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Jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 on iPhone 4 Using PwnageTool Bundle [Tethered] [How-To Guide]

Here is a step-by-step tutorial to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 on Mac OS X using unofficial PwnageTool bundle file. You can use this bundle to patch PwnageTool 4.3.2 which will then be able to create iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW file for your iPhone 4. Restoring the custom IPSW file on your iPhone 4 will not only jailbreak it on iOS 4.3.3 but will also preserve its current baseband version. Just like iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak with Redsn0w 0.9.6RC14, this is a tethered jailbreak for all supported iDevices with fully working Cydia.

PwnageTool 4.3.2

Steps to Add iOS 4.3.3 PwnageTool Bundle to PwnageTool 4.3.2:

  1. Download and install iTunes 10.2.2 for Mac OS X from here
  2. Download stock iOS 4.3.3 for iPhone 4 from here
  3. Download iOS 4.3.3 PwnageTool bundle for iPhone 4 from here
  4. Download PwnageTool 4.3.2 for Mac OS X from here
  5. Place PwnageTool, iOS 4.3.3 IPSW and PwnageTool bundle file on your desktop.
  6. PwnageTool Bundle for iOS 4.3.3

  7. Right-click on PwnageTool app and choose Show Package Contents from the context-menu.
  8. PwnageTook (Show Package Contents)

  9. Navigate to Contents/Resources/ and place the bundle file (iPhone3,1_4.3.3_8J2.bundle) in FirmwareBundles directory.
  10. iOS 4.3.3 PwnageTool Bundle for iPhone 4

  11. Thats it. You have successfully added iOS 4.3.3 PwnageTool bundle for iPhone 4 to PwngaeTool 4.3.2

Steps to Create iOS 4.3.3 Custom IPSW Using PwnageTool:

  1. Launch PwnageTool, click on the Expert mode, select iPhone™ 3GS, 3G, 4 from the displayed options and click Next button to continue.
  2. PwnageTool 4.3.2 (Select iDevice)

  3. Now wait while PwnageTool finds iOS 4.3.3 IPSW from your desktop. If for some reason PwnageTool fails to detect iOS 4.3.3 stock IPSW for iPhone 4 then click on Browse for IPSW... button to select it manually. Once done, click on the Next button to continue.
  4. PwnageTool 4.3.2 (Select iOS 4.3.3 IPSW)

  5. Select the General tab and click on the Next button.
  6. PwnageTool 4.3.2 (Select General Tab)

  7. If you rely on an unlocked iPhone or do not have official carrier SIM to activate your iPhone officially, choose Activate the iPhone (Hacktivate) option. If you do not rely on an unlocked iPhone, simply uncheck this option.
  8. PwnageTool 4.3.2 (Hacktivate)

  9. Click on the Build tab and click on the Next button to continue.
  10. PwnageTool 4.3.2 (Build Tab)

  11. Now wait while PwnageTool cook iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW for your iPhone 4. During the creation of custom IPSW, PwnageTool will prompt you for the location to save iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW. PwnageTool might also prompt you for your administrator password.
  12. Creating iOS 4.3.3 Custom IPW with PwnageTool 4.3.2

  13. Once done, you can find the iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW on your desktop.
  14. iOS 4.3.3 Custom IPSW

  15. Now use the instructions below to put your iPhone in DFU mode:
    • Connect your iPhone to your Mac vis USB cable
    • Turn OFF your iPhone completely by pressing the Power button
    • Hold down Home+Power button exactly for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds, release the Power button but keep holding the Home button until PwnageTool detects your iPhone in DFU mode.

    PnwgaeTool 4.3.2 (DFU Mode)

Steps to Restore iOS 4.3.3 Custom IPSW Through iTunes:

  1. Once your iPhone is in DFU mode, launch iTunes and select your iDevice name from the side-panel.
  2. iDevice Name in iTunes

  3. You will see two buttons on the summary-panel i-e Check for Update and Restore. Hold down the ALT (Option) key (SHIFT key for Windows) and click on the Restore button.
  4. Select iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW from your desktop and click Open to start the restore process.
  5. Restore iOS 4.3.3 Custom IPSW

  6. Now wait until iTunes restores the custom cooked iOS 4.3.3 IPSW on your iPhone. Once done, your iPhone will restart automatically and will get stuck at Apple logo with a spinner on it. This is because the current iOS 4.3.3 jailbreak using PwnageTool bundle is tethered. You need to boot your iPhone into tethered jailbroken state. To do so, follow the steps below to boot your iPhone into tethered jailbroken state using TetheredBoot Utility for Mac OS X.

