How to: Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3G/3GS Using blackra1n and blacksn0w -- Mac OS X Edition
blackra1n is the latest, simplest Jailbreak tool from iPhone hacker George Hotz (Geohot) and supports all modern iPhone and iPod touch devices running the latest 3.1.2 firmware. blacksn0w is the associated Unlock utility. (Jailbreaking lets you run software not approved by Apple, like background tasks, Google Voice apps, etc. Unlocking lets you use your iPhone on other carriers, like T-Mobile US or international carriers when traveling). blackra1n makes the process faster and easier than ever before, but if you need extra help, TiPb has your back.
Note: For those of you who are planning on jailbreaking your new iPhone 3GS with the updated bootrom, you should be aware that BlackRa1n supports only a tethered jailbreak. This simply means if you have to reset your phone or your battery runs out on you, you will need to connect your device to your computer and run BlackRa1n to be able to boot your iPhone.
Disclaimer: Neither TiPb nor I take any responsibility for any problems/issues/bricking/etc. that may occur while using this software to modify your iPhone. Please be aware of what you are doing. If you don't understand it -- don't do it.
Lets get started, after the jump!
First things first, before we start please be sure you are currently on the 05.11.07 baseband. If you are not, connect to iTunes and update your software to 3.1.2. Once that is done it is time to begin. You will need to go to the BlackRa1n homepage, and click on the Apple to download the proper software. You will want to save the zip file to your desktop and then double-click on it. This will then create the BlackRa1n launch icon.
The Jailbreak Process
Connect your iPhone to your computer. Once connected double-click the BlackRa1n icon to begin the process.
Now simply click "make it rain". Your device will now enter recovery mode.
Your device will now reboot.
Once your device reboots the jailbreak process is complete and you will see the following message on your desktop.
On your Springboard you will now see the BlackRa1n icon. Make sure you have a data connection and then press the icon to proceed.
* If you plan to unlock your device for T-Mobile USA (or any carrier not supporting iPhone 3G bands) you must first disable 3G in your settings before proceeding. *
Here you will now choose your installer. Your choices are Cydia and Rock. You can also select "sn0w" if you are unlocking your device. After you make your selections press "install".
* Do not select "sn0w" if you are not unlocking your iPhone. *
Once complete your Springboard will reset and you will now see Cydia or Rock, whichever you chose, on your screen.
Congratulations, you have successfully jailbroke/unlocked your iPhone. If you wish, you can uninstall BlackRa1n from your iPhone by simply going back into the application and pressing "uninstall".
If you are in need of some further help with this process please visit our iPhone Jailbreak/Unlock forums as there are many friendly forum members who are always willing to help you out.
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I have the 3GS and a family plan that I share with my wife (she has a Motorola flip phone). She wants an iphone, but I already pay $200/month for our plan and don't want to add another $30 in data for an iphone for her. Is it possible for me to take my iPhone, put her SIM card into it and not have AT&T realize that's what I've done? Would I need to JB/UN it? Ideally, I will give her my 3GS in June when the new iPhone rolls out and I buy that one. Thanks for the help.
2) I have an iPhone 3g. Would this be a regular or tethered jailbreak?
Luc do you jailbreak? What is risk of it bricking? Thanks.
@B3gin Yes by doing a full restore they are unable to tell you have jailbroken. I recommend you check out the FAQ's posted by tipb http://forum.theiphoneblog.com/iphone-jailbreak-unlock/165682-read-befor...
what are your reasons why JB is the best idea?
3g usage w/ no 10mb restriction
game system emulators SNES, genesis, etc.
Changing background, icons, basically anything and everything... seriously.
It's worth it. Give it a whirl.
Nice little dig, I'll give you credit. Mark my words, the Patriots will beat the Colts in the AFC championship game on your own turf.
Yes you can. If her SIM is from the same carrier as yours, then you should be able to.
When phones are locked, it just means they wont accept a sim card from a DIFFERENT CARRIER. It DOES NOT mean they wont take a different sim card.
all the apps where do i get them from for the phone?
soz for the questions am new to all this
can sum1 point the way please
Having now taken the plunge, I am so impressed by the quality of some of the JB apps out there. Expect it to cost you for the best software though, it's not a free for all!
My only real concern is updating to V3.2 when Apple release it. Like others out there, I've spent hours tweaking everything I possibly can ...but it's been time well spent.
The goal is to keep my same number and not cancel service with AT&T until I can confirm they will not charge me the cancellation fee, since I get horrible coverage at my house.
Got a new 3G s otb 3.1.2. baseband 5.11 , factory unlocked build in week 45 ( seen in serialnumber )
So i guess its bootrom 359.3.2 may be even newer ??! , cause i cant see it any more in USB view
just Snr, ecid, afa ...
i tried many many times to jailbreak with pwnage 3.1.4
and it didnt work at all..
