How To Jailbreak iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G Using Redsn0w For iOS 4.3.3 [Windows / Mac]

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.3.2 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 iPod Touch users to jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 (untethered).

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G on iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G users only. This guide is not meant for iPhone and iPad users. iPhone users can checkout this step by step guide, while iPad 1 users can checkout this step by step guide.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPod Touch may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPod Touch before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPod Touch.
  • 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 iPod Touch secure.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes i.e. iTunes 10.2 or later.

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

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 iPod Touch 4G users (iPod4,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw)

iOS 4.3.3 firmware file for iPod Touch 3G users (iPod3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw)

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

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

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

Step 5: From the ‘Devices‘ section on the left pane of iTunes, select your iPod Touch 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 (iPod Touch 4G users: iPod4,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw, iPod Touch 3G users: iPod3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw). Click on the ‘Choose‘ button to let iTunes update your iPod Touch with the required firmware. You will be asked to setup your iPod Touch either from a previous backup or setup as a new iPod Touch, 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 (iPod Touch 4G users: iPod4,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw, iPod Touch 3G users: iPod3,1_4.3.3_8J2_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 iPod Touch 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 iPod Touch into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

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

(b) Now simultaneously hold the iPod Touch 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 iPod Touch 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 iPod Touch will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). After it has rebooted, your iPod Touch should be successfully jailbroken. You should find Cydia jailbreak app on your iPod Touch’s home screen.

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


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

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

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  • fas

    Between the last iPhone unlock and today, there have been atleast 10 jailbreaks. Sad.

  • Shane

    Why is my cydia white?????? Should it really be like that? PLEASE ANSWER ME, PLEASE.

    • bearemyrox

      if your cydia is white, your supposed to reboot and it should be fine after that……i read that somewhere else. I’m about to jailbreak mine but im kinda scared to mess it up….its my baby!

  • ivan

    I cannot open cydia or safari I just jailbreak a Ipod touch 4g MC540LL with software (from fabric) 4.3 (8F190)

    • wayne

      fuck you 🙂

      • Dgdg

        Dick head

  • ivan

    my bad! install everything from beging now is fine!

  • my cydia is white and i cant use safari please answer me back

    • Nick

      You have to boot it again with redsn0w.



  • Disastre

    Hey guys, I try to update my ipod touch 4g to 4.3.3redsnow from 4.3.1 suddenly my ipod always shows in recovery mode w/ icon battery on the top. Whenever. Please need you help.

  • General

    thanks 😉

  • Disastre

    It always giving me an Error: 3194 .anyone, help?

  • Evann

    Hi, I’m just wondering, if my ipod had already been previously jailbroken, and i use this method (not skipping steps 5 and 6), will my music and files be erased?


  • Sarah :)

    I honestly dont know how to thank you! My stupid Ipod deleted everything and now I have my old pics back and everything thank you again 🙂

  • Thanh

    After I jailbroken my ipod touch. I tried to change the slider bar theme and lock screen theme but it did not work. Is it about the jailbreak problem or something?? Please help 🙁

    • Thisious

      Most likely what happened is you didn’t restart springboard.
      Here’s an easy tutorial, if you don’t know how.
      This is an old comment, though, so I doubt this is any help :p

  • marc

    how can i get apps and stuff from it?

  • Dan

    this site worked great. had no problems at all with Jailbreak for 4.3.3 many thanks for your help and efforts that went into this site.

  • monique

    i dont understand how to do step 7. help?

  • Angel

    shoul iPod Touch turn off or not during he process?? thanks 😀

    • Angel

      I know now.. no need reply, tnx

      • Cary

        does it change your start up apple to anything cuz greenpoison does and im 12 and am not supposed to jailbreak it so it cant be noticeable

        • Danny

          im 12 too and yah green poison does change ur start up logo but youll only see it if u turn ur ipod all the way off

  • Angel

    tnx, I did it.. works well 😛

  • I cant choose the firmware (in step 5&6) because it is a zipped folder and when i extract it i don’t know which one i should choose.can you help me?

