How To: Jailbreak iOS 5.1 Tethered On iPod Touch 4G And iPod Touch 3G With RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 [Windows]

With Apple releasing the iOS 5.1 firmware to the public forefront yesterday I am sure a lot of people have accidentally updated. If this sounds like you and you are still looking for a Jailbreak then you will be glad to know the iPhone Dev-Team have updated RedSn0w today to Jailbreak the iOS 5.1 firmware tethered. Although you can Jailbreak the iOS 5.1 firmware there are some things you need to keep in mind.

Firstly, this Jailbreak is only for the iPod Touch 4G and iPod Touch 3G. Secondly, this is a tethered Jailbreak and not an untethered Jailbreak that we have been very lucky to have on the iOS 5.0.1 firmware. As this is a tethered Jailbreak it means you will need to plug your iPod Touch into your computer and re-run RedSn0w to boot your iPod Touch into a fully operational state every time it loses power. Lastly, iBooks will not work on the iOS 5.1 firmware until the iPhone Dev-Team have had a chance to implement a patch.

If you understand the three points I have just brought up about this Jailbreak and meet the requirements you will be able to easily Jailbreak your iPod Touch 4G or iPod Touch 3G on iOS 5.1 tethered. And in this how to guide from you will learn how to do just this using the Windows version of RedSn0w 0.9.10b6.

Note #1: This is a tethered Jailbreak.

Note #2: iBooks will not function correctly until the iPhone Dev-Team have had a chance to implement a patch.

Note #3: If you are looking to Jailbreak your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS click here. If you would like toJailbreak your first generation iPad click here.

iOS 5.1 Tethered Jailbreak (Windows)

Step 1) The first thing you will need to do is download RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 for the Windows operating system using the download mirror below or through the iJailbreak Downloads Section.

Download RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 for Windows

Step 2) Once you have downloaded RedSn0w you will need to extract it to your desktop by right clicking on the file and then clicking the extract to folder option.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Step 3) Next you will need to launch RedSn0w by right clicking on the redsn0w.exe shortcut and then clicking the run in administrator mode option.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Step 4) With RedSn0w running you will need to click the Jailbreak button.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Step 5) After clicking the Jailbreak button you will come to a screen where you will need to put your iPod Touch into DFU mode.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Read through and follow the instructions presented to you which is to plug in and power off your iPod Touch and then click the next button when you are ready to begin the DFU mode process.

Step 6) When you click the next button you will need to follow the instructions presented to you in real-time to put your iPod Touch into DFU mode.

  • Hold down Power (corner) button for 5 seconds.
  • Without releasing the Power button, also hold down the Home (bottom center) button along with the Power button for 10 seconds.
  • Without releasing the home button, stop holding down the power button for up to 15 seconds.
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Step 7) After you successfully enter DFU mode RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 will begin preparing your iPod Touch for the iOS 5.1 Jailbreak.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Step 8 ) Once RedSn0w has finished preparing your iPod Touch for the iOS 5.1 Jailbreak you will be asked you to specify options to go along with your Jailbreak. The only option that you actually need to make sure is checked is the Install Cydia option. Once you have ensured this option is checked, and any other options you may want, click the Next button.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Step 9) After you have specified your Jailbreak options you can click the next button and RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 will begin jailbreaking your iPod Touch. DO NOT interrupt or use the computer during this time. When your iPod Touch is finished being jailbroken it will boot up with the Apple logo and not go any further. This is because this is a tethered Jailbreak and you will need to boot tethered with RedSn0w in order to get your iPod Touch in a working state again.

Step 10) As explained previously when you Jailbreak your iPod Touch running iOS 5.1 you will have a tethered Jailbreak. Meaning in order for your iPod Touch to turn back on you will need to boot it using RedSn0w (this applies every time your iPod Touch loses power). To do this launch RedSn0w again and click the Extras Button > then click the Just boot button and you will simply need to put your iPod Touch into DFU mode again.

RedSn0w 0.9.10b6 Windows

Congratulations! You should now have a tethered Jailbreak on your iPod Touch 4G or iPod Touch 3G running the iOS 5.1 firmware. For more tutorials visit the How To Jailbreak Section. Leave any questions in the comments below.

