How to Jailbreak iPod Touch on iOS 5.1.1 Using Redsn0w

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

iPhone Dev team has just released Redsn0w that includes support for untethered iOS 5.1.1 for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad 1, iPod touch 4G and iPod Touch 3G.

In this article, we will take you through the step-by-step procedure to jailbreak your iPod touch on iOS 5.1.1 using Redsn0w for both Mac and Windows users.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPod touch users. iPad users can check out this guide.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.12b2 supports untethered jailbreak.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.12b2 supports iPod touch 4G, iPod touch 3G running on iOS 5.1.1.
  • Please ensure your iPod touch is on iOS 5.1.1 (Settings –> General –> About –> Version should be 5.1.1) before proceeding.
  • 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.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes.
  • Important: If you have a lot of media on your device, then you can jailbreak your iOS device by putting it in DFU mode (we’ll update this guide with additional instructions for it shortly).

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPod touch:

Step 1: Download the latest version of Redsn0w from this link and save it 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.

Windows users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

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

Step 4: Redsn0w will start the jailbreak process and go through the following three steps:

1. Preparing

2. Processing

3. Finishing up

Step 5: Once the three steps are completed, Redsn0w will inform you that the jailbreak was successfully installed. But please wait, leave your device alone. Your iPod touch will reboot on its own. After it has rebooted, wait for it respring again.

After the respring, your iPod touch will be successfully jailbroken and you should be able to find the Cydia icon on the Home screen (please note that the Cydia icon may not be on the first page, so don’t assume that your iPod touch hasn’t been successfully jailbroken, use Spotlight to search for it).

After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPod touch secure.

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.

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.

If you want to show your appreciation for iOS 5.1.1 Jailbreak team’s hard work, then don’t forget to give them a donation using the link on the Redsn0w application.

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  • Jonathan

    Worked perfectly.

    Ipod Touch 4G 5.1.1

  • finstar

    will i be able to purchase stuff in apps for free???

  • steve


  • jonathan

    I have owned a apple ipod products for almost two years and it was a puzzle to me how to put more applications into my ipod until lately that i had heard that there is “jailbreak system” with out damaging the integral properties of the unit itself. Thank you so much I have learned a lot from your self guide instructions, your hints was a much helpful in my case!

  • SepolP

    Hi, nice tutorial, can I easily return my iPod touch to locked ios?

    • domshe

      Yes , just go to itunes on pc and just press restore

  • chelsea

    is the battery percentage number automatically supposed to be there after the jailbreaking is done? cuz it isnt on my ipod :/

    • Afzal

      You have to go on general settings and do it

  • Anon

    iPod is stuck on %77 percent backing up? I don’t know what to do? Should I press cancel, then restart the process?

  • thepoopkol

    if i restore my ipod , is it counted as voiding my warranty?

    • iPhoneHacks


      • thepoopkol

        ok thanks

    • likeaboss8898


  • Jus Piff

    Mine is stuck on moving applications too -___-

    • mary

      so is mine!! what do we do from here???!!?!?

  • Jus Piff

    But it just finished up . Good sh*t :D

  • NotMyRealName

    Thanks for specific instructions, especialy iOS 5.1.1 and ipod touch 4g, so I know it’s the right version redsn0w.

  • Ty

    Can I jail break without a computer

    • Cyan LEe

      no..impossible to be happened.

  • Joe

    is it normal for the reboot to take a long time? it also says no identifying data fetched while my ipod has a blank screen

  • Rik

    i cant open cydia???

    • fagg

      me either

    • harvirsinghdhillon

      go to ur computer and open up the jailbreak app and go to extras and hit just boot and u probably have to dfu mode ur idevice and there u go enjoy!!

  • mrdbag

    mine is stuck on “waiting for reboot” what am i supposed to do ?

    • ohlo


    • ramsestapi

      Hold the top button for 10 seconds cuz that happened to me I just looked it up and I follow the instructions and it when dark suddenly it appears to put it password and thats all

  • Boredasf123

    Help my itouch 4g was just jail broke but nothing appeared and I want to jailbreak it again but my friend keeps saying it might crash or break my iPod! D: plz help me

  • Deto

    Jesus people, don’t go Jailbreaking without knowing what you’re doing.

