How To Jailbreak iPad 1 Using Redsn0w For iOS 4.3.3 [Windows / Mac]

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

Redsn0w is one of the most popular jailbreaking tool developed by the iPhone Dev Team. iPhone Dev team released Redsn0w 0.9.6rc16, which allows iPad 1 users to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 (untethered).

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPad on iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPad 1 users only. This guide is not meant for iPhone and iPod Touch users. iPhone users can checkout this step by step guide, while iPod Touch users can checkout this step-by-step guide.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPad may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPad before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPad.
  • If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone then you can use jailbreak apps such as AptBackup, PkgBackup or xBackup from Cydia to take a backup of all the jailbreak apps and tweaks so you can reinstall them easily after successfully jailbreaking your iPhone rather then installing them individually.
  • 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 latest version of iTunes i.e. iTunes 10.2 or later.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.6rc15 doesn’t support iPad 2 currently as Apple has fixed the jailbreak vulnerability in iOS 4.3.1.

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPad 1:

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.6rc16 (Mac and Windows) and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: You need to download iOS 4.3.3 firmware file (use Firefox or Chrome to download the firmware file instead of using Internet Explorer or Safari):

iOS 4.3.3 firmware file for iPad 1 (iPad1,1_4.3.3_8J3_Restore.ipsw)

Step 3: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder.

Step 4: Connect your iPad to the computer, which should automatically launch iTunes.

Skip steps 5 and 6, if your iPad has already been upgraded to iOS 4.3.3.

Step 5: From the ‘Devices‘ section on the left pane of iTunes, select your iPad device. Now, hold down the Shift button (Option button for Mac users) and click the ‘Restore‘ button.

Step 6: Navigate to the Redsn0w folder on the desktop and select the downloaded iOS 4.3.3 firmware file (iPad1,1_4.3.3_8J3_Restore.ipsw). Click on the ‘Choose‘ button to let iTunes update your iPhone with the required firmware. You will be asked to setup your iPad 1 either from a previous backup or setup as a new iPad, select the backup you want for your device (ideally should be the most recent one). Wait for iTunes to finish.

Step 7: Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application. Windows 7 users should run the exe in Windows XP compatibility mode (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP). Windows XP and Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 8: You will be asked to select the corresponding IPSW file. Click on the Browse button and select the iOS 4.3.3 firmware file (iPad1,1_4.3.3_8J3_Restore.ipsw).

Step 9: Redsn0w will verify the firmware file and inform you if it has successfully identified it. Click on ‘Next‘ to proceed.

Step 10: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 11: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options you would like. Make sure Cydia is selected and select ‘Next‘ to continue.

Step 12: You will now be prompted to switch OFF your iPad and plug it to the computer. Follow the instructions and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen:

Step 13: You will now need to put your iPad into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

(a) Hold the Power button on iPad down for 3 seconds:

(b) Now simultaneously hold the iPad and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds:

(c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w identifies the device:

Step 14: Your iPad should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 15: Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 16: You will now be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the ‘Finish‘ button to exit the application.

Step 17: Your iPad will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). After it has rebooted, your iPad should be successfully jailbroken. You should find Cydia jailbreak app on your iPad’s home screen.

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


The Redsn0w download links have been updated with Redsn0w 0.9.6rc16 that Dev Team released to fix a bug.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments.

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  • HaNoMaTioN

    Please please please JB iPad 2!!!!!!!!!!!! This thing is so useless without it! I will be anyone’s best friend! What a deal!!!!!!!!

    • Shalashaska

      ME TOOOOO 🙂 … seriously though…wheres the jailbreak..i need mine 🙂

  • fas

    There is more to life than jailbreak, why is all the focus on jailbreak.

  • Alex

    I’m having trouble keeping my ipad in DFU mode. It will pop up and say DFU, and then redsnow will start the exploit with limerain…. but then the ipad reboots, and redsnow hangs. What going wrong?

    • jemi

      pls help me, im new to jailbreaking and it says exploiting with limera1n, it has been like this for maybe 5mins and nothing happened, what should i do? help pls?

  • Alex

    nvm. Apparently it just takes doing it 3 times.

  • Driver Training

    Worked like a charm first time round.
    Clear and easy instructions. Absolutely love it.
    I am now able to mirror my iPad 1 using “mirrorout” app from the Cydia appstore and it works like a charm.
    Great job guys! Keep it up!

  • gmc7721

    ok…. I’ve been using my jailbroke Ipda w/3.1 successfully for a year, so I desided to upgrade to iPad1,1_4.3.3_8J3_Restore using redsn0w_win_0.9.6rc16 all seems to have gone OK by the instructions. But I keep getting OXE8008001 errors when trying to install new program software, I’ve retried to jailbreak again get all the successful messages but still can’t load software. Any troubleshooting tips ????

  • Gyurme

    can I take an all apps that i want?? does anyone have any idea??

  • angie poe gaw ponce

    thanks. my ipad 1 is successfully jb-ken.

  • amazing works like a charm!! good work guys

  • Ronald

    Hey! Could anyone tell me how can I jailbreak my ipad and iphone without losing the data I already have on them? thanx!

  • Turp

    Worked so easily. Waiting on reboot. Now what to do… 🙂

  • Gon Moonwalker

    Thanks!! It worked 100% though i got problem with restoring to 4.3.3 because of error 3194..

    • tonski21

      how wer you able to resolve error 3194. pls help.

  • AsAd

    very comprehensive, i am impressed by the hard work that is put in to make it look so easy… keep up the good work guyz 😀

  • hares

    thanks jb was done successfully i open it and it was working great…after using my ipad for 10 min i of it and later i put on back but a black screen and apple sign is coming//can you please me plz///thanks

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  • MacLover

    I am getting error 3194 on my iPad 1 4.3.3 / cant restore. Help

  • tonski21

    same here. i am getting a 3194 error on my ipad while restoring thru itunes. pls help