Most of you that have upgraded to Apple’s latest firmware, have probably already jailbroken your iDevices using RedSn0w or PwnageTool. If you haven’t yet, you may want to give Sn0wbreeze a try. As we reported earlier, the jailbreak software has joined the iOS 4.3.3 party, courtesy of i0n1c‘s untether.

Although generally mentioned last when discussing jailbreak options, Sn0wbreeze  is still a good choice for jailbreakers looking to hack their iDevices with ease. It’s especially useful for folks with Verizon iPhones, as the software created by iH8sn0w is currently the only way to jailbreak 4.2.8…

It’s important to note that Sn0wbreeze 2.7 is only for Windows users. It will jailbreak all recent iDevices on 4.3.3 and Verizon iPhones on 4.2.8, minus the iPad 2. Now that that’s out of the way, let me show you how easy it is to hack your iDevice using Sn0wbreeze.

Before beginning, make sure you are on the latest version of iTunes and that your iDevice is running iOS 4.3.3 or 4.2.8. Also, if your iPhone is unlocked, or might be in the future, Sn0wBreeze is the way to go as it will preserve your baseband.

Step 1: Download Sn0wbreeze 2.7 from our downloads section. Also make sure to download the 4.3.3 firmware while you’re there (or 4.2.8 for Verizon iPhone users). I recommend saving everything to your desktop to keep organized.

Step 2: Launch Sn0wbreeze and click OK through the warning. Locate the firmware you downloaded, and drag it onto the marked area. Click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 3: Sn0wbreeze will then take a moment to verify the IPSW file you just loaded. Once the firmware is identified, you will be asked to continue.

Step 4: In this menu, select Expert Mode and then you are welcome to experiment with any of the options in General, Custom packages, or Custom boot logos. Once ready, click Build IPSW. Since this can take a while, you can choose to play a game of PacMan while you wait.

Step 5: Once complete, Sn0wbreeze will ask you to put your iDevice in DFU mode. Hold Power and Home buttons together for 10 seconds, then release the Power button and continue holding the Home button for another 10 seconds.

Step 6: If done correctly, you should get a message that says your device is ready to go, and you may now open iTunes and install the custom firmware. Do this by plugging your iDevice into your computer, find it in iTunes, and hold down Shift while clicking the Restore button. This allows you to manually select the firmware that iTunes will use, just find the custom IPSW that Sn0wbreeze just made.

Once iTunes installs the firmware, your device should restart in a jailbroken state. Any questions?

  • James

    Awesome! Thanks

  • Burge

    This is just a good day today ….love funday Friday…..

  • tammie

    i cant get it to put in the new 4.2.8 software, it will not drop or drag or put it in on browse. Any suggestions??

  • cripo

    i have a 3gs jailbreak with limera1n on 4.0.2 and was thinkin off updating it to 4.3.3, can i just jailbreak over it or how do i go about it (restore???), im using windows 7. i dont need unlock and would i lose my jailbreak apps

  • Skywatcher77

    Hasnt worked for me, iphone 3gs new bootrom. Followed instructions as above, all went well untill the last instuction and itunes now says could not be restored error (3194)

    • STK10

      I got the same error with same phone. i can restore to my old firmware no probs :/
      Anyone had this problem and fixed it?

      • megatr0n

        same problem, same phone. even tried to jus do a regular update and got 3194 error. :/

        any solutions? maybe apple knows about my phone now… lol.

  • @cripo you’ll need to upgrade your iPhone to iOS 4.3.3, and then jailbreak it. You can try using xbackup or apt backup, but chances are you’ll lose your apps. If you paid for them, you shouldn’t have to pay again to re download.

    • cripo

      so i just update it throw itunes first then follow the instructions and jailbreak again with sn0wbreeze

  • @skywatcher if you don’t need an unlock, just let iTunes restore your device to iOS 4.3.2 like normal, then try rejailbreaking. If you’re still having issues, restore and try red sn0w.

  • Skywatcher77

    @cody yeah thats what im trying next, going with the instructions above im 99% sure it doesnt mention that i had to upgrade to 4.3.3 from itunes first. Such a pain because it takes forever to download from their servers.

