iOS 5 Can Be Jailbroken Using Redsn0w And Sn0wbreeze


That was quick! iPhone Dev Team has released Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 for iOS 5 to jailbreak iPhoneiPad and iPod Touch. iOS 5 was released just 2 hours back

But it doesn’t come as a major surprise as Dev team had released Redsn0w to jailbreak iOS 5 GM, and since Golden Master is the shipping version of the iOS software, we expected it to be possible to jailbreak iOS 5 public release as well.

Dev team has provided the following information on their blog about the new version:

For those of you who experiment with your own custom ramdisks using the -r command-line option, version 0.9.9b4 adds auto-detection support for iOS5.  This is needed because iOS4 and iOS5 treat the root partition differently (it’s encrypted in iOS5).  redsn0w will now upload the correct iOS5 kernel by itself, but it’s up to your own launchd to determine if it needs to mount using the old or new partition scheme.

redsn0w now also accepts both native and img3-encapsulated versions of files you provide via the -r, -k, and -d command-line options (do redsn0w -h to show all the available options).

Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 supports the following iOS 5 devices:

Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 supports only a tethered jailbreak, except for iPhone 3GS with old bootrom which is untetherd. With a tethered jailbreak you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot. It still doesn’t support iPad 2, so it is unlikely to support iPhone 4S that was unveiled at Let’s Talk iPhone event.

Redsn0w does not preserve the baseband, so if you depend on Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, you should not use Redsn0w. Sn0wbreeze for Windows currently allows you to preserve the baseband but Ultrasn0w is currently not compatible with iOS 5. Dev Team are expected to release an update after iOS 5 is released, however there is no ETA currently.

iH8sn0w has also confirmed that Sn0wbreeze 2.8 beta 8 that he had released for iOS 5 GM will work with iOS 5 public release:

It seems the Gold Master release seeded to Developers last week is the exact same IPSW that was released today.

With that being said, iOS 5 (Official) can be jailbroken (tethered) with the latest redsn0w & sn0wbreeze 2.8 beta 8. 🙂

We would recommend you to proceed with caution and advise you to wait until we receive some initial feedback from users. We would also recommend you to read the latest status update on jailbreaking iOS 5 so that you can weigh your option. If you plan to give it a shot, please don’t forget to take a backup of your iOS device.

You can download Redsn0w 0.9.9b4 for Windows using this link and Mac using this link and Sn0wbreeze 2.8 beta 8 using this link.

[via @MuscleNerd, @iH8sn0w]

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  • R.F

    Update Done (Iphone 4 Gsm)redsnow used worked fine but after installing a few tweaks just keep booting into safe mode after tethered boot…

    • Maybe the tweaks you’re using hasn’t been updated to be compatible with iOS 5…?

    • Ronny

      Hey I hav iPhone 4g and I hav updated ma iPod to ios5 is der any jailbreak available for ios5

  • YOU

    WTF, no ipad 2.



    • R.F

      make sure have itunes 10.5, try putting ipad into dfu mode and let itunes restore it!

    • bob

      Got 3gs with ipad modem firmware? then you are stuck with the ipad baseband. can’t do any normal updates no more

    • Chris@dev

      Turn off all firewall’s zonealarm etc also anti-virus if the problem persists..i have updated 4 x ip4 and 3x ipods with no problem after turning off the security.

  • Anon

    What about 5.0 on the Verizon iPhone?

  • Cameron Hendrixson

    Do you know when the Dev team will release an un-tethered jailbreak?

    • They’ll release when they release it. 🙂

  • Micro

    To olivex : they are gone my friend 🙂

  • Stecco

    thanks to dick, is yhe same build of GM (9a334). Noone makes nothing, this jail break it’s thetered as per ios 5 beta 1. IONIC is a bullshit gunmachine.

  • iPhone 3gs

    Sorry guys I don’t remember: do I need “hactivation”, if my iPhone is factory unlocked?

    • R.F

      No you dont

  • iPhone 3gs

    I have done jailbreak so long time ago, that I don’t know all the news, so I am not sure about IPSW, do I need to downloaded as in earlier redsn0w versions, or now it detects it automatically and downloads it?

  • It all gets deleted… lol pay for the damn app! Developers deserve to be paid for their time 🙂

  • Sam

    Using sn0wbreeze for iphone 3GS. Is it tethered or untethered?

    • Talibanner

      If you have old bootrom untethered. If you have new it’s tethered.

      • iPhone 3gs

        But do we need to do something differently in jailbreaking or it will be automatically untethered?

  • Kali’s

    No untethered yet?? Arghhh

  • fas

    No iPad 2? Again!

  • Your Momma

    Nice work, guys. I’ll wait for the un-tethered release. But I’m really looking forward to iOS5’s wireless syncing.

  • Ken

    It seems to be working fine for me so far, but I have only installed the program and booted teathered. Let’s see how it goes from hear I have to set up my new toy at four am! God I am worse that a drug adddict sucking….well never mind

  • Chris

    I updated this morning, performed the Jailbreak, installed Folder Enhance, MyWi, SBSetting, My 3g and Wifi Extender.

    Everything is working great, just wish it wasn’t a tethered jailbreak, oh well, hopefully soon that will be taken care of.

    The other thing I didn’t like was that I had to reinstall all of my Apps after installing iOS 5, this seems to have come from Apple’s end this time and that is annoying. I am guessing that they want to make sure you don’t have any apps that aren’t iOS 5 compatible installed though.

  • moe

    release untethered. wtf is the use for tethered asshole crap?

