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iPhone 3GS Jailbreak

Written By Unknown on Thursday, July 2, 2009 | 9:44 PM


Geohot (George Hotz), the first person to ever unlock the iPhone is at it again. He has released the iPhone 3GS jailbreak -- before the Dev Team! The Dev Team originally planned on releasing the jailbreak after the iPhone 3.1 update but Geohot didn't agree with this so he decided to release his own jailbreak today. Here is what Geohot posted on his blog about releasing his jailbreak early:
Normally I don't make tools for the general public, and rather wait for the dev team to do it. But guys, whats up with waiting until 3.1? That isn't how the game is played. We release, Apple fixes, we find new holes. It isn't worth waiting because you might have the "last" hole in the iPhone. What last hole...this isn't golf. I'll find a new one next week.

The Dev Team did not want to release their jailbreak early because they felt that it would benefit relatively few people and thought it would be best to keep the vulnerability out of Apple's eyes for now. Unlike all the current iPhone and iPod Touch devices, the iPhone 3GS cannot always be jailbroken. Apple can permanently patch this with a simple update. Now that Geohot has released this jailbreak, Apple may be able to examine it and permanently patch the exploit in their next iPhone 3.1 update.

Update: Go to Jailbreak iPhone 3GS 3.0 with purplera1n for a step-by-step guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone 3GS. Its easy!

Note: The purplera1n jailbreak software is in beta, and Winterboard does not work with it. As of right now you can only jailbreak using Windows (it won't work with Windows 7). You may want to wait until the Dev Team at http://blog.iphone-dev.org releases their jailbreaking software.

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July 3, 2009 at 12:37 AM

As far as I remember, I thought the act of jailbreaking relied on only the hardware being breakable. Unless that is completely off base, I don't see how apple could permanently patch out jailbreaking. Even if they find some way to stop the software from installing like it does now, there probably would appear some way to do it through iTunes. I'm not worried about it, because someone always finds a way to break it. You cannot feasibly patch every hole in the system, and it appears apple doesn't horribly distain jailbreakers, just people unlocking the phones.

July 3, 2009 at 1:13 AM

I totally Agree? The game has always been about thwarting their best efforts to keep the iPhone locked to AT&T! Not releasing the jailbreak was not a good idea because it empowers Apple.

July 3, 2009 at 1:39 AM

I'll wait

July 3, 2009 at 1:51 AM

So i guess I'll consider purplera1n as my birthday present since today is my birthday! From download to it finish installing took at most 5 minutes. It seems flawless so far except that you cant use winterboard. This might be the best and one of the most easiest jailbreaks yet. Definitely recommend it.

July 3, 2009 at 2:38 AM

So if apple releases a new update for the iPhone 3GS, they can make it impossible to jailbreak. I thought the Iphone 3GS had the same exploit as the iPod touch 2g, 24kpwn or something like that. If they have the same exploit why can the iPhone 3GS's jailbreak be blocked off like that? If apple really cared about this, why did they make the iPhone 3GS with this exploit?

July 3, 2009 at 2:50 AM

Apple recently announced over 1Million 3G S Iphones sold worldwide, so continued waiting doesn't make much sense.

July 3, 2009 at 5:31 AM

Every time I run it on my Vista machine it works, but when I hit "Make it Rain" it just crashes the program? ("Program is not Responding").
I am running it on Compatibility mode too. What now?

July 3, 2009 at 9:54 AM

After reading all the posts it looks like there is some small issues. I think I want to wait as it seems (if not is ) beta. Some one reported no wifi and some problems with ultrasnow. Im not a expert but im a little scared. Does any one kmnow if I do a restore that this method is unbrickable? Meaning can I always recover no matter if it messes stuff up or not? I would like 3.1 for the bluetooth voice control. Also does it unlock mms and stuff that att locked from us that the 3GS is capable of running?

July 3, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I think it's best to wait until 3.1 to release the jailbreak cuz people might want to have 3.1 jailbroken instead of 3.0 because 3.1 might be a better firmware with possibly better small features.

July 3, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Thx geohost u kno the dev team and geohost make ipod touch and iphones worth it! With out u i would hav spent hundreds!! Good job!!!

