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  • How to Jailbreak Using redsn0w 0.9 (OS X)

    {last updated November 1st, 2012}

    This OS X only guide (Windows guide here) will teach you how to jailbreak various devices using redsn0w 0.9. The current version of redsn0w 0.9 is 0.9.15b3. Note this is an UNTETHERED JAILBREAK, meaning you can reboot your phone just like you normally would.

    This guide should be used with the following device/firmware combinations (if you're not sure, here's how to find your iOS firmware version and how to find your iOS device type):

    • iPhone 3G | 4.3.4
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3.3
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3.4
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3.5
    • iPhone 3GS | 5.0
    • iPhone 3GS | 5.0.1
    • iPhone 4 | 4.2.9
    • iPhone 4 | 4.2.10
    • iPhone 4 | 4.3.3
    • iPhone 4 | 4.3.4
    • iPhone 4 | 4.3.5
    • iPhone 4 | 5.0
    • iPhone 4 | 5.0.1
    • iPad 1 | 4.3.3
    • iPad 1 | 4.3.4
    • iPad 1 | 4.3.5
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.3.4
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.3.5
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.3.4
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.3.5
    • iPod touch 4G | 5.0
    • iPod touch 4G | 5.0.1

    If you prefer the simpler version of this guide with no pictures, click here.

    Alright, let's get started. First thing you'll need to do is download the Mac version of redsn0w 0.9.15b3 from mod.my/redsn0wmac0915b3. Double-click the zip file to unzip it, and open the redsn0w folder to see the redsn0w icon.

    Making sure your device is connected, double-click redns0w to launch it. You will see the redsn0w home screen - press the Jailbreak button.

    Before you do anything on the next screen, power off your device by pressing and holding the sleep button (the button on the top) until the slide to power off screen comes up. Slide to power off. NOTE: As of iOS firmware 5.1.1, this step is not necessary.

    Alright, NOW you can press Next on the redsn0w page which tells you to power off your device. NOTE: redsn0w will IMMEDIATELY ask you to press and hold the sleep button on the device, then continue holding it while pressing the home button, then continue holding the home button while letting go of the sleep button. Make sure your device is in your hands before pressing Next in redsn0w. NOTE: As of iOS firmware 5.1.1, this step is not necessary.

    After successfully following the prompts of holding buttons down (this is entering DFU mode for the device), redsn0w will tell you it is Exploiting with limera1n. You can now let go of the home button on your device. NOTE: As of iOS firmware 5.1.1, this step is not necessary.

    redsn0w will go through a few screens, telling you it is waiting for a reboot, then popping up a new window with various status messages as it jailbreaks your device.

    Once that is done, you'll be shown a screen asking what you'd like to do. The default action (which we'll be doing in this guide) is to Install Cydia. You're welcome to check any other boxes you'd like, but please only do so if you know what you're doing. Press Next when you've selected your choices.

    redsn0w will now tell you Uploading ramdisk, which will take a few seconds, and then say Done! Once it says Done! it is safe to close redsn0w, as the rest of the jailbreak process will happen on the device itself.

    Your device will now scroll a bunch of command line messages as the jailbreak completes. After a minute or so of the scrolling text, you will see the pwnapple logo with some more status updates (the final step before your jailbreak is complete).

    That's it! You're now holding a jailbroken device. Not too bad, eh?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Jailbreak Using redsn0w 0.9.9 started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 119 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by jesstaticx View Post
      Another queastion, What version for ipad 1 will the untethered jailbreak works? If there's any.
      4.3.3 or lower. 5.0.1 are untethered.
    1. nittinnut's Avatar
      nittinnut -
      Any idea when UNTETHERED version of Redsn0w 0.9.10b6 for iPhone 3GS, 5.1 be ready?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by nittinnut View Post
      Any idea when UNTETHERED version of Redsn0w 0.9.10b6 for iPhone 3GS, 5.1 be ready?
      old bootrom: now
      new bootrom: 1-3 months (probably)
    1. therealQ's Avatar
      therealQ -
      so after i JB the ipad 1st gen running 4.3.5 i got the same white cydia icon. I went back to boot option and eveyrthing ran fine until i get " Please wait while your build is being identified. Waiting for ipad " nothing else happens its just stuck and i cant do n e thing after a while the ipad will turn on by itself and still the white cydia icon is there.. if you can help on how to fix please !!
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Try it again. Unplug the iPad and try again, it happens sometimes
    1. Hobbes1990's Avatar
      Hobbes1990 -
      So I jailbroke it on 5.0 and it's tethered. What do i have to do to get an untethered jailbreak? update to 5.0.1? And how do i do that without messing anything up?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      If ya have the blobs for 5.0.1 you can if not. I would just update to 5.1.1 they are releasing an untethered jailbreak for that i a few days. Rumors are sayin possible Friday.
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      hmmm ... i doubt if the untethered jb will be be released any time soon, if at all.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Why you say that
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      the same thing was said for 5.1. it never came.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      It's coming trust me.

    1. Hobbes1990's Avatar
      Hobbes1990 -
      What are blobs? Can i download it?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      No you can't download them only be used to the phone you have.

      Blobs are used to downgrade or upgrade firmwares
    1. Hobbes1990's Avatar
      Hobbes1990 -
      If I did have them, where would they be? Because sometimes a push "download only" when it asks me to update.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Tiny umberalla will show ya what ya have. Or open Cydia and see what ya have on the top of it.
    1. 3ginFL's Avatar
      3ginFL -
      Hello all, newb here and basically a moron on the jail break. Here is my situation that I can't seem to find any details on here: I have two computers, Mac 10.4.11 and Windows XP machines. Also an ATnT 3GS with 5.0 on it. I'm currently with T-Mobile.....is there any way to jail break this phone with my current computers? I was told by a friend who seems knowledgeable that I cannot get the 3GS to talk to either of my old machines. Thanks for any advice and info.
    1. tompopov's Avatar
      tompopov -
      Very untrue the win xp is quite capable of jail breaking just search google for dev team and download the app and enjoy
    1. xxzaz82xx's Avatar
      xxzaz82xx -
      Hey does anyone know how to use Redsnow on a first generation ipod touch with 2.2.1 firmware? I haven't had any luck because of how old it is :/
    1. ProdaG15's Avatar
      ProdaG15 -
      ok so i need help i jail broke my ipod touch 3rd gen and i accidentally deleted cydia ive rejailbroken my ipod about 20 times now and cydia will not show up can anyone help
      ohh and i already tried using ifunbox and deleting the cydia profiles and folders