I knew it wouldn’t take too long to the Dev Team to come up with a new jailbreak method for firmware 2.2. They just released an important message on their blog that every jailbreaker should read before attempting to pwn their iPhone.

I don’t like copying large part from other people’s blogs but I feel like it’s necessary in this case as I want to make sure you fully understand the methods and the risks you’re taking if you decide to go ahead and jailbreak your iPhone. You can also read this post on the Dev Team’s blog.

  1. GOLDEN RULE: If you have a 3G iPhone and want potential soft unlock in the near future do NOT use QuickPwn, and do not use the official ipsw or the iTunes update process without using PwnageTool.
  2. Read item 1 again and again.
  3. At the bottom of this post are the bittorrent files for the latest versions of PwnageTool and QuickPwn.
  4. These are suitable for the recent 2.2 release.
  5. Please read all parts of this post before downloading and using these tools.
  6. The ‘late 2008’ MacBook/air/pro line of computers have an issue with DFU mode, it is possible to go from Pwned 2.1 -> 2.2 but going from stock to Pwned does not work, if in any doubt use a different machine.
  7. Choosing the correct tool is crucial. Be warned!

Baseband 101

The ‘baseband’ is the generic name given to the internal components of the iPhone that handle the phone calls and Internet access. This ‘baseband’ is a tiny and unique independent computer system that runs inside your iPhone, it is separate to the main system that handles the applications (such as email and google maps) and it talks to the main part of the phone over an internal communications network. Think of it like a cable modem or other peripheral that is attached to your home PC that needs occasional updates. When a software update is released and presented to you within iTunes the baseband is sometimes updated (to fix bugs or add new features). The 2.2 update for the iPhone 3G contains such an update, so running the vanilla updater straight away with iTunes will reprogram and update the baseband. This could be bad for certain people, depending on your ultimate aim.

SIM Free/SP Unlocked/Factory Unlocked iPhone 3G

This applies if you bought your iPhone 3G for $$$$$$$. This model of iPhone 3G doesn’t have an Service Provider lock (aka factory unlocked) and you are able to put any SIM card into the phone and get service. Your phone is already unlocked so you do not need to worry about baseband updates, simply upgrade to 2.2 using iTunes and then use QuickPwn to Pwn and Jailbreak. This will add Cydia and Installer too.

Locked iPhone 3G – Preserve Baseband

This applies if you have a locked iPhone 3G and you wish to update to 2.2 but preserve the iPhone’s current baseband software. Preserving the baseband will give you the maximum chance for any upcoming software unlock. To upgrade your phone to 2.2 and preserve the state of the baseband you need to create a custom .ipsw with PwnageTool. This custom .ipsw will not contain the baseband update but of course will still allow all the cool new stuff from 2.2.

There are plenty of tutorials about this process on the web, but PwnageTool contains intuitive graphics and easy to follow prompts that should have you up and running in no time at all.

Locked iPhone 3G

If you are using your iPhone with one carrier and have no interest in the possibility of an iPhone 3G unlock in the near future then just restore or upgrade to 2.2 using iTunes and use QuickPwn to Jailbreak and add Cydia and Installer.

Locked iPhone 2G (1st Generation)

Restore your iPhone 2G with iTunes then run QuickPwn to do the magic, ‘nuff said.

iPod Touch 1G (Original iPod Touch)

Update to 2.2 with iTunes and run QuickPwn.

iPod Touch 2G (New iPod Touch)

Sorry, no support at this time.

Bittorrent Releases

  • PwnageTool 2.2 for Mac OS X is here SHA1 Sum – 97ee6096aaa1967498431bf01c36c18d0e877545
  • QuickPwn 2.2 for Mac OS X is here SHA1 Sum – 254b8af0e19870a4660b7b11e3b6f6ae1d6bc66f
  • QuickPwn 2.2 for Windows is here SHA1 Sum – ffdbc561224c61ffc2713cb6a6e696b6d429c4ca

I’m gonna be working on a QuickPwn 2.2 Guide and a PwnageTool 2.2 Tutorial and I should post this within hours.

UPDATE: I wrote new tutorials on how to jailbreak or unlock your iPhone 2.2 firmware using QuickPwn:

  • HIM

    Hey worked for me!!!!

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  • Theron

    So is does this thing work for the iPod Touch 2G???

  • i came i saw i pwned

    ^^^ no it doesnt read!!!
    is there amy way to update with out loosing alllllll of the jailbroken apps???

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  • datoad

    there is a way.. it’s called aptbackup.. it’s on cydia… it saves a list of all of your jailbroken apps and sends them to itunes when you sync it.. after you jailbreak it, download that app again from cydia and click on restore and it will restore all of your apps at once..

  • K

    what is soft unlock? what’s golden rule about? i didn’t get it…

  • luke

    all the links for pwnage 2.2 are gone…. any new ones?

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  • venturac


    I currently have a iPhone 3g 2.1 jailbroken phone on AT&T network. My Swirly MMS works fine too along with everything else.

    My only question is if I upgrade to 2.2, will I lose all of my jailbroken apps on my phone?

    And if not, how do I put the 2.2 on my phone? Through iTunes or download through a link and create the custom ISPW? Any help would be greatly appreciated.



  • john L

    ok, so i bought a factory unlocked iphone 3g and i was thinking bout jailbreaking it, would that lock the phone or crushes it or anything ? and if no how do i jailbreak it using mac! step by step plz
    thank you

  • Darren B

    Hey can need help. I upgraded my 3G iPhone to 2.2 fine, but then I upgraded my 2G phone as well without thinking. Now the thing will only work with the UK Network provider (O2) where i bought it.

    I’ve tried to restore to software version 2.1 and use QuickPwn to jailbreak again. It appears everything is fine until you turn it on, it only has emergency calls and when connected to iTunes says incorrect sim.

    Any ideas, please. I use this phone for work.

  • gomes agarwal

    i am thinking of buying apple iphone 3g from the market…
    can i than unlock the iphone by goldensnow software?

  • Sandy

    Hey , guys if u have newly iphone 3g purchased with firmware 2.2 and u want to jailbreak / unlock then see the method done through cydia.
    Have dont this many times.Every thing working well.

  • Brian Lucas

    Hello. I updated my previously jailbroken (?) iphone 2g to 2.2.1 through itunes and tried QuickPWN 2.2.1. I follow the procedure through to the “QuickPwn is about to run on your iPhone.” page, and the wheel just turns and turns and turns… any ideas?

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  • Leroy

    I am never going to jailbreak my ipod touch

  • Jeff

    Why are all your articles so difficult with links, text and bla bla. I really appreciate what you are doing, but wouldn’t it be easier to simply do something like, step one, two and three.

    i do not know if i can jailbreak my phone, cause there are so many exceptions and warnings in your articles?

    Can you give me a simple way

    step one download dfsdfsdfsdf
    step two open sdfsdf on your iphone

    Thanks in advance 🙂

  • kendra

    can i just unlock my phone and use it without going through the trouble of jailbreaking
    what software unlocks only and then leaves the phone as it is?

  • Eric Bazan

    hope it works

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