How To Jailbreak iPad 1 Running iOS 5 Using Redsn0w [Updated]

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Apple released iOS 5 couple of days back, which includes more than 200 features for iPhoneiPad and iPod Touch users.

iPhone Dev team had released Redsn0w, which allows iPad 1 users to jailbreak iOS 5.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPad on iOS 5 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPad 1. iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can checkout this guide and we will publish the guide for iPod touch 3G and iPod touch 4g shortly.
  • Please go through our latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5 to figure out if you should jailbreak iOS 5.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.9b5/Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.9b5/Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 does not support iPad 2.
  • 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 iPad then you can use jailbreak apps such as AptBackupPkgBackup 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 iPad rather then installing them individually. However, since you’re moving from iOS 4.x to iOS 5, it may be a good idea to reinstall the jailbreak apps to avoid compatibility issues.
  • 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 10.5 or later.
  • Known issue: iBooks keeps crashing after jailbreaking iPad using this method. Dev team is working hard to fix the issue.

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

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b7 for Windows from this link and Redsn0w 0.9.9b7 for Mac from this link and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: You need to download both the iOS 5 firmware file (use Firefox or Chrome to download the firmware file instead of using Internet Explorer or Safari):

iOS 5 firmware file for iPad 1 from this link (iPad1,1_5.0_9A334_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 5.

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 5 firmware file (iPad1,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw). Click on the ‘Choose‘ button to let iTunes update your iPad 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 users will have to manually select the iOS 5 firmware file. After launching Redsn0w, click on Extras, then click on Select IPSW. Here select the iOS 5 firmware file (iPad1,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw) that you had downloaded in step 2. You need to do this just once. Mac users can skip this step as Dev team has added the public URLs to Redsn0w 0.9.9b5.

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: Click on the Jailbreak button.

Step 9: 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 10: 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 detects the device:

Step 11: Your iPad should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 12: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 13: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options you would like. Make sure Cydia is selected and select ‘Next‘ to continue.

Step 14: You iPad will be rebooted again and Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 15: You will now be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the ‘Finish‘ button to exit the application.

Step 16: 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. Please note that some of the jailbreak apps and tweaks are still not compatible with iOS 5 so please be cautious while installing them.

Note: Once Redsn0w has finished jailbreaking your iPad, you will need to boot it tethered, which means that if you need to reboot your iPad it will be stuck on the Apple logo. All you need to do is rerun Redsn0w and this time click on Extras and then click on Just boot from the list of options and follow the on screen instructions to reboot your iPad.


How to fix the White/Blank Cydia icon issue:

If you notice the white Cydia icon (which fails to launch) after successfully jailbreaking your iPad. Then follow these steps to fix the issue.

  • Launch Redsn0w again.
  • Click on Extras and then click on Just Boot from the list of options.
  • You will now be prompted to plug your iPad to the computer and switch it off. Follow the instructions in the correct sequence and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen:
  • You will now need to put your iPad into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:
    • Hold the Power button on iPad down for 3 seconds.
    • Now simultaneously hold the iPad and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds.
    • Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device.
  • Your device will reboot and you will see the Pwnage icon on your iPad’s screen for few minutes.
  • After your iPad is successfully rebooted, you will see the regular Cydia icon (brown). You should now be able to launch Cydia without any issue.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.


Download link for Redns0w has been updated with the latest version – Redsn0w 0.9.9 beta 7

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  • Phil


    On Step 6, I’m not taken to the prompt to set up my iPad 1 either from a previous backup or setup as a new iPad. Once I select the iOS5 ipsw file, it goes straight to restore and sets it up as a new iPad. Is there something else I can try? I’d rather not reinstall all my apps from the App Store after the JB.


    • As soon as the iPad is restored with iOS 5, it will reboot, after it reboots, it should show up again under Devices in iTunes with an option to set up your iPad as a new iPad or Restore from backup.

      There is no reason why you shouldn’t see these options in iTunes. Unless you are looking at your iPad and not iTunes.

      • Phil

        You were right. I was expecting the backup prompt to appear before the iOS 5 install began. The prompt came up after the iOS 5 restore as you noted. Thanks!

  • fas

    When will iPad 2 jailbreak come?

  • Tim

    Jailbreak worked great. After completion, I ran Cydia and tried to install stuff from cydia but after the download/install is complete, I click to reboot my phone but it just gets stuck on the apple icon after it restarts. Ive tried to restore and then jail break again but the issue keeps reoccurring. wondering if anyone else is experiencing this or if I am doing anything wrong.

    • Rumz

      Its a tethered jailbreak. use redsn0w to boot into your ipad. Please read the guide thoroughly.

  • Dopez

    After jailbreaking, my iBooks refused to load.. is it a known issue?

    • Uyung

      I have same problem that ibooks crash after jailbreak ! How to fix it ?

    • It looks like the iBooks crashing issue is a known issue. Dev team is currently working hard to fix it.

      We have updated the post to mention this known issue. Sorry about that.

  • Diondon

    I have the same problem. iBooks isn’t working 🙁

  • sam

    thanks for making my ipad work so much better.

  • Riyas

    after installing every time i switch off the phone it needs to just boot for open why?

  • MIke

    My iPad does not load up after it says waiting for reboot it just stays black and never reboots , dono what the problem is please help.. thank you!

  • angie

    i jailbroke my ipad, and cydia is installed…so i started downloading apps but when i went to my online bank statement, all the apps appear as “bought” apps so of course they are charging me for everyone of those apps..what im i doing wrong?

  • kev

    i never got the “finish” button…
    so i let cydia update and then afterwards…it keeps crashing
    i dont know what is wrong…

  • Jude

    i followed the whole process and completed it successfully. Cydia was working fine. After I restarted my IPAD1, cydia doesnt launch and neither does Safari. What did i do wrong?

    • aris

      i have the same problem anyone knows what is going on?

  • clarence

    i jailbreak my ipad1, everyting goes fine, i see the pineapple logo but there is NO cydia icon on the springboard. Already boot tethered 3x still nothing. any help? Thanks.

  • Red

    Followed every step, everything works like a charm.


  • iskandar

    hej, thank you very much,

  • Mack

    Thanks Bro !!!

  • murad

    my cydia still comes up in white
    what shall i do

  • tushin

    Thank you so much for this guide…worked like a charm!

    a small suggestion though..the updated download takes the user through this process a little differently..if you could update your guide, it’d be a great help to all us noobs out there!

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  • when i restore my ipad1 as step 5-6 says it takes 32 hours!! so i canceld it
    can i just skip it??