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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. mastermindx85's Avatar
      mastermindx85 -
      first ha and i have used it and it works but winterboard doesnt
    1. RdGzKp's Avatar
      RdGzKp -
      yea my winterboard put my phone into safemode so i'm rejailbreakin it n not downloading that i dont need it that bad so i'll b happy with free apps
    1. nicallen63's Avatar
      nicallen63 -
      Got my phone into recovery mode, then crashed. Now my iphone is stuck in recovery mode.
    1. compnerd88's Avatar
      compnerd88 -
      I have also used it and it works well......but i can also confirm Winterboard is not working

      According to Saurik it is a problem with the Kernal patches of the Purplera1n jailbreak and not winterboard


      EDIT: Also guys if you have problems with the program the first time (Like stuck in recovery mode etc...) Just re-run the program with your phone still connected and it should work fine....may take some tries....it is BETA
    1. arram's Avatar
      arram -
      The PurpleRa1n 3GS jailbreak (like the unofficial 3.0 beta QuickPwn jailbreaks) is missing critical patches required for WinterBoard (etc.).about 4 hours ago from web

      ADDITIONALLY, WinterBoard /will/ need work on the 3GS (new instructions), but I can't even begin looking at that until we get fixed patches.about 4 hours ago from web


      does this mean you can download ultrasn0w too?
    1. pyrotek's Avatar
      pyrotek -
      Yeah this is great, but we need VM_MAP!

    1. dfc420's Avatar
      dfc420 -
      Stuck in recovery mode, tried 3 different machines. Vista-32 bit, vista 32bit, and vista 64 bit.

      All 3 gets to wait for reboot but it never does only stays in recovery mode.
    1. manny0's Avatar
      manny0 -
      can i unlock it after its jail broken with the ultrasn0w?
    1. mastermindx85's Avatar
      mastermindx85 -
      DFC what you do is exit out of purplerain and keep running it clicking make it ra1n and it will work thats exactly what happened to me. let me know if it works
    1. Mista Brothason's Avatar
      Mista Brothason -

      I'm wating for the Dev team's jailbreak and unlock
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      A few pics...
    1. wePhone's Avatar
      wePhone -
      Cydia doesn't install for me, at all.
    1. nicallen63's Avatar
      nicallen63 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dfc420 View Post
      Stuck in recovery mode, tried 3 different machines. Vista-32 bit, vista 32bit, and vista 64 bit.

      All 3 gets to wait for reboot but it never does only stays in recovery mode.
      Welcome to the club, just had to restore mine. Not very happy about that.
    1. simes6600's Avatar
      simes6600 -
      tried it on Vista SP1. phone stayed in restore mode, hadda restore iTunes jobby

      tried it on XP Pro SP3. purplera1n.exe crashes after clickin "make it rain"

      think i'll hold out for a dev-team release....
    1. suleiman's Avatar
      suleiman -
      presumably if there is access to cydia then yes? but I don't know about this purplera1n jb what with all the kernal patching issues and what not.
    1. law111's Avatar
      law111 -
      I don't think anyone saw, but they posted the jailbreak for Mac, Cash7c3 can you tell us why it is now taken off? Haha.
    1. thedanks's Avatar
      thedanks -
      If you are getting the error stated in the op, GeoHotz has put this message on his twitter...

      i hardcoded C\Program Files\\Common Files\\Apple\\Mobile Device Support\\bin\\iTunesMobileDevice.dll

      That file must! be in that location for you to not get that error. I had installed xp just to do this and it was installed on my d drive... I did not have the file on this location on the c drive. As soon as i got that file there it worked!
    1. L3G4L1Z3's Avatar
      L3G4L1Z3 -
      I'm running Mac OS X 10.5.7 but I have CrossOver which allows me to install Windows programs on my computer and run them anytime. I've downloaded purplera1n and installing it using CrossOver right now. I'll tell you how it goes for the mac users that can't wait.

      It doesn't work =/ I was able to run purplera1n but when I clicked "make it rain" it crashed. I tried installing it on Windows XP, Vista 32 bit, 64 bit and 7. Here is a screen cap of purplera1n running on Mac OS X.

      1920x1200 56k Warning!

    1. yoedba's Avatar
      yoedba -
      worked beautifully on XP installed cydia got my phone unlocked and im all smiles
    1. oboeplayer23's Avatar
      oboeplayer23 -
      i have had a great experience with the new jailbreak.....i will confirm that winterboard does not work,, but its the best thing out there so far..

      great job geo...