How To Perform Untethered Jailbreak On Your iPod Touch 4G, iPod Touch 3G Running iOS 5.0.1 Using Redsn0w [Updated]

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

iPhone Dev team has released a new version of Redsn0w using pod2G’s untethered jailbreak, which finally allows iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G 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 your iPod your iPod touch running iOS 5.0.1 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G users. iPhone users can checkout this guide and iPad users can checkout this guide.
  • If you’ve performed a tethered jailbreak on your iPod touch running iOS 5.0.1 then checkout this guide to convert it to an untethered iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak.
  • 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 iPod touch 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 iPod touch 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 iPod touch secure.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes i.e. iTunes 10.5 or later.

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

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPod touch 4G or iPod touch 3G with the assumption that you’ve already updated your iPod touch 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. Navigate back to the Redsn0w folder and 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 plug your iPod touch to the computer and switch it OFF. Follow the instructions and click on ‘Next‘ to move to the next screen:

Step 5: 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 Home button 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 iPod touch 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 iPod touch 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 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. Please note that some of the jailbreak apps and tweaks are still not compatible with iOS 5 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 iPod touch 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 iPod touch 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 iPod touch into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:
    • Hold the Power button on iPod touch down for 3 seconds.
    • Now simultaneously hold the iPod touch 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 iPod touch’s screen for few minutes.
  • After your iPod touch 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 when you use Redsn0w 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:

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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  • Joshua

    Will this work on idevices running ios 5.0???? Please answer!!!

    • IBMThinkPadR51

      No, it won’t. It’s only for 5.0.1.

      • fas

        Isint a jailbreak available for iOS 5?

  • wayne m

    tried on itouch 4 g – reboots and just hangs on waiting for reboot – tried a few times doesn’t work – help

    • hunter

      i keep getting the same thing

      • IP4G_King

        You need to manually select the ISPW (5.0.1 firmware). Its missing from the tutorial. Once you load redsn0w, click on the button below JAILBREAK. then click on Manually select ISPW. load it, click back, then click on JAILBREAK. Then continue with the DFU mode.

        • xekin

          hey, i’m new in this. where i can find that file to load???

          • Morgan Mok

            can’t find it

          • Endscrypt


        • Rush

          Where do we download this,

        • Boswell

          Thank you so much for that. I’ve been struggling so long trying to get this done until I read your extremely helpful tip.

        • pphi

          Same here, cannot find file to load.

        • ipod jack

          Thanks I too got the same problem but now its solved.

          • Rickmgoldie

            Do tell how it was solved!
            I gave up after 2 hours
            Same as the others – just end up waiting for reboot
            Tried the extras button but no instructions
            Trouble is my mac is g5 and I have to borrow intel PowerBook to even attempt it so I want definite instructions before borrowing again.

          • RickMGoldie

            I found the link to the file needed for the IPSW step in the error solving section above”No identifying data was found Error:” even though i did not get that specific error.
            it still took three goes to get the jailbreak to run to success using the IPSW file downloaded from that link.

            So – persevere.

        • iOSSOPA

          Is the IPSW included in the updates? Cause i get stuck on Waiting for Reboot everytime i jailbreak for my iPod 4G.

        • i understand that part but load what exactually??

    • Morgan Mok

      me too

    • Nanthana

      Try to do it on another computer. You don’t really need to do anything with ipsw. i have done it on iphone 4 without using any ipsw, it worked!

  • ydlo

    i have an ipod touch 3g with ios 4.1 untethered …where can i finds the steps to move from 4.1 to 5.0.1 ???

    • Mohamd

      Just update the ipod from iTunes and it will update it to the latest firmware 5.0.1. Im doing it now too

  • PihPohdzilla

    I have this hugh problem: “Waiting for reboot”, then my ipod 4g turns On. I do all the step for jailbreaking (downloading the latest version of itunes, the io 5.0.1 too, obviously the redsnow), and still the jailbreak doesn’t work. Please help.

    thanks for your answer

    • Andy

      omg, me too. -__- omfg

  • 4g Ipod semi-tether then installed Corona via Cydia and everything appears to be fine except Ibooks. Keep getting error on Ibooks
    Configuration error
    There is a problem with the confguration of your ipod touch please restore with Itunes or redownload Ibooks.

    I deleted app then downloaded again but error still comes up. Will try to do a restore later and jailbreak via Redsn0w to see if it will fix this.

    • mark

      I had the same problem on my iphone 4.
      I just removed corolla and rebooted tethered, and it’s working again.

    • Endscrypt


  • Dsstech

    I have tried this on two IPod 4G and it just reboots over and over again now.

    • Lessy

      you have to move the file to the desktop and run as administrator

      • Dsstech

        I did this and now the IPod just reboots with the Apple Logo over and over and over again. It said it worked but the ipod will not go to main screen

        Endless LOOP

        • kevinkev1337

          yea mine does too can someone people fix this

          • bzhan877

            iPod Touch keeps rebooting over and over again.

