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How to Jailbreak iOS 5 for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, and iPod touch



If you are one of the lucky people that currently has iOS 5 installed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you might be thinking about jailbreaking your device. If that sounds about right, you’ve come to the right place.

For those that don’t know, jailbreaking frees your iPhone from limitations put on it by Apple and by the device’s carrier be it AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. While  it has been made legal, jailbreaking will void your warranty so keep that in mind before you take the plunge.

You can read our 5 Reasons to Jailbreak guide, and be sure check out the Top hidden Cydia gems and Top 5 Cydia apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

For those of you that are still interested in jailbreaking iOS 5, read on.

Before we get started, keep a couple of things in mind. One, the jailbreak that you’ll be using, Redsn0w 0.9.9b5, is a tethered jailbreak. That means that you will have to connect your device to a computer that is running the jailbreak ever single time you want to power it up. It’s a hassle but until an untethered jailbreak arrives, you’re stuck with this method.

And two, this is not available for the iPad 2 or the iPhone 4S. This is for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad, and iPod touch users only. No timetable for a jailbreak for either of those devices.

Redsn0wSo, if you own a supported device that’s running iOS 5, here is how to jailbreak it:

  1. Install iTunes 10.5.
  2. Connect Your iDevice to your computer and back up your files.
  3. Download the correct version of iOS 5. You can find the direct links here. Or you can update through iTunes.
  4. Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b5 for Windows or for Mac.
  5. Open that file, select ‘Jailbreak’ then ‘Install Cydia’. It’ll take you to DFU mode and Redsn0w will jailbreak your device.
  6. Once Cydia is installed, you’ll want to be in DFU mode and in there should be an option for ‘Extras’. It looks like this image you see here.
  7. Pick ‘Just Boot’.

You can also use the video below for guidance as well.

If you follow those steps, you should have a jailbroken iOS 5 device. And as always, be careful. Especially if this is your first rodeo.

Via: Redmond Pie



  1. Antyherosk8er

    10/12/2011 at 4:06 pm

    I get the “Specific IPSW required screen thingy” what do i do?

    • Selly

      10/12/2011 at 4:14 pm

      select ( extras then press select IPSW) and then point it to your IPSW file. 

      • Dasalk

        10/15/2011 at 8:16 pm

        what is that anyway? i dontknow what to click. i need a reply fast

    • Behappybb

      10/12/2011 at 10:28 pm

      im lost there too!

    • mat

      10/15/2011 at 12:19 pm

      I get the following error when trying to enter into DFW mode. Device does not support untheterd option. Any idea?

    • Shanejohnson3081

      03/11/2012 at 11:21 am

       ok im at the blank black screen and no opions what do i do

  2. Deceter

    10/12/2011 at 4:43 pm

    I’m doing that too, but then I get no further option or instruction.

  3. Psion

    10/12/2011 at 4:54 pm

    your link is to 0.9.9b4, not 5 as you say

  4. Mo

    10/12/2011 at 6:29 pm

    yeah so apparently when you turn off the phone, cydia starts crashing again. 

  5. Albertotorresr 1

    10/12/2011 at 6:31 pm

    This is horseshit. Why the fuck won’t they release the jailbreak for the iPad 2 already?

    • Grateful Apple User

      10/12/2011 at 6:54 pm

      Breathe…. Why upgrade if you can’t deal with the consequences.  Who are you that skilled hackers should jump through hoops for you? Unreal!

    • Mac

      10/12/2011 at 6:55 pm

      Alberto – hacking takes time! Do it your self before starting to rant about ‘why is it not here yet!’ Seriously, you think people aren’t working on this right now?

    • sgtlarock

      10/13/2011 at 8:26 am

      Wow really? These guys do this stuff for free and on donations, and it’s horse shit? Nice dude. Nice. Why don’t you get into coding then and figure it out yourself. Or you can be patient and let them figure out the iPad2 because appearantly its not the same.

    • Brandyn Cummings

      10/17/2011 at 11:58 am

      The iPad 2 uses a different processor than the rest of the iDevices. it and the iPhone 4S are using the A5 processor. This uses different software, and different drivers, so it is therefore harder to jailbreak.

  6. Anonymous

    10/12/2011 at 7:05 pm

    If for some reason your phone won’t turn back on after trying to put it into DFU…..use the following steps.

