BlackRa1n RC2 is Out

It seems that GeoHot was quicker at releasing BlackRa1n RC2 than he thought. Originally, BlackRa1n RC2 was supposed to be out tomorrow but GeoHot said on Twitter that it was already available for download.

According to GeoHot’s blog post:
** Update — RC2 is out **
Fixed 3G issues
Tethered jailbreak for 3.1 OOTB ipt 8GB and new 3GSes
Fixed Icy issues
Both Windows and Mac
If you used RC1, no need to rerun
Hopefully BlackRa1n 2 will fix all these issues…

BlackRa1n RC2 can be downloaded from our iPhone Downloads section. The tutorial to jailbreak your iPhone using BlackRa1n remains the same.

BlackRa1n 2 Coming Out

Ealier today, GeoHot tweeted that he will release a new version of BlackRa1n.
coming tomorrow, #blackra1n RC2!!! fixed 3G support, tethered ipt2 MC and new 3GS support; icy is already fixed
Apparently, BlackRa1n RC2 will fix some of the most annoying issues that many of you (especially iPhone 3G users) have experienced.

I will let you know once BlackRa1n 2 becomes available for download. In the meanwhile, you can still refer to our BlackRa1n tutorial.

How to Solve iFunBox, iPhoneBrowser, DiskAid, and WinterBoard Issues After Using BlackRa1n

After jailbreaking using BlackRa1n, you may be facing an issue where you can’t access the root folder of your iPhone using tools such as iFunBox, DiskAid, and iPhoneBrowser. Some users also report issues when using WinterBoard. I said it and I’ll say it again, BlackRa1n is crappy. If you have the option, I recommend using PwnageTool instead. It is a much more reliable and stable jailbreak than BlackRa1n.

The problem comes from the fact that BlackRa1n doesn’t add the afc2 support to your iPhone that is necessary for iPhoneBrowser, iFunBox, and DiskAid to access the file system and allow the transfer of files such as Winterboard  themes, NES ROMs, etc…  to the iPhone. In other words, you can’t access the root partition of your drive.

To fix this annoying issue, simply install the afc2add patch from Cydia then reboot your iPhone. Done!

Have you had many issues with BlackRa1n? Let us know what you think about this jailbreak by leaving a comment below.

BlackRa1n for Mac is Now Available

It is a very busy jailbreak day today with the release of PwnageTool 3.1.4 by the Dev Team and now GeoHot who just announced the release of BlackRa1n for Mac.

It is important to note that jailbreaking your iPhone 3.1.2 with BlackRa1n requires you to update to 3.1.2 prior to jailbreaking the firmware. If you are looking to unlock your iPhone later on, it is not recommended using BlackRa1n as it will update your baseband.

Should you want to jailbreak your iPhone 3.1.2 to unlock it later on, I suggest you use PwnageTool instead as it will not update your baseband. As a matter of fact, I recommend using PwnageTool over BlackRa1n if you can.

You can download BlackRa1n for Mac from our downloads page. For a step-by-step guide on how to use BlackRa1n, please read our BlackRa1n jailbreak tutorial.

Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.2

Since the release of OS 3.1.2 last week, there has been a friendly competition to release a jailbreak for the iPhone 3.1.2. GeoHot was the first to release the iPhone 3.1.2 jailbreak called BlackRa1n, followed by the Dev Team and their PwnageTool.

If I can make a suggestion, do not use BlackRa1n. It is buggy and unstable. PwnageTool is much more stable and “clean”.

This article is a summary of the options you have to jailbreak your iPhone 3.1.2 depending on your model.

BlackRa1n is NOT the Easiest and Quickest Jailbreak Ever

Since the release of BlackRa1n yesterday morning, many people have qualified it as the easiest and quickest jailbreak ever. I have to admit it is very fast and pretty straightforward, that is if you can have it to work of course, as many jailbreakers out there are having issues with this jailbreak (see comments on my tutorial).

This being said, BlackRa1n is NOT the fastest, bestest, quickest, most awesomest jailbreak of all times. If you think so, you probably were not around when iPhone OS 1.1.1 could be jailbroken directly from your iPhone. Those were the good old days of For those of you who don’t know about jailbreakme, let me explain you briefly how it worked.

You had to go to from your iPhone. After reading some type of warning message, you had to agree to run the jailbreak and 30 seconds later, you had Installer (Cydia’s ancestor) on your springboard, ready to install a bunch of jailbreak apps. This, my friends, was the quickest and most simple jailbreak ever made.

Heck, it was so simple that I would go to the Apple Store in San Diego and jailbreak a bunch of iPhones on display, just for the fun of it. I would also install the NES emulator and pretend I didn’t know anything about the iPhone, call up a so-called “Genius” and be like: “OMG, this iPhone thing is awesome, you even have the NES on it”. Needless to say that the Genius didn’t really know what to say about that.

I have nothing against BlackRa1n, except maybe it was released too quickly. GeoHot is a freaking genius and he deserves all the props he’s getting right now, but I just wanted to make things straight. I had wanted to write something in memory of JailbreakMe for a while so I thought this would be the perfect occasion.

Do you remember JailbreakMe? I would love to hear your comments about it.

