How to Jailbreak iPad on iOS 5.1.1 Using Redsn0w

Jailbreak iPod Touch On iOS 4.2.1 Redsn0w

iPhone Dev team has just released Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 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 iPad 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 iPad users.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 supports 5ntethered jailbreak.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 supports iPad 3, iPad r, iPad 1 running on iOS 5.1.1 .
  • Please ensure your iPad is on iOS 5.1.1 (Settings –> General –> About –> Version should be 5.1.1) before proceeding.
  • 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.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes.
  • Important: iPad 1 users who 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 iPad:

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 iPad will reboot on its own. After it has rebooted, wait for it respring again.

After the respring, your iPad 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 iPad 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 iPad secure.

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.

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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  • Kelly

    Can u invent one that actually works for an iPad 2 iOS 5.1 or 5.1.1PLZ?

    • Ali Imam

      Hi Kelly,
      Before Jail break IPAD 2 or 3 you must need to update IOS to 5.1.1, Only IOS 5.1.1 is possible jailbreak. And 5.1 not possible to jailbreak for IAPD 2.

  • ipad2users

    great job bro!

  • Benedict Tyers

    when i go to jail break, on the first stage it says “Error copying keychain data”. Any help?

    • Josh

      Hey, I got the same message. I went into Settings and restored the iPad to factory settings. Then the jailbreak worked perfectly. The only problem is now I have to sit there for an hour while it syncs again…

  • Benedict Tyers

    Also i am on a iPad 3

  • Andy Tan

    I installed Cyndia but I need the installus for app download. How can i find Installus?

  • Illk

    I guess this is related, but I the mods are reading, I think a post regarding how RetinaPad screws a jailbroken iPad 3, DO NOT INSTALL IT!!!

  • rav

    After running the application in Windows, it backs up around 87% and says “Error 2000″. Please advise

    • Mo’az

      me too

  • jud

    am getting same thing, backing up to 92% then saying “Error 2000″, any advice please.

  • Ruben Gaspar

    i clicked the link to know how to install apps but i don’t see any post explaining it. how do i do it? :S

  • :(

    ‘Service wouldn’t start (3985)’. What now?

    • ahmed

      me to

      • toxny

        same..! wdh?

        • NAme

          IKR? Can you help us?

  • myer

    ipad stuck on backup 89 % what shall i do

    • jeff

      restart from point zero

    • iPhoneHacks

      If you have too much of media on your iPad then one option (not the ideal option) would be to take a backup of your iPad (using iTunes) and then restoring your device, using Redsn0w to jailbreak your iPad and restoring from the backup.

  • kierow

    works for me and im only 12 years old

  • ahmed

    work with my ipod 4g but dosnot work in ipad2

  • Tolga

    Download links didnt work

  • katnisseverdeen

    thanks this method worked with my new ipad :)

  • Kshitij

    I jailbroke my ipad 3 using redsnow everything was working perfectly until i added intallous 5 from cydia store, my music icon turned into a white box, please help me …

    • Kim N

      Respring it :)

  • bijan

    my ipad 2 got stuck at 87%. any ideas on what to do?

  • jobby

    I follow the instructions using RedSn0w 0.9.14b2 with 5.1.1 already on the i Pad 3. A get a message from RedSn0w saying “Sorry, that isn’t supported yet on the iPad 3″.


  • Eric

    Why ipad2 can’t work???

  • andy60804

    It said “Service wouldn’t start (3985)” what’s up with that? it appeared while it was on 1.Preparing

    • Psychoztar

      Had the same problem and I restored my iPad to factory, and that solved the issue.

  • David

    i got an error, but then after restoring my ipad 3 i got the latest version to work!

    thanks a lot

  • Joy Amormio


  • Jayesh Saraf

    thanx got my ipad jailbroken with ur help………loving it

    • rahaf

      after jailbreaking should i delete all my applications on my ipad3?

  • Patrick jane

    I tried. To download via ipad3 but it says “safari cant download the file”

  • Nicholas

    succeed after first error 2000 :)

    • Yong


      • kiko


  • william

    hi im new to jailbreaking so its my 1st time, all went well until i went to open cydia which seems to not have installed correctly as its just showing as a white box and a broken link alsp it wont let me open safari anymore can anybody help

    • iPhoneHacks

      If you can open Cydia then install iWipe Safari to see if it fixes the issue.

