*Update* If you are looking to Jailbreak Firmware 3.1, check out our new 3.1 Jailbreak tutorial.
So you have your iPhone or iPod Touch and it has been freshly updated to firmware 3.0 but you are wondering how to jailbreak it? The iPhone firmware 3.0 has some great improvements most notably (at least in my opinion) the push notifications system which lets apps essentially run in the background so it is well worth the update if you haven’t already updated your iPhone or iPod Touch. The jailbreak followed pretty closely on the heels of the 3.0 release and we’re glad to bring it to you in the following article. Of course all credit should go to the people on the iPhone dev-team who have slaved away to make our iPhone and iPod Touch devices truly our own. If you’re still not sure what jailbreaking is, you can check out the introduction to jailbreaking article. Alright we don’t want to hold you any longer so let’s begin!
iPhone & iPod Touch 3.0 jailbreak: Step 1
Make sure you have all the necessities to get started. To jailbreak the iPhone or iPod Touch on firmware 3.0, you will need 3 things. You will need the iPhone or iPod Touch running on firmware 3.0, the firmware 3.0 file on your computer, and a copy of Redsn0w; the program used to jailbreak your device. Here are the links to download what you need, once you download the firmware, go to iTunes and hold shift while clicking update to update your iPhone or iPod Touch to 3.0.
iPhone firmware 3.0
iPod Touch firmware 3.0
iPod Touch (first generation)
iPod Touch (second generation)
Please note it is recommended that you back up all your files before attempting the iphone or iPod Touch jailbreak just in case. Chances are nothing will go wrong but its better to play it safe.
iPhone & iPod Touch 3.0 jailbreak: Step 2
Once you have all the software and hardware, turn off your iPhone or iPod Touch by holding the power button until the option comes up but make sure it is still connected to your computer via the USB dock.
Open up Redsn0w and follow the instructions. First it will need to make a custom firmware file and it will do that by editing your existing firmware 3.0 file on your computer.
Hit the “browse” button on Redsn0w, find your firmware 3.0 ipsw file and hit open.
Just sit back and let Redsn0w work its magic. It will notify you when complete, it should be done fairly quickly
iPhone & iPod Touch 3.0 jailbreak: Step 3
So once it prompts you to this step, make sure you have “Install Cydia” checked. We’ve had problems with Icy so we recommend leaving that unchecked. In case you are wondering, Icy is a more streamlined version of Cydia but until they work out the kinks, its best to leave it alone.
iPhone & iPod Touch 3.0 jailbreak: Step 4
This is really the only step that can be tricky when jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch. At this point, if you haven’t done so already, make sure your iPhone or iPod Touch is switched off and connected to your computer. You must switch your iPhone or iPod Touch into DFU mode to upload the jailbroken firmware created by Redsn0w. If you’ve jailbroken your device before, it should be pretty simple but for those of you who have yet to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch ever, we suggest watching the video below first before following the instructions because this time around they come at you pretty fast.
Once your device is in DFU mode, you can release the home button and Redsn0w will basically do the rest. Remember if you fail to bring the device into DFU mode, you can always just try again!
iPhone & iPod Touch 3.0 jailbreak: Step 5
Once the process completes on your computer screen, there will be some additional processes on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Just wait until your device restarts and is operable before doing anything. There you have it! You just performed the iPhone or iPod Touch 3.0 jailbreak! If you guys have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. If at first you don’t succeed, just restore and try again.