Following the complete guide for jailbreak & unlock firmware 2.1 on iPhone 2G using QuickPwn, I received quite a number of requests from readers to write up the same guide for iPhone 3G. Before you run into the details of jailbreak, you’re probably aware that the word “Unlock” is missing in the post title. A typo?
No, so far there is no solution to unlock iPhone 3G. For now, QuickPwn can only jailbreak iPhone 3G. That means you are still bind to single carrier and can’t use SIM card from other carriers. (For starter, you can check out this post to learn more about “jailbreak vs unlock”)
Update: You can now unlock iPhone 3G using yellowsn0w.
Anyways, this post is devoted for iPhone 3G users who want to jailbreak their iPhones. If you can’t figure out a reason for jailbreaking, check out this post and see if jailbreak is for you. Okay, let’s start jailbreaking iPhone 3G.
Update: This guide is now updated with procedures for firmware 2.2.1. But you should read this warning carefully. Presently, you cannot use yellowsn0w to unlock firmware 2.2.1 for iPhone 3G. So, please use firmware 2.2 if you’re planning for unlock.
Preparation for Jailbreak & Unlock
1. First, make sure you have upgraded to iTunes version 8.02 and backup your iPhone data by synchronizing it with iTunes.
Tip: You can download older version of iTunes here if Apple already releases a newer version of iTunes at the time you’re reading this post.
Installing iPhone Firmware via iTunes
3. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable and launch iTunes. Select your iPhone in iTunes.
4. Okay, now 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_2.1_5F136_Restore.ipsw” (or “iPhone1,2_2.2_5G77_Restore.ipsw” for firmware 2.2 or “iPhone1,2_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw” for firmware 2.2.1) you have downloaded in previous step and click “Open”.
5. iTunes will then restore your iPhone with firmware 2.1 (or 2.2 /2.2.1). Keep your iPhone connected, don’t touch it and wait until the process completes.
Jailbreak with QuickPwn
6. Now, your iPhone should completely restore to firmware 2.1 (or 2.2/2.2.1).
Note: Please activate your iPhone in iTunes first before going to the next step.
7. Launch QuickPwn to start jailbreak.
8. Ensure you have the iPhone connected and then click blue button to continue.
9. Next, you are required to provide the firmware 2.1 IPSW file. Click “Browse” button to locate it.
iPhone 2.2/2.2.1 Jailbreak: Please select firmware 2.2/2.2.1 IPSW file accordingly.
10. You can then configure the settings for QuickPwn. Normally, you can check all checkboxes (i.e. Add Cydia, add installer, Replace boot logo). But if you do not keep the Apple logo, left “Replace boot logo” unchecked. Click blue arrow button to continue.
11. Your iPhone should still be connected with USB cable. QuickPwn requests you to confirm it once again as the Jailbreak process will begin. If you’re ready, click blue arrow button to continue.
12. Now, QuickPwn starts to jailbreak your iPhone. It automatically puts the iPhone into recovery mode. After that, you’ll be asked to hold Home button for 5 seconds. Then hold Home and Power buttons together for 10 seconds. Next, release Power button and continue to hold Home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode (QuickPwn will prompt you when you’re in DFU mode, just follow what QuickPwn says).
13. While jailbreaking, your iPhone will show downloading jailbreak data, etc. And, just don’t touch your iPhone and keep waiting.
14. Once completed, QuickPwn will let you know the jailbreak process is successful. Your iPhone will be restarted.
15. Congratulation! You now complete the jailbreak process with iPhone 3G firmware 2.1 (or 2.2/2.2.1). Lastly, sync back your backup data with iTunes.
As always, leave me message and share your jailbreak experience.
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