UPDATE: This post in kind of outdated since firmware 2.2 became available. I wrote new tutorials on how to jailbreak iPhone 2.2 with QuickPwn and how to unlock iPhone 2.2 with QuickPwn.

UPDATE 2: I closed the comments for this post. If you have any question about QuickPwn, please ask in the forum.

This guide will show you how to use QuickPwn 2.1 to jailbreak your iPhone. This tutorial is for PC users. If you use a Mac, you may want to refer to QuickPwn tutorial for Mac OS X or PwnageTool 2.1 Tutorial for Mac OS X.

This QuickPwn 2.1 tutorial will be short as I have already posted a QuickPwn guide before.

Before starting, make sure you have downloaded the latest version of iTunes. Also make sure you are currently running firmware 2.1 (thanks Tim for pointing that out!). Plug your iPhone and make sure iTunes has detected it. If you’re iPhone is already jailbroken, you may want to remove all the apps that you have downloaded from Cydia. Certain applications such as Winterboard, Categories and more cause trouble. You will be able to reinstall them later.

Supports 2.1 firmware with the unlocking and jailbreaking of iPhone 1st generation (2G) device. Supports the jailbreaking of iPod Touch 1st generation device and iPhone 3G. Does not support the unlocking of iPhone 3G or jailbreaking of second generation (n72ap based) iPod Touch.

Note that you are pwning your iPhone at your own risk… Success is not guaranteed!

  1. Create a folder called “QuickPwn” on your desktop. Download your appropriate iPhone firmare from here. Also download the QuickPwn 2.1 from here and place it. Place these files in the newly created QuickPwn folder on your desktop. If you want to unlock your iPhone (only works with iPhone 2G), download the Bootloader 3.9 & 4.6 Files.
  2. Extract QuickPwn zipped file.
  3. Launch QuickPwn and select your iPhone version.
  4. You will be asked to select your iPhone firmware. Select the firmware your downloaded in Step 1.
  5. If the firmware you selected is valid, QuickPwn will show a green checkmark. Click Continue.
  6. You will then have the opportunity to select Cydia, Installer and to choose a custom boot logo. You have to select Cydia. You may also choose to install Installer. Click Next.
  7. You will now have a message saying that you are ready to launch the QuickPwn process in a new Window. Click Go.
  8. You will then be asked to power off your iPhone and press Enter once it has been turned off.
  9. QuickPwn 2.1 will now help you put your iPhone into DFU Mode (aka recovery mode). Read the instructions carefully then type in Y for YES and press Enter.
  10. You will be asked to hold down the Power button for 5 seconds. Then you will have to also hold down the Home button for 10 seconds without letting go of the Power button. At the end of 10 seconds you will need to release only the Power button.
  11. After a few seconds of holding down just the Home button QuickPwn will detect the your iPhone in DFU mode and start performing some “operations”. After 8 operations are performed QuickPwn will tell you to “Please wait while your iPhone is Jailbroken”. Press any key to continue.
  12. Your iPhone will display a turning wheel and in a few minutes will be jailbroken!

If you have a 2G iPhone and would like to unlock it simply install and run BootNeuter from Cydia.

If this post was helpful, please DIGG it! Thanks.

91 thoughts on “QuickPwn 2.1 Guide & Tutorial”

  1. Sebastien says:

    @Roland – you’re welcome 🙂

  2. harith says:

    quickpwn.exe will not open
    “the application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000135). Click on ok to terminate app”
    any suggestions on how i can get it working?

  3. Rob says:

    I followed the tutorial and my Iphone3G never restarted properly. t is hanging with the apple logo and I cannot shut it off.

  4. Rob says:

    Ignore that…magic happened and it restarted.

  5. Sebastien says:

    Hello Rob,

    I’m glad it worked for you too 🙂


  6. willzz says:

    Yuhuu.. it’s works on my 1st gen iphone 1.1.4

    thanks for your tutorial bro …


  7. Sebastien says:

    Hey Willzz, no worries 🙂

  8. appus says:

    now it displays an apple icon with Ipwned with winpwn 2.5.