    • Anonymous

      10/12/2011 at 7:45 pm

      In case this happens to anyone else, it can be fixed by, hold home button for 15 seconds and then hold home and lock button for
      10 seconds and then only hold lock button for 2-3 seconds.

      • sgtlarock

        10/13/2011 at 8:28 am

        Wow. That’s been known for quite some time now.

        • Anonymous

          10/13/2011 at 8:53 am

          Really? This is the first time it ever happened to me. I’ve jailbroken my phone many times and never had it happened. I tried deleting my comment above, sadly, the system wouldn’t allow me to. :-/

      • aliabs

        11/08/2011 at 8:17 pm

        hello dear thanks for this it happened to me but tell me when i try to put my 4s into dfu mode software gave me error that is unexpected error so what is the main reason for this

  7. E-baythuging

    10/12/2011 at 7:20 pm

    it worked great for me but i have one big problem i use t-mobile there for i have a t-mobile sim card and i use the gevey sim, I don’t have an at&t sim card nor do i know some one that does and i can’t get past the activation part of the initial turn on after the update. Is there not anything i can do?

    • Anonymous

      10/12/2011 at 7:30 pm

      I got it to power back up by letting it sit about 10 minutes and pulling the sim card. I tried it again, and the same damn thing happened. If/when I get it going again, I won’t be trying it until there is a confirmed jailbreak announced by the dev team.

      • Anonymous

        10/12/2011 at 7:44 pm

        Apparently this can be resolved by doing the following: hold home button for 15 seconds and then hold home and lock button for
        10 seconds and then only hold lock button for 2-3 seconds.

    • dido

      10/12/2011 at 8:27 pm

      i think the jailbreak will activate it for u.if not then best bet is find an att also running iphone 4 on tmobile with gevey.but deciding whether to upgrade or not.

  8. Ty

    10/12/2011 at 8:05 pm

    cydia crashes on launch, any updates?

  9. Dumbthief

    10/12/2011 at 8:24 pm

    why cant i get past the reboot page

  10. Kyle W

    10/12/2011 at 8:27 pm

    I just attempted to try this jailbreak and I got it up and running but Cydia was just a white box and it wouldn’t open. However, I did have to turn off my iphone 3gs and boot it back up and now Cyida is working. Hopefully it’ll continue to work!                                       

    Also, I had to download iOS 5 on my pc again for this version of redsn0w to make it work for my phone

    • sgtlarock

      10/13/2011 at 8:30 am

      Remember. It’s a tethered boot. So if you turn your phone off or it goes dead etc… you have to run redsn0w again (“Just boot tethered”)

  11. Weirdoo

    10/12/2011 at 9:11 pm

    Hey guys does this really work?

  12. Mystang351w

    10/12/2011 at 10:03 pm

    Im thinking of doing it what do u guys suggest

    • sgtlarock

      10/13/2011 at 8:31 am

      Wait for the untethered jailbreak. Tethered will piss you off and you will regret it. i’m still on 4.3.3. and have all of the IOS 5 functions (mostly i should say).

  13. sam

    10/12/2011 at 10:43 pm

    i dont know abour you guys but but i will jailbreak only once the confirmation will come from daves team


    10/12/2011 at 10:46 pm

    i spent 8 hours trying to install ios5 and 10mins jailbreaking…hoorayyyy!! :)

  15. Thekidpolo

    10/12/2011 at 10:47 pm

    ok ive updated it to the iOS5 but it wont accept my sim card….smh help!!

    • Aigarcia29

      10/26/2011 at 6:33 pm

      Were you trying to use another sim card on an originally locked-to-a-network phone? I installed the Cydia jailbreak on mine and was wondering if you were able to unlock it

  16. Mfperry86

    10/12/2011 at 10:51 pm

    my phone will not turn on now and is stuck on the apple screen. anyone know how to fix?

    • patch91

      10/13/2011 at 2:39 am

      Did you read what it said at the top of the instructions? This is a tethered jailbreak, which means if you turn your phone off you have to plug it back into your computer if you want to turn it back on.

    • sgtlarock

      10/13/2011 at 8:32 am

      Sometimes after the initial jailbreak the apple logo will appear for about 10 minutes. leave it alone for about that long, and most likely it will boot up normal after that.

