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  • [GUIDE] Jailbreak 3.1 with PwnageTool 3.1.3

    This will walk you through jailbreaking your iPhone / iPhone 3G / iPhone 3G[S] with an end result of a jailbroken 3.1 device. This will only work on a Mac.

    If you have a 3G[S], you will need to have ALREADY jailbroken the device at a previous 3.xfirmware (3.0 or 3.0.1) in order for this to work. If you have a 3G[S] which came at or has already been upgraded to 3.1 through Apple, this release of PwnageTool (3.1.3) WILL NOT WORK.

    Alright, download PwnageTool 3.1.3 from here:

    MMi Member Mirror

    You will also need the 3.1 firmware file for your device. We recommend you download the firmware file with FireFox, as Safari tends to mess with the extension with default values. If you have not already clicked the "download but don't install" option for 3.1 in iTunes, you can download the 3.1 firmware for your device here:

    iPhone 2G
    iPhone 3G
    iPhone 3G[S]

    Once you've downloaded the PwnageTool application, and placed it in your Applications folder on your Mac, double-click it to run it.

    You may be shown the Mac warning "'Pwnage Tool' is an application which was downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?" Go ahead and click Open.

    Click OK on the Copyright screen that pops up.

    This version of PwnageTool checks back for updates, so click Allow if OS X asks you if PwnageTool can connect to iPhone Dev Team Portal [iPhone Dev Team] and wikee.iphwn.org.

    Now choose the device you're wanting to jailbreak. For this guide, I'm upgrading my 3G to 3.1 jailbroken. PwnageTool now classifies both the 3G and the 3G[S] under the 3G[S] image on their main screen, so we'll click that. The option would be the same for 3G[S] users.

    Now we'll want to search for our 3.1 firmware bundle (which you downloaded in the beginning of the guide - links above). PwnageTool will most likely find it on its own, but if not you can browse to the firmware file. Make sure it is in .ipsw format (Safari tends to download and uncompress it with default values, which is why we recommend using FireFox to download the file).

    Pwnage Tool should confirm the file. If it does not, you downloaded the wrong firmware or are not using the .ipsw format, and should download the firmware again, using FireFox.

    Next up, PwnageTool lets you know it'll be building a custom .ipsw on your desktop. Hit Yes.

    You'll be asked if you have a legitimately activated contract that activates through iTunes. U.S. T-Mobile users obviously don't. Answer this one truthfully, as it determines whether PwnageTool will activate the phone for you or not. U.S. AT&T users can click Yes assuming you're on a legit iPhone plan through AT&T.

    Now PwnageTool will build the .ipsw file for you. This will take up to 10 minutes, and at some point you'll be asked to provide your computer's password, do so.

    You'll wind up with a successful .ipsw file created on your desktop. Now that we've got that, we'll want to close PwnageTool (Apple+Q quits), and open iTunes and restore with this file.

    Open iTunes (it's ok if it was already open), and with your iPhone connected, hold down the Power and Home button together for about 25 seconds. You should see the Connect to iTunes screen, and iTunes should pop up a window letting you know its found an iPhone in recovery mode.

    Make SURE you HOLD DOWN THE OPTION KEY while pressing Restore - this will bring up a window asking you which file you'd like to restore with. Choose the custom .ipsw you just made. Make sure you are NOT choosing the stock 3.1 file you might have downloaded earlier.

    Now you just sit and wait for 15-20 minutes while iTunes updates your iPhone for you. You'll see a flurry of messages, and your iPhone will cycle through a few different screens including a Pwnapple and the Apple screen with the loading bar as the firmware updates.

    When all's said and done, you will see iTunes ask you to set up as a new iPhone or restore from backup - either way is fine! Restore from backup puts back all your contacts, calendars, settings, etc.

    That's it!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [GUIDE] Jailbreak 3.1 with PwnageTool 3.1.3 started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 419 Comments
    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      are they ever gonna make a windows version? or did we just get forgotten about..feels like I haven't had a jailbroken phone in months..

    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Of course...
      Of course they didn't forget us!
    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      Of course...
      Of course they didn't forget us!
      Sorry I guess I'm just getting impatient...
    1. chadn2n's Avatar
      chadn2n -
      idk i certainly feel forgotten about, i mean pwnagetool was released within days of 3.1 release, but yet here it is about a month after the release and still no windows jailbreak.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Okay well redsn0w is usually developed by Planetbeing I think. He is currently MIA. It *will* be updated though!
      Pwnagetool has always been Mac only. MN said the reason was being they didn't have a windows coder for it. They've gotten a couple offers so we'll see what happens with that.
    1. chadn2n's Avatar
      chadn2n -
      god i hope so, i mean idk how much longer i can take this bland nothingness iphone compared to a jailbroken iphone before i completely lose my mind lol
    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      Quote Originally Posted by chadn2n View Post
      god i hope so, i mean idk how much longer i can take this bland nothingness iphone compared to a jailbroken iphone before i completely lose my mind lol
      Same here man..once you're jail broken for so long and you're stuck like this for over a month...it gets frustrating.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Why on earth did you update before a JB was ready?
      Pwnage has always been Mac only.
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      My goodness people, Google it or Your tube. There are tons of sources for Windows if you really want it that bad.
    1. FaNIX's Avatar
      FaNIX -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      uncheck it if you're on an official carrier.
      This might be a stupid question, but it's indeed a very important one...