July 3, 2009 at 5:26 PM

Is there any guarantee that OS 3.1 going to be the last version? If the answer is NO, then Geohot is probably right.

July 3, 2009 at 6:40 PM

I did the jailbreak with my 3gs just took 1 min plugged my phone into my pc u press make it rain then your phone reboots and your done it's great I think all jailbreaking should be this easy

July 3, 2009 at 7:27 PM

I did the Jailbrake, it is hella fast and easy to do however, cydia apps didnt work properly, and my phone crashed within an hour! so i restored the darn thing!! I guess ill wait to see what happens in the future!!

July 3, 2009 at 8:57 PM

This worked great, ran it from Windows 7, setup to run it in XP service Pack 3 mode *right click, compatibility, then select*..

Seems to be working great!

(Works on Australian Iphone 3GS)

July 4, 2009 at 1:43 AM


I've just jailbroken my 3GS iphone. All was Ok to the Cydia first start. Each time i try to launch Cydia, i just have the time to see the load during 1 second, and after it return to the springboard.
I made a second jailbreak, expecting this could be better.
Unfortunately not.
Does anyone have an idea?

July 4, 2009 at 3:05 AM

I did the jail break too quick and easy woohoo. But if winterboard don't work then WTF I just want to theme my iPhone 3gs. Any thoughts?

July 4, 2009 at 3:15 AM

its good but there are many things to avoid in cydia. if u download a wrong thing ur phone will reboot then wile turning on it will shutdown

July 4, 2009 at 3:38 AM

if we get a iphone 3gs in the future cant we just downgrade back to 3.0 to get the jailbreak than update it

Gee digital
July 4, 2009 at 4:11 AM

My fello jailbreakers, geohot"s method is unstable. Be very careful of what u download. The slightest discrepency could lead you to having to restore in dfu mode, since the release of makeitrain. I have been forced to restore at least 10 times.. Makeitrain is still In beta, so to help eachother during this beta process. Pls post any expierence you have that resulted in having to restore, so to help eachother to avoid the agony of restoring,, STAY AWAY FROM WINTERBOARD and ERRYTHING THAT NEEDS WINTERBOARD To FUNCTION.. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED... Happy jailbreaking.... Gee.digital$$$$$$

July 4, 2009 at 4:45 AM

Excellent very fast and easy jailbreak worked excellent on vista as well thanksssss!!! Make it rain!

July 4, 2009 at 8:50 AM

I installed cydia and uploaded xgps and when it restarted it just goes dead? I tried to reboot but it just goes into the apple and then shuts off.

can anyone help....

July 4, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I agree this not a 18hole golf course, I'd say apple have 3.1 in pipeline, and a pipeline always have 2 holes .... Someone will always find 1

July 4, 2009 at 3:54 PM

i did the jailbreak it has horrible problems my iphone wont boot up at all anymore im going to have to take it to the store tom. to get it reset do NOT download this

July 4, 2009 at 4:30 PM

What an asshole to release it, I mean I don't own a 3gs, but sheesh.

July 4, 2009 at 4:38 PM

make it ra1n only works in XP (learned that th hard way).

other than that, went real smooth and super fast. cydia runs like a dream on this badboy. awesome program.

July 5, 2009 at 6:43 PM

If I actually download winterboard with an application from cydia in your jailbroken 3gs. It wiLl go in safe mode. All you have todo is delete wInterboard and it will be fine

July 5, 2009 at 6:54 PM

I also did the jailbreak on my iPhone 3GS and it worked fine. I had no problems with that. Only the winterboard don't work. I hope they fix it fast. But the rest works without problems.

Ali Sheikh
July 5, 2009 at 7:56 PM

my WIFI Not Working and showing After unlocking 3gs
any body plz help

July 6, 2009 at 8:26 AM

I've just used the purplerain unlock software and yes it is very easy to use. That said it is unstable. For example 1. iPhone loses and gains reception randomly 2. Changing from edge to 3g to normal is slow and unreliable often needing the sim removed and rebooted. 3 winterboard doesn't work. 4 sbsettings togles don't always work. 5 wifi comes and goes 6. Many cydia aps don't run eg 5 icon dock. The 3gs is such an improvement! Can't wait for fully working unlock. Keep up good work

July 6, 2009 at 10:09 AM

I have vista and all it did was put me in the restore mode. in itunes i tried to restore it but i get a message error 13. to fix this just hold the power for 10s and then press the home at the same time for 5se release the home and keep holding the power like for 20s.

