This step-by-step guide/tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone using BlackRa1n, the latest jailbreak tool by GeoHot. This BlackRa1n tutorial is for Windows and Mac. Note that this tutorial was written for a PC but the steps are identical for Mac.

Before we get started, I highly suggest you read this post I wrote earlier today. There are a few requirements and restrictions about BlackRa1n and it is very important you read and understand them all.

BlackRa1n will not unlock your iPhone. Also you should not update to 3.1.2 if you want to be able to unlock. If that’s your case, you will have to wait for the Dev Team to update PwnageTool.

This tutorial was written for an iPhone 3GS but the process is exactly the same for all iPhones and all iPod Touch.

UPDATE: This method is completely outdated. Check out our Jailbreak Section for the latest jailbreaking methods.

BlackRa1n RC2 is out! Check out this tutorial for a step by step guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch with BlackRa1n RC2.

How to Jailbreak Your iPhone Using BlackRain:

Step 1: Update iTunes to the latest version available and reboot your computer.

Step 2: Download BlackRa1n from our iPhone downloads page and install it, then reboot your PC (note that rebooting is not necessary but I always do this as a precaution).

Step 3: Plug your iPhone to your computer and launch BlackRa1n. Click on “make it ra1n”.

make it ra1n

Step 4: Your iPhone will now enter recovery mode. The regular recovery mode image on your iPhone will be replaced by a picture of GeoHot.

entering recovery

Step 5: BlackRa1n will run on your iPhone and then it will reboot.

done

A pop up will show up asking you to donate. If you successfully jailbreak your iPhone, I suggest you send $5 or $10 to GeoHot.

Step 6: Once your iPhone reboots, you will notice a new icon on your springboard. This is BlackRa1n. Now make sure you have internet connection and launch BlackRa1n on your iPhone.

blackra1n installed

Step 7: Choose what installer applications you want to install on your iPhone and then tap “Install”. I suggest only installing Cydia but you may install them all if you want to.

blackra1n app

BlackRa1n will download and install the selected applications.

Step 8: Once done installing, your iPhone will respring and you should see your installer app on your springboard.

blackra1n cydia installed

Step 9: Once your installer app (Cydia in our case) is installed. You can safely uninstall BlackRa1n by launching the app and selecting “uninstall balckra1n”.

uninstall blackra1n

Step 10: Reboot your iPhone. You’re done!

If you have any question, please leave a comment below…

  • kylie

    i downloaded black ra1n sucessfuly i think! and now my phone is stuck on restore and i cant fix it i keep getting these error messages phone is stuck on the apple screen have tried to backup and restore nothing is working i have a i phone 4

    • nate

      its because u have an iphone 4 and im sure u didnt check the firmware before u decided to jailbrake. every diff kind of firmware has its own jailbrake

      • Yanosh

        What firmware do u need for IPOD4 ? My iPod4 is 4.3.5 and I can’t find any jailbreak for free. It sucks

      • Yanosh

        What firmware do u need for IPOD4 ? My iPod4 is 4.3.5 and I can’t find any jailbreak for free.

  • i download blackra1n in my i phone 3g 3.1 (7C144) version and try to install cydia and it didnt work ,is it mean that this version of i phone is not compatible with this application? what should i do? need any good source to fix this issue!

  • Manoj

    hi,
    Thanks for the information provided.Let me explain my problem in detail before i ask help.
    Just 10 days before my friend bought me an iphone 3gs which is unlocked and jailbreaked of version IOS 4.1. from uk.

    As i dont have internet in my iphone, i tried installing applications from WINSCP from my vista OS before that connecting to ifunbox.

    I have installed nearly 40 apps with a single command. Then i have got a message in my iphone some thing like “springboard is crashed” and my phone was running in “Exit safe mode”. I felt very sad with this, and thought updating newer version and done “clear all contents and settings”.

    And main probelm starts from here.

    Now when start my phone, im just getting only Apple logo and then “connect to itunes” symbol. But Itunes is not allowing me to install version 4.1. or newer version 4.2.1. I have just connected to my PC to charge phone atleast.Even then my iphone is not getting fully charged.

    Could any one help me to take out of this problem…plz help me… plz…
    I want my phone back in normal mode… plz help guys

    • mason

      restore your iphone when you connect it to your computer

  • jimmy

    my iphone 3G is stuck on connect to itunes screen, with blackrain running, it has been over five minutes, and no change… please explain and resolve.

    • Dave

      If you have an O.S. version later than 3.1.2 you may have to use a different jailbreak tool, maybe one is listed like ‘Spirit’.

      Go to your task manager and shut down all itunes/ipod utilities/helper apps that may be running.

