So your iPhone had some issues and you tried to restore it directly via iTunes but it failed. In the end your iPhone won’t boot and it’s stuck on recovery loop. You read online that there’s no way to downgrade it. You’re left with no choice but to update it to iOS 4.3.5 which has a tethered jailbreak. To make it worse, you have the iPad baseband 6.15.00 which doesn’t allow you to restore directly via iTunes.
Thankfully, there’s still a way out from this misery. Apple is silently signing iOS 4.1 for 3GS which means you can still downgrade to this version and have an untethered jailbreak. There are many apps which are no longer supported on iOS 4.1 but hey, beggars can’t be choosers right?
Here are the steps:
1. Download iOS 4.1 firmware for iPhone 3GS from here.
2. Download sn0wbreeze 2.1 from here.
3. Launch sn0wbreeze and build a custom firmware (for beginners choose simple mode). You can also download iOS 4.1 hacktivated custom firmware from here. Once done, iREB will guide you on how to pawn-DFU your iPhone to allow it to accept custom firmware. Simply follow the on-screen instructions.
4. Check to make sure your host file will only point to Apple server. If you’ve used TinyUmbrella before, there’s a chance that the host file is set to Saurik’s server. To be sure, a clean host file will look something like shown below.
5. To edit your host file, go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc. Right click ‘hosts’ file and open it with Notepad. Remove any line that says gs.apple.com (On Windows 7 or Vista, choose Run as Administrator).
6. Once you’ve checked your host file, launch iTunes and click Shift+Restore and point to the custom firmware you’ve just created.
7. Sit back and relax. You’ll notice that iTunes allows you to restore to iOS 4.1. Nice!
8. Once the restore is complete, your iPhone is already in jailbroken state (Cydia installed). Now go ahead and unlock it with ultrasn0w.
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