Using the latest version of a Jailbreaking tool is always a good idea when Jailbreaking your iPad because the latest patches and improvements will be applied. As such we thought it would be a good idea to do an updated how to guide for Jailbreaking with the latest version of RedSn0w, which is RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b. It is important to keep in mind that RedSn0w has not been updated to add support to Jailbreak any new devices or Jailbreak the iOS 5.1 firmware Untethered. We are simply providing an updated how to guide to Jailbreak your iPad using the latest version of RedSn0w. Thus, without further hesitation, in this how to guide you will learn how to Jailbreak your iPad 2G or iPad 1G running up to the iOS 5.1 firmware on Mac OS X.
Jailbreak iPad With RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b
Step 1) – The first thing you will need to do is determine whether or not you will be Jailbreaking your iPad Tethered or Untethered. Essentially, a Semi-Tethered Jailbreak means that every time your iPad loses power you will need to plug it into your computer and re-run RedSn0w to use all the features on your iPad. If you do not plug your iPad into your computer it will only be in a semi-functional state. An Untethered Jailbreak on the other hand means you will be able to use your iPad as if it was running the stock iOS firmware.
iOS 5.1 Firmware: iPad 1G – SEMI-UNTETHERED
iOS 5.0.1 Firmware: iPad 2G – UNTETHERED | iPad 1G – UNTETHERED
iOS 5.0 Firmware: iPad 1G – SEMI-UNTETHERED
Step 2) – Once you have figured out whether you are Jailbreaking your iPad Semi-Tethered or Untethered you will need to download the latest version of RedSn0w. At the time of writing this how to guide the latest version is RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b. You can download RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b from the iJailbreak Downloads Section by clicking here or from the direct link below:
Download RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b (Mac OS X)
Step 3) – Once you have downloaded RedSn0w you will need to launch it by double clicking on the redsn0w app.
Step 4) – With RedSn0w running you will need to click the Jailbreak button.
Step 5) – After clicking the Jailbreak button you will come to a screen where you will need to put your iPad into DFU mode.
Read through and follow the instructions presented to you which is to plug in and power off your iPad 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 iPad 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.
Step 7) – After you successfully enter DFU mode RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b will begin preparing your iPad for the Jailbreak.
Step 8 ) – Once RedSn0w has finished preparing your iPad for the 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.
Step 9) – After you have specified your Jailbreak options you can click the next button and RedSn0w 0.9.10b8b will begin jailbreaking your iPad. DO NOT interrupt or use the computer during this time. When your iPad is finished being jailbroken it will boot up into a functional state if you are Jailbreaking your iPad Untethered or it will boot up with the Apple logo and not go any further if you have a Semi-Untethered Jailbreak. For those with an Untethered Jailbreak you are now done and you do not need to continue with the last two optional steps. Obviously those with a Semi-Tethered Jailbreak however, will need to keep on following this how to guide.
Optional: Step 10) – As explained previously when you Jailbreak your iPad Semi-Untethered you will need to plug it into your computer every time your iPad loses power to regain all functionality. As you have not yet applied the Semi-Untethered patch though, your iPad is technically Jailbroken Tethered, meaning it will not even reboot without first re-running RedSn0w. As such to reboot your iPad into a functional and Jailbroken state you will need to launch RedSn0w again, click the Extras Button > then click the Just boot button and you will simply need to put your iPad into DFU mode again.
Optional: Step 11) – Now that your iPad is functional you can actually apply the Semi-Untethered patch. As explained before Semi-Untethering your iPad basically means that you will be able to still use it if it ever loses power (with limited functionality). In order to Semi-Untether your iPad you will need to add the following repository through Cydia (Manage > Sources > Edit > Add):
Then search for the SemiTether Cydia package, install it and reboot your iPad (yes, you will need to boot tethered again). If you are looking for a more detailed guide please click here.