How to Jailbreak/Unlock iPhone 2G OS 3.0 with PwnageTool 3.0 on Mac

Pwnagetool 3.0

Finally iPhone Dev Team has released PwnageTool 3.0 for Mac and will be holding back Quickpwn for Windows due to some unknown bugs. Mac Users can proceed for jailbreaking & unlocking iPhone 2G 3.0.

iPhone 2G owners are most lucky among iPhone & iPod Touch users as iPhone 2G 3.0 can be jailbroken and unlocked with PwnageTool 3.0. Most interesting part of iPhone 2G is what ever you do, upgrade or restore to OS 3.0 it’s baseband stays the same and can be jailbreaked any time. here is guide for jailbreaking iPhone 3G 3.0 with Quickpwn.

Here is simple step by step guide for jailbreaking & unlocking iPhone 2G 3.0 on Mac using PwnageTool 3.0. You must have install iTunes 8.2 before proceeding for jailbreak & Unlock.

How to Jailbreak & Unlock iPhone 2G 3.0 with PwnageTool 3.0 on Mac OS X

1. Download iPhone 2G 3.0 Firmware 3.0 (iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw)

2. Download PwnageTool 3.0

3. Save above downloaded files in one folder (name it as pwnagetool) on your Dekstop

4. Now mount pwnagetool 3.0 and Drag pwngaetool icon to pwnagetool folder to launch

5. Click Ok on Warning Screen

6. Select Expert Mode & Select iPhone on Device selection screen

7. Click Browse For IPWS if doesn’t automatically detects iPhone 2G 3.0 Firmware downloaded in step 1 & Click Blue Arrow button to continue

8. A Screen with 7 Choices will be presented. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.

9. A screen with three options will be displayed

  • Check Activate
  • Set partition size reasonably high 695 MB seems to work good
  • Check Disable partition Wip-out
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10. In the Bootneuter settings, click Neuter bootloader, Unlock baseband, and Auto-Delete It is not necessary to upgrade the bootloader unless you are really feeling the need to be on 4.6. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

11. The  “Cydia settings” allows you to choose packages to download now so you don’t have to download them from Cydia later. Choose any of the packages you want and Click the blue arrow button.

12. You can add your own Boot Logo & and Recovery logo under Custom Logo Settings

13. Now You are now ready to build your custom iPhone 2G 3.0 firmware. Click the build button to select it, then click the blue arrow button.

14. If you are jailbreaking your iPhone 2G for first time, you will be asked to upload the 3.9 and 4.6 BL files. When prompted to search the web, click no.

15.  When prompted to search the web for boot loader files, click no and browse for the 3.9BL file. Click Yes then select the file(BL-39.bin) from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and click the Open button. Do the same for Do the same for Boot Loader 4.6.

16. Save your custom .ipsw file in pwnage folder

17. It may take upto 10 mins to build Custom ipsw firmware file

18.  Now Follow screen instructions accurately to enter your iPhone 2 into DFU mode

19. A message will be displayed on successfully entering into DFU Mode

20. Open iTunes  8.1 which will detect your iPhone into DFU mode

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21. In iTunes, 8.2 hold the Alt/Option key and click “restore” at the same time. It will open a window where you will have to select the custom firmware that you built in step 16.

22. Now iTunes will start restoring your iPhone 2G 3.0 it may take some time so have a patience

23. Once the restore has completed, it will restart your iPhone. The phone will then launch to unlock your device

24. It may take 5 min to complete unlocking, once completed  restart your iPhine 2G

Congrats you have successfully Jailbreaked & Unlocked your iPhone 2G 3.0



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62 thoughts on “How to Jailbreak/Unlock iPhone 2G OS 3.0 with PwnageTool 3.0 on Mac”

  1. This step by step have things wrong
    1. No 7 choices just 6
    2. Check Disable partition Wip-out, never can be checked.
    3. In the 15. step you can’t find that 3,9BL file.

    And then no further steps.

  2. “Click Yes then select the file(BL-39.bin) from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and click the Open button. Do the same for Do the same for Boot Loader 4.6.”

    there is no BL-39.bin file in the folder, where is this found? if following these directions exactly, there is no such file.

  3. Hi, I unlocked my phone with pwnage to 3.0…all went well…it is unlocked but not accepting calls. It will make them ok. But goes straight to voicemail on Orange UK.

  4. iPhone 2G firmware 3.0 is not accepting calls sometimes (getting message: service unavaliable or phone turned off but it has full signal and phone is turned on) I used redsn0w(win) first time to jailbreak and pwnage to 3.0 to make custom .ipsw second time.

