How To Jailbreak iPad Using Limera1n [Windows]


Geohot had released Limera1n that can jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4iPad, iPod Touch 3G  and the new iPod Touch 4G.

The purpose of this guide is to provide you step by step instructions to jailbreak iPad using limera1n.

iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can checkout this step-by-step guide and iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G users can use this step-by-step guide to jailbreak their iDevice.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is ONLY for iPad users.

    • iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G users can use this step by step guide.

    • iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can use this step by step guide to jailbreak their iPhone using limera1n.

    • iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G users can use Redsn0w to jailbreak their iPod Touch.

  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPad may void its warranty and hence proceed with caution.

  • Do not forget to backup your iPad before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPad.

  • Limera1n supports iOS 3.2.2 for iPad. So update your iPad to iOS 3.2.2 and then jailbreak it using limera1n.

  • Limera1n is currently available for Windows, Geohot plans to release the Mac and Linux versions of limera1n soon.

  • After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPad secure.

  • Please ensure you are running iTunes 9.2 or later.

Step 1: Download the latest version of limera1n from this link and save the application on your desktop.

Step 2: Double click on the limera1n exe to launch the application.

Step 3: Please ensure that your iPad is connected to the computer.

Step 4: Click on the "make it rain” button.


Step 5: You will see that limera1n puts your iPad in recovery mode. Immediately after this, follow the instructions.


Step 6: Limera1n will be prompt you to press both the home and power buttons.


Step 7: Limera1n will be then prompt you to release the Power button. Continue to press the home button.


Step 8: You will see that limera1n has put your iPad in DFU mode. Continue to press the home button.


Step 9: While limera1n performs the exploit, you will see the limera1n logo on your iPad.


Step 10: When limera1n has successfully jailbroken your iPad, you will see “done” and get the following message.


Step 11: You need to restart your iPad. You will notice that there is a new app called limera1n installed on your iPad.


Step 12: Launch the limera1n app to install Cydia on your iPad. Select Cydia and tap on the Install button to download and install it.


Step 13: After Cydia has been installed, reboot your iPad (new version of limera1n should respring your iPad automatically).

Step 14: You should find Cydia on your iPad’s homescreen. If you want you can launch the limera1n app to uninstall it.


Hope this helped. Please don't forget to drop us a line to tell us how it goes.

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  • Ohjayp

    Worked Great but I am unable to uninstall lime rain app….. What up with that???

  • Dadakarma

    Wil a limera1n jailbreak erase all my data and appstore?

  • No it won't. But you should always take a backup of your iPad before jailbreaking it so you can always restore from the backup if you hit any problem.

  • kaan83

    its not downloading cydia??? why

  • kaan83

    never mine i got it lol

  • alex

    its work for me.thank you so much

  • Goldbeard

    Worked great. No hassles whatsoever. Simple n easy instructions. Thnks!

    From my jail broken iPad.

  • Daddakarma

    Ty for a fast reply! I will give it a try.

  • Looneyhouston

    Where's greenpo1son?

  • Amir

    it worked with me but the phone still locked, i'm a Tmobile user, the phone still doesnt accept my sim

  • Limera1n does not unlock your iPhone. You should have used the guide for iPhone users rather than this one.

  • Daddakarma

    tried this tutorial three times and do not get any limera1n app!? apparently nothing actually happens!?

    Any1 got some suggestions or tried the same???

  • hxclos

    You really need to learn to read better, especially when jailbreaking. You're screwed now if you updated your baseband.

  • Daddakarma

    I never see the limera1n logo but it seems like it performs the exploit and goes to the connect to itunes screen!?

  • i just jailbroke my iphone 4 4.0.2 on 01.59.oo baseband through lime rain n now everthing i download from cydia the icons never appear can some Helppppp

  • Daddakarma

    when shall I release home button? I wait untill it says "done"!?

  • Alvisar

    I can't get this to work on a 3.2.2 iPad with the latest version of limera1n and the latest version of iTunes. I get the message box that says the hack is done, but I never get the raindrop on the iPad. Have tried it from win7 and from windxp. Does anyone have any ideas. The iPad has already been freshly restored also.

  • Daddakarma

    I got same problem m8!

  • sgo

    the problem is in your windows version. my windows 7 couldnt do the JB but I tryed on Vista and worked great.

  • sgo

    you need to install dotnet but not sure what version.