      Click on blackrain icon, once the ‘make it rain’ window displays, first hold the power button down on your iphone until it begins to reboot, let go and push ‘make it rain’ right away, after a minute or two you should get a reboot screen with the developer on it, and then it will boot into your main screen.

      • Jimmy

        Won’t I have to re unlock if I restore?

    • manoj

      If your iphone is jailbroken, then update your current firmware with custom firmware 4.2.1 for iphone 3g using redsnow beta 5. This will work for sure.

  • banana

    i have an ipod touch and it has 3.1.3 firmware, and every time i try to jailbreak using blackra1n it just sits there doing nothing, the picture doesnt pop up or anything, what do i do?

    • Dave

      Click on blackrain icon, once the ‘make it rain’ window displays, first hold the power button down on your iphone until it begins to reboot, let go and push ‘make it rain’ right away, after a minute or two you should get a reboot screen with the developer on it, and then it will boot into your main screen.

      If that doesn’t work:

      If you have an O.S. version later than 3.1.2 you may have to use a different jailbreak tool, maybe one is listed like ‘Spirit’.

      Go to your task manager and shut down all itunes/ipod utilities/helper apps that may be running.

      • rod

        Hey Dave I noticed it looks like you might know what you’re talking about.
        I’m also stuck with my ITouch 32gb. I was updating to 4.2.1. After that I couldn’t sync (message error 1603). Tried to restore, now it’s stuck with the Apple Icon and the empty line under it. Can’t shut it off or nothing. So I’m still confused on how to do this jailbreak method.
        I’ll keep exploring and try this for the first time. Is there any new tricks or ? I need to know?
        Thanks

  • Joseph muwi

    I know how to fix iPhones stuck on apple logo, send me a message on gyanjoseph40@yahoo.com or call me on +263773805151 Zimbabwe… n plz may you open me a free iTunes account and send me the details, thanks

  • jimmy

    Dont download that jailbreak crap ur retarted

  • Dr ay

    I have a jailbroken 3gs ios 3.1 iPhone but will like to update to ios 4.0, do I have to go thru iTunes for the firmware or I can download it straight???

  • Dr ay

    I have a jailbroken 3gs ios 3.1 iPhone but will like to update to ios 4.0, do I have to go thru iTunes for the firmware or I can download it?

  • joeypie

    i jail broke my ipod 2nd gen and nothing happend WTF?

  • thanks for sharing info for me

  • G

    I need help jailbreaking my ipod touch. Whenever i press “make it rain” my ipod just stays on the connect to itunes screen and nothing happens. What do i do?

  • Daniel

    Is it possible to jailbreak an iPhone4???

  • Daniel

    Is it possible to jailbreak an iPhone 4

  • Hi im trying to get blackra1n in my iphone 3g and when i go see the dowload it says waiting for device an di already have it in recovery mode can u please help.thnx:)

  • Elliott

    I’m not sure what operating system I have, but I do know I have an iPhone 3gs. Should I just go through the different operating jailbreaks or is it thoroughly suggested I try and find out which OS I do have. If the latter, how do I go about doing such.

  • Demarcus H

    What can I do when I try to start Blacra1n, a pop up comes up and says ASL.dll file is not found?

    • jorge

      hi i think can help you same thing happen to me but this is what u do go to hard disk c:/Program Files/Common Files/Apple/Apple Application Support then drag and drop blackra1n near ASL.dll file you cant miss it then make sure itunes is up to date upgrade to 3.1.2 if you dont already have it then run blackra1n from Apple Application Support and you should be ok from there itunes will say you have to restore but if you did it right dont worry about let the program do its thing oh yeah dont forget if your running window 7 right click blackra1n and go to properties/compatibility/compatibility mode and check the box and pick windows xp (service pack 3)/privilege level located at the bottem of the screen check box and apply now there will be no errors GOOD LUCK my friend.

      • sam

        I did as you advise but my iphone went blank and now I cannot turn it on…help!

  • manoj

    I have an Ipod Touch 3G – 8GB. But this has been disabled. I have tried to restore putting this inti DFU mode. But this Ipod is not switching off. When i long press sleep button, im not getting slide to switch off it.

    Any ideas on how to restore this?

  • I downloaded blackra1n on my computer and it downloaded and stuff but when I click run program it’s just keeps doing it. Any help on how to fix it. ?? Email me at onealb96@gmail.com

  • I love jailbreak

    • Tijana Samardzic

      no

  • rod

    To make this work, do I need to burn blackra1n to a disk and then run it from the disk?

