Step by Step Guide to Jailbreak & Unlock iPhone 3g/3gs-Using Windows

November 16, 2009

This guide is for Windows users only.

Mac users should follow the guide here.

The following edited text is taken from:

How to Jailbreak And Unlock Your iPhone With Blackra1n And BlackSn0w on Windows

We had recently written about the release of Geohot’s iPhone jailbreaking tool Blackra1n.

Here is a short tutorial that you might find useful in using these tools to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS on your Windows PC.

Some important points to note before we start:

Hacking your iPhone could void its warranty. So please proceed with caution and at your own risk.
Make sure that you have iPhone OS 3.1.2 installed on your iPhone.
The jailbreak requires 05.11.07 baseband .

Please take a backup of your iPhone, refer to this post for more details.
After you have successfully jailbroken your iPhone, please checkout our article on tips to keep your iPhone secure.

Instructions to Jailbreak

Step 1: Visit Blackra1n website and choose the software for Windows by clicking on the Windows logo

Step 2: Download the software.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone or iPod to the computer and run the downloaded blackra1n executable file

Step 4: You will now be shown a button that reads ‘Make it ra1n’. Click on the button to the jailbreak process

Step 5: Notice the following events on your iPhone:

The iPhone is placed in recovery mode.

The recovery mode is replaced by a picture of Geohot on your iPhone or iPod.

Your device will reboot.

Step 6: You are shown a pop-up. You may press OK

Jailbreaking is complete. You can now see the blackra1n icon on your springboard. If you want to proceed to unlock your iPhone, follow these steps below.

Instructions to Unlock your iPhone:

Step 1 Make sure you are connected to the Internet and click on the blackra1n icon.

Step 2 Select sn0w and tap on Install to start the unlock process.

Step 3 Once the installation is complete, you are shown a confirmation screen. Tap on ‘Close’

Step 4 Unlocking is complete. You can confirm this from the Blacksn0w icon on the springboard.

Step 5 You may uninstall blackra1n now. Tap on the blackra1n icon on the springboard and press uninstall.

That’s it folks. Your jailbreaking and unlocking is complete. We have all along been fans of Geohot and if you are impressed with his software, take a moment to make a donation by visiting his website.


Jailbreaking Firmware 2.2.1 or 2.2 iphone 1st Gen & 3g-Using Windows

January 18, 2009

Jailbreaking Firmware 2.2.1 or 2.2 iphone 1st Gen & 3g-Using Windows







Although the guide sometimes only mentions 2.2 it WILL work with 2.2.1!

Cheers Ants



Righto, I’m gonna take you through jailbraking the iphone firmware 2.2.1 or 2.2 this works for both the 1st gen iphone(unlock as well) and the new 3g version(see this post to unlock 3g).

Huge ‘ups’ and ‘mad props’ (I’m sooo white! hehheh) to the dev team for their unfailing work with all this jailbreaking and unlocking stuff!

So why you ask do I want to Jailbreak my iphone? So you can install those wonderful apps like MXtube,Swirly MMS, iphonemodem,Hood and much more, that Apple says ‘no way’ to! Don’t worry your iphone won’t explode or anything!

I am only going to show you the windows version because I have used it about 20 times and its been successful 100% of the time. 

Thanks to for the guide.

There is a Mac version which both myself and and a mate have tried without success, so better the devil you know!

But if you don’t know someone with a PC ,and  are desperate to try the Mac version, then follow this guide.

Remember, DON’T FREAK! Everything you do can be reversed, I have never bricked an iphone yet! Just read carefully, take your time and have fun!

Ok, the first thing you need to do is download the firmware file of your choice, you can go straight to 2.2.1 or 2.2  if you haven’t downloaded already from itunes.

Firmware 2.2.1 (latest) for 1st gen iphone

Firmware 2.2.1 (latest) for 3g iphone

Firmware 2.2 for 1st gen iphone

Firmware 2.2 for 3g iphone
If you intend on unlocking your 1st gen phone you will need these two files as well,which are called Bl39.bin & Bl46 (the bl stands for bootloader)
Save all the above downloaded files somewhere you can easily find them later.
Now, download the QuickPwn jailbreaking software from this link. 

Update your iPhone 3G to iPhone Firmware 2.2:

  1. Connect your iPhone  to your computer via USB cable and launch iTunes and select your iPhone.
  2. Hold the SHIFT key and click the “Restore” button. iTunes will launch a file dialog for you to select the firmware file. Locate the iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw file for firmware 2.2 that you have downloaded earlier and click “Open”.
  3. iTunes will then restore your iPhone with firmware 2.2 which takes sometime, please wait for the process to complete.

Once your iPhone is updated to iPhone firmware 2.2, you are ready to use the QuickPwn tool to jailbreak it.

Jailbreak iPhone  using QuickPwn:

  1. Launch QuickPwn from the unzipped folder to start jailbreaking your iPhone .
  2. Please ensure that your iPhone is connected to your computer. QuickPwn will automatically detect it and enable the blue arrow button, click it to continue.
  3. In the next screen, click browse and select the iPhone firmware 2.2 that you had downloaded  earlier and click Open.



4.QuickPwn will check if the firmware file selected is the same as the one installed on your iPhone , if valid it will enable the blue arrow button, click it to continue.


5.In the next screen, you will be prompted to install Cydia, Installer (both are preselected) and if you would like to Replace the Boot Logos, and finally if you have a 1st gen phone, unlock phone.Install both Cydia and Installer as you will need it to install Dev team’s unlock yellowsn0w application if you have a 3g phone and also to install jailbreak apps. I always select unlock as well, just seems to work for me!


6. Ok this next step is for 1st gen iphone owners only, browse to where you have stored the bl39 & bl45 bin files and select .If you have a 3g iphone and want to unlock,check this post.

QuickPwn will again prompt you to ensure that your iPhone  is connected to your computer via USB, click the blue arrow button to continue.

  • QuickPwn will now automatically put your iPhone into recovery mode. Once its in recovery mode you will be prompted to: Hold the Home button for 5 seconds, Hold the Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds, then release the Power button and continuing holding the Home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode.
  • Its important that you follow the instructions carefully, if it does not work and get an error message then try again, once your iPhone  is in DFU mode QuickPwn will start the jailbreaking process.
  • QuickPwn will inform you as soon as the jailbreaking process is successfully completed.
  • After your iPhone  reboots, it will be jailbroken and will have Cydia and Installer apps installed and visible on your iPhone’s home screen.


    Source: iClarified and Ants!


    Hopefully all is well and you are enjoying your new 2.2 iphone!