  5. TH most important steps are the DFU Mode and the In iTunes, 8.2 hold the Alt/Option key and click “restore” at the same time.If you get this right you good to go… Good Luck.. And thanks to the contributor of his Steps ….

  6. I’m having problems getting Pwnagetool finding or accepting my firmware download. I put pwnagetool and iPhone1,1_3 folder in the same folder (pwnagetool) on desktop. When I launch pwnagetool, it doesn’t find the .ipsw file needed. When I then browse within the folder, there is nothing there that pwnagetool will accept. In other words, I click the folder then open, then I keep opening files until there are no more files that will “open”. Exactly how do I browse for the correct file so pwnagetool recognizes it and considers it the proper file?

    Sorry, this may be a stupid question, but I’m stumped!

  7. No Longer Frustrated

    Regarding the above post, I have found out the problem that hopefully help others.

    When downloading the 3.0 firmware bundle, DO NOT USE SAFARI! I downloaded it again using Firefox without any problems. It’s been a while since I unlocked and jailbroke and remembered the same problem last time. Hope this helps others!!

  8. I have not tried your guide yet, but I look forward to it.

    In step 19/20 you refer to iTunes 8.1 and later in iTunes 8.2.

    Does it make any difference, or is it just a typo?

    All the best

  9. hi,
    do you download the firmware 3.0 file using safari…If you use safari it wont work
    Download the firmware file on windows using internet browser and transfer it to your mac using a usb then pwnage will find your firmware file…

  10. thanks alot guys i couldnt open the firmware because i was downloading it through safari but after reading your comments i have oercome the problem…thanks again

  11. I am using iPhone 2G with upgraded 3.0 OS. I am seeing the same problems as one user here too, the problem I have are:
    1. Step 8: No 7 choices just 6
    2. step 9: Check Disable partition Wip-out, never can be checked.
    3. Step 15: step you can’t find that 3,9BL file.

    And then no further steps.

  12. After downloading the 2G iPhone IPSW I end up with a folder ‘iPhone1,1_3-1’.
    Trying to run Pwanage 3.0 does not recognise the folder or contents.
    Looking at the content shows .dmg files and .plist files, but no .ipsw
    What have I missed here?
    Pwangae 3.0 tells me I don’t have the IPSW file.
    Thanks in advance

  13. I have a question that to unlock and jailbreak iphone 2g on OS 3.0 is it necessary to upgrade to 3.0 before jailbreaking or unlocking it and if it is necessary then how to do it…..Can i upgrade my jailbroken unlocked iphone using itunes upgrade option….
    Any help will be appreciated….

  14. And Paul,, do you download the ipsw file using safari..If you download it using safari it wont be an ipsw file…It has been mentioned above in the comments…Download it using firefox or internet explorer

  15. Ahmad/Paul,

    if the file comes down with the .zip file extension, change it to ipsw. I tried it out and found no issues

  16. IPhone 4.0 coming after summer.

    1)Flash player support
    2)Quick back option without going to home screen while switching between apps.
    3)File browsing and storing
    4)Option to attach images, file etc from email app itself.
    5)Multiple signature options
    6)Manual rotate gesture option
    7)Notes app should be more powerful word process (fonts, text size etc)
    8)All Grouping of contacts for test message e.g. friend and family groups.
    9)App for grouping key social networking sites(for posting universal photos, text to all social networking sites together.
    10) Auto spell check in safari browser (like mozilla) when adding text in twitter, facebook leaving comments at blog etc.
    11)Build in Flash in camera for night photo shot
    12) Front facing camera for video Chat
    13) Use cover flow for using multitasking third party apps (limit to 5 apps, not to drain the battery life)
    14)Thin quick time player app to run video downloaded from web.
    15)Group notification alert or not attended tasks(missed MMS, SMS, PHONE, Chat message, meeting, event etc)on single screen.

  17. Could Ahmad or Paul tell me how to jailbreak my son’s piggy bank and unlock a ten pound note? many thanks, MuscleTurd.

  18. Hi,
    I like to jailbreak my iphone. But i have one question. If i jailbreak, i lose my data? (sms, contacts, settings, etc…)

    Tahnk you very much.

  19. i just bough a jailbroken iphone 2g running on os 3.0. do i need to download anything before i sync my iphone with itunes 8.2 on my mac.

