Ealier today, GeoHot unveiled BlackRa1n RC3, his latest jailbreak for iPhone OS 3.1.2. BlackRa1n RC3 is very similar to RC1 and RC2. The difference is that RC3 includes BlackSn0w, the unlock for iPhone baseband 05.11.07.

This step by steps guide and tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone OS 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC3. The steps are strictly identical to BlackRa1n RC1 and BlackRa1n RC2 but I figured it might be good to write a tutorial for novices.

This BlackRa1n RC3 iPhone jailbreak tutorial will work on both Mac and PC. If you already jailbroke your iPhone using BlackRa1n RC1 or RC2, there is no need for you to run BlackRa1n again.

How to jailbreak iPhone firmware 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n RC3:

Step 1: Update iTunes to the latest version available and reboot your computer. If your iPhone is not running OS 3.1.2, update your iPhone to firmware 3.1.2 in iTunes.

Step 2: Download BlackRa1n RC3 from our iPhone Downloads page.

Step 3: Plug your iPhone to your computer and make sure iTunes is closed. Run BlackRa1n RC3 and click on “make it ra1n”.

Step 4: Your iPhone will enter recovery mode and you will see the usual recovery image replaced by a picture of GeoHot.

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

Step 6: A message will show up asking to donate. If your jailbreak is successful, I think it’s the right thing to do to donate $5 or more. It’s a good way to keep GeoHot motivated.

Step 7: After your iPhone has rebooted, you will notice a new BlackRa1n icon on your springboard. Make sure you have an internet connection and launch BlackRa1n.app on your iPhone.

Step 8: You will now have the option to install Cydia, Rock, or both if you choose to, then tap “install”. You will also notice that Icy is gone and it’s been replaced by “sn0w”. Run “sn0w” only if you want to unlock your iPhone.

Step 9: Once the packages are installed, your iPhone will respring and you should see Cydia (and Rock if you chose it) on your springboard.

Step 10: Once Cydia and/or Rock are installed on your springboard, you can now uninstall BlackRa1n from your iPhone. Uninstalling BlackRa1n will obviously not remove the jailbreak. It will simply remove the BlackRa1n.app that was used to install the packages. To do so, simply launch the BlackRa1n.app and select “uninstall BlackRa1n”.

Step 11: After uninstalling BlackRa1n, I suggest you reboot your iPhone.


The whole process shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. It definitely is an easy jailbreak.

If you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

  • skeletor

    I really dont understand what your tring to say……….you say u unlock its it unlock or jailbreak two different things ………….when you…. do jail break to an iphone 3gs new boot room you have to jailbreak every time you turn it off that its called tethered jailbreak and theres no other way to avoit it i dont know if this applies to your case since you dont mention…..3g….3gs…,,,firmware……baseband …….production week……. but what ever you do dont upgrade to 3.1.3 check on 1 of my previous post and you lll see how I did jailbreak and unlock succesfully with blackrain rc1 and black snow on 3gs old boot room………….good luck and be realy carefull

  • kingjames

    im havin a problem after it reboots it doesnt show da black tear it jus goes back to my regular page plzz help

  • Sean

    ive been trying to jailbreak my 2g iphone for half an hour now…

    i get to the point where the message about donating money to blackra1n if its successful etc and to wait till it reboots

    my iphone just stays on the blank screen with a dim light.

    how long am i suppose to wait??

  • Hanu

    Hi Sean,
    As i know blackra1n doesnt reboot automatically if you run only one time, running it again will reboot the iophone or else try rebooting manually & check if it helps.

    – Hanu

  • Hayyo

    Dis Na Wok fa Mei, Wade Bombaclot Iz dis?

  • FuckMeInMyPussy

    THIS ISNT WORKING…………. SHet man!

  • Faizel

    How do I get the blackra1n app back..I did it a few times but I can’t seem to get it back cos I didn’t install cydia and snow

  • Hanu

    Restore your settings & run blackra1n again

  • Firas

    hi everyone, i tried to install blackra1n once and it worked and then i installed cydia, while i was installing it hang-up for a while i waited but the thing didn’t complete the installation, i removed blackr1n, tried to reinstall int again but the icon never appeared again, and i noticed the blackra1n logo image doesn’t stay long like what i saw in the steps on youtube, any idea of whats going on? i also tried the hold the home/power thinggie but didn’t get me anywhere.

