How to Install iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware on Jailbroken and Unlocked T-Mobile iPhone


Update #1: There is now a guide for installing, jailbreak and unlocking the iPhone 3.0 Firmware.

NOTE: This is an update to our Firmware 2.1 Guide, which was an update to our Firmware 2.0 Guide.


  1. Introduction
  2. Who is this Guide For
  3. Details You Should Know
  4. Getting Started
  5. Applying the Firmware Update
  6. Unlocking the iPhone w/ the 2.2.1 Firmware


This document looks long and scary — but it’s not… I just tended towards too much information when writing it so no one went into this process missing the information they needed.

A lot of folks that have Jailbroken iPhones running on unsupported networks (like T-Mobile in the U.S.) usually get fearful of trying to upgrade the firmware of the phone — usually for fear of locking themselves out of the use of the phone or bricking it. Fortunately there are so many people with Jailbroken iPhones now, and the process (thanks to projects like QuickPWN) has gotten so easy, it’s a fairly safe bet now adays.

One of the biggest motivators for applying firmware updates to the iPhone have been new features that have slowly trickled out. Us Jailbroken folks don’t want to get left in the dust.

WARNING: That being said, it is always possible to have a firmware upgrade go bad. While I’ve not seen reports of people bricking their phones into an unrecoverable state, I’m sure it’s possible if you goof the process hard enough. Please backup all data before starting, and if you need your phone for your lively-hood, I’d suggest not messing with the update process unless you need the update.

Who is this Guide For

This guide is written for people using the iPhone on unsupported networks. That includes both Jailbreaking the phone as well as hacking the Baseband so it will connect to a non-supported network. If you have your iPhone on a supported network, but just want it Jailbroken so you can play with it more — I believe all you have to do is run the QuickPWN step and that’s it after upgrading the firmware through iTunes like a normal person.

This guide is also written for Windows users.

Details You Should Know

  1. In order to use your iPhone on a non-official network (e.g. T-Mobile in the U.S.) you have to hack the baseband on the iPhone. This is now done easily using the yellowsn0w application installed via Cydia using the Repository once your iPhone has been Jailbroken.
  2. While yellowsn0w makes hacking the baseband easy, it does not support the latest baseband, 02.30.03, that is forcibly installed when installing Firmware 2.2.1 from iTunes — that means if you are on an unofficial network with your iPhone, you don’t ever want to install Firmware 2.2.1 directly from iTunes — it will upgrade your baseband to an uncrackable version (atleast not hacked yet) and you won’t be able to connect back to that network.
  3. What you need to do, is use PwnageTool to create a custom 2.2.1 firmware (*.ipsw file) that uses the 02.28.0 baseband (the crackable one) and then flash that custom firmware to your phone.
  4. UPDATE: Updating the Firmware on your iPhone will remove all apps installed via Cydia and Installer — these are unofficial apps and not backed up during the iTunes backup/sync process, so when the device is wiped and new OS installed, those apps will be erased.


A Summary of the information above is as follows:

  • If you have a 3G iPhone (2nd Generation), installing the 2.2.1 Firmware updates your baseband to 02.30.03, and blocks your ability to unlock the phone — allowing it to work on unsupported networks (like T-Mobile). You can still Jailbreak the phone however. So until unlocking this phone is supported, hold off on updating it using the normal Apple firmware — if you must update it, you can build your own custom firmware by using PwnageTool (Mac Only).
  • If you have a 2G iPhone (1st Generation) or a iPod Touch (1st Generation), installing 2.2.1 Firmware is fine — even though it updates your baseband, the way QuickPwn unlocks the phone still continues to work fine. So you are OK here in all cases.
  • If you have a iPod Touch (1st Generation), you can still apply this upgrade but you can only Jailbreak it while teathered to your computer. So you are still OK here.

I wanted to make sure to cover all that in detail to make sure no one got caught with their pants down (and locked out of their phones).

Getting Started

I am writing this guide using a 1st Generation iPhone (non-3G), on the T-Mobile network with the BlackBerry data plan and all the following software listed. If your setup is similar, you can probably follow this guide to a T. If you have a slightly different network setup, the steps should still work fine, but if you are have a different device, like the 3G iPhone or 2nd Gen iPod Touch, please read the red “Summary” above at the end of the previous section — it seems you might have to hold off on doing this update just yet.

What you will need before we get started:

NOTE: Here are download links for other firmware images that you might want. Keep in mind that if you are on the 3G iPhone there doesn’t seem to be support for unlocking that upgraded firmware to work on other networks right now (read the red “Summary” above).

Apply the Firmware Update

Now that you have the two files downloaded that you need (QuickPwn and the 2.2.1 Firmware) our first step is to apply the firmware update.

Doc your iPhone, let iTunes sync everything up for you (or sync it manually if you don’t have it setup to sync manually) and then go to the Device node for your iPhone, hold down the Shift key and click the Update button to bring up the file-selection dialog:


Now select the iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw file that we downloaded earlier:


and click Open. iTunes will begin a series of 7 or so stages of applying the update to your phone. This includes uncompressing the IPSW file, installing the software, verifying it and so on. The exact series of little dialog status windows you will see look like the following (in-order):







And after the firmware update is installed and applied, you will see a 10-second notice from iTunes that the phone is restarting:


After your phone has finished restarting, it will re-connect to your computer and iTunes will come up with a scary looking message about an unsupported SIM card that looks like this:


Don’t worry about it though, we haven’t QuickPwn’ed the phone yet, so technically it is locked. So let’s go fix that!

Unlocking the iPhone w/ the 2.2.1 Firmware

UPDATE: If this step doesn’t work for you, we’ve had a few users tell us re-running this portion of the guide with the SIM card pulled out of the phone helped — but many have success just leaving the card in, so if you run into trouble, try both.

Now that we have our iPhone fully upgraded with the 2.2.1 Firmware, we need to fire up QuickPwn to do the dirty work of both Jailbreaking it and unlocking it (cracking the baseband so we can get this thing on the T-Mobile network).

Go find where you downloaded to and unzip it into a new folder (or in-place if you want, it won’t create it’s own folder), resulting in the following contents:


Then drag and drop the two .bin files (for Bootloader 3.9 and 4.6) into the same dir just so they are easy to find, like this:


Then fire up QuickPwn.

The first screen you will see is the QuickPwn warning (not for commercial use):


Click OK. Now you are instructed to make sure your iPhone is attached to your computer so QuickPwn can find it:


After making sure that step is done, QuickPwn will verify that it can see your iPhone connected to your computer, then ask you to select the iPhone firmware (IPSW file) that we used before in iTunes. In this case it is our iPhone1,1_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw file.

Click Browse…, go find it, select it and QuickPwn will do some verification on the file to make sure you selected the right onw:


Once QuickPwn has verified the image you selected was correct, it will let you know and enable the blue “Next” arrow for you, so click it:


Now QuickPwn will ask you what you want it to do for you. In this case we recommend:

  • Add Cydia
  • Add Installer
  • OPTIONAL: Unlock phone (if you are on an unofficial network, like T-Mobile in the U.S.)