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  • Kürsat Karacan

    Thanks! gonna try this

  • Asjath7

    cydia is not working…! :(

  • Castielx1

    my safari isnt working :(

  • Joseph Geagea97

    I will wait for the semi tethered jailbreak

  • Sgath

    I can’t get into DFU mode :( I’ve done this many many many times before and never failed, but since I updated to 5.1 it won’t go into DFU for me. I’ll keep trying.

  • Phillipsmarica

    i dont know much about computer can u help me to jailbreak my ipod touch ios 5.1

  • Macieo Xavier Cook

    cant find cydia help me

  • Cuceel

    Thanks was awesome!!

  • Alexg2405

    Have you solved your problem??

    I’m stuck with the same thing and it is really lame!!

  • Aries97_

    does anyone know how to make cydia download something it says cannot locate page. please help

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  • Gavino32250

    Go to just boot and boot your device. if you dont do this every time you restart you device it wont work.

  • Rar1027

    when i try to jail break my ipod 4g which is running on ios 5.1 it will stop on the “waitin to reboot” screen. then my ipod reboots and it doesnt do anything what do i do?

  • Lucario34668

    mine stops at “exploiting with steaks4uce” and it just sits there for a while. unchanging…?

  • Lucario34668

    mine stops at “exploiting with steaks4uce” and it just sits there for a while. unchanging…?

  • Derp

    Mine is stuck on exploiting steaks4uce

  • Derp




  • TN256

    how do i restart my springboard

  • Tony

    how do i get of safe mode i restart my ipod it still says go to safe mode

  • Ahlybebo

    after i do the dfu mode my install stops at exploiting with limera1n ! 

  • ACnT

    Help!! I keep getting stuck at Rebooting. My iPod Touch 4th Gen loads up like normal even when I didn’t press any buttons and RedSn0w still says “Waiting for Reboot” and its still not jailbroken! What’s going on?

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  • Supersmilers

    this jailbreak is fake. only one that works is for ios 5.0.1

  • Arrgh

    IM stuck on the exploiting with limera1n thing

  • Zwitter96

    in “step 7- step 8″ it is just standing “waiting to reboot” and its stuck there. What’s that mean?


    I finished the jailbreak and all but how do you actually get cydia on your ipod because I can’t find it.

  • Esteban Hernandez

    my ipod gets stuck on waiting for reboot

  • Seanbr818

    my ipod is stuck rebooting

  • Eng Zaid


    Thanks for the instructions, I did follow it and at the end I had the Ipod 4G as semi-tethered!

    I need it completely tethered,to stuck at apple logo for ever and it dose not!!! Please help!Thanks

  • ChunkyLlama87

    no i did it working just fine

  • ChunkyLlama87

    go to just boot on redsnow do it a few times if it doesnt work

  • etc

    incomplete itunes library ??


    fuck offf !!!! ive tried everything it doesn’t WORK!!!!!!!! IM SO ANGRY !!!!! MOTHER FUCKERS !!!! WHY DOESN’T IT WORK???????? WHYYYYYYYYY??

  • BubblePopper

    when will they release the untethered jailbreak?I have accidentally updated my,not being concerned to what the others say about not updating,and now I don’t have a jailbreak,the people say that I should not jailbreak to tethered because I’ll have to plug it in!When will the untethered jailbreak will be released?pls. reply to me!

  • Cris_070286

    Thanks, it works, but the problem is, all my apps are not working like Facebook, Skype and Temple Run, how come it does not work??  Can you help me pls..

  • jonatha aguilar

    cydia wont load its just a white square why??????????????

  • Sohan098


    you have to have the version of your ipods IPSW. (custom firmware) so for example i have a ipod running 5.1 so i need to download 5.1 IPSW , then i go to extras then choose ” custom ipsw” then choose the ipsw, then it will say ipsw added or somthing like that, ten you can jailbreak.

  • robotpurpleunicornbattleaxe

    thanks this really helped alot

  • TrollKiller

    troll alert..

  • AustinGames365(CheckMYYOUTUBE)

    Great Jailbreak worked amazingly you guys helped me through each step and when i eventually did have trouble i was able to fix it thanks to u guys soo thanks sooo much!!