Jailbreak Your iPhone With BlackRa1n Tutorial

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:

BlackRa1n is Now Available

Waiting time is over! The long-awaited BlackRa1n jailbreak by GeoHot is now available for download.
So, what is blackra1n? blackra1n is a 30 second ALL device 3.1.2 jailbreak. Even the ipt3, but the ipt3 is tethered. In order to boot it, just rerun blackra1n. As far as donations go, they are much appreciated, but not until after blackra1n works for you. I never ask for donations before the tool is released.

Warning 3g and 3gs unlockers, do not upgrade to 3.1.2 using iTunes if you want to keep your unlock. Baseband cannot be downgraded. Check out the dev team’s offerings. Also blackra1n doesn’t hacktivate.
UPDATE: This post is outdated. There is now an easier way to jailbreak the iPhone. Click here for more info.

There are a few important things to note about BlackRa1n:

BlackRa1n can jailbreak OS 3.1 and 3.1.2
BlackRa1n is for Windows only so far. If you’re using Windows 7 , run BlackRa1n as an admin with “Windows XP Compatibility” mode by enabling it from the “Properties” tab
BlackRa1n does not hacktivate your iPhone, which means you must be using an official carrier
BlackRa1n does not unlock the iPhone
iPhone 3G and 3GS users should not upgrade to 3.1.2 if they want to keep their unlock. You will have to wait for an updated version of PwnageTool if you want to unlock the latest OS.
the iPod Touch 3G is supported but it is a tethered jailbreak which means you’ll have to use BlackRa1n everytime you want to boot your iTouch

This is the RC1 of BlackRa1n and it is still a little buggy so be careful.

I think it’s worth highlighting again that if you want to keep your unlock, you should NOT update to 3.1.2. Simply wait for the Dev Team to update PwnageTool.

You can download BlackRa1n from the website or from our downloads section. I will be writing wrote a BlackRa1n tutorial. Check it out for more information on how to use BlackRa1n: BlackRa1n jailbreak guide & tutorial.

BlackRa1n Release Now Imminent

Some good news for everyone waiting for the release of BlackRa1n, the latest tool that will jailbreak all iDevices. GeoHot, the genius developer behind BlackRa1n posted this picture on Twitter a few minutes ago, swearing it was no Photoshop job.

This image shows the RC1 (Release Candidate) of BlackRa1n running on a PC. So that’s an extra good news for everyone out there who doesn’t have access to a Mac to run PwnageTool.

GeoHot had given himself an ETA of 2 days which got delayed by the release of iPhone OS 3.1.2. Even though BlackRa1n was confirmed to work on 3.1.2, GeoHot still had to make a few tweaks to it.

The jailbreak community has been eagerly waiting for BlackRa1n for days now and we’re all hoping for a full release of this “miracle jailbreak” sometimes today or later this weekend.

UPDATE: BlackRain has been released. You may want to read my BlackRa1n guide & tutorial to learn how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch.

BlackRa1n Confirmed to Work On OS 3.1.2

GeoHot confirmed on Twitter that BlackRa1n still works on the new 3.1.2 firmware as he successfully jailbroke his iPhone 3GS running the latest OS 3.1.2.

That is a big relief for many of us but that doesn’t mean you should rush to update. As we wrote a few minutes ago, jailbreakers and unlockers should stay away from 3.1.2, at least for the time being.

There is obviously some more work for GeoHot and he notified us that there will be a delay in the release of BlackRa1n, which was initially expected to be available today.

More to come, so stay tuned!

UPDATE: BlackRain has been released. You may want to read my BlackRa1n guide & tutorial to learn how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch.

BlackRa1n is the New iPhone and iPod Touch Jailbreak

We already knew that GeoHot was up to something but we now have confirmation that he is this close to release a new jailbreaking tool called BlackRa1n.

First, he wrote a short blog post titled “I’m just going to leave this here”. The post has no text besides the title and shows what could be mistaken for an iPhone running a bunch of codes that most of us wouldn’t understand. Well, it’s not an iPhone. It’s an iPod Touch 3G. You can tell by simply looking at the location of the image, which reveals its name: ipt3_jailbroken.JPG. You can also tell by zooming in the image.

What does this mean? Well, this is a teaser to tell us that he has successfully jailbroken the iPod Touch 3G, which could be considered as the hardest device to jailbreak these days. And from what I understand, he’s using the same exploit on both the iTouch 3G and the iPhone 3GS. According to this tweet, he’s pretty much done with these 2 devices and will now get to work on the 4 others, which shouldn’t take too long.

GeoHot also gave us 2 interesting clues about the name of his new jailbreak. First, he said his new website was up, asking who could find it. Then he gave it all away by saying that “black is the new purple”. Have you connected the dots yet? His last jailbreak was called PurpleRa1n. If black is the new purple, then his new jailbreak is BlackRa1n (see

We still don’t know exactly when to expect BlackRa1n to be available but according to GeoHot’s own ETA, it should be sometimes today. One thing is sure though, I will be refreshing GeoHot’s Twitter page like a maniac for the next 12 hours.

This BlackRa1n jailbreak will be a huge release for many of us jailbreakers, especially those stuck at 3.1. Are you one of them?

UPDATE: BlackRain has been released. Refer to the following tutorials:

BlackRa1n RC1 tutorial
BlackRa1n RC2 tutorial
BlackRa1n RC3 tutorial
BlackSn0w unlock tutorial