  • jgg

    mine is stuck on DFU method saying “please wait while your build is being identified” and “exploiting limera n1″ helppppp!!!

    • austin1oo1

      hold the home button and power button for a long time and it will automatically come on

  • yparps

    does jail breaking affect ur iPod in anyway

  • Othman

    Can’t open cydia

    • MInimie

      Me 2

  • taochao

    i have windows, and every time i got to the actual installation process it stops working….

    • WJHS colts

      You might have to turn you fire wall off my windows wouldn’t even download iTunes unless I did that

    • Yash

      Guys help me!
      Im new to jailbreak
      Shall i use this or not

  • Siddanth

    everything worked rebooted sucess but cydia nt showing isearched spotlight too nt there what to do ?

  • Awsomez223

    I did it and some apps disappeared and cydia didn’t appear wat did I do wrong

  • klay green

    never jailbreak your ipod it is the worst mastake you will ever make i did it to mine and it shut the hole thing down and then gave m computer a crap load of virusis….

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s the first time we’re hearing this. So your experience seems to be an exception.

      The golden rule is to download the jailbreak software from Dev team’s website.

    • usererror

      User error

  • Maaz

    thanks alot my ipod touch 4g works love u……… :)

  • The awesome man

    Cool! Couple of scary comments though.

  • ellis

    it’s stuck on reboot. And I followed every step in your instructions. Hm, any ideas what went wrong?

  • poolpo

    it tottaly worked

  • Bob

    Great thanks it worked well

  • iPhoneHacks

    Install iWipe Cache from Cydia to fix the issue.

  • Emmmm

    Thank you so much! :)

  • aiméelagaffe

    I used the latest (0.9.14b2) on my iPod 4th iOS 5.1.1 and it worked like magic. Thank you very much! ^_^

    • Wallydon

      Same here. Works great!

  • anonomous

    when i try to jailbreak it says system wont start. help!

  • Ambermmmmm

    Cant find packages ?

  • Kylar03

    Will pitting reds ow as administrator change anything on my pc? Am i going to get virus?

    • momo

      shoudent do


    wow thanks. i thought about doing this for an hour and finally did it. takes 5 mins tops. works real good

  • David

    uhhhhhh mine is just stuck on moving applications on my itouch screen…
    any help??

  • jerry

    i cant open cdyia

  • Th$$$$$$ilikemoney

    If you are hooked up with cloud will all devices get the app or only the one you did it on

  • iNeedHelp ?

    Mines Keeps comming up saying there was an error and wont let me jailbreak it ._.
    HELP .?

    • chris

      clear everything and try again

  • lesl42

    i just tried it, and everything from the first page (music, safari, youtube, app store, etc.) was gone.right now im restoring it, then im gonna try again..i guess

  • Brenden

    Gret now cydia shows but it is white and wont let me click into it can somebody help pleaseeeeee

  • Keanan

    I tried this my self, not even 5 minutes and it completed. using the latest version
    RedSn0w 0.9.14 beta 2 really simple and stream lined.

  • shadow

    thank sthis helps for my minecraft. sub me on youtube crimsoneye20

  • shadow

    what if it says unsuspected eror

  • Oto Jibladze

    WoW. Thanks. Big thanks. Everything works good

  • Oto Jibladze

    I have done everything right but I dont know how to download games for free, from where?

  • Chris

    How to jailbreak my ipod touch

  • The master

    U people are mad to do such a thing what if it goes wrong and what do u do

  • Cassie

    my cydia picture is blank, and it won’t open. when i select it, the screen slightly twitches, then goes back to homescreen. how can i fix it?

    • krush

      your ipod might have ran dead if not you might need to reinstall it

    • harvirsinghdhillon

      go to ur computer and open up the jailbreak app and go to extras and hit just boot and u probably have to dfu mode ur idevice and there u go enjoy!!!!

  • edour

    Very good and easy program for jailbreak even 5 minutes

  • sarah

    it wont work with me it keeps saying that i put the wrong password or something plz help me thank you

  • habash

    it wont work wat the hell

  • matt

    cydia icon is blank and wont open. instructions to fix it? quick?

