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Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Using PwnageTool 3.0 (Untethered)

If you know your history, you will know that the art of jailbreaking can be traced back to the days when the original iPhone became available. So it is understandable if you can still see some folks that are using their old Apple devices such the original iPhone, or the iPhone 2G / 3G, and if they want to jailbreak them. One of the oldest jailbreaking tools out there is the iPhone Dev Team's PwnageTool. It is primarily a tool for Mac users to jailbreak their iOS devices. Today, we will be providing a tutorial that will help you Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Using PwnageTool 3.0 (Untethered).

Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0

Before Your Proceed to Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0:

  • This guide is only applicable for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2G, not for the iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 2G, and this will not unlock your iPhone 3G.
  • PwnageTool is only available for Mac, so Window users won't be able to use this guide. Use Redsn0w instead.
  • Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed in your computer.
  • Make sure that you download Pwnage Tool 3.0 and iPhone 3.0 Firmware. Keep the files in one directory, or simply your desktop.

Steps on How to Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Using PwnageTool 3.0 (Untethered):

  1. Connect your iPhone to iTunes. It is recommended that you sync your contacts, photos, mail, etc. Restoring will remove any and all jailbreak app settings and themes, so it would be a good idea to do some file backups now.
  2. iTunes Sync

  3. Launch PwnageTool by double-clicking the icon. OS X will warn you about opening an app from the internet, just go ahead and click Open.
  4. When the copyright screen pops up, just hit OK.
  5. PwnageTool Copyright Warning

  6. Now you will be given the choice which device to modify. Since we're jailbreaking an iPhone 3G, click on the image of the device and the blue arrow to proceed.
  7. Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 PwnageTool

  8. On the next screen, the utility will search for the iPhone 3.0 IPSW file. It should automatically find the file wherever it is saved and list it here. Give it a few minutes or so. Click on the listed IPSW file and click the blue arrow to move on. NOTE: For those that know what they're doing and prefer a larger partition for jailbreak components, click Expert mode and then the General icon, where you can increase the partition size.
  9. Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Search IPSW

  10. At this point, PwnageTool will notify you that it is about to create an IPSW file. By default, the custom firmware will be saved on your desktop. Click Yes to proceed.
  11. Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Create IPSW

  12. Next, you'll be asked if you have a contract that would activate normally through iTunes. Should you have a legitimate contract with iTunes (like you have AT&T or any other approved iPhone carrier in just about any country) - click Yes.
  13. Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 iTunes Contract

  14. On the next screen, PwnageTool will now create the IPSW file. This should take about 5 minutes or so.
  15. Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Building IPSW

  16. After some time, you will be asked for your password. Go ahead and input your password because it is needed to build the custom firmware. Click OK.
  17. You will then be asked if your iPhone has been previously pwned (having the pineapple logo). If you are unsure, just click No, that is okay. Otherwise if you are really sure (and I mean really, really sure), then click Yes.
  18. Jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0 Pwned Before

  19. You will be asked to quit PwnageTool and then place your iPhone in Recovery Mode or DFU Mode (depending if you have pwned before or not). Just follow the onscreen instructions that are being shown in PwnageTool
  20. PwnageTool DFU Mode Step 1
    PwnageTool DFU Mode Step 2
    PwnageTool DFU Mode Step 3

  21. Once you have successfully entered DFU Mode or Recovery Mode, you will see the message below.
  22. PwnageTool DFU Mode Done

  23. Now launch iTunes and you should see the message below:
  24. iTunes Detected iPhone Recovery Mode

  25. Now we will need to restore your device using the custom firmware created by PwnageTool earlier. IMPORTANT: Where it says Restore in iTunes, make sure that you hold down the ''Option'' key on the keyboard and click on Restore (while still holding down the Option key).
  26. When done right, you should see a popup window and you can browse for the custom firmware. By default, it should be located on your desktop with file name iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Custom_Restore.ipsw or something like that. Select the file and click Open.
  27. iTunes Browse Custom IPSW File

  28. During this time, iTunes will now go through the restore process which should take some time. There should be a progress bar visible in your iPhone as well to help you keep track.
  29. iTunes iPhone Restore
    iPhone 3G Restore Progress Bar

  30. When the process is completed, you should see a confirmation that your iPhone has been restored to factory settings (but of course, that is not the case here :)) Click OK to dismiss the message.
  31. iTunes iPhone Restore Complete

  32. Make sure that iTunes recognizes your iPhone first before disconnecting.

And with that, you are done! You have the option of restoring all the backups that you have made in order to retrieve your photos, contacts, mails, and so on. Congratulations, you have just completed the process to jailbreak iPhone 3G on iPhone OS 3.0!

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