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[digg-me]This guide will show you how to use QuickPWN to jailbreak your iPhone firmware 2.2.1. Please read carefully all the steps and warnings before attempting to use QuickPWN to jailbreak your iPhone. The following tutorial is for PC users.

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

Before doing anything, I suggest you read this important message from the Dev Team.

  1. GOLDEN RULE: If you have a 3G iPhone running 2.2 firmware and you want to keep your ability to use yellowns0w (or the option to use it in the future) do NOT use QuickPwn, and do not use the official ipsw or the iTunes update process without using PwnageTool.
  2. Yellowsn0w will NOT work with the baseband version (02.30.03) that is present in the recent 2.2.1 update  – you will need to create a custom ipsw that will allow you to update safely without affecting the baseband.
  3. Please read all parts of this post before downloading and using these tools.
  4. Read items 1, 2 and 3 again and again.
  5. At the bottom of this post are the bittorrent files for the latest versions of PwnageTool and QuickPwn.
  6. These apps are suitable for the recent 2.2.1 release.
  7. The Yellowsn0w version has been updated to 0.9.7. Yellowsn0w is available from Cydia or Installer – this version allows compatibility with pwned 2.2.1 system (not baseband) – again – remember 0.9.7 yellowsn0w DOES NOT WORK WITH 2.2.1 (02.30.03) directly – you need to be running a ‘pwned’ version of 2.2.1 which doesn’t upgrade the baseband.
  8. Users of OS X 10.5.6 will be unable to use DFU mode correctly, please see the note towards the end of this post to easily fix this issue.

What does that mean? It means that you can only use this method if you don’t care about unlocking your iPhone in the future with YellowSn0w. If you’re a “legit” AT&T iPhone user and you have no interest in unlocking your iPhone in the future, then this is for you.

On the other hand, if you’re not a “legit” user or if you do want to be able to unlock your iPhone in the future using YellowSn0w, then this is NOT for you. If that’s the case, you will have to jailbreak your iPhone using PwnageTool, which will preserve your baseband. I will do my best to provide you a PwnageTool tutorial asap!

This being said, this QuickPWN guide will help you jailbreak your iPod Touch, iPhone 2G, and iPhone 3G. There is no jailbreak available yet for iPod Touch 2G!


That was sort of my disclaimer as I am tired of people messing up their iPhones and holding me responsible for it. So again, you’re using QuickPWN at your own risks. If you have any issue during the process, please leave a comment.

Everything you need to download is in the iPhone Downloads section of the site.

1. On your desktop, create a folder called Pwnage. In this folder save a copy of the 2.2.1 firmware (make sure you use the appropriate firmware!) as well as QuickPWN 2.2.1.

2. Unzip QuickPWN.

3. Make sure you have the very latest version of iTunes. It is extremely important!! If you don’t have the latest iTunes, download nad install it. After the install, make sure to restart your computer. This is a very important step!

4. Plug your iPhone to your computer and wait for iTunes to detect it. Now you have 2 options. You can either update to 2.2.1 or restore your iPhone to 2.2.1. I always prefer restoring as you will start with a fresh and clean firmware and it will not create wasted space on your iPhone. As an alternative to restoring, you may want to read my post about upgrading a jailbroken iPhone. It’s your choice but again, I recommend restoring. To restore, simply hit SHIFT + Restore. A window will pop up asking you to choose what firmware you want to use to restore. Use the firmware 2.2.1 you downloaded in step 1.

5. After restoring (or updating), launch QuickPWN. QuickPWN should recognize your device automatically.

6. Click “Browse” to select the firmware 2.2.1 you downloaded in step 1.

7. QuickPWN will display a green checkmark if the firmware is correct. In this case, click the blue arrow to continue. If it’s not, it means that you have downloaded the wrong firmware.

8. Now QuickPWN will let you install Cydia, Installer, and custom boot logos. Note that you HAVE TO install Cydia but Installer and custom boot logos are optional. So make sure you select at least Cydia, then click the blue arrow to continue.

9. QuickPWN will now ask you to “please make sure your device is connected via USB before continuing”. Click the blue arrow to continue.

10. This is the most important step! QuickPwn will now automatically put your iPhone into recovery mode. Once it is in recovery mode you will be prompted to:

  • Hold the Home button for 5 seconds,
  • Hold the Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds,
  • Then release the Power button while continuing holding the Home button until your iPhone is in DFU mode.

