How To: Jailbreak iPod Touch 4G, 3G On Official iOS 5.0.1 Using RedSn0w 0.9.9b8 [Windows]

Apple released the iOS 5.0.1 firmware to fix issues such as the battery draining bug. By following this how to guide you will learn how to Jailbreak the official iOS 5.0.1 firmware tethered or semi-tethered on iPod Touch 4G/3G using RedSn0w 0.9.9b8.

Note #1: This iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak on the iPod Touch 4G and iPod Touch 3G is still tethered.

Note #2: Do not update to iOS 5.0.1 if you do not need to. You may not be able to Jailbreak untethered in the future.

Step 1) – Download RedSn0w version 0.9.9b8 for the Windows operating system using the download mirror below or through the iJailbreak Downloads Section.

Download RedSn0w 0.9.9b8 (Windows)

Step 2) – Once you have downloaded RedSn0w to your desktop you will need to launch it. Do this now by clicking the executable file.

Step 3) – With RedSn0w running you will click the Extras button. You will now see a few buttons presented to you. The button you are interested in is the Select IPSW button. Click this now and select your devices corresponding iOS 5.0 firmware (not iOS 5.0.1).

Step 4) – Upon selecting the firmware click the back button, followed by the Jailbreak button.

Step 5) – After clicking the Jailbreak button ensure that the “Install Cydia” option is checked, click the Next button and you will come to a screen where you will need to put your iPod Touch into DFU mode. Read through and follow the instructions presented to you which is to plug in and power off your iPod Touch and click the next button.

Step 6) – When you click the next button you will need to follow the instructions presented to you 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.

Step 7) – After you successfully enter DFU mode RedSn0w will begin jailbreaking your iPod Touch. DO NOT interrupt or use your computer during this time. When your iPod Touch is finished being jailbroken it will reboot into a jailbroken state.

Optional: Booting Tethered – When you Jailbreak your iPod Touch running iOS 5.0.1 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.

Note: Yes, you need to do this every time your iPod Touch loses power.

Optional: SemiTethered Jailbreak – Though you have now Jailbroken your iPod Touch tethered on the iOS 5.0.1 firmware, you can actually SemiTether your iPod Touch. SemiTethering your iPod Touch basically means that you will be able to still use it if it ever loses power (with limited functionality). In order to SemiTether your iPod Touch you will need to add the following repository through Cydia:

Then search for the SemiTether Cydia package, install it and then reboot your iPod Touch (yes, you will need to boot tethered again). If you are looking for a more detailed guide please click here.

Voila! You should now have a Jailbroken iPod Touch 4G or 3G running iOS 5.0.1. For more tutorials visit the How To Jailbreak Section. Leave any questions in the comments below…

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  • Ehabbutt

    done the same but cydia is not opening……… help me with this problem

  • Guszti

    Go to redsnow -> Extras -> select the iOS 5.0 ipsw, and than click the “Just Boot” button. 

  • Arthurebbs12345

    when i go on extras, the file for 5.0 is not there, how do i find it?

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  • David

    mee to :( done same but cydia is not opening.. whats the problem ?

  • David

    reboot helped thnx :)

  • Ethan McGonigal

    Can someone explain to me what they mean by, “Do not update to iOS 5.0.1 if you do not need to. You may not be able to Jailbreakuntethered in the future.”?  I’m currently running a tethered jailbreak of 5.0 and would really like to upgrade.  Is there any big risk as long as I back-up my data?

  • AlbusG

    I tried the above.. even did the Just Boot now.. cydia still does not launch.
    At the last stage of tethered booting, it says unrecognized fingerprint

  • AlbusG

    Sorry.. it says unrecognized build… and gives a fingerprint… i used the 5.0 ios and not the 5.0.1

  • AlbusG

    Thanks Guszti.. it worked!!

  • Lhoozyo

    thanks for the help bud! I hope they include these scenarios to consider on the steps on
    “how to’s”. cheers!

  • Patrickpoe207

    I have IOS 5.0.1 on my iPhone 4. I want to jailbreak my phone using redsn0w ( tho only one offered). I have two question. When I select the IPSW, why do I choose the 5.0 version? Second, which redsn0w version is needed for the phone and stupid Vista?

  • Snlneff

    i used my ipod 4g running on ios 5.0.1 and my screen just lit up in black

  • Unknown(:

    I’m new to this. Been doing some research on how to jailbreak my 3rd gen ipod Touch, but I just read that you have to boot it everytime the ipod loses power? Meaning low battery….?? Gosh that’s going to annoy me -___- Why can’t I just charge it the way I been charging it …?

  • Vicesandagua

    doesnt work on win xp…

  • Baduki

    You have to download iOS 5.0 ipsw separately! It doesn’t come with RedSnow.

  • Miguelito8396

    its not working for me….

  • Miguelito8396

    ive tried it around 7 times but it wont do it. it says i dont have 5.0.1 intalled but i do

  • Cipriandy

    Hi.I have the same problem fingerpring not recognized,im in ios 5.0.1 on my ipod.Any suggestions!?

  • JohnK

    working with baseband 4.11.8 Plzz help! im stuck! plz plz plz. somebody plz ! :'( 

  • Codyrogers15

    instead of using ipsw 5.0.1 use 5.0… im using it and i finally got it. if cydia is a white picture and wont open up then your doing it correctly. do the same procedure and choose ios 5.0 as your ipsw file and click ‘just boot” after that is complete, i guarantee that it will work. 

  • help

    i need help ! i followed this thoroughly and my screen had a white flash, then didnt turn on ! please help i need help !!!

  • yoou help me

    stop with processing with lemerain… How to solve that???

  • Maps-on

    Will this JB work if 5.0.1 is already installed??

  • Jaykumar097

    Do I need to download any ipsw files?

  • Izzy

    Can I restore my jail broken ipodtouch 4g(4.3.3) and update it to version 5.0.1
    And then download redsnow 0.9.9b8 and just click jailbreak?

  • Bu.Hassan

    it’s not working with me 

  • P3p3dark95

    can i turn of or respring with any problem(this jailbreak is not like l1mrain right?)

  • P3p3dark95

    what firmware do i need if i updated already to 5.0.1 ?

  • Drez163

    Guys you need to download ios 5.0 to your computer. when you find the download save it to your desktop. Then you select it from the extras menu as the ipsw. Once you do that just jailbreak. Then when you have to boot select ipsw again then boot. It was so easy to do and worked for me.

  • Yusuf

    thats true

  • Garcia_pollo16

    can i do it even thoe my computer is a dell cuhs i wana jailbrake my ipod 4 gen.

  • Zaclevasseur

    i installed semitether and rebooted my ipod and now its stuck on the apple loading screen how do i fix this!?!?!? :(

  • Quinn

    I am trying to Jailbreak my Ipod touch and cannot find the correct firmware as in step 2…Someone help?

  • Wevans12345

    My iPod touch is stuck on a black screen with a white apple icon on it after I installed winterbreak and it asked me to rebut my system for it to work but it is stuck on that screen

  • Jhcatton

    if i back up my data, then even if it doesnt install right, im safe, right?

  • william

    man my shit just went off .. did something go wrong..

  • Etayalacrazy

    what is Cydia???  what do u use it for???

  • Dyl_an_27

    i downloaded redsnow but it downloads as a file and wont let me open up anything what is the problem

  • Cmer1999

     what u do is restart it it is recovering your i pod and it should work

  • Cmer1228

     yes you could if u have windows

  • Jettthejetplane123

    it dint work