How to Jailbreak Your iPod Touch 4G Using RedSn0w (Windows) [5.0]

Posted October 18, 2011 at 8:24am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 89026 views
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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your iPod Touch 4G on the iOS 5.0 firmware using RedSn0w for Windows. The Mac version of this tutorial is here.

This jailbreak is tethered which means you will need to connect your device to the computer each time you reboot. Finally, it may be prudent to save your SHSH Blobs by following this tutorial before continuing.

If you want to jailbreak a lower firmware version you can find the appropriate tutorial here.

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download RedSn0w 0.9.9b6 from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the 5.0 firmware from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. (Note: you do not need to download the 5.0 firmware if you are already on iOS 5.0)

Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.

Step Two: (Skip this step if you're on iOS 5 already)
Connect your iPod to the computer and launch iTunes.

Select your iPod from the list of devices on the left. Now hold down Shift 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 5.0 firmware ipsw. Click the Choose button to continue.

iTunes will now update your iPod to the new firmware.

Step Three
Launch the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier.

**Windows 7 users may want to try running the redsn0w executable mode as an administrator in Windows Vista compatibility. You can do this by right clicking the executable and selecting Properties from the contextual menu.

Step Four
Once RedSn0w opens click the Jailbreak button

Step Five
Plug your iPod into the computer and make sure its OFF then click the Next button

Step Six
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 Seven
Your iPod will now reboot

Step Eight
RedSn0w will prepare the jailbreak data.

Step Nine
Select Cydia from the list of options and click Next.

Step Ten
Your iPod will now be rebooted again and RedSn0w will begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.

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

Once you have jailbroken you will need to rerun redsn0w to boot tethered.

Step One
From the main RedSn0w menu click the Extras button.

Step Two
Select Just boot from the Extras menu to just boot tethered.

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

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Sara - January 20, 2012 at 5:52am
Awesome! Worked like charm! thanks
Ignus Nel - November 22, 2011 at 4:21pm
Hall i have the new ipod touch 4, i have IOS version 5.0.1 i tried this jailbreak with the new redsnow 0.9.9b8 that is for this ios version but i get this message during the process: UNRECOGNIZED BUILD? please assist me on this manner. Thank you
hanjieun - November 2, 2011 at 2:07am
I have the same problem..The cydia doesn't installed correctly and can't be opened, the safari don't work to jailbreak this iOs 5 correctly and solve my problem?
megan - December 22, 2011 at 9:31pm
you need to BOOT TETHERED Once you have jailbroken you will need to rerun redsn0w to boot tethered. follow instructions above from the second half of the instructions
A.Ramadan - October 29, 2011 at 6:58pm
The Cydia doesn't install correctly; it does not run. any help?
Cody - October 30, 2011 at 8:19pm
Did you do the "Boot tethered" step?
vv - November 5, 2011 at 5:16am
i also have the same problem, the cydia cant be open, and i havent done the boot tethered, should i done it so the cydia can work?
megan - December 22, 2011 at 9:33pm
yes you must..............and also if you turn your device off (or it runs out of battery) you must do this step also.
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