      Will unchecking the "Activate" box create a custom firmware that will update the baseband to 05.11.07?

      I have a locked AT&T iPhone, currently running 3.0.1 JB with ultrasn0w! I wish to keep my Push Notification after upgrading to 3.1, but if I keep the "Activate" option checked, then it won't be activated through iTunes, and thus my Push Notifications WON'T WORK! So the only way to get it to work, is for iTunes to activate it(using the unused AT&T sim which I still have). After that I can install ultrasn0w and use my vodacom simcard... This will work right?

      So my question is, will unchecking the "activate" update my baseband? As a matter of fact, will checking any options in pwnageTool 3.1.3 update the baseband?Is it even possible for pwnageTool 3.1.3 to create a baseband updatable custom firmwarE?

      lol... sorry for all the questions, just want to cover all my bases!

    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      This version has the option to update the BB greyed out so it is impossible to upgrade the BB using pwnage 3.13
    1. zakkman28's Avatar
      zakkman28 -
      Ok I created the custom firmware but when I did option restore noting happens. My Mac is an old PPC running 10.4.11. I was wondering if I moved the file to my PC and did shift restore if it would make a difference. I don't see why it would what computer loads the firmware.
    1. rocky1285's Avatar
      rocky1285 -
      i have upgraded iphone3gs to 3.1 plzzzzzzzzzz rekk me when did jailbreak tool will come can u tell about any information plzzzzzzzzzzzz plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^No you shouldn't have updated

      Quote Originally Posted by zakkman28 View Post
      Ok I created the custom firmware but when I did option restore noting happens. My Mac is an old PPC running 10.4.11. I was wondering if I moved the file to my PC and did shift restore if it would make a difference. I don't see why it would what computer loads the firmware.
      Won't make a difference. Have fun.
    1. vvilliamm's Avatar
      vvilliamm -
      thanks this helped my friends iphone!
    1. Klimax9's Avatar
      Klimax9 -
      I'm hoping the Dev team work their magic on 3.1 for those who made the mistake of upgrading to 3.1...
    1. vvaffles's Avatar
      vvaffles -
      ok, i have an iphone 3gs running 3.1 firmware, i have jailbroken before at 3.0 and 3.0.1.
      When i tried to restore i get 1604 error on both mac and windows. itunes puts my phone into restore mode and hangs, then gives me the error

      i get 1600 error when i restore on dfu.

      I tried downgrading to 3.0 but it saids my iphone is not eligible for the restore, even though i backed up on the cydia server.

      where should i go from here? any tips would be helpful

    1. raxishanker's Avatar
      raxishanker -
      Worked like Charm on my 3G S 16GB :-}
    1. kyle01's Avatar
      kyle01 -
      This guide solved my issue in only one try.

      Tutorial: Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 3.1 Using PwnageTool

      I found that the key to my issue was this:

      1. Once you create a CustomISPW file through PwnageTool 3.1.3, close both iTunes and PwnageTool. (You can follow modmyi or dev_team's guide, regardless, the process is the same.)

      2. Turn your iPhone 3G(S) OFF through your normal method. (Hold POWER until Slide To Power Off).

      3. Wait 10 (TEN) seconds, if not more.

      4. Open iTunes, wait until it is fully open/loaded.

      5. Hold the HOME button on your iPhone for 5 (FIVE) seconds, then keep holding the HOME while you plug it in after the FIVE seconds.


      7. At this point, you should see the iTunes icon bouncing after a few seconds.

      8. While holding the OPTION key on your keyboard, click RESTORE.

      9. iTunes will allow you to browse for the CUSTOM IPSW file that PwnageTool 3.1.3 created.


      11. You should just follow iTunes' prompts from here. Luckily everything will work.

      Once again, this solved my iTunes Error: 1600 on my MacBook 10.6.1 (Snow Leopard) and 3G(S) 3.0 upgrading my 3G(S) to 3.1 (NOT 3.1.2).

      Please let me know if this works for you...

    1. jamesgrenard's Avatar
      jamesgrenard -
      Still waiting for Windows...