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FAQ RedSn0w for Unlocking and Jailbreaking iPhone 2G and 3G


Dev team replaced QuickPwn with RedSn0w though it’s easy to use comparing to QuickPwn still many peoples reports some problems using RedSn0w. I have collected some common problems which users getting during their Jailbreak/Unlock process of iPhone 2G or Jailbreak Process of iPhone 3G. Read the post if you have a unique problem which is not covered in this page post a comment below and we’ll try our best to solve your problem.

Dona Asks : I made what u said, and now it is stuck to the “downlaoding jailbreak data..” screen with that disk and a green arrow toward it. What should i do? :S

Solution : I got the same problem during my process here is how i get the Rid, First of all forcely restart your iPhone by hold both power button and home button of your iPhone for 15-25 sec. Now try again by changing your USB cord and port also it’ll be great if you try RedSn0w in Windows XP.

Travis Asks : I am jailbreaking and unlocking an iphone, with unlocked firmware 2.2.2, from a Windows XP. After updating to 3.0, I went through the process, but it is stuck on the last step…the iphone now only displays and arrow to a harddrive and says “dowmloading Jailbreak Data…” i followed all the steps…whats happening?!

Solution : First of all force quit your iPhone by pressing and holding the power and home button together for 15-25 seconds. This will restarts your iPhone. Now follow the same steps again and take care of following.

  • Use another computer and prefer to use Windows XP
  • Try changing USB cable.

Sam Asks : When I am trying to unlock my iphone 2g 3.0 firmware it wont even let me get past the first step? it says unable to recognize?

Solution : This problem is due to incompatible firmware, bad download. Re download the file from links given below. And make sure While saving the file keep confirm it is saved as the name iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw not the iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.zip

Hamid Asks : I have 2g phone with 1.1.4 software. Can I update directly to 3.0 using redsnow or will I have to update to 2.2.1 first?  Can the sim card be left inside while unlocking?

Solution : There is no such restriction regarding Sim Card, in my case i used to unlock while SIM is in but if you are facing any problem then you can try this trick.

Aaroon Asks : Hey, i just followed all the steps and my phone rebooted, but now all i get is an iTunes screen with the USB cord on it. Am i missing something.

Solution : iTunes with USB screen indicates that you are in Recovery Mode not in DFU mode for more information regarding Recovery and DFU mode read this post What is Difference Between Recovery Mode and DFU Mode. Since you are in Recovery mode you can get out by pressing and hold both power button and home button of your iPhone for 15-25 sec. Or you can restore to 3.0 again and follow the unlocking guide again.


Useful Guides :

  1. Jailbreak iPhone 3G OS 3.0 With RedSn0w on Windows Mac
  2. Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 2g OS 3.0 Using RedSn0w on Windows Mac
  3. What is Difference Between Recovery Mode and DFU Mode
  4. How to Enable Carrier Bundle Support in iTunes 8.2 in Mac, Windows
  5. Error iPhone is not recognized in iTunes Windows & Mac
  6. How to Downgrade iPhone 3G / 2G 3.0 back to 2.2.1
  7. Download OS 3.0 Software Update for iPhone 2G, 3G



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  1. monique :D August 14, 2010 Reply

    my iphone 2g is stuck on the apple sign and it stays like that then it dies and a white light flashes. that just keeps happening over and over and over again! :/ HEEEEEEEEELP!!!!

  2. fame June 4, 2010 Reply

    is it ok any version of itunes like the latest version of itunes to jailbreak my iphone2g?

  3. Nader March 7, 2010 Reply

    I’m having a problem with redsn0w “the rest of this process takes place on your device” what should I do,Please any help!!

    send the help on this e-mail:naderleobat@gmail.com


  4. Ma March 2, 2010 Reply

    Help people.
    I tried to unlock/jailbreak my iphone 2g with redsn0w, followed all the steps and it seemed to be working. After the message, “the rest of this process takes place on your device. Done!” my iphone remained on the home (apple icon) forever and even force shutting down isn’t resolving the problem!!! What do I do now. Thanks!

