Geohot’s LimeRa1n jailbreak has been released, and even though it comes with its fair share of downsides, it does work for some people. Thanks to iDB reader Whammy who send me screenshots of LimeRa1n in action, we’re now able to get a tutorial for you.

This step by step guide and tutorial will show you how to use LimeRa1n to jailbreak your iPhone iOS 4.1. LimeRa1n will jailbreak the iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 4. It will also jailbreak the iPod Touch 3G and iPod Touch 4G. As usual, proceed at your own risks.

This tutorial was done with a PC but LimeRa1n will also work if you have a Mac, and the steps will the exactly the same.

Note: You must run LimeRa1n as Administrator.

Step 1: Download LimeRa1n from our iPhone downloads section.

Step 2: Plug your iPhone in and launch LimeRa1n then click “Make it Ra1n”.

Step 3: Follow the onscreen instructions: hold the Home and Power button together.

Step 4: Release the Power button.

Step 6: LimeRa1n will have your iPhone enter DFU mode and will then work its jailbreak magic.

Step 7: Your iPhone is almost jailbroken and you should see the following messages.

Step 8: If you don’t see the LimeRa1n icon on your iPhone, simply reboot it, then launch LimeRa1n on your iPhone and select Cydia to install.

Step 9: Once Cydia is installed, you can uninstall LimeRa1n from the LimeRa1n app on your iPhone.

Let us know how it goes for you.

[Thanks Whammy!]

  • Slick

    i got stuck in dfu mode..wait what to do… been waiting for almost 10 mins..

  • lol, this jailbreak is for 4.1 and above not below

  • Jack

    hi
    sorry im new on this forum
    i have a ipod touch 4th with 4.2 firmware
    which is the best untethered jailbreak for my ipod
    thanks 🙂

    • Nam

      Use redsn0w 0.9.7b to jailbreak, there should be instructions on the website, just google redsn0w. thanks

  • Fraser

    Hi, I’ve got a touch 2nd gen 4.1 and I’ve jail broken it twice now and rebooted it and it still will not work why is this?

  • ShaRen

    i cant find the icon on my iphone. i rebooted it thrice but still no icon.

    • zac

      same with me

    • Mark Zuckerberg

      Same here also.I am using a iphone 3gs. version 4.0.2. i tried this limera1n thingy, like 3~6 times, but still to no avail. The Cydia or Limera1n icon which is suppose to appear does not even appear on my iphone.Everytime im done with everything, a box on my computer said that i must restart my iPhone. I don’t get it when the iphone automatically restarts itself. What’s worst, i watch many Youtube tutorials on this. They seemed to see the limera1n icon on the iPhone somewhere in between the jailbreaking, but what i see is just the Apple logo. I tried this like so many times but still getting no good results. I’m kind of angry with this. Can someone help me?

      • Sciencetor2

        Sorry limera1n is 4.1 only, which means it wont work on 4.0.2

  • im stuck in the dfu to and my iphone is a 3g 4.1

  • IVE BEEN WAITING FOR AN HOUR AND STILL STUCK BUT I REALLY DONT WANT TO RESTORE IT DONT WANT TO LOOSE MY PICTURES HOW CAN I DO IT I NEED HELP ITS A IPHONE 3G AND ITS ON 4.1

  • albert

    is this applicable for my iphone 4, version 4.2.1, firmware: 03.10.01? thanks so much!a

    • Hello007

      Hey man >> Does this also work for 4.2 or 4.1 ios ?? thanx m8

  • Rinkesh Shah

    I hav got the iPhone4 Factory unlock can I use this jailbreak and still my phone will be factory unlock and recive the same network as before

  • Awesome ppl

    I download the Limera1n and is done BUT the limera1n sign is white in colour? what had happen

  • Awesome ppl

    BTw is ohkay already.. 😀

  • Tushman

    I jb my iphone 4 4.1 with limerain and install cydia but cydia icon is blank and dose not lounch. It cant be delet

    • Awesome Ppl

      Erm delete some pics:) 1or 2 is enough

  • kushman

    didnt work for me

  • Dhyey

    it worksssssssssss

  • Havenn

    I’m stuck at exploiting limera1n .
    what do I do ?

  • sman

    im stuck at exploiting limera1n what do i do

  • theyoyojo

    WHY IS THERE NO ICON FOR LIMERA1N! I HAVE REBOTED SO MANY TIMES!!!!!

    • Nam

      Have you entered the limera1n application and downloaded cydia yet? Because if you haven’t then that’s probably why there is no icon as of yet. You have to download Cydia through the limera1n app and then you will get an icon

  • sherif oky

    After the limeran1 logo, it won’t reboot. it shows the apple white logo and stop. why?

  • me

    dude my phone is stuck in DFU MODE

  • anthony

    my phone is stuck in duf mode its been like this for 20 and i dont wanna haft to reboot it all over again any ideas???????

  • OMFG! thanks alot it broke my iphone

  • zac

    no limera1n icon! how do you install cydia? i rebooted like 10 times still no limera1n!

    • zac

      now i retried and says waiting for device and my ipod says connect to itunes

      • abyss

        i had the same prob too!

  • bryan

    HI! I’ve never been in this forum before, I did the jailbreak everything was good it said enjoy your jailbroken Iphone but I don’t see the Limera1n icon.. I rebooted I press the home button + the power
    button twice, and I still don’t see it I have an Iphone 3gs 4.2.1 can some help me PLEASE!!!!