Watch the prompts carefully and follow along!

11. If you did this correctly, QuickPWN will detect your iPhone in recovery mode and will ask you to “wait while your iPhone is prepared for jailbreaking”.

12. As a final step, QuickPWN will tell you that “the pwnage process appears to have completed successfully. Please wait for your device to reboot in its newly modified state”.

13. Voila!

If you have any question, please ask in the forum.

144 thoughts on “QuickPWN 2.2.1 Guide & Tutorial”

  1. macutan says:

    couple more notes on my issue:

    The screen on Quickpwn that gets stuck at is when it says “Uploading exploit bootloader” at that stage the iphone has a sort of white screen…

    After 15mins at that screen the iphone restarts and at that point the circle to the left of “Uploading exploit bootloader” stops to spin…


  2. macutan says:

    fixed,… i used a different computer and it worked,… weird…

  3. Muz says:

    can any on help with the issue i posted please?

  4. Chavez says:

    I placed in the folder the firmware and quikpwn and unzipped and restarted computer, but when I launch the pineapple I get an error message: to run this application, you first must install one of the following versions of the .NET Framework: v2.0.5.727 Contact your application publisher for instructions about obtaining the appropriate version of the .NET Framework.

  5. Cody says:

    Brilliant. Thank you.
    Worked perfectly.

  6. ariben says:

    Please clarify: If I upgraded the baseband to 2.30.03 and 2.2.1 firmware can I still use quickpwn to download Cydia and Installer?? I am a legit customer so I don’t need to unlock…I only want to jailbreak now. I get the error firmware string message with 2.2 firware and 2.30.03 baseband, should I try with 2.2.1 and 2.30.03 baseband ? Is it possible or is a waste of time. Also I have a GEV Sim adaptor which actually can unlock the phone if required. Please help.

  7. Anne says:

    Thanks DevTeam! Really worked! I’ve saved a few bucks from making other people to jailbreak my iPhone 3G.

  8. wen says:

    em..i need help..^^’. After restoring my iphone(step 5), it says:’ the sim card appear in dis iphone does nt seem to be supported.” so can some1 tell me wat’s my next step n wat does it mean…??..

  9. Josh says:

    Im trying to download QuickPWN 2.2.1 for Windows from off this website, when I click nothing happens. Can any one help me or give me another website where I can download QuickPWN from?

  10. ariben says:

    Josh, go to google and type quickpwn downloads and click the first website…make sure you download a .ZIP file and not a torrent file that would not open…I had the same problem and just went to any other website and it worked.

  11. iBogs says:

    This really work like a magic!!! Great guide threre! Had just some problem, I do not follow instructions at first. Second time went perfect! Completed without any problem my iPod Touch 16gb. Now, planning to do it in my new iPhone 3G! (Having still second thoughts…)

    Sir, if in case I used QuickPwn to do the jailbreaking, will it still be possible to unlock it in the future using Yellowsnow or any other application?

    Thank you so much for this great post!

  12. Dimitri says:

    Hey, Everytime i do qwkpwn, i go through the cycle of holding stuff down, it gets stuck on uploading bootloader. I don’t know whats going on

  13. David says:

    Thanks heaps for the tutorial, especially to the Dev Team!! I am so relieved after hours of stress and hair pulling from a previous failed attempt on firmware 2.2

  14. iBogs says:

    Again, the new iPhone 3G was successfully jailbroken!!! Do not have second thought of doing it… it works on the dot!!!

    Can now use my iPhone on Skype 3G calls,used PDANet to connec to computer, can transfer smoothly files from/to i-Phone and exploring more options.

    THanks guys!!!

    bogs.malbog(at)gmail.com (proudly pinoy in saudi)

  15. caffy says:

    i was doing everything correctly on my ipod touch and its finished jailbreaking and all of that. But it worked perfectly when i used QwkPWN 2.2….
    Now it says that :

    “the Pwnage process appears to have completed sucessfully.
    please wait for your device to reboot in its newly modified state.”

    But it is stuck on the reboot logo for 15 minutes (still waiting!) and when i click on iTunes it can’t recognise it.
    Also, the ‘autoplay’ thing keeps on popping up – ‘Apple iPod’
    What is happening??? Can i fix this? Can anyone help?? :'(

    my email – caffyx@googlemail.com
    plz dont send junk
    (… my dad is going to kill me for ruining my ipod!!! eek..)
    Thanks ppl!