Click next when done and QuickPwn will ask you for the Bootloader v3.9 and Bootloader v4.6 files that we downloaded from earlier. Select them:


and after you are done QuickPwn will verify the Bootloaders for you, allowing you to continue:


Now click the blue “next” button and QuickPwn will ask you to make sure your iPhone is still connected to your computer:


After confirming this, click the blue “next” button.

GET READY: The next part of QuickPwn will look like a list of things it’s doing, but it’s actually prompting you to do these items — and they won’t wait for you to read the prompts. So get ready for the next screen to appear:


NOTE: As your phone moves from state-to-state, QuickPwn may move to the next item in the list before the time counts down — that’s OK, go ahead and change what buttons you are holding to correspond with the prompts when that happens — don’t worry about the timer.

You will have about 5-8secs for the first prompt to finish — this is done automatically by QuickPwn for you (putting your phone into Recovery Mode), but then after the highlighted prompt changes to the 2nd item you have to get ready to:

  • Hold Home for 10 seconds (The round face-button at the bottom center of the phone)
  • Keep Holding Home, and now start holding the Power button for 10 or 15 seconds (Power button is on the top right corner of the phone)
  • Release the Power button, but keep holding the Home button for 30 seconds (In reality, the phone moves to the next prompt usually within 15 secs, and you can let go… but just incase wait until the prompt moves before releasing the Home button)

After you are done, your phone is in DFU mode and QuickPwn will take over, installing modified bootloaders, ramdisks and utilities to crack it:


You can now sit back and watch. After QuickPwn is done sending files to your phone, your iPhone will begin displaying status bars processing the new files, the QuickPwn logo screen (with a pineapple on it) and then some baseband cracking UIs that automatically fill out and complete as you watch.

This whole time QuickPwn will be showing you this screen:


And you will just want to wait until your phone is done installing software and rebooting itself. After either 1 or 2 reboots it will eventually stop and just go to the standard charging/locked screen. Give it about 20 secs to make sure it’s done, then swipe your finger across the screen to unlock and viola! You are upgraded to the iPhone 2.2.1 firmware!


Congratulations, you are all done now and your phone is upgraded. In this guide (as opposed to our Firmware 2.1.0 guide) we did not try and do a new fresh install of the operating system, so there is no need to try and restore the phone’s data — we just upgraded the firmware, and the phone is ready to go with all our old data on it.

In fact I would encourage you to re-sync with iTunes after this process is done just to make sure it worked. I was able to sync the phone and make some phone calls right after this guide was written without a problem.

If you did run into any problems, please post below and we’ll try and help out. Be as specific as possible!


When we did our Firmware 2.1.0 Guide, a handful of people couldn’t get iTunes or their iPhone to recognize their SIM card after flashing the phone and a few other hickups. Most all those problems were discussed/covered in the Comments section of that guide if you want to review that first before posting here.

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314 Responses to How to Install iPhone 2.2.1 Firmware on Jailbroken and Unlocked T-Mobile iPhone

  1. Raghav April 17, 2009 at 7:11 am #

    Hi Riyad,

    can u please PM on Yahoo!

    my ID is

    can we do it now…becos i already charged iphone thrice today…it’s gone crazy

    Please PM. You can even post ur IM id (Yahoo, Gtalk)…i’ll be waiting

    Thanks and Regards


  2. Raghav April 17, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Hi Riyad…can you please ping me so that we can fix the battery drain issue?

    Please…i am totally tired of charging it thrice a day

  3. Paul April 17, 2009 at 7:43 am #


    I’m one of the that came here to look for help..(and found it, thank you) as upgrading my iPhone to the new firmware is concerning….!! I was so desperate (as most of you) that when I found all the information as well described and with all the help from the author, that I completly forgot everything else….(side efects)…! Theres more than a zillion arthicles on the “WiFi after 2.2.1” issue, please Google it before doing anything else… as I said before, I came here for help and found it…! so I only have myselfe to blame!!! Please read as much as you can…!

    Thank you

  4. Tesh April 18, 2009 at 8:02 am #

    Dude you rock. I was able to upgrade and repwn my phone. I was having prolems with itunes seeing it.

  5. THE KING April 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm #

    ******NEED HELP****
    I have a unlocked iphone (1st generation) I updated on itunes (I know I shouldn’t have) but anyway, My iphone works flawlessly, but Itunes won’t recognize the iphone at all. I am not sure what I need to do to get my itunes to recognize my Iphone. my version is 2.2.1 and of course it’s on T-Mobile..I also use a mac (If that makes any difference) any help would be apreciated.

  6. Phil April 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    So I had my phone unlocked for me to 1.1.4 by my cousin.
    I decided it was time to upgrade it, so i attempted to use this guide.

    but then something went screwy in the middle of the firmware update and now this comes up

    itunes must check the iphone software update server to identify this device

    what to do now?

  7. Tako April 18, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Need help please.

    I had Iphone 1Generation, 4Gb, firmware 1.1.2 and using Itunes 8. I did follow instruction from this sit, It did no go to far, I have an error when I apply firmware update iphone 1,1_2.2.1 5H11. Error occur after the somewhere at the prompt for “Preparing iphone for software update” or thirth “Waiting for iPhone” display error prompt “Iphone could not update, an unknow error occurred”. And the second prompt “Iphone now is at recovery mode you must restore this iphone before it can be used with itune”. Should I restore it back? I just afraid that it will restore and update my iphone to 2.2.1 and lock my iphone for ever. Before I did download the firmware 2.2.1 from itune but I did not install it. Now i can not use my iphone it is still in update or recovery mode? it show connection icon when I turn on power. What should i do?

    Thank you,

  8. Phil April 18, 2009 at 10:32 pm #


    It looks like I made a silly mistake. I didn’t have the newest version of Itunes.
    Once I did that I still got the message, but then i put it in DUF mode and then pressed check. Then Itunes recognized it was in recovery mode. Then I did shift+restore with the firmware from this website and followed the rest of the steps.

    Easy as pie.

  9. rezwan April 19, 2009 at 10:22 am #

    i downloaded quickpwn and everything and followed everything step by step…. but when i try to load quickpwn i dont see the “unlock” option…..i dont know what i am missing here…hope somebody can tell me what i am missing..thanks

  10. amar April 19, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    hello, dear i try this but my itune pumps a msg (ipod coul not be udate because firmware is not compatible)

  11. Quinn April 20, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    Does the 2.2.1 firmware have the option to edit APN settings? The 2.2 did not and I had to downgrade back to 2.0.2 to be able to use my Edge data network.

  12. Riyad Kalla April 20, 2009 at 11:49 am #


    Yes you can edit the APN on 2.2.1 — I just double-checked that for you.

