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    Default HOW TO JAILBREAK iPhone 3G 3.1 on windows
    This is HOW TO JAILBREAK iPhone 3G 3.1 on windows! (XP,VISTA,7)

    **WARNING**WARNING**WARNING**
    Unless you aren't worried about potentially upgrading your baseband, I would advise you not to try this tutorial until there is an Unlock method available for the 3.1 Firmware. If you will never need your iphone unlocked then it is perfectly fine to use this jailbreak method.

    Before you start you need to have the following:
    1. a copy of itunes 8.2 if you don't already have it installed. (download it here Itunes 8.2 Link
    2. a copy of custom firmware 3.1 I cannot tell you how to acquire this.
    3. a copy of Redsnow 0.8 (download it here Redsnow 0.8 Link
    4. a copy of the OFFICIAL 3.0 firmware

    *If you currently have your iphone jailbroken at the 3.0 level, put your phone in RECOVERY Mode (not DFU) and use steps 1,2,3,14 & 15

    **If you currently have your iphone at an OFFICIAL 3.1 level, complete all of the steps.


    Step 01: If you have Itunes 9 installed then uninstall it.

    Step 02: Install Itunes 8.2

    Step 03: Run Itunes 8.2

    Step 04: if you get an "itunes library.itl" error then delete or move it from your itunes folder in "my music"

    Step 05: Once you have iTunes 8.2 running, put your phone into DFU mode

    Step 06: click "ok" when itunes tells you it detects your phone in recovery mode

    Step 07: once your phone is in DFU mode, hold your shift key and click restore in itunes

    Step 08: a window will open and you will now locate the official 3.0 firmware file and select it

    Step 09: itunes will now install the official 3.0 firmware onto the phone

    Step 10: at the end of this process you will likely get a error 1015 or something like that. ignore the error by clicking ok and your iphone should be showing the usb and itunes logo at this point.

    Step 11: Now open up Redsnow 0.8

    Step 12: Browse for the 3.0 official firmware and follow the directions that the software gives to jailbreak the iphone. during the jailbreak process for 3.0, you will notice that it seems to freeze at the "installing activation bundles" part. Don't worry, it is not frozen. Just give it a little while and it will finish.

    Step 13: At this point your phone might have the USB and Itunes image back on it. This is fine. Open iTunes back up and you will probably be greeted with the "itunes detects your phone in recovery mode". Click OK.
    DO NOT PUT THE IPHONE IN "DFU" MODE AT THIS POINT. Leave it in "Recovery Mode". Leave it as it is.

    Step 14: Once again, shift click the itunes restore button and select the 3.1 custom firmware.

    Step 15: THAT'S IT! Let it load the 3.1 custom firmware and you are set!

    I have done this on 3 3G iPhones and can confirm that this process absolutely works. I hope this helps all of you that have been waiting on a windows version of redsnow that jailbreaks 3.1. This process may take more time but it will work.

    Just to clarify a few steps in this process...

    If you are on official 3.1 firmware, you have to downgrade to a jailbroken 3.0 firmware and have iTunes 8.2 installed in order to restore the CUSTOM 3.1 firmware. If you are already on a 3.0 jailbroken firmware then just make sure you have iTunes 8.2 installed because itunes 9 will give you error 16xx messages when you do a restore for CUSTOM 3.1 firmware.

    I noticed that the majority of my steps look as though this is just to jailbreak to 3.0 SO i just wanted to make it clear that this is actually instructions to jailbreak 3.1
    Last edited by Phillip84; 09-21-2009 at 07:17 PM. Reason: added what could be vital information

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    Good write up

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
    Good write up
    Thanks so much! and Thanks for the sticky!

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    can this jailbreak ipod touch 3.1? on 2g?
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    Once you purchase a product surely its up to you if you put it in a blender or drive over it in a car, what right do Apple have to stop us abusing our stuff? thats like saying you can't slap your girlfriend, she's your girlfriend, you own her, you can do what you want to her lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by iPodz View Post
    can this jailbreak ipod touch 3.1? on 2g?
    To be honest, i'm not completely sure. However, the main issues people are having are the 16XX errors from iTunes when they try to restore to the custom 3.1 firmware whether it be on an iphone or ipod touch. If my instruction are followed perfectly, those errors never appear. I think this is because the instructions call for the use of itunes 8.2 and starting from a 3.0 jailbroken device. For whatever reason, those two points allow for a smooth restore into the custom 3.1 file.
    I'm sure it wont hurt anything if you test it out. If so, then I can add your successful attempt to the instructions. Let me know!