  • tammie

    i have iphone4, cdma, 4.2.8 software on the phone, trying to jailbreak as instructed above, but cant put the new software i downloaded in snowbreeze to start. Do i unzip it or what?? Not sure what im doing wrong, please help!!

  • greg

    I have an iPhone 4 running on 4.2.1. Is it worthit to update to 4.3.3 guys? Need some feedback please. I dont care about the unlock cause im using gevey sim. Thanks in advance!

  • Skywatcher77

    Nightmare!! Reset all settings on phone and tried to update normally through itunes to 4.3.3 but it wont update or restore from the new file or from any older files. Any ideas guys?

  • Abs

    Went through the whole process..but where is Cydia?

  • mike

    what are the supporte and unsupported basebands? thank you

  • James

    Link is bad.

    Downloading: | 37.7 MB

    This is from

    Is there another?

  • Shawn

    Did I do something wrong with the multitouch gestures you can’t swipe back and worth for apps it just replays the same one. Any ideas?

  • Tanzil

    I have currently iphone 4 runing OS4.1 baseband 1.59 unlocked can i update to 4.3.3 using this procedure and than unlock it with snowbreze?? Plz help

  • skywatcher77

    Updated and Jailbroken using windows 7, for what ever reason vista blocking the whole operation, including doing a normal update from itunes. Thankfully i had a spare laptop to try it out on. Hope this helps anyone else thats been stuck with error messages.

  • Mike Chean

    now my itunes cant detect my phone and its a error =.= omg

  • Arrrghh

    Getting Error when restoring the software, and my phone is stuck in recoverymode. Anyone got any sulotion for this?

    I have Iphone 3GS old boot room

  • Arrrghh

    Nvm i just redo the tutorial and it worked

  • Newiphoneusr

    @James:Yeah the link is bad. It doesn’t work. I guess we’ll just wait for a better jail break now since everyone else is having some sort of problem with this one.

  • Blake

    Not working on 4.2.8, keeping getting error 3194 and using iReb & TinyUmbrella doesn’t help

  • megatr0n

    I’m on 4.3.2 sn0wbreeze jb- tried to update and jb but still get the 3194 error. tried to do a normal restore and still got the same error :/ I guess I’ll be on 4.3.2 forever.. til 5.0 lol. any solutions would be appreciated tho-

  • MKD

    I use this for my wife’s phone. Easy! No issues. But on mine what’s the procedure to reinstall all my iTunes settings and cydia settings??? Sure it’s easy to jailbreak but how about restoring everything. Help please?

  • Eric

    Jesus! Verizon 4.2.8 NO GO! Error 3194. Tried it on 2 different computers with 2 different operating systems.

    This is LAME! DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH Sn0wbreeze until they fix this crap!

    • technomancer

      I read somewhere that the 3194 error is due to the hosts file pointing to saurik server. Try deleting it from your hosts file.

      The hosts file for Windows 7 is at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts

      Remove or comment out the entry

  • Acolz

    I think you confuse a lot of people with this : “Before beginning, make sure you are on the latest version of iTunes and that your iDevice is running iOS 4.3.3 or 4.2.8. Also, if your iPhone is unlocked, or might be in the future, Sn0wBreeze is the way to go as it will preserve your baseband.”
    If you need to unlock your iPhone (as me (3GS – 4.0.1 – 05.13.04)) you must create the custom IPSW first and then update by Shift+Restoring in iTunes… Or not? How else would you preserve your BB?

    • jigar1110

      @Acolz need your help….
      I am looking for the same thing….
      iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.0.1 frameware 05.13.04
      working with Windows 7.

      I need to update on iOS 4.3.3 & than unlock it too…

      Please guide me the correct steps to be floowoed…

      • Use Redsn0w for windows to jailbreak, download ultrasn0w from Cydia to unlock. There are step by step tutorials to do both on this site.

      • jigar1110

        I read that Redsn0w will update the basebend tooo and wont let the unlock happen..?
        Is that true?

  • John

    Hello I have been trying this for a few days now and every time I cant seem to get it right. I run snowbreeze exactly as stated above, I use the iREB and it says it is in the PWNED DFU STATE, and then I try to restore to custom firmware through iTunes 10.2.2. I am running 4.2.8 btw, Also I checked the hosts file and it looks fine there. What else can I do?

