How to Jailbreak Your iPod Touch 2G Using RedSn0w (Mac) [4.2.1]

Posted November 24, 2010 at 7:38pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 88475 views

These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPod touch 2G on the 4.2.1 firmware using RedSn0w for Mac. At this time RedSn0w .9.6b4 cannot jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 on the MC model of the iPod touch 2G. Only users with non-MC models should continue with this tutorial.

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the latest 4.2.1 firmware from below and place it in the same folder.

4.2.1 (2G): iPod2,1_4.2.1_8C148_Restore.ipsw

Extract the redsn0w app from the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.

Step Two
Connect your iPod to the computer and launch iTunes.

Select your iPod from the list of devices on the left. Now hold down Option and click the Restore button. Restore is preferred as it won't create any wasted space on your iPod.

Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop and select the 4.2.1 firmware ipsw. Click the Choose button to continue.

Step Three
Once iTunes has finished updating your iPod to the desired firmware open the Pwnage folder on your desktop and launch the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier.

Step Four
Once RedSn0w opens click the Browse button

Step Five
Select the 4.2.1 firmware ipsw we placed in the Pwnage folder on our desktop then click Open.

Step Six
You will be asked if your serial number begins with MC. If it does NOT then click No. If it does then click Yes. Please note that if your serial number does begin with MC then you can not jailbreak with this version of RedSn0w.

Once the firmware has been verified click the Next button to continue.

Step Seven
RedSn0w will now prepare the jailbreak data

Step Eight
From this window you can select the jailbreak options you would like.

Verbose boot displays detailed information on boot of your device and is generally only needed by developers and advanced users.

Make sure Cydia is selected. For this tutorial we will also select Custom boot logo and Custom recovery logo.

When you click to select each custom logo option a dialog window will appear asking you to select the image. Locate the image you would like to use then press the Open button.

*Remember the rules for boot logos are: RGB or Grayscale format with Alpha channel and dimension below 320x480. If you would like to use the iClarified ones they can be found here: Boot Logo, Recovery Logo

Notice that RedSn0w has options to Enable multitasking, Enable homescreen wallpaper, and Enable battery percentage. If you do not need multitasking we would recommend deselecting it as it makes your iPod touch 2G run very slow.

Click the Next button to continue

Step Nine
Please plug your iPod into the computer and make sure its OFF then click the Next button

Step Ten
RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode. You can find more help with DFU mode here

Hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.

Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.

Step Eleven
Your iPod will now reboot

Step Twelve
RedSn0w will then begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.

Step Thirteen
Once this is complete you will be notified that RedSn0w is done. Click the Finish button. When your iPod finishes rebooting (5 minutes or so) it will be jailbroken with Cydia on the SpringBoard.

*As usual a big thanks to the iPhone Dev-Team for their hard work and contribution to the iPhone community.

Add Comment
Mizuke - December 14, 2014 at 3:43pm
Ok so i have tried this one and it does everything according to the tutorial, except when it is supposed to restart it freezes i guess? like it is the apple on the grey background. i have tried to wait it out and it did nothing. i waited like a full 3 days. What do i do? i need help.
jared - May 28, 2014 at 3:31am
how do i load iOS 5.0 on the iPod 2g after jail breaking it
Zz123122 - September 24, 2014 at 4:45pm
Zz123122 - September 24, 2014 at 4:49pm
Joseph Pimentel - March 31, 2014 at 11:42pm
I hope this works im gonna try this today, please work, got my fingers crossed.
hank - February 9, 2013 at 6:09pm
No, that's not right. How do I make iTunes do the update? I'm stuck at this point: ---- Step Two Connect your iPod to the computer and launch iTunes. Select your iPod from the list of devices on the left. -------- I never get a "list of devices on the left" -- I get routed to Apple websites.
hank - February 9, 2013 at 6:39pm
OK, got it, after unplugging, letting the iPod power off, and reconnecting everything and it found and did the update as described.
hank - February 9, 2013 at 6:06pm
ah, something obvious not stated: open the folder, and start RedSn0w -- and then navigate to the Pwnage folder and select the updater
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