Steps to Boot iDevice into Tethered Jailbroken State:

  1. Download utility from here and extract the zip on your desktop.
  2. Create a copy of iOS 4.3.3 custom IPSW you just created with PwnageTool. Rename it from .IPSW to .ZIP and extract it on your desktop. Once done, open the extracted directory and copy two files namely kernelcache.release.n90 and iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu on your desktop.
  3. Extracting iOS 4.3.3 IPSW

  4. Create a new folder on your desktop and name it tetheredboot. Put kernelcache.release.n90, iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu, tetheredboot and itnl in this folder.
  5. TetheredBoot Utility for iOS 4.3.3

  6. Turn off your iPhone completely, open the Terminal app and use the command below:
  7. sudo -s

  8. After executing the above command, Terminal will prompt you for your administrator password. Enter your administrator password and use the command below:
  9. /Users/Jaxov/Desktop/tetheredboot/tetheredboot /Users/Jaxov/Desktop/tetheredboot/iBSS.n90ap.RELEASE.dfu /Users/Jaxov/Desktop/tetheredboot/kernelcache.release.n90

    TetheredBoot Command for iPhone 4

  10. After executing the above commands, you will see some code running on your Terminal screen. After a while, you will be prompted to put your iDevice into DFU mode. Use the following steps to put your iDevice into DFU mode:
    • Hold down Home and Power button simultaneously for 10 seconds.
    • After 10 seconds, release the Power button but continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.
    • Now your iDevice should be in DFU mode.

    Now wait while your iPhone boots into a tethered jailbroken state. Once done, enjoy your iPhone jailbroken on iOS 4.3.3 with fully working Cydia on it.

NOTE: If for some reason TetheredBoot Utility for Mac OS X is unable to boot your iPhone into tethered jailbroken state, download Redsn0w 0.9.6RC14 for Mac OS X from here and follow step 7 in this guide. You can easily boot into tethered jailbroken state using Redsn0w's Just boot tethered right now option, however the only drawback is that you need iOS 4.3.2 stock IPSW for your iDevice to get this option.

Cydia on iOS 4.3.3

Unlock iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3.3?

Unfortunately Ultrasn0w 1.2.2 is broken on iOS 4.3.3. Also there is no unofficial Ultrasn0w fixer for iOS 4.3.3 available right now. I have tested Gevey SIM to unlock my iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3.3 and its working fine. As soon as Dev-Team will update Ultrasn0w for iOS 4.3.3 or someone will release unofficial Ultrasn0w fixer for iOS 4.3.3, we will let you know.

UPDATE#1: Jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 on Windows & Mac with Redsn0w 0.9.6RC14 [How-To Guide]

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    Cris Groceman10 years, 2 months ago

    Hi, thanks for this comment :)

    mudsak10 years, 3 months ago

    I’m stuck on step 24… I have a screen with the apple logo w/ frozen spinner. Now… when I try to “Turn off the phone completely” which is what step 24 in this tutorial suggests, it does nothing. The only way to get any reaction from the phone is to reset it by holding both the home/power buttons for several seconds. Is there a secret to turning the phone off when it’s stuck at the screen w/frozen spinner?

      Pramod10 years, 3 months ago

      Seems like your stuck at the DFU mode. What you need to do is download the latest Redsn0wRC18 from here & follow through it by only ticking the Just Boot Tethered Now option. Make sure that you point RS to the iOS IPSW on which it is stuck right now at.

    jarryd10 years, 4 months ago

    can sum1 please? help me this is so irritating i did a restore to 4.3.3 my phone works fine i try redsnow my iphone 3gs new bootrom gets a white screen and freezes then i use pwange tool and it works but now my signal gone ?? but my phone works fine on normal restore but with jailbreak restore i lose my signal any help im dying for my? jailbreak here thanks

      Wolverine10 years, 4 months ago

      What is your current baseband version? Do you rely on an unlock?

    kiran.bbgm10 years, 5 months ago

    Hi ,

    When can we expect 4.3.3 base-band 4.10.01 unlock plz help me if you know the solution to unlock except gevey SIM .thanks

      Wolverine10 years, 5 months ago

      Dev-Team is working on the NCK unlock for iPhone 4 but there is not ETA when it will be out!

    iPhone410 years, 5 months ago

    I just bought white iphone and I need to unlock it, is there any way to unlock it?????

    iphone10 years, 5 months ago

    I know. I am sorry I forget to write, that this happened after 4.3.2.

      Wolverine10 years, 5 months ago

      Yup, Ultrasn0w 1.2.2 is not working on iOS 4.3.2 for many iPhone 3GS users with iPad baseband. I have already informed @MuscleNerd about this issue I recommend you (and all others 3GS users) to tweet @MuscleNerd about this issue so that he may solve it in the next Ultrasn0w release.

    iphone10 years, 5 months ago

    But I still have “No Service” problem on iPhone 3GS 06.15.00.. Tried everything! I have used ultrasn0w 1.2.2 for unlocking and sn0wbreeze for jailbreaking. Please help me if somebody has an idea! I have tried reseting, restarting, offing 3g, but nothing worked for me..

      Wolverine10 years, 5 months ago

      Its clearly written that Ultrasn0w 1.2.2 is broken on iOS 4.3.3. You need to wait for Ultrasn0w 1.2.3 or DjayB6’s unofficial Ultrasn0w fixer for iOS 4.3.3. I will let you know as soon as there will be an Ultrasn0w update!