  16. caffy says:

    arrrrgh… still on reboot for 30 mins… btw i was jailbreaking quickPWN 2.2.1
    did it all ruin because my iTunes version was 8.0?? i’m now updating it …

  17. Sebastien says:

    Yes you ruined it!!! Look at step 3….

    3. Make sure you have the very latest version of iTunes. It is extremely important!! If you don’t have the latest iTunes, download nad install it. After the install, make sure to restart your computer. This is a very important step!

  18. caffy says:

    oh well… i hope my ipod is still working after the install and when i restart the pc.. ?!?!?! i did try to update iTunes before i started to jailnreak my ipod touch but it would work and had a ‘!’ next to it… now its just taking a loooong time to install 8.1.1

  19. EoN says:

    Yeah Bitch this works nice…..

  20. Jack says:

    “Users of OS X 10.5.6 will be unable to use DFU mode correctly, please see the note towards the end of this post to easily fix this issue.”

    Where is this?

  21. kevin says:

    i am trying to jailbreak my 2G ipod Touch, and I can’t seem to get QuickPwn to recognize the firmware file from your download section. I have done the shift+restore and used the downloaded fimware and that worked fine, it is just not recognizing the same file in the QuickPwn software. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  22. GRIMM says:

    When I download QuickPwn 2.2.5-2 for Windows, open the zip folder, extract files, then press run, an error message comes on that says: “QuickPwn encountered a problem and needs to close”. Is there something wrong with the program? It’s the official download from QuickPwn.com. Is there another link I should use to download QuickPwn?
    I jailbroke my phone a few months ago with QuickPwn with no problems. I was forced to restore my iphone, and I want to jailbreak it again.

  23. mitchell says:

    i bought an iphone in sngapore and brought it back to australia with me. on my iphone i believe i have software 1.1.4. but i want to upgrade this to the new one so that i can use the itunes apps etc…
    when i bought the iphone, the guy said that i shouldent upgrade the software because the phone will get locked…

    if i follow this guide will my iphone be alright/usable? and will it still be unlocked? im currently with the vodaphone carrier..

  24. iBogs says:


    it will work perfectly, provided you will follow the procedures on the dot. the pwnage will not affect the phone/cellular capabilities of your iPhone. Pwnage will only upgrade the firmware so you can install third party application. Unlocking it from your current carrier (possiblity to use other SIM cards) is another procedure which is carried out by using another application from a third party like Cydia.

    So, you jailbreak your phone to:

    – install another application from another party (not just iTunes)
    – prepare your iPhone for unlocking it in the future from your provider

    Hope this helps.


  25. mario says:


  26. mitchell says:

    hello! the update worked perfectly.
    the only problem is that my caller ID’s are all annoyingly screwed up. Im from australia and the local mobile numbers appear in this format: 04** *** ***, this format works fine when it comes to recieving calls, but when i recieve a text message the numbers appear in this format +61 4** *** ***. which the 0 is replaced by +61. this is a major incovinence for i cant identify who sends me the text messages, there is the option of saving all numbers in both formats in my contacts but thats quite anoying and would be so much better if that wasnt necessary.

    It also happens with home numbers too, which in australia are in the form of (for example) 9*** ****. But now when i recieve a call, the number comes up with the local area code too, which in my case (because i live in perth) is 08 9*** ****

    Does anyone know how to fix this? if someone could detail me a method that would be great.

  27. Jonas says:

    Heya, I just have a couple of questions since I’m new to this.
    Is there different firmwares for european/american iPhones?
    And is it possible to brick the iPhone to a point of no return with quickpwn?
    It would be awesome if someone could answer this because I want to give this one a go ^^


  28. Martinmartin says:

    HI. It is couased by an error in the USB software for mac 10.5.6.
    There is no problem if you run your pwn-tool when connecting your iPhone through a powered USB hub. Have no idea why – but it works

  29. Jane says:


    thanky for such a nice tutorial. It was really helpfull. I just got a problem which I read people had before but I really didn`t read any answer 🙁 I jailbreak my Iphone sucessfully but iPhone don`t recognize my sim card anymore 🙁 I can`t call or send sms. Would be really thankfyll for any help 😉

  30. Tim says:

    i followed step by step on how to jaibreak it and everything went ok up to the point were it says finish, But when i turn my iphone 3g, .. All i got is the lighted Apple icon. What shoul i do ? Help!!!

