Jailbreaking/unlocking the 1st generation iPhone using redsn0w
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Who is this guide for?
All 1st generation iPhones: unlocked or not, activated or not, Pwned or not.
Those on 3.1.3 firmware already. You will be updating (only if you've never jailbroken before) or
restoring (if currently jailbroken) to 3.1.3 firmware first. Then you jailbreak and unlock. This
tutorial will cover how to restore.
Make sure to sync your iPhone prior to using this tutorial. This way your personal information, and
any App Store applications will be preserved.
I used iTunes version 9.1
I used OS X 10.6.3.
Thanks again go out to the iPhone Dev Team for providing this amazing, and FREE program for
jailbreaking, activating, unlocking, and customizing the iPhone. You can
visit their website here,
and their blog here.
They have a
specific article on their blog
you can ask questions and get help using this program.
These tutorials represent my
experience as an iPhone owner in the United States. Your
mileage may vary. There is no way I could create a tutorial to cover every possible scenario out
there. So you are just going to have to roll with it, if your experience doesn't perfectly match
Place the SIM card in the iPhone that you want to use. Make sure the iPhone is plugged in to your
Download redsn0w 0.9.4 from me here.
Download the 3.9 and 4.6 bootloaders from the Internet. You'll have to find them yourself, I won't provide them.
If you haven't already downloaded 3.1.2 firmware from Apple (you need the older firmware for redsn0w
to properly work), then you can
download it here.
To download 3.1.3 firmware
Note: Safari likes to open "safe" files by default. You must turn this feature off for this
download to work correctly. Click "Safari", select "Preferences", from the "Geneal" tab uncheck
the box that says "Open "safe" files after downloading". Otherwise just use Firefox to download
this firmware file.
You should now have these four icons on your desktop.
Double click the redsn0w.zip file and you will see this folder appear.
Go into this folder and drag the redsn0w.app file into your Applications folder.
Launch iTunes, and plug in your iPhone. Here is how to restore to the 3.1.3 firmware file you
may have downloaded earlier.
Press the Option key on your keyboard and click the Restore button in iTunes. Note: I erased my
serial number and phone number for privacy reasons.
Now navigate to where your 3.1.3 firmware .ipsw file is. Select it, and click Choose.
You will see various status bars, while the restoring process proceeds. The iPhone's screen will
turn white, and you will see the Apple logo.
During the restore process you will see a status bar graphic on the iPhone.
When it has finished restoring, you'll receive this message.
If you are using an AT&T SIM just to get your push notifications working, then the iPhone
may display the connect to iTunes graphic for up to a minute. iTunes may not see the iPhone, but
give it a chance to activate on its own. If it does not, then you can try disconnecting and
reconnecting the USB cable. iTunes should now see the iPhone and display the waiting for activation
message. Slide to unlock to dismiss this message.
If you are unlocking, then an alternate method to fixing push notifications can be found in
Launch redsn0w. It will automatically close iTunes if you have it open. Click Browse.
Navigate to where your 3.1.2 firmware file is. Select it and click Open.
If you blink you will miss the lines of text that say: Processing firmware, and IPSW successfully
identified. Click the Next button.
A pop up will appear and display several messages quickly.
At this screen you can install Cydia, use verbose boot mode (which just shows what the phone is
doing when it boots up), you can also select a custom boot logo to replace the Apple logo, or a
custom recovery logo to replace the plug in to iTunes logo. You can also choose to unlock with
Boot Neuter. If you are already jailbroken, then you can select already pwned (which will deselect
install Cydia), and just add the new options you want.
If you select custom logos, a file browser window will open so that you can load your images.
Make your choices and click Next.