  • Zeke

    which is better 0.9.14 beta 1 or beta 2

    • Kavish

      beta 2

  • Kavish

    Can I download all the games for free which are supossed to be paid ??? if i can HOW do I do it ???

  • fagg

    i cant do it

  • shadow

    i am using this and it says service wouldnt start (3986)

  • mr know it all

    Guys, if cydia is blank and does not open, you have not followed the procedure correctly, if your device is stuck on DFU simply hold power. If it is stuck on restore, hold power. Your device should be on when you select ‘next’.

  • mr know it all

    Also it appears this version has an error with iPod touch 4G.

  • fjafja;ls

    what redsnow version is it ? the one at the top?

  • Galexon

    do you need internet connection to jailbreak?

  • Adrian

    Wont detect my damn 5.1.1 ipod touch, ive done this like 400000 times before and it wont work

  • Goonerluke

    Everything seemed to be running smoothly until it said ‘waiting for reboot’, my ipod touch 4G then rebooted and came on normally with the computer still saying ‘waiting for reboot.’ How can this be fixed?

  • Dharmendra Widetya

    it,s work. thank,s a lot…

  • Anon

    Thanks you’re the best!

  • Collin

    “Service wouldn’t start (3986)” What does this mean?

    • Paige

      Same here, I don’t know what to do, help?

  • Confused

    Trying DFU mode, doing the instructions for the holding down the buttons but it comes up with check google or youtube thing. Help?

  • Confused

    Nevermind, ipod is rebooting. Thanks! Hope it works :)

  • E

    2 questions: Rebooting, is the screen supposed to be blank grey? And is it supposed to take a long time to reboot?

  • anonny

    I tried this with my ipod and it seemed to work but when it got to the ‘peparing’ stage, it came up with ‘ERROR 2000′ anyone know what to do???

  • arun

    mine is stuck on apple logo afer jalbreak help help

  • Help Me Please

    i followed the steps but cydia is not showing can u help please

  • Peer

    can I stil use the normal app store after I jailbreak??

  • Hey

    very useful..I tried it and it worked fine..just do the backup and restore not the dfu method and you’ll be fine..i tried the dfu method and it just got stuck..:)

  • Hey

    is this the latest jailbreaking method for ipod touch 4th gen?

  • Daniel Team-roberson Trujillo

    hey my ipod is constantly trolling me and is rejecting the jailbrake -_- no offence to your page, my friend tried to jailbrake my ipod on him system and it did the same thing.

  • Lada

    It keeps saying service wouldn’t start… Help?

  • Darrel Santos

    why!? it says that the Jailbreak failed :(
    Oh nevermind..i think i didn’t follow the procedure properly.

  • LivingTheHighLife

    why is it taking so long it says *wait why your build is being processed*

  • bob

    i want to know if it take a while to perpare

  • Adam

    Thank you so much, good description of how to install, good work :)

  • cris

    so easy, thanks!

  • disqus_Za90H3F4Zr

    my ipod turned off and wont turn back on…what do i do????????

    • Mike213546

      Hold power button and home button till you see apple screen.

  • Khaliyl

    My iPod froze

  • jenna

    so if i have a warranty on my ipod, and i cracked my screen, and plan on going to get my ipod replaced, will they replace if its jailbroken?

    • ComputerWiz

      Hey Jenna what you have to do is connect it back to the computer go into iTunes click on your device, then you go to first tab. Approximately in the middle of the scree their should be a button that says to restore it will erase everything, so make sure you back it up first or if you don’t have anything valuable just restore. You can always get it back through your apple I’d .

      Hope this helps!

  • Daisy

    For iPod 4G 5.1.1, What version of redsn0w do I use? At the beginning it says to use one thing, but it also says to use the latest version.

    • Brad Gustafson

      always the latest

  • Thunderbolt123

    Thanx a lot dude . It worked . I’m really greaful .

  • vic

    if i do this will i lose all my music and apps?