    • Eric Booth

      Have the same problem. Have the Cydia icon but it’s just white and won’t open and Safari won’t open. Any help anyone?

  • aysha


  • PP

    it was an error during the jailbreak process, how can i delete the backup file that redsn0w created? my drive C is now full bcuz the backup file

  • crystal

    service wouldnt start (3985) ?????? help

  • Rahman

    I have an error error message “Error 200″

  • Tim Hennessy

    when i was holding down the buttons for the install, my ipad2 seemed to turn off & now i get nothing. i cant grt it to turn on or respond!!!!!!! HELP PLEASE!!!! REDSNOW SAID NOT AVAILABLE FOR IPAD2 YET

  • Supsup

    I want to jailbreak…

  • Starr Sanchez

    Ok so I tried to hold the home and power button at the same time and now my Ipad 2 doesnt want to turn on. WTF. How do i fix that??????? Do I wait and itll come back on? IM PANICING!!!!

  • jeff

    there are so many attachment
    can anyone let me know which i suppose to download?
    I’m confuse

    • iPhoneHacks

      You can use the latest one – RedSn0w 0.9.14 beta 2

  • Jason

    the latest one- 0.914b2, says it isn’t available on ipad 3 yet? why???

    • iPhoneHacks

      Redsn0w 0.9.14 beta supports iOS 5.1.1, so ensure your iPad 3 is running iOS 5.1.1 and not iOS 5.1.

  • Shaun Dutchy Davis

    I have just finished jailbreaking my iphone 4s and my ipad 2. everything went flawlessly, thanks allot guys.

  • Double R

    im currently trying to jb my ipad 3 iOS 5.1.1, i realised after i run the file for 0.9.12b1 RedSnow, there is a pop-up text box says that “im sorry this isn’t support ipad 3″
    Any idea what happened to the proclamations above about supporting ipad 3?

  • gmagic

    before mine wasnt working the error keep coming, i have a ipad2 5.1.1 and what i did was i went to the ipad setting and erase all the content after that i follow the steps and now i have cydia trus me it really help, but FIRST DONT FORGET TO BACK UP YOUR DATA USING ITUNE IF YOU DONT WANT TO LOSSE EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY

  • marwa yahia

    gr8i followed ur instruction and my ipad has been off and can’t open it again .. what should i do now ?????????????

    • Troll

      now you should go cry your self to sleep in a dark corner of your room

  • jailbreaker

    it say ipad 3 is not supported

  • tnguyen0620

    i tried click on jailbreak on redsnow, it was 100% preparing, then it said “error 2000″? what’s happening ? help !! ASAP, ipad 2 need to be jailbreaking !!

  • Coco

    The backing up is stuck on 92% …what do I do?

  • cirrocsmith

    i jailbroke it and it turns on okay but all my apps are still there and there is no cydia!?!?

    • Alexandro

      my ipad restarted and cydia apeared

  • Khaledsamir

    I jailbroken but beith another version of redsnow (0.9.12b2) and the ipad dont want to open wht to do plz answer urgently

  • Natasha

    I’ve tried several times and it says it is not supported for iPad 3… help

  • Mookie

    Hi there I have a ipad2 I tried every redsnow and Greenpois0n it keeps giving me a error say iPad 2 A5 is not supported at this time what the hell what do I do help please I really wanted to get Siri


    I really get tired off to jailbreak in redsnow when it reaches 98%am getting msg ERROR2000..any one can help me out of this prob …help it is appreciable thnks


    I have an ipad 3

  • krunal

    any idea about ios 6 jailbreak if yes mail me on

  • Kay

    i did that using 0.9.15b2, but the device is taking too long to lunch and cydia is not working, the safari as well. any help?

    • Kay

      launch :) seems that am hungry.

  • Mohammed

    102 commrnts

  • Atta-ur-Rehman

    ipad warranty is affected by jailbreaking..?
    n can’t we just restore it to factory settings in case of any problem

  • Lily

    Error 2000 whut is this?

  • ausaf

    jailbreak is done but when i tried to install cydia on ipad after installation it rebooted and then settings icon music icon safari icon all these are gone…..pls help

  • Yulia

    I have iPad with version 6.0, how to jail brake it?

  • coolim

    thanks alot !

  • aidan

    Hi, just carried out jailbreak but when i click on cydia the screen flashes black for a second then goes back to the app screen,any suggestions??