    • sidharth sethi

      you can never download the firmware in a zip format from the links given in the original post, they will be downloaded in .ipsw format

  • lotsofgiggles_aspen

    My face camera wont work!!!! how do i fix this?????? PLEASE HELP ME

  • sidharth sethi

    did it ,,, everything workin supersmooth ,,,

  • sidharth sethi

    very very easy ,, , if anyone in any doubt ,, u can mail me ,, sidroxu_AT_THE_RATE_OF_gmail_DOT_com ,,,

  • sythnob

    it went perfectly well, thx!

  • job kruit

    Ik kan bij stap 7 alleen kiezen uit:
    – Windows 95
    – Windows 98 / Windows Me
    – Windows NT 4.0(Service Pack 5)
    – Windows 2000

    Dus ik kan geen Windows XP selecteren, WAT MOET IK DOEN????

  • Luke

    When I try and do steps 5 & 6, it comes up on iTunes saying “The iPod could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible. My iPod currently has the software version 4.2.1.

    Anyone help?

    • The_Sprx

      From what it sounds you most likely downloaded the wrong file… You mogh want to double check you got the right fipe for the right iPod… What generation is your iPod?

    • The_Sprx

      From what it sounds you most likely downloaded the wrong file… You mogh want to double check you got the right file for the right iPod… What generation is your iPod?

    • The_Sprx

      From what it sounds you most likely downloaded the wrong file… You might want to double check you got the right file for the right iPod… What generation is your iPod…

  • eldonsito

    hello, trying to jailbreak ipod touch 3g

    its stuck at 50% on the “exploiting with limera1n” screen.

    any ideas please

    • Noah

      Limera1n is for ipod touch 4g users so all you need to do is plug it in to itunes and go on devises and click restore to start your ipod again

  • i

    my ipod is black and wont come back one

    • Noah

      Just hold your ipod home and sleep button
      Til it turns on if not in 10minutes then go to
      The apple store dont be suprised if they dont
      Want to fix it for you as it is illegal and they
      Will be a bit annoyed

  • i

    nevemind reran and it fixed

  • Meo

    Hi, I “CLEAR ALL CONTENTS AND SETTINGS” on my Ipod TOuch 4gen, and now it shows the “Connect to iTunes” screen. I’ve tried holding home button and on/off buttons… and stuff, still stuck at the “Connect to iTunes” screen – Recovery Mode (I guess that’s what it’s called). What should I do to get back to normal so I can follow the steps and jailbreak it?? PLeaseee, I’m desperate!!!!

  • amir

    hi.when my ipod was going on dfu mode my computer warned and i clicked on stop installation so now when i connect it to any computer when i releas home botton in step 13 (c) it says no divice detected.please help me.what can i do?

  • Jess

    Hi I previously had my itouch 3g jailbreaked with blackra1n on 3.1.2. I have now updated and rejailbreak it following these instructions but the battery life doesn’t seem to last as long as before and also it restart into safe mode quite often mainly when i double hit the home button. Is there a way to complete wipe everything and start from scratch? as I notice that after the upgrade all my apps still ran as normal like it didn’t reset and files where still there. Could this be why the battery life is dropping so quickly?

  • Commando

    My iPod imploded and Cydia burnt my face. Now I’m blind and can’t see anything anymore. I can only see through girls clothes and I’m always having a boner. My dick hurts at all time.

  • dasd

    i cannot find my ipsw 4.3.3 in any of the folders where is it?

  • JK

    Thank you so much! works like a charm:)

  • Alex

    Easy…thnks it’s unthered right?

  • nemo

    mine’s stuck at this ‘exploiting wth limera1n’ point and the ipod turns on. Help pleas! 🙂

  • Frasser

    How would i know if my Ipod is succesfully jailbreakd??

  • biancca

    i guess this all jailbreaking just spoils our ipods soo i’m nt gonna do it

  • ShortyRay

    i jailbroke my ipod touch 4g and everything went okay until it was done and i was waiting on a reboot, all the screen shows is connect to itunes..

    • Zhach

      I’m having same problem :/

    • J

      Did you ever figure it out how to fix that problem? Bcuz i got the same problem and don’t know what to do

  • sam

    @ shortray and @zhach…

    wen u get that screen connect your ipod touch to computer and open itunes….and see wat happens…!!


