PwnageTool 4.01 Download Now Available! (Updated)


Update 1: PwnageTool updated to v4.01. This fixes an issue with iBooks 1.1. You will need to restore with another custom firmware.

The iPhone Dev Team does it again. In less than 24 hours after the release of iOS 4.0 by Apple, PwnageTool 4.0 has been released to jailbreak the latest iOS.

With recent updated releases of ultrasn0w to unlock all basebands, and redsn0w to jailbreak/activate the iPhone 3G/iPod Touch 2G, the Dev Team has been on fire.

Here’s the latest news from their PwnageTool 4.01 Release–Read this carefully:


Each supported device has few different scenarios that users need to consider when performing the upgrades, you need to check below and perform the upgrade in the particular way that matches your current device state.

NB: With PwnageTool 4.01 certain devices are not supported this is because they are not supported in iOS 4.0 or they are not supported by our software.

  • iPhone 2G – not supported
  • iPod Touch – not supported
  • iPod Touch 3G – not supported

iPhone 3G

  • If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3G at 3.1.2 (but not jailbroken with Spirit) then you should create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.0 and restore from recovery mode or DFU mode.
  • If you have an out of the box iPhone 3G you should restore using a PwnageTool 4.0 ipsw using DFU mode.
  • If you have a Jailbroken 3.1.3 iPhone 3G it is very possible that this can fail from recovery mode, if this failure happens you will need to restore using DFU mode.

IMPORTANT! Whenever you need to enter DFU mode, you will need to do so using PwnageTool.

iPhone 3GS

Summary: PwnageTool only works on previously jailbroken 3GS devices with the old bootrom.

  • If you have a Jailbroken iPhone 3GS with the OLD BOOTROM and you DID NOT use Spirit to jailbreak then you can create the ipsw with PwnageTool 4.01 and restore with recovery mode.
  • If you have an iPhone 3GS with the NEW BOOTROM this is NOT supported by PwnageTool 4.01

iPod touch 2G

  • If you have an iPod touch 2G that is jailbroken (but not with Spirit) then you can restore using recovery mode.

Baseband Unlock

  • iPhone 3G and 3GS baseband unlockers (those who rely on ultrasn0w to make phone calls) should always be very wary to update their firmware, however our Ultrasn0w application will unlock all recent (including the current) 3GS and 3G baseband firmware versions, once you are jailbroken using PwnageTool 4.0, install ultrasn0w from Cydia and you’ll be unlocked.
  • Remember! This baseband unlock situation is rare, should you upgrade your iPhone blindly at the next iOS release please don’t expect an unlock – but for now you are OK (whatever state your baseband is in).

Please feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below. We’ve got a bunch of expert help there, including our friendly moderators confucious and angie!

Official Bittorrent Releases

PwnageTool 4.01 Torrent – PwnageTool_4.01.dmg.5645662.TPB.torrent

SHA1 Sum = a7e83163b4868256ac887975d7d2fd230110cf68

SHA1 Sum = 15bdb90ec40f1e279bb648eb7e9d90ebe07b66d2

The scenarios above can be confusing so read them carefully. As always, jailbreaking is at your own risk. So please research before you attempt anything. Thanks Dev Team!

Update 1: I just created a custom 4.0 firmware (with v4.0) and restored my iPhone 3GS (old bootrom) and everything worked flawlessly on the first try. During your ‘restore from backup’ it might look frozen–but it’s not. Just let it run and it’ll finish. Mine took a long time.

[iPhone Dev Team]


  • Alsarraf M

    I have iPhone 3GS with the new botroom so I won't be able to jailbreak
    Is there any other jailbreak solutions

  • Xaroc

    what a shame lol. no love for us 3Gs New Boot Romers. i got my fingers crossed for the future

  • Maverick Lam

    Great, thanks for the updates. Now heading up to their site and get myself educated before using it.

  • MR

    Hmm, I wonder why it doesn't support iPod Touch 3rd gen.

  • GSilver

    How do I check if I have the new bootrom or not? I did upgrade to 3.1.3 and use Spirit, do that by default mean it was updated to the newest one?

    Thanks in advance

  • Stefano

    I am just discovering how to jailbreak and unlock my iphone 3GS 32GB, which I bought from Bell in April 2010. Here are the stats of my iphone:
    Version 3.1.3 (7E18)
    Carrier Bell 5.2
    Model MC134C
    Modem Firmware 05.12.01

    I have successfully jailbroken the iphone with Spirit.
    With yesterday's release of ultrasn0w 0.93, I successfully unlocked my iphone.

    Now, of course, I would like to upgrade to ios 4.
    If I read the instructions correctly, I can't jailbreak the iphone because I used Spirit.
    Is there any way that I can upgrade to ios4 and jailbreak and then unlock the iphone?
    Thanks for your assistance.

  • xxJDxx

    I don't get it. Theres no way to jailbreak if we used spirit to jb before…… Damn, wouldn't that be most jail breakers?

  • Stefano

    It appears that we just have to wait…

  • DaSandman

    No Windows jailbreak yet then? Will hold off another few days then …

  • mackman6151

    redsn0w works flawlessly (i'm on windows 7)

  • Stefano

    Do you mean it works flawlessly for ios4? With 05.12.01 Firmware, previously jailbroken with Spirit?

  • roadcarver

    I used the beta redsnow and guess what? On a 3G, there is an option during the JB screen to enable multi-tasking! Sweet! Just tried it (double tapping the home button) and it works!

  • Xaroc

    Beautiful. Thanks for giving us a heads up

    Sent from my iPad

  • caesar

    im on iPhone 3G, jailbroken with redsnow beta and unlocked with ultrasn0w…multitasking and background wallpaper works perfectly!!
    Although i have a feeling that its gonna drain my battery!!

  • dashparr

    jailbroke 4.0 on my iPhone 3G. However, Settings > General does not work! DOH

  • Keelee

    I have a 3g 8gig iphone and is jailbroken. Do I need to run the PwnageTool first and then upgrade to the OS 4.0?

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  • Tof

    Hi dashparr !! I've got the same problem. Did you solve it ? Does it work with PnwageTool 4.01 ?? I selected the “multitask” option. And you ? Previously I was on 3.1.3 on my jailbroken (always with PwnageTool) iPhone 3G…

  • Kerry

    I have iphone 3gs jailbroken 3.1.2. Noticed devteam says phone must be put int dfu mode via Pwnage 4.01. Phone won't go into dfu mode thourhg Pwnage. Connect the dvice and it the screen just sits there. Nwo trying to put into dfu mode using Pwnage 3.1.3.

  • I just created a custom firmware and restored with it in iTunes.

  • Kerry

    I've tried that several times but iTunes says there's an error in the firmware file and won't restore the phone with the custom restore file that Pwnage creates.

  • Ex

    What's the error code?

  • Fong_alfredo

    Use “redsn0w-1” for Iphone 3G, first upgrade then when you have it already activate run redsn0w-1

  • Amckitte

    How do you know if my 3gs has a new boot? If it has the new boot can I do anything to unlock it? I have been trying the pwnage tool 4.0 and it wont go into DFU mode does this mean it wont work?

  • Asjid hussain

    how do u get pwnage tool 4.0?