  5. Onedumfish November 12, 2009 Reply

    I have completed the steps twice. Both times the software showed “successful” and I still don’t see Cydia. It is not loading.

  6. Krishna October 25, 2009 Reply

    Hey Guys,

    I am using Iphone 2g which I jailbroke successfully some time back. Recently I accidentally updated itunes latest version and my iphone has struck with apple icon.

    I tried unlocking using redsnow with IPGSW file iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw, I am getting message until downloading jailbreak data after that I am not getting message which actually updates software.

    Need your help.


  7. Soheil September 22, 2009 Reply


    Hey guys,

    I might have the solution. Try to hold in the main button during the whole process, even after the seconds have counted down in the last DFU step. I had the exact same problem as you all, the software kept crashing, so I tried this and it worked right away.

    Hope it works for you!

  8. Priscilla September 18, 2009 Reply

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have unlock my iphone 2G before with quickpwn. Following instructions, I restored my phone to 3.0 without my US AT&T sim card. Started redsnow to update to 3.0, but it got STUCK on “wait to reboot.” I have tried doing it on windows xp also (besides my mac) as some blog said but it didn’t work because window xp doesn’t recognize DFU mode of the iphone. now my phone is back to lock and I can’t get it unlock again!

  9. Cafegourmand September 17, 2009 Reply


    Have the same problem.
    iTunes/PC seems to think all is well but nothing is happening with my iPhone.
    Any progress with yours?

  10. iPout September 5, 2009 Reply

    Have the same problem as ziggy.

    but was on 1.02 original version. Restored to 3.0 first then did redsnow procedure.

    Everything worked fine, so then I restored my backup data in itunes, and that completed in itunes BUT while doing the backup the iphone showed a logo and progress bar. That never ended even though the data restore was done so I finally had to home-power restart the phone.

    Every time it restarts now it goes to the apple logo and progress bar and does a little then just sits there.

    Currently retrying the whole procedure for about 3-4 times because itunes restore works to kill the progress bar and let me start over…

    now itunes can’t even detect my iphone so can’t restore.worst thing is everytime i restart only apple logo appears and automatically went off after a few seconds.

    tried to do redshow over and over again but just got stuck to download jailbreak data forever.

    please help!!!!


  11. nerdettebyday August 24, 2009 Reply

    Now my iPhone is not recognizing any sort of USB cable or charger. It says 20% battery remaining, then randomly turns off and flashes on and off for awhile… any input at all? I tried re-jailbreaking it yesterday to see if that would help fix my data connection problem, and now everything is waaaaay worse!! It isn’t functioning at all!!

  12. nerdettebyday August 24, 2009 Reply

    Did everything as indicated in the instructions, everything works perfectly….. except data. Every time I am not connected with Wi-Fi, and attempt to load any program that requires a connection, it informs me that I do not have a cellular data subscription. I’ve tried a new sim, and I’ve tried my sim in other phones, so I’ve got it narrowed down to the phone itself, only doing it after I did the update. Any input?

  13. OoNetToNiCoO August 23, 2009 Reply

    if 3.0.1 .ipsw is not recognized, download the 3.o version. worked for me. holla back

  14. blanx August 18, 2009 Reply

    Hi could you please advise on how to update fw to v.30 from v2.2.1 so i can jailbreak then unlock.
    If i try update through itunes it offers v3.0.1 only
    ive downloaded iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore ipsw would just like to know how to insatll without itunes prompting to update to 3.0.1

    thanx in advance

  15. heart August 17, 2009 Reply

    is it ‘ipsw’ or ‘ispw’ ? i am confused plz help!

    • Vinay August 18, 2009 Reply

      @ Heart it’s .ipsw stands for iPod Software

  16. julius August 14, 2009 Reply

    hi. i “successfully” jailbroke my iphone 2g with 3.0 OS using redsnow versions 0.8 and then also 0.7.2..

    the only prob is that i couldnt find CYDIA in my iphone.. no result in the search option..


    thanx a lot..