Even blackra1n didnt work, allways stays in recovery mode ( -> connect to iTunes)
So is there any news for its possible to jailbreak that new bootrom...
Really miss some Cydia Apps so i hope there ll be a way to jailbreak the new bootroms.
I tried resetting the "Network Settings" but after the reboot it still does not solve the problem. Pls help me out!!
i unlocked with black rain but now i am losing functions everywhere no camera cant recieve a blue tooth file o app store no itunes each day more things vanish whats going on and how do i get them back each day my phone gets worse
I just jailbroke and unlock my Iphone 3gs using blackra1n and blacksnow, now my phone is asking me to connect to itunes when I reboot, how can i solve the problem?.
November 30th, 2009 at 6:26 am
Does anybody of you have an experience with unlocked 3Gs in Japan. Is it working there?
Yes! I was able to use my Sim from the Philippines while in Japan. Also I was able to use my Softbank Prepaid Sim, but only to make calls. SMS is not supported with a Softbank Prepaid Sim purchased with the Panasonic Prepaid handset. BTW Japan S U X!
WAIT! I don’t have to download the .ipsw File as I did to JB my 3G? Just use iTunes to update from 3.0.1 to 3.1.2? Then use blackra1n? Can it be that simple?
I just jailbroke my new 3GS 47 week series with Blackra1n and I too was in the same boat where I was getting stuck in the reboot plug-in screen for Itunes. Make sure that you close down Itunes before 'making it rain' and then when it does reboot after the rain process close down Itunes again....
I hope this helps. It's what worked for me.
Thanks in advance ;)
your WIFI will work now
and error for youtube is also solved go to cydia and add this source “http://cydia.iphoneil.net”
Once the repository has been added successfully, search for “Push Fix & Youtube” in Cydia and install this application. This app will automatically fix Push Notification System and Youtube app issues on your unlocked and jailbroken iPhone.
ever since i JBed my iphone 3G its been turning off/on randomly.
i cant use my iphone while its by itself, without no charger.
please help. i restored it to factory settings. and without blackra1n. it works perfectlty, but i want free apps! and themes!
please please. help.
Regarding wifi access problem after rebooting and jailbreaking/unlocking with blackrain and blacksnow on 3.1.2 3GS baseband 05.11.07; please try the following:
If you reset all network settings, reboot and it does not work, dont panic and do it again, and maybe again while jailbreaking it again on reboot the same way as before.....and it finally works and find wifi networks and access points!
I did a complete restore as my phone got a faulty display desktop screen, and had to jailbreak with rain, backup from itunes, then unlock with snow....then install cydia...etc...and had to reset wifi settings a few times and reboot before it finally worked!
Hope this helps you guys! Good luck!
Unfortunately, with the latest 3GS, Blackrain/Snow jailbreaking, you will have to jailbreak your iphone each and every time you power it off completely through your computer & Itunes, and with Blackrain.
If you have the latest 3.1.2 version installed, which I believe you have and the latest baseband as well......there is no fix so far that can bypass this annoying procedure.
Why dont you put your phone on airplane mode and put it to sleep instead in such cases, by pressing the power button for 3 seconds or so only? This will avoid you the painful process of entering recovery mode....etc...
Maybe there will be a fix later on, but for now.....I am afraid not to my knowledge.
I did recover, as explained above in my other post, the wifi functionality, however my GPS/Maps...etc....location on GPS stopped working!
I did use the push fix that can be downloaded through Cydia sources called iphoneil.net that need to be installed first, then applied the patch and rebooted/jailbreak...etc...thereafter.
In the process, I lost all password for my emails accounts, and had to re-enter them all, as well as the Wifi network password I use......however I did retrieve the functionality of the GPS again, and all seems to be in order.
Tedious work and frustrating...but works in the end!
Thanks to the all the contributers & developers spending time on all these issues; you guys deserve our support, and donations are the right thing to do whenever possible to all of us.
I will certainly do so!
5.11.07 modem firmware, iPhone 3GS
Anyone having a similar issue? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I just power it off with the RED slider and I power it on again and its working fine.
Just wanted to tell this bc there seems to be a misunderstanding here that everyone has to connect their 3GS to itunes after powering off ????????
I dont need to do that at all.
I Jailbraked the phone using PWNage tool and then unlocked it by installing Cydia and then from within Cydia installed Blackra1n.
Could it be because I installed the Blackra1n on the phone itself by cydia ??? and unlocked it from there ???
whenever i try to unlock for t-mobile and put my sim card all i get is like 5 dots where the service bars should be..
can anyone help please? I have disabled 3g but still is not working
I have jailbroke and unlocked my iphone 3gs. however, when i sync all the applications from apple stores via itune, they simply don't work on my iphone.
can anyone help please?