  17. Sunny Bongale

    10/12/2011 at 10:52 pm

    I have successfully installed Cydia but I not able to give a call by using T-mobile Sim card…
    Could please let me know am I missing somthing….
    For more information I am using iPhone2,1_5.0_9A334_Restore IPSW file…

    • Tczernek

      11/09/2011 at 5:55 am

      did you ever get it to work?

  18. Mfperry86

    10/12/2011 at 10:53 pm

    everything worked fine so i went into cydia to download biteSMS and when the devices rebooted it wouldnt turn back on. stuck on apple screen. Please Help!

    • Jaccobk

      10/13/2011 at 5:53 am

      Reboot tethered now mode in redsnow

  19. Lewisj7877

    10/12/2011 at 10:58 pm

    hey, just did it. Only problem i had was when all was done, cydia blanked out and didnt come up. but then i rebooted it tethered, now cydia is working. im using iphone 4 ios5 verizon wireless. Thanks!

  20. Arunthopil

    10/12/2011 at 11:09 pm

    Hii  ma name arun.  frm japan…  ma  fone is a sofbank locked one…..

    I  downloaded  ios 5 GM  frm[ faster download] .  Guyz  once U finish dwnloadin  chk the size of tht file…. after tht  dwnloed redsnow 9.4 b….k………..  keep a copy of the dwnloaded  ios5 file and browse  a copy in .94b[ hope evryone knw the process…….  simply use the jail break option and install tht…. once its finished……….. U might get the logo  or  if finshed get tht  wait symbol…………. [ dnt be panic…… ]  tkae  red snow again  go to extras, there is an option to jst boot or smethn click tht follow the instructions…..  wait  a pinapple wil again cme………..  once done……… U will get the login screen…. setup  ur fone……….. its jail broken…………….

    am not an expert  …. but spent 12 hrs for ths… nd i got it done………. cydia is not crashin as of now…..  evrythn perfect………….

    U guys  if  U cud chk at the time of jail breakin……….. smetimes U cud see sme error…….. thn  heck its gone………… jst chnge tht ios file…………..  

    hope smeone got it done……………….  thnx 

    • guest

      10/13/2011 at 7:31 am

      are you on your period……………………………..?

  21. Thekidpolo

    10/12/2011 at 11:29 pm

    now redsnow stops working…wtf man 

    • Arunthopil

      10/13/2011 at 12:27 am

      Dude….  U delte tht setup and dwnload  again  or……     rebooot ur pc and try………

  22. Ciera Lynn Cannon

    10/13/2011 at 1:29 am

    I wish I could Unlock iPhone 4 4.3 unlock my phone keeps freezing!

  23. Kenny

    10/13/2011 at 7:34 am

    Im waiting for a iphone 4S untethered jailbreak..any1 know or heard any info about when or if its gonna be released?

  24. Stephaniie Domiinguez

    10/13/2011 at 7:54 am

    Can I use this to Jailbreak for my Iphone even if I have it jailbroken to use for t-mobile

  25. Mansoure Alrayes

    10/13/2011 at 10:38 am

    i cant get my ipad into DFU mode it always inter recovery mode please help

    • Curtis Blanton

      10/23/2011 at 2:44 pm

      i found that using the countdown on the redsn0w instructions screen was too slow, and i was able to get it working by just counting myself (5 seconds power, 10 seconds power + home, 10 seconds home)…mainly, you want to be releasing the power button in step three before your  iDevice boots again…

  26. Cutlassking

    10/13/2011 at 11:19 am

    Verizon IOs5 freezing white screen when uploading first stage? Help

  27. Asfand

    10/13/2011 at 11:46 am

    does this jailbreak preserve the baseband????

  28. precedence

    10/13/2011 at 9:20 pm

    Man, having issues.  I did the jailbreak several times… step by step.  No Cydia is installed.  After the jailbreak says done, I see a pineapple on the screen, then it comes up.  When I log in, there is no Cydia.  I’ve tried like half dozen times.  I tried doing just tethered, but it says my IPSW is not public or available yet. So I downloaded it and went to Extras to attach.  Even after that, no Cydia.  What’s the deal.

  29. precedence

    10/13/2011 at 9:24 pm

    oh, my IPSW file is iPhone3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw. Is it something with this version?

  30. Simmann15

    10/14/2011 at 12:12 am

    hi i have an iphone 3gs dat was locked on some service provider from germany. my friend helped me to unclock it and jailbreak. now i want to update to ios 5 using the above steps. can i do it and will my iphone remain unlocked or will it lock again??