  • John Q

    Go to this link for guides on the proper way to update your iPhone and jailbreak and restore enter dfu mode and more any one with an iPhone should have this site on thier browser bookmarks http://thebigboss.org/guides/ enjoy! 🙂

    any questions? Email me I’d be happy to help! 🙂


  • kao wolf

    do you need to take out the sim card?

  • Cody

    i need help, is anyone on here?

  • nickel

    im trying to jailbreak my ipod 3g but its not working and all of them say update to 3.1.2 but mines is 3.1.3

  • Hanu

    There is no jailbreak/unlock for 3.1.3 yet

  • miseroth

    its not working on my 3gs 3.1.2 i click make it rain and it says running but never does anything can anyone help its a brand new phone never broken before

  • skeletor

    hi miseroth your problem maybe with the execution of the program you have to runnnit with admministrator privileges and under windows xp compatibility click make it rain and it wiill start working then its gonna say waiting for reboot ……but if it doesnt rebboot ….dont disconnect the phone just close black rain and re run it this time the phone will rebbott it work for me ……..but if you serial number its above week 40 maybe your gonna have a tethered jailbreak meaning you have to rejailbreak every time you turn off the iphone and dont update to 3.1.3 for any reason good luck

  • miseroth

    how do i tell if my serial is above 40? i think this is the case i have to rebreak everytime i turn it off

  • steven

    when you restart ipod 2g , 3.1.2 you have to run blackra1n. you have to run blackrain everytime you turn off your ipod

  • I sucessfully installed blackra1n on my 3g bt YouTube and my simcard are not working on my jailbroken phone any suggestions plz help

  • gui sen

    how to download blackra1n icon back into iphone. I erase it alway now i can’t download any game all this without installous from cydia? muy cydia also gone
    Anyone can help?
    email me at gui_sen88@hotmail.com

  • Spiller

    I downloaded and installed Blackra1n no problems. Went to the icon on the phone and tried to instal cydia but kept getting a network error message so i thought i’d try and uninstall blackra1n from the iphone and start again. Now it wont go back on my phone, i have downloaded 3.1.2 firmware and restored the phone using this. This gives me cydia. I tried installing blackra1n again but still no icon on my phone. I tried unlocking the phone usiing ultrasn0w now i have no signal and all of the advice i have seen does not work. Please help.

    I just want to re-instal blackra1n….simple??? well it isn’t ive tried loads of times now

  • the iPhone guy

    @spiller put you iPhone in DFU mode and completely wipe it, than use blackRa1n than resync once done use blacra1n and install cydia and/or Rock over WiFi only.
    Need anymore help Email me


  • Oscar

    Picture of Geohot wont show up 🙁

  • Alex

    Hi i want to know if can i turn off my iPhone? Will it turn on normaly? Or i need to connect with a computer to skip the recover mode?

  • rishab

    i downloaded blackra1n and made it run
    but accidently, it got uninstalled from my itouch and cydia was not installed can someone please tell me how to get blackra1n app. back on my ipod ..
    plss help

  • Thank you so so much Sebastien for a really good tutorial.

    Worked perfectly with no problems at all – I’m so delighted!!!

    Since moving away from the UK a year ago my iPhone had just become a glorified iPod Touch. Now it’s an iPhone again – hurrah!!

    I think everybody will understand how overflowing with utter joy I am tonight!!

    Thanks also to GeoHot for making it all possible.

    You guys ROCK ! xx

  • ibbe

    Hello m8 , I unlocked my iphone 3gs 3.1.2 and after unlocking it i removed the blackra1n app from the iphone and i didnt download cidya on it. How can i get the blackra1n app back ??

  • Ahmad

    I’m sorry to tell u mate that u need to repeat the whole proccess again and just like u did.
    Now for the guys that are trying to downgrade and are not getting network:
    you need to do the proccess TWICE, after downgrading using redsn0w, the phone wil work with no network, just repeat it again by clicking on restore + shift. When done, the phone will ask u to connect to ituens, run blackra1n now. And Its done. Don’t forget, twice as that’s the only way it worked with me.
    Goodluck, and I u need anythin email me on Ahmad.Aoun@gmail.com

  • blu2006


    I have jailbroken an iphone 16gb 3GS wiith blackrain, but every time I reboot the phone the itunes icon comes up and it gets stuck in there until you re-run blackrain, any ideas?