    Went to DFU mode. and at the end it just showed this.. Nothing further. Itunes not recognizing my iphone now. How do i restore the custom software ?

  9. Denny says:

    Dear Sebastien,

    After the pawning the program said a a success jailbreak, but the iPhone screen stuck on the Apple Logo, keep vibrating and restarting every 5 minutes.
    I decided to reset to factory setting using iTunes. However it said ‘cannot be
    connected due to passcode protected’ in iPhone.

    Is there anything I can to unlock the passcode remotely? since I cannot go to iPhone setting anymore.
    P/s help.

    Thanks a lot.

  10. Denny says:

    Hi Sebastien,

    Mine is iPhone 3G with 2.1 firmware.


  11. Cody says:

    Ouch yeah, always take your password lock off before pwning. You should be able to get in dfu mode still, power button 5 secs, home power 10 secs, home 25 secs. Seems like you have 0 ssh options. Let us know an update.

  12. k says:

    Dear Sebastian,

    Im from Singapore and i have a few questions hope you can help

    i purchased my iphone 2g 6 months ago and its running on 1.1.4 firmware
    it was jailbroken by the shop i bought it from and in it installed were a few applications
    one which stood out was an app called anySim and a there were a few other apps with chinese characters

    my question is that will i be able to pwn my firmware?.
    and will i still be able to use my sim in my country?
    thanks in advance

  13. Sebastien says:

    Hello k,

    Yes, you will still be able to jailbreak and unlock your iPhone since it’s a 2G. So far, only the iPhone 2G is unlockable, so no problem for you.


  14. Doug says:

    If I jailbreak my iPhone, how do I upgrade when new versions of the software come out (2.1.1 or 2.2 or whatever)? I assume I have to wait for a jailbreak for the new version first, but then how do I upgrade and keep it jailbroken (or re-jailbreak it) and still keep all my customizations and apps and stuff?

    Thanks, Doug

  15. Stuarty says:

    Hi, I run QuickPWN and it appears to Jailbreak my iPhone but not unlock it.

    When the process is finished I put the new SIM card in and it recognises the service provider in to the top left hand corner… but there is a message on the centre of the screen saying ” Different SIM card detected”. Please connect to iTunes.

    Any idea whats happening?

  16. Anton says:

    I’d like to quote James, who wrote before (no.19) and I have the same questions:

    “1. what happens to the applications that are already installed on my phone. do i sync my phone first to back up before running the quickpwn application and after the phone is pawned, will the applications be lost and i have to load it again?
    2. if for some reason the pwning process does not go accordingly and the phone fw gets messed up, is it a simple restore from itunes to get the phone back to factory settings?”

    Just as James I am new to all this…

    Iphone 3G with 2.1. FW

    Thanks for your help

  17. Sig Power says:

    Hi there:
    I have a jailbreak iphone edge that used to run on 1.14, but the other day I accidentally upgrade to 2.1 and then the phone is now back in jail again. I am wondering if I use Quickpwn and follow the tutorial above, would it let my phone become jailbreak again? Thanks in advance for any comment.

  18. Hessam says:

    how can i solv this one ?QuickPwn Windows 2.1 – Error (0xc0000135) …

  19. Aatif says:

    how can i solv this one ?QuickPwn Windows 2.1 – Error (0xc0000135)

  20. fran says:

    i’m from mexico and i just bought a 3G iphone and i just hear something about Cydia and Installer… how can i get that apps?

  21. Sebastien says:

    Hello fran,

    To get Cydia on your iPhone, you have to jailbreak it. To jailbreak it, simply follow the instruction here: http://www.iphonedownloadblog.com/2008/09/19/quickpwn-21-guide-tutorial/

    Make sure to follow instructions VERY CAREFULLY as every detail has its importance.

    Once your iPhone is jailbroken, you will have the Cydia icon on your springboard and you will be able to install all the apps that are available on Cydia.