  • Ruth Gastelum

    it works! thanks =]

    • Nikki

      how did you get your cydia to load?

  • ck

    service wouldn’t run….whew! :(

  • Nikki

    the download of my jailbreak was succesful, but when presssing on the cydia icon, as it is loading it gives a message that says, ” Unable to load, request timed out”… what should i do about this?, I have tried rebooting, and restarting, but no change. Please let me know what to do, thanks.

    • Evan

      i`m having same issues. IPAD 1 wifi version, 5.1.1

      • Evan

        juz try again, open Redsn0w again, then click extra, juz boot, and follow everything, Reboot, DONE!

  • iPad lover

    whatz up with error 2000?
    any ideas?

  • Lana

    this worked great for my ipad 2, thanks alot :)

  • Harvey

    Thanks! I Jailbreak my ipad!

  • Troy Thompson

    Worked Great! Thank you!

  • mohamed al sabbagh

    it worked but none of the xsellize tweaks are working even some of the repos dont work

  • mohamed

    y r none of the repos working?

  • sooraj47

    I’ve got an iPad 1 running iOS 5.1.1 and would like to jailbreak it. I’ve just got a few questions regarding the same and would be really grateful if you could help me out

    1. On Jailbreaking will I lose my data (like photos and other media)

    2. On Jailbreaking will I lose my existing App purchases (like Garageband)

    3. Will I lose my subscriptions to magazines

    4. Will I be able to continue purchasing stuff from the App Store using my existing account?

    5. Will syncing with iTunes be the same?

    Thanks lot you guys!

    • Jacob


  • Ansh Tewatia

    My IPad is Locked I forget the password can yo Help ?

  • rahaf

    after jailbreaking it, should i delete all my applications on my ipad3?

  • Max

    My IPad don’t tun on after i tried instructions on Entering DFU mode…Plz help

    • iPhoneHacks

      Press the Home and Sleep/Wake button simultaneously until you see the Apple logo to come out of DFU mode.

  • chels

    cydia app hasnt come up, also the toolbar at the bottom of my homescreen has gone?!!!!

  • pen15

    i downloaded everything its all great BUT when i click the cydia icon it goes black for a second then goes back out into the home screen ! help !!!! i need help please i would a preciate that !!(:

  • erick

    the cydia app wont open up i need help please (:

  • Yayo

    cool, thanx dude ;)

  • bi66orm

    i have ipad 1 running 5.1.1 the cydia softer wear is appearing on the i pad but it will not load the screen just flashes when i try opening it???

  • RedTulip

    Great!, Thank you so much, it works well!

  • siddu

    thanks for the post! :D

  • tushar

    please teel me that over there error occurs (4899)

  • Guest

    jailboken ipad 1, 5.1.1 with the lastest version of redsn0w 0915b3 but cannot activate

  • Jarod

    I do everything, and it says its done. It uploads, i see the fruit on the ipad screen and after 10 seconds of that, it reboots FAST. No cydia. but everything says its done. I have ipad 1, 5.1.1 i did everything correctly.

  • Jarod Taylor

    I do everything, and it says its done. It uploads, i see the fruit on the ipad screen and after 10 seconds of that, it reboots FAST. No cydia. but everything says its done. I have ipad 1, 5.1.1 i did everything correctly.

  • Guy

    The jailbreak was fine on my iPad 1 running on 5.1.1 but the cydia app won’t open?

  • rohan

    cydia doesent open after my jailbreak even when i click on the icon..what should i do??

    • iPhoneHacks

      Follow steps 13-20 again.

  • James Thong

    Hi there, I’m currently on iPad 2 iOS 5.1.1 (WIFI) NEW. With the ipsw 2,4. Yesterday, my brother went to press on the factory reset settings and erase content on my iPad 2 after saying that it was lag.

    So my iPad was reset, and all my jailbroken apps such as IAPPFree, iFile and Cydia are unable to open. (When I click on it, all it does is just flashes and closes).

    I tried to fix it by applying the jailbreak in “Absinthe 2.0″. Luckily, I am actually able to open my iFile, IAPFree once again. The thing is that my Cydia won’t open and I tried to restore using iTunes, and it gives me error 3194. I’ve fixed the whatever host thing but it just gives me 3194 again.

    So I downloaded TinyUmbrella and to my surprise, there were only SHSH blobs for iOS 6.0.1, 6.1. How can I possibly fix my Cydia again? I’ve tried installing Cydia.deb via iFile but it just gives me the error of
    dpkg: unable to access dpkg status area. I need to be on iOS 5.1.1.

