Jailbreak & Unlock (Mac) iPhone 4G,3GS,3G – iPod 4G,3G,2G – iPad

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Below are the steps to perform an untethered Jailbreak and Unlock your device using a Mac. Once you have completed the Jailbreak instructions / software, optionally, you can unlock your iPhone. If you need help at anytime, please first consult the FAQ page for questions, we are here to make sure you are successful.

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Step 1: iTunes

Make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes. If not, update iTunes then sync your device. Close iTunes when done.

Step 2: Download iOS Software

Create a new directory on your computer called “JailbreakUnlock”.

Download the 4.2.1 version software for your device. Important: Do not open the file, just save the file to the “JailbreakUnlock” folder that you just created. This file will take 5 to 15 minutes to download, as it is 600-700MB in size. WAIT! DO NOT GO TO STEP #2 UNTIL THE FILE IS DOWNLOADED

iPhone 4

iPhone 3GS

iPhone 3G

iPod Touch 4th Gen

iPod Touch 3rd Gen

iPod Touch 2nd Gen


Step 3: Download Jailbreak Software

Download the Jailbreak software by clicking on the link below. Important: Do not open the file, just save the file to the “JailbreakUnlock” folder that you just created.

Download Jailbreak Software (PwnageTool 4.2 for Mac)

Step 4: Run Jailbreak Software

Locate the “JailbreakUnlock” folder that you created in Step #2. Verify that both downloads have finished. Once you have downloaded the PwnageTool, you are going to need to now run it. Once the PwnageTool is up and running, click okay to the pop-up window. Now if you have never used the PwnageTool you will notice there are many options presented to you. We will guide you through to process so do not get overwhelmed. The first thing you must do is click on the expert mode button in the top left hand corner of the screen (you will notice by default, Simple mode is selected, but we want Expert mode).

Step 5: Selecting Your Device

Now once you ensure Expert mode is selected, you will need to select the iDevice you are going to jailbreak, once you do select your iDevice a big check mark will appear over the one you selected. Click the Blue Arrow to continue.

Step 6: Browse

Now browse for the iOS 4.2.1 firmware you downloaded in step 2, click Open.

Step 7: Options

Select “General” and click on the blue arrow to continue. If your iPhone is NOT on an official carrier, select “Activate the phone”. If you are on an official carrier (ie. AT&T in the US), make sure this option is deselected (untick ‘Activate the phone’). If you want to use your iPhone on an unofficial carrier, tick this box (for iPod & iPad users, uncheck the checkbox). You can also increase the root partition at about 1,000 MB. Click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 8: More Settings

This part is optional. You are now in Cydia settings. From there, you can choose to pre-install jailbreak apps so that you don’t have to do it later. Dig around this option if you want to pre-install apps now. When done, click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 9: Custom Package Settings

You are in “Custom packages settings”. By default, “Cydia Installer” should be selected. Make sure it is selected and click next.

Step 10: Build

Click “Build”, then click the blue arrow. Then, PwnageTool will start creating the custom firmware to jailbreak your device. You will be asked for your system password for PwnageTool to proceed.

Step 11: Save File

Select where to save your custom firmware. Save it on the desktop. If prompted, enter your password.

Step 12: Building File

PwnageTool will now build your custom IPSW, which should take 5-10 minutes.

Step 13: DFU Mode

When done, PwnageTool will help you get your device in DFU mode. Just follow the instructions that appear on your screen: hold power and home button together for 10 seconds ; release power button while still holding the home button. When done, PwnageTool will tell you to go and restore in iTunes.

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Step 14: Launch iTunes

Once you launch iTunes, it will tell you it has detected a device in recovery mode and that it must be restored. Click ok.

Step 15: Restore

In iTunes click on “restore” while holding the Alt/Option key on your Mac. A window will pop up. Select the custom IPSW that built in step 10.

Step 16: Completing Restore

iTunes will restore your device using this custom firmware, which should take a few minutes.

Step 17: Completing Restore

Once you’re done with the Jailbreak, you should have the Cydia icon on your springboard.

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