  13. haider April 20, 2009 at 11:58 am #

    can i downgrade my baseband of iphone 3g 2.2.1 in order to use it …


  14. Quinn April 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    Thank you very much! Wow you’re being so helpful to everyone! =)

  15. Scott April 20, 2009 at 2:33 pm #

    SUCCESS! i cant believe i actually paid for the software and all the bs. they were telling me to do the restore button on itunes. 1. for those who have questions, a. dont use the restore button. b. make sure the file you dl is the .zip file not a .rar, .rar is bs too. i left my t-mob sim card in the whole time, works fine now. i serious would like to kiss whoever posted this site and everyone who posted solutions to problems on the comments. anyone who wants a kiss, come to philadelphia pa and ask around for me.

  16. Scarlet April 24, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    hii oki followed allof your directiong and everything worked perfectly except one thing in step where i had to put a check on add cydia and add installer well i didnt have unlock phone? for some reason idk why everythin worked great except that. can you please contact me and let me know. thank you for your help

  17. Scott April 26, 2009 at 2:40 am #

    make sure all your boxes are checked, unlock cydia and installer, you dont have to check off the boot logos and stuff. it should work from there. also, the thing i ran into iwas instead of clicking the “check for updates” button i was clicking the “restore” button and kept getting the same result as you were, or so it would seem.

  18. victor uzunow April 26, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    if you update wont that erase all apps and themes you have downloaded from cydia too?

  19. Rishi April 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm #

    Hello Riyad
    I have an iPhone 2G unlocked and jailbroken on 1.1.4 but I am in the UK. Does this guide work the same way for us folks here in the UK too? Do I have to make any changes in the process..??

    And does this guide work for all iPhones, 2G of course, on any firmware (by any, I mean 1.1.3 to 2.1)?

    Please do reply. Thanks

  20. Peter April 27, 2009 at 6:04 pm #

    hey Riyad..
    I have a brand new Iphone 3g (2nd Generation)..
    It’s on 2.2.1 on AT&T.. I’m trying to unlock it to T-mobile

    You suggest me to follow your steps posted?
    I have no skills whatsoever in unlocking iPhones btw

    Thanks Alot in Advance!

  21. Riyad Kalla April 28, 2009 at 8:37 am #


    Yes it will. iTunes does not back-up those Cydia-installed apps or data, so doing the firmware upgrade is a lot like a OS reinstall followed by an iTunes restore — unfortunately it won’t restore the 3rd party/Jailbroken customizations.

  22. Riyad Kalla April 28, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    @Rishi, yes it should work just fine. We actually have a few other users in this thread from the UK, Australia and 1 gentleman from Turkey. You should be all set.

    @Pete, trying to unlock the baseband on the 3G iPhone on 2.2.1 wasn’t supported when I wrote this guide (Weeks ago) — but I imagine it’s probably supported now. What you want to look into is the yellowsn0w application — I believe that’s the base application used to crack the baseband. QuickPwn may have been updated to utilize this to crack the 2.2.1-based 3G iPhone so you could just go through a nice GUI, but I haven’t investigated that yet so you might need to dig a bit.

    Also with Firmware 3.0 looming around the corner, I think everyone is pretty much waiting on that to drop before continuing massive amounts of cracking work.

  23. JoshVD April 29, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Soo i have an unlocked iphone 2g.. 1st generation … firmware 2.2.1 … my poroblem is it wont show up that i have a tmoble sim card in my iphone.. how do i fix it so that i can make calls from it??.. i know the sim card is fine because it still works in my sidekick 2008… i just hate that phone and wanted to use this iphone.. plz help me out

  24. Riyad Kalla April 29, 2009 at 9:57 am #


    Does iTunes complain about an “Unsupported sim card” like this?

    If so, you just need to unlock the phone. Follow the rest of the guide from the QuickPwn portion down and you should be all set.

  25. shaggy April 29, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    the firmware is installed but the sim card is not showing any service but shows on other handsets.please reply me a solution please.

  26. shaggy April 29, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    i am a vodofone customer from india.but it is displaying ‘no service’message.the sim works on other handsets.please give me a solution.

  27. justin May 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    i used quickpwn but it keeps i believe for a year for starting quickpwn on your iphone.
    help me plz.

  28. justin May 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    hi riyad!

    i see most of the guys around there saying lots of thanks to you.

    Can you help me plz?

    I’m about to finish the unlocking for 2.2.1 using quickpwn 2.2.5 till it says starting
    to put quickpwn on your iphone but when it will stops?

    please help.

  29. JJ May 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

    Hey Riyad,
    1st off great guide on the breakdown for 2.2
    question; do you recommend installing the latest version of itunes b4 starting this process, or it doesn’t matter. Just want to get that out of the way, i read some of the posts but it’s not very clear if that matters or not? i’m currently running on 2.1 and i know a guy that’s charging me $50 to get the latest version, that’s why i went online to see if can do it myself, and with your great guide i’ll be saving some money (hell i’ll send you the money) for being so unselfish and helping people out.
    Thanks for your time,

  30. Riyad Kalla May 4, 2009 at 10:00 am #


    I would suggest atleast iTunes 8.0.1, I think it still works fine with 8.1 (is that the latest? I’ve lost track) but when I wrote the guide it was using 8.0.1.

    Then you should be all set to save yourself some money 😉


  31. JJ May 4, 2009 at 10:54 am #

    Thanks for the quick response Riyad, I appreciate your help.
    Will you be doing the same thing once 3.0 comes out??

  32. Riyad Kalla May 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm #


    I definitely want to, just depends on how the 3.0 rollout goes on the different models and off-network phones.

    Gonna keep my ear to the train tracks and see what I hear 😉

  33. Luciano May 5, 2009 at 8:55 am #

    I am using the 3G network with T-Mobile, If I buy an iPhone will I still be able to use my 3G on my new iPhone?

    Please advice,

  34. Riyad Kalla May 5, 2009 at 9:49 am #


    Unfortunately no, the T-Mobile 3G network using different frequencies than the AT&T 3G network, click here to read more details.

  35. Craig May 9, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    I’ve got a 1st Gen iPhone which was running 1.1.4. I downloaded all files and backed up before starting.

    After selecting & opening the downloaded .ipsw file an error occurred around the “Preparing iPhone for software update” stage. The error message in iTunes said: “iPhone could not update, an unknown error occurred”. I didn’t grab the error number – sorry.

    On the iPhone itself, there is now permanently a ‘connection’ picture of a USB cable and an ‘up-arrow’ pointing to an iTunes logo.

    The iTunes error message eventually disappeared and was replaced with a message in iTunes saying “iTunes must check the iPhone software update server to identify this device. To enable automatic checking for updates, go to the General pane of iTunes Preferences and turn on “Check for updates automatically”. I get the option to either “Check” or “Cancel”.

    I’ve tried ‘cancelling’ but the message just reappears. I have not selected “check”.
    I’ve also tried a couple of full power-offs on the iPhone (both with and without the SIM installed and when connected via USB and when disconnected) but just get the same ‘connection’ picture again.
    I can no longer see my iPhone as a device in iTunes.

    What now? Should I opt to “check for updates”? I’m stuck.
    Thanks for your help.

  36. Riyad Kalla May 9, 2009 at 10:20 pm #


    Shit man, I’ll try and help as much as I can. I think what you are going to need to do is get the iPhone to suck down the firmware update forcibly, the way to do that is put it into DFU Mode.

