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  • HowTo: Jailbreak iDevices Untethered (and preserve iPhone Baseband) with PwnageTool 4.2


    Step 1: Download PwnageTool 4.2 here. Also Download the appropriate 4.2.1 firmware bundle (available from Apple). For the walkthrough I used an AT&T iPhone 4.

    Step 2: Open PwnageTool and click 'Expert Mode' at the top, then click the device you'd like to jailbreak.



    Step 3: Click "Browse for IPSW and browse for the firmware bundle you downloaded (should be firmware 4.2.1)



    Step 4: Click 'General' and select functions as needed.
    • 'Activate the phone' - Hacktivates the phone if previously unlocked
    • 'Enable baseband update' - Performs the baseband update (DO NOT CHECK THIS IF YOU RELY ON A ULTRASNOW UNLOCK)
    • There are options to re-enable functionality, which are specifically for the iPhone 3G. If you need them, check them off.



    Step 5: Click the arrow to apply the changes.

    Step 6: Install custom packages and cydia sources as needed, then click build to save your custom IPSW file, you may be asked to enter your Mac OS user password.



    Step 7: When prompted, connect your device via USB and follow the instructions for entering DFU mode.

    Step 8: Open iTunes. iTunes will tell you it has detected a device in recovery mode. IMPORTANT: PRESS OPTION AND CLICK RESTORE. Do not simply press restore, this will upgrade your device to stock 4.2.1, and WILL upgrade your baseband (which is irreversible). A dialog box will open and allow you to choose the firmware bundle to restore with. Choose the custom created bundle.

    Step 9: Wait for the restore to complete, and enjoy your untethered jailbreak! Unlockers on an unlockable baseband can simply install ultrasn0w and unlock. Enjoy!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: HowTo: Jailbreak iDevices Untethered (and preserve iPhone Baseband) with PwnageTool 4.2 started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 154 Comments
    1. vietboi90's Avatar
      vietboi90 -
      I follow everything on this step and it giving me error 29 when it is almost finish restoring......Help!!!!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ah. deleting the "iPod Photo Cache" folder takes care of it.

      Quote Originally Posted by vietboi90 View Post
      I follow everything on this step and it giving me error 29 when it is almost finish restoring......Help!!!!

      this wasn't the clearest of details. search previous Pwnage tool threads. even the release before this. much clearer for noobs. all in all Pwnage is really easy. it walks you thru step by step with picture tutorials as your jailbreaking. just try again.
    1. vietboi90's Avatar
      vietboi90 -
      How do u delete the ipod photo cache?

      I know pwnagetool are usually easy to follow, but mine didnt work this time
    1. Consigliere's Avatar
      Consigliere -
      Ultrasn0w on Iphone 4 with baseband 02.10.04 does not work. Just blank bars for me. Tried twice with both checked "activate" and activated with my att sim as well.
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Quote Originally Posted by djm120607 View Post
      Is this avaible for windows?
      I build this on my pc using Vmware
    1. Nickhes's Avatar
      Nickhes -
      i got a question if i'm on 4.0 with 5.13.04 want to preserve my baseband to the same on 4.2.1 is this possible ?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickhes View Post
      i got a question if i'm on 4.0 with 5.13.04 want to preserve my baseband to the same on 4.2.1 is this possible ?
      Yes, you can preserve your baseband with this.
    1. plasmaleto's Avatar
      plasmaleto -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      I build this on my pc using Vmware
      Which package did you use? I've been wanting to do that but hear mixed things about it's functionality. I know what to do just need to know which route works best. Thanks!
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Halle-freakin-lujah! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

      PwnageTool FTW
      Greenpois0n FTL
      Greenpois0n FTL? Why? I used Greenpois0n on my iPhone 4 and preserved my baseband. I'm running 4.2.1 with the 01.59.00 baseband. This is simply a different technique. They will both do it.
    1. agitcom's Avatar
      agitcom -
      Hello

      I have 3gs on 3.1.2 bb 5.11.X the phone was on att network now i am using in Canada however still have the ATT sim card my question

      do i have to click activate the phone? or just uncheck and the use the old att card to activate

      if i uncheck will it update the baseband because unlock very import to

      thanks you
    1. SpartanWraith's Avatar
      SpartanWraith -
      Anyone else stuck at like 95% restore? My phone's been sitting here for the last 30 minutes...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpartanWraith View Post
      Anyone else stuck at like 95% restore? My phone's been sitting here for the last 30 minutes...
      Do you have wifi sync installed?
    1. SpartanWraith's Avatar
      SpartanWraith -
      No. I uninstalled that after it had issues with syncing to my car.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      You uninstalled it from your computer right?
    1. SpartanWraith's Avatar
      SpartanWraith -
      Yeah

      Trying it again.

      Still hangs at the same spot.
      /sigh
      Let me try restoring to regular firmware...

      Ok it seems that my phone just freezes during the restore at a different progress than what iTunes says its at.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Sounds like something on your computer is blocking it. Do you have zone alarm installed?

      Maybe try another computer.
    1. scizod's Avatar
      scizod -
      I have a quick question. I was jailbroken on 4.0.1. I had to do an update through cydia for a few apps I have and that crashed my iphone which resulted in me putting the phone into DFU and doing an update through apple. I am now on 4.2.1 with firmware 03.10.01. I do not need an unlock for my phone. Will I be able to use this pwnagetool for jailbreaking?
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      Quote Originally Posted by scizod View Post
      I have a quick question. I was jailbroken on 4.0.1. I had to do an update through cydia for a few apps I have and that crashed my iphone which resulted in me putting the phone into DFU and doing an update through apple. I am now on 4.2.1 with firmware 03.10.01. I do not need an unlock for my phone. Will I be able to use this pwnagetool for jailbreaking?
      You could use this but there isn't much of a need. This tool is mainly for people who would like to bake their own firmware and keep their current baseband. Just use a tool like greenp0ison which jailbreaks the current iOS on your phone. If you use Pwnage tool you'll have to do a restore
    1. SpartanWraith's Avatar
      SpartanWraith -
      Hurray for having bootcamp'd windows. And Greenpois0n for simplicity.
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      Can i have my phone unlocked(without updating my baseband)with this method??

      Iphone 3gs runnin 3.1.3 bb 5.12.01.. Please help..and im on windows..