  • miles

    i have iphone 2g. i used blackra1n. now my phone can only do emergancy calls. wtf????? please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i restored with latest itunes. i have a mac and pc. bolth wont work. id like it to work on my mac as easy as it did for everyone els. pleaase im getting frustrated.

  • miles

    i have a t-mobile sim. ive followed many instructions. please help. i miss my phone already.

  • Hcolemanx3

    When I am trying to jailbreak my ipod, the picture of GeoHot doesn’t show up when it goes into recovery mode like it says it should..
    The popup still comes up and asks to donate but my ipod screen is just black, no reboot happens.
    Help Please 🙂

  • Kyle

    I downloaded blackra1n and did everything that your supposed to do and I got the message enjoy your jailbroken iPod but the picture of geohot never showed and my iPod wasn’t jailbroken. So what happened, please help I really want to jailbreak my iPod.

  • Kavanjit Hayre

    Done all the process step by step, my Iphone reads my sim card but it doesn’t allow me to make any calls and plus i cannot get any 3g services either… Please help me


  • Bryan

    my wifi does not work anymore. i have iphone 3gs

  • heather

    i did jb using blackrain, but it doesnt read my tmobile sim? what am i missing? i also did the redsnow jb..still no tmobile network…i turned off 3g…still no network.. help pls. thanks

  • Kanoe

    I took my iPhone to a place to be jailbroken and they tried using this same exact blackra1n program but it wouldn’t work. My phone is 3.1.2 version, can you tell me how that can be and if there is any alternative to jailbreaking?

  • my 3.1.3 version is lock with a telestra aus an?d i can only use it for a 1 company so how do i get it or make it use multi simcards or network

  • every time i jailbreaked it show the itune sign like connect to itune

  • Swift

    Does anyone know how to get the youtube app working. I’ve read that u hav to contact vodafone to get the content unblocked but to do that u have to restart the iphone which will cause it to go to recovery mode. anyone know a way around this.


  • Swift

    Garaadka, I think I know your problem, that happened to me as well, what I did was to connect it to the computer and then I downloaded Blackra1n, this Jalibrakes your Iphone, what you have to keep in mind is that you cannot download stuff from itunes, if you do, the iphone will get blocked, i suggest wenever your iphone battery goes to 20%, charge it because if you turn iphone off you have to install Blackra1n again.

  • clane

    ok i have blackra1n on my phone…everything runs fine but i wont let my phone features work (text, calls, etc.) in the settings it doesn’t say that i have a cellular network….what do i need to do?

  • Stephen

    Hi guys,
    here is a fix for the wifi problem:
    1) disable wifi on your iphone.
    2) turn off your iphone.
    3) connect your phone to your pc/laptop, running windows xp or vista sp1 (not windows 7!!)
    4) run blackra1n
    5) after phone boots up, it will work.

  • Nick

    My 3g iPhone is broken with lines after blackrained. Pls help

  • Swift

    Does anyone know how to get the youtube app working. I’ve read that u hav to contact vodafone to get the content unblocked but to do that u have to restart the iphone which will cause it to go to recovery mode. anyone know a way around this.


  • Sandeep

    contact me on my gtalk sgaykhe@gmail.com

  • Bobby G

    RE: Abdulraheman Patrawala

    I followed your steps, now my iphone doesnt even turn on,

    Any help????

    email me shuai025@yahoo.com

  • rahber

    after jail breaking the iphone 3G S with blackra1n the blackra1n icon isnt coming in my iphone version 3.1.2……. so what will i do now plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz telllll me plzzzzzzzzzzzzz……..plzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……… my email is: rahber_sadique@yahoo.com

  • kaz

    how come i dont get the blackra1n application on my iphone… so i cant download the cydia thingg… anyone helpp

  • Miss M


    When I click “make it ra1n”, my iphone reboots and iTunes opens up automatically and prompts me to Restore and Update my iPhone. And I do wait till GeoHot’s picture to come on my iPhone but it doesn’t. I think it’s just restoring my phone instead of jailbreaking it. I did the update and everything but eventually it just restores my iPhone back to it’s factory settings.

    I am using 3.1.3, Latest version of iTunes, Blackra1n RC3, and iPhone 3G S.

    Please helllpp? I have already tried to jailbreak it like twice with no result at all.
    Note- I jailbroke my iPod Touch a year and half ago using blackra1n with no problem at all, smooth as breeze but somehow it’s not as easy now.

    Any help or tips will be appreciated.