  20. David in Dallas

    Help Please – After 3.0 update, data services not working on 2G iPhone

    Summary: original iPhone (2G) Upgraded to OS 3 last week. Voice and WiFi works but internet does not.

    Error message says ‘could not activate cellular data network, you are not subscribed to a cellular data service’. My provider is ATT and the cellular data network was working fine before the 3.0 upgrade. Had ATT reset data service, still not working on my phone.

    I used pwnagetool 3.0 and even tried Ultrasn0w but I still get the same results, ie no cellular data network.

    How should I proceed?

    Background: iphone was unlocked and jailbroken on a laptop that I don’t have anymore. It was initially running a T-Mobil sim. I then bought an ATT phone and with unlimited internet services, and placed the sim in my iPhone. It worked fine. I then updated my phone to firmware 2 and everything worked fine. But the upgrade to 3.0 killed the data services.

    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

  21. I have the same problem with the data. i get the same message. What to do??? My internet doesn’t work but i have unlimited data.

  22. Mr PADY / MR jeoy
    I am facing the same problem , Earlier i had Firmware 2.0 where everything works but hang sometime , then i thought to upgrade it to Ver 3.0 using itunes 8.2+ using red snow .7.2 work well after 2 trials
    BUT Now my iphone is look like useless having no internet (detects WIFI) / nor youtube nor cydia working

  23. Esther and Vik,

    I’ve tried many tests but still nothing is working.

    Please TELL ME who your sim card is from (att, t-mobile, other)

    I’m trying to see if there is pattern to those of us that are effected.

    Vik, Cydia works for me when on WiFi, but I have not found anything in Cydia to help resolve the problem.

  24. david
    Still i have problem in access Wifi at my home network
    but today i tried on anther wifi network ,, ITS WORKS !!!!
    I dont know how that happen .. ,Im still working on this .
    I will soon update if anything happen . If possibly u able to access wifi .. try to open this website in safari broswer ,,, follow the direction .

  25. I have one a question… If i update and restore my iphone 2g to 3.0 and jailbreak it is there gonna be any problem with it?

  26. After a couple failed attempts, SUCCESS!! Using a prepaid SIM from Telestial, good for Europe and US. Don’t use Safari for the downloads. Thanks a bunch for this tutorial SANDIP.

  27. David, Esther and Vik:

    I too, have the same problem after I unlocked/jailbroke my iphone.

    I use At&T

  28. David, Esther and Vik:

    I just found a solution! Use “APN Changer” found on It is a free download.

    Access the website on your iPhone, using Wifi, and start the program.

    Do a “custom APN”, select your carrier and then press download. APN Changer will then download the APN settings to your phone, enabling Edge to work! :)

    All the best!…

  29. I seem to have the same problem as marked here:

    “Click Yes then select the file(BL-39.bin) from the Pwnage folder you created on your desktop and click the Open button. Do the same for Do the same for Boot Loader 4.6.”

    there is no BL-39.bin file in the folder, where is this found?

    And in my case I DID download the firmware with Firefox! So the browser you use doesn’t make the difference.

    When I drag the pwnagetool into the pwnagefolder, it tells me certain items have special permissions and therefore can’t be copied.

  30. Worked great after I figured out that I needed to do a restore FIRST with the original ipsw file. Then followed the rest of the steps and it worked perfectly. Use Firefox to download the ipsw file.

    Thanks for the instructions!

  31. I followed all the instructions (unless I overlooked something) and the unlocking/updating process worked like a charm. However, I cannot connect to T-Mobile anymore. Initially I saw the T-Mobile in the top-right corner, but it switched to searching and now its on no signal. I’ve restarted my phone several times and to no avail. Did I miss a step? Was there something I have to additionally do? Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.


  32. Hi.

    I have a problem with my iPhone 2g. I bought it used, with the first iPhone OS ever. It was working perfectly with my SIM card until I updated it with the newest iPhone OS. (3.0)
    After the upgrade, I haven’t been able to go anywhere on the phone. I can only type my SIM number, but it does nothing. I can also call for emergency.
    I need help ASAP!!!

  33. Hey NC
    I think you didnt followed the above given step preciously .
    Try to restore your phone with Itunes 8.2 . then use REDSNOW or QUICKPWN jailbreak it to new OS 3.0 .
    Note Try to read all the above comments to familiarizes with the steps & various difficults faced by ppl.
    Peace V

  34. In step 19/20 you refer to iTunes 8.1 and later in iTunes 8.2.

    Can some one help me understand? which version of iTunes will work?