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    Yup nice tutorial. If you posted a couple links it would really make this even more helpful for members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip84 View Post
    Thanks so much! and Thanks for the sticky!
    no prob

    I am sure it will help with the confusion

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    Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
    Yup nice tutorial. If you posted a couple links it would really make this even more helpful for members.
    aww man your right. I didn't even think of that. Though iTunes 8.2 and redsnow 0.8 would be the only links I need to edit into the post correct? I am somewhat new here and I am pretty sure I am not allowed to include a link to a custom firmware file. Can you confirm that?

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    No custom firmware links

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
    No custom firmware links
    ok cool. Thats what I was thinking. Should I add a link to the official 3.0 firmware? If so, since this could possibly be used on a device other than just the iphone 3G, should I upload various 3.0 official firmwares for the iphone and ipod touch? I'm curious as to what other devices this process would work for. Based on your knowledge, would you know?

    To all who attempt this process,

    Please provide us all with your successful or unsuccessful story. It helps users, who might run into problems, understand and learn from other users mistakes. Thanks everybody!
    Last edited by Phillip84; 09-18-2009 at 09:15 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    If you don't mind posting the links to these custom firmwares, it would be awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjav01 View Post
    If you don't mind posting the links to these custom firmwares, it would be awesome!
    I wish I could but I really can't. The forum rules don't allow it. It's really not that hard to find. Do you know someone with a Mac? If so, that's another way you can get it. Have someone with a Mac use Pwnage Tool to create the custom file and transfer it to your computer.

    I really can't help you with that part of the process. I'm sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
    No custom firmware links
    Quote Originally Posted by xjav01 View Post
    If you don't mind posting the links to these custom firmwares, it would be awesome!
    nope, no can do. sorry

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    so... is this confirmed to work?

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    I tried it and everything went smoothly, except that when everything was said and done, I had no signal and no option to select a carrier. I'm not sure if that was just because of the custom firmware I downloaded. I had to revert back to 3.1, since I needed my phone functions. I'm in Canada and on the Rogers network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solid_Snake View Post
    I tried it and everything went smoothly, except that when everything was said and done, I had no signal and no option to select a carrier. I'm not sure if that was just because of the custom firmware I downloaded. I had to revert back to 3.1, since I needed my phone functions. I'm in Canada and on the Rogers network.
    Hey! I had the exact same problem on my first attempt. It's the custom firmware file you have. Find another one and you won't have any issues. Glad to hear the process (in general) worked for you. Just try another CF file and it will all be good.

    Quote Originally Posted by 500sd View Post
    so... is this confirmed to work?
    Sure is! Just take it step by step and you'll have a jb 3.1 in no time!

    Thanks for pointing that out by the way. If anyone ends up with no signal after they jailbreak their device on 3.1 then you need to try again with a different 3.1 custom firmware file.
    Last edited by Phillip84; 09-18-2009 at 11:13 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    cool, can you take a look at my thread and help me out though? sorry if this isn't allowed but i havent gotten any responses yet...
    upgrade jailbreak backups...

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    does this work on Iphone 3GS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by butters149 View Post
    does this work on Iphone 3GS?
    I'd be lying if I said I knew haha. I only have access to iphone 3G's. I'm sure all you would have to do is to get your hands on a copy of a 3GS 3.1 custom firmware. I wouldn't know if it would change the baseband version that everyone is talking about though. I'm really not all that familiar with the 3GS when it comes to jailbreaking it. Someone else, who knows that device a litle more, might want to clarify that for you.

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    success for me!
    just a heads up, you can't be starting from 3.0.1 even if you are jailbroken. you need to go back to official 3.0 than jailbreak then finally to 3.1 with the custom firmware.

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