July 6, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Lol Dalton said he's going to take his phone to the store to get his phone restored.lolllz or do it yourself. Wow really. Walk into the store and be like "yeah I tried to jailbreak my phone, and now it doesn't work, can u restore it for me?"

July 6, 2009 at 11:53 AM

Kudos for the hack. However, this smells somewhat of a shameless self-plug by Geohot. I'm sure the release appeases the impatient crowd and grabs temporary recognition, but it's far from stable and complete. Also, the glamorized self-portrait that even temporarily shows up on your iPhone when you run the purplera1n app is a fairly obvious narcissistic maneuver, and is actually kind of irksome.

I tried it, and while I think it's great for ease, it is extremely unstable. I cannot install apps like SBSettings at all, and things seem to crash quite a bit. While I do realize this is beta, that seems like a really convenient umbrella to hide under for when things don't work as most people expect them to. Dev-Team at least seems genuinely interested in finding longer term and more stable solutions to the problems jailbreakers face rather than appealing to the "we must have this now!" crowd... I'd rather wait and run my jailbroken phone with confidence rather than dealing with the frustration of a crashing/rebooting iPhone.

However, again, kudos for the hack. It is fairly cool.

July 6, 2009 at 1:57 PM

I don't see the point of releasing the jailbreak now, just for apple to close the holes within three weeks.

I agree with DevTeam, this should have waiting until 3.1 was released, since the next release would be a long while after that.

I hope the greed of one, doesn't ruin it for all.

Any Mouse
July 7, 2009 at 2:18 PM

Cydia just pushed down a new copy of Winterboard.

Safe mode went byebye, hellooooo working Winterboard on the purplera1n-jailbroken 3G S.

Cheers, mate.

July 8, 2009 at 3:47 AM

I just installed using Vista 64bit and it worked fine.
Very easy to use.
Winterboard is working now also.
So far I haven't experienced any problems at all.
I'm on an Aussie 3GS.

July 8, 2009 at 6:57 AM

Very easy to use!

Winterbord now works fine, just perfect for me.

If you are afraid to have problems with Apps from Cydia, just check on Google: there's a lot of websites which have listed compatibility issues with 3gs and firmware 3.0...

July 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I have a 3GS that I jailbroke with purplerain... I updated mobile substrate with the new version and winterboard works fine now!

July 17, 2009 at 7:19 PM

I was reading some of the comments regarding the purplera1n hack. I recently purchased my first Iphone 3g(s) and I used the hack. I didn't have any issue at first. I didn't even know that winterboard wasn't suppose to work after the hack because it did in my case. The only major problem I had was the battery life.

I need some help, how do I fix this problem?????

P.S.I prior to getting my 3gs I had the HTC DREAM (one of the best phones on the market minus the horrible battery life).

July 31, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Um. worked for me. maybe you should read the instructions.

July 31, 2009 at 2:11 PM

it keeps taking me back to recovery mode

August 12, 2009 at 2:04 PM

you have to put it in dfu mode then restore it then re jailbreak it... try using redsnow 0.8

August 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM

works for vista learned thattt the hard way huh!!!

November 5, 2009 at 7:32 PM

I've jailbraked my 3gs baseband 05.11.07 by first upgrading to the 3.1.2 firmware and then used blackra1n.
HOWEVER, i now find that my WiFi stopped working completely and there's no reception whatsoever although the settings are enabled.
Any idea on how to regain my WiFi?
Any thoughts are most welcome. Thanks

December 16, 2009 at 3:20 AM

Try doing reset all settings, it worked in my case.

April 4, 2010 at 8:03 AM

i have a iphone 3gs 16 gb
firmware 3.1.3
baseband 05.12.01
can this software jailbreak and unlock it
i hope so becouse i have bought my iphone 1mound a go and never be able to use it.

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