The Dev Team released PwnageTool 3.1.5 just a few hours ago. In this guide and tutorial, I will show you how to use PwnageTool to jailbreak iPhone 3.1.3.

Before we get into the details, please make sure you read this article by the Dev Team. It will explain to you what you can and cannot do. It is a very important piece of information that you should not overlook.

If at any point in time you updated your iPhone to firmware 3.1.3, then you also updated your baseband to 05.12.01. If that’s the case, you will be able to jailbreak by downgrading to 3.1.2 first, but you will not be able to unlock.

PwnageTool will jailbreak the following 3.1.3 devices:

  • iPhone 2G
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS (old bootrom)
  • iPod Touch 1G
  • iPod Touch 2G (old bootrom)

If you don’t care about unlocking, RedSn0w is still an easier and quicker way to jailbreak.

Note that this tutorial to jailbreak iPhone 3.1.3 with PwnageTool is for Mac and Mac only. There is no Windows version of PwnageTool and they will most likely never be. If you don’t have a Mac, ask around and see if a friend of yours can help you out and create a custom firmware for.

Again, please make sure you read the information given by the Dev Team. It will answer most questions you may have.

How to Jailbreak iPhone 3.1.3 with PwnageTool

Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer. If not, download and install it, then reboot your computer. Now make sure you backup your iPhone by syncing with iTunes, just in case something goes wrong.

Step 2: Download PwnageTool 3.1.5 and your iPhone firmware from our downloads page. Save these 2 files to your desktop.

Step 3: Launch PwnageTool. It should give you a warning message. Click OK.

Step 4: Select “Expert Mode”.

Step 5: Select your device then click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 6: If PwnageTool doesn’t automatically find the correct IPSW file, click “Browse for IPSW” and locate it (it should be on your desktop).

Step 7: You will now have several options. Choose “General” and click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 8: Under “General Settings”, you have the option to activate the phone or not. This is a very important step so please read carefully.

If you have a contract with an official carrier (such as AT&T in the US, or Orange in France, etc…), do not activate.

If you do not have a contract with an official carrier (ie. you want to unlock for another carrier), you have to activate. Then you will have to install UltraSn0w or BlackSn0w from Cydia in order to fully unlock the phone.

You will know you didn’t choose the right option if you don’t have signal after jailbreaking.

You don’t have to, but I suggest increasing the root partition size to somewhere around 700MB, just to be on the safe side. When you’re done, click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 9: You are now taken to the “Bootneuter settings”. All of them should be greyed out. Click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 10: You are now taken to the “Cydia settings”. From here, you may download packages so you don’t have to manually do it later. For example, you may download WinterBoard, which would be installed during the pwnage process. Let’s keep things simple and skip this step which is not necessary. Click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 10: You are now taken to the “Custom packages settings”. Make sure “Cydia” is selected.

Step 11: You are now taken to the”Custom logos settings”. You can choose to add the default logos (see below) or you can add your own logos. If you choose to add your own, make sure the images are not larger than 320 x 480.

Step 12: We’re almost done! You now have to build the custom IPSW. Click “Build” and click the blue arrow to continue.

Step 13: Save your custom IPSW to your desktop.

Step 14: PwnageTool will now start building your custom IPSW. Be patient… It can take up to 15 minutes.

Step 15: PwnageTool will ask you if your iPhone has been pwned before. If you’re not sure, just click NO.

Step 16: If your iPhone was previously jailbroken, you can skip to step 19. If your iPhone wasn’t already jailbroken, follow the following directions. If your iPhone isn’t plugged to your computer yet, plug it. Don’t open iTunes. If iTunes launches automatically, close it. PwnageTool will now deliver the payload.

Step 17: After successfully delivering the payload, PwnageTool will put your iPhone in recovery mode. Click OK.

Step 18: iTunes should pop up saying it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode and that you must restore. Click OK.

Step 19: We are going to restore your iPhone using the custom IPSW you built. In iTunes, hold the “Alt/Option” key and click “Restore” at the same time. DO NOT click “Restore” without holding the “Alt/Option” key! A dialog box will pop up and you’ll be able to choose the custom IPSW file you created that was saved to your desktop.

Step 20: Navigate to the “jailbreak” folder and select the custom IPSW we created.

Step 21: iTunes will now restore your iPhone using the custom firmware which could take a while, so relax. When done, your iPhone will reboot and you will now have a jailbroken iPhone.

That’s it! Your iPhone 3.1.3 should be fully jailbroken, thanks to the good work of the Dev Team and PwnageTool.