  • simon

    HI my ipod touch 3g has stuked. u can’t press done after 3-4h

  • simon

    hi my ipod touch 3g when the button ”DONE” is gray and u can’t klick it my ipod starts auto whats the problem?

  • Kyle

    The limera1n Icon does not show on my ipod 3gen firmware 4.1.2

  • Kyle

    Correction firmwire 4.2.1

  • donovan

    wow! worked on the 1st try. very cool!

  • samy

    is the unlock for baseband 02.10.04 iphone 4 released ???

  • Russ

    Followed the instructions and it worked fine. Quick restart, then had to click the LimeRa1n icon that appeared. First time jailbreaking.

    IPhone 3GS
    Version: 4.0.2(8A400)
    Modem Firmware: 05.13.04

  • Jean

    i cant install cydia, an error message appeared.. anyone knows how to resolve?

  • Steve Adams

    In DFU mode for 20 mins now how long does it take

  • Ekta

    followed instruction but limera1n symbol didnt com up “/

  • 1sttimeJBer

    when it says DFU mode wait my iphone suddenly turns on and no limera1n app help

  • Steve Adams

    Total failure had to restore my iphone from itunes wont be trying this again

  • JDye

    This sucks I had to restore my ipod when it got stuck in whatever mode DONT DO IT

  • sydney

    what the heck its like not turning on!

  • Josh

    Use green pois0n it’s way better

  • tim

    ahhhhhh damn, ive been stuck on DFU mode for 20 minutes now….

  • Malvika

    Okay after the jailbreak, I got the Cydia icon but its WHITE!!!! And when I click it, it doesn’t open.
    I tried several times to reboot and what not, but it’s definitely not working.. Any other helpful option????? PLEASE HELP!

  • It is Really good information and easy to implement

  • seong

    How long does it stay in DFU mode?

  • limera1n sucks

    wtf why do i have to restore my ipod and when i don’t have to limera1n icon or cydia isn’t there wtf help please

  • Charles

    worked fine for me on my iphone 4 OS 4.1, now jailbroken.

    Took a grand total of 5 minutes following the instructions above.

    Please don’t be fooled by all the people that get ‘stuck’. Usually this is because they didn’t read that this ONLY WORKS ON OS 4.1 (iPhones 4 + 3gs and iPod touch 3gen and 4gen (8gb 3rd gen’s don’t count))!! Or they just don’t understand computers.

  • crazy l

    stuck on dfu mode for like an hour

  • Blake

    I have a iPod Touch 4.3.1 and it works but no apps show up on my iPod..

  • Joey

    I keep doing it but no avail. This work on 4.3 Ios? Ipod 4g

  • Hardik

    i have 2 times but doesnt work on iphone 3gs 4.2.1. please what should i do? its been showing its done. but i coudnt find the icon on my iphone i have reboot it 4 times but still no way to find out.???? reply me…

    • baleobaleo

      you should try greenpoison.It worked fine on my 3GS 4.2.1…

    • baleobaleo

      you should try greenpoison.It worked fine on my 3GS 4.2.1

    • baleobaleo

      Dont use limera1n, try greenpoison.It worked fine on my 3GS 4.2.1

    • baleobaleo

      Dont use limera1n, try greenpoison.It worked fine on my 3GS 4.2.1.

      • hardik

        thanks dear for replying me. but i have trie also greenpoison but that seems to be not working very well. it was starting jelbreaking but after some time it was showing me jelbreaking failed. anyway does it need to be having internet connection on PC direct through cable or wifi. bcz i was using internet thretening from iphone. pls tell me what i need to do??????

      • baleobaleo

        No, you dont need internet connection for jailbrake.Restore it first with custom 4.2.1 so you not upgrade to 4.3…Than try to re-jailbrake with greenpoison.And if it doesnt work try on another computer.

      • hardik

        thanks dear!!!! Yeepe its work now….. But for the other guy who want to jailbreak their iphone 3Gs 4.2.1 with greenpoison. they should know they have to download greenpoison RC5 not the RC6. RC6 doesnt work on Iphone 3gs 4.2.1. And also remember the you should need to have internet connection on PC with ethenet or wifi. otherwise it will be showing jailbreaking failed all time. cheers……………

      • hardik

        after this jailbreaking do i need to jaibreak with readsnow or other. what are the next step for using cydia application. what i need to after installing cydia on iphone….

  • Sciencetor2

    Sorry to burst ur bubble guys, but you definitely do need internet for jailbreaking, and why on earth would u think you can get internet through the phone u are jailbreaking, while u are jailbreaking it?! And how are u tethering in the first place if its not jailbroken? Limera1n only works on 4.1 guys, and greenpois0n only works up to 4.2.1, they both need internet either through wifi or through ethernet to work. If u want a 4.3 jailbreak use the latest pwnagetool or beta sn0wbreeze, but it will be tethered

  • Sciencetor2

    Sorry to burst ur bubble guys, but you definitely do need internet for jailbreaking, and why on earth would u think you can get internet through the phone u are jailbreaking, while u are jailbreaking it?! And how are u tethering in the first place if its not jailbroken? Limera1n only works on 4.1 guys, and greenpois0n only works up to 4.2.1, they both need internet either through wifi or through ethernet to work. If u want a 4.3 jailbreak use the latest pwnagetool or beta sn0wbreeze, but it will be tethered.