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  • iPhone 3GS Jailbreak purplera1n Released! [Windows]

    Geohot has released his iPhone 3GS jailbreak named purplerain. Avaialable for download here this has to be one of the easiest jailbreaks to use (if it works ).


    1. Download purplera1n. This download is Windows only. Also it doesn't work on Windows 7. MMi user mutigers42 among others report that Windows 7 works.
    I clicked make it rain, it said "putting in recovery mode" - my phone kind of froze, didn't turn off or anything and no response, until i closed the app and unplugged the USB cable and replugged it back in - then the apple logo came on and recovery mode

    After i did that, i just ran the program again - and it worked perfectly
    It IS beta so make sure you have all your data before trying to use this tool. A Mac version should be following something in the near future.

    This tool is just for jailbreak and will NOT activate the phone or unlock it. Therefore, you should have an activated iPhone before following the guide.

    Please backup the iPhone 3GS before following the procedure below.

    2. Run purplera1n.

    3. Click make it ra1n.

    You should see a screen where purplera1n is connecting to your iphone.

    Sadly that's as far as I get (I blame betanesssss).
    Edit: you need to have CProgram Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\iTunesMobileDevice.dll
    I'm running windows off of D drive so thats why mine didn't work. Simple making that directory and copying the file to c drive has fixed my problems.

    BUT those of you lucky enough to make it all the way the remainder of the steps are as follows:

    purplera1n on PC will say 'done, wait for reboot'.

    4. After the iPhone boots, it will have a new app 'Freeze' with white icon.

    5. Open Freeze and tap 'Install Cydia'. It will now download and install the package and then clean the installation. Wait till it says 'Finished!' and then just exit to home screen. If you still don't have cydia, reboot the phone and use freeze again.

    Your iPhone 3GS is now jailbroken with Cydia installed!

    The credit for this wonderful tool goes to GeoHotz! Thanks to mepp for help with screenshots!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone 3GS Jailbreak purplera1n Released! [Windows] started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 598 Comments
    1. thaforgottenone's Avatar
      thaforgottenone -
      Quote Originally Posted by kwickone View Post
      Try just killing that app window (with upper right x) and restart and do it again. That worked for me on XP.

      Oh yeah, and make sure iTunes is NOT running at the time.
      yea thats what i did then rerun the prog and then he will show up in you iphone.
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      Dam, i retract everything bad ive ever said about the 3GS. I don't plan on making a drink or having an 8 hour sleep before i open Cydia now, its quick enough to actually search and use, just like installer on 1.x.

      Ive heard conflicting reports, has anyone tried tricker3g or voipover3g with slingplayer? this is a MUST for me!!
    1. wardrobe22's Avatar
      wardrobe22 -
      maybe should i try another pc or do u have any suggesgtions cause make it rains works jus tont he reboot it stays in recovery and itunes says to resore
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      And the slow cydia download is a mix between your rubbish internet/wireless data speed and the strain on geohots server from a large number of people worldwide downloading cydia.

      I just got it downloaded in a couple of minutes. Now to test some apps ...
      I agree reeko, if you have negative comments, just keep them to self. Everyone was complaining for the lack of a 3G[S] jailbreak & now that GEO has worked dilligently to get us one, we now have ungreatful idiots complaining that is was rushed or buggy or whatever the case may be. Just remember, this is a hobby for alot of people and they could easily not release anything for the public Giving you a reason to complain. So be courteous & thank them for their work. If you don't want to use it, cool, just be on your way because there are alot of people here on this forum that really appreciate what they do for all of us. Thanks for your time.
    1. 3gsmorena's Avatar
      3gsmorena -
      Quote Originally Posted by LSZ33 View Post
      I had an issue but was due to installing status notifier, but like Jag said, let it boot in safemode & uninstall winterboard, then reboot. Now you shouldn't have any issues.
      How do you uninstall winterboard? Sorry if it's a dumb question.