I install the file from help.benm.at. It puts the profile in under general settings but when I go to network there is no tethering option. Does anyone have any ideas to get this working? Thanks
I have an iPhone 3GS 3.1.2 (7D11) with modem firmware 05.11.07. I have tried blackra1nRC3Win.exe, but once I try to install apps from a torrent that I have downloaded I get a message that the application was not installed on the iPhone because of an unknown error (OxE8008001) or because it was not signed. In addition to that whenever I try to reboot I get the known message about being in recovery mode and that I need to recover the iPhone in order to work. Any ideas???
The tethered thing.......does it only affect 3GS?
Will I still be able to use the app store if I want?
Will my phone find other carriers when it cant find a att tower?
In the end all I really want is to be able to drag and drop music without the whole loosing the usic i have thing in itunes.
Will the commercial websites be able to sort this out? Are they using different solutions then blackrain?
So im desperate, from South Africa, got an iphone 3G OS 3.1.2 on ebay in the states, got sent to SA, i installed blackra1n, that went fine, then installed Cydia, that worked fine, but after that my wifi stopped working, there is now no way for me to unlock the phone (ie to intall sn0w). is there any way for me to install snow via my PC? i cant use 3g because the phone isnt picking up my carrier yet because i need to unlock... its like a freaking vicious cycle... can anyone give me some help???
I am very happy.
5.11.07 modem firmware, iPhone 3G 3.1.2 OS - Purchased from Softbank Japan October 2009 - JB/unlocked in Taiwan.
After JB, it got stuck at recovery screen (iTunes).
Anybody has any solution for this? Now, it is downloading the firmware from iTunes (300+ MB) in order to restore I suppose
Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I followed the instructions from the below link.http://www.redmondpie.com/guide-to-fix-push-notifications-on-hacktivated...
and copied the certificate files fro the rapid share link which is in the instructions.
GPS and Youtube are working again but after the reboot I had to insert the passwords of the mail accounts and the APN for the 3G network.
Has anyone figured out why some are not able to break with out a total restore?
you have to first patch mobileinstallation file on your iphone from Cydia in order for the cracked apps to be installed.
here's how to:http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-patch-mobileinstallation-file-in-iphone...
first i tried your link and because it didnt work i saw that my phone has a 3.1.2 jailbreak firmware, and now it works, so thank you so much!!!
what i did is exited itunes helper and itunes. then i exited the blackrain software
and relaunched it. and presto!! my phone booted with blackrain!
I would recommend to everyone to be very clear informing that is required to:
- Execute BLACKRA1N
- Click "Make it Rain"
- As soon as the IPhone ask for Restore...
- Close BLACKRA1N
- start BLACKRA1N again
- Click "Make it Rain"
I think I am not the only one who’s having this issue, I heard lot of people having this issue after unlocking with Blackra1n Rc3, can some please help, really appreciate it.
do i realy need to JB my 3gs phone after every restart?
It says plug into itunes, then I download blackra1n. The guys face comes on my screen.. about 4-5 minutes go by and then the small circular hour glass thing appears in the center of the screen and then reboots it. Says plug into itunes - if still connected in it automatically puts the guys face on again and repeats the same process.
Has this happened to anyone else before? Is there anything I can do? I don't have internet where my PC is (where my phone normally syncs) so I am just as a Starbucks hoping someone can save me.
Please let me know if you can help - thank you so much!!
but whenever i press make it rain it goes into the connecting itune msg.
any one can help?
i tried closing itunes and press make it rain but it did not work for me. anything i missed?
I can still sync it with itunes, and I cant find it anywhere. Anyone else here knows?
Any thoughts or comments?
thanks heaps in advance.
pls help me asap,, i cant use my iphone anymore.
i cannot thank you enough!!
can this system work with windows???
thanx very much
i uninstalled black ra1n without installing cydia on my iPhone 3g 3.12 and now i want to use black ra1n again on my iPhone but the icon of black ra1n is not appearing on screen while going through the same procedure what to do...........help some one....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amazing how many thousands of pages is written about this jailbreak and yet no one clearly says the above which is probably the #1 question in everyone's mind who is a normal person and not an iphone hacker.
BUT you will not be able to get the installer back unless you restore with Itunes and re-jailbrake your iphone.
hope that helps
oh... and its free
I have downloaded Blackrain and downloaded Cydia and Rockm but when i want to enter one of them, it just goes back to my apps page!
