I had heard several times about Sn0wBreeze but I never really paid attention to it because it seemed to be one of these tools that would never get out of beta. I was wrong!
Today I received a couple emails from readers of the blog with more info about Sn0wBreeze, and Thomas even sent me a pretty detailed tutorial (thanks Thomas).
Sn0wBreeze is a jailbreaking tool developed by some underground developer and from what I understand, it’s pretty much a rip off of Dev Team’s PwnageTool, except it works on Windows. As a side note, it’s important to highlight that the Dev Team came up with an update to RedSn0w (see RedSn0w tutorial here).
Just like PwnageTool, Sn0wBreeze will create a custom firmware for iPhone OS 3.1.2. This is the perfect solution for people who want to upgrade to OS 3.1.2 without updating their baseband.
I haven’t tried this myself but as I said above, I got reports from 2 different people that it works flawlessly. Obviously, you should be cautious if using Sn0wBreeze…
This version of Sn0wbreeze only supports the iPhone 2G, 3G and 3GS (non MC) as well as the iPod touch 1G and 2G (non MC) so far.
This step-by-step guide and tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 3.1.2 by creating a custom firmware with Sn0wBreeze.
Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC. If not, download and install it, then reboot your PC.
Step 2: Download Sn0wBreeze as well as the right firmware 3.1.2 for your device from our download page. To make things easier, I suggest you place these 2 files on your desktop.
Step 3: Launch Sn0wBreeze and select “Simple Mode”.
Step 4: SnowBreeze will then ask you to browse for your IPSW file. Click “Browse” and select the 3.1.2 IPSW file you downloaded to your desktop in Step 2.
Step 5: Sn0wBreeze will then verify your IPSW. Click Next to continue.
Step 6: Sn0wBreeze will now ask you if you want to activate your iPhone. If you are on an official carrier (ie. AT&T in the US), say no. If you are not on an official carrier, then click yes.
Step 7: SnowBreeze will now create the custom firmware for your iPhone.
Step 8: Now launch iTunes and we will restore your iPhone using the custom cooked firmware we just created. To do so, hit the SHIFT key on your keyboard while clicking on RESTORE. It’s very important that you hold the SHIFT key while clicking! iTunes will ask you the location of the firmware you want to use to restore your iPhone. Browse for the custom IPSW (most likely on your desktop) and select it.
Step 9: Your iPhone will now be restored using the custom firmware. This might take a while so don’t stress out.
Done! You have successfully jailbroken your iPhone using Sn0wBreeze. Next step for you might be to unlock your iPhone. Follow this guide to figure out how to unlock your iPhone, depending on what model you have.