      EDIT: I got it. now I am not in safemode anymore and notifier works! Great!
    1. wardrobe22's Avatar
      wardrobe22 -
      i am very gratefull at the people who work hard to help us and make things beter i was just looking for suggestions sorry if i offended anyone
    1. 3gsmorena's Avatar
      3gsmorena -
      ^^^^awwww apology accepted. even though I don't what u r apologizing for, but you sound very sincere.
    1. finalfantasy's Avatar
      finalfantasy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpjr View Post

      And cydia is WAYYYY quicker on the 3GS
      by only... 500% OMG its fast... 3g it took 1 min too load everything when you clicked on cydia... now it takes 10 seconds maybe that... lol
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      someone should make a sticky on how to make iphone backups and make it very noob friendly. also maybe a jailbroken guide for us noobs. so we can have links on what apps are needed and what steps should be taken.. I am still unsure if i want to wait for the dev team to make their release or use purplera1n
    1. finalfantasy's Avatar
      finalfantasy -
      Oh ya CPJR i ordered a blue case for my iphone so i can switch from the white backcover too BLUE like you did with the red and orange
    1. Squeaky369's Avatar
      Squeaky369 -
      Done. Took less then five minutes to JB, download and install Cydia.

      This was awesome. It might have bugs in it, but it will take time to perfect.

      Thank You.
    1. mobilestarasia's Avatar
      mobilestarasia -
      Works like a charm for me,running Winxp,put in recovery mode,ran the prog,ran iFrezze,downloaded Cydia,rebooted,updated Cydia,added ******* repo,installed *******.Thats it,tried a few apps & games,works like a charm.Finally,can fully utilise my 3GS.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfour View Post
      They are packadges in cydia

      for the dock: Five Icon Dock

      For the rest Five-Column SpringBoard
      thanks! I kept typing in the number 5
    1. brianiino's Avatar
      brianiino -
      It WORKS!
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by mobilestarasia View Post
      Works like a charm for me,running Winxp,put in recovery mode,ran the prog,ran iFrezze,downloaded Cydia,rebooted,updated Cydia,added ******* repo,installed *******.Thats it,tried a few apps & games,works like a charm.Finally,can fully utilise my 3GS.
      after installing *******, is it OK to get them via itunes?

      i was downloading on another site then uploading them via winSCP
    1. reeko's Avatar
      reeko -
      ok, backgrounder works.

      playing doom, background enabled to spring board, open safari and search.

      sbsettings shows 128MB free memory still! with every process killed i get 163MB

      Hopefully backgrounder gets updated to sought of stack apps, background a couple at a time.

      The speed is really showing through now and it is worth every penny of an upgrade. Just wow.
    1. kwickone's Avatar
      kwickone -
      ^+1 And re-springing is almost instantaneous! Very sweet!

      EDIT: And SBSettings is lightning fast! And I love the show memory on top bar...it is nice showing 145MB free. What a difference from the 3G where I was hopeful for 30MB free.
    1. OneRing2Rule's Avatar
      OneRing2Rule -
      How many of you donated? Over the last two years, I remember people saying they'd donate if they could. Well, he ain't the dev-team, but he jb'd my 3GS. All I ever wanted was SBSettings again.

      Did you donate?

      Will you donate?

      Just asking.... Isn't there a poll thing here?
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      Quote Originally Posted by reeko View Post
      The speed is really showing through now and it is worth every penny of an upgrade. Just wow.
      Its amazingly fast!

      Mine kept konking out on Vista and I was stuck on the restore screen. Thankfully my XP laptop saved the day, just plugged the phone into the laptop while it was at the restore screen and ran the purplera1n app and it finished its task.

      I'm wondering now if the kernel updates they are working on will be able to be installed or if a re-jailbreak will be needed? Would be nice if the Freeze app looks for updates and they can deliver it though that, but I think its only purpose is to get Cydia there?
    1. Simtech's Avatar
      Simtech -
      It's back to the Old School way, before SummerBoard and WinterBoard!!!

      Just took about 1.5 hours to finish! lol!