UPDATE: (June 29th, 2009) – This tutorial has been updated for OS 3.0. If you have not yet updated to the 3.0 firmware, continue reading. Otherwise please go here, for the new tutorial.

UPDATE: (June17th, 2009) – As you know, there is a firmware update today. If you want to keep using your hacked apps, DO NOT UPDATE, until the new jailbreak tools are released, and mobileinstallation patch 3.0 is in Cydia. Once a new jailbreak is avaiable, the steps below should work. If anything has changed, I will post new instructions.

UPDATE: (June 20th, 2009) – Well, a Jailbreak has been officially released for OS 3.0, via Pwnage Tool and redsn0w. You should be able to go ahead and update and re-jailbreak now. I haven’t had a chance to use 3.0 jailbroken, as I have upgraded to a 3GS, and sold my 2G. I would imagine there is a new patch to allow you use your hacked apps now. Please message me, or comment below with any feedback you may have.

I’ve had quite a few requests to post a guide on how to set up your iPhone or iPod Touch, so that you can use the hacked apps that you download via torrents, or other sources besides iTunes. So, here goes…

qwickpwnscreenFirst off, your device must be Jailbroken. The Jailbreak and unlock was accomplished not long after the original iPhone was released, as it was only released in the US, and only on AT&T. The unlock is not important for this post, so I will just be talking about the Jailbreak. The easiest way to Jailbreak is with the iPhone Dev Team’s QuickPwn. It is a GUI app, for Mac and Windows, that will accomplish the Jailbreak on the Iphone and iPod Touch, on all 2.0 firmwares, excluding the new, 2nd gen iPod Touch. You can download all versions (including Pwnage Tool, which is a little more complicated) via torrent here:

http://thepiratebay.org/user/iphonedev/

To use this software, you should first do a clean restore from iTunes, with the latest firmware. Once this is complete, exit iTunes, open QuickPwn, and follow the step by step instructions. Pay close attention and make sure you follow every img_00014step. If you’ve done everything right, you’ll get a confirmation screen. (a LOLcat saying I HAZ SUCCESS!).

With the Jailbreak complete, you’ll notice your home screen looks a little different. You’ll see Cydia or Installer, or both. On a side note, if you install “Winterboard”, you can completely change the look of your device.

I prefer to use Cydia, so that’s what I’ll be using to install the hacked mobileinstallation file. Open up Cydia. This is what the home screen looks like:

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Then you need to add a source. Tap “Manage” on the bottom, and you’ll see this:

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Then tap “Sources”, and tap “Edit” in the top right corner. Then tap “Add” in the top left corner and enter this: http://iphone.org.hk/apt. Then tap “Add Source”, and “done”.

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Next, while still in Cydia, tap “Search” in bottom right corner, and type in mobileinstallation patch. You should only get one result.

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Select the item and tap “Install” in the top right corner. Then “Confirm”. Just let it run. As you can see from my clock on the screen shots, the process only takes a minute, or two.

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Next, just close Cydia and reboot your device, by pressing and holding the power and home button for about 5 seconds. That’s it. Your ready to use all those free apps you didn’t get from iTunes.

All you need to do now is double click, or drag your .IPA files in to iTunes, connect your device, and sync. iTunes will install the apps and games just as if you had downloaded them from the App Store. You will even be able to receive updates. If you have any free or paid apps the you have downloaded from iTunes, not to worry. They will still work just fine.

Well I hope this helps the few of you that have been asking about this. Please feel free to leave a comment, if you have any further questions. Please rememeber that this does void your warranty of your device, so if you do need to use your warranty, make sure you restore in iTunes, before returning your device to Apple, or where ever. Also, you do this at your own risk, and I take no resposibility, if your device becomes “bricked”, or unusable, in anyway. I am meerly providing a guide of the methods that have worked for me. Good luck, and enjoy your new found freedom!

UPDATE: (Jan 30, 2009) In case you haven’t heard, a new firmware has been released, (2.2.1), via iTunes. New versions on Pwnage Tool, QuickPwn, and the Mobileinstallation Patch have also been released, so all the above steps should still work for using the hacked apps and games.

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