How To Jailbreak iPad 1 Running iOS 5.1 Using Redsn0w

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

Apple released iOS 5.1 yesterday, which includes some minor improves and bug fixes.

iPhone Dev team has just released a new version of Redsn0wRedsn0w 0.9.10b6 that supports iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1 and 3rd-generation iPod touch.

But if you accidentally upgraded to iOS 5.1 (don’t update to iOS 5.1 if you are on iOS 5.0.1 or lower) and want to jailbreak your iPad then you’ve come to the right place. We will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPad on iOS 5.1 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPad 1. iPod touch 3G / iPod touch 4G users can refer to this step-by-step guide and iPhone 4 / iPhone 3GS users can refer to this step-by-step guide.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.10b6b for Mac or Redsn0w 0.9.10b6 for Windows only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iOS device to the computer on every reboot.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.10b6/Redsn0w 0.9.10b6b does not support iPad 2 or the soon-to-be-released 3rd generation iPad.
  • 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 PkgBackup 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.
  • 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 won’t work if you jailbreak your iPad using Redsn0w 0.9.10.b6. Dev team is working hard to fix the issue.

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 5.1 (please note Settings –> General –> About –> Version should be 5.1):

Step 1: Download Redsn0w for Windows from this link and Redsn0w 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 may not be compatible with iOS 5.1 so please be cautious while installing them.

Tethered Jailbreak:

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.

Troubleshooting:

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.

Update (April 15th, 2012):

Dev team has updated Redsn0w to 0.9.10b6b to fix an issue affecting those users running OS X 10.5.x or earlier. So we have updated the download link.

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  • iOS5

    Waiting for Untethered..thank u.

  • lflasers

    there is no need to update to 5.1 imo. nothing changed it just fixes bugs on 4s.

    • http://www.motorbeam.com/ fas

      which includes network issues.

  • D.

    I updated my iPod Touch 4G to iOS 5.1 and jailbroke it with redsn0w, no issues there it was fast and straight forward, HOWEVER, I’ve found an issue in which all the apps I open are only a quarter of their size located in the top left corner and I do not seem able to fix it… any help would be appreciate it!!!

  • Mysterious Stranger

    Another bug: I must boot it all the time for cydia to turn on. I turn off my iPad=Must boot again for cydia to work. Help?

    • D.

      definition of tethered…

  • psantoso

    great… it’s works… my only problem is that i have to run just boot twice before cydia works… 1st is changing its white icon but wont run… cydia runs after 2nd time of just boot… thanks.

  • psantoso

    one more issue… it seems that I cannot reebooting my iPad without loosing the fuction of cydia… to re activate it I have always do “just boot”…

    • psantoso

      Would be nice if untethered version is released…

  • Mukesh

    Thanks a lot to all of ur groups

  • help please

    After installing cydia, my iPad don’t seem to restart.. I’ve left it with the “apple” screen for 30min now, and different.. “step 10/11″

  • Edwin

    Everyone please dont JB I need to restore everything, i lost all my f***king important data becos of this sh*t Beta version…so my advise dont run this JB

  • Nawaf Al Janabi

    After i jailbroke my ipad, i can’t see the cydia icon, its white. and when i open it it crashes and closes. any help?

  • helios

    hi i followed the tut and it worked but when i restartded my iphone 3g2 its just started up problem or no?

  • Zain

    Working perfectly on my iPad 1 running iOS 5.1! Incredible!

    • Fardeal

      That’s true? if i jailbreak my ipad 1 ios 5.1 it connectly working perfectly when i turn switch off.. Tell me…

  • kboog

    Working perfectly except for the ibooks bug. Thank you!

  • adewuyi mayowa

    after doing dis d apple logo keeps coming and going for d past 30min. pls help me

    • Yentz

      Here’s your help… learn to SPELL!

      • truP

        unnecessary comment Yentz. I’m sure if not here, you yourself posted somewhere else for assistance. so treat as you would like to be treated.

  • haris prijadi

    terima kasih
    iPad saya sudah bisa fungsi lagi

  • Sporting1414

    Hi, i shut off my ipad on accident and now when i turn it on it goes on for about 5 seconds, the little circle thing starts spinning, it shuts off, turns back on and does the same thing repeatively. i cant get into it. This happened after i jail broke it. Any help on fixing it??

  • pnm

    I updated my iPod 1 to iOS 5.1 and jailbroke it with redsn0w, no issues there it was fast and straight forward, HOWEVER, I’ve found an issue in which all the apps I open are only a small size and I do not seem able to fix it… any help would be appreciate it!!!

  • mitchbunch

    hi!

    i followed the steps and i successfully did it! tHEN…. the next day i cant open my cracked apps, the paid apps will open though, but i cant open safari too. the thing is, i needed to jailbreak my ipad again and again to fix it. ive been jailbreaking my ipad for 3 consecutive days now just to make it work. do i need to jailbreak everyday? please help anyone? thanks.

    • mitchbunch

      by the way, everytime i click on your subscribe to this comment field it just displays an html page. thanks.

  • Hendog

    For everyone that is complaining about not being able to run cydia after the JB and for those of you that have to are not able to boot your device after the JB…..YOU NEED TO READ ALL THE INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE JAILBRAKING. THIS IS A TEHTHERED JAILBREAK WHICH MEANS THAT YOU MUST RUN USE THE “JUST BOOT” OPTION IN THE REDSNOW IN ORDER TO REBOOT YOUR DEVICE AND ALSO TO BE ABLE TO USE CYDIA. YOU MUST RUN “JUST BOOT” EVERYTIME YOU WANT TO REBOOT YOUR DEVICE OR CYDIA AND SAFARI WON’T WORK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andre.ng.1217 Andre Ng

    perfect !!!!!!!!!!! I follow exactly step by step ! Thanks!

  • Zane

    well i downloaded it and i got all the way but my ipad will not turn back on plz someone help me!!!!!

  • Jhonny

    amazing. I cant say anything ever worked as advertised but this did. thank you. you saved me from having to buy a new ipad!