  • mwilson5029

    After 25 attempts still not happening for me 3.2.2 windows 7 64bit

  • Daddakarma

    any1 else got win7 experiences/troubles

  • can someone answer my fukin question

  • Matt

    windows 7 ipad 3.2.2 bought 5ish weeks ago all jailbroken via limera1n no probs thanx geohot

  • Zed Sefi

    I will only jailbreak my iPhone 4 with Limera1n for now, while keeping my iPad jailbroken with iOS 3.2 (Spirit) because there is no point for me upgrading and jailbreaking 3.2.2 now if new iOS 4.2 for iPod is coming out next month anyway, so I'd rather wait for it.

  • Zed Sefi

    Again, I meant iPad not iPod loool

  • Dadddakarma

    Do you have dotnet installed?

  • No luck

    iPad 3.2.2. Run limera1n says done but never see the green drop. Goes to "connect to iTunes" screen. No limera1n on home screen. Where do I get the dot net file. I can't find one that's doesn't require me filling out a survey or trying something free. Please help iphonehacks. You haven't answered this question yet!!!!!

  • u guys must really be very funny!!!

    I wonder how go ahead and apply a Jailbreak without carefully reading all the necessary steps 😉

    To clarify this again, when you restore your iDevice with the new iOS (4.1 in this case), all data in your device will be erased. This is why there are several warnings along the way.

    All you need do (in case of next time) is to backup your apps with pkgBackup for example and Sync with iTunes to save your precious Apps and settings. Then, after a successful Jailbreak you can then restore all these Apps back using again the pkgBackup. Simple!

    I had to laugh when I read you comment. I know it is not funny to loose a good organized Apps and settings. But I can't help but think that some guys here are acting stupid and I hate stupidity.

  • Try again and this time remember to press the home button even after it enters DFU Mode.

  • No luck

    How long past it? I've held it past done. It just stays with the connect to iTunes screen. Plus my iTunes screen maximizes and says this device is in restore mode you must restore it in order to connect.

  • I did it using W7 with no problems at all.. Everything ran Smooth as always, thanks to GeoHot.!!!

  • << Working >>
    Windos 7 Ultimate 32bit on HP DV6000SE Laptop, using Itunes


  • drcav

    I´m with the same problem with my ipad. I did the jb with my 3gs and by the finish a big green drop appeared and the device turns off. when i do with my ipad it stops with the conect itunes screen and doesn´t tunf off. i tried with win 7 and vista, and nothing. any solution?

  • I did my regular Itunes BackUp, Did the JB, when finished, ALL my Apps were there…

    Remember.. ALWAYS do your BackUps !! Always !!

    Is better to have it and not need it.. Than need it and not having it !!

  • ON my Iphone 3Gs Os4.1 at first I didn't had the Limera1n Green Drop Icon… I had a White square… I click it.. Installed Cydia.. (another White Square) after rebooting.. I Had both correct images.. Limerain & Cydia


  • BrizeyUK

    Seems to be a problem on MB model ipads. MC model works ok.

  • drcav

    Mine ipad is a MB model and i couldn´t make the jb with limera1n. It´s probably is the point. anybody else???

  • no luck

    MC MODEL and it still won't work!!!

  • Russ

    I have an iPhone 4 with 4.1 and jailbreak works fine. Yet my iPad with 3.2.2 never shows the l1merain icon. So it would leave me to believe there is something else going on with the exploit. I followed same procedure for both on same computer. One works and one doesn't. So what gives. I'm running vet 10.x of itunes

  • SlavaC

    iPad MB model, limera1n doesn't work for me.

  • Henry

    Worked Great . Thanks

  • Matt

    limera1n wont install on my iPod touch 3G and i dont know why… plz help =[

  • natim

    Saw a comment on another forum regarding windows 7, it said you must run as the administrator, hope it helps

  • Mwilson5029

    Have iPad MB model 3.2.2 windows 7, ran as adminstrator, no go. Very frustrated

  • mgreg

    Worked perfect!! So glad someone finally came out with a break for the ipad 3.2.2

  • aaron

    Model MC497ZP
    NOT Working!!!!!!!!!! TRIED EVERYTHING I COULD… changed 3 PC… install new itunes on each… tried to not let itunes sync automatically, let it sync auto too…. let itunes run, let itunes not run… do a restore… 3.2.2… hold the home button till i see the usb cable and itune…. try letting go home button once i see dfu mode…tried turning off my 3G leaving wifi on… tried turning 3G and wifi off and also on…. tried a total clean restore.. (now my ipad is as good as coming out of the box… ) changed 3 usb cable… changed different USB slots…

    STATUS… no LIME RAIN DROP but it is always jailbreak done… donation not necessary…. itunes still keeps on popping out the ipad is in recovery… need to restore…

  • No Luck

    Does anybody have a solution? Is geo making another patch for this? If only Greenpois0n was out…..