  • Iquitttlol

    This doesn’t work. Every time I do it, it says : Service wouldn’t stat (3986)
    I even got : Error 2000
    I don’t know if it’s just my computer or if there’s something wrong with the program. i re-tried like ten times already and I get the same thing. -_____-

  • Aswome guy

    It work u people are just not awesome because we all no if it not awesome it wont work :)

  • fallout99

    i downloaded this and now i can not open my internet or messages or anything that involves internet… how do i fix this?

  • Jessica

    My safari, mail app keep crashing & wont work anymore.. Cydia stopped working after i got whiteboard?? Everytime i kick Safari, mail, Cydia or White board it just glitches a bit.. :S HELP?

    • Jessica


  • skeet skeet

    cydia isnt opening

  • insane

    my ipod touch 5.1.1 is not being detected by the redsnow program. What should I do? Do i need anything else on the computer? latest itunes?
    please help!
    Thank you!

  • Angel David Pintor

    Can you jailbreak a iPod touch 4g ios5.1.1 without a computer?

  • poopyhead

    can you jailbreak 5.1.1 without a computer and if u can how? please respond asap

    • harvirsinghdhillon

      no u cant

  • RONN13

    I have 32GB ipod touch 5.1.1(9B206) i used Redsn0w 0.9.14b2 jailbreak and there is no Cydia icon and search shows nothing i’m going crazy

  • himura

    Can I jailbreak ios 5.1 with redsnow latest version.. thx

  • jacke

    so can i upgrade my iphone 3g 4.2.1 to ios 5.1 or 4.3 ? my jailbroken iphone 3g is running on 4.2.1 already but i want to upgrade to at least 4.3 so i can get my facebook app back. but im afraid by upgrading it will take away my jailbroken on my iphone and not let me run on my service tmobile. # please respond :-)

  • avin

    it is asking extras select ipsw

  • trogdor

    waiting for reboot day two……

  • annoyed

    my ipod is now broken i hope you all die

    • RedPsychoPanda

      Try connecting the iPod to your computer, pull up iTunes, the hold the power button for 3 seconds, then both the power and home buttons for 10 sec, then just the home button for 3 seconds. It’ll put your iPod into recovery mode (at least we hope) and ask you if you would like to recover it.

  • annoyed

    my ipod wont even turn on now i lost everything

  • YurokJames

    You guys will be better off with “Absinthe” it’s way better. It worked with my iPod Touch 4g 5.1.1

  • Matt

    So i deleted the cydia abd winter board app and now my ipod is stuck at a blank scrren and when i the power button home button thing it automatically restarts itself. I tried re installing cydia/redsnow when i do it starts working then says power off and retry but i cant power off, what can i do????

  • carlie

    My ipod is stuck in the mode where you have to hold the home button & lock button cause my labtop died….what do i do?

  • Jay Jay

    How to get the ipod to reboot ?

  • Chad awesome

    This is how you do it after you jailbreak your iPod u have to go back and do a tetherd reboot I had the the same problem when I first jailbroken my iPod

  • Chad awesome

    So if your cydia icon is wite or when ever u open it it crashes well that’s because right after u jailbreak your iPod touch u have to go back to redsnow go to extras and of I am right u hit reboot and after that cydia should work

    • Brad Gustafson

      i chose you bc you were on last. what if my buttons are broken?

  • harvirsinghdhillon

    go to ur computer and open up the jailbreak app and go to extras and hit just boot and u probably have to dfu mode ur idevice and there u go

  • hayden

    my ipod was in the middle of being jailbroken and now its just sitting there with the loading circle. Its been doing this for a while what do i do?

  • Guest

    My iPod shows a picture of a pineapple and says ”Moving Applications” and have been like that for about 10 minutes… Is that normal?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Yeah, that’s normal. It depends on the amount of data/apps and can take some time.

  • Cecilie

    What does ”respring means?:-)

  • manishx297

    i jailbroked my ipod touch 4G runnning on iOS5.1.1 … all apps are working fine but itunes is unable to read the contents of my ipod…. music,videos,photos are nt syncing… wot 2 do? plz help me..

