Netflix now on Jailbroken iPhones/iPod Touches

Holy crap, I’ve done a lot of iPhone posts recently. This one, in short, is about getting Netflix on your iPhone. :D

Tutorial

If you want netflix NOW, and don’t want to wait, there’s a simple (yet tedious) process for getting the iPad app to work on your iPhone, as strange as that seems.

  1. Download the Netflix app for iPad here. No, you don’t need an iPad to download the app. After the app has downloaded fully, right click the app and click “Show in Windows Explorer” or “Show in Finder” (Depending on your OS).
  2. You’ll see the Netflix app in a window. Copy it to your desktop or something so it’s easier to work with. Rename it from “Netflix.ipa”  to “Netflix.zip” and then extract the zip file.
  3. Inside the extracted folder, you’ll find a folder called “Payload.” Inside THAT folder, you will find another folder called “Netflix.app.” SSH into your iPod and copy the “Netflix.app” folder to your device’s /Applications/ folder.
  4. Now, you have to set the permissions of the folder to 755. This can be different depending on your client. Some will let you right click the folder, click “properties,” and set the permissions to 755. If you have access to a command terminal, try “chmod 755 Netflix.app” or, if that fails, “chmod 755 -r Netflix.app.”
  5. Reboot your iPhone. All the way.
  6. Now, you’ll need to find a 3rd party browser that will allow you to spoof the iPad’s browser (i.e. it will make websites think that you’re browsing from an iPad). There are two cheap ones; Atomic Web is just $0.99, and Perfect Browser is $1.99. They are both very good and well worth the small price tag. In either browser, you’ll need to go to Settings and select “Safari iPad” under “Identify Browser” (in Atomic Web) or “Desktop Rendering” (in Perfect Browser).
  7. Browse to Netflix.com, login, find a movie to watch instantly, and launch it. The Netflix app will take care of the rest.
  8. Enjoy your movie.

FaceTime over 3G Tutorial

For those of you who have jailbroken their iPhone 4’s with the fatastic jailbreakme.com jailbreak, it is very, very easy to use FaceTime over the 3G network. That’s right; you can now make video calls to any iPhone from anywhere with 3G reception (mustn’t… bash… AT&T… coverage…).

Tutorial

It’s really easy. Just follow these few short steps.

  1. Jailbreak your iPhone 4. It takes like 5 minutes and you don’t need a computer.
  2. Open Cydia and install all updates. This fixes an issue with FaceTime and MMS that the jailbreak caused.
  3. In Cydia, click on the “Manage” tab, tap “Sources,” tap “Edit,” and add the source “http://apt.modmyi.com/”
  4. Refresh your sources, and then look for the “My3G” app. Install it.
  5. Go through the Rock setup process, including making a username and password for yourself. Run the app, and leave all your settings at default.
  6. Now, disconnect from any wifi networks (i.e. forget any networks nearby or turn off wifi) or go somewhere without wifi reception, and then make a FaceTime call. That’s it!

iPhone OS 4.0 Jailbreaks without computer, tutorial

With jailbreaking officially legal by every stipulation, there’s never been a better time to give it a shot. “But what if it’s too hard?” you may ask. Well, have no fear. There’s a new jailbreak that you can do, from your iPhone. I haven’t seen a jailbreak this easy since iOS 1.1.1, which was when my iPod Touch was new. It’s THAT old. I’m not even entirely sure how it works. But hey! It works!

Tutorial

If you want to jailbreak your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad with 4.0 firmware on it, and get things like themes, jailbroken apps, powerful features, or other awesome jailbroken innovations, simply browse to

http://www.jailbreakme.com

-or-

http://jailbreakme.modmyi.com

on your device, and drag the nifty little “slide to jailbreak” slider. AND THAT’S IT. How crazy simple is that? I mean, I love comex for this.

Be warned, though, that the servers are under a huge load, because everyone and their cousin wants to jailbreak their iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, etc. So, if one of those links seems to be “down,” it’s probably just the server screaming in pain under the weight of everyone’s iDevices. So, be patient, retry a few times if you need.

And, if all else fails, check here for my tried-and-tested jailbroken recovery method.

Update:

Apparently, FaceTime is buggy/nonworking after jailbreaking with this method, for most people. So, if you’re on your iPhone, and use FaceTime a lot (yes, a lot is two words), I’d stay away from this jailbreak for right now, just to be safe.

Update 2 – Fix:

Alright, there’s a super simple FaceTime fix. Backup your iPhone, use Jailbreakme.com, and then restore your iPhone to that backup. This apparently fixes it. Don’t restore your iPhone to the firmware (i.e. restore to factory settings), because that defeats the purpose.

Free iPod/iPhone help!

I know a lot (and I mean a lot) of people have gotten iPods or iPhones for Christmas, and, given by the amount of people visiting my previous fixing iPod article yesterday, I’m assuming that there are a bunch of people that either need help setting their iPods up, have encountered some sort of error, or want to know how to do something with their iPods or iPhones. If anyone needs help jailbreaking their device, getting it set up, or anything like that, I provide free, non-professional help. As a disclaimer, I’m not responsible to anything that may happen to your device, although, seeing my track record, I can probably help you. Either post a comment or contact me, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Jailbreaking iPhone/iPod 3.1, 3.1.1, 3.1.2

With the release of the new iPhone/iPod Touch firmware version 3.1.2, requests for a stable, working jailbreak have sprung up like wildfire all over the internet. Geohot, the brains behind PurpleRa1n, has an answer. Already. Enter Blackra1n, a quick, clean, and painless method to jailbreak (NOT UNLOCK) your iPhone or iPod Touch. The iPhone DevTeam promises to have a version of QuickPwn running as soon as possible, but has been unable to produce anything yet. Here’s a quick little tutorial on how to get your device jailbroken and working as soon as possible. Have any issues? Post a comment!