    • gyrex

      You are a waste of space. Be thankful there’s people that provide a jailbreak at all you worthless piece of shit. Go take a long walk off a short pier you moron.

    • H8arroganceExploit

      Moe- how bout you start finding exploits and post a FREE jailbreak for the whole world. You damn rude moron. Be patient or atleast thankful for the opportunities that these teams provide for us, rather quick I may add. I’m sure they have jobs and families like the rest of us that come first. Oh yea, fah-q ash-ole. Hope your I-device explodes

  • R.F

    THIS REDSN0W WILL NOT HACTIVATE! You need to be an iOS developer with a registered UDID to get past all the new activation screens

  • Carey

    I was able to JB my Verizon 4 to iOs 5 but can’t get out of safe mode either. Had to clear the old iTunes backups/cache to update initially, btw, if you’re having trouble updating initially. Wish I could get out of safe mode though!

    • R.F

      had the same problem with my iphone 4 gsm, used redsnow to jb it but then tryed sn0wbreeze-v2.8b8 and it worked great, but you have to keep in mind that all teaks dont work on ios5. thats also one issue that puts your phone into safe mode

  • Ricardo Felix

    Hello, I’m on os 4.3.5 iphone 4 unlocked with gevey sim. Is it safe to upgrade to iOS 5 can I use the gevey sim ? Is there anyway I can upgrade without locking my phone?

  • Bobx3

    Hey guys I just wanted to let you know that if you have the MC model of the iPod Touch 4 Cydia will not run after you jailbreak it so don’t waste your time. As for you guys getting the safe mode problem it is because some of the apps you have downloaded have caused you springboard to crash probobly because they have not been optimized for iOS 5. Also for you guys getting the 3200 error when trying to update to iOS 5, it is because the update servers are jam packed. I eventually got it to work after like 27 trys but I would just wait ’til later. Thank, bye.

  • Shadw

    You must update Itunes to 10.5, otherwise you’ll get an error code 10 during the install(restore) and you need to be in DFU mode.



    So ios5 is out and jailbreakable, when comes the baseband downgrade or upgrade ? Runnin iphone 3GS Baseband 06.15.00!Please i wont my gps back!

  • Apel

    if i do snow breeze to preserve baseband can i still use gevey?

  • ganjaman

    How long is it supposed to take because I seem to get stuck at “Please wait while your build is being processed” “waiting to reboot” on my iPad1.

    This is the second time I’m doing it and I get stuck at the same place again. The last time I had to recover from iTunes after it froze.

    • DEEEEZnutz

      having the same issue

      • SK

        In case anyone still has the same issue, I had the same error message and at the 3rd stage of DFU where it says “while keeping the home button pressed release the power button” after releasing the power button do not let go of the home button till you get the message “The rest of the process takes place on your device”. That is the only way I got mine to work after 3 failures.

  • RandomHero

    You have to redownload them, but your data from games and other things still is saved on the phone, so after you redownload, your stuff will still be in the app. atlest thats how most of mine were after all my jailbreaks so far.

  • Morten

    Updated to iOS5 last night, I guess just after this post came up. Running old bootrom 3GS, now running like a charm, not one single problem! :0) BIG THANKS!!

    • bestinguys

      Can u share how please?

  • hxclos

    I’m just going to wait for the chronic dev to release the untethered jailbreak. At least their exploit in the A5 chip means I can jailbreak my iPad 2 as well.

  • fas

    I guess Apple has not patched up the Beta.

  • nikhil patil

    can we properly get backup on ipod 4g after jailbreaking ios 5

  • Mohsin

    Does the baseband get updated as well when you jailbreak on ios 5? I’m just a bit hesitant to jailbreak just incase the baseband gets updated to the ipad 06.15.00 baseband

  • tuan nguyen

    snowbreeze work good on my 4g gsm, but no signal bar and cydia do not work.
    also ibooty seem do not work if you miss step enter dfu of snowbreeze. if you miss step , you should start creating new ipsw.

  • need help

    Hi iphone hackers.
    I would like to seek for your expertise on what to do with my iphone 3gs. I use snowbreeze to preserve its BB and restore it with ios 5 and it went successfully. but during the iphone set-up, activation of iphone always failed, and im now stuck with it.

    Can someone help me on what to do next?

  • mike

    i have used red snow for a couple years and used it again after ios 5 it works great but the new features like cloud and ” find the phone ” or whatever dont work . i have rebooted it several times and also restored the phone re jailbroke it and still nothing. im not a computer hacker so im not as smart about this crap as some of you are ….. please help i just want to make my phone a hotspot and dont want to lose my unlimited data through at$t thanks

  • robbie

    hi where could i download the jailbreaking tool redsnow or snowbreeze without this surveys. thanks

  • Ramon

    I rely on carrier unlock. does this work?

  • Nick

    Iphone 4 with IOS 5.01
    I used redsn0w_win_0.9.10b3
    Im stuck in SAFE MODE.
    I tried everything but nothing helped.

  • Simo benje

    Hi all, I jailbrok my Iphone 4 (BB1.59.0) using redsnow win 0.9.10b2, and I’m having 2 problems that I can see so far, ibooks and gps are not working anymore, they both freeze at the very first screen. Can anybody help. Thanks in advance.

  • mart

    When i tried on my ipod 4g with ios 4.3.3 and i did set it to use it with ipsw 5.0.1, but when it finished it said on the screen ipod need to be restored. it went through all the code to so wtf please help.

  • hey i need help my ipod 4g said that it need to be restored after i did with redsn0wb3.