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  • How to Jailbreak iPhone 3GS on 3.0 [redsn0w/OS X]
    This guide will teach you how to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS running iPhone firmware 3.0 on using redsn0w and OS X. This is NOT for firmware 3.1. After following this guide you can unlock your iPhone 3GS using ultrasn0w.

    Your iPhone 3GS should already be on firmware 3.0 before you begin.
    Download redsn0w 0.8 (OS X)
    Download iPhone 3GS firmware 3.0

    Extract the redsnow 0.8 archive. Run redsn0w. Click Browse.



    Browse to where you download the iPhone 3GS 3.0 firmware .ipsw. Select it and click Open.



    After a few seconds redsn0w will tell you that your IPSW has been successfully identified. Click next.



    redsn0w does some patching.



    Choose your options. Click next.



    Follow the directions to connect in recovery mode.



    redsn0w now uploads the needed files to your iPhone 3GS.




    After redsn0w is done uploading the needed files it says Done. You may click finish now. Beware your iPhone will be running the jailbreak at this time. Do not mess with it while it is working. Once it is done it will boot to the lockscreen and you will be jailbroken!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Jailbreak iPhone 3GS on 3.0 [redsn0w/OS X] started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 95 Comments
    1. ej3ffrey's Avatar
      ej3ffrey -
      has anyone tried ssh with cyberduck on 3gs?
    1. maiko914's Avatar
      maiko914 -
      yeah. that would be the best way to go. i've read from alot of other forums that if purplera1n is working ok you don't have to switch.
    1. gmoneyz's Avatar
      gmoneyz -
      Quote Originally Posted by kaucki View Post
      Help, anyone? The word 'brick' keeps popping in my mind...
      it stuck for me too, but all i did was while it said reboot, just unplug the device from the usb cable and plug it back into the device and youll get the white screen and it will continue on with the process.
    1. jsharpe's Avatar
      jsharpe -
      Does this change the bootup logo from the apple image to something else (like the pineapple)? If so, is there a way to fix that like in pwnage
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      I followed the walkthrough step by step.
      Cydia shows up, everything is flawless.
      Thank you very much for the guide and thank you dev-team once again

      BTW: I did not have issues with getting stuck on any screens, did not have to disconnect at any point for any reason
      The whole process took me about 3.5 minutes to complete.
      There is no pineapple logo for the boot logo.
    1. AshGoodger's Avatar
      AshGoodger -
      I have now jailbroken my new 3gs 2 times with redsn0w and everytime it says that its finished. it reboots then no cydia (yes install cydia was checked).

      any suggestions?
    1. djrapmarz's Avatar
      djrapmarz -
      I can't JAILBREAK My 3GS.

      1. Never Been JAILBROKEN
      2. 3.0 Software
      3. downloaded redSnow 0.8 MAC

      now heres the tricky part.
      I dont get the correct message when I choose Cydia, Icy, or both. I get this:



      Right after I follow those steps I click next and get this:



      follow these 2nd steps and nothing happens I just have to restart my phone.

      I need a lil bit of help

      on my 3G I used the 1st Release of RedSnow and it was quik and EZ. Any1 having these problems

      - DJ RapMaRz
    1. blbeesley's Avatar
      blbeesley -
      worked like a charm for me!!!!!
    1. solojames's Avatar
      solojames -
      Quote Originally Posted by jsharpe View Post
      Does this change the bootup logo from the apple image to something else (like the pineapple)? If so, is there a way to fix that like in pwnage
      No, the Apple will still be there...
    1. afkrazy's Avatar
      afkrazy -
      I keep getting this error. Redsnow wont run

      "The application redsn0w quit enexpectedly"

      Any ideas?
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      Umm why bother when there is purplera1n already and much much much simpler? What is the Dev team up to anyways? Ill stick with ra1n
    1. AshGoodger's Avatar
      AshGoodger -
      I'm using osx tiger. downloaded purplera1n and it wont launch. is it compatible?
    1. rolandgabor's Avatar
      rolandgabor -
      Quote Originally Posted by djrapmarz View Post
      I can't JAILBREAK My 3GS.