    Here are instructions on how to do that. Once you’ve done that and the iPhone fully updates itself you *should* find yourself at this point and then you can continue the guide from the “Unlocking the iPhone w/ 2.2.1 Firmware” section on down.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed on this end that it helps, let us know!

  37. Jade May 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    Thanks so much, this worked very well for me! I didn’t know any better and i connected my jailbroken iphone to itunes and it updated my software to the 2.2.1. And I could no longer use my iphone with t-mobile :( I had to do a factory restore and then i followed your steps running the quickpwn program, but I had to skip the Restore.ipsw file step.

  38. Riyad Kalla May 10, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    Glad it helped!

  39. Craig May 10, 2009 at 12:38 am #

    Thanks – appreciate your help. I saw your message arrive and got straight onto it. I am getting into DFU mode (screen stays black etc and I see it load as a USB device in DFU mode in the taskbar) but instead of my phone appearing in the device node in iTunes and getting the option to restore, I keep getting that dodgy message I was getting before asking to “check the iPod update server to identify…’

    I’m on a PC running XP. I connected a new legit iPod Touch to iTunes a few days ago and haven’t registered it yet. I’ve tried a ‘System restore’ to a week ago in case that had something to do with it and reinstalled iTunes (now running ) and rebooted a few times but unfortunately it’s still happening. Any more suggestions?

  40. Craig May 10, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    Hold the phone – it worked. At the error message asking to “check the iPod software update server…” I tried a ctrl+shift+click on ‘Check’ and it showed up and gave me the restore option in iTunes.

    The rest worked just like you said it would. Thanks Riyad. Fantastic stuff!


  41. Isabelle May 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    my iphone 3g has been jailbroken with pwnage. however, i made the mistake of updating the software to 2.2.1 with itunes. i was asked to insert a valid sim with no pin lock to activate iphone. and when i put my sim in, the message “the sim card inserted into this iphone does not appear to be supported” thus i can’t access the phone through the phone itself and through itunes. so i cant restore or do anything with it for that matter.

    Any solutions?

    Btw, i live in malaysia.

  42. Shaggy May 11, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    the jailbreak was done but the sim doesn’t work on my jailbroken iphone and the Wi-Fi doesn’t works.please suggest me a solution.thanks for the help given for jailbreaking.

  43. Riyad Kalla May 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm #


    Excellent news I’m glad that did the trick!

  44. JJ May 11, 2009 at 4:11 pm #

    Hey Riyad,
    its JJ, got a question for you. I’m trying to help out my cousin with the jailbreaking, but here’s the kicker! he’s got a 3g. I’m not trying to unlock it (obviously) cuz he’s running with att already, but as far as jailbreaking it to install cydia & installer, is it possible??
    Hit me back when you get a chance, thanks…

  45. Riyad Kalla May 11, 2009 at 4:44 pm #


    From what I’ve seen Jailbreaking the 2.2.1/3G phones actually works fine, it’s the baseband cracking that has been tricky — but it sounds like you don’t need that since he’s already on ATT. So from what I’ve seen you should be all set with QuickPwn.

    Hope that helps.

  46. JJ May 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm #

    Thanks man!. So as far as the procedure, it basically remains the same, minus the installing of 2.2.1 right?? Just follow the remaining steps..
    Thanks again!

  47. Shaggy May 12, 2009 at 12:43 am #

    hi RIYAD.
    i can’t enter my Wi-Fi and bluetooth options because they are inactive after the jailbreak.please please help.

  48. Riyad Kalla May 12, 2009 at 8:44 am #

    Shaggy, sorry man I’m not sure why Bluetooth or WiFi wouldn’t be working on your phone… if you think it’s a software issue (e.g. it failed right after you did an update) you can try running through the guide again and make sure the update takes and crack works and see if that helps.

  49. Geoff May 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm #


    I have run through the process about ten times now with no luck, I always end up with the same result.

    I have tried diffeent ipsw files as the one you link to here is rejected by my 2G phone (yours is a version “a” of the one I am using and the phone works with).

    I am using a Virgin and a vodafone chip but the result is the same for both and also if I try to PWN it without a SIM in at all.

    On completion I have a Virgin (or vodafone) network signal but the phone only shows the emergency calls screen and wont let me get to the normal desktop. When connected to iTunes it says “SIM not supported”.

    I have even run the software three times with just the unlock section ticked. Every time Boot Neuter reports Fake Blank OFF but Unlock ON. Is that correct?

    On completion I still get a message that says “Different SIM detected, please connect to iTunes”.

    I connect to iTunes but cannot sync as the message “The SIM card inserted in this iPhone does not appear to be supported (etc.)”

    HOWEVER, if I slide the bar across the screen on the emergency page and insert a phone number and ring it (even though it says emergency numbers only) it rings the line I entered. I can also call back to the iphone as well. So it seems it is jailbroken and unlocked but the phone still thinks it is not and prevents me getting to the home desktop.

    Any ideas on what I should do?


  50. Riyad Kalla May 12, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    Geoff very frustrating… this is basics-101 and you’ve probably done it 100 times already, but did you try and power off the phone and back on again when it’s in that psuedo-retarded state?

    It’s almost like it doesn’t “get it”.

    As far which IPSW to use, you’ve tried the one linked in this guide right? We’ve had a lot of success with those listed (there are ones listed above for both 1st generation EDGE-only iPhones and 2nd-generation 3G iPhones).

    Whenever folks use “2G” I can’t tell if they mean “2nd gen == 3G phone” or “2G” like “not quite as good as 3G and I meant EDGE” so I’m just being extra-sure :)

  51. alejandro de caprio May 12, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    help please..
    i have 1st Gen iphone which have firmware 1.1.3 i bought in store here in the philippines, second hand. I’ve use almost 2 months and i download some apps on my iphone on cydia and intaller. but lately it prompt an error “need to restore, your iphone can’t make or recieved call. please contact“.

    Then i restore to 2.2.1 firmware,jailbroke and unlock using quickpwn 2.25 it works but the carrier dosn’t. I can’t make a call and send and recieve text messages. On Carrier it prompt “No Service” on the top left window..

    What i have to do to fixed this. Sometimes if i insert a sim Smart or Globe still no service and if i refresh it repeatedly it prompt as i said “need to restore” and then if i restart it take a minuite and then it prompt as a virgin- like not jailbroken and unlock (“emergency call”) and then if I restart again its Ok again mean jailbroken and unlock but carrier are not.

    there are times the carrier is ok it detect my sim i can recieve a text messages and recieve call but i can’t make to send text messages and make a call.

    help me pls..what i have to do? and what program to use? please post your comment and suggestion here or send to my email at

  52. Joe May 13, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    works great. I updated my phone from 2.2 to 2.2.1 with no problems. I left my tmobile sim card in and followed the instructions. Although it should be mentioned that you’ll need itunes 8.1.1. My only complaint is that all my apps installed via cydia are now gone. =(

  53. leland May 13, 2009 at 6:51 pm #


    Is it normally supposed to take like….20 minutes at the “2009-05-13 21:29:14 – Successfully built Quickpwn Ramdisk file.” stage.?

