Untethered iOS 4.3.1 Jailbreak Hits the Web

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The always busy iPhone Dev-Team released PwnageTool 4.2 on Sunday, bringing untethered jailbreak support to iOS 4.3.1. The software-based tool lets users hack their iOS devices so they can install third-party apps that haven’t been approved for distribution through Apple’s iTunes-based App Store.

PwnageTool 4.2PwnageTool 4.2 Offers tether-free jailbreaking

This latest PwnageTool update lets users jailbreak without requiring a physical connection to their computer every time the restart their iOS device. The hack is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS, iPhone 4 and Verizon iPhone 4, the first generation iPad, third and fourth generation iPod touches, and the second generation Apple TV.

Jailbreaking with PwnageTool 4.2 involves downloading PwnageTool for Mac OS X, downloading the IPSW updater file for iOS 4.3.1 via iTunes 10.2.1, and letting PwnageTool handle the installation on supported iOS devices.

Apple doesn’t support jailbreaking, so don’t expect the company to offer any help if something goes wrong during installation, or if you experience stability issues or other problems.

PwnageTool 4.2 is free and available for download at the iPhone Dev-Team Web site.

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Clarification: PwnageTool 4.3 supports iPhone 3G and Verizon iPhone 4 on on iOS 4.2.1, but those phones don’t support iOS 4.3.1.

Dave Hamilton

I did the jailbreak with redsn0w (also available from the same link in the article) and it worked flawlessly. I think redsn0w’s a little easier in that it does all the work for you. However, if you need to preserve an unlock, I believe PwnageTool is the right one to use.


I did the jailbreak with redsn0w (also available from the same link in the article) and it worked flawlessly.

Q: do you upgrade to 4.3.1 through iTunes first, then do this? Or is this part of the upgrade? I’ve never used redsn0w or PwnageTool.

Dave Hamilton

My understanding of the instructions is to update to 4.3.1 first, then perform the jailbreak.





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