As expected, the Dev Team has released RedSn0w 0.9.14b1 tonight. The new version of the jailbreak tool features the highly-anticipated ability to downgrade the baseband on the iPhone 3G(S).

Unlocked 3G(S) users stuck on baseband 06.15 can now downgrade to 05.13.04. This will restore GPS functionality, as well as allow you to use stock IPSWs again. Full details after the break…

From the Dev Team’s release notes:

“The iPhone Dev Team is happy to announce a baseband downgrade option in redsn0w for those who are using the iPad’s o6.15 baseband on the iPhone3G or iPhone 3GS.

Typically you’d have the 06.15 baseband if you unlock with ultrasn0w but updated your iPhone baseband past 05.13.04. With this new capability, you can now downgrade specifically from 06.15 to 05.13.04 (even if you never had 05.13.04 on that device before). This gives you the best of both worlds: ultrasn0w compatibility and a normal iPhone baseband with full GPS and the ability to use stock IPSWs again.

Here are the steps:

1. Use the “Extras=>Select IPSW” button in redsn0w to tell it which firmware version you have installed (new-bootrom 3GS users can usually skip this step but it doesn’t hurt for them to do it too).

2. Do a controlled shutdown of your iPhone (“slide to power off”). This step is very important to avoid mount problems when the ramdisk is running!

3. Go back to the first screen and click “Jailbreak”. Enable the “Downgrade from iPad baseband” checkbox, disable Cydia if you already have it installed, and click Next to proceed through the normal DFU ramdisk steps.

After the ramdisk gets launched and you see the Pwnapple running on your iPhone, you’ll eventually get to the “Flashing Baseband” step. THIS STEP TAKES A VERY LONG TIME to complete and there won’t be any feedback while it’s running. Please just let it be for the next 3-8 minutes! When the ramdisk has done its job it will reboot the phone on its own.

For those who are wondering if you can update your 3G or 3GS to 06.15 solely for the purposes of downgrading to 05.13.04, the answer is “yes” for 3G owners, and “maybe” for 3GS owners. The iPad is not compatible with 3GS units manufactured week 34 of 2011 or later. If you have an iPhone 3GS and if digits 3-5 of its Serial Number are 134 or later (xx134…), then you should NOT try to install the 06.15 baseband on your 3GS! It will brick your radio, preventing both the downgrade from working and normal iPhone software from using it as a phone! Be warned!”

There you have it!

If the whole process still sounds a bit intimidating to you, stay tuned, as we will have a step-by-step tutorial up shortly.

For those of you who are ready to get started, as always, you can find the latest version of RedSn0w on our Downloads page.

Any questions?

  • Razu Grg

    Hi, is it possible to flash ipad baseband to this iphone 3gs…Serial Number
    87140TMHEDG/Modem Firmware 05.16.05?

  • DAC

    Ready to downgrade my 3GS baseband. I followed the steps to select uPad2, 4_5.1.1_9B206. Then back to Jailbreak… while preparing jailbreak data I get: redsn0w.exe has encountered a problem and needs to close.

  • my serial number on iphone 3gs is like this 88130….,should I install the ipad basendband or not. thanks in advance

  • Fredo

    I have an iPhone 3gs with new ios6 and 6.15 baseband. I’m stuck on the first step here. Which ipsw do i need to download with the new redsnow?

  • thanks for so clear steps to do it..:)