    1st gen iphone, using latest quickpwn on my mac. im still waiting..thanks

  54. Geoff May 14, 2009 at 3:22 am #


    Thanks for your response. Just to close this off and hopefully help others, I read through the notes again and noticed that running the jailbrak without the SIM card in the phone seemed to help some people.

    I tried it and hey presto, it worked. Phone now fully unlocked and running on both Virgin and Vodafone networks as well as O2.

    Thanks for you efforts in this area, it is really appreciated by us all.


  55. Riyad Kalla May 14, 2009 at 6:55 am #

    Joe & Geoff — Great suggestions, I’ve updated the guide with those extra bits of info in strategic places to hopefully help other folks running through this process.

    Leland — No I don’t think it’s suppose to take 20 mins, the whole process maybe takes 20 mins (lots of waiting) but not that 1 step.

  56. JASON May 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    Quick question for you, I have a 3G and with ATT, but i want to be able to at least jailbreak it. Install Cydia & Installer, but my question is do I follow the same procedure as if i was unlocking it?? meaning will itunes read my current version and let me just install them, if not what exactly changes on my part??

  57. babayaga20000 May 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm #

    JASON, what you can do is download the latest quikpwn or pwned and update your iphone with itunes normally, since you already have ATT you dont need to unlock, just jailbreak, so

  58. Harry May 16, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    Worked flawlessly… Great Tutorial!

  59. Mazen May 16, 2009 at 7:41 am #

    Dear guys,

    I have been upgrading my iphone for all previous version until did the last 2.2.1 where my battery is draining like hell in less than five hours. I have heard Raghev is having similar issue in blog above. Could anyone help me why?

    I have now version 2.2.1 5H11 working but have the battery problem only. Please help !!!!

  60. AAA May 18, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    ok, im pretty young and the jailbreak thing is pretty new to me, but im great with comps, ive read all your instructions, and i want to make sure if this would work on my 1G 8Gb Iphone, that already has version 1.1.3 unlocked on a fido plan?

    Just making sure becuase ime seeing alot of people having trouble


  61. AAA May 18, 2009 at 7:08 am #

    ps im trying to upgrade it to 2.2.1 from 1.1.3

  62. Riyad Kalla May 18, 2009 at 9:00 am #


    Make sure WiFi is off and turn off Push if you don’t need it — turning those two things off increase my battery life 2-3x what it normally is. Push wakes the phone up every 10 seconds or so to check for incoming data — you can hear it if you are wearing headphones… there is this light static sound like a call is about to come in, then it goes back to sleep.

  63. Riyad Kalla May 18, 2009 at 9:03 am #


    Yes, a handful of people have done that exact upgrade and it worked fine.

  64. AAA May 18, 2009 at 4:06 pm #

    lol thx just kinda hesitant…

  65. AAA May 18, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    hold up. i tryed the process and the quick pwn wouldnt open ???

    (the application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on OK to terminate the application.

    so i did and every time i try to open it

    it will not work…

  66. bikedogrun May 19, 2009 at 11:20 am #


    Had used a different set of instruction to get from 1.1.4 to 2.2 with lots of issues, having to re-do 3-4 times, take out the sim etc.

    Your instructions worked PERFECTLY the 1st time, taking me quickly and painlessly up to 2.2.1

    You are to be congratulated for taking the time and putting in the energy to help others far less technical than you take this (sometimes) scary step with their beloved iPhones!

  67. Riyad Kalla May 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm #


    Excellent news, I’m glad it worked for you!

  68. m May 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm #

    I hope you can help me with an unusual iphone problem. I have tried to find solutions all over the Internet but haven’t seen anyone with the same problem. I use a 2G iphone on Vodafone in Australia and I unlocked and jailbroke it with quickpwn and firmware 2.2.1. It works fine for 3,4 days, then it freezes and locks up again. Then I have to restore it with itunes and unlock again. This happens every time. Do you have any advice? Thanks

  69. Deep69 May 20, 2009 at 3:24 am #

    thnks dude!!

  70. Maria May 20, 2009 at 8:01 am #

    I am trying to update to 2.2.1 firmware. I update 2.1 successffuly. When i downloaded the 2.2.1 restore folder, and i extracted all the files. The ISPW file does not show up so i can restore my phone in itunes and update it. Why is that? What should i Do? Help would be appreciated. Please email me at

    Thank you,

  71. Mazen May 24, 2009 at 10:53 pm #

    Dear Riyad,

    Thx for hte help but it didn’t solve. I had everything off and still battery drains too fast. I googled the problem and it seems common for some folks.

    I have been using my iphone for a year now and upgrading each new version using iclarified tutorial and yours with no problem.

    I discovered that if I put hte iphone in airplane mode the battery will function normal. Once I insert my sim card, the phone will start draining the battery like hell and within short time off…. another thing is whenever I receive a call the phone shuts down.

    I really like iphone and so dependent on its use. Please I need guidance on how to fix this probelm. Tried to downgrade the probem persist even before restoring my data.

    I thought at once that my battery is the problem but when I switched airplane mode things were different.

    my email is please I need all the help available.

    Great day.

  72. Chris May 25, 2009 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi. I did the process and everything went fine except now the phone just stays on the boot screen- the black one with the white apple logo. it vibrates twice every 5 minutes or so, but stays on the boot screen. how long is it suppose to stay like this. It’s going on 20 minutes.

  73. Scargo May 25, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    Chris and everyone else don’t cha think the author is getting tired of answering the same questions over and over? I wrote this back in April!!

    Hey Everyone, I would just like to say that YOU NEED TO READ THIS BLOG FIRST!!! before asking questions. SECONDLY READ EVERY POST by the users because chances are your question has already been answered. I DIDN’T WRITE THIS BLOG!!! EVERYONE with a 3G Iphone YOU are taking a chance of LOCKING your Iphone to the AT&T network. RE-read the beginning of this blog again about the baseband.

    The BEST thing to do is PRINT THE DIRECTIONS OUT FIRST read and re-read them until you understand them.
    Make sure ITUNES is updated to the LATEST VERSION and your iphone is recognized
    Make sure quick Pawn is unpacked and looks like a pineapple in the downloaded files you will use and you know where they are
    Make sure your sim card is not locked with a pin # in Settings
    Make sure to turn passcode required off in Settings

  74. Randone May 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Ok so I’m not sure if this was covered in the guide somewhere but when I right clicked to update my firmware to 2.2.1 it started updating it and then all of a sudden it said it had an error and now my phone won’t show up in iTunes anymore. The screen on my phone just keeps showing the USB socket and a little iTunes logo. Any ideas on what to do?

  75. Raghav May 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm #

    HI Randone,

    Try restarting the computer and connect…You can ping me on for help.

  76. Maria May 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm #

    Why isn’t anyone helping me?