    • Endscrypt

      Try Tiny Umbrella

  • Lessy

    I have an Ipod touch 4g and I jailbroke it about 30 minutes ago but know i cant unlock even worst the ipod is not touch screen any more please help

    • Nanthana

      reset to factory setting first and try the steps over again! make sure your turn off your device before entering the DFU mode.

    • Hack my IPod on my IPod use a    1Download

  • khaled


    • Endscrypt

      Why u shouting?!?!

      • Nataliaa

        You’re such a dumbass, it’s called CAPS LOCK not shouting.. wtf… stupid

  • tarugo

    all negative feedbacks…i guess i have to hold back for a while and keep my 4.3.1 untethered ipod touch 4g

    • scris

      just try the corona untether it works great

  • nocontact4u

    First time ever breaking and the directions were spot on. iPhone 4, iOS 501 worked great. Though when running a refresh in Cydia in “changes” there is an error:
    Failed to fetch Hash Sum mismatch
    Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead

    I’m trying to get MyWi 5.0 installed, this may be the issue preventing me from installing. Any suggestions?

    • Endscrypt

      Remove the big boss repo, then add it back on hopefully this time with all the files ;@)

  • JP

    Its working fine with 3Gs 5.0.1!!! But i cannot find SBSettings.. anyone knows if SBSettings was removed from Cydia?

  • Danxy

    when i do this on my ipod touch 4g does it delete my apps i already have on the ipod?

    • Just back up your ipod and if the jailbreak does delete your apps just restore your ipod in itunes and youll get all your apps back.

  • Steve iJobs

    iPod 4G works well after two reboots ater jailbreak. thanks.

  • jenz

    ok ive just tried 2 jailbreak my ipod touch 4g ios 5.0.1 two times & it doesnt seem to be working after its go through the process then reboots there is no cydia on ipod..while its jailbreaking i see on the screen its sayn ffaccessoryport::receiveDataBuff: iap: error could not enqueue received data bu…thats all i can see, if anyone knows what this is please help lol

    • jenz

      sorry it says IOAccessoryport::receiveDataBuff: iap: error could not enqueue received data buffer

  • Artem

    Works like a charm. Thank you very much!!!

  • PK

    Hi after jailbreak iphone4 its woek but cydia is vvvvvery slow and i have problems to add new sources????????????????????

  • Ankit

    Everything working fine but I cannot turn of the wi-fi after jailbreaking my iPod Touch 4G. It freezes when I tap on wi-fi in settings.

    Also, Cydia doesnt detect the tweaks installed previously via semi-tethered jailbreak.

    Please help.

  • jigy

    Redsnow Crashes While ptahcing kernel ….
    help help

    must rply

  • Alejandro

    my ipod touch 4G will enter DFU mode perfectly, but when redsn0w begins to patch the kernel, my ipod always removes itself out of DFU mode at around 80%, going into the regular slide to unlock screen.

  • Anne

    I tried it on my itouch 4G, but there was an error of some sort that caused redsnow to be needed to close. The DFU process went fine, but sometime after that, but before the rebooting can happen, the error occurred.
    I can’t turn on the device now for some reason.
    Any suggestions that can fix this??

    • Alex

      just hold the power and home button for 15 secs, then release home button but keep holding th epower butten for another 2 secs. It should start normal now.

      • i need help unlocking an ipod touch 1st generation because i forgot my passcode

  • Ryan

    Um I think the download links are mixed up. The windows link downloads the Mac version and vice versa.

  • Dante

    I’m not sure if this is just me but. The links for Redsn0w are mixed around. The link for the windows is the mac version and the link for the mac is for windows. Just wanted to point that out.

  • Beatrice

    Worked like a charm, thank you!

  • tiffany

    if i do this will i have to reboot my ipod every time i turn it on?

  • Ham

    I am window7 user. Now I stuck at the screen, preparing jailbreak data – patching kernel, even I selected Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP, and ran Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’. Thanks for your help.

    • Umer

      Hey man did you find out how to fix the redsnow getting stuck at patching kernel screen. any kind of help is appreciated.

  • sam

    i do all corect and in the end it says waiting for reeboot an there it stays

  • sam

    please help

  • eriktrips

    I also cannot get to my wi-fi settings after using Corona 1.0-3 to untether a redsn0w 0.9.9b8 jailbreak. Settings->WiFi freezes. I managed to get to my WiFi settings through TuneIn Radio, so now I can at least access new networks, but not from the Settings app. Everything else looks the same (iBooks has been hosed for a long time). Anyone found a cure for this without having to start all over with a fresh jailbreak? It takes me a week to get my ipod the way I want it after an update!

  • liam

    i have an ipod 4g with softwar 4.1.0 i think thats it thanks

  • mrwegz

    hey guys. i did the jailbreak and it worked but how do i get the unlock pattern

  • pphi

    How do I know its jailbroken? I did the process, ipod touch 4G rebooted and it just returns to the normal screen, nothing special.

  • Scott


    Thank you guys so much it works!!!!
    Just one question now. How do I download aps for free now?

  • is it like normal if the screen is black and it has like a million little words on it???