In the future, make sure you do not update your iPhone firmware when there is a new one coming out. It will avoid many issues. Besides, these updates are very minor and useless. For what it’s worth, I’m still on iPhone OS 3.0, and happy to be.

If you have any question or comment, please leave a comment.

  • OSXUser


    I have a 3G iPhone with 3.1.2 unlocked and jailbroken with BlackSn0w… Can I install over blacksn0w the Ultrasn0w ?

  • How come you chose not to update? I’m on 3.1.2

  • @OSXUser Do not update. Stay at 3.1.2. You’re fine.

    @Dylan Because I’m traveling and I don’t have time for that.

  • OSXUser

    Thanx !

  • i was wondering if anyone knows whether you will be able to jailbreak the iPad (not ipod) like the iphone?

  • Woody

    I used pwnage tool to jailbreak my 3GS to 3.1.2. I’m unlocked and still on the old baseband. I just want to know if I upgrade to 3.1.3 using pwnage tool will I have to redo all my wallpaper backgrounds and reinstall all my rings tones and SMS tones?

  • Gerald

    I have a 3GS that I had to upgrade to 3.1.3. When I follow this tutorial, I get stuck at the step that where you connect the phone to the computer. Pwnagetool doesn’t seem to recognize that it’s connected.

    I think I have the old bootrom, because when I jailbroke with blackrain it wasn’t tethered.

    PS I would downgrade to 3.1.2 but I can’t edit my /etc/hosts file?

  • kid

    i got some problem…i tried doing this but at the last step i cannot connect the iphone to itunes…and i cant do anything…the only thing is “slide for emergency”…how do i solve this??

  • David

    Will pwnage tool run on a Wmware of a mac OS from a vista machine?
    Pre installing packages would be the shit.

  • mskhs

    Will be able to restore all my jb application with addl the data intact if I upgrade to 3.1.3 and jb with PwnageTool? please help

  • Raj

    I updated to 3.1.3, now i need to JB which firmware I need to download and I cant find pwnage 3.1.5 download page. please advise me. thanks.

  • Ryan

    I have a 3gs with 3.1.3 and I am experiencing the same problem as Gerald and Pwnage Tool does not detect my device and I am stuck on the last step. Any solutions to this problem??

    Thanks guys.

  • josh

    i never jailbroke my ipod touch before i have 2g an i updated to 3.1.3 how can i jailbreak my ipod now?

  • Brick

    I tryed to use redsnow to downgrade the firmware on a 3gs 32gb iphone with firmware 3.1.3 to 3.1.2, unfortunatly the phone is now completely DEAD, it doesnt repond on anything anymore, just a dead black screen, all reset options etc etc do not work, i really tryed everything.

    My Advice – DO NOT USE REDSNOW ON 3.1.3 !!!

  • nejikan

    I have a 3gs and im stock in the last step Pwnage Tool does not detect my device,,,,

  • Rocz

    I have a 3gs that at 3.1.3 and I am stuck at the Connect Device to USB… it doesn’t seem to recognize my iPhone…What can I do?

  • Fish

    I am also stuck on Connect Device to USB. Any word on this???

  • R.A.

    I have a 3G iphone and im on a mac…. I downloaded everything right but my itunes would not let me update the phone with the new ISPW…… i would wait and wait and it just said action cannot be completed…. i also lost all of my memory…. so i just finally restored it normally… what is up?!

  • Daniel

    Does the PwnageTool 3.1.5 jailbreak result in a tethered or a non-tethered jailbreak?

  • word

    as with kid above I had no love from the pwnage tool, stuck in emergency mode with no service.

    used redsn0w after that successfully, though still no service and I am currently exploring SSH or some method to restore the carrier settings with the ipcc file . . .

    the wifi is working, no carrier settings

    i have a legit service from at&t to connect back to somehow . . .

    wondering if the the bootloader is the problem when i run pwnage, or is it iTunes itself?

    haven’t tried on another machine yet

    any one got a tip or direction to point me?


    • G

      How did you resolve your lack or carrier after PWNAGE ? 🙁

  • Matthew

    I am fallowing the steps until I get to 17, it’s not doing anything to the phone. Itunes popped up I closed it, then I changed it so Itunes wouldn’t open, and still nothing. Help it’s the first time to do this and I’m frustrated a bit.

  • Jim Perry

    My iPhone is currently at firmware version 3.1.3. I upgraded as part of a restore sequence since I had no other choice. The phone was previously unlocked using Blackrain. I was able to tether which was my primary reason for jailbreaking the phone. One evening I had a low battery warning and turned the phone off and connected it to a power source to charge. A couple of hours later I noticed that the white Apple symbol was displayed on the screen. I unplugged the phone and attempted reset. The iPhone was frozen. I could not do anything with it. I connected the iPhone to my PowerBook and set about to restore it. Using iTunes I was forced to update. I had read all of the precautions relating to 3.1.3 but I had no choice (not that I am aware of). I want to restore tethering and I am ready to try jailbreak again. Was there any other solution to restoring my iPhone without updating the firmware?