    I am trying to update to 2.2.1 firmware. I update 2.1 successffuly. When i downloaded the 2.2.1 restore folder, and i extracted all the files. The ISPW file does not show up so i can restore my phone in itunes and update it. Why is that? What should i Do? Help would be appreciated. Please email me at

    Thank you,

  77. Randone May 25, 2009 at 11:26 pm #

    Ok, so with the help of Raghav, i’ve gotten as far as getting to the part in Quickpwn where you can choose the bootloaders. After it gets to the screen where you end up putting your phone into DFU mode, I can’t get it to progress past the first step where it says “Wait for your iPhone to connect in recovery mode.” The screen on my phone shows that it’s in recovery mode and iTunes will tell me that there is an iPhone connected in recovery mode, but QuickPwn will not progress past that first step. I’ve tried with the Sim card in and with it out, multiple times. Does anybody have any helpful suggestions?

  78. Randone May 26, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    Ok cool. I had to use multiple computers to get this to work, installing the update on one and then using QuickPwn on another, but it finally worked. Thanks Raghav for your help, and thanks Riyad for the walkthrough. Great work.

  79. Rajen May 26, 2009 at 1:12 pm #

    Hi Riyad,
    I have IPhone 8GB which was unlocked and was working okay until I have downloaded and installed the new version of software from thru itune. Now the phone is showing SIM is not supported and allows only emergency no. I want to know what next to be done. Do you think the procedure you have mentioned in this blog can work ? Do I need to Restore it to factory level ? It will be a great help if you can let me know….

  80. Riyad Kalla May 26, 2009 at 10:40 pm #

    +1 to what Scargo said, I know it can be time-consuming and dauting when you have a dead iPhone in your hand — but I *think* all the info everyone is asking for is either in the original post (I’ve included updates as folks have provided corrections) or down in these comments which have been an awesome source of info for different ways to get things going.

  81. Rajen May 27, 2009 at 1:34 am #

    Hi Riyad, Thnx for the messgae reply, I tried to reset the phone and then reload as mentioned above. Congrats buddy, it worked in 1st shot….
    Thnx for helping the community and breaking the monopoly of the MNC’s.
    Hv a great day…..cheers

  82. Scargo May 27, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    Maria, How about you try DOWNLOADING the files again to a folder on your desktop or use a different computer to download them and copy them to a flash drive.Read all the post on this blog, then maybe you will figure it out.

  83. Riyad Kalla May 27, 2009 at 9:06 am #


    Glad to hear it worked!

  84. marco May 27, 2009 at 12:54 pm #

    Thank you!!
    I get really upset when I saw that “I don’t like your SIM” msg!
    It really Helped!

    Thank you!

  85. ramesh May 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    we 2g iphone but that was one problem it’s not working apple symble only come to not on that mobile

  86. eva May 28, 2009 at 1:26 am #

    i have a 8GB unlocked iphone 2G version 1.1.2 and want to update to version 2.2.1. Will I not lose my SMS messages, contacts and photos if I follow the steps above? Thanks a lot in advance.

  87. Riyad Kalla May 28, 2009 at 10:31 am #


    If you have iTunes setup to sync your Photos and Contacts from your iPhone you should be fine there, but you will loose your SMS messages.

    Good question, I haven’t seen anyone ask that one yet.

  88. m May 28, 2009 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi, I asked for help earlier but no one answered. It looks like there is no solution to my problem…?
    I just want to add that I tried to restore my 2G phone with firmware 2.1, unlock it with Quickpwn and then upgrade to 2.2.1 But that relocked the phone. I also tried restoring with 2.2.1 firmware directly, but that had the same result. What could be wrong with the phone? Hardware/software fault? As I said before, it works perfectly for 2,3 days and then it freezes and locks up again. Also, can I restore from itunes directly, or do I have to use custom firmware?

  89. Scargo May 30, 2009 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi M,
    Maybe you can find some answers at one of these two websites! or try this one
    for your current problems or maybe someone can help you,Good Luck!!!

  90. stephan June 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    hey i got the iphone unlocked but the data is not working from the tmobile network is there a way to fix that…. email me at with your answers

  91. Riyad Kalla June 1, 2009 at 10:04 pm #


    For anyone having data problems it seems that the APN has changed to:

    I’m still able to use the old APN referenced in this original article, but some folks I know on T-Mobile in the US on iPhone have had to change it to that new APN to get EDGE data working.

    Hope that helps.

  92. hernan June 6, 2009 at 7:53 pm #

    Hey, i need help!
    when i go to the second step in quickpwn the check for the unlock phone is not there, i just have cyndia and installer and the replace boot, but the unlock the phone one never comes up.
    What do i do? plz
    THanks you

  93. suhesh June 8, 2009 at 10:27 pm #

    Hey, i need help!
    when i go to the second step in quickpwn the check for the unlock phone is not there, i just have cyndia and installer and the replace boot, but the unlock the phone one never comes up.
    What do i do? plz
    i to have same problem plzz help me yaar

  94. Sarah June 12, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    If I have and unlocked and jailbroken 1st Gen iPhone and am on already using an AT&T sim, would I be okay with upgrading to the 2.2.1 update? I would not care for the jailbreak but would like my unlock to stay in place. Also what will happen with all the jailbroken applications already installed on my iPhone?

  95. islandzboy June 12, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    hey riyad

    i have an ipod touch 1G 16 gb. When i press shift and click update, an error pops up saying “the ipod could not be updated because the firmware is not compatible”

    please help me…. hope u will reply soon…


  96. Anthony June 13, 2009 at 6:29 am #

    i have a unlocked iphone wit 2.2.1 firmware, and i cannot go online it was working lioke a week ago and now i cant download anything from cydia or anything someone please help.

  97. Riyad Kalla June 14, 2009 at 11:15 am #


    It could be your APN settings — search this page for the phrase “APN”, there is the well-known one for T-Mobile and then a newer one as well I posted a week ago if you are having trouble connecting to the normal voicestream one.

  98. Riyad Kalla June 14, 2009 at 11:23 am #


    Ahh! Yea you don’t want to use these firmwares linked in this story, they are for iPhones.

    You *might* be able to go grab the official 2.2.1 iPod Touch firmware and still use the rest of this guide, I’m really not sure, I’ve never tried it.

    I’d suggest googling for “iPod Touch quickpwn” and see if people say that is the way to jailbreak the Touchs… if it is, this guide should work.

  99. Walid Baalbaki June 16, 2009 at 6:44 am #

    Hi Riyad ,
    If i press Shift > on restore not on Update , and choosing ur same file , it will work ?

    Thx :)

  100. Walid Baalbaki June 16, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    If my SIM card is MTC Touch Lebanon , does that work ??

  101. vinay June 16, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    hi i unlocked successfully but my phone not recognizing the sim card what what the steps i have to follow for that

  102. JJ June 16, 2009 at 11:56 am #

    Hey Riyad,
    Do you know when you’ll be able to break down for us “how to install 3.0”

  103. Riyad Kalla June 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm #


    In about 2 weeks I’ll write a new guide for iPhone OS 3.0 — right now early jailbreaking is working, but I haven’t gotten a definitive thumbs-up on the base-band unlocking so folks can run on un-authorized networks.