  • kidd kash


  • Coolkidfreak

    I get “Exploit Failed”

  • cman5

    i cant listen to my music now, it just sits at 0:00 and is on play………

  • fff

    my itouch stucked on black screen with a loading and apple sign
    heeeeeelp plz%(

    • lala


  • Madeline Lacy

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! Without it I would’ve never gotten all my music back after updating my Ipod touch! You guys are life savers :)

  • queenie0913

    is this applicable to updating a jailbroken ipod touch 4g 4.2.1 to 5.1.1?

  • StovePipe

    Bingo! This is the easiest JailBreak I’ve ever done. Kudos, and you can expect a donation with pleasure.

  • NJDevils


  • iksbott

    for those having problems jailbreaking with this, just go to hell. kill yourself.
    this tutorial is perfect

  • swag

    it just gets stuck on the pineapple logo

  • Joey1

    cant you help my to hack me ipod touch 4 generation whosper me pissy

  • chippy123

    my ipod would not even go into dfu mode. tried multiple times.

  • Liz

    I went into DFU mode and it rebooted then it got stuck there. Please help me!

  • iyah

    somebody please help ipod hanged up..and it’s not opening..i dont know what to do ?..

  • tlb

    Thanks! Worked for my 3rd generation iPod Touch and just as the article says, Cydia was on the second page, not the home screen of my iPod Touch.

  • 123

    Its not uploading it just says your build is being prosessed and its says waiting for reboot

  • Chloe

    it froze while starting up

  • Freakin reakin

    I cant open cydia

  • carl bianco

    ya a I cant open cydia

  • Mentolatto

    Everything looks perfect. No problems with my 3rd gen iPod touch.

  • El rapa

    I have 5.0.1 jailbroken. Should I upgrade to 5.1.1 with itunes before? Will I lose all my data?

    • iPhoneHacks

      You won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 as Apple has stopped signing it. You will be upgraded to iOS 6.1 or iOS 6.1.1 (if you’ve an iPhone 4S) when you upgrade your device using iTunes.

      You won’t lose your data if you upgrade, however you will lose your jailbreak and the jailbreak apps and tweaks that you many have installed.

      It’s a good idea to manually backup your device using iTunes or iCloud, so if you hit any issue, you can always restore it from the backup.

      • El rapa

        Thanks for your response. I have an ipod touch 3g. Am I wrong or 5.1.1 was the last released for this device? If so, I still won’t be able to upgrade to it?

  • Tommy

    I you can’t open Cydia, reboot your device.

  • Zazu20021122

    I jailbreaked!!!!!!!!!

  • Rob

    =( Exploit failed.

  • Carola

    I have an iPod touch 3G and I did everything. But after I needed to hold the power button, power and home button, only home button I get a screen that says No device detected. Can somebody help me with this?

  • Google

    Worked Perfectly, thanks a lot.

  • john

    Mine says jailbreak failed service wouldn’t start 4234, what should i be doing differentely?

    • lyn

      Use the other option which is the DFU mode that it offers in the beginning, slightly longer way in jailbreaking but effective. I had the same problem as you so I decided to do that and managed to avoid that error and get it done in the end.

  • LOLy

    how long does it take to reboot? its been on the white apple black background screen for ages!

  • Chez

    I’m confuse with the DFU mode… Do I do DFU before jailbreak or after?

    • Chez

      I have media files on my ipod touch 3g

  • Nana Fynn

    I completed with the jail break but the cydia is blank and it will not open.

  • Nanafynn

    My cydia is BLANK

  • Hawthorne

    ty this really helped!!!

  • Mighty

    Thanks. JB’ing was a cinch on my MC008ZP iPod touch 3rd Gen 32GB.

  • Mick

    How do I get the ISPW?

  • Mick

    The download link doesn’t work

  • Luiz

    Awsome. Thanks

  • Afzal

    No it’s ok

  • Adam

    U have to wait til the filesystem is done preparing

  • Bubblegumlover

    Well you can do one thing: when you reach 20% of you device battery put it on charge!

  • Emma

    Well their is a way that you won’t have to jailbreak your device again: Put your device on charge when only 20% of the battery is left. If that dosn’t work check what version your device is.