  • NIO

    Isn’t this incorrect. If you have a carrier you should activate and if you do not you should not? That’s what I thought anyways Why Would you activate if you don’t have a carrier contract?

    Just wondering, you have some valuable information and comments.

    Step 8: Under “General Settings”, you have the option to activate the phone or not. This is a very important step so please read carefully.

    If you have a contract with an official carrier (such as AT&T in the US, or Orange in France, etc…), do not activate.

    If you do not have a contract with an official carrier (ie. you want to unlock for another carrier), you have to activate. Then you will have to install UltraSn0w or BlackSn0w from Cydia in order to fully unlock the phone.

    You will know you didn’t choose the right option if you don’t have signal after jailbreaking.

  • D

    for some reason my 3g jailbroken 3.1.2 bricked up on me yesterday. i tried everything in the world to restore it back to the jailbroken state but was unsuccessful. so i had to restore it and the only way was to upgrade to 3.1.3. the sets me back to square one and lost all my apps and now my iphone is locked again. what can i do to get out this mess. how do i jailbreak 3.1.3… ghotz i need your help lil brother………………….

  • Pifi09

    I’ve tried this twice already and keep getting stuck at step 12… it asks for my admin password and then it just stays at building ispw, i’ve been waiting for way longer than 15 minutes. Whats going on??

  • steven

    Stuck on ‘Connect device to USB’ … any answers to this so far????

  • Mark

    Also stuck on “Connect Device to USB” Screen, I am having Iphone 3G

  • Steve

    Am also stuck on “Connect device to USB” – we can’t all be doing something wrong…

  • BossLady

    Also stuck at the “connect device to usb” and I agree we can’t all be doing something wrong. I am on a MAC. Has anyone found a solution yet:-(

  • Vali

    @BossLady, you must be right, because i’m stuck at connect to usb also, tried all states of the phone, up and running, recovery mode and DFU, and it simply doesn’t see it. Can someone show some light to us and help us in using our phones?

  • Daniq

    I need a costume ipsw 3.1.3 done with pwnage tool. Can anyone help me? Please send to my email Thank You

  • John

    I am also stuck on “Connect device to USB”. maybe it is “delivering the payload” right now? idk. super lame though

  • dubstep

    much like john all i get to is connect device to usb. so i do and then nothing. anyone got any ideas on what to do. ive tried many other peoples advice like reinstalling itunes and getting rid of itunes helper and deleting itunes restore files. so im completely stumped. any help greatly appreciated cheers

  • Cory

    I just keep getting an error code while attempting to install the firmware (1604 and 1600)

  • sudarshan

    i bought a iphone 3g 3.1.3 baseband 5.12.01. i am a windows xp user. so if im not wrong what u r saying is the pawnage is not for windows.
    so what should i use to jailbreak?
    how do i unlock after jailbreak.

  • jones

    stuck at the connect, too…been looking online, but can’t find a solution. anyone know how to get pwnage tool to recognize my phone? i have a 3gs with unknown version os.

  • Makoto

    I’m stuck at Connect too!!! 🙁 No solution yet!

  • iFl0w

    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! Error 1904…. pleasee anybody mine is a 3gs on 3.1.3

  • colin

    how do i use pawnage tool,it keeps opening with iso buster,what program do i need to get it going

  • Lydia

    Hi there, you don’t know how happy I am right now. I couldn’t use my phone for 2 weeks because my little daughter blocked it and then I came across this page. I followed all your instructions and now my iphone is back. Thank you so much. I have been trying to fix it and tryied everything but yours was the best. if I was next to you I would give you a kiss now,lol

    What a relief.
    Take care and thank so much.

    To everyone here, my advise is follow every single step and read all that you are asked to read.

  • Sara Hodgson

    When are you going to bring out a complete JB file that one can download to desk top on windows xp, so all you have to do is connect the iPhone to computer and click on “open” and run, and the file just unlockes your iPhone while one puts the ” Kettle” on? Sara -:) <3 <3 <3

  • subrat

    Dear Seb,

    I recently purchased an iphone 3G with 3.1.3 OS and BB 05.14.02. I want to jailbreak this phone and then unlock it. Please give me some suggestions. Thanks

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  • Stuck on USB unrecognised… any solutions???