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Jailbreak and Unlock iPhone 3GS using PurpleRa1n by Geohot – Simplest Jailbreak tool ever for Windows and Mac!

3 July 2009 109 Comments

UPDATE : iPhone 3GS has a different security feature which disables it from using any other firmware rather than the latest available. So, if you still need Unlock and Jailbreak, custom firmware (look in categories) is the only option we have. The following article is not recommended anymore. Thank you.

Geohot rules yet again! He was the one to have unlocked the iPhone first generation phone back in 2007 and now, he is back with more! This time it is iPhone 3GS that is unlocked and jailbroken by the hacking maestro (He wrote the jailbreak tool while unlock tool ultrasn0w is written by the Dev Team).

Without further ado, lets welcome the new Jailbreak tool for Windows and Macintosh computers.

Follow these steps closely :

1) You should have an iPhone 3GS to start with! iPhone 3G owners should follow this guide instead.

2) Download or make sure you have the latest iTunes version 8.2 for Windows.

3) You can use either Mac OS X, Windows XP, Windows Vista , Windows 7 or Windows XP with VMWare on a Mac for Purplera1n RC2.

4) If you qualify the 3 steps above,

download purplera1n RC2a for Mac

download purplera1n RC2a for Windows (an awesomely designed 394 KB tool, by far the slimmest version of Jailbreak!).

5) Connect your iPhone 3GS to your computer and double click purplera1n.exe (Windows) or purplera1n (Mac) screenshot 37 that you just downloaded. Now click on make it ra1n.

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6a) Let purplera1n do its magic (It will put your iPhone 3GS in recovery mode and will install Freeze on your iPhone.)

(If the infamous windows crash message appears, close it and launch purplera1n again. It will start from where it last crashed! The entire jailbreak took less than 2 minutes! Awesome job Geohot!)

(Turn WiFi ON on your iPhone for faster Cydia installation)

6b) If your iPhone is still showing ‘Emergency Calls’ screen, you will have to hackitvate your iPhone 3GS before you can install Cydia and Unlock your iPhone.

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7) Launch Freeze on your iPhone and install Cydia! It couldn’t be simpler! If you don’t see Freeze on your iPhone reboot your iPhone.

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8) You have 2 choices to Unlock your iPhone 3GS. Geohot and Dev Team. You should now see Cydia on your iPhone 3GS!

Follow Geohot’s Unlock if you have an activated iPhone 3GS.

Follow this quick screenshot tour of Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone 3GS using Dev Team’s unlock. Use this method if your iPhone is not activated.

9) Reboot your iPhone 3GS for full unlock glory! Wait for the signal to show up! It works great! Props to Dev Team and the famous Geo!

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Please donate to Geohot for all his efforts on this project. The Google kid shines! Feel free to post a comment if you are having an issue with this method.

p.s : Winterboard is causing the iPhone 3GS to boot in Safe Mode. Stay away from most of the Cydia apps. SBSettings works great. Any app that is dependent on Mobilesubstrate may cause some issues (Safe Mode). MobileSubstrate fixed all issues!

Ultrasn0w is causing some issues with WiFi at the moment. Please proceed cautiously. Ultrasn0w and purplesn0w – both work great!

109 Comments »

  • Sarah said:

    if you have any idea of what i should do i would really appreciate it, i'm on call for work at 6am and so stressed as my phone isn't working and we don't have a house phone, don't know if i'll still have a job if i can't get it working :-/ so frazzled wish i had never tried this jailbreaking, pls help me

  • Sarah said:

    is there anything at all that i can do, i tried redsnow and that seems to work fine apart from when i get to the step of turning my phone off, (as it is still frozen i'm not able to do anything), if you can spare 2 secs i would really appreciate it, you're my only hope right now, desperate,

  • Kadi said:

    Do I need to have itunes for windows if I'm doing the break on my mac with the mac purple rain software? I know that sounds lame but it's in bold & I don't want to mess up my only phone…

  • kkiran said:

    Nope. You need iTunes for Mac! If you are on iPhone 3.0.1 please use redsn0w since purplera1n works only with 3.0 and not 3.0.1…

  • niz said:

    HELP PLEASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    my iphone is 16gig 3Gs with 3.0.0 firmware and 4.6 baseband. Operating sytem XP Pro SP3.

    I tried to jailbreal it using Purplerain as per instruction above, once clicked on "make it rain" the program was running and it put my phone on recovery mode (with usb cable and itunes picture) then it crashed with the message saying Purplerain encountered an error blah blah and need to close. Since then I tried many times and again the same thing happenes. I also read above comments and made sure the "TunesMobileDevice.dll" file is in the correct directory and still no joy.

    Please help as my phone is in permanent recovery mode. Thanks.

  • niz said:

    Thanks for the quick reply mate. So what can I do to to put my phone back on? I am knackered as I didnt do a back up and if I do a restore it will will put 3.1 firmware on which I dont want to do. I download the v3.0 firmware and when I tried to restore it, it loads the firmwhere and then checking with apple, it says the firmware is not compatible with the device…..
    Your help is much appreciated

  • iLikeMyiPhone said:

    The only thing we can do right now is to wait since custom firmware for iPhone 3GS is not released yet. We cannot get 3.0 back on it since Apple is not signing those files anymore.

    Please be patient and wait for the custom firmware for 3GS…

  • venkat said:

    hi

    i struck with same problem, could help , what to do now.

  • Maiquel Rinco said:

    There´s something to do with Iphone 3GS FW 3.1 locked to ATT ? there´s some way to unlock this iphone ? please help me some answer to maiquelrinco@hotmail.com

  • Brandon said:

    Need help. bought iphone 3gs from someone and was working fine… with my sim card from my other phone.. I did a reset in the phone to clear out the contacts and now the phone will only allow for
    emergency calls. will not work with my sim card.. my sim card works in my other phone. I tried the blackrain and purplerain downloads and nothing

  • Brandon said:

    Need help. bought iphone 3gs from someone and was working fine… with my sim card from my other phone.. I did a reset in the phone to clear out the contacts and now the phone will only allow for
    emergency calls. will not work with my sim card.. my sim card works in my other phone. I tried the blackrain and purplerain downloads and nothing

  • iLikeMyiPhone said:

    Try running blackra1n (latest version) twice..

  • bob said:

    where the hell do u download purplerain at? the web site doesnt work

  • venkat said:

    my iphone is 16gig 3Gs.Operating sytem XP Pro SP3.
    I tried to jailbreak it using Purplerain as per instruction above, once clicked on "make it rain" the program was running and it put my phone on recovery mode (with usb cable and itunes picture) then it crashed with the message saying Purplerain encountered an error blah blah and need to close. Since then I tried many times and again the same thing happenes.

    Please help as my phone is in permanent recovery mode.

  • leah said:

    does this work for iphone 3gs 4.2?

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