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  • [Windows] How to Jailbreak iPhone 3G Firmware 3.0 with RedSn0w
    This guide will teach you how to Jailbreak your iPhone 3G running 3.0 firmware using RedSn0w on Windows. You can unlock your iPhone 3G AFTER following this guide by using UltraSn0w. Directions on that are here. Anyways, lets continue.

    I strongly recommend you backup and restore your iPhone 3G to 3.0 firmware via iTunes BEFORE you begin this guide. By strongly recommend I mean restore to 3.0 firmware.

    You will need RedSn0w 0.7.2 which you can download here along with the iPhone 3G 3.0 firmware file available for download here.

    Once you have downloaded everything, extract redsn0w-win_0.7.2.zip to a location on your computer. You should see redsn0w.exe. Run it.

    Click Browse.



    Browse to where ever you downloaded your iPhone 3G 3.0 firmware .ispw, select it, and click Open.



    RedSn0w tells you that the ISPW has been successfully identified. Click next.



    You'll see a little window that says patching kernal for a second.



    Select Install Cydia and click Next.



    Plug in your iPhone 3G and turn it off. Once it is off click Next.



    RedSn0w gives you instructions. We are entering DFU mode now. First hold the power button for 3 seconds.



    Keep holding the power button and start holding the home button for 10 seconds.



    Release the power button but continue holding the home button for 30 seconds.



    RedSn0w does its thing. Let it.









    Finally RedSn0w has finished loading everything onto your phone. You will see a pretty screen on your phone as it is being Jailbroken. Don't mess with your phone will all this is going on. After your phone restarts you are done!

    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Windows] How to Jailbreak iPhone 3G Firmware 3.0 with RedSn0w started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 732 Comments
    1. flrdotcom's Avatar
      flrdotcom -
      Quote Originally Posted by MJND View Post
      I am computer illiterate. I have no clue wtf Winzip even is.

      I just want the damn files to open so I can jailbreak the stupid phone. I'm starting to think it isn't even worth the trouble. 3 hours and I can't even get the programs downloaded.
      google winzip or google .zip and download an app that will unzip whatever your trying to unzip.
    1. MJND's Avatar
      MJND -
      Quote Originally Posted by flrdotcom View Post
      google winzip or google .zip and download an app that will unzip whatever your trying to unzip.
      Got it. Thanks.

      But now in the middle of the process following holding the buttons, redsnow stopped working and closed. Now I have to restore my phone and try again.
    1. Grassmasta's Avatar
      Grassmasta -
      Those of you having issues with hang time on the reboot phase, you may be using the 2g firmware (I was, I know, I know, stupid). You should be using the iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore, not the iPhone 1,1_3.0_7A341.

      * Before you vets go flaming me, this is not a tip for you!*
      Also, those of you Vista users having it freeze up in the middle. Try a different USB port. If that doesn't work, try a different computer. I had to use my brothers desktop (even though it runs the same version with the same service pack that I have, so it may be a driver issue).

      Hope this helps somebody!

      Great success! Thank you Dev Team ! Now I anxiously awaiting ultrasn0w!
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilzone View Post
      I am having the same problem. If I extract zip files I get a bunch of different folders. What am I doing wrong? Thanks again for any help
      All of you having this problem; all you do is it will say iphone.blah blah blah.ipsw.zip just rename it delete the zip where it just ends in ipsw and it will workk(=
    1. iliveforbball's Avatar
      iliveforbball -
      This question is for anyone who has successfully jailbroken their phone on 3.0. Do the themes for winterboard work? I heard rummmors that there is a problem with the blank icons (that they weren't blank on 3.0 for some reason). My theme has a lot of blank icons and im worried about not being able to use my theme. anyone have info? thanks
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by griff1211 View Post
      I have been having issues getting the firmware via ZIP files since yesterday. I've extracted two and neither worked. RedSn0w didn't recognize the firmware when I found it. I also tried to restore my phone to the firmware and it gives me an error via iTunes.
      All of you having this problem; all you do is it will say iphone.blah blah blah.ipsw.zip just rename it delete the zip where it just ends in ipsw and it will workk(=
    1. MJND's Avatar
      MJND -
      Woot! Woot!

