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  • [ HOW TO ] Jailbreak iPod Touch with redsn0w | 1G/2G | OS X


    This guide shows you how to jailbreak your iPod Touch (1G or 2G) using the DevTeam's redsn0w tool.

    First you'll need to do two things:
    1. Backup and Restore your iPod Touch. Just connect to iTunes and sync. If you have any Cydia apps from a previous firmware, they will be deleted when we restore. Here's a few places you may want to back up manually if you're worried about it... I didn't.

      /var/mobile/Library/AddressBook - Contacts
      /var/mobile/Library/Calendar - Calendar
      /var/mobile/Library/Notes - Notes
      /var/mobile/Library/Safari - Bookmarks, Cookies
      /var/mobile/Library/SMS - Text Messages.
    2. Download redsn0w.

      redsn0w 0.7 for Mac Megaupload Rapidshare
    Alright, open redsn0w now that you've downloaded it. You'll be greeted with the welcome screen, and asked to browse for your 3.0 .ipsw file. You should have already restored to it, so if you don't have it on your desktop (read: you downloaded it through iTunes), it will most likely be located at Macintosh HD/Users/(your name) Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/iPod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw in your computer.



    Browse to it and find it, and redsn0w should sit a sec saying processing, then tell you the IPSW has been successfully identified. Click Next.



    redsn0w will run through a flurry of info in a popup window.





    Next you'll be asked if you want to install Cydia. You do. Click Next.



    K, this bit is a LITTLE tricky. You'll see the screen with instructions on entering DFU mode - only thing to be aware of is you should have your iPod Touch IN HAND when you press Next (after following the instructions to turn it off while connected), with your fingers ready to press Power and Home at same time - the instructions come fast, and are on a precise time limit. I had to do it twice.



    Follow the instructions in holding down the power button and various steps.



    Now you'll see the app telling you more info as it goes through its steps. During this time your iPod Touch will have some images on it as well.







    Assuming all went well, that's it! Click Finish, and your iPod Touch will sit doing some more stuff about 2 minutes, then you're all good!




    Note: If your iPod Touch won't start back up (just goes to Apple loading screen and stays), its probably because you didn't Restore to a fresh 3.0 BEFORE running this tool.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [ HOW TO ] Jailbreak iPod Touch with redsn0w | 1G/2G | OS X started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 164 Comments
    1. ThePunisher457's Avatar
      ThePunisher457 -
      Very nice tutorial!
    1. evilweevil666's Avatar
      evilweevil666 -
      Hey, I think I've been doing everything right. I restored my ipod to 3.0 firmware and I did exactly what the application said when I opened it and followed the instructions given here. However, my jailbreak still gets stuck on waiting for reboot. Can anyone help? Thanks.
    1. evilweevil666's Avatar
      evilweevil666 -
      Ok, so my friend told me it was because redsn0w couldn't jailbreak an ipod touch 2g with 3.0 firmware. So, I downloaded 2.2.1, but when I try and restore to it itunes gives me an error message saying it's not compatible. Can anyone help me with this?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      RedSn0w works.
      Make sure you are using the correct ipsw., If you are sure you are then unplug the cable and plug it back in again and it should work.
    1. evilweevil666's Avatar
      evilweevil666 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      RedSn0w works.
      Make sure you are using the correct ipsw., If you are sure you are then unplug the cable and plug it back in again and it should work.
      I'm pretty sure of both. The cable, definitely isn't the issue, perhaps someone could link me I could be sure the ipsw is correct. But I'm 99.99% sure it is.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      When you bought FW 3.0 it would have downloaded the ipsw to your computer. It is that ipsw you must use.
      What do you mean
      The cable, definitely isn't the issue
      ?
      I told you to unplug the cable and plug it back in again if RedSn0w hangs - it's quite simple, if you do this RedSn0w will continue, if you don't, it won't. Your choice.
    1. evilweevil666's Avatar
      evilweevil666 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      When you bought FW 3.0 it would have downloaded the ipsw to your computer. It is that ipsw you must use.
      What do you mean ?
      I told you to unplug the cable and plug it back in again if RedSn0w hangs - it's quite simple, if you do this RedSn0w will continue, if you don't, it won't. Your choice.
      Oh, ok, I thought you were saying to check if it's plugged in correctly before jailbreaking, which I was saying it was. I'll try that, thanks for the help.
    1. juris001's Avatar
      juris001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      When you bought FW 3.0 it would have downloaded the ipsw to your computer. It is that ipsw you must use.
      What do you mean ?
      I told you to unplug the cable and plug it back in again if RedSn0w hangs - it's quite simple, if you do this RedSn0w will continue, if you don't, it won't. Your choice.
      Thank you so much. I had the same problem before reading your answer. I got the solution now!
    1. itouch suchti's Avatar
      itouch suchti -
      so if tried like 3 times and each time it was finished but their is an error i noticed while watching a video
      so:
      1. And it says waiting to reboot nothing happens and i have to open itunes and klick restore till the itouch reboots
      2. When the screen is supossed 2 turn white it turns black (withh a little light in the background meaning its on...
      3. when its supposed 2 say downloading jailbreak data it sais nothing its black with a lighting in the background so u now its on
      4. When its supposed to say installing bundles with the quickpwn signe its black like the whole time...
      5. at the end its still black and when i diconect it and connect it again i have to restore it 2 use it again.... and when i resotre it everything is gone again...


      Well can any1 tel me what im doing wrong?

      and at the beginning i tried pretty much everything... meaning i tried not dooing anything when the backup menu came... i tried starting a new ipod ... and i tried backing it up so all my apps where on it...
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Call me crazy but it sounds like you are trying to jailbreak using the incorrect ipsw...
    1. itouch suchti's Avatar
      itouch suchti -
      nope everything was correct but i accidently used the version of redsn0w i tried downloading yesterday :S version 0.8
      insted of version 0.7 now im just browsing around to find out how do download apps
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      0.8 is the latest
      What device do you have? What FW so you have on it? What is the full name of the ipsw you are using? What OS do you have on your computer? Did you tru unpluging the cable when it hung at 'waiting for reboot'?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Quote Originally Posted by itouch suchti View Post
      nope everything was correct but i accidently used the version of redsn0w i tried downloading yesterday :S version 0.8
      insted of version 0.7 now im just browsing around to find out how do download apps
      Go to iTunes, browse to an app you like, pay for it(if applicable), download it.
      ORRRR for jailbroken apps.
      Go to Cydia, browse to an app you like, pay for it(if applicable), downlaod it.
    1. KLOWNKID's Avatar
      KLOWNKID -
      I too am having the same problem of being stuck at the reboot page and have tried all recomended remedies, all to no avail. Please help
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Some more information might help.
      What device? What's the name of the ipsw you are using? What OS is on your computer?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      What's the full name of the ipsw file you're using and the device you're trying to JB?
    1. alaviarin's Avatar
      alaviarin -
      I downloaded iTunes 9 and connected my ipod to my computer and upgraded it to firmware 3.1.1 now cydia and winterboard is gone and all my "app" that I had aren't working. Should I re-jailbreak?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      How? there is no JB for 3.1x - why on ertah did you upgrade?
    1. alaviarin's Avatar
      alaviarin -
      hahah I'm not sure, I feel so stupid now.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Lucky you don't have an iPhone that needs updating!
      You can downgrade back to 3.0 by going into DFU mode and shift+click restore. You will need to re-download 3.0 though since iTunes deletes old ipsws now.