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  • How to Jailbreak iPhone 3GS on 3.0 [redsn0w/windows]
    This is a guide on how to jailbreak the iPhone 3GS with 3.0 firmware using redsn0w 0.8 for windows. The process is identical to all the other previous redsn0w guides. This will just jailbreak your iPhone. It will not unlock it. To unlock the iPhone 3GS use ultrasn0w (info here). This guide is for 3.0 only. NOT 3.1.

    Your iPhone 3GS should already be on firmware 3.0 before you begin.
    First download redsn0w 0.8 (windows)
    Download 3.0 iPhone 3GS firmware .ipsw

    Extract and then run redsn0w. Click browse.



    Find your iPhone 3GS 3.0 firmware file. Select it and click Open.



    redsn0w says your IPSW has been successfully identified. Click next.



    redsnow starts doing its thing.



    Select your options. Click next.



    Follow the directions to get your iPhone into restore mode.



    redsn0w starts uploading everything to your iPhone.




    You will see the done screen. You can click finish at this time. On your iPhone you'll see some text and the pwnage icon for awhile as your iPhone is being jailbroken. Do not mess with it during this time. When it is finished your iPhone will be on the lock screen fully jailbroken

    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Jailbreak iPhone 3GS on 3.0 [redsn0w/windows] started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 133 Comments
    1. bubu23's Avatar
      bubu23 -
      people plz if you can answear me ill thank you!

      do yopu have a conclusions after few days

      what better JB the dev or g-hotz

      or because its the same hole its the same

      cause after i jb i had problem with cydia always crush but working sometime so people told me to restore and do jb again

      any advice what jb to make?????plz?????
    1. ericidle's Avatar
      ericidle -
      Quote Originally Posted by bubu23 View Post
      people plz if you can answear me ill thank you!

      do yopu have a conclusions after few days

      what better JB the dev or g-hotz

      or because its the same hole its the same

      cause after i jb i had problem with cydia always crush but working sometime so people told me to restore and do jb again

      any advice what jb to make?????plz?????
      Both work, Purplera1n is faster and easier for some. The cydia issue was due to mobilesubstrate needing updating for firmware 3.0 on a 3GS this has now been updated and was a common fault on both after jailbreak but only do to the mobilestuntrate issue and not with either method. You should allow cydia to update if it says it needs to before intalling any apps. Both methods have a few minor issues as they are both early versions but I'm using purplera1n RC2 with no problems
    1. bubu23's Avatar
      bubu23 -
      SO DO YOU THINK I NEED TO MAKE RESTORE ALL OVER AGAIN CAUSE IT STILL CRUSHING FEW TIMES NOT ONLY CYDIA BUT ALL PROG BUT NOT ALWAYS
      so do i leave it or make again restore ???????
    1. tonyzz1e's Avatar
      tonyzz1e -
      just followed the guide and everything went smoothly. thanks for the release!

      btw i notice that there aren't that much apps as i would expect it to have especially in the games section, does anyone know any game sources?
    1. slick6932's Avatar
      slick6932 -
      I just wanted to say thank you for this! I haven't jailbroken my iphone since the 1st generation, and i can't believe how simple it is now, and how much things have changed. I just jailbroke my 3g-s 16gb following the directions and everything worked like a charm. Thank you so much!
    1. Forgotten Rage's Avatar
      Forgotten Rage -
      Hey guys I'm having a issue with this.. I hook my 3gs up and follow the instructions unhook,power down, hold the home button and the next tab never pulls up. Any ideas????
    1. Frostbyte211's Avatar
      Frostbyte211 -
      I've tried this several times now, but cydia is not showing up anywhere. can anyone help???
    1. JonniNitro's Avatar
      JonniNitro -
      I am pleased to report that I have jailbroken my 32gb 3gs using Windows 7 64bit. Everything went smoothly and so far no complaints. Thanks to all who put in the time to make this possible for us.
    1. gthofan's Avatar
      gthofan -
      For all those wondering, Dont unzip the firmware file. Just rename the extension from .zip, to .ipsw then run the redsnow program, and it works perfect. Cydia installs fine, but i waited till the phone has completed before i clicked "finish"in redsnow. Winterboard works perfect, although just be careful what themes you get. I got a vista theme, (cant remember the name) but most of my settings menu was missing. Not to worry, i found some more themes that look great. Also the keyboard themes dont seem to work.

      see pic.
      This is my iphone 3gS 16gb. I did not use purplerain at all, just from stock, then running redsnow.