      Finally worked!!
    1. Lefty-44's Avatar
      Lefty-44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by curtisdon1 View Post
      any1 else gettin this error (0xE8008001) when trying to install apps games etc ??
      I got similar errors trying to install bossprefs. I'm guessing a lot of the appz aren't 3.0 ready yet. I'm just kicking back and having some patience i know these things take time.
    1. arram's Avatar
      arram -
      if i save my sms.db file, will all my text msgs come back? I only care about texts and nothin else.. thanks
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by MJND View Post
      Somebody help me!

      I open redsnow and hit browse then click on the firmware file. iphone1,2blahblahblah.ipsw. It shows it as a zipped fil and when I click on it to select it as the file to open, it says "No searches matched." Showing an empty folder.


      If I try to extract the files from the folder it pops up messages saying that a file already exists under that name.

      What am I doing wrong?
      Download Winrar from here: WinRAR - Free software downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

      Extract it with that It is shareware, but you can use the evaluation copy just fine. I had the same issue on Windows 7, but this fixed it.

      Right click the redsnow zip and select winrar to open it.
      When winrar opens click the extract icon on the top, leave the rest of the settings alone and let it do its thing.

      If your redsnow.zip is on your desktop then winrar will create a new folder on your desktop and unzip it to there. If the zip file is in your documents it will unzip the file there etc etc.
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by arram View Post
      if i save my sms.db file, will all my text msgs come back? I only care about texts and nothin else.. thanks
      Honestly i couldnt tell you, a reason that it might not is the texting setup is a bit different; if that changed the text files in e phone im not too sure. Maybe someone else will know. i hope you find a true answer. Sorry im not much help.
    1. sk_anti35's Avatar
      sk_anti35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MJND View Post
      Yes but does it matter which one I select before using redsnow? Or is either one fine?
      No it does not matter
      Sorry for the late response
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      Quote Originally Posted by MJND View Post
      I am computer illiterate. I have no clue wtf Winzip even is.
      Good god, if you don't know what Winzip is, please just stop all attempts to jailbreak your phone because you probably don't know what that means either. Hang up the towel, leave the forum, buy a Mac since you obviously aren't familiar with Windows either, run iTunes on that, and update your phone to regular old basic 3.0. Problem solved. People who are 'computer illiterate' have no need to jailbreak.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by reanimationxp View Post
      Good god, if you don't know what Winzip is, please just stop all attempts to jailbreak your phone because you probably don't know what that means either. Hang up the towel, leave the forum, buy a Mac since you obviously aren't familiar with Windows either, run iTunes on that, and update your phone to regular old basic 3.0. Problem solved. People who are 'computer illiterate' have no need to jailbreak.
      Not everybody is up to date with computing. This is a help forum so instead of belittling someone you should be helping them.
    1. stuckinoc's Avatar
      stuckinoc -
      anyone having issues like missing ipod icon? Unable to SSH?
    1. Caleb_Soccer_Star's Avatar
      Caleb_Soccer_Star -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Not everybody is up to date with computing. This is a help forum so instead of belittling someone you should be helping them.
      Agreed++++
      Everyone at one point didnt know what any of this one but they started learning and gradually came to what they know now.
      Everyone wasnt "smart" about this stuff at one point.
    1. veritas12983's Avatar
      veritas12983 -
      yo guys when i extract redsnow its asking me to replace files and crap so i clicked skip and than a bunch of yes's. now when i used the program, it was successful until the phone went on to downloading jailbreak date and its just stuck there for like 10 min. now it goes to the connect to itunes screen. SOMEONE HELP ME PLEASE!
    1. seaeagle's Avatar
      seaeagle -
      No good dude, I tried it 5 times. Had the timing right. Just hangs on 'waiting to reboot' I even went and mowed the lawn while I waited. How long does it take to reboot. more than 30 minutes? Even restored again. Are you sure it works?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Did you update your phone to 3.0 before using redsnow, seaeagle? Oh and it says you are using the 2G...this thread is for the 3G
    1. veritas12983's Avatar
      veritas12983 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Did you update your phone to 3.0 before using redsnow, seaeagle? Oh and it says you are using the 2G...this thread is for the 3G
      are u supposed to update it before using it?