  17. Lopss August 14, 2009 Reply


    I have a problem to Unlock/Jailbreak iPhone 2g OS 3.0 Using RedSn0w. I used Windows XP and also mac
    (%) at first I it was stuck to the “downlaoding jailbreak data..” screen with that disk and a green arrow toward it, then I restarted my I phon
    (%) at second, I phon showd only Steve http://www.cellphones.ca/news/upload/_Steve%20Jobs%20Hello.jpg tried the procedure again and nothing
    (%) I put iPhone in DFU mode and tried again and in the lasts steps Redsnov stays in “Waiting for reboot” and does nothing – tried several times all the same.

    I would be very thankful if anybody could help

  18. Kap August 9, 2009 Reply

    I have a lot of problems with UDF. I tryed to put the iPhone in UDF several times and by several ways but no way! Anyone can help me?


  19. Brett August 9, 2009 Reply

    Hi, I have followed the steps to the letter to jailbrake my phone but it is stuck on “waiting for reboot”. Has been like this for over 30 minutes.

    I have restored to OS 3.0.1.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Can’t even turn phone on now.

  20. DanBLanche August 9, 2009 Reply

    I update my Iphone 2G to OS 3 (iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw). I do all the step. redsn0w-win_0.8 said to me “Done” and it take about 5 minutes with the “downloading jailbreak data..” screen with that disk and a green arrow.

    After, the “iTunes screen with the USB cord on it” appear. I try several time with Windows Vista, windows Xp and on different port. I try also to quit the recovery mode.

    But still working…

    Thank for your help.

  21. erocx1ox August 7, 2009 Reply

    Hey guys. Tried to jailbreak/unlock my 3g for tmobile yesterday on 3.0 but kept having the same problem I’d follow all the steps to a tea. Downloaded the new iTunes, updated to the new software, everything. Then when I’d try to jailbreak/unlock via redsn0w the program would say jailbreak complete or Done whatever it says, my phone would take about another 5-10 minutes to finish the process. Then instead of booting up the phone gets forced into recovery mode. I restored the phone and tried to jailbreak again a few times before giving up. I tried with my sim card in the phone, without the sim card in the phone. Does anyone know what could be going wrong or if I’m doing anything wrong?

  22. ry August 5, 2009 Reply

    i unlocked and jail broke my 2g iphone 3.0 firmware and now im dropping calls constantly please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Andreas August 4, 2009 Reply

    @ MattDFW
    I have exactly the same problem as you. Have you found a solution yet?

  24. MattDFW August 2, 2009 Reply

    Having the same problem. Running Windows 7. iPhone 2G.
    Restored iPhone 2g to 3.0.1, ran redsn0w with 3.0IPSW to unlock for use on T-Mobile.
    Everything works fine at this point.
    Restore phone from backup to get all of my contacts synced over and the party ends here. iTunes says that everything syncs just fine, but the phone reboots and gets stuck at the Apple logo with a progress bar that stops at about 2% complete. Have to use home/poweroff from here to turn it of, or start the restore process in iTunes again.

    Any info?


  25. Mike July 28, 2009 Reply

    Thanks H C Burnaz…. fixed my problem!!! Cheers

    Also had to change the extention “.zip” to “.ipsw” to get the right one (rather than try to unzip the .zip file)

  26. H C Burnaz July 15, 2009 Reply

    For those of you who got stuck in “waiting for reboot” during redsn0w:
    I had the same problem yesterday but i finally figured it out.
    It is because you are using the wrong RECOVERY FILE (huge file that redsn0w asks you to browse in the first page).
    If you have Iphone 3G your recovery file should be “iPhone1,2_3.0_7A341_Restore” and its size should be 235.576KB or 230MB

    If you have Iphone first gen, then your recovery file should be
    “iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore” and its size should be 234.760KB or 229MB

    when restore file is wrong iphone has problems rebooting the device.

