How To Jailbreak iPad On iOS 4.2.1 Using Greenpois0n [Mac]

Chronic Dev Team

Chronic Dev Team released greenpois0n to jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPod Touch 4G,iPod Touch 3G and iPad.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak your iPad on iOS 4.2.1 using greenpois0n.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed:

  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPad may void its warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • This guide is meant for iPad users only. iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can checkout this step-by-step guide and iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G users can checkout this step-by-step guide.
  • Greenpois0n supports iOS 4.2.1 and iOS 4.1. So you need to first update your iPad with iOS 4.1 or iOS 4.2.1 to use greenpois0n.
  • Please note that this guide is only meant for Mac users as greenpois0n is currently supports Mac OS X 10.5.x or later. Windows users can check this step-by-step guide.
  • Do not forget to backup your iPad before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPad.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes, iTunes 10.1 or later.
  • After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPad secure.

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPad:

  1. Go to and click on the Mac icon to download the latest version of greenpois0n. If the greenpois0n site is down then you can checkout this mirror site. Note: If you’ve downloaded it earlier, we would recommend you to delete the older file and download it again to ensure you have the latest version of greenpois0n.
  2. Double click the greenpois0n zip file to extract the file and double click greenpois0n to launch the application.
  3. Next connect your iPad to the computer and power it off.
  4. Then click on the Jailbreak button.
  5. You will be prompted to put your iPad DFU mode. Greenpois0n will take you through the necessary steps.
  6. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for 3 seconds.
  7. Keep holding the Sleep/Wake button and also simultaneously also press and hold the Home button for 10 seconds.
  8. You will then be prompted to release the Sleep/Wake button but continue holding the Home button.
  9. Once the iPad enters DFU mode, greenpois0n will start the jailbreaking process, but remember to keep holding the Home button.
  10. Once the jailbreaking is complete, you will be prompted to release the Home button.
  11. Click Complete button to close the application. You should see text in verbose mode scrolling on your iPad’s screen.
  12. Your iPad will reboot. After it has rebooted, you’ll notice that there is a new Loader application on your iPad’s home screen.
  13. Tap on it to launch it. Select Cydia and then tap on Install Cydia button.
  14. After you have successfully installed Cydia, you can uninstall the Loader application as it is no longer required. Tap on the Options button and then Remove button to uninstall it.
  15. That’s it, your iPad is successfully jailbroken and you should see Cydia on the homescreen. Reboot your iPad and launch Cydia to install the latest updates.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iPhone, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPhone using the Cydia app, which is the App Store for jailbreak apps.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • You can checkout our post with all the troubleshooting tips if you had problems jailbreaking your iPad.
  • If you had problems jailbreaking your iPad when greenpois0n was released, please note that Chronic Dev Team has released greenpois0n RC5_2, which fixes various bugs including the issue where it used to get stuck at “Greenpois0n Initialized”.
  • If you don’t see Cydia in the Loader app after launching it then you can install Cydia using Redsn0w 0.9.6 RC8 (download link). You should just tick Cydia from the list of options and don’t use the Monte option.
  • Greenpois0n recommends a clean restore so if the above steps don’t work then you can try to restore your iPad if you desperately want a jailbreak as it is not ideal.
  • If you are facing a problem where greenpois0n opens and quits immediately then try the steps mentioned above after downloading greenpois0n RC5_b3.


Chronic Dev Team has released greenpois0n RC5_b3, which now supports Mac OS X 10.5.x or later so updated the link to mirror site to point to the latest version.

As always, let us know how it goes and if you have a tip that helped you jailbreak your iPad using greenpois0n successfully then do share it in the comments section below.

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  • james king

    I cannot get greenpois0n to actually open

    the application will not run, i tried it on 3 different machines…. something is wrong with the file

    anyone else have this problem?

  • fas

    I think jailbreaking an ipad makes no sense, it starts hanging.

  • Digit

    it does not work with my iPad.
    I got that” Faild 🙁 ” from Greenpois0n , just after my iPad flashing white, and som writing in black screen white text, then it boots into “connect to itunes” .
    im kicking it out with tinyumbrella – and everything is orginaly.
    yes, i have tried to hold down the homebutton alway thru the prosess…
    anyone have this problem?

    • ARE

      Ihave exact problem!!!!!!!!!!!

      Any HELP

  • Lee

    I didn’t have any problem jailbreaking my iPad but after the jailbreaking is completed I don’t see Cydia icon anyone can help?

  • Jim

    I ran greenpois0n over a redsn0w tethered JB on my iPad. It worked. Seems to be running fine. I’ve rebooted a couple of times and all is well.

  • Jason

    When i try to preserv update my firmware to 4.2.1 it get stuck on DFU/Preparing iPhone to restore … any suggestions?

  • Sean

    Can’t get the greenp0ison file to open. Downloaded it multiple times and it just quits

    • james king


      It took me all day to figure out why, it is because you are running OS X 10.5

      and they didnt make a greenpois0n for 10.5 but there is a work around. you need to download some file to get it to run. This took me all day to figure out. do a search and there is a tutorial on how to do this

      however, the greenpois0n jailbreak installs a custom boot logo which is bullshit. i dont want the stupid chronic dev team boot logo

      be weary

  • Dan

    I ran green poison and half way through the jailbreak, the program crashed. I can’t get the phone to restore in itunes now.

    (I have been using jailbroken iphones since the 1st gen with little problems)

    • bob

      Use a different mac, I had to use my mac mini instead of macbook pro and worked fine, when I tried to restore that is what i had to do…

      • Digit

        Wow, that fixed my problem. I have to use my MBA, not my iMac… Strange

  • Zack


    I’ve tried this on my MCB but no luck, currently running OS 10.6.6

    I get it into DFU mode, it starts the process and then it just says “jailbreak failed”.. any tips/ideas?


    • dre

      me too..i’m running om MBP MC374 OS 10.6.6 i can’t jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 using GP RC5..i’ve tried to downgrade/reinstall my OSX to OS 10.6.3 still doesn’t work..i’ve try using my windows bootcamp and start using GP for windows and always failed..

      but on my friends MBP with same spesification it’s work..can you help me how to fix this problem..?

  • 10. Once the jailbreaking is complete, you will be prompted to release the Home button.

    This step is confusing… Am I supposed to release the Home-button when the line in Greenpois0n “Release sleep button, continue holding home button” turns from bold to regular?

    OR should I keep pressing Home even when the text in Greenpois0n goes regular?


    HEY for the PPL that’s having problems with cydia after using the 4.1.3 tool. What I did was then run
    Greenpois0n and it fixed cydia and it’s still UNTERTERED!!

  • Denis Boisvert

    Great job, guys, all is done for me on my Ipad 4.2.1. Everything go like a breeze: Mywi, BTe mouse and I use an Apple dock ofr the keyboard. I don’t think I will upgrade the firmaware for a long time. So I can use now my Ipad data plan with others device ! YOUPPPI!

  • Caryn

    I still cannot get my iPad jailbroken. I’m following instructions to the letter. Was able to get iPhone done so I’m pretty sure it’s not me. Tried on Mac os x 10.6.6 and windows 7 pc. I’m at a loss and it’s pissing me off. Lol

    • rnee

      this was happening to me as well. you have to follow the instructions. when it says in the beginning to press the sleep(top) button, just press that. then when it says to keep pressing sleep(top) button then press home(round button) press that. I went like a charm if i follow the instructions….Good Luck.

  • It’s not working!