    Please advice what I can do.
    I am now on iOS 5.1.1 with a non working cydia and some apps that I want to delete via Cydia but I can’t open Cydia (lol)

  • nzo123

    THANK YOU my ipad is jailbroken already im only 12 and i did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • iPhoneHacks

      That’s awesome!

      • vinayak cs

        i am 13,i also did it.Thnx its so easy,though i yet need to figure out how to download paid apps for free.

  • trent

    cant get iTunes to download on my windoes 8 to even begin the jailbeak process.. been trying for days but no luck. tips?

  • joequan

    my ipad when i restored it it wont load after i set it up

  • Booperkit

    i tried jailbreaking this way for several hours following many suggestions and tweaks on a 1st gen ipad with 5.1.1 and eventually found a really easy way. Do a system reset do get rid of redsn0w and use absinthe instead.

  • Quaid

    I want to jailbreak but first can you tell me the perks of jail breaking???

  • rakshitha

    Wow its so easy and amazine . i got my ipad 3 jail broker by your magic software called Redsnow..

  • Skippy76

    I have an ipad with v5.1. Would this version of Redsn0w for me or is it strictly for 5.1.1?
    Thank you!!

  • mark

    jailbroken my ipad ios511 then i cant activate it? help pls

  • Thy

    my Ipad 1 can’tjailbreak.Why?I try to download the right version as you request.

  • Ömer Bahaa

    I am using ipad 1 ios 5.1.1. and it works just fine, i am waiting for a proper jailbreak to my ipad 5 ios 7, thanks for your great work, keep it up <3

  • Bumfuzzled

    Installed your jailbreak on ipod with IOS 5.1.1 with no issues. Have downloaded no apps from Cydia. However, 2 months into jailbreak and ipod will only run about 5 minutes watching videos or websurfing and then returns to the ipod lock screen where I must re-enter my ipod password. I can re-enter ipod password and then the ipod shuts off. Any ideas?

  • Rheaaaaa

    When i dwnload red sn0w it says download error occured. Using ipad 1
    5.1.1 version, i wana jailbreak pls pls pls help!!!!

  • Lauren

    the cydia app won’t open. what do i do?

  • Jadel Stone

    i get error 2000

  • dtorretto

    this is excellent
    worked like a charm

  • darkangelights

    I have ipad 1 and a error popped up on it saying that i cant download the chromecast app without ios6 how do i make my ipad 1 download app?

  • darkangelights

    When i bought my ipad off ebay it did not include a usb connector how do i jail break it without a usb dock connector?

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      You don’t

  • Tony P

    Hi, tried to jailbreak Ipad 2 but now ipad won’t even turn on. Help!!!!

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      Did you update the iPad OTA?

  • darkangelights

    I ran the jail break at the top of the page on my ipad 1 ios 5.1.1, but my ipad still says i need ios 6 to download chromecast.

    • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

      Jailbreaking doesn’t eliminate the need for a higher software version in order to install an app.

      • darkangelights

        Then how will i get the chromecast app?

        • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

          You won’t. Either get a new device or live without Chromecast

          ALTERNATIVE: You can try editing a file with iFile, but you might get problems with some apps and your App Store, and this might not even bring Chromecast. But if you are desperate, give it a try

          1. Open iFile

          2.Go to /System/Library/CoreServices/SystemVersion.plist and back it up.

          3. Open it, and select Edit.

          4. Go to the line that says “Product Version” and look under it. Change the version number from whatever it is to 6.0

          5.Save and reboot your device

          If the device doesn’t boot up, try booting it with Safe Mode.If it does boot up, try installing Chromecast. If it doesn’t work, you are out of luck

  • Caity Sue

    I have iPad 1 and downloaded Redsn0w 0.912b1, as I have 5.1.1. There was no option to download to a folder on my desktop . I opened it with the GoodReader option and unzipped the file. I cannot locate any icon at all, let alone the jailbreak icon. What did I do wrong?

  • peyen33

    My Ipad First generation cant turn on anymore i was trying to do the steps but i kept on not doing them right :(

  • gab

    This is late but your supposed to hack it on the computer.

  • joe blogggz

    LOOOL “CynDIa” “installus” hahahahhaaha
    you might have to “Prison brake” it first ;-D