    Once I see the all-clear there I’ll get to work and get you guys a new guide.

  104. JJ June 17, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    Hey Riyad,
    Thanks for the quick response. will the same procedure apply to the new 3G S the 32G?? just wondering if that one is going to be jailbroken soon.. Again thanks for the response.. JJ

  105. Linda June 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm #

    Hi, Did this tutorial a few months ago, worked GREAT and loved it… until recently. Strange things started happening: first, the icons would wobble – pretty often – for no reason, it’s SUPER s-l-o-w, and takes time to load everything, and now today all my voicemails, both new and saved were erased. I was dealing with all this stuff but decided to downgrade after deleting the few apps and screensaver didn’t help. Any info on how to do this downgrade to my older, jailbroken (1.3, I believe) version without losing my unlock (I’m w/T-mobile) would be greatly appreciated. If it can’t be done, I’ll continue to plod along.

    Baby steps would be appreciated (similar to the tutorial) for me.

    Thanks very much

  106. Riyad Kalla June 18, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    My expectation is that yes the same process will be pretty similar to what we do for the 3G S — I’m just waiting for the whole process to get rolled into QuickPwn so we can make it dead-easy with no fancy hacking required.

    Sorry to hear the phone has gone wonky — it doesn’t sound like the upgrade did that though, your voicemails are stored server side so if those got erased something might be going on with your account. If you’ve never hard-restarted your phone before, that might be a good idea. Hold down power button for 8 secs and slide it to off then back on.

    The other option is to do a totally clean reinstall of 2.2.1 to see if it’s cruft on the phone causing all the weird behavior (it is basically a little computer, so sometimes an OS reinstall can help).

    Or you can hang in there another few weeks and we’ll get a 3.0 guide out an you can upgrade to that :)

  107. Linda June 18, 2009 at 7:16 am #


    Thanks so, so much – again!! I did the off 8 second trick and that seemed to have speeded up things a bit. I’ve also tapped & tapped and so far, no wobbly icons so hopefully it fixed that issue too. I’m sure you’re right about the voicemail server thing since these other 2 issues seem ok (for now) with the hard restarting; I’ll play with it today to see if the wobbly icons come back. I’ll also check back and probably do the upgrade to 3 when your guide comes out. Thanks again for all the great work you do and help you give here.


  108. RoAdHoGg June 19, 2009 at 3:03 pm #

    Hi I have just purchased a 1st gen 8 gig Iphone and didn’t realise it was jailbroken 1.1.2 and unlocked, I Just want to install OS 3.0 and I’m not botherd about being unlocked or jailbroken. I’m I going to brick the iphone by installing the official 3.0 update

  109. Pepe June 19, 2009 at 5:13 pm #

    I hope this helps someone.
    while doing the update, at one point I got an error 14 message, then i could update anymore, i only had the option to restore.. i tried to do that and an error 13 popped up, so i couldnt restore any way, and the iphone was stuck in some screen…
    reading around i found out for some reason the process can get messed up if you are connecting your iphone to the pc via a USB port in the front of your PC, so I switched to one on the back, and voila, worked like a charm…
    just thought I’d post it for anyone with a similar prob

  110. Pete June 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm #

    Hi Riyad, your instructions worked great when I updated my iPhone 2G to 2.2.1. Any chance you’ll do the same for the iPhone 3.0 software that’s just been released????

    • Riyad Kalla June 30, 2009 at 8:45 am #

      Pete, absolutely. Should have it written this week.

  111. Kevin June 22, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I am trying to upgrade a 2nd Gen that was on 1.1.4, but when I tried to bring it to 2.2.1 I got an error 14. Itunes now states that I have to restore to original factory settings. Do I have to download an older firmware file, or can I just continue on with the 2.2.1 file I downloaded at the top of the instructions?

    Do you have to be connected to the net to be successful?

  112. Kevin June 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    I restored using the 2.2.1 file I downloaded at the top of the file. That worked OK. Other problem I encountered was during QuickPwn. I ntever went into recovery mode so it never advanced the “button sequence”. I exited out of quickpwn and rebooted the iphone. It automatically rebooted into recovery mode and quickpwn did its thing. Another successful unlocked Iphone. Thanks for a great tutorial Kevin.

  113. Loso June 23, 2009 at 6:27 am #

    Ok I have a 1G iphone with T-mobile and it has been working beautifully. I recently made an ass outta myself and updated it to 2.2.1 from i-tunes. I read up top that it will be “uncrackable”?? Does that mean I can’t re-unlock it?? I have two jobs (probably like everyuone else) and I heavily rely on my phone day to day. I really need my phone up and runing again!! Please help!!!

  114. Riyad Kalla July 9, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    UPDATE: Thank you to everyone for being patient, the new iPhone 3.0 Firmware jailbreaking/unlocking guide is now up!

  115. irena July 21, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    i updated my phone long time ago and i followed the exact steps but something happened and now i have to install it again but it takes forever to connect my phone to recovery..its been almost 20 minutes and nothings happening…any ideas?

  116. zoomi July 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    hi everyone…..everything went right but the quickpwn is not giving me the option of unlocking while i m getting other three option….cydia, installer and reboot logo……any idea….is it something relted to quickpwn….where should i get the latest one which will work with my firmware 2.2.1.

  117. Riyad Kalla July 23, 2009 at 10:05 am #


    I’ve not heard anyone complain about that before (not seeing the Unlock) — are you sure you grabbed all the resources linked from this guide?

    Also, don’t forget, we put up a guide for installing, jailbreaking and unlocking iPhone 3.0 OS on your iPhone just recently if you want to follow that one instead.

  118. ehsan July 27, 2009 at 9:01 pm #

    it doesn’t worked
    It says
    firmware error string

  119. zoomi July 28, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    hi riyad

    thanx for ur reply…..last time my frend unlocked iphone and he was told not to upgrade it further bcoz his iphone wont work anymore….is it right?…….and secondly i have already done jailbroken and unlocked and using it on unsupported network but now my iphone just got froozen on the apple logo……so i followed ur instruction to reboot it may be thats y quickpwn is not giving me option of that unlock……should i proceed further if i m not getting this option???????is it safe?

  120. Riyad Kalla July 28, 2009 at 9:34 am #

    I *think* you get that error either when your firmware download is corrupted, or you downloaded the wrong firmware for your device. Double-check to make sure you grabbed the correct firmware for your device (for example, you don’t want to grab the 3G iPhone firmware for a 1st generation, 2G iPhone)

    If you follow the new iPhone 3.0 guide, you start off by doing a factory restore of the phone with the official iPhone firmware — and then you crack that open with redsn0w… I think that might be the way to go since your phone is currently in a funky state.

  121. zoomi July 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    hi riyad….

    if i dont see the unlock option in quickpwn…..should i proceed further….wt will happen????

