By now you’ve probably read our earlier report that there is finally an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1. This is thanks to the amazing work of iOS hacker pod2g, but also thanks to GeoHot, who found some of these exploits a while back.

As we mentioned in our previous post, there are two ways to untether iOS 5.0.1. If you’re already jailbroken, you may want to use Corona Untether 5.0.1. If, however, you’re still running a stock iOS 5.0.1 version, then this RedSn0w tutorial is for you…

Before going forward, I advise you read our post about the specifics of this iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak.

Note that unlockers who need to preserve their baseband while updating to the latest iOS version will have to first create a custom firmware using RedSn0w > Extras > Custom IPSW.

How to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Untether with RedSn0w

Step 1: Download RedSn0w 0.9.10b1 from our downloads section.

Step 2: Plug your iDevice in and put it in DFU mode.

Step 3: Launch RedSn0w and click on “Jailbreak” and select “Install Cydia”.

Let RedSn0w work its magic. In just a few moments, your iOS device should reboot and run an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1.

Feel free to ask any questions about jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 with RedSn0w below.

  • Mohamed Allami

    i have an iphone 4 and I did jailbreak and unlock successfully BUT when i hook up my phone to itunes to “restore from backup” theres no option to click it when i right click my phone on the left. Also the “restore” and “check for updates” buttons on my summary page dont respond. I reinstalled itunes completely and still same problem. Im trying to just do the whole thing all over again by putting phone i DFU mode through redsnow and using the custom ipsw, this is when i get an error 1602 when trying to “verify restore from apple” …. PLEASE HELP!! i really need my info that i have back up

  • Anyone else having issue adding/updating sources?

    • Change your Settings – General – International – Region Format to United States first. Then try again! Hope this help.

  • i have a ipad 2 ios 5.01 i can jailbreak?

  • Anonymous

    iso 5.0.1 relase in belgium or not?

  • ivan cheah

    im on 3gs want to preserved baseband. Follow the create custom IPSW way. But when after restore with the NO_BB custom firmware, cant activate the phone because of SIM NOT VALID.. Please help..

  • i have downloaded redsnow 0.9.10b1 and tried to jailbreak my iphone 4 after putting it in DFU mode.. and now when i open redsnow and hit the jailbreak button a pop up window coming with ‘redsnow.exe has stopped working’ ..
    why is this happening and how should i fix it??? Urgent help…

  • Ob Ght

    i have iPhone 3gs but its locked for some specific SIM,so when i restore it with custom IPSW (by redsn0w) of ios 5.0.1,it stuck at activation and show ‘no SIM’,how can i get out from activation…and i have iPad baseband

    i do jailbreak and deactive by redsn0w and i try to reinstall iPad bb ,nothing happened ,still in activation mode :S

    can u help me plz?!

  • Ob Ght

    you should turn ur iphone on and don’t put it in DFU mode,after u click jailbreak ,u’ll see instruction to put it in DFU mode..Its work for me 🙂 good luck

  • Anonymous

    i used redsnow and cydia.. however when i put my tmobile sim in it didnt recognize it.. did i go wrong somewhere ? am i missing something ?

  • Anonymous

    i cant jailbreak my iphone 4 using my office computer where there is administration user in there.please, help me

  • I’ve tried to do the jb folowing the steps above,the process kept stoping at “waiting type reboot ” phone turns back on and nothing happens. Spoke with someone who told me download iOS 5.0.1 Ipsw . Got it downloade. Opened redsnow -select Ipsw – back -jail break . Process goes past “waiting for reboot , pineapple logo appears on phone screen, phone turns back on, no jb. What am I missing ? Thanks

  • My redsnow stalls at waiting for reboot….
    Any ideas?

  • Waleed Ahmed

    i am currently running 4.3.1 on my iphone 4. Do i need to upgrade to 5.0.1 before i can do the jailbreak? Will i loose all my settings, apps & downloads from my jailbreak & have to download them again?

  • when i do this my iphone just gets stuck on the reboot screen and reboots..? nd then noting else happens in redsnow

  • Anonymous

    Hi, i am really new to all this and have some questions: I got my brothers old iPhone 3 gs from the us and live in Athens. To make it work with a Greek operator I must jailbreak it, is that right? I have ios 5.0.1 so if if I have understood all I have read, I should just download redsnow and run it from my Mac, right? And then? Will it immediately work with my greek sim card?
    Sorry if my questions are too elementary, but I am afraid to cause any damage to my iPhone.
    Thank you in advance for your answer!

  • Anonymous

    Ok, I missed something. I obviously need to unlock my phone. Am I right that this is possible for modem firmware 05.16.05? And will I be asked by redsnow to unlock it before starting the jailbreak?

  • Anonymous


    I have a iphone 3G from Rogers, a Canadian Carrier. I have downloaded the latest version and followed the instructions but the device is still on Rogers.

    What now?

    Thanks so much!

  • Anonymous

    im stuck at the reboot screen. nothing happens. now what do i do?

  • Anonymous

    i do everything right and then i says waiting for reboot and nothings happens 🙁

  • Anonymous

    I’ve got the iPhone 3GS updated with stock 5.0.1, BB of 05.16.05 that I’ve tried to jailbreak and unlock now, a number of times using Redsn0w – the program shuts itself down every time after DFU mode. Anyone know a fix for this? Do I need to use another program or upgrade to ipad BB 06.15.00?

  • I have a question, this will be my first time to jailbreak. I already downloaded redsnow 0.9.10b3 and my current IOS is 5.0.1, so is this good to go? or should should I still have to download the ios 5.0.1 ipsw? and how will I know if this is untethered? Thank you

  • Anonymous

    I have a problem – i have a iphone 3GS, v. 5.0.1 (9A405) running firmware 05.16.05
    I downloaded RedSnow and installed Cynia on the phone but now I’m not sure if i’m able to do an unlock or not. I use Windows so cannot use Pwnage Tool. What can i do to unlock to use phone as phone?