    • Endscrypt

      Yup! Injection code

      • EMS

        but what if after that., and also after the pineapple logo appears. then apple logo appears too and just stuck in there.. can’t restore my iOS 5.0.1

  • Mary

    Didn’t work at first because I failed to get to DFU mode correctly. Followed the instructions closely and got it the second time. I used the most recent redsnow update, 9.10b4. Thanks for the tutorial! Btw, how do we enable multitasking? It wasn’t there as an option when I chose to install cydia.

  • in need

    hello ,i need help, when i click on the link it says safari cant download file……wat can i do

  • irshad

    thank you,,

  • shivang

    this works fine on my ipod……..but m new in this dont know what can i do after jailbreaking ma ipod touch4…pllzz help

  • shivang

    when i am refreshing data its comming that…HTTP 1.1 404 not fuond…..what is this

  • Jason

    my ipod kept on restarting like for hours….what should i do>? i’m running on ios 5.0.1

    • EMS

      I guess i’m in the same dilemma. i really need some advice. i can’t restore my iPod. i’m also running iOS 5.0.1

      • riishabh

        same here bro……………!

  • Fangs34

    Dose this actually work?

    • shelby

      yes, i just did it. it only took like maybe a half hour to do.

    • Endscrypt

      No!! Of coarse not

      • shivang

        its works man try it…

  • shelby

    thanks for the help. first time doing this. really confused on the cydia part now. not sure how to use it or what to do. haha. if you can please help.

    • Endscrypt

      Just for the pawnage ehh! lol. Remember your iPhone is now vulnerable to viruses etc! So I’d say install Terminal and change your root password! Then google for some good repos, just be safe & enjoy

  • SMooth

    Can you undo the jail break by any chance?

  • Andy

    It keeps turning on during the second stage of jailbreak, and it freezes on “waiting to reboot”, is it because my itouch keeps turning back on ? What do i do ? !

  • jay

    when i try to do this it just says,”identifying” and then does nothing my ipod just sits there with a black screen and the redsn0w does not do anything any advice please?

  • you are the “MAN” 😉

    thanxs a lot ^_^

    keep up the gud work.

    • bigfoot49211[I need help with IPOD 5.0.1!!!]

      IT WORKED FOR YOU?????????? LUCKY! >:(

  • EMS

    I jailbreak my iPod touch 4G iOS 5.0.1 using redsnow but in the end apple logo just appears and turning to black then logo again.. I tried to restore but I got this error 3194. I don’t know what else to do. PLSSS do help me.

  • EMS

    what if after jailbreaking, the apple logo got stuck in my iPod touch. then when I tried to restore, Error 3194 appears. So I use redsnow > extras > just boot tethered now.. Did i do something wrong? I still can’t restore my Ipod ouch 4G with IOS 5.0.1

  • bigfoot49211[I need help with IPOD 5.0.1!!!]

    HELP ME NOWWWW! i try to put it in DFU mode, and after the last thing, it gets put in to “restore mode.” I NOW HAVE TO WAIT AN HOUR AND A HALF FOR THE THING TO GET BACK TO ITS ORIGINAL STATE. HELP NOW! >__<


    I tried the steps it said device not found. I tried turning on my Ipod 4g and it didnt turn on i was so creeped out i started pressing random buttons. finally when i pressed the home button and the power button for some time it turned on it took a long time for the apple logog to go away.

  • Beast13345

    I was following the redsn0w instructions and after it fnished installing stuff it said done, so I closed the program and went to iTunes and iTunes says my iPod is in Recovery mode and i couldn’t do anything, so I re-opened redsn0w and tred to re-do the jailbreak process. redsn0w showed the prompt to put the device in DFU mode but the device isn’t responding and now I’m worried, what did I do wrong and what should I do now???

  • Soapy Sparrow

    this tutorial works great on me, my iPod Touch is now jailbreaked 😀

    but, my devices is automatically updating the OS version to 5.1, is it going to be fine?

    thanks a lot for the tutorial and response 😀

  • Lindsay

    Ok. Did the download, installed and jail broke. How do I get free apps etc now? Also, am trying to install corona but am told I am queued? Why is this? Is there anything I can do or do I need to just wait?

  • SW

    Hi, my ipod touch 3G is currently on iOS 4.3.5 tethered jailbreak. How do I upgrade it to iOS5? I’ve tried to restore or to update but it keeps prompting error and the update or restore could not be completed. Please help. Im going crazy just trying to get rid of the tethered jailbreak of redsnow.. =(

  • D Taylor

    Mines was like on the page with the small white numbers and stuff. It said error blah blah giving up. What do I do?

  • Diablo

    I already have v 5.1 on my ipod, can i go back to 5.01 and then do the jailbreak?

  • rebecca

    i have an itouch 4g with ios 5.1 using redsnow version 0.9.10b7. i have followed all the steps and got to the end where it says the rest takes place on your device. my itouch is just showing the white boot circle on a black screen. What do i do now??

  • ico0o

    i wont have problems if i jailbreak it on my ipad 3 right ?