WinPwn 2.5 Released to Jailbreak iPhone Firmware 2.0.2; Includes QuickPwn Support

The much awaited WinPwn tool 2.5 to jailbreak iPhone firmware 2.x including firmware 2.0.2 has been released.

The latest version of WinPwn tool comes with an all new user interface and also includes QuickPwn support, which is a quicker and easier jailbreaking method.

The iPhone Dev Team had recently released Pwnage Tool v2.0.3.1 to jailbreak iPhone firmware 2.0.2 but was only available for Mac users. WinPwn 2.5 is the Windows version of the Pwnage Tool.

WinPwn 2.5 can be used to jailbreak, unlock and activate iPhone running firmware 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.0.2. It can also be used to jailbreak iPhone 3G running firmware 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 but cannot unlock iPhone 3G. As you might already know, the iPhone Dev Team is still working on the software method to unlock iPhone 3G.

The latest version of the tool comes with an all new user interface and includes the following features:

  • QuickPwn Support for iPhone firmware 2.0/2.0.1/2.0.2
  • Root partition resize support
  • Installer support
  • Basic / Expert modes
  • Wizard style interface
  • Automatic updater
  • Support for WinXP and Vista 32/64bit.

It also supports QuickPwn which uses the new jailbreaking process in which you can pwn your iPhone to jailbreak it without needing to restore it using iTunes making it quicker and easier.

It will also install the new and improved version of Installer app. You will no longer need to download the complete installer of WinPwn as it has an automatic updater feature.

You can use WinPwn in either Basic or Expert mode. The basic mode is like the easy mode where it uses default settings. All you need to do is build a custom firmware image and restore your iPhone using that custom firmware via iTunes.

The expert mode as the name suggests gives you more control over the process.

You can download WinPwn 2.5 from this link. You must uninstall any older version of WinPwn before you install the latest version.

You can also checkout these step-by-step guides published by BigBoss here:

  • Using WinPwn 2.5 – Basic Mode (Link)
  • Using WinPwn 2.5 – Expert Mode (Link)
  • Using QuickPwn in WinPwn 2.5 (Link)

Here are some FAQs published by BigBoss for troubleshooting in case you hit an issue:

Q) There are no images in custom images online.
A) Try again later. The servers may be hammered and not responsive. This is a temporary issue.

Q) It made my custom firmware and I cannot find it. Where is it?
A) You can search for .ipsw in the windows search box. It is probably in “my documents”. It starts with custom.

Q) Winpwn crashes during creating a custom firmware (just closes out) and no firmware file is made.
A) Follow expert mode and up your partition size to 700mb.

Q) I followed the steps and now my 3g no longer has service.
A) You probably selected activation during the process. You need iTunes to activate your 3g. Redo the steps.

If you hit any issues you can also checkout the update version of the QuickPwn tool which another Windows tool to jailbreak iPhone.

As always do remember, hacking your iPhone is at your own risk and it is always a good idea to backup your iPhone.

Please do let us know how it goes.

[via WinPwn blog]


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  • sb37

    I used the QuickPwn tool to unlock/jailbreak my 1st gen iPhone. I had previously installed fresh 2.0.1 fw using iTunes.

    The tool worked very well and the interaction – though in text were clear.

    The phone seems to be unlocked and jailbroken but when I put in my AT&T sim card (from my existing phone), phone shows no signal and cannot make a call.

    Can you please help and suggest what am I doing wrong ? Can the QuickPwn tool be used for this purpose ?

  • Ben

    sb37 you activated your iphone which you are not meant to do. You can put it in expert mode and when it says do you want to activate click no, but it should have been done when it asks if you are with an approved carrier.

  • mIKE

    I used winpwn 2.5 today and everything was fine until i uploaded the custom.ipsw and it said could not upload becuase of error (6) wtf is error six? im redoing it now and hopefully it works if it does, i might make a video to show how to use it once i figure out wtf is wrong with it

  • noob

    How do install customised ipsw via iTune? I have tried restoring from the list given by iTune, but none looks like the customised one.

  • sb37

    ben – thanks for your response. Maybe I should clarify – I don't have a iphone plan with at&t – I only have a regular dataplan with them. Should I still select "do not activate" ?

    Would greatly appreciate help from any of the experienced people here.

  • mofarmania

    I was unlocking my 1st gen iphone and the phone shut off when the baseband was being flashed. Now I can't get iTunes to retore ANY firmware. It's completely bricked. Any suggestions?!

  • Hey mofarmania,

    Sorry to hear about that.

    You should be able to restore your iPhone by putting your iPhone in DFU (Device Firmware Upgrade) mode. You can follow these steps to achieve this:

    * Connect your iPhone to your computer
    * Turn iPhone off
    * Hold power and home together for 10 seconds (exactly)
    * Release power but keep holding home until the computers beeps (observed on a PC) as a USB device is recognized.
    * At no point will the display come on. Now your restore should work.

    Hope it helps.


  • lutzus

    ATTENTION – don't use the Quickpwn Option of Winpwn just for jailbreaking an offical iphone (1st Gen.) – it will unlock without asking giving issues with the lockdown files (Youtube not longer working).

  • seminolejohn

    I guess I am lost. I have a perfectly functioning jailbroken original IPhone running 1.1.3. I think I want to install ver 2.x firmware. winpwn 2.5 is apparently for 1.1.4. Do I go directly from 1.1.3 using iTunes (version???)to firmware 2.x or do I have to upgrade to 1.1.4 and jailbreak, first?
    Then, once I am on firmware 2.X will I be able to recover any of my applications/themes/etc. from the 1.1.3 (as presently using?)

  • seminolejohn

    Help, again. I thought I followed the winpawn 2.5 instructions. I now have a not Jailbroken fw 2.0.2 iphone. No matter what I tried I was not able to get iTunes to do anything but restore (and update). How do I get Cydia installed?

