Step-by-Step Guide on How To Jailbreak iPhone 3GS & 4 Using GeoHot’s LimeRa1n

Last week, I was able to jailbreak iOS 4.1 on iPhone 3G using RedSn0w for Mac user. However, a friend told me that GeoHot released his new LimeRa1n jailbreaking tool. I tried to run it for my iPhone even if it is still in its beta version. Nonetheless, the jailbreak was successful and my iPhone is functioning the way it did. So, I guess I got to share this with you. Here is the step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak your iPhone using LimeRa1n.

About LimeRa1n

Developed by GeoHot, also the developer of the BlackRa1n, Lime Ra1n was released to jailbreak more devices and uses different bootrom-level. Unlike other jailbreaking tools, this one does not rely on SHAtter exploit. It is developed even better to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch 3G and 4G, the iPad and even AppleTV 2G.

GeoHot’s LimeRa1n is still in its beta release and you can expect that there are some bugs along the process. If you really are a jailbreaker at heart, feel free to use it to jailbreak your iPhone. However, before you do that, you have to know the following;

  • LimeRa1n is an iPhone jailbreaking tool and not an unlocking tool. Do not upgrade to iOS 4.1 if you rely on UltraSn0w to unlock your iPhone.
  • It does not support the beta versions of iOS. It only supports iOS 4.0, 4.0.1, 4.0.2 and 4.1.
  • With LimeRa1n, the jailbreak will be untethered.
  • As of this writing, LimeRa1n is available for Windows users only. Soon, GeoHot will release a version for Mac.
  • One of the known bugs is that Cydia will not appear after jailbreak; you have to reboot your iPhone to be able to find Cydia icon on the Springboard.

Jailbreak iPhone 3GS/4 with LimeRa1n

Now, if you are ready to perform this tutorial, then connect your iPhone into your PC and follow the steps provided below;

Step 1: Download LimeRa1n

Use your browser (Chrome, IE, Firefox) to navigate through There’s nothing much on that website but a link to download LimeRa1n. You can Click Here to download LimeRa1n for Windows.


Step 2: Save LimeRa1n

Just by clicking on the link on its official website, you will be prompted if you want to Open, Save or Cancel the download. Choose Save to download the small program into the directory you can easily find.


Step 3: Launch LimeRa1n

You just have to double-click it to launch. For beginners, right-click on limera1n.exe and click Open to launch the application.


Step 4: Make it Ra1n

This is the start of iPhone jailbreak process. Just click on the sole and big “make it ra1n” button.


Step 5: Recovery Mode

LimeRa1n will put your iPhone into recovery mode. Try to follow the instructions carefully;


Press the Power and Home buttons


You’ve got to release the Power button when LimeRa1n tells you so.


After such steps, your iPhone will now be on DFU mode and LimeRa1n will do its exploits.


As it is performing the jailbreak process, you will see an image of a raindrop on your iPhone screen.


Step 6: Jailbreak Done

When the jailbreak is done, a window will pop up and tell you that the process is complete.



Step 7: Power On Your iPhone

Turn your iPhone on. After which, you will be able to find the limera1n icon on your Springboard. Tap on it to launch.


You have to install Cydia package after you’ve launched limera1n.


After the installation, you have to REBOOT your iPhone. After which, feel free to run Cydia and let it do the updates that your iPhone needs.


So far, that’s how I did the iPhone jailbreak using LimeRa1n. I hope this tutorial can help you too.

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  1. After trying the step by step to jailbreak my iPhone,
    I didn’t managed to locate limera1n on the springboard.
    What went wrong?

  2. I have left my Iphone in a drawer for a few weeks. Last night I just connected to laptop
    1. turned laptop on
    2. connected cable and iphone.
    3. it spent a while charging
    4. message came up ‘something in relation to itunes’
    5 I launched itunes
    6. it restored Iphone!
    7. can only make emergency calls as the phone needs to be unlocked.
    So it looks like my issue is virtually solved.
    Hope you get yours working as well….

  3. hi,
    I have iphone 3g (jailbroken, unlocked) , tried to update but couldn’t get past step ‘release power button (had my finger on home button for over 10 minutes). So it’s stuck in recovery mode

    When I connected again iTunes said it’s in recovery mode and to ‘restore and update (itunes 10).
    Was in stage of restoring/updating and said an error occurred.
    Now every time I turn my phone on it shows the graphic to connect to iTunes.

    I recently updated my itunes to version 10, was on a lower version when I first connected my iphone to it.

    Any idea how I can fix this?

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