  • John

    Hmmm, I ran it iTunes again and clicked restore and it looks like it is going through this time, not sure what happened.

  • John

    IT almost finished and then came up with 3194!!!!!

  • vincent

    I don’t know what happen, i have jailbreak my phone with snowbreeze since last firmwear. It works all the time, but on the 4.3.3 firmwear, i keep getting 3194 error all the time. i have tried many time. it still doing that, i try with redsnow, it doesn’t work either even it install something to my phone during dfu mode.after it restart, it’s back to my old firmwear. Any ideas.i have iphone 3gs new bootroom.on 4.3.2 firmwear

  • chattu

    worked for me 🙂

    • jigar1110

      @chattu need your help….
      I am looking for the same thing….
      iPhone 3GS with iOS 4.0.1 frameware 05.13.04
      working with Windows 7.

      I need to update on iOS 4.3.3 & than unlock it too…

      Please guide me the correct steps to be floowoed…

  • Luba Sanders

    It is working now. But maybe you will need tiny umbrella and change hosts file under system 32/drivers/etc

    • John

      I did use Tiny Umbrella and did all that and it still does not work

  • Greek

    I just did it and now my iPhone is locked. Please someone help!!!

    • MIDO

      Me 2 :S

  • Kevin

    Well tried and failed… got to where itunes and tried to restore it into the new sn0wbreeze 4.3.3 and got code 1618. and now my phone is stuck in DFU/Restore mode… HELP!

    • Luca

      That’s normal, see my comment below.

  • dada_rietta

    I have an ipod touch 3g 32 gb from germany and i wanted to jailbreak it, but i couldn’t because, when i download the ipsw file and i save it in my desktop and i launch snowbreeze, it can’t find any ipsw file in that folder. What am i supposed to do? Please, help

  • MIDO

    I have an Iphone 3GS 4.3.2 NEW Bootroom… BB 6.15.00 Updated to 4.3.3 using snowbreeze ..done the whole process but the iphone is still locked ..any suggestions?

    • Luca

      Yes, you just jailbroke it, now you have to unlock it. Go to Cydia inside your phone and install ultrasn0w

  • A Sted

    All good 🙂

  • Nikrooz

    Is there any WIFI problem in 4.3.3 ios?

  • Montazer

    hey every thing done as well , but Cydia app is not instaled so what can i do ??
    Please if there’s a direct link for Cydia app to dawnload add the link.


  • Sobe

    will this work on a 3GS Version 4.3.3 (8J2) Modem Firmware 05.16.02? Thanks for any info.

  • i try to jailbreak my iphone but can’t, please send me links. i can’t download allso why i don’t know please send me link.

  • Luca

    You guys should really research more instead of blaming the software. The error is normale, is Apple’s way to mess up with our heads. You need a little piece of software to fix the error after it appears.
    Google fixrecovery and look for a tutorial on how to use it. I did yesterday and my phone is jailbroken and unlocked now on 4.3.3

  • Rob

    Hi all

    Will this work on a 3GS Version 4.3.2 (8H7) my phone is anlocked Modem Firmware 05.16.02? Thanks for any info.

  • megatr0n

    finally no more errors.. for me-

  • Lola

    Damn, I just did the whole thing, it worked. No errors, but then after iTunes said the iPhone would restart, nothing happened! So I’m stuck in DFU mode, I tried pressing the home and sleep buttons together, but I can only hear the usb connect and disconnect sounds. It’s not responding :-/// The screen is all black :-((( Help?

  • Bem

    whyy wont snow breeze accept the file once i download it ? neither drag and drop or browse. its a compressed folder in my desktop. ive also tried extracting the files but that hasnt made a difference. ive never done anything like this before what am i missing?

  • Dan

    Lola, I’m having the exact same problem as you. Did you get it figured out?

    • Lola

      Couldn’t kick it out of DFU mode 🙁 So I had to restore (yupp, I lost the unlock) and then used redsnow which was very smooth and error-free 🙂 then I used recboot to kick the phone out of recovery mode 🙂 and voilà 🙂

  • Danny

    Download it using Firefox/chrome, IE saves it as zip which is not recognized

  • Hubert

    i get Error 21. Problem?

  • bignicky53

    I’m getting error 21 also… now my screen is black with a white apple on it… what do i do???