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  • How to Jailbreak Using redsn0w 0.9.6 (Windows)


    This Windows only guide (OS X guide here) will teach you how to jailbreak various devices using redsn0w 0.9.6. The current version of redsn0w 0.9.6 is 0.9.6rc19. Note this is an UNTETHERED JAILBREAK, meaning your phone will be able to restart just like a normal phone.

    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 2G | 4.1
    • iPhone 2G | 4.2.1
    • iPhone 3G | 4.1
    • iPhone 3G | 4.2.1
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.1
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.2.1
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3.1
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3.2
    • iPhone 3GS | 4.3.3
    • iPad 1 | 4.2.1
    • iPad 1 | 4.3
    • iPad 1 | 4.3.1
    • iPad 1 | 4.3.2
    • iPad 1 | 4.3.3
    • iPod touch 2G | 4.1
    • iPod touch 2G | 4.2.1
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.2.1
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.3
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.3.1
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.3.2
    • iPod touch 3G | 4.3.3
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.1
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.2.1
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.3
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.3.1
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.3.2
    • iPod touch 4G | 4.3.3


    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 Windows version of redsn0w 0.9.6rc19 from mod.my/redsn0wwin096rc19. Double-click the zip file to unzip it, and open the redsn0w folder to see the redsn0w.exe file.



    Making sure your device is connected, double-click redns0w to launch it. You will see the redsn0w home screen. In order to jailbreak your device, you'll need to download the firmware file that matches it, and place it on your desktop (or anywhere on your computer, but Desktop is easy). You can download the firmwares from here - we recommend you do not use Safari for downloading them as it usually uncompresses the file without asking, which we do not want. If you're not sure, here's how to find your iOS firmware version and how to find your iOS device type). Once you have that file downloaded, press the Browse button in redsn0w.



    Browse to the .ipsw file you just downloaded (your device's current firmware).



    redsn0w will tell you it is processing your firmware file.



    IF (and only if) you have a 3GS you are attempting to jailbreak, redsn0w will ask you if you have the newer (fixed) model. It will give you instructions how to check using the week of the device's build (the 4th and 5th digit of your serial number). Devices with weeks BEFORE 45 are NOT fixed models, so you would click No. Devices week 45 or lates ARE fixed, so you would click Yes. If you are unable to view the device's serial number on the device (Settings > General > About) due to the device not being activated, you can download and open the iPhone Configuration Utility from Apple and see the serial number next to the device.





    Assuming you have pointed redsn0w to the correct .ipsw file, it will now tell you it has the IPSW successfully identified.



    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.



    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.



    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.





    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 you to select your options. 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 it is Waiting for reboot, then 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 0.9.6 started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 134 Comments
    1. MazZafar's Avatar
      MazZafar -
      Got it don't worry mate u won't have to get a new phone :-)
    1. abuaref's Avatar
      abuaref -
      Tank you
    1. MazZafar's Avatar
      MazZafar -
      By the way I am running XP anything else will give you the unrecognised error so Beggers try to run in XP mode on your windows 7
    1. raven_g20's Avatar
      raven_g20 -
      Hello!Thank you for this very detailed guide. I followed it to the letter but unfortunately i have a problem. After i jailbroke the Ipad 1 32gb-wifi i have, the Cydia icon was white. So i found out, browsing in the net, that i need to re-run the redsnow program and choose run tethered mode which eventually fixed it. Unfortunately now everytime i am out of battery or the ipad shuts down i need to plug it in my pc in order to startup. How can i fix this? I searched all arround but didnt find any solutions. I read that if i restore to original, thus un-jailbreak it, it maybe fixed but i loose all data and jailbreak. Any solutions? Thank you in advance.
    1. rwrainman's Avatar
      rwrainman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Beggers View Post
      I'm using 3G iPhone with 4.2.1 & have downloaded redsnow 0.9.6rc19.. but I keep getting the message Unable to Recognise specified IPSW. Can you please help??? I've been trying for weeks to figure this out and I'm at my wits end! Thank-You!
      Put a folder on your desktop ,Name it whatever. ReDsNow .Download the files above both to the same folder on your desktop.Double click the folder and find redsnow.exe doulbe click it and when the next screen opens click browse got to your desktop on the left hand side scroll down till your find the folder open it click on the frimware you just downloaded it will open follw instr. at the bottom Good luck The phone will take over from there
    1. MazZafar's Avatar
      MazZafar -
      Quote Originally Posted by MazZafar View Post
      Download forecast 1.3
      iPhone1,2_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw
      and redsnow 0.9.6rc9
      when you browse to the ipsw it will be good look carefully this one has an extra option which the other redsnows don't have which is

      'Instal iPad baseband'

      Make sure this is ticked the only other one is 'Instal Cydia'

      You will get some warnings come up about loosing gps and you cannot downgrade!

