How to Perform an Untethered Jailbreak of Your iPod Touch 3G (Windows) [5.0.1]

Posted December 27, 2011 at 2:37pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 35307 views

These are instructions on how to perform an untethered jailbreak of your iPod Touch 3G on iOS 5.0.1 using RedSn0w for Windows. The Mac version of this tutorial is coming soon.

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 the latest RedSn0w from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the 5.0.1 firmware from here and place it in the Pwnage folder. (Note: you do not need to download the 5.0.1 firmware if you are already on iOS 5.0.1)

Extract the RedSn0w zip file by double clicking it.


Step Two: (Skip this step if you're on iOS 5.0.1 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 5.0.1 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.



*As usual a big thanks to the iPhone Dev-Team, Chronic Dev-Team, pod2g, and Geohot for their hard work and contribution to the iPhone community.

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john edie - May 18, 2012 at 4:20pm
it says the ipod cannot be contacted .. i cant restore/'update my ipod what shoudl i do?
Spexz - March 19, 2012 at 12:52am
I successfully installed 5.0.1 and jailbroken my Ipod Touch 3g. However when Installed my games (previously from 4.3.5 jailbreak) it says itunes can't install my game (failed to install).
michael vang - January 16, 2012 at 12:23am
it says the apple mobile device service is not started on my itunes. i do not see the iphone thing to the left on intunes. the iphone was given to me from a cousin.
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