  35. hi, just tried this and several other ways with my iphone 2g, but everything is working well except i cant make calls, but i can receive, can someone please help me

  36. Hi there,

    I have a 2G jailbroken iphone with an orange simcard. Everything works fine apart from I cannot get my email or internet to work. I get the following error message..”could not activate cellular data network: You are not subscribed to a cellular data service.

    Please can anyone out there help me?? Love the phone but without email and internet it’s a right pain. Phone and text work fine.

    Any help would be appriciated! Thanks.

  37. try going to settings>general>reset>reset network settings
    I did this myself moments ago and works wonders!!

  38. iPhone 2G firmware 3.0 is not accepting calls sometimes (getting message: service unavaliable or phone turned off but it has full signal and phone is turned on) I used redsn0w(win) first time to jailbreak and pwnage to 3.0 to make custom .ipsw second time.
    Written By vsuta
    on June 22nd, 2009

    Was anyone else having that problem, After using pwnagetool 3.0 on my mac I cant seems to receive calls from the phone but i am able to make calls or send or receive sms. Should I also use Redsn0w to unlock my phone?

  39. reset my iphone 2g now i can make calls but will not ring in ,if i go on to itunes and re install in works again then stops working secounds after

  40. i have the same problem too…..can’t receive call and sms…but can make call…..anyone call assist?????please help!!!!

  41. i have succesfully done jailbroke and i’m using os 3.0 for last 4 months……but now its giving network problem….incoming call r not working properly

  42. Greetings. Do I need an ATT SIM to upgrade from 2.2 to 3.0? Itunes yells at me. If so, can I borrow a buddy’s ATT SIM and upgrade, then jailbreak, then put my T-mobile SIM back in? Will it mess with any data on the borrowed ATT SIM?? TIA

  43. hi all i um updated my 3g from 3.0 to3.1
    and not work now im try many time to change any other version fianly now i put v 3.0 and im unlock but i have problem with service
    i don’t have service ?
    any help thank you

  44. it worked perfectly fine…everything works…its jail broken…but for some reason i am just not able to send texts but i can receive them and make and receive calls…can u please help me on this???

  45. Hi every1,
    Im havin a BIG receivin CALLS n SMS problem!!!if i cant use this IPHONE as a PHONE,whats the point of buyin it ey?
    I got an iphone 3g (3.0)which is jailbroken+unlocked!!im on orange network and i only receive calls or sms randomly unless i call ##002# from my phone(after that it works alright for limited time only)…..when people ring me it goes to answerphone straight away(even if it shows full signal on my phone)..if they ring me 3 or 4 times 1 after another,they can eventually get thru to me then..its a BiG pain for me so if any1 can help i ll be sooo appreciated!!!

  46. Ok every1,
    I SOLVED the random call and sms receiving problem.I like to help any1 who is still havin this as i say and it should work wit no problem.

    Go To
    Notifications : OFF

    Fetch New Data>
    Push : OFF
    Fetch : Manually
    Click on your email account : Manual (not fetch)

    after this power off your phone by pressin and holdin the power button(on the top).then when you see “slide to power off” do slide!then when your phone restarts give it a call from another phone…is it workin?……if not read on…..

    Go to
    -Reset Network Settings-

    Your Phone should restart itself after hittin the reset network button.if not do it yourself by “slide to power off” technique..After restart go on what you waitin for give it a call…..After these steps it should work in perfect sycronize with your calls and sms…


  47. Hello! can someone clarify things for me please. i have an iphone for 2 years already still running on a 2.1 OS- used to unlock it for my carrier with no problems using the old quickpwn tools. Glad i dont have any problems with it! But my girl^s phone(2G)is a complete disaster. Long story short: she had a problem with it on the 2.1 OS that i had installed for her and while trying to fix it, by accident, she upgraded to 3.0 (almost 5 months now) since then she couldnt use it at all with her sim cuz she needs to unlock it for her carrier. So i am stuck, tried hundreds of ways to make it work for any sim using all kind of programs i could find on the internet. Last time i used redsnow or what ever is the name and managed to “unlock” it :D but she could use it only as a toy because none of the cellular services worked!!! She couldnt get incoming calls and couldnt call by herself so it was just a i touch insted of an iphone. So there it stood on the bookshelf for a couple of months (i thought i can wait until something comes out to fix this) and now i am asking for help. PLEASE explain me if there is anything i can do now to make this F###ing phone work properly or i can just throw it into the trashcan?

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