      I got to the point where I just wanted to use it regardless, if you at the same place then go for it. Took me no more than 10 minutes.
      lets us know how you got on, good luck
      I couldn't just be happy I unlocked it, had to sweak it further and in the process locked it again

      Well it was a good thing cos the GPS was out by about 500 yards which showed me being 2 roads away or in a field on the motorway

      Now I have corrected that also and learnt something else which will be of use and also mentioned on another thread, make sure you have ultrasn0w installed on the phone thats what unlocks the phone to all networks
    1. DA-SILVA's Avatar
      DA-SILVA -
      Goode work men ( Kyle Matthews ) now what is the source of this Forum because i'm new user and ihave iPod touch 4G
      thank you again
    1. Adele's Avatar
      Adele -
      Hiya
      I been trying (very hard) lol to jailbreak my iphone using this sites description problem is I get so far and it just stops saying there is an error

      Can my phone be done?

      IPhone 4 version 5.0.1 (9A405)
      I use wifi and my carrier is Vodafone uk

      Please Please help
    1. vampep's Avatar
      vampep -
      I could use some help as well. I have a 5.0 iphone 4. I have jailbroken it in the past but upgraded to the 5 for the new features. Since then no matter how up to date the jailbreaking program is i get it to install cydia but cydia is just a plain white icon (not normal) and if you try to open it it just instant crashes. ..... any known issue?
    1. Adele's Avatar
      Adele -
      Quote Originally Posted by vampep View Post
      I could use some help as well. I have a 5.0 iphone 4. I have jailbroken it in the past but upgraded to the 5 for the new features. Since then no matter how up to date the jailbreaking program is i get it to install cydia but cydia is just a plain white icon (not normal) and if you try to open it it just instant crashes. ..... any known issue?
      Ive managed to jailbreak mine now. I used snowbreeze in the end. Couldnt get redsnow to work
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by vampep View Post
      I could use some help as well. I have a 5.0 iphone 4. I have jailbroken it in the past but upgraded to the 5 for the new features. Since then no matter how up to date the jailbreaking program is i get it to install cydia but cydia is just a plain white icon (not normal) and if you try to open it it just instant crashes. ..... any known issue?
      That is what a tethered jailbreak does. After installing cydia you need to run redsnow again and choose the option to boot tethered.
    1. vampep's Avatar
      vampep -
      hahaha ok well that worked. But strange thing happened. I lost the icon for Photos. Its just a blank white icon but it doesn't crash like cydia was. But now cydia opens so I'm happy.

      Now the only restriction is that it if i power it down i have to tether boot it again correct? syncing doesn't have any effect?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by vampep View Post
      hahaha ok well that worked. But strange thing happened. I lost the icon for Photos. Its just a blank white icon but it doesn't crash like cydia was. But now cydia opens so I'm happy.

      Now the only restriction is that it if i power it down i have to tether boot it again correct? syncing doesn't have any effect?
      Yes you would have to tether boot it again if you turn it off. You can try respringing with sbsettings to get your photo icon to show up again, that's just caused by an icon cache issue.
    1. Nellynel12's Avatar
      Nellynel12 -
      I have a 3GS that was JB with SV 4.2.1 I backed up everything on iTunes. Just the other day my iPhone froze and had to JB again bit when it was JB the SV installed was 4.1 now when I connect to iTunes it tells me I can't back up cause my SV is to old. I don't have the restore button on iTunes to JB using redsnow. What do I have to do to get SV 4.2.1 and back up my iTunes
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      What is SV?
    1. Nellynel12's Avatar
      Nellynel12 -
      Sorry software version (firmware)
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      What SHSH do you have?
    1. Nellynel12's Avatar
      Nellynel12 -
      What's SHSH and where do I find out
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      May want to check out the links in my sig, specifically the About SHSH one and the How to use tiny umbrella one.
    1. Nellynel12's Avatar
      Nellynel12 -
      I'm new to this where is ur sig