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  • PwnageTool 4.0 Released: Jailbreak & Unlock iOS 4

    Update: For anyone who saw iBooks problems after redsn0w beta, try the latest one (see update #2 at Dev-Team Blog - all four one! )

    Just one day after the relase of iOS 4.0, the Dev-Team has done it once again. Not only did they release an unlock tool the day iOS 4 came out, they have now released a brand new version of PwnageTool for creating custom iOS 4.0 firmware packages. This means almost everyone can get on board now. *almost everybody.

    As per usual, the same instructions apply that have always been the case with PwnageTool. Follow the onscreen instructions just as they say. Within a few minutes you will have a custom firmware package to install. But don't get too far ahead of yourself. You need to scroll down and read the instructions provided by the Dev-Team.

    If you have been tinkering with the unofficial release of PwnageTool 4.0, we strongly urge you to restore and use this version instead as the leaked version did not include patches that are required for ultrasn0w unlock.

    Download PwnageTool 4.01 for Mac:
    MMi Member Mirror

    Download PwnageTool 4.0 for Mac:
    MMi Member Mirror


    Dev-Team Blog

    As advised, you shouldn’t have upgraded your devices if you have previously relied on our tools for hacktivation and/or a carrier unlock.

    Each supported device has few different scenarios that users need to consider when performing the upgrades, you need to check below and perform the upgrade in the particular way that matches your current device state.

    NB: With PwnageTool 4.0 certain devices are not supported this is because they are not supported in iOS 4.0 or they are not supported by our software.

    iPhone 2G - not supported
    iPod Touch - not supported
    iPod Touch 3G - not supported
    iPhone 3G

    If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3G at 3.1.2 (but not jailbroken with Spirit) then you should create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore from recovery mode or DFU mode.
    If you have an out of the box iPhone 3G you should restore using a PwnageTool 4.0 ipsw using DFU mode.
    If you have a Jailbroken 3.1.3 iPhone 3G it is very possible that this can fail from recovery mode, if this failure happens you will need to restore using DFU mode.
    IMPORTANT! Whenever you need to enter DFU mode, you will need to do so using PwnageTool.

    iPhone 3GS

    Summary: PwnageTool only works on previously jailbroken 3GS devices with the old bootrom.

    If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3GS with the OLD BOOTROM and you DID NOT use Spirit to jailbreak then you can create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore with recovery mode.
    If you have an iPhone 3GS with the NEW BOOTROM this is NOT supported by PwnageTool 4.0
    iPod touch 2G

    If you have an iPod touch 2G that is jailbroken (but not with Spirit) then you can restore using recovery mode.
    Baseband Unlock

    iPhone 3G and 3GS baseband unlockers (those who rely on ultrasn0w to make phone calls) should always be very wary to update their firmware, however our Ultrasn0w application will unlock all recent (including the current) 3GS and 3G baseband firmware versions, once you are jailbroken using PwnageTool 4.0, install ultrasn0w from Cydia and you’ll be unlocked.

    Remember! This baseband unlock situation is rare, should you upgrade your iPhone blindly at the next iOS release please don’t expect an unlock - but for now you are OK (whatever state your baseband is in).
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PwnageTool 4.0 Released: Jailbreak & Unlock iOS 4 started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 616 Comments
    1. merllen's Avatar
      merllen -
      Yes i did the same thing thinking since they had the unlock for new baseband it wouldnt be a problem on new jailbreak but i was wrong and were screwed intill the new spirit or other update for new baseband is updated.
    1. thuwun's Avatar
      thuwun -
      Quote Originally Posted by one1 View Post
      ARG, if I go into DFU I get a 1600 error if I go into recovery it never goes past "Preparing iPhone for Restore".

      Screwed either way, don't remember how to fix this.....and I've been doing it for years now.

      Help me out on this error, I forgot the fix. OS X10.6.2, 3gs, itunes 9., was pwned 3.1.3, but went official 4.0 last night
      DFU doesn't work from my experiences. also you must be on the new itunes 9.2, not the beta 9.2, but the official one. it should work after that. unless you upgraded to official 4.0 thru itunes and lost ur jailbreak and upgraded baseband
    1. flrdotcom's Avatar
      flrdotcom -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pat353 View Post
      I have been on this site since the start and unlocked 150 or so phones (before these simple programs) but have never been so confused. I currently have an unlocked 3G on 3.1.2 with the 4.26.08 modem firmware. Can I safely use this program to upgrade to 4.0 and still be unlocked?
      since the start and you dont even have 10 post.....

      Quote Originally Posted by Maarten16 View Post
      damn! multitasking problem on my 3G!
      jailbroken with redsn0w, and now if I double press home button it's shows a black dock :S
      multitask doesn't work on a 3g per apples website
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      One1 - please stop posting in between the post I am replying to and my post....
    1. eatjello's Avatar
      eatjello -
      i made my custom firmware, and i put my phone into recovery mode, but when i choose the custom firmware to restore with, it just stays at "preparing iphone for restore" been like that for 10 min now
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Okay so I have a 3GS that is on the new 4.0 that of course is not jailbroken. Will I be able to update it with the custom firmware created with PwnageTool and have a jailbroken phone or will I have to wait?
    1. capttanhowdy's Avatar
      capttanhowdy -
      ARRRRRRGGGGGG ok Had to exchange my iphone 3gs for a new one today. So I am starting from scratch... its on 3.1.3 and I am trying to do the pwned tool 4.0 to unlock/jb but its just stuck on the preparing to restore thing in itunes.
      Also I had to put in DFU mode maually w/o pwng tool 4.0 bc it wouldnt recognize that the phone was even plugged in. But itunes did just fine. Any ideas?

      eror code 1604 just popped up
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      Worked like a charm on both my 3GS'

      Awesome job DT!
    1. Maarten16's Avatar
      Maarten16 -
      multitasking problem was a mobile substrate problem

      MMi, please keep us updated about fixes for iBooks and iFile
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      Sucks, I got a 3G[s] from craigslist but it was updated to 4.0 when they wiped the info off... so for now I am screwd
    1. frankydabull's Avatar
      frankydabull -
      Really, I hate when new FWs come out and you want to update. This thread is 11 pages long /w people repeating things that were said in the OP...