    Same problem here… different machines, all with updated versions of all software (dotnet, iTunes) and no go for MB model iPad (wifi only)
    It looks like we are waiting for the next RC or final version. (F*CK!!!)

  • Juan Carlos

    Ipad 3.2.2 Model MB
    W7, every pre-req checked…

    Not working…

  • No Luck

    Damn I can't believe no one can find a solution to this problem.

  • sudhanshu

    hey its work but i cant unlock network services…help me.?

  • KEN



    You are a god…….
    I have an Ipad that i purchased with 3.2.2 installed.
    It is a MB Modle also. It took only one attempt and less than one minute to completely jailbreak! Yes i was using Windows 7 also. I was so tired of hearing=Just wait until the new iOS comes out then you can have a jailbreak. Thankyou GeoHot…

  • Lonestar

    I think the iPads with 3.2.2 preloaded works with the jailbreak while the ones with 3.2 or 3.2.1 originally do not work

  • Avionicz

    Oh that's simple! Kill yourself!!

  • JG

    I actually bought an iPad TODAY, came preloaded with 3.2.2 and it didn't work.

    Tried with Latest iTunes on Windows 7 64-Bit, Windows Vista 32-Bit.

    Tried Betas 1, 3, 4 (couldn't find 2).

    Model MB294LL
    64GB Wifi Only

  • Kieu Nguyen

    It worked for my Ipad 3.2.2 Model MB293LL, Win 7 64 Bit.
    Thanks Geohot and

  • Simon

    Same here. Looks like MC model are not available to jailbreak unless downgrading the firmware and use to jailbreak it..

  • redviper

    Ipad went into recovery mode at the end of the process???

  • zoace

    worked with my ipod 3g 64geg mc on 4.1

  • danboy826

    hello i to struggled to get this jailbreak to work, i found if you run the jailbreak while itunes is open and when the jailbreak is complete simply disconnect your iphone from your pc, restart your iphone then install cydia via lime everything should run smoothly hope this is helpful to any1.

  • danboy826

    by the way im using iphone 4 4.1 with baseband 02.10.04 mc model

  • Ella Ku

    Totally WORKS! it was amazingly fast. thanks for the instructions!

  • Skybay

    My ipad 3.2.2 cant be jailbroken. No limedrop logo appears.

  • drcav

    It appears is happening in all world. I did everything but icant jb my ipad. A hello from Belém-Brasil

  • dveer

    I couldn't JB my iPad with 3.2.2 on my MBP using VMWare. I tried it at least 9-10 times. I finally tried it on a PC at work and it worked. It looked like it didn't at first. I got the same, quick process and never saw the limera1n icon on my ipad while it was "exploiting". When I looked at my iPad after it was done though, there was the the limera1n app. Everything worked after that.

    It seems that if it's not working for you, try doing it on an actual PC.

  • No Luck

    Tried it on two different pc's. Same result. Stuck in "connect to iTunes" screen. Then couldn't even restore it till after 7 tries. Used a laptop to complete restore. Kept saying iPad named iPad is corrupt. What's that about?

  • Jorge

    World wide problem, the same problem as everyone. Not working in Spain.

  • Tony

    It was great work done, can sort of jailbreak it in within 1 minute even I am a new comer in iPad. Thank you very much…

  • eddie

    Worked Great at first time, no error!

  • rayna

    It can't work!
    my ipod touch is 3Gen iso4.1 MC Version

  • Frushtuk

    New iPad with 3.2.2 preloaded, it doesn't work

  • Frushtuk

    Model MB. 16GB, Wifi only.
    Test done on W 7 and Vista.
    It didn't work.

  • drcav

    HEY EVERYBODY. Geohot put a new version of limera1n. i was with problems to jb my ipad. Today i downloaded this version and it worked, i got the grren drop. go there and try it. See you

  • Juan Carlos

    Latest limera1n – Not Beta Version – Worked!!!

  • crmlangel

    Yipee. I was able to JB my 3.2.2 ipad. Ipad was purchased with 3.2.2. New version of limera1n works.


    Confirmed – this new version fixed the problem for my iPad that couldn't be broken using the previous version. Thanks, Geohot!

  • J_wolf

    I jailbreaked it but it's unlocked :s what to do?? How can I unlocked it plz help

  • Alvisar

    Confirmed. Was able to jailbreak the Ipad the first time with RC1b. THANKS GEOHOT ! ! ! !