  27. gmac July 8, 2009 Reply

    hi guys.
    i was wondering if you can help me because im stuck on recovery mode after using quickpwn. i already updated my iphone to 3.0 and had the correct ipsw but after it uploads all the bundles, im stuck to recovery mode which forces me to restore on itunes 8.0 just to bring my phone back to normal. i wanted to jailbreak it but im stuck with recovery mode.

    hope you can help me. thanks!

  28. Sonik July 8, 2009 Reply

    i want upgrade from 2.2.1 to 3.0 on my 2g iphone. i downloaded iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw.zip but could not find ipsw file in it. plz help!

  29. p3dr0m July 7, 2009 Reply

    jailbroke my iphone exectly. used it for half hour, sudnley all icons from menu vanished, not even sms,contacts,camera…. completly empty. i still can recive calls and sms but cant do eny thing else. i will try to do this proces again!

  30. SuBpk10 July 6, 2009 Reply

    ive tried using redsn0w to jailbreak and unlock my iphone 2g wiht 3.0 firmware but after i put it in dfu mode it just sits on waiting for reboot and never changes.
    if anyone can help me plz do

  31. Will July 5, 2009 Reply

    Hey, I’ve tried several ways to unlock/jailbreak my 2G iPhone on 3.0. I’m currently running 3.0, iTunes 8.2, on Mac OS 10.5.2.

    what’s happening in redsn0w is I’m getting this white screen, for, like 15 minutes. (redsnow reads waiting for reboot) the iPhone then shuts down and restarts, still unjailbroken 3.0 like before.

    after using pwnage/DFU mode/restore using iTunes, i get the same white screen, and error 1601 or 2006 in iTunes. I’ve tried with and without a usb hub. and I’ve tried dumping the apple mobile device files and reinstalling iTunes, all to no avail.

    any help out there?

  32. ziggy July 4, 2009 Reply

    So, I’m stuck in the same place 2nd time around during syncing after restoring old data.

    When itunes does the restore of my old data the phone first shows a big green bar – “restore in progress” – then says it is done and restarts with an apple logo with progress bar. Itunes keeps going syncing my music but the progress bar goes over as far as the apple then just gets stuck there. Syncing finishes OK but the phone is still stuck.

    Itunes, btw, says the phone is 3.0, and it seems to think things are recognizes it. Windows even brings up the photo viewer each time and my old photos are on the phone already.

    What is the phone doing then? Why the progress bar? Problem with a file being synced, maybe?

    I can redo and set up as a new iphone, but do you see any solution so I can restore all my data without getting stuck?

  33. Dave July 4, 2009 Reply

    Hey Guys, really have a Problem here. i Updated my perfectly working 2g Iphone 1.1.4 to 3.0 Today using Itunes 8.2. Now that i try to do the redsn0w thing, it does not work! It works till redsn0w reboots the Iphone (twice?). I got a white screen for 2 sec. then it becomes dark (but still enlighted) and thats it. Redsn0w says “Done!”, but its not. I dont even get to the graphical “downloading jailbreaking data” where other users have had their issues.
    I tried it over and over again, with different Firmwaredownloads ( yes, i did use the iPhone1,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw) and all my USB Ports. I even tried to downgrade to 2.2, 2.0 and 1.1.4 via Itunes wich didnt work either! Please help im stuck!

    Thanks in advance

  34. ziggy July 4, 2009 Reply

    Totally stuck.

    XP. Was on 1.1.4. Restored to 3.0 first then did redsnow procedure. Chose the cydia & unlock options, did not select ICY.

    Everything worked fine, so then I restored my backup data in itunes, and that completed in itunes BUT while doing the backup the iphone showed a logo and progress bar. That never ended even though the data restore was done so I finally had to home-power restart the phone.

    Every time it restarts now it goes to the apple logo and progress bar and does a little then just sits there.

    I read comments above and changed the dock to a different usb port, but same thing. (why would usb port matter?)

    Currently retrying the whole procedure because itunes restore works to kill the progress bar and let me start over…

    Ideas what went wrong?


