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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. akkafailo's Avatar
      akkafailo -
      the Geohot logo doesn't show up. It's only showing connect to itunes sign & nothing happens.i did everything by the book many times. is there any other way excluding blackrain? please

      there's a post on quickpwn.com that says blackrain somehow doesnot work with 8Gb 3rd gens.

      HOW THE HELL DO I JAILBREAK iPod Touch 3rd Generation with 8gbs'? Not BLACKRA1N ! blackrain doen's work on 8gb 3G iTouches. Please, genius people! help me!
    1. Sket.'s Avatar
      Sket. -
      I Followed the Instructions And Everything,
      But My iPod Still Has The Downloading Jailbreak Data Page Up.

      Is This Supposed To Happen?
    1. andresaic's Avatar
      andresaic -
      no, that's not supposed to happen. The blackra1n that u download is the RC3? or lower?
    1. amikisho08's Avatar
      amikisho08 -
      Do you save it then open it?
    1. andresaic's Avatar
      andresaic -
    1. reaper369's Avatar
      reaper369 -
      does this work for version 2.2.1?
    1. andresaic's Avatar
      andresaic -
      no, it has to be 3.1.2 for blackra1n
      2.2.1 at 3.0 is redsnow
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      I've been doing unlocks and jailbreaks on iPhones since the days when no GUIs existed for this stuff and it was hard to find info about it... and the much dreaded word Brick was even more feared than it is now (before we had ways out).

      However, I feel like a n00b all over. I want to j/b an 8G Touch that was just purchased so a new one (MC464LL/A). I would say its arguably a 2G or 3G, but it is the newest model (currently). I am shooting for an untethered low maintenance jailbreak on this 3G 8GB Touch. My understanding is that Blackra1n is tethered for this model?

      Does Pwnage Tool or QuickPwn work for this? I'm not even sure which firmware I would need because it seems like it is the same as the 2G 8GB. Do I get the 3.1.2 firmware for the 2G or 3G?

      Thanks everyone. This will probably answer questions for a lot of people.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      For the 8Gb Touch BlackRa1n is untethered, for some reason Apple didn't update the 8Gb and it still uses NOR rather than NAND.
      If BlackRa1n is tethered for any device it means there is no untethered JB as all methods used 24Kpwn which has been blocked on
    1. superalexos's Avatar
      superalexos -
      hey guys. I am using mac os and i downloaded the file but it doesn't recognize the ipsw file. What should I do?
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      What do you mean it soesn't recognise it? What ipsw did you download?
    1. andresaic's Avatar
      andresaic -
      what i recomend is to update your ipod to 3.1.2 and use blackra1n. But if you wnat to use verison 2 or 2.2.1 until 3.0, you could use redsnow or pwnage tool. the web that i use to download ipsw is (Link removed because of warez)
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The upgrade to 3.0 on an iPod Touch is a paid for upgrade so to host the file is illegal as it is considered warez which is why modmyi or any legitimate site does not host it..
    1. havok911's Avatar
      havok911 -
      Thanks it worked , just fine!
    1. koreon's Avatar
      koreon -
      when i downloaded it onto my IPod 2nd gen it says "downloading jailbreak data". is this supposed to take a long time?
    1. cooljay1213's Avatar
      cooljay1213 -
      I need Help with step one LOL

      I'm not good with finding the firmware.
      what exactly is it, and where can I find it
      that all I need help with. thanks
    1. Kike04's Avatar
      Kike04 -
      Redsnow says its unable to recognize specified IPSW... Any help?- Thanks
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kike04 View Post
      Redsnow says its unable to recognize specified IPSW... Any help?- Thanks
      Need more information, What device are you using? What firmware is it currently running? Which firmware are you trying to jailbreak?
    1. Kike04's Avatar
      Kike04 -
      Trying to jailbreak an ipod touch 2G, it uses firmware 2.2.1 and Im trying to jailbreak that firmware as well... Thanks for replying.
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kike04 View Post
      Trying to jailbreak an ipod touch 2G, it uses firmware 2.2.1 and Im trying to jailbreak that firmware as well... Thanks for replying.
      upgrade to 3.1.2 n jailbreak with blackweather