  31. Springdale81

    10/14/2011 at 11:54 am

    where can i find, and what is the IPSW file??

  32. ChickenLittle

    10/14/2011 at 3:53 pm

    Is there an untethered job yet?

    • ChickenLittle

      10/15/2011 at 1:50 pm

      jb… Gotta love auto correction.

  33. Almacote

    10/15/2011 at 7:25 am

    The IPSW file you need is already on your computer.  Look in C:UsersAlmaAppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiPhone Software Updates

    • Almacote

      10/15/2011 at 7:36 am

      Sorry…. Change “Alma” to your user name.. ;(

  34. Prashanth

    10/15/2011 at 7:55 am

    Hi . I use Geevy Sim for unlocking iphone. Does the above steps work for me. how to jailbreak it Is there any video for it ?

    • Samuelr912

      10/15/2011 at 10:38 am

      As long as it doesnt update your BB

    • Aigarcia29

      10/26/2011 at 6:43 pm

      What is this Geevy Sim and how do I get it on my phone to unlock my iphone 4? (It’s originally locked to ATT network and I have just downloaded Cydia) 

  35. Asfand

    10/15/2011 at 12:34 pm

    I did the jailbreak… everything else works fine except for the push notifications!!!!!!!! Any suggestions on how to fix them???????

  36. Bob

    10/15/2011 at 9:36 pm

    Nice going…thanks for giving us a jailbreak that DOESN’T WORK!! You assume we all have the IPSW file just sitting on our computers, and you also assume that everyone even knows what this is!! 

    Bloody pointless posting this entire download without providing the IPSW file!!

    • Ashura19

      12/23/2011 at 9:05 am

      Stfu. Youre retarded. If you have no knowlage of how to jailbreak then you should be doing it at all or looking at some other how to. So gtfo

  37. Prashanth

    10/16/2011 at 3:55 am

    unfortunately i hav upgraded 2 iOs 5 nd firmware as 4.11 and my GeveySim doesnt wrk. Please provide me a solution. 

  38. Prashanth

    10/16/2011 at 9:47 am

    Everyone who had issues, follow the steps mentioned in the below link to upgrade to iOS 5 and bb as 4.10. I was able to do and am very happy for it

  39. Moizahmad2012

    10/17/2011 at 3:17 am

    Befor I jailbreak I thing
    What heppens when u download something from cyida n it say to reboot or respring then what

  40. Gorgeousbee81

    10/26/2011 at 1:03 am

    Hi Guys, i did all the steps, and a pineapple apperaed on my iphone (3GS) then the apple came bake and the ios 5 setup pages followed! and still doesnt accept my sim card (my phone is set to a specific network-which i dont know) and it was jailbroken with blackra1n before, then i upgraded to ios 5 without preserving my baseband, so it turned into a block! :/ is there a solution to this??? should i remove my sim card while im doing the jailbreak?? or is this jailbreak not going to work for me in the first place?? Please help! help!

    • MinottiCh

      11/02/2011 at 5:43 am

      When I’m doing the jailbreak, everything is working perfect up until the point where Cydia is downloaded onto my iPhone 4. Once I go through the DFU Mode, iTunes closes and it makes me pull back iTunes and restore my phone. I have had to do this 3 times already. Any suggestions??

  41. Justin Potts11

    11/03/2011 at 2:34 pm

    What do do if you’ve already installed iTunes 10? I’m new to this jailbreak stuff.

  42. Abruni2000

    11/06/2011 at 3:35 pm

    How the HELL do u get IOS? I have a second gen. iPod touch and I’m new @ this! Someone plz help!

    • Michael Kerr

      11/09/2011 at 2:05 pm

      just use greenpoison you dont need an IOS

  43. mike

    11/09/2011 at 2:09 pm

    When i jailbreak my iphone 4 it installs cydia but it does not install it properly it has a plane whit icon and crashes when i open it any ideas?

    • mike

      11/09/2011 at 2:10 pm


  44. Maniac

    12/15/2011 at 12:23 am

  45. Anonymous

    01/05/2012 at 6:33 pm

    Worked great on my Verizon iPhone 4, then I found the 0.9.10 and got it untethered – I think. We shall see what happens next time I have to power cycle my device though ;-)

  46. Brayden WHITE

    03/14/2012 at 12:30 am

    checkout the lastest iOS jailbreak tips and tutorial for iOS 5.1

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