      NO, if you have the new bootrom, YOU WONT BE ABLE TO UPDATE!
      YEA, if you jb'd with Spirit, youre SCREWED as off today, maybe tomorrow you'll be okay!
      YEA, its mac only AS OF RIGHT NOW. Wait a few days, maybe only hours. Its been like this FOREVER
      NO, DevTeam doesnt suck b/c you can't do your device. You want better, develop your own damn JB

      Yes, GeoHotz is the truth, but dont downplay the DevTeam. People shouted about ZiPhone being the best program EVER and it was THE WORST. LITERALLY. I used to unlock phones and got 5 calls a day about people BRICKING their phones from ZiPhones 1 click jb method. By no means is GeoHotz another Zibri, but hard work is hard work, and the DevTeam works hard on releasing SOLID apps, that are as reliable as possible.

      ANYWAY, back to the meat. Anyone having problems while building the ipsw? Mine has been building for what seems like an hour, and this is the second time I've ran it. In beginner AND expert. I'm on the road, so the only mac I have is my PowerBook G4 with a PPC instead of intel based processor. Anyone else having this problem?

      Doing a 3GS custom ipsw.
    1. budu's Avatar
      budu -
      Iphone 3GS 32GB
      BootLoader: 6.4
      Model: MC133

      Just confirming that everything works fine updating from 3.1.2 with baseband 05.11.07 to firmware iOS4.0 using Pwnage Tool 4

    1. thuwun's Avatar
      thuwun -
      ALSO EVERYONE PLEASE BE ADVISED!!!!!! in this version of pwnagetool 4.0 it only recognizes the IPSW as "iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293.ipsw" and not "iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Restore.ipsw" so you will either need to rename your ipsw taking out the "_Restore" or change the /contents/resources/firmwarebundles/ ipsw file to match the name you have!

      I hope this helps
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      This whole thread is all over the place with information, misinformation, confusion, and complaints. How about everyone just... slow down.. until things settle a bit. Many people just blindly upgrade (witness all the people on 3.1.3 who fubar'd themselves by doing so) or jump on the newest bestest without thinking about what will happen when they do so. There is no Winterboard yet, from what I read. There are lots of apps and tweaks that won't work with 4, from what I read. If you folks all manage to jb your devices, they (most likely) will not work the way they have been because many apps/tweaks aren't ready for the new OS yet. As for bootrom #s, the joke is that those of us with Macs can't use fOrecast to determine what we have (at least, I couldn't find one that would run on a Mac), while you Windows folks can determine what version you have but it does you no good. For instance, I have a refurb 3GS that works untethered with blackrain, while the original one I had (which broke after a week) had to be tethered. From this I assume I have the older 'rom, but my number is 5Kx48xxxxx, which suggests the new 'rom. Too much confusion and uncertainty. All my theming stuff, QuickReply, custom dialers, etc, probably won't work for a while. Is the new OS so important that you basically want a stock phone, because all the Cydia stuff won't work? Then just Restore your phone to stock and play with the new software. If your custom phone is important to you, slow down and see what is happening. If you are unlocked now, for heaven's sake don't do anything until it is clear it will be after an upgrade. Otherwise, you are gonna be back here whining about how this or that doesn't work, and no one wants to hear it.
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thuwun View Post
      ALSO EVERYONE PLEASE BE ADVISED!!!!!! in this version of pwnagetool 4.0 it only recognizes the IPSW as "iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293.ipsw" and not "iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293_Restore.ipsw" so you will either need to rename your ipsw taking out the "_Restore" or change the /contents/resources/firmwarebundles/ ipsw file to match the name you have!

      I hope this helps
      This is incorrect information.
    1. rhart96's Avatar
      rhart96 -
      any news on an ipod touch 2g jailbreak?
    1. dsanchez's Avatar
      dsanchez -
      Wow some people seem to forget how awesome this phone is even without jailbreaking! Me for example the only reason I will jailbreak is for 3g unrestrictor everything else i used to jailbreak for is already built into ios4!!!! Not trying to bash anyone just reminding people that this is by far the best phone u can get
    1. bootleg's Avatar
      bootleg -
      thanks glad you mentioned that about renaming the ipsw. had no idea. i'm still downloading one labeled restore from this site so i will rename as per your suggestion.
    1. yarik's Avatar
      yarik -
      ok one thing i do not understand!
      i have 3gs old bootrom but the device is locked and i cant activate it cos i dont have an at&t sim (it runs 3.1.3) can i fix it by updating to 4 ?
    1. frankydabull's Avatar
      frankydabull -
      mr117: I agree with a lot of things with your post. My situation is different though.

      I had a 3GS /w old bootom jb and unlocked on 3.1.2 that I had dropped and needed a new motherboard bc it wouldnt get signal. So I sold it for parts and bought another 3GS that was not upgraded to 3.1.3. Well a week later it was stuck on the apple logo trying to force me to restore, but like an idiot, I forgot to put SHSHs onfile. The last 2.5 months my 3GS has been in my bookbag. I just want a working iphone. All the custom apps got frustrating after a while anyway. I mostly used qtweeter and a few VNC apps.