  35. Brady July 4, 2009 Reply

    I just jailbroke my phone with redsnow. I have done three so far and on the fourth one after it seemed to install fine it rebooted and all I get is a picture of Steve Jobs with his hands in the air saying something in Russin or something?

    Any help would be awesome.

  36. Nadia July 3, 2009 Reply

    Hi there!

    I just had the day off at school and work today and I decided I would upgrade my already unlocked iPhone.
    To my surprise, I am not enjoying my newly unlocked 3.0 but I encounter myself sitting at my desk and bawling at the fact my iPhone is dead.
    I restored with the .ipsw file that is on iClarified.com and then I get the screen with the USB cable and the iTunes logo. I decided to put in in DFU mode anyway, but of course when concluding the redsn0w process I got this screen that said “Downloading jailbreak data..” with a spinwheel at the bottom.
    I then forcefully turned it off (home and power buttons) and then when I turned it on again I had that USB and iTunes images on the screen again.

    I then tried to re-do the restoration in iTunes, but to no avail.

    I am now here, pondering at how life might be with an old flip phone… :'(

    Everybody’s help would be GREATLY appreciated.

    Thank you very much, and you all have a great day!


  37. lukas July 3, 2009 Reply

    Hi i have some problem my jailbreaking and unliking takes only 3-5 seconds but after that nothing change really:( plz help

  38. Aru July 2, 2009 Reply

    Hey I did everything that was said in the turorial to unlock the 2g iphone. but now after all the steps the iphone is stuck on the apple logo on startup…. what do i do?

  39. Ross July 1, 2009 Reply

    Hi everyone after countless hours of searching for the answer i have found out why some of us and not all of us are stuck at waiting for reboot ok so its real simple we have all been downloading from a website that doesnt have the right download link that one is for 1st gen you guys may be noticing it says unlock that only happens for 1st gens and thats what it thinks you have all you have to do is find a different place to download from im using softpedia and it will work just fine see you and have fun with your jailbroken ipod!!!

  40. Moe June 30, 2009 Reply

    PLease I have the Same problem Like JING ………. Does Any 1 have an answer for that Need Help Here … !!!!! The I phone 2G shows the Operation Full signal and right Name … But 90 % of the calls Isnt reachable and it says my phone is off ! :S

  41. hazmin June 29, 2009 Reply

    i completed all the jailbreak without any problems only to stuck at steve job catroon.. i tried to force start it but its seem not working..
    pls help.. btw, i using windows xp,itunes 8.2

  42. James June 29, 2009 Reply

    Im getting the same problem as Gus. It seems it freezes on waiting for reboot and nothing happens. I also have an original iphone and i upgraded through Itunes. Ive tried it on XP and Vista. Id appreciate any help.

  43. Jaana June 28, 2009 Reply

    Hey I followed your steps because I was getting the problem “unable to recognized specified IPSW” but it still gives me that error. Is there a way to fix this, and what does imcompatible firmware mean and if so is there a way to fix that.


  44. gus June 28, 2009 Reply

    I have an original iphone and it stay on waiting for reboot and it doesn’t reboot I even waited all night and it didn’t do anything. I updated to 3.0 from itunes.

  45. Jing June 27, 2009 Reply

    I managed to jailbreak everything smoothly. Firmware 3.0 is working perfectly on my iphone 2G. There is only one crucial problem: I do not receive about 50% of my calls. Most of them end up showing up as a text message saying I have a missed call or voice message 30mins ago. The same problem happens with text messages. I receive them 30 – 60mins late. However, I can make calls without any problems.

    Can anyone shed some light on this?

  46. Miguel June 26, 2009 Reply


    I made what you suggested and my phone (2G) rebooted after downloading the jailbreak and then i only get a picture of Steve Jobs saying something i a foreign language.

    What can i do?

  47. Tricks and tips June 25, 2009 Reply

    @vinay you are very grate because your advices very well.thank you very much vinay.