    Email me if u have an answer

    im having the same problem as shortray and zhach,
    when i connect to itunes a message popups saying unknown error (-9808) Help!!!!!!!!! Im so Desperate!!!! my ipod was working jailbroken for a week. but now its not! ive tried everything please!!! (the worst part: the ipod is my brother’s)

  • NES


  • xxxxxx

    For some reason Cydia didn’t appear on my home screen. All that happened on my home screen was that the languages was set to

    • xxxxxx

      Czech (Sorry, I meant to put “Cestina” with accents)

  • Keith

    Hello I am having the same problem as shortyray after progrqam finishes my ipod is left in recovery mode, I turn on itunes and it tells me that “iTunes has betected an iPod in recovery mode. You ust restore this iPod becore it can be used with iTunes.” What happend?? if I leave it pluged in like that and the ipod will reboot but will reboot back into recovery mode. am I missing a step somewhere? I have been over and over the instructions and they don’t speak of this happening please help me …. if I continue with the recovery itunes wants it puts it back to “factory settings” I don’t want that. thanks.

  • Jailbreaker

    The jailbreak was really great! Thanks to the iPhone Dev Team which released the marvelous Redsn0w! 😀

  • haley

    after i did the entire process my ipod shows that i need to plug it into itunes and itunes says i need to restore it. what do i do?

  • Jack

    After i jailbreak it comes up with the starting screen when you have to do it on itunes WTF ??? HELP!!

  • jackofalltrades

    fuck you!!!!!

  • jackofalltrades

    cause you’re a stupid bitch. haha. yeah!

  • jackofalltrades

    bunch of sand niggers

  • adeeb99


  • J

    I completed the step by step jailbreak process, however after the reboot of my ipod touch, it goes to a screen where it shows usb –> itunes. Do I just wait? or what am I supposed to do?And when i open my itunes it prompts me restore my ipod again.

    Please help!!

    • FREAK


    • heyhey

      that means you have to download itunes on it

  • Tman

    I cant even get past step5..
    Holding shift and hitting ‘restore from back up’
    (dont get a ‘restore’ option)
    goes straight into an actual restore? I didn’t get an option to browse to the ‘downloaded iOS 4.3.3 firmware file’
    what did i miss?

    • Tman

      Okay then, never mind me. i found the restore.
      (in plain view, last place to look)

  • Archi

    Me too! PLZ HELP

  • new

    if i turn off the ipod when the jailbreak is done i can turn it on without using any special method?

  • leonel

    how long does it take to jailbreak?

  • Jacob

    whenever i try it says” error no sucsessful firmware do unload after 6000ms!! giving up… ”
    What should i do???

  • nathan69lol

    i’m ipod in on a lockdown and it saying i have to wait 21.765.950 minutes what the fuck

  • Hopeless

    I keep getting an error when I’m trying to jailbreak my ipod touch 4g, using redsnow. While it’s on the please wait, there’s an error

    Pease wait…
    Mounting rootfs as read-only…
    AppleImage#NDRAccess ::start imageVersion 3
    AppleEmbeddedUSAArbtrator ::_usbCabletypeNotificationGated: cableType has not changed
    AppleBCMWLAN::handleOKitBusyWatchdogTimeout(): Error, No sucessful firmware download after 60000ms!! Giving Up…

    Please can someone help me with this! I have a Ipod 4g that’s on IOS 5, and I tried almost everything!
    ASAP reply! Thanks!

  • Joey

    I need help I enter dfu mode and it identifys my ipod but it says it fails when it gets to stage one some please help

  • Ethan Coon

    uhm… I cant find the weird file in step 8… I searched it and looked through many folders… help? =d

  • Timmeh!

    I’m having the same problem where I eventually need to restore the iPod. I’ve tried it twice now. I followed the instructions as closely as I could but I got a bunch of error messages. After saying “Please Wait” about 50 times, here are some of the messages I got:”[FTL:MSG] FTL_Open [OK]”, “Mounting rootfs as read-only”, and probably most importantly “Error, no successful firmware download after 6000 ms!! Giving up…”
    After that, it didn’t do anything for a few minutes and then it went into recovery mode. Please let me know what I did wrong and how I can do it right. Thank you.

  • Nick

    I jailbroke my ipod 4g and there is no change in anything… I dont have cydia or anything. what should I do?

  • Rustay

    I get past step 5. but on 6, i open the redsn0w folder and i just get more and more empty folders. iPod3,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw never appears anywhere. help me out.