  • Alex

    Ciao folks,

    I have a problem, I have new iphone 3G with O2 sim card (Czech Rep.) I jailbroke (using Quick pwn mode) my phone, everything went well, but at the end my phone was showing no service and I could not find any carrier… Is there any way how to fix it when unlock program does not exists yet…????? Please help.. Thanks

  • Viky

    I have the ipsw ready using the WinPwn 2.5 but an not able to restore my iphone using itunes…how do i get itunes to restore from the customized file? Pls help

  • Jason

    Hey guys i recently jailbroke my 3G iphone 2.0.2 and now itunes isn't reading my iphone. How can i restore my iphone? or how can i configure my phone so itunes reads my iphone? I really need help with this issue, any help would be great. Thank you

  • Jason

    Hey guys i recently jailbroke my 3G iphone 2.0.2 and now itunes isn't reading my iphone. How can i restore my iphone? or how can i configure my phone so itunes reads my iphone? I really need help with this issue, any help would be great. Thank you

  • Jason

    Hey guys i recently jailbroke my 3G iphone 2.0.2 and now itunes isn't reading my iphone. How can i restore my iphone? or how can i configure my phone so itunes reads my iphone? I really need help with this issue, any help would be great. Thank you

  • Justin

    Where can i find an IPSW for my 1st generation iPhone updated to 2.0.2 version. I need it for use on WinPWN 2.5 beta. Please help (running Windows Vista)


    i updated my3g v2 to 2.0.2 firmware.
    i had a yessim on working good on GSM
    Greece Cosmote,when i jailbreak it with
    winpwn 2.5 my gsm carier signal comes and go until it says -no sim-.
    i close the phone i open again and i have the same problem,please tell me what i can do?
    thanks a lot

  • John Doe

    I previously used ZiPhone to jailbreak and unlock my 1st gen iPhone and had no problems. I just upgraded to 2.0.2 from 1.1.4 and used WinPwn 2.5 to jailbreak it. After doing so, I was required to re-activate my iPhone before I could sync/restore. Not sure if I did something wrong but while annoying, the more serios problem is that any App I install from the AppStore (paid or free) will not run. I get icons but when tapped, they only give a blank screen for a few seconds and then return to the homepage. I tried re-pwning the phone to no avail. AppStore is the ONLY reason I finally gave up 1.1.4. I saw a similar post under the WinPwn 2.4 article comments but no replies. Anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions

  • Kyn

    Anyone know if we can use this tool to Jailbreak and unlock with 2.1 Firmware?

  • carlos

    just go to but you have to sing up with them is totally free they have alot of stuff to customize your iphone including all the ipsw's (firmwares)

  • adan

    i have a 3g iphone and tried to jailbreak it. i followed the instructions but my battery died towards the end of the process. so i tried it again and now when it gets towards the end of the process it closes the program and a data execution prevention thing pops up and says it closed the program. now itunes isnt recognizing the iphone. it says it could not connect to iphone because an invalid responce was recieved from the device. if any one could help i would appreciate it. because now im stuck with a bricked iphone.

  • Hey Adan,

    Sorry to hear about your problem.

    You can restore your iPhone by putting it in DFU mode.

    You can follow these steps to achieve this:
    Connect your iPhone to your computer.
    Turn iPhone off.
    Hold power and home together for 10 seconds (exactly).
    Release power but continue holding the home button until iTunes pops up a message telling you that it has detected an iPhone in recovery mode.
    Clicking Ok should restore your iPhone.

    Hope this helps.


  • asif

    Hello friends I just recently jailbroken my 3G iphone with winpwn-2.5 beta successfully after jailbroken it was working activated but i dont know what happen exactly when I connected phone with itunes of latest verion since that time phone is not working and whenever I turn on phone it shows logo screen of iPwned with winpwm 2.5 and keep coming the logo screen and seems like the screen is frozen. When i connect the phone with itunes via pc then phones vibrates for few minutes with logo screen then freeze again and itunes says that this iphone firmware is corrupted!!! Anyone can tell me what to do please? Should I restore factory settings or run winpwn-2.5 software again to fix the firmware corrupted files again?

  • Me

    hi, ok so i'm in definite need of help here.. i got my iphone 3g about a week ago and have been trying to jailbreak it with every pwn there is haha. So i can't get pwnage tool to work, BUT quickpwn will… my problem though is that i go through the entire quickpwn process nice and easy, everything is fine.. even says "i haz success" but all my iphone does is go to a white screen for about 10 minutes and then goes dark, like its off. i've rebooted my phone and tried and failed in this way several times.. i don't know what to do please help…..

  • the real john doe

    ok, so real simple, 3g is jailbroken but not unlocked… is there a way to unlock? i want to use my tmobile jus like i did with the 2g….. 🙁 . i guess its not out yet. october 8th 2008

  • raj

    I just jailbroken my inactive iphone 3g(with 2.0.2) , it ativated my iphone 3g and jailbroken my iphone 3g . everything went well and quick. thanks to winpwn team.
    I am planing to update to 2.1 and jailbreak 2.1 . I think unlocking 3g(2.1) is not yet available . if any one knows how to unlcok 3g (2.0.2) or 2.1 , please post here.

  • Roomie

    Hi I keep running into the same issues with using the hack on my iphone. Every time I installed a theme from cydia. It messes up my phone and I can't use my dialer to call out and when I do it through my contact list I am not able to hang up on any calls. A little help here please?

  • psriva

    I used the winpwn tool with my ipod touch(1.1.5 first gen) and now it is identified by itunes as an iphone, and won't restore to the "iPhone1,1_2.0_5A347_Custom_Restore" file. I have itunes 7.7. Any help?