How To Perform Untethered Jailbreak On Your iPad 1 Running iOS 5.0.1 Using Redsn0w [Updated]

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iPhone Dev team has released a new version of Redsn0w using pod2G’s untethered jailbreak, which finally allows iPad 1 users to perform an untethered jailbreak.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to perform an untethered jailbreak on iPad running iOS 5.0.1 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPad 1. iPhone 4 users can checkout this guide and iPhone and iPod touch users can checkout this guide.
  • If you’ve performed a tethered jailbreak on your iPad 1 running iOS 5.0.1 then checkout this guide to convert it to an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.10b5c does not support iPad 2 currently, but pod2G is working hard on it. We’ll keep you posted.
  • 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, if 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.

Update: Please note that some readers are reporting issue with iBooks after jailbreaking their iPad.

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPad 1 with the assumption that you’ve already updated your iPad to iOS 5.0.1 (please note Settings –> General –> About –> Version should be 5.0.1):

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.10b5c for Windows from this link and Redsn0w 0.9.10b3 for Mac from this link and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: Double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application to the Redsn0w folder and then launch the Redsn0w application.

Step 3: After launching Redsn0w, click on the Jailbreak button.

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 4: 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 5: 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 6: Your iPad should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 7: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 8: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options you would like. Make sure Cydia is selected and select ‘Next‘ to continue.

Step 9: You iPad will be rebooted again and Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 10: You will now be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the ‘Finish‘ button to exit the application.

Step 11: 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 5.0.1 so please be cautious while installing them.

Troubleshooting Tips:

Error 16xx:

If you’re getting error 16xx then it is most likely due to host file entries pointing to Saurik’s server. You can either remove the host file entries or try jailbreaking from another computer.

Error 3194:

You have probably not put the iPad in DFU mode properly. Try the step by step guide again.

White Cydia Icon:

If you notice the white Cydia icon (which fails to launch) after successfully jailbreaking 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.

Cydia Issues:

It looks like some of the repositories are getting hammered due to the surge in traffic, so keep trying or try after sometime.

“No identifying data was found” Error:

If auto-detection fails and you get the “No identifying data was found” error message then you need to manually select the iOS 5.0.1 firmware file before following the step by step instructions mentioned above. To select the firmware file manually follow these steps:

  • Download the appropriate iOS 5.0.1 firmware file for your iOS device:
  • Click on Extras instead of Jailbreak
  • Then click on the Select IPSW button
  • Select the iOS 5.0.1 firmware file that you had just downloaded.

Update 1:

If you’re having issues launching jailbreak apps install the latest version of Corona iOS 5.0.1 Untether. More details available here.

Update 2:

iPhone Dev team has released Redsn0w 0.9.10b2 to fix the launchCtl issue. We’ve updated the download links with the latest version of Redsn0w.

Update 3:

iPhone Dev team has released Redsn0w 0.9.10b3 to fix the problem with MobileSubstrate based jailbreak apps. We’ve updated the download links with the latest version of Redsn0w.

Update 4:

Corrected the links for Redsn0w. Thanks everyone for pointing it out.

Update 5 (17/01/2012):

iPhone Dev team has released Redsn0w 0.9.10b4 to fix the iBooks issue. We’ve updated the download links with the latest version of Redsn0w.

Update 6 (29/01/2012):

iPhone Dev team has released Redsn0w 0.9.10b5 to fix the iBooks DRM issue. We’ve updated the download links with the latest version of Redsn0w.

Update 7 (15/02/2012):

iPhone Dev team has released Redsn0w 0.9.10b5c to fix some bugs. We’ve updated the download links with the latest version of Redsn0w.

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 and don’t forget to give a donation to pod2G for all his hard work.

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  • MOMO

    My Ipad2 still not jailbroken :..(

    • Andy

      Will this work on apple tv2

      • fas

        nope, it wont.

  • Sugar

    I have a jailbroken ipad 1 on 4.3. i’m trying to restore to 5.0.1 ipsw but its giving me a 3194 error. is it ok for me to upgrade to 5.0.1 through itunes??

    • Juan

      Just updated to 5.0.1 from 4.3.3 with itunes. Had to put my ipad into DFU mode first. Then jailbroke it using this tutorial, then restored from a backup. All seems to be working well so far.

