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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. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by btdesigns View Post
      too much work the other way is better
      Too much work?! Are you serious?? Be glad you weren't around in the good old days when jailbreaking took hours and you had to do everything by command prompt.
    1. SirDude's Avatar
      SirDude -
      same thing here. ran it twice and cydia is not showing up.. not really sure why.. but kinda fun how purplerain works but the short submitted dev-team program is bugged
    1. illuminatty's Avatar
      illuminatty -
      This app crashes on me everytime I try to open it. I'm sticking with Purplera1n for now, had no problems with it and I was done in less than 2 minutes.
    1. ej3ffrey's Avatar
      ej3ffrey -
      ok, i was having some problems with redsn0w mac. cydia wasn't showing up like some of you have said. this is because it didn't fully install the jailbreak. you see the commands run through the phone and then it shuts off. it isn't supposed to happen this way. you should see the pineapple after that.

      i ran redsn0w windows on another computer and it worked the first try. there must be a bug somewhere on the mac version on certain macs.

      i'm running the new july 2009 unibody 13" macbook pro on 10.5.7 and redsn0w doesn't work.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      We are discussing the ups and downs or Purplera1n and Redsn0w over here at http://www.modmyi.com/forums/general...urplera1n.html
      Would love to hear your feedback if you havent posted there already.
    1. ej3ffrey's Avatar
      ej3ffrey -
      i like purplera1n better, but the only thing that's missing from it is hacktivation so you would have to get an att sim to activate first.
    1. afkrazy's Avatar
      afkrazy -
      hey everyone, im having a problem. Every time i try to open redsn0w it keeps crashing. I get an error saying that something unexpected happened and closed redsn0w. Anyone know how to fix this?

      Nevermind. I got it working
    1. Gray Fox's Avatar
      Gray Fox -
      It always gives me the same error: "Unable to recognize specified .ipsw" It has given me this error with 2G and 3GS ipsw, I haven't tried with 3G
    1. j_alicea's Avatar
      j_alicea -
      I tried running the jailbreak, and also got stuck on the "waiting to reboot" screen.
      I left it for a good 15-20 minutes and it did not move.

      Any suggestions???
    1. i_eversaw's Avatar
      i_eversaw -
      this was easy as hell I don't know what everyone else is griping about
    1. xSkaterOnex's Avatar
      xSkaterOnex -
      Im JB'ing a 3g phone and its stuck on the screen: Waiting to Reboot. HELP!!!!!! Phone wont turn on or do anything now
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      quit and use purplera1n
    1. pixelflash's Avatar
      pixelflash -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      Too much work?! Are you serious?? Be glad you weren't around in the good old days when jailbreaking took hours and you had to do everything by command prompt.
      True. This guy is a space cadet. I remember firmware 1.02. It took me an hour to jailbreak and figure out the steps. Pretty intense moments.
    1. ATi's Avatar
      ATi -
      hi guys i just jailbreaked and unlocked my iphone 3Gs with macbook pro everything works great but then i syncronize my adress book i got a problem on my 3Gs. Then i go to settings general mail, contact it kicks me out. Did anyone else get the same problem?? Also I have problem with Wifi!
    1. MoRoking's Avatar
      MoRoking -
      I have j/b but Push is not working any 1 with same prob plz help
    1. JAG2621's Avatar
      JAG2621 -
      Quote Originally Posted by edub View Post
      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.
      Don't you mean a caveman! LOL

      Quote Originally Posted by pixelflash View Post
      True. This guy is a space cadet. I remember firmware 1.02. It took me an hour to jailbreak and figure out the steps. Pretty intense moments.
      I remember those days. It was a lot more than a button push for sure.
    1. gladesmellzgood's Avatar
      gladesmellzgood -
      Wow purplera1n has got to be one of the easiest jailbreaks for a very long time like when iLiberty was out for the original iPhone.
    1. imilad's Avatar
      imilad -
      Wasn't Geohot the original iphone UNLOCKER????
    1. svd21's Avatar
      svd21 -
      Just wanted to post and say that I followed the instructions exactly and it works for me. iPhone 3gs, MacBook Pro (osx 10.5.7). I clicked both icy and cydia and they both showed up
    1. thu6's Avatar
      thu6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by imilad View Post
      Wasn't Geohot the original iphone UNLOCKER????
      'jailbreaker' mhmm..