How To Jailbreak iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS on iOS 5.1.1 Using Redsn0w

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

Apple released iOS 5.1.1 last week, which includes some minor improvements and bug fixes.

iPhone Dev team has released a new version of Redsn0w – Redsn0w 0.9.11b4 that supports iPhone 4iPhone 3GSiPad 1, iPod touch 4G and iPod Touch 3G.

But if you’ve upgraded to iOS 5.1.1 and want to jailbreak your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS then you can follow this step by step procedure to jailbreak your iPhone on iOS 5.1.1 using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users. iPod touch 4G and iPod touch 3G users can checkout this guide, while iPad users can checkout this guide.
  • Important note to iPhone unlockers: Please don’t use this guide if you want to preserve your iPhone’s baseband.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.11b4 only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iPhone to the computer on every reboot (except iPhone 3GS with older bootrom). pod2g is currently working on the untethered jailbreak and is expected to release a user friendly jailbreak tool shortly. Check out this page for the latest update.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPhone may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPhone before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPhone.
  • If you’ve jailbroken your iPhone 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 iPhone rather then installing them individually.
  • After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPhone secure.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes.

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS with the assumption that you’ve already updated your iPhone to iOS 5.1.1 (please note Settings –> General –> About –> Version should be 5.1.1):

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. 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 iPhone 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 iPhone into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

(a) Hold the Power button on iPhone 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 iPhone 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 iPhone 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 iPhone will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). After it has rebooted, your iPhone on iOS 5.1.1 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 iPhone, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPhone using the Cydia app. Please note that some of the jailbreak apps and tweaks may not be compatible with iOS 5.1.1 so please be cautious while installing them.

Tethered Jailbreak:

Once Redsn0w has finished jailbreaking your iPhone, you will need to boot it tethered, which means that if you need to reboot your iPhone 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 iPhone.


How to fix the White/Blank Cydia icon issue:

If you notice the white Cydia icon (which fails to launch) after successfully jailbreaking your iPod touch. 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 iPhone 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 iPhone into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:
    • Hold the Power button on iPhone down for 3 seconds.
    • Now simultaneously hold the iPhone 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 iPhone 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 and feel free to drop us a line if you hit any issues.

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  • dee8282

    cmon bring the hack for 4s

  • Andy1971

    It don’t work on 3GS.

  • jay

    Is there anyway to jailbreak the 4s. 5.1.1 tethered or untethered?

  • Orochi

    works on 3gs, but when 1 or 2 hour i cannot open cydia or safari
    how to fix this problem

  • MrMan

    How much longer must i wait for the new iPad jailbreak? Jesus ***ing christ! It was almost a month ago pod2g, the cherub-looking mofo released a statement about jailbreaking it, even at that point long overdue. And I have still gotten nothing. WHAT THE F**CK? When is it coming?

    • Stop complaining about something that’s free.

      • Louis

        He probably complains about how long it take for a lightbulb to light up after he flips the switch.

    • Olaf

      How much have you contributed to get it?
      Better yet, why not just release your own jailbreak, MrMan, since you are in such a rush?
      And if you can’t do that, then try shoving a huge…….cucumber right down your mouth.

    • macke one ur self if u cant waite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EV

    MrMan, it’s people like you that make me wish it never comes out. Even though I anxiously await it as well!!!!!!

    • Micro

      EV : true that ;))) mr man switch to android and i dont have to wait on anything bro just fck off

  • ex

    See i told u guys someone would release it before pod2g! Now we just need the jailbreak for the 4s!! Hurry pod2g before someone beats u to the punch!!

    • Izz

      Dude can you even read???

      This is not the actual jailbreak!!!
      Its tethered just like a month ago

      (cant believe how stupid some people are)

      • ex

        Yeah youre right! Youre probably an android user!! and if its like the one from a month ago why you even bother to read the post.. JackAss… sorry for all my misspell… Mr I know how to read..
        “cant believe how stupid some people are”

        • Izz

          Idiot do you even know what ur talking about?

          The 5.1.1 (thethered) jailbreak is the same as the 5.1 jb, it’s just redsnow who is updated.

          Do u really think there are 100 hack teams that are making jailbreaks???

          “hurry pod2g before someone beats u to it”

          Who’s going to beat pod2g??? Ur imaginairy hackers??

  • KingKongKai

    Hmmmmmm i’m still having the white icon issues with cydia :-s

    • ex

      you have to boot tether..

  • KingKongKai

    now i have a “no identifying data fetched” message…..

  • Guys podg2 already jailbroke iPhone 4s he’s realeasing it at the jailbreak conference next week!!

  • marky

    i try to jailbrake my iphone 4. ios 5.1.1, but before the jailbrake is done, it resprings and it start on original iphone activation screen. try to downgrade with tiny umbrella and itunes, but when tu regognize my phone, it says cant connect to itunes :-(. any advice???

    • JC

      I’m having the same problem except i didnt down grade. I use the proper jailbreak, tried a number of times and it keeps rebooting to the apple logo shortly after sending it to DFU mode. Any ideas of what i can try? I am still fairly new to the jailbreaking scene. Please help.

      • use just reboot

        • marky

          the problem is, jailbreak cant be finish, when i try to “only reboot” it start also on the iphone activation screen. i had the phone running on ios 5.1 (jailbroken), acidently updated to 5.1.1, now cant jailbrake anymore.

    • marky

      i tried many different versions of redsn0w, but all with the same result, i using bb 04.12.01, pls guys give me some advice what to do, bf update i was on ios 5.1 and jailbrake works fine.

  • Jeremy

    Is there any way to update my iPhone 4s from 5.0.1 to 5.1.1 while preserving the baseband?

    • use red snow to create CFW IN EXTRAS

  • DJ

    Has anybody with a 3GS with the old bootrom have any success?

  • vinc3

    I’ve been having a had time on restarting my iPod 4g after jailbreak, im doin the tethered Jb to replace the white cydia icon but redsnow is always crashing after 5sec that I release the home button.

  • marvsta

    You are the best, my iphone 4 is working again.

  • rolan francisco

    i think jailbreak with my iphone 3gs was successful, but it doesn’t recognize the carrier i’m using. what should i do? thank you!

  • ramyxu

    I updated my iphone 4 to iOS 5.1.1 without upgrading baseband using redsnow. And, after that I did a tethered jailbreak using redsnow too. After that,
    * I installed many applications through iTunes and Cydia. I did “Just boot tethered” couple of times during installation of the applications.
    * I synchronized the phone with itunes library too. Phone was working fine till then.
    * But, after sometimes when I connected to itunes it says ” iTunes could not connect to iPhone because an invalid response was received from the device. I tried many times but its giving the same message.
    * But, when I tried to connect my iPhone 4S with the itunes its working fine.

    Can anybody help me resolve this issue.

    Thank you.

  • Robert

    For everyone to know:
    You need to restore your iDevice via iTunes.
    Then it’s going to work!

  • tiborkorby

    after jailbreak iphone 3gs-got black screen (nothing work)
    …no apple log.why? i need help