  31. Jane says:

    I read all impossible forums about my problem it`s really comonn to many pepole. I do step by step all already twice but there`s no service for my iphone after jailbreaking. I`m sad that noone nowhere was answer to this problem 🙁 I guess I just can`t jailbreak my iphone 🙁

  32. Jane says:

    I at last get answer to my problem. In my case it help to install on another computer itunes and then jailbreak my iphone. It work :))) I can now call and send sms with no problems. So if anyone will have the same problem, hope this will hepl U too 😉

  33. Lenny Wiser says:

    I am following the steps, but on step 2 of the pwn software after it detects the iphone, (The step where it says browse) I keep getting firmware error string!! driving me nuts… Help?!

  34. BigSam says:

    After doing this, My Iphone says No Service. Help me guys

  35. Kevin0323 says:

    If you are on the iphone 3g 2.2.1, and you can’t get past the apple logo upon completion, restore your iphone by opening itunes, then holding the Home button down for 5 seconds, then hold the power button until it turns off. Let go of just the power button, then press the power button again while still holding the Home button and iTunes will eventually recognize that it’s in “Restore Mode” and you can restore from backup. (If you have one).

    Now to attempt QuickPWN again correctly, realize that they left out the first step in the program. Open iTunes, click on your phone on the left, hold the shift button down, and click the Restore button. This will open a file browser where you can select the newly downloaded iPhone1,2_2.2.1_5H11_Restore.ipsw. Restore to this file. This is an important step because it starts the iphone from scratch. Then, reload QuickPWN and browse to the same Restore file. When running QuickPWN 2.2.5 or 2.2.1 it will close iTunes. This is okay, don’t worry about it. When it gets to the third step and asks you to hold down for 30 seconds, really hold down for 30 seconds. Don’t let go when it moves down to the next process. Still count down from where it leaves off to zero, then let go. Then let it do it’s thing. You should only have to wait about a couple of minutes for it to do it’s thing.

  36. Kevin0323 says:

    Also, I forgot to mention. After restoring to the brand new Restore file, iTunes will prompt you to restore service to the phone, select yes, then run QuickPWN.

  37. oaks says:

    How long is the apple icon supposed to show after the ipod reboots?

  38. nolamulefool says:

    Kevin0323 – Thanks for the recovery instructions. I was in extreme pucker mode after getting nothing but the apple logo with periodic USB connect/disconnect sounds and vibrations for nearly 30 minutes. Your recovery instructions worked perfectly.

  39. HELP? says:

    OK, So I have the iPhone 3G. I have downloaded QuickPwn and the firmware BUT when I go to RESTORE my iPhone, even though it is already 2.2.1 IN the file there is NOTHING to be clicked. I click it to OPEN and OPEN and there is nothing. ALSO when I open the QUICKPWN is doesn’t even PICK up my iPhone. . . I’ve done this before on a previous iPhone…

    What am I doing wrong>>??

  40. Sebastien says:

    @Help –
    Please ask your questions in the forum.

  41. Milana says:

    Hello, I have a 2G Iphone that was cracked to be used with tMobile. I don’t remember syncing or plugging the phone to iTunes the last time. Recently (two days ago) I changed my passcode and completely forgot it. I tried to guess the password my typing the numbers until the message on the screen appeared, like ‘ connect to itunes’. I can’t connect to iTunes as the phone is locked. Some of the people tell me to use DiskAid or SSH (WinSCP). I downloaded both of them. I couldnt use to DiskAid as I had to connect to iTunes from the same computer at least once. I couldn’t use the SSH (WinSCP) as I need the IP address in order to SSH the root directory and navigate to the file including passcode, wife, email, etc.
    Now, do you think if I follow the steps indicated above would somehow help me do remove the passcode? Please advise, as I’m completely clueless about all this stuff.

  42. Sebastien says:

    I am closing the comments for this post. If you have any question, PLEASE ASK IN THE FORUM!!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    my iphone slide to unlock is frozen how can i make it work. i jailbreak it but i still cant open it can u please help me with this?

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