Daily tip: How to enable iOS4 features on a iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G with WhiteD00r [Jailbreak]

Still have a working original iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G (or an iPod touch 1 or 2) and wondering how to get iOS4 features like Multitasking, Folders or Tethering? If you're willing to Jailbreak with WhiteD00r, you can enable most of these new features with a simple install. We'll show you how after the break!


  1. Head over to whited00r.com and select your device from the “firmware download” page.

  2. Extract the .zip file (make sure that your unarchiver/unzip utility doesn’t extract the contents of the .ipsw as well!)

  3. Plug your iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, or iPod touch 1 or 2 into iTunes

  4. Once detected, hold down the ALT (Mac OS X) or SHIFT (Windows) key, and then browse to unzipped .ipsw on your computer.

  5. Be patient! It can take between 10 and 15 minutes for your iPhone or iPod to to activate.

  6. That's it! You'll now be able to enjoy such features as Multitasking, Folders, custom wallpapers and more.

Additionally, your phone is now jailbroken, so you can install the vast library of Jailbreak apps.

Unfortunately, there are some things missing in WhiteD00r, like access to Game Center, the auto naming of Folders, your video camera comes in a separate app, and doesn’t save to the camera roll without some minor post-installation tweaks. However, for a unofficial hack, it works very well.

I hope this helped any of you iPhone 2G/3G and iPod Touch 1G and 2G users get more out your phone. It certainly gave my old iPhone a new lease of life.


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Daily tip: How to enable iOS4 features on a iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G with WhiteD00r [Jailbreak]


I've had iOS multitasking on my iPod 2G for a while. The only thing that doesn't work is switching between apps (either explicitly with the multitask bar, using "open this document in another app" or clicking a hyperlink in an app to open Safari) - in all cases what should happen is that fancy carousel animation, but instead springboard crashes. I think it's a hardware limitation

That only happens on iOS 4.2.1 firmware, but can be fixed. Whited00r uses darlo's multitasking and backgrounder, so you won't experience any crashes. (If you don't background too many apps ;) )

Guys, I've been using whited00r since March and it works great. I definetly recommend this firmware. Also, check the forums. There's some great stuff going on there. My forum username is lama_matt.
P.S: There also is a beta iOS 4 based whited00r for iPhone 3G's with game center and many other things enabled ;)

Awesome! Took a while, and I still have to toy with the new features, but I have a hunch I am going to like the new lease of life that it will give to my iPhone 2G

When in iTunes I hold down the shift key when when my iPod 1g is connected but I cannot get a browse box to come up so I can select the file from my desktop. Help!

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I have an iPhone 2g and the only problem I have with it is the inability to buy a majority of the apps from the appstore. Will this enable me to do so? What other major changes will occur?