Warning! Read carefully to avoid bricking your device!
If you have an iPhone 3G or 3GS, and currently unlock your device, do NOT upgrade to 3.1, 3.1.1 or 3.1.2 as it will remove your baseband unlock! Basebands can NOT be downgraded. Additionally, this jailbreak is tethered for the “3G” (new) iPod touches (size 32GB and 64GB). There is no jailbreak for the 8GB iPod Touch 3G.

The kid looks like Frodo, doesnt he?

The kid looks like Frodo, doesn't he?

Tutorial, in plain and simple English.

1. Make sure you are on an OFFICIAL Apple stock 3.1, 3.1.1 or 3.1.2 firmware. (Get it here)

2. Get BlackRa1n by going to BlackRa1n.com and clicking the windows logo at the bottom.  (Or click here) 2. Plug your iPod Touch or iPhone into your computer.

3. Start iTunes, and make sure your device is detected. If you don’t have the latest version of iTunes, get it here. (I got it working on version 9.0.1)

4. Run BlackRa1n (blackra1n.exe), and click “Make It Ra1n.”

5. You will see an “Entering Recovery” message, and your iPod/iPhone will display the BlackRa1n logo. Wait a few minutes; your device will reboot automatically.

6. On your device, run the “blackra1n” app and choose either Cydia ,Icy, or Rock(I personally just use Cydia; its more stable, and you can install the other two through it. And no, I’ve never tried “Rock”).

7. Kick back, relax, and watch the fireworks.

Read more on BlackRa1n here

Recovering music from your iPhone!

Everyone knows that iPhones and iPod Touches are NOTHING like their predecessors when it comes to restoring your music library after some catistrophic computer mishap or hard drive failure. It happens a lot, and I’m probably one of the biggest culprits. A while back, I found all my songs on my iPod Nano, imported them into iTunes without copying them onto my computer, and then told iTunes to wipe my iPod. Within seconds, all my music (yeah, at the time it was only 8 gigs, but still) was gone. Needless to say, I wasn’t very pleased. I figured that the easiest way to help people out with it is to write up a little tutorial. Below, you’ll find tutorials for PC as well as Mac users, and all the download links you need.

“I’m a PC.”

Well, isn’t that nice for you then. The PC tutorial is markedly easier, and involves just one piece of software that many people already have: WinAmp. WinAmp is an iTunes replacement, and can be tweaked to do anything from DJ’ing to internet radio broadcasting. However, we are going to install a plugin that allows it to interface with an iPod Touch or iPhone, and back up its music. Alright; lets get started.

Download everything!
You’ll need to download Winamp, and the ml_iPod plugin for Winamp. Make sure you get version 3.08 or later of ml_iPod or it won’t support iPhone/iPod Touch devices. You do not need to download the “Pro” version of Winamp, and you can choose whether or not you want to download it with the free bundled .mp3. Install Winamp first by running the file you downloaded, follow all the steps, and enable any features you’d like. Then, run the ml_iPod plugin installer, follow all the steps, restart Winamp if its running, and get ready to rock and roll.

Getting started.
If you haven’t already, plug your iPod Touch/iPhone into your computer, run iTunes, but DO NOT SYNC IT or you will lose all of your music. Connecting it is crucial in initializing the device communication drivers. Next, you’ll want to close iTunes completely and open up WinAmp. If all goes well, you should notice your iPod Touch/iPhone on the left hand side menu. If not, try unplugging your device, waiting a minute or so, and plugging it back in. Still no luck? Restart your computer and re-launch Winamp, then try again. If you’re still getting nothing, you may have installed something wrong, old, or corrupted, and I recommend you uninstal everything and start from step one again, or contact me.

Prepping your device.
The best way to guarantee a clean backup is to make sure your device has a clean, correct database. This means that the file used to organize, list, and pull up songs is clean. Luckily, the ml_iPod plugin has a feature to clean up your database for you. Right click your iPod Touch/iPhone, select “iPod Tools” and choose Cleanup part 1. If you want to ensure your device is fully cleaned up, I’d run parts 2 and 3 afterwards. This may take some time, but it is well worth it. Cleanup part 1 removes any “orphaned” or unused database entries. Part 2 checks every file for consistency, and part 3 checks for any songs that it could not find.

Backup Time!
Here’s where things get hairy, at least for me. Go to start, click “My Computer,” and select your primary hard drive (usually “C:”). An issue I noticed with ml_iPod is that when it backs songs up to your computer, it copies them to the root folder of your primary hard drive, and for this reason, I IMPLORE that you make note of any and all files and folders in the root of your hard drive (anything in the folder “C:/). After you’ve done this, its time for some backing up. Go back into Winamp, clicking your device, and selecting any songs you want on your computer. Right click your selection, and select “Copy songs to hard drive.” You may have to wait a little bit as it copies, but once it finishes, you should have all of your songs back on your hard drive! Just move them to a place where you’ll be able to find them later, unplug your iPod, and go on your own merry way.

“I’m a mac.”

I’m still working on a tutorial for Mac users; the only method I’ve been able to come up with so far involves using a free trial, and I’m not a fan of 30 day trials. I should have a Mac tutorial up within a few days. Hang tight, and contact me with any immediate questions.