    Good luck.


  22. fran says:

    I working with mac and i have 2.1 version on ihpone too… thanks a lot for your answer…

  23. Mei says:

    How to unlock the iphone please? I can not read my French SIMCARD. I bought this phone in China….

  24. Anton says:

    hey Sebastien, would xou mind answering my questions above?? (no. 61)
    Thank You

  25. Sebastien says:

    Hi Anton,

    1. Yes, sync your iPhone with iTunes first. After pwning the phone, you will be able to get them back.

    2. In case of problem, a simple “restore” will bring your iPhone back to factory settings. So really, there’s no risk


  26. Azza says:

    Hi, i jailbroke using Quickpwn 2.1. However when i downloaded cydia and install bootneuter, i still get the message “different sim detected, please connect to itunes” when i insert my orange sim.. how do i get round this? please help..

    thanks, azza

  27. Azza says:

    My phone also keeps crashing, and when i have tried the bootneuter it does not work… what do you suggest?

    please reply

  28. Azza says:

    Hi sorry for my above two post, i had enteed the wrong email address..

    Basically, i quickpwned it so it was jailbroken, then i installed cydia. I downloaded Bootneuter, and it said it was sucessfull when i did it. However, when i put my orange sim card in, it says “different sim detected, please connect to itunes”… Any help on this? Please post exactly what i have to do, as im a bit of a n00b.. lol

    Again, sorry for wrong two post above.

  29. Sebastien says:

    Hi Azza,

    You should have pwned your iPhone with the SIM inside it. I think you have to start all over again but this time, have your SIM inside and choose the “activate” option at some point during the pwning process.

    Hope that helps.


  30. billy says:

    i have a iphone 2g that has been unlocked and broken with the pwnage tool to 2.0 and i have itunes 8 in vista somehow the something went xorrupt i cannot synch between my iphone and itunes anymore it says too take iphone back to factory settings, everything works on the iphone except it can no longer see any of the info in my ipd library, i have a backup in itunes but cannot access it,
    what do you suggest i do?
    will i be able to access my backup eventually and resore everything?
    should i take it back to facory settings?
    should i upgrade to bew firmware?
    what method should i use to unlock?
    will i need to unlock and jailbreak again?
    i’m using tmobile sim

  31. billy says:

    i have a question
    if i buy the new iphone 3g
    to replace the iphone 2g i now use that is unlocked and
    jailbroken that i use with tmobil that works on the edge network, that i use in northern californis around ukiah
    there is no tmobil here so it roams to edge network which is owned now by attand t so i am doing all myu surfing and calling on the edge network through attandt but am using tmobile with flexpay on my unlocked iphone.
    if i were using the new 3g phone unlocked the same way would i be able to use the 3g network that atand t uses becouse i am roaming with atandt, i know that the 3g on the iphone is not compatible with tmobils 3g network but i would be roaming on atandts 3 g network
    if this is the case i will sell my 2g phone and get a 3g phone to get the use of the faster network, please advise
    also if this is the case whats the cheapest way to get a 3 g phone

  32. jriser says:

    I jus downloaded quick pwn but its not workin because it says that i dont have the .net framework: v2.0.50727 how do i get quick pwn going?

  33. Krook says:

    HI!, i have a problem doing this. i read this turotal and the coments on my iphone in school then i went home to uppgrade it. now im running 1.1.4 and then im suposed to update it to 2.1 in itunes BUT now the new version 2.2 is out and i cant upgrade it to 2.1. Wath shall i do?

  34. Irwyn says:

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

    Solution – install Microsoft .NET Framework



  35. joaco97 says:

    Hi I tried to se quickpwn but at the last step it freezes. The status bar does not moves at all. What can I do. I have an ipod 2.2.1.

  36. joaco97 says:

    I use a mac and it is first gen

  37. Sebastien says:

    I’m closing the comments on this post. If you have any question about QuickPwn, please ask in the forum. Thank you


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