  • Chris_FL

    Worked great first time, No issues.

    IOS 4.1

    01.59.00 baseband

    Windows 7 Pro

  • A Rivera

    i used the ultransn0w, but after the app installed, my iphone(3GS) needed to activate. Didn't know how to do it so I restored my iPhone (for now…)

  • j

    will this work on iPhone 3g?

  • Kev215

    I just did all the steps with iPad 3.2.2 and everything was fine UNTIL…I restarted my iPad and I went to install Cydia by clicking the new app that appeared on my screen and it starts the process saying "Loading available installers" and then it says "Please check your Internet Connection. (Error Domain=NSURLErrorDomain Code=-1001 UserInfo=0x…" Anybody know what I should do? I tried connected to WiFi as well and same result.

  • S

    Do I need a computer for this

  • Aguma

    confirmed, this release of limera1n really jailbroke my ipad yippie~ finally….

  • With Windows 7 64bits not work at all, theres mo limera1n or cydia icon on mi iPod Touch 3g
    but i try in another computer
    Windows XP SP2 iTunes 10 and work perfect!
    Thanks Geohot

  • amaher

    it worked fine with iPad 3.2.2, with very easy step, just took 3-4 mins

  • Kev215

    Ok I just "Jailbroke" my iPad I think…This is my FIRST APPLE PRODUCT SO I WILL NEED MASSIVE HELP FROM EVERY1 LOL…To my understanding, Jailbreaking is where u get all the apps for free? Correct me if im wrong, explain this to me…Before I ever got an Apple product, all I kept hearing was…JAILBREAK JAILBREAK JAILBREAK and I thought this got u all Apps for free…Help A Guy Out!

  • mars

    I tried jailbreak whit poison but after all was done and running I lost my signal and got the no service notification,, I'm gonna try limera now and let you know ,, any suggestions……….

  • YY

    Jailbroke in 2 minutes. IPAD 3.2.2 MB. iTunes on XP. Great thanks to GeoHot.

  • Goodman

    Follow the steps given for iPhone. This guide is for iPad.
    It helps to read.

  • How come there is always a statement continue to hold the the home button, but never ok for gods sake take your finger off the home button statement?

  • Confused

    limera1n and Cydia were successfully installed but I still couldn't install any cracked games. I continue getting error (0xE8008001) thereafter when I try to install any apps. I'm using ITunes Can anyone please advise?

  • i´m stuck with the DFU mode what do i do??

  • yep it will

  • Contessa74

    Omg…after 3 stressful days of researching how do get my new iPad to "use flash…not" this was the last site I found with the answer to my last question! After watching YouTube and several sites you had ALL the answers. I am saving this site so I can recommend it to others!!!! You are amazing! I could have saved myself a lot of time if I had googles the right question the first time. Thank you and well done!

  • It jailbreaks successfully but it wont install the limera1n app on the itouch. ive got firmware 4.1.
    Any help would be appreciated 🙂
    Please mail me if possible :-

  • mtm112233

    it worked great for me thanks for the limera1n yaawwll

  • BlackOps

    cute without the E!

  • DS

    Does This Also Work On Ipad 4.1

  • Yes

  • Guywithquestion

    When people talking about backup before jail breaking, whats that, do i just connect to itunes and then it will do it automaticly or what?!

  • Kim

    Took me like 1 minute brilliant tutorial – iPad and iPhone done within the time of my gf going to make me a cup of tea.Thanks so much
    One question – now that ios4 is out for ipad how do I update my firmware to that so I get folders and multitasking I’m guessing I cant jus do it thru iTunes lol
    Again thank you

  • juzer

    heyy really easy and fast to jailbrk!!!

  • mohamad

    its not working
    i did as it say
    but the Limera1n was nor download on my ipad

  • I know how! its easy! I sell iPhone Jailbreaked by me!

  • I used Redsnow! so easy

  • wysh3r

    the limera1n for ipad 4.2.1 working 100% ?
    i can to do normal install like to iphone 4 ?

  • Ping

    managed to jailbreak first time.Befire this tries greenpoison a few times but failed.. Thank you!!

  • austin

    i have tried it three times now and it keeps sayin waiting for device and i just got this for christmas from my girlfriend its 4th generation software 4.2.1 please help

  • keller

    when i follow the steps my ipad just goes to the normal home screen and nothing has changed

  • hometeam

    tried this but my ipad 3 now refuses to turn on at all. I tried the recovery as posted on apple site but to no avail. Any ideas how I can get the unit to power up?