  • I downloaded a custom firmware fir 4.3 software. But when I open cydia. It crashes before it loads ? Any help

  • jorge

    hi i used blackra1n to jailbreak 1g itouch 3.1.2 and everything went through without a hitch but i did not get the blackra1n icon so i can install cydia , rock, icy what did i do wrong

    • same happen to me. what’s wrong?

  • Charlie

    hi, i have currently got version 4.2.1 is they any jailbreaks for that?

  • amsyed

    Hi i have jailbreaked my iphone 3gs 4.1 using blackra1n but it storps in the screen done.wait for the reboot for long time what i need to do

  • Chris

    will this work for os 3.1.3 on the 05.12.01?

  • Chris

    is there a certain itunes i should have for blackra1n? and is whats the difference between rc1, 2, and 3?

  • MAYUR

    I hv qtn?m using iPhone 2g with version 3.1.3 so can I use blackra1n?I dn’t wAnt to update or restore .is. It ok?

  • I hv qtn?m using iPhone 2g with version 3.1.3 so can I use blackra1n?I dn’t wAnt to update or restore .is. It ok

  • Nikesh

    after running the blackra1n, i Tunes ask me for restore..sud i do yes or no…pease help

  • Egbert

    hi
    i want to update my iphone 3gs from 3.1.2 (7D11) to 4.3.3 version because whenever i connect to pc for charging it gives me a massage to update but when i allow,it runs… before it finishes an error massage appear ..please help me what should i do?

  • shakz

    My iphone is stuck on emergency call mode this happened after i tried restoring it. i would put my sim carrier sim in to activate it but my sim carrier is in spain and im in the uk plz help really want my phone bk its an iphone 3gs

  • lauren

    i have an iphone 3g and it was jailbroke but now my phone wont even come back on.
    i need help on what to do!! please someone help me!!

  • paco the taco

    what happens if i have no sim card installed can i pick 1 up from da store and if i can how much

  • Areen

    everytime i try to jailbreak my itouch 3g using redsn0w it gets stuck while loading..Exploiting limera1n what shall i do. Ive also tried blackra1n and spirit but non of them have worked.

  • kyle

    my iPod will not jailbreak, it says that it’s finished making it rain but nothing happens it just comes up with the sync to iTunes screen that you get when you first use it

  • declan

    hi i followed all the steps and once it finish’s it just goes back to being normal again. why is this?

    • berg

      im afraid this might be too late for u, but incase if anyone need it.
      -if u try restoring and error 1013 keeping popping up this is what u can try
      1) go to My Computer -C drive- Windows – System 32 – Driver- Etc-Hosts
      2) open Host file through your notepad and delete the last line which ONLY ends with gs.apple.com .eg. 7554.54556.gs.apple.com. Once done save the file. If u cant save the file go to your Notepad programme, Right-click and run notepad as administrator and open the Host file through the notepad.
      3) Once done, Open Itunes.
      4) Try setting your Iphones to DFU modes(press both Power and Home button for 5 secs, then release the Power button while continue to press the home button), while its in BLACK SCREEN, click the Restore button on your Itunes.
      try it, hope it works.

  • Stevo

    Hello,

    I have a 3GS with broken sleep/wake button. Can I still jailbreake with Blackrain? Any suggestions on how to solve my problem.

    Best Regards
    Stevo

  • Anonymous

    There are 2 issues only:
    1. After blackra1n battery is dry quickly
    2. Cannot get ride of blackra1n
    I try to uninstall and now my device is useless.

  • i want to jailbreak iphone 2….can u help me how to jailbreak it…

  • how many min does it take to run

  • hi

  • Tijana Samardzic

    no jailbreak whit limera1n or blackra1n

  • Tijana Samardzic

    no work

  • Tijana Samardzic

    tetherer or unthtered jailbreak

  • isaac

    did it talk like an 1hr. to download iphone software for anyone besides me
    ?

  • Haelei

    ok so on my ipod it when in recovery it doesnt show geohot , so i clicked the top button of the ipod and it said done but i dont get the app?

  • samuel

    hey bro i tried to jailbreak with blackrain but wen i open it it says ASL.dll is missing from u r computer wat to do bro……..pls help me out

    • Juan castillo

      Go to: my computer, c drive, program files, common files, apple, apple application support, then drag and drop blackrain there and run it.

  • backd00r6

    can i exit the the blackra1n “done, wait for reboot”. bacause i already reboot my iphone but it won’t exit automatically….?

  • backd00r6

    i successfully install blackra1n seens my wifi ifs broken i cant go to internet.. but im using my sim network to access to the internet but my sim wont appear.. how im i suppose to install the cydia? an go on to the next step of install whited00r6.. anyone can help me pls asap