I tried the re run of blackrain as suggessyed by justin but it takes a lot of time n afterwards it again goes back to the same old thing that connect to itunes and itunes says ur phone needs a restore...
i've an ipod touch 32gb 3.1.2 , i jailbraked it usin blackra1n and installed cydia but now whenever i swich off my ipod it always want me to RESTORE my ipod again and when my ipod turn off by it self again itunes demands for restore
please help mee i'm not able to install any crack app
I am running iphone 3G 3.1.2, jailbroken and unlocked using blackra1n and ultrasn0w(big thank you to those guys... legends). got one problem tho, my wifi works, but only within 3 meters of any wireless router. I have tried resetting network connections, also have run push fix in Cydia, still with limited wifi range. How far should i be able to pick up wireless from? and are there any solutions to this problemo... thanks in advance
p[s help me i tried everything restoring all settings etc but dose not work...
will I lose my SMS mms or push?
Or have these issues been fixed?
Could someone possibly help me with my jailbroken iPhone?
Last night I was downloading something from Cydia and when it was finish it said (I think) Restore Springboard, so I did, but then it got stuck so I had to reboot my phone, then the apple icon appear, then a USB and iTunes Icon pops up, so I connect my device with the USB and then to my computer (PC Vista) and then I run the blackra1n, hit the "Make it rain" button and then "The Dude" comes up... and that's where my problem is, I get stuck, iTunes says that my device is detected. but I can't reboot my device and it doesn't reboot by itself, trying over and over again, exacly same problem... I jailbroked my phone a month ago, and have reboot it before, no problems at all until now... and I did everything like I used... help please! i'm stuck with the dude!
and what if i restore my device, will I lost everything? contacts, pictures? apps? because I got an app were I save all my pictures... :/
To add to the confusion, 3GS iphones with an early manufacturing date DO support untethered jailbreaking(mine does). 3GS iphones with a manufacturing date greater than the 40th week of 2009 DONT support untethered jailbreak.
Here's info on this. Hope this helps someonehttp://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=833099
my son has jailbroke his iphone and it works fine. But he also jailbroke his sister's phone and now the apps work but the orange phone setting don't work. Can you restore it back to the original setting even if you haven't got the original computer that has your itunes account on it.?????
have they fixed the problem yet so when your Apple IPHONE 3gs goes of you do not need to reconnet it to computer. can someone email me a replay email@example.com
I tried unlocking my iphone 3Gs 16GB. The procedure i thought of following is get it jailbreaked using BlackRa1N and then install CYDIA to unlock the phone. I've first opended the blackra1n website downloaded the software from it and installed and i could jailbreak it successfully. Then i shd actually install cydia opening the blackra1n icon but accidentally what happent was, the blackra1n got uninstalled. I tried reinstalling but i wasnt able to do it. Could you please help me out?
Has anybody else with factory unlocked iPhones had theirs lock after an upgrade or restore? Of course illegit unlocks like Sn0w and stuff will lock but mine was legit. This sucks, especially since I'm not in a country that has at&t or any contracted phone services.
I used blackra1n successfully with my 1G (model:MA712LL) with firmware 3.1.2 (and Modem Firmware: 04.05.04_G if you need to know).
The jailbreak worked and I have Cydia and rock installed. I have the old AT&T SIM card in the phone (from my friend) that has not service. When I put in my Tmobile card, for which I have service), it says "No SIM" in the upper left hand corner of the screen.
Should I have put the Tmobile SIM in before the jail process?
What should my next step be?
I have a simple voice plan with Tmobile and no data. It is not pay as you go.
THE APLICATION …. WAS NOT INSTALED BECOUSE OF UNKNOWN ERROR (OxE8008001) i made a restore and again from the begining an nothing...WHAT I DO WRONG???
Thx in advance for your valuable answer..
to go well and then It sais done,wait for reboot or somthing in the lines of that and then it won't reboot. I might not have waited that long can anyone tell me how long the reboot takes? I really want
to jailbreak my
iphone3gs:) thanks y'all:)
let me install cydia, rock, and snow.
THEN i backed up my phone through itunes.
it rebooted but it didn't come back on all the way! :( it turns off and on showing the apple logo.
please help! my phone has been off since 12pm yesterday and i need to get it back on somehow.
i hold the power & home button and it doesn't seem to do anything at all.
i went through all of that and it was fine.
until it turned off and turned back on.
I was successful downgrading from 3.1.3 to 3.1.2 the firmware stay in 05.12.01
I Jb with blackra1n OK but even that I use SnOw to unlock I got the not service message
can someone help please
i know u r watching
Am going to get an iphone3gs soon
just want to know that while doing the jailbreak and unlocking,do we need to put any sim into it, coz am from india too and where do I get a AT&T sim!!!!!!
Will really be helpful if u answer this question!!!!!
I have a jailbroken 3GS, 3.1.3, restored it, then again jailbreak by spirit.
my cydia is not working...
what to do?
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