What are my options? (Jailbroken iPhone 3G iOS 4.2.1 stuck in iTunes recovery mode)
This is my first post and all I ask is a pointer in the right direction.
Last August I bought for my kid a jailbroken iPhone 3G iOS 4.2.1 (8C148) for use on T-Mobile voice/text with WiFi for data & Windows XP; the iPhone is currently stuck in iTunes "recovery mode".
Unfortunately, I don't know the baseband version (because the iPhone 3G will not boot to the Springboard/Winterboard GUI).
I need advice on which general direction to proceed.
Here are some relevant details:
- The jailbroken iPhone 3G iOS 4.2.1 has been working fine since August on T-Mobile
- The only 'problem' was that Cydia video apps apparently work best on iOS 3.1.3
- Suddenly, this weekend, the iPhone 3G locked itself into recovery mode
- I connected it to iTunes but stopped short when it wanted to install iOS 5.x
- Doing research, I have come up with a tentative plan for recovery
- Would technically knowledgeable folks here please review my plan & offer advice?
In my plan, the goal will be mainly in this order:
- Recover the phone, if possible with all data & with the jailbroken iOS intact
- If that's not possible, at least recover the data & get the iPhone back on T-Mobile
- That may require 'unjailbreaking' or learning how to 'jailbreak' myself
- If possible, I would also like to downgrade to iOS 3.3.1
What confuses me is what are the proper recovery steps for the data and the iOS.
How does this plan look so far?
- Download the iOS 3.3.1 ipsw from iClarified
- Connect the iPhone to Windows XP iTunes via the USB cable
- Start the backup process & hope that the data backs up (it has never been backed up)
- Hold the shift key down to install the iOS 3.1.3 ipsw (somehow?)
- Once the iOS 3.1.3 is installed, I need to then figure out how to jailbreak it
- Presumably I use one of these WinXP jailbreak tools
iOS 3.x, JailbreakMe jailbreak tool
iOS 4.1 & 4.2.1 greenpois0n jailbreak tool
iOS 4.1 limera1n jailbreak tool (Windows & Mac)
iOS 4.3.3 pwnagetool Mac-only jailbreak tool
iOS 4.3.1 Redsn0w 0.9.6rc9 jailbreak tool, Windows & Mac
iOS 4.3.3 Sn0wbreeze 2.7 untethered jailbreak
- Or, maybe I can use an 'unjailbreak' tool?
- Would someone kindly advise me as to the next steps?
May I ask:
Q: What would you suggest as my next steps to resolve this problem?
I am now past the activation/hactivation step in restoring an iPhone 3G back to JB
Unfortunately, I don't have an 'active' AT&T SIM card; but I have my 3-month old AT&T SIM card (because I switched off of AT&T expressly because they penalize users of smart phones who do not want a data plan)!
The 'activation' step in iTunes 'seemed' to work using that inactive AT&T SIM card!
Here is what I 'think' are the next steps based on my googling (is this right?):
- This morning, I downgraded iOS 4.2.1 to iOS 3.1.3 using iTunes, iClarify, & Tiny Umbrella (in order to get out of iTunes restore mode)
- But then, the iPhone 3G had no sea-of-icons iPod home screen, and could only make emergency calls on T-Mobile
- My next step was to activate (either with an active or inactive AT&T SIM card or using Hacktivate (with Redsn0w & SAM)
- Note: Luckily, I didn't need Redsn0w because my 3-month old inactive AT&T SIM card worked great with iTunes to activate the iPhone 3G.
- That finally got me the iPod-like sea-of-icons home screen! (I'm here now.)
- I think now I need to set up the home WiFi encryption key information
- And then, I think, I need to install Cydia (can I now upload Cydia at this point?)
- With Cydia, I can upload Ultrasn0w
- Then, I can Jailbreak (using Ultrasn0w)
- Lastly, I need to unlock (again using Ultrasn0w)
Is this the correct plan of action for an iPhone 3G, iOS3.1.3, Baseband 06.15.00-5.9?
Success at last! The iPhone 3G is back in business jailbroken & unlocked
Success at last!
I'm hoping the 3.1.3 iOS will be faster & more compatible (e.g., with Cycorder) than the 4.2.1 was; however, I'm not really sure 'how' I downgraded to iOS 3.1.3 without going into DFU mode (must have been the TSS button in Tiny Umbrella); but with your advice and that from others, things moved (finally) right along! [IMG]
Apparently, now that I'm on iOS 3.1.3, I had these options for jailbreaking:
a) Spirit (download it to the PC, tether the iPhone, and hit 1 button to jailbreak)
c) Jailbreakme.com (connect to wifi, go to JailbreakMe 3.0 in Safari, follow instructions to jailbreak)
Here is what I did:
1. In a prior post, I finally got out of iTunes recovery mode by using Tiny Umbrella, iTunes, and iClarify ipsw files for the iPhone 3G iOS 3.1.3 (all the data was lost in that process)
2. In a prior post, I activated the iPhone by tethering to iTunes & using my 3-month-old inactive AT&T card
3. Now, with the T-Mobile SIM card in the still-locked iPhone ... I set up the WiFi encryption for my home network (I don't have the T-Mobile data plan ... which is the whole reason for switching off of AT&T)
4. And then simply went to Jailbreakme.com in Safari & moved the slider to begin the process
- I eventually saw the message "Cydia has been added to the home screen" (so that solves the question of how to get Cydia on board)
5. I started Cydia ...
- It asked "Who Are You?" (I said "Hacker" although that was being generous)
- Cydia started downloading packages & reloading data.
- Cydia requested one of 3 essential upgrades (Essential, complete, ignore).
- I let it do a complete upgrade & then it asked to "Close Cydia & Restart".
6. I clicked on the open-book icon for "Manage" at the bottom of the Cydia screen
- Then I hit the "Sources" button in the center of the screen.
- Then I hit "repo666.ultrasn0w.com" & then "ultrasn0w" (which only then revealed itself to be version 1.2.4)
- I hit the "install" and "confirm" buttons & it installed & reloaded data.
- I had to hit the home button to "Reaload Springboard"
- As I was reading what to do next, a zillion backed-up text messages came in (it is, after all, my kid's iPhone)
7. I went to the home screen & pressed Settings, General, Network, and changed "Enable 3G" from "ON" to "OFF".
8. I had the T-Mobile SIM card already in so I didn't have to pop it in at this point ... but ... everything was working perfectly by this point.
My kid lost all the data ... but now, thanks to a lot of Internet research, we started with a T-Mobile jailbroken/unlocked iOS 4.2.1 iPhone 3G (baseband 06.15.00) which was stuck in iTunes restore mode - and now ended with a working T-Mobile jailbroken/unlocked iOS 3.3.1 iPhone 3G (baseband stayed the same)!
To help others, here are some related pictures.