How To Jailbreak iOS 4 using PwnageTool 4.01 hacktivation: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G

It is exciting to finally announce the official PwnageTool 4.01 hacktivation iOS 4 Jailbreak method from the iPhone Dev Team which Hacktivates the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the iPod Touch 2G. No iPhone 4 just yet.  

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Update (November 29, 2010): How to Jailbreak and Unlock iOS 4.2.1 for iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G with Ultrasn0w 1.2, PwnageTool 4.1.3 and Redsn0w 0.9.6b5

Update (October 10, 2010): New Limera1n iOS 4.1 Jailbreak Released by GeoHot for iPhone 4, 3gs, iPod Touch and also iPad

Update (August 2, 2010)How to Jailbreak iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G with iOS 4 or 4.0.1 AND iPad on iOS 3.2.1 using JailbreakMe 2.0

Important Notes: Hacktivating and Jailbreaking your iPhone is always a sensitive matter, so please make sure to read all instructions completely, follow instructions carefully and stay away unless you truly know what you are doing. Moreover, Jailbreaking your iPhone or Hacktivating your iPhone is your sole responsibility and is done at your own risk!

Lastly, if you have questions, inquiries, and feedback, please leave a comment below for all other Jailbreakers, Hackers and such to respond…for besides the actual Masters, the amazing iPhone Dev Team, they probably will provide insight that may be able to assist further.

Have fun with the Hacktivation and Jailbreaking of the new iOS 4…good luck!

How To Hacktivate and Jailbreak iOS 4 for the iPhone 3G and 3GS and iPod Touch 2G using PwnageTool 4.0 hacktivation:

iPhone 3GS

The Pwnage Tool 4.01 Hacktivation only works on previously jailbroken iPhone 3GS with older bootrom which have NOT used the Spirit iPhone Jailbreak. If you fit…then you would be able to create ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore with jailbroken recovery mode.

iPhone 3G
– iPhone 3G Jailbroken with 3.1.2 (without Spirit Jailbreak), it is preferable to make the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.01 and restore from recovery mode or DFU mode.
– Brand New iPhone 3G should be restored using PwnageTool 4.01 ipsw with DFU mode.
– iPhone 3G Jailbroken 3.1.3, there are chances of recovery mode failure…and if so, DF Mode is required.
– Alternatives: Jailbreak iOS 4 for iPhone 3G using RedsnOw 0 available for Windows and Mac
Note: DFU mode should only be used with PwnageTool.

iPod touch 2G
– Jailbroken iPod 2G (non-MC model and not JB with Spirit) then recovery mode may be used.
Alternative: Jailbreak iOS 4 for iPod 2G (non-MC) using RedsnOw 0 available for Windows and Mac

Baseband Unlock

Once you have used PwnageTool 4.01 to Jailbreak your iPhone, install ultrasn0w from Cydia and you have unlocked your device.

Important: unlocking is also a sensitive matter, so please make sure NOT to update the iOS as soon as it is being released…as to make sure the UltrasnOw will work (or if a new unlocking is needed).

Official Bittorrent Releases (as provided by iPhone Dev Team)

PwnageTool 4.01 Torrent  – PwnageTool_4.01.dmg.5645662.TPB.torrent

SHA1 Sum = 15bdb90ec40f1e279bb648eb7e9d90ebe07b66d2

SHA1 Sum = a7e83163b4868256ac887975d7d2fd230110cf68

Unofficial (at your own risk!)

Special Thanks: to the iPhone Dev Team (, @oranav, @sherif_hashim for putting the solutions together, testing and providing the iPhone and iPod world with such amazing results.

8 thoughts on “How To Jailbreak iOS 4 using PwnageTool 4.01 hacktivation: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G

  1. cracker.

    I have upgraded to os4 on my iPod 2g.
    Now I can’t Jailbreak it, can I?
    I have tried many methods, none work.
    What do I do now? I want backgrounds on Homepage!!!
    Is there a way around this?
    Is os4 really locked so I cannot downgrade????
    AHHHHHH!!!!! I missed out, Jailbreak first??


  2. gassa.

    someone bs here u say u have the os4 jailbreak u click on it it opens page after page after page you dont have it so dont crap on

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  4. Viran Anuradha.

    Hi Team & friends,
    I purchased 3gs iPhone, It is without Official SIM.

    Its General Info :
    Version :3.1.3(7E18)
    Serial No. XXX51XXXXX
    Model : A1303
    Modem Firmware : 05.12.01

    My laptop is on Windows 7 & Itunes version 9.1. you please provide me the steps to unlock the above iphone.

    Thanks for your help.

  5. Jeff.

    Hey guys.

    I just bought a used iPhone 3GS, model mb715ll so it’s got the old bootrom. The guy i bought it from re set it so everything was erased.

    I need to unlock this thing, and jail break it. I bought a prepay sim with T-Mobile in Cali.

    I don’t know if it was previously jailbroken….

    I want to use PwnageTool 4.01 and I guess ultrasn0w to unlock it.

    BUT nothing comes up when i browse for the IPSW on pwnagetool (expert and simple), Am I doing something wrong? What do I do? was it not previously jailbroken maybe?

    And if I have 4.0 and it wasn’t jailbroken before am I hooped? ahhhh

    Really apprciated the help, thanks. Jeff

    1. Ariston.

      I was looking to Jailbreak 3Gs iOS4, many search on Google keep telling me that Pwnage Tools even v4 need a JailBroken phone before JailBreak into iOS4. Darn, it said that I need SHSH for version 3.1.2, downgrade it, then JailBreak with iOS4.
      How can get SHSH 3.1.2, if I receive the iPhone that already installed original iOS4.

  6. Baron Harkonan.

    It worked with baseband 5.12 and bootloader 6.04.
    I now have 4.0 on an iPhone 3G with T-Mobile.


  7. Alan.

    I have a 3GS locked requiring activation after a 3.1.3 update, same story as many people out there. Out in Afghanistan and would like to have my phone back. Is there a way to get my phone working again? I have read a number of forums and still can’t get my head around whether it is possible to do yet.


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