How to Install Game Center on iPhone 3G [Guide]

Apple released iOS 4.1 but without Game Center for iPhone 3G. In fact Apple completely denied the compatibility of Game Centre with iPhone 3G and what you will call it, a monopoly. But thanks to jailbreak which allowed us to enable and install the missing features on iPhone 3G like multitasking, homescreen wallpapers and this time Game Centre.

Before installing the Game Centre, you iPhone should be updated to iOS 4.1 and jailbroken. Head over to this post for complete instructions to jailbreak iPhone 3G with Redsnow.

Note: We want to make clear that this guide is posted for educational purpose only. We don’t recommend the modification of .ipa files which is a violation of Apple’s DRM. Follow the steps below at your own risk.

Step 1: Jailbreak your iPhone 3G on iOS 4.1 using redsn0w 0.9.6.

Step 2: Download Game Center for iOS 4.1 iPhone 3G (Mirror 1Mirror 2)

Step 3: Open Cydia and then search for “OpenSSH”. Install OpenSSH on your iPhone 3G.

Step 4 : You will now download software to access your iPhone 3G via SSH.

[Windows users can find the comple guide here to SSH into iPhone]

Mac users can use Cyberduck. Enter the following details to login to your iPhone 3G:

  • Server: The IP address of your iPhone Settings -> WiFi > <Your Network Name>
  • Username: root
  • Password: alpine
  • Protocol: SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)

Windows users can use WinSCP. Enter the following details to login to your iPad:

  • Server: The IP address of your iPhone  Settings -> WiFi -> <Your Network Name>
  • Username: root
  • Password: alpine
  • Protocol: SCP

Step 5 : Once you have got access to the iPhone file system, navigate to /Applications folder and copy Game Center file. Set the permission to 775.

Step 6 : Navigate to System/Libary/CoreServices/ SpringBoard.app/

Step 7 : Choose from the following functions you want to activate (using folders), taking performance into account. Ideally, you must choose Game Center only.

  • Game Center
  • Game Centre + Multitasking
  • Game Center + Backgrounds
  • Game Center + Multitasking + Wallpaper

Step 8 : Navigate to System/Libary/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ and Copy N82AP.plist file. Save it on your desktop.

Step 9 : Now, Copy the file N82AP.plist (found in the archive Game Center for iOS 4.1 iPhone 3G, refer Step 2 ) and replace it with the original file (System/Libary/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/).

Step 10 : Navigate to System/Libary/LaunchDeamons/ and copy the file com.apple.gamed.plist

Step 11: Navigate to usr/libexec/ to copy the file “gamed” (found in the archive Game Center for iOS 4.1 iPhone 3G, refer Step 2) and set the permissions to 755.

Step 12: Restart your iPhone 3G. Voila! You have now successfully enabled and activated Game Center on iPhone 3G.

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