      Cheers, P.S. I love this site
    1. Wildwolf498's Avatar
      Wildwolf498 -
      Does it work with Firmware 04.26.08, because a have tried it in multiple computers and it will just stop after I put the phone in recovery mode. It will give me an error windows had to shutdown or close the program. Any suggestions?

      Thanks
    1. lilskaterpunk's Avatar
      lilskaterpunk -
      Does anyone have any problems with MMS after jailbreaking with Redsn0w 0.8? Its not sending anymore for me. Any ideas?
    1. 97vrsix's Avatar
      97vrsix -
      So, no options for change, no options for adding Cydia or Icy.. Size? I guess i'm gonna go check out the other reply's to see what the settings are...
    1. wthephasdin's Avatar
      wthephasdin -
      I like that theme gthofan, what is the name of it??
    1. djdelite's Avatar
      djdelite -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wildwolf498 View Post
      Does it work with Firmware 04.26.08, because a have tried it in multiple computers and it will just stop after I put the phone in recovery mode. It will give me an error windows had to shutdown or close the program. Any suggestions?

      Thanks
      I have the same firmware 04.26.08....as well....




      Quote Originally Posted by gthofan View Post
      For all those wondering, Dont unzip the firmware file. Just rename the extension from .zip, to .ipsw then run the redsnow program, and it works perfect.


      Cheers, P.S. I love this site
      Ive read everything...I have not opened the zipfile..I renamed the zipfile to .ipsw like others have suggested...it changes the zip file to another format so im thinking cool. I go into redsnow an no dice it can't find the 3.0firmware......Holy Moly..I can't even get started...

      WOW im feelin really lame here...ive jailbroken 1st gen phone an this looks like a few steps an your done..someone please take me back to elementary school...
      I can't seem to find this firmware file..or im still not getting past stage one with this....
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Why not try purplera1n then??
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Jailbreaked with redsnow, working perfect!!!!
    1. vietxnameze's Avatar
      vietxnameze -
      Quote Originally Posted by djdelite View Post
      I have the same firmware 04.26.08....as well....






      Ive read everything...I have not opened the zipfile..I renamed the zipfile to .ipsw like others have suggested...it changes the zip file to another format so im thinking cool. I go into redsnow an no dice it can't find the 3.0firmware......Holy Moly..I can't even get started...

      WOW im feelin really lame here...ive jailbroken 1st gen phone an this looks like a few steps an your done..someone please take me back to elementary school...
      I can't seem to find this firmware file..or im still not getting past stage one with this....
      Is your file extension showing? If not, try to go to folder option and uncheck "hide extensions for known file types" and see if the .zip still there
    1. djcarley1's Avatar
      djcarley1 -
      Hey guys just want to say im having the same prob. After jailbreaking with redsnow (checked cydia box) cydia wont show
      up but icy did. Having a small prob with backgroung not showing up using winterboard too.
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djcarley1 View Post
      Hey guys just want to say im having the same prob. After jailbreaking with redsnow (checked cydia box) cydia wont show
      up but icy did. Having a small prob with backgroung not showing up using winterboard too.
      I would try doing a full DFU restore and then re jailbreak with Purplera1n Rc2a or Rc2 either are fine. That should help cydia show up since you're actually downlaoding it after the jailbreak process.

      If for some reason you're against Purplera1n then just try using Redsn0w again but make sure you do a full DFU restore between.
    1. djcarley1's Avatar
      djcarley1 -
      Thanks but i got the prob sorted. I installed sbsetting though icy when i opened up sbsetting i went to more and then to hide icons and for some reason cydia was off. If any1 else is having this prob they should try this