  • So all I read said to backup, then update to 5.0, then unstall cydia, great works great, but ow how to I retrieve all the apps I previously had with my last jailbreak?

    any help would be appretiated.

    Do I have to manually install with ifle etc ?

  • right now I am in IOS 5.0 with a baseband that isnt supported by ultrasn0w.
    im going to update to 5.0.1 but I’m not sure if the update will come up with the baseband that is supported by ultrasn0w. Should I risk it and try it, or preserve the baseband, or what should i do?

  • Jeff Dunning

    I keep getting error messages about my internet connection, although the internet is running just fine, It then tells me that I may need to use a updated version of redsnow, but I am using b3. SHSH blobs error. What do I do?

  • Maswady Maskin

    What need to be done after installing Cydia?

  • I currently have an iTouch 4G running 5.0.1

    a friend of mine told me about jailbreaking and I’m having trouble. I looked up the problem but I’m not having any luck. Here is the problem;

    I just the jailbreak and everything goes well until the reboot stage. Redsnow says that its waiting for the reboot and the ipod just completely comes back on. back to the home screen as if nothing happened. If anyone knows how to get past this please e-mail me

    and I am using the latest redsnow

  • Senad Gavranovic

    what does it mean ”create a custom firmware”? do I need download custom IPSW or …?


  • Fadua Menegbo

    When i try to jailbreak my ipodtouvh 4g it gets to waiting for reboot and then it just stays therte and my ipod truns on. my home button is kinda broken (i gotta press down really hard fpr it to work.
    and help plz!!!

  • i’ve been trying to jailbreak my ipod 4th gen version 5.0.1 with redsn0w and it works until it starts to “reboot,” then it turns on like nothing even happened to the ipod. what do i do?! help please

  • Anonymous

    hi guys, question. I went from JB 4.33 to 5.01 via itunes restored on mac. redsnow keeps failing,after manually pointing to the the ipsw with exploit failed or usb communcation error. I tried a different cord and a different port. Now my phone is stuck in no sim mode. I only have a tmoblie sim. Any sugguestions would be great as I cant find anything on the web.

    • Anonymous

      figured it out, connected to a different computer from my mac (a windows 7 pc) restored via itunes and redsnow worked perfect!

  • I upgraded to 5.0.1 downloaded redsn0w 0.9.10b4 all goes well at first begins the JB process then get a “Redsn0w experiencded and unexpected error”??? Any suggestions??

  • does it work on iphone 4s?

  • so how would i use it for geting in to my iphone with out having a sim card.

  • why the f**k cant i open up the app??? ive downloaded it for my iphone 3gs go to open it with itunes and it does nothing???

  • Anonymous

    i tried to jailbreak my phone using redsnow but i my phone keep restarting/go in recovery mode when i trying to go into DFU mode and when i look into the redsnow.exe, it stuck on the exploiting limera1n. can anyone tell me how to fix it?

    PS. i using the latest version of redsnow.

  • Anonymous

    i tried to jailbreak my phone using redsnow but i my phone keep restarting/go in recovery mode when i trying to go into DFU mode and when i look into the redsnow.exe, it stuck on the exploiting limera1n. can anyone tell me how to fix it?

    PS. i using the latest version of redsnow.

  • Anonymous

    i tried to jailbreak my phone using redsnow but i my phone keep restarting/go in recovery mode when i trying to go into DFU mode and when i look into the redsnow.exe, it stuck on the exploiting limera1n. can anyone tell me how to fix it?

    PS. i using the latest version of redsnow.

  • This worked. I went through the entire process step by step, just as described and now am running 5.0.1. Thank you !

  • attempting to jailbreak my itouch 4g, w/ osx 5.0.1, using redsn0w 0.9.10b5. never jailbroke b4. through the process i am at a dead stop bcause im “waiting for reboot.” ive ben here 4 an hr and a hlfl. unable to clik the “next” button. whats goin on?

  • it keeps telling that redsn0w quit unexpectedly click on reopen then it happens again

  • i was the final steps and the phone is just coming up unable to load the request timed out???? What do i do i have pressed load again but still wont load

  • hi i am at the final bit of the jail break and it is saying Network error at the to of the screen and then Unable to load (The request has timed out) Also tried to re-load it but keeps saying the same thing what do i do now it wont work at all

  • Anonymous

    Hi I have an iPhone 4 currently on 4.3.3 jailbroken of course and I have been trying to go to iOS 5.0.1 but after going through the process with the latest redsnow it goes back to 4.3.3 I am confused why if I do everything right don’t I have 5.0.1 please any help is greatly appreciated Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I’m on a JB iphone4 4.2.6 (8E200) CDMA 1.0.05 What are the best options to update now? Should I restore to 5.0.1 and use redsn0w? My other iphone4 is at 5.0.1 but I just get stuck in “waiting for reboot”.

    Some people are saying to use the extras in redsn0w and select ipsw. Is this the stock IPSW or a custom one?

    Thanks in advance.

  • hey im not too jailbreak savy… But i ran it once.. im on 5.0.1 and ive got the tetthered Redsn0w…it says to select IPSW… i cant seem to locate the correct stuff to do it corect… can anyone step me through this…?

  • Anonymous

    I got it working. I simply had to point to the stock apple IPSW in extras->select IPSW. After that, things worked great.

  • i need help i keep getting an error everytime i run red snow while its uploading the first stage of the jail break and it says redsnow needs to close

  • thanks for rhis

  • Finished and Done! Thanks