2009 at 12:56 pm

      Ya know, I heard about this new thing, called a search engine. Yeah, apparently, if you have a question you can type it in, and it will give you webpages that relate to your question or interest. There's a new one, its called google, maybe you've heard of it. Moron, how about you type "jailbreak windows xp". You might find your answer. Now, I expect that you didnt do this first, that you will probably brick your phone. So I would STRONGLY recommend to just smash it against the floor right now and be done with it.

      • Nancy
        June 8, 2009 at 1:07 am

        Jack Meauff
        - you're so rude, you didn't have to be sarcastic in replying on this forum. you're not required to reply anyway.

        • Roy Rogers
          September 13, 2009 at 2:11 am

          Shut up bitch!

        • Bastion
          January 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

          Bugger off Roy

  3. Unlock iPhone 3G
    April 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Ive tried using this guide to unlock my iphone but now cant get any signal, im using t-mobile, anyone have any ideas?

  4. Eddie
    March 24, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Hey guys im kinda new to this iphone stuff so can someone please tell me what "jailbreaking" your iphone means?

    • Damien Oh
      March 29, 2009 at 3:41 am

      Jailbreaking means cracking your iPhone so that it can install third party applications that are not supported by Apple.

  5. Parand
    November 29, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    A tutorial on taking a jailbroken 1st gen iPhone from 1.x firmware to 2.x would be great as well.

  6. Danh ba web 2.0
    November 29, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Great tutorial. Thanks you very much !
    I like Iphone 3G