  • tim

    updated to 5.0.1 everything looked great until tried downloading sources, repo isn’t working for me.

  • Erwin

    Does not work on iPad 1. After step 6 the app says ‘no identifying data read’ and then nothing happens anymore.


    Erwin – You are doing it wrong. I have just done the above and it works perfectly on iPad 1 running 5.0.1.

    Cheers pod2g! Lets hope he can get the A5 untethered jailbreak sometime soon.

  • Hendrix

    Yea!!!!!! Carnt wait to jailbreak just to pay money to a hacked app store called cydia, I would rather pay app store at least they fix apps, and I can still restore from iCloud, cydia sux cause they charge money for apps that are not even signed, everything on cydia should be free cause it is fake app store, they are just ripping you all off, suckers. Cydia the app store for failed app developers, jailbreak breaks iBooks yea what else does it break? That you don’t know about?

  • supra178

    error 1604, 1600 and 3014. thanks to many user’s reply i had finally gotten pass these errors. In your tiny umbrella>advance tab uncheck “set host to cydia on exit and request shsh from cydia”. seems like the upgrade is going through without any error.

  • Maximos

    Anyone have any idea as to what happened to an app called My-wi?

  • Boris

    Ppl, can you pls help me?
    I am now on 4.2.1 jailbroken iPad 1. What should I do if I want to get 5.0.1?
    1) Will all hacked apps be there if I upgrade via iTunes?
    2) I have installed emulators such as iMame, Snes9x with a lot of roms. Are they gonna be there after the upgrade?
    Many thanks

  • martis

    After I updated and jailbroke my ipad1 I get “Your selected cellular network is restricted” when try to connect to my carrier. My Modem Firmware is 07.11.01.

    Is there anyway I could connect to my carrier on jailbroken 5.0.1 ipad?


  • Tester

    I jailbroken my ipad 1 but i can’t install any apps anymore, sync fails before it can finish why?

  • GM

    Does it work 100%?

    • Tester


  • GM

    Stucked in apple icon after whole jailbreak was done. Im not sure if it’s juts rebooting very slow or this is a failure

  • Igor

    It doesn’t work. Crushes all the time. (Windows Xp)

  • anil

    It doesn’t work. Crushes all the time. (Windows Xp)
    same problem

  • I made it worked 100%!! Thanks!

  • Jean Awad

    Jailbroken Successful

  • you waste my iPad!
    it`s still on exploting with limera1n and do not any things…..
    iPad 1 16 3g + WiFi runnig iOS 5.0.1 winXp
    Redsn0w 0.9.10b5c

  • Taffy2

    Hafew probles with the jail break and still have. Managed to help with gettinr to the preparing jailbreak data but now crashes?

    before this there were many issues for crashing on the windows XP, Solved some of these by right clicking as above comments then going to task manager right clicking on redsnow.exe and then set afinity to 1 x CPU ( If both are set, I changed to the other CPU if 1 was alread ticked ) this helped. Alao changed USB port and turned off the antivirus software.

    But as above it crashes at the prepaing jailbreak data. any please help!!

  • Phil C.

    iPad 1 with 4.3.3, already jailbroken. Trying to upgrade to 5.0.1 using redsn0w 0.9.10b5c on WinXP. I run redsn0w, put iPad into DFU mode, rs acts as if its working and data is supposedly downloaded. Afterward rs says it’s done but I do not get a “Finish” button. iPad reboots, goes through the motions, reboots again. When its done I can go to Setting > About and it still shows I’m at 4.3.3. I’ve redone the process ensuring that I don’t select the install of Cydia and I manually select the ipsw I downloaded and get the same results.

    So what am I missing here?

  • dean

    Redsn0w is crashing, IPad 1 is in DFU mode, when redsn0w tries to access the internet ~5 seconds later a Window error comes up saying Redsn0w.exe has stopped working.

    Any suggestions as I have version 0.9.10b5c? I am running Windows 7 but did go into properties and asked this program to run in Window XP SP3 compatibility mode.

  • HuyNg

    I can not restore my ipad 1 ios 4.3.4. Itunes error

    “The ipad could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible”

    I downloaded the firmware from:
    Download the appropriate iOS 5.0.1 firmware file for your iOS device:
    iPad 1 – iPad1,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore.ipsw

    Pls help