  48. Peter June 25, 2009 Reply

    Greetings people,

    I got a 2g iphone that was already unlocked and like many other people I was stuck on “downloading jailbreak data…”

    I was able to fix it even on Vista 64 bit (ewww vista, i know).
    First I had to “shift+click” restore to 3.0 in itunes (8.2).
    I ran redsn0w as administrator (right click to run as admin).
    Everything ran smoothly afterwards and cydia popped up.

    Bad note: You do not keep old cydia apps this way.

  49. Azza June 24, 2009 Reply

    Hi – Upgraded my 2G to OS 3 with redsn0w to work with Orange.I keep losing the signal in areas I know have a full signal strength before. Is my Iphone/Sim faulty?

  50. Cobalt60 June 24, 2009 Reply

    I had a similar problem downloading REDSNOW I dl’d it probably 10 times from all these links and everytime it was unable to recognize ispw…is their something I am doing wrong .. I am using FIREFOX windows XP.. my iphone is a 3G using upgraded 3.0 7a341 OS firmware 04.28.08

    • Vinay June 24, 2009 Reply

      @ Cobalt60 use IE to download and save and remember while saving the file it should be ended with .ipsw not .zip
      @ Azza Try to reset network settings, me too gets weak signal but after resetting network settings then a reboot and now signal are at its best.
      @ Mazid Restore your iPhone back to 3.0 and use RedSn0w again.
      @ Eli If you restored iniTunes then your settings and Apps will remain same but if you do update then all of your data will be erased.

  51. Majid June 24, 2009 Reply

    Hi there,

    I have used Red-Snow 0.72 which i think its the latest version to unlock iphone 2g with windows and every this was successful, in about 2 minutes the screen it blinked and all over sudden all the original icon vanished such as text icon phone icon basically all original icons comes with the phone i lost the.

    The third party icons like from itunes store apps which i was remained with.

    I tried to do it again with red snow but still its the same no luck.

    Can you kindly assist me on this matter i would be highly appreciate.

  52. Rick June 24, 2009 Reply

    This end up working! tried RedSn0w and the result was the “downlaoding jailbreak data..” screen with that disk and a green arrow toward it.
    Then I tried turning it off and it doesn’t let me. Then I used iTunes to restore the iPhone and then used RedSn0w again AND FINALLY IS WORKING!!

  53. Eli June 23, 2009 Reply

    Will my Apps lose their data after I upgrade my 2G iPhone from 2.2 to 3.0 using redsn0w? I’m worried that all my data will be gone (mileage logs, etc). That is, will syncing after the upgrade restore all apps’ data?


  54. Vinay June 22, 2009 Reply

    @ Zuh Try these things Reset the Network Setting. If still have a problem Put your phone in DFU mode and try to upgrade and downgrade. And finally restore to 3.0 You will be unable to unlock your phone without WiFi access.

    @ Marc Do a clean install by putting your iPhone in DFU mode then restore to 3.0 using iTunes 8.0 or 7.5 not 8.2 and then follow the guide again.

    @ Zeus Dev team founds a great way to refresh the SIM without manual ejection and they are coding it to a new package. Wait n Watch.

  55. Zeus June 22, 2009 Reply

    Is there any updated info on the release of Ultrasn0w?? Looking forward to trying out the new 3.0 on the 3G.. thanks

  56. marc June 22, 2009 Reply

    My iPhone hangs at “downloading jailbreak data…” I tried rebooting and get Steve Jobs cartoon saying “Preved!” Now I can’t turn it off to re-start Redsn0w! (i.e. it reboots and won’t stay off)
    Also when you say above to restore to 3.0 do you mean thru iTunes or just through redsn0w? (i.e. the second step of the app).
    Many thanks for being patient with those of us less experienced than you and for writing this in the first place!

    p.s. Using Intel Mac os 10.5.7, 2G iphone

  57. zuh June 21, 2009 Reply

    i upgrade to 3os 3 lateste version and jbrk with red snow.. but no wifi now it’s grayed…

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