      1. Never Been JAILBROKEN
      2. 3.0 Software
      3. downloaded redSnow 0.8 MAC

      now heres the tricky part.
      I dont get the correct message when I choose Cydia, Icy, or both. I get this:



      Right after I follow those steps I click next and get this:



      follow these 2nd steps and nothing happens I just have to restart my phone.

      I need a lil bit of help





      on my 3G I used the 1st Release of RedSnow and it was quik and EZ. Any1 having these problems

      - DJ RapMaRz


      You are using the wrong version of Redsn0w. You need 0.8 not 0.7.
      In the 3GS version you dont have to put the phone in DFU in that manner.
      Check the Dev-team blog for the correct version of redsn0w.

      Hope that helps.

      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      You are using the wrong version of Redsn0w. You need 0.8 not 0.7.
      In the 3GS version you dont have to put the phone in DFU in that manner.
      Check the Dev-team blog for the correct version of redsn0w.

      Hope that helps.
      I know it shows 0.8 but it still requires a different method for 3GS.
      I just did the jailbreak with no problems at all and redsn0w required different steps than what your screen shows.

      Quote Originally Posted by azblackteg View Post
      Hello,
      Not sure where to post this but I'm using an imac and after I download 3.0 restore I open up redsnow, click on browse I located the file that I need but when I click open another window pops up and I can't open any files only Firmware Folder so I click on it and now I can only click on DFU folder or All_Flash folder but after clicking on either one of them nothing is viewable or Redsnow won't accept. I can see other files in theses folders but they aren't clickable.

      What I'm I doing wrong?
      tia
      Go to:
      -user
      -Library
      -iTunes
      -Software update

      You will have the files there
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Originally Posted by rolandgabor
      You are using the wrong version of Redsn0w. You need 0.8 not 0.7.
      In the 3GS version you dont have to put the phone in DFU in that manner.
      Check the Dev-team blog for the correct version of redsn0w.

      Hope that helps.
      Quote Originally Posted by rolandgabor View Post
      You are using the wrong version of Redsn0w. You need 0.8 not 0.7.
      In the 3GS version you dont have to put the phone in DFU in that manner.
      Check the Dev-team blog for the correct version of redsn0w.

      Hope that helps.


      I know it shows 0.8 but it still requires a different method for 3GS.
      I just did the jailbreak with no problems at all and redsn0w required different steps than what your screen shows.

      Did you really just quote your OWN response in your response????? WOW
      PS-you make no sense and give bad advise...sorry
    1. feverfive's Avatar
      feverfive -
      Ugh... The jailbreak itself went just fine...started up Cydia, which was a bit flakey, installed Cydia installer update & added a source; installed openssh first, Cydia crashed, but I re-started it & queued installation of both SBSettings & Winterboard. I was prompted to re-boot, now my 3G S won't start... It just shows the Apple boot logo for about 5 seconds, then screen goes blank.

      Guessing I'll need to see if I can get my phone into recovery mode & restore to stock 3.0?
    1. btdesigns's Avatar
      btdesigns -
      too much work the other way is better
    1. azblackteg's Avatar
      azblackteg -
      Quote Originally Posted by rel1215 View Post
      i'm guessing you downloaded the firmware with safari???? Use firefox to download the firmware, safari doesn't download it correctly.
      Thank You! that fixed my problem
    1. jwilcox09's Avatar
      jwilcox09 -
      Thanks for the tut, but seems like too many issues, i'll stick with purplerain till 3.1
    1. geraldhansen's Avatar
      geraldhansen -
      Im trying to decide if I should jailbreak my iPhone 3G, I am getting ready to upgrade to OS3. What are the drawback to jailbreaking? I was told that everytime there is a future update, the phone needs some reconfiguring. Is this true?
    1. edub's Avatar
      edub -
      i wasn't sure about purplerain at first, but couldn't wait for the dev team. i gotta say, i appreciate the dev team, i really do, but damn purplerain is so f-ing easy. anyone could stumble using redsnow, quickpwn, or pwnagetool, but a monkey could jailbreak with purplerain and it is working perfect. competition is sweet.