  122. Riyad Kalla July 29, 2009 at 1:38 pm #


    You’re killing me buddy… I have no idea what will happen if you proceed with QuickPwn not showing you the “Unlock” option, nor do I know why it’s not showing you that option — that’s why I’ve recommended using the iPhone 3.0 firmware guide we put up instead.

  123. Rom August 17, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    Hi folks, i have recently bought a jailbroken 2g iphone off someone, so it did not come with a T-mobile sim card. Would i be able also to do the above mentioned upgrade. I am running 1.1.4 firmware.

  124. Rom August 17, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    update my to earlier enquiry…..

    as a mater of fact the guy took out his phone card…so it really didn’t come with any phone card in it! I already have a sim card, so do i just put in the sim card i have and try the upgrade?

  125. Riyad Kalla August 18, 2009 at 8:39 am #


    Put the SIM card in, make sure the phone actually works first. If it doesn’t, or says something like “incompatible SIM”, then it may be jailbroken, but it’s not unlocked (to work on other networks).

    If the phone works great, then yes, you can follow this guide. But if you are going to upgrade anyway, I’d just recommend following the iPhone 3.0 firmware guide instead and get the latest.

  126. Rom August 19, 2009 at 1:49 pm #

    Thanks a mil Riyad Kalla , iT wokred just the way u said it should. You guys are the best.

    Let the iphone irock(LOL)…WAAPPAXXX

  127. Shariq September 2, 2009 at 3:24 pm #

    I made mistake and realease home button when quickpwn was asking to hold it.I tryed so many time from the begning but it always struck on the same promt saying ‘wait for your iphone to connect in recovery mode… Now i cant connect to itune to install the firmware again because it does not connect to my iphone.pls Help

  128. Zimyad Mastoi! September 14, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    Thankssssss alot……………………
    i have upgraded now its working bt how can i open menu??????
    menu is not opening i am just receiving msgs n calls nothing more

  129. J.D. October 28, 2009 at 9:04 pm #

    I have a iphone 2g, if my phone is already unlocked and jailbroken w/winpwn to 2.02 can I just restore it to 2.2.1 in? itunes or do I have to unkock it again w/QuickPwn?

    • Riyad Kalla October 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm #


      As soon as you do the restore in iTunes, it’s wiping out the unlock and jailbreak on the phone and laying down the official operating system (firmware) again — so you’d have to re-unlock it and re-jailbreak it.

  130. alvin November 15, 2009 at 9:01 am #

    hey, quickpwn gets to the final stage and says uploading exploit bootloader but then it just stay like that and never changes.

  131. ron December 2, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    i tried this and my phone said error and know it says i have to restore to the newest version 3.something and it failed on the first step :(

  132. ron December 2, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    sorry im an impatient bastard it worked flawlessly

  133. Riyad Kalla December 2, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    Ron, no worries, just glad it worked.

  134. Manny K December 15, 2009 at 11:17 am #

    okay SO this is the thing. I have been using my already unlocked 2nd gen iphone for awhile. But i seemed to have accidentally upgraded it on iTunes and it went back into its original state. So I am stuck with a Tmobile SIM card and a AT&T LOCKED iphone. Am i going to have to get a at&t sim card to unlock it, relock it, and THEN load up the software???

    • Riyad Kalla December 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

      Manny, you might need to get an older firmware, like 2.2.1 or 3.0 (not 3.1), use the Shift-CLICK trick in iTunes when clicking on “Restore Firmware” and flash that firmware on there and see if you can crack it then. Unfortunately I’m 90% sure the Firmware 3.1 upgrade forcibly upgrades the baseband on the iphone 1-way that is not currently hackable and you cannot downgrade it, even if you force an older firmware on there.

  135. Manny K December 16, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    i see i see. but when I go and connect my iphone into itunes it says I need to put in a valid SIM card which i do not have. Will any AT&T sim card be able to unlock the phone itself so I can actually install the older software???

  136. Ed December 21, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    Hi, I just used this guide to update my iphone 1st gen from jailbroken 1.1.4 to 2.2.1, and I had the ‘no service’ trouble at first, but I realized that since I’m on a no-data ATT plan, I still needed to unlock the phone. So after I ran quickpwn again with the unlock option checked, everything worked. I think if the guide were updated to state that even if you’re on ATT, you still need to unlock it if you don’t have a data plan (i.e., paid internet). Hope I’m clear! Thanks for the guide

  137. Jen January 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    i was wondering.. How long does the first step:
    “Wait for your iPhone to connect in Recovery Mode”
    its been taking me quite a while now.

  138. Jen January 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    why wont it get passed the first step?

  139. Andy February 11, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    I have a jailbroken iphone 3gs that was done whilst on 3.01 i want to install some apps that only work in 3.12, how do i upgrade my firmware? I have tried downloading 3.12 and updating via holding shift but itunes says in cannot update


  140. doctor x February 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    hi txs four you help ive read all your instructions, and i want to make sure if this would work on my 1G 8Gb Iphone, that already has version 1.1.3 unlocked and Jailbroken.
    txs four your time.

  141. jahree March 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    i have a iphone 3g with a tmobile sim card in it..and i tried to plug it into itunes first instead of jailbreaking it my screens stuck on connect to itunes and i can only make emergency calls i cant even get into the phone.PLEASE HELP

    • alejandro March 11, 2010 at 7:16 am #

      hi..stuck into emergency call?you have to jailbreak you iphone just download redsnow or blacksnow which you can search on google which is compatible to your the firmware you have now and then you will use the phone again.

  142. Anonymous March 27, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    Dummy question: I accidentally hit the upgrade button installing the latest iPhone software on my jailbroken 1st gen iPhone (which was never sold or supported here in Belgium).
    Result: everything gone, only emergency calls.
    Will I ever be able to recover some of my data (I did have a backup of my text messages but not my contacts and notes)?
    Or should I just start from scratch and don’t bother.

    • Riyad Kalla March 27, 2010 at 4:53 am #

      If you accidentally installed the 3.1.3 update via legit iTunes you might be in trouble. Last time I crawled my way through the “how to upgrade a jailbroken iphone” jungle (about 3 weeks ago) there was no baseband crack for 3.1.3 yet, which means you are locked out if you took that upgrade.

      Everything up until 3.1.2 had a baseband crack available as well as jailbreak support. That doesn’t seem to have changed yet per the iPhone Dev Blog and those guys are the crackers to watch. So if you see a “3.1.3 crack” out there, stay away until they give the green light.

  143. jason September 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    doo i leave the tmobile sim card before all the steps or do i put it in after also is textign enabled

    • Riyad Kalla September 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm #


      You can leave the T-Mo sim in the entire time, and yes texting works.

      Also we have an iOS 4 guide for 3G owners and a 3.1.2 guide for 2G owners if you are interested in getting more updated than 2.1.2 that this guide covers.

  144. dec 12 2012 June 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

    Heya i am for the first time here. I found this board and I in finding It really helpful & it helped me out a lot. I am hoping to present one thing back and aid others such as you helped me.

  145. Mobile September 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    hi, as i installing this app.there’s error about certificate�how am i able to instal it..pls help


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