How to Jailbreak: definitive guide
*NOTE*: I am not responsible for any harm that could come from this jailbreak. If anything goes wrong, scroll down to section 5 for help on how to fix things. There is really nothing that can permanently break your iPod/iPhone in this process. I suggest that you back up your device before jailbreaking, you can do this by going into iTunes , right clicking on the name of your device and then click “Backup”.
- What is jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is the process which allows root access into the iPod touch. In simple terms, this allows you to install applications that are not in the Apple App Store. This process usually consists of running an application on your computer and pressing a few buttons on your iPod or iPhone.
What iOS devices can be jailbroken
If you are trying to Jailbreak an iPod Touch 2nd Generation (you can tell if it is a second generation by going to settings
Then General then to about and scroll down to Model Number and If it starts with MB then it is a second generation.) or an iPhone 3g on 4.0, then just scroll down to the next section.
If you are trying to jailbreak an iPod Touch 1g, iPod Touch 2g, iPod Touch 3g, iPhone 3g or iPad on firmware 3.1.3/3.2 then scroll down to section 4 and read how to do it.
Jailbreak on 4.0 or 4.0.1
To be able to jailbreak on firmware 4.0 or 4.0.1 you must have an iPod Touch 2g (as explained in section 2) or an iPhone 3g ALLREADY running iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1.
The first step is downloading the correct jailbreaking tool. For this guide, I recommend using redsn0w designed by the iPhone Dev Team. This is NOT my software, but I am very framiliar with it and have used it a countless number of times. To download the newest version of redsn0w on Windows click here or if you are on a Mac, click here. On a windows computer, simply run the program, no installation is needed. On a Mac, you need to open the .zip folder and run the redsn0w program from there. Other than that, the programs are exactly the same.
This is the first image that you will see when you run the program at this point your iPod/iPhone should be plugged into the computer. Next you will click the browse button. (continue to next page)
Next, you should search for where your iPod/iPhone firmware is stored. This firmware (by default) is stored in Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates and on a Mac they are located in ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates or, if you moved them you can navigate to where you stored them.
All iPod/iPhone firmware end in the .ipsw extension. For an iPod Touch 2g the file should be called “iPod2,1_4.0_8A293_Restore.ipsw” and if you have an iPhone 3g it should be called iPhone2,1_4.0_8A293.ipsw. If you cannot find your firmware file, you can go onto this website and download the appropriate firmware.
Once you find the firmware, click open. You should then get this popup:
You should have checked if your iPod was an MB model back in step two, but if you didn’t then you should go to Settings – General – About and then scroll to model number and check. If you see that your model number begins in MC then you CANNOT jailbreak on 4.0. If you are on an MB model then simply click no, and continue. This is the next screen that you will get:
Then you will get this screen:
- I recommend checking the following items:
- Install Cydia: The main way to get free apps.
- Enable Wallpapers: You get to choose your own background!
- Enable Multitasking: Enables multitasking like the iPhone 3gs!
- Enable Battery Percentage: Enables battery percentage!
The next screen you will see is this:
This will guide you to FIRST plug your iPod/iPhone into iTunes and THEN turn it off, if you do it the other way around it will simply turn back on when you plug your device into the computer. If both of these things are true then you can click next.
This is the next screen you will see:
This will guide you in simple steps to put your device into DFU Mode which is a Forced Restore mode, it is a very simple process. This can be accomplished by first holding down the power button for 3 seconds, then holding down the power and home button for 10 seconds (without releasing the power button) and then just the home button for about 15 seconds (without releasing the home button).
You will then see this screen:
This step should take between 30 seconds to 2 Minutes, if it takes a little longer don’t get scared and pull it out. The entire time you should see this image on your device:
Then it will show a screen of a pineapple with a bar and a bunch of text going across the bottom, this should take an extra minute to two minutes. After this process your jailbreak is complete! If anything went wrong go to section 5!
To jailbreak iOS 3.1.3 you must own one of the following devices:
- iPod Touch 2g
- iPod Touch 3g
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 2G
- iPhone 4
- iPhone 4s
- iphone 5
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7S
Before you jailbreak your device you must make sure that you are running itunes 9.2 or earlier. You can do this by opening iTunes and going to Help – About it should show the following screen:
The number that the popup should say should be 9.2.0.x or below!
It should say the name of your device under the jailbreak button. The next thing you do is to press “Jailbreak”. Your iPod will go through several different screens until it finally reboots and says that your iPod or iPhone has been jailbroken. When your device reboots you should see Cydia on one of your pages of Apps.
- What problems can I encounter when I jailbreak my Apple device?
There are a few problems you could run into while jailbreaking. It could be an error that happens while jailbreaking, or you could accidentally unplug your device from your computer while jailbreaking. Regardless of what you did wrong, there is a very simple fix. All you have to do is restore your device to factory settings. This will erase everything on your device, but I told you to back up your iPod/iPhone in the first step! You can do this by going into DFU mode, which I describe in section 3. I will describe the process here:
First, plug your device into the computer and then turn it off. Next, you hold the power button down for exactly 3 seconds. After that, you continue to hold the power button but you add the home button for 10 more seconds, then you release JUST the power button but continue to hold the home button for 15 seconds. Your iTunes should pop up and say that it has detected an iPod/iPhone in restore mode and you just have to click okay, and then click restore. You can then retry the jailbreak process after this.