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Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 now!

A sickly feeling crawls up my spine as my iPhone refuses to reboot. Damn you Apple, damn you for making it so difficult to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1. Three days and a hundred reboots later, the Cydia icon happily nests on my iPhone’s desktop, the sign of a successful Jailbreak. For hackers, it seems that no wall is too high too climb and no version of iOS is too tricky to crack.

Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1

Apple is proud of its latest iOS, especially its over-the-air (OTA) updates which limits the amount of time iDevice users spend updating their hardware. This is what made jailbreaking such a tricky affair as previous version of iOS required iTunes to update. Now, updates can happen at any moment (but are still optional) and the security features of iOS 5 become trickier than ever.

Before iOS 5, jailbreaking an iPhone was as easy as visiting a website on the device’s browser and tapping “jailbreak me”. Now, or until hackers create a simpler process, jailbreaking is a long and tortuous affair. But it can be done. So how did I do it?

I’m no hacker, all I want is a phone free of Apple’s limitations. I want to install my own themes, fix the speed issues, run “unauthorised” software and enjoy the full functionality of my iPhone. For I and many other iPhone users never truly “own” our devices, we are merely “renting” them until we next decide to upgrade to a new iPhone. The jailbreak legality issues only rears its ugly head when illegal software (such as a game you have not paid for) is installed to the iDevice. Outside of this, it’s a must for all iDevice owners.

For me, jailbreaking is a moral obligation. But iOS 5.0.1 presented a mighty challenge. While there are many ways to hack iOS 5.0, the updated OS was ever the trickier beast. So here’s what you have to do, iOS 5.0.1 users.

Important note: the jailbreak will currently only work on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. The iPhone 4S and iPad are trickier due to the A5 chipset, but jailbreaking on these devices is imminent. This guide is for Windows users. Mac users can download the the appropriate jailbreaking software here (the same steps below will apply). Gearburn does not condone the use of illegally obtained software. Any reader following the steps below does so at their own risk of data loss or phone being damaged or “bricked” owing to an incorrect jailbreaking process or any other factor. You have been warned. Don’t do this unless you know what you are doing, and accept the risk you are taking.

  • Download RedSn0w 0.9.9b8 and install it to your computer.
  • Next, grab the iOS 5 IPSW (iPhone software) for either the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS. This will be used to create a custom hack of the iOS firmware. RedSn0W, the weirdly named hacking software won’t run iOS 5.0.1 firmware, so iOS 5 has to be used.
  • Before connecting your iPhone to the computer for jailbreaking, make sure that it is turned off. Once your phone is both off and connected (close iTunes if it happens to open), run RedSn0w.
  • There are two options available on the RedSn0w main screen. For our purposes, you will need to click “extras”.
  • Click “Select IPSW” and choose your corresponding firmware, depending on which phone you have. Once it’s been loaded onto the system, you’ll fall back to the home screen.
  • You can now click on “Jailbreak”. For novice jailbreakers, this is a scary time but fear not the constant reboots and black screens, all will be well. You hope.
  • Again, RedSn0w will ask you to turn off your phone before it is connected. Jailbreaking the iPhone means placing it into Device Firmware Update or DFU mode.
  • RedSn0w will walk you through the DFU steps. You will know if you have been successful if the iPhone screen turns black and displays a very faint line vertically down the screen.
  • The iOS 5 firmware is hacked by RedSn0w and uploaded to your phone in DFU mode. During the rebooting stages, you should not have to touch your phone. If you see an image of an iPhone cable connecting to iTunes on your devices screen, you will need to restart the DFU process.
  • As the hacked iOS 5 firmware loads, relax and enjoy the three to five minutes waiting period. Your iPhone will reboot a few times, the screen will go black and eventually, code will begin to stream down your device. This is a sign of a successful jailbreaking process.
  • When your phone is stable once more, select “Just boot” from Redsn0w’s “extras” menu to complete the process. This is what is known as a “tethered” boot and owing to the nature of iOS 5, every time you need to reboot your device in the future, the tethered RedSn0w reboot will have to be used.
  • If all went well, the brown Cydia icon will be proudly displayed on your iPhone. If the icon is white, it means that you did not perform the tethered boot.
  • In the future, updated versions of RedSn0w may remove the need for a tethered boot, but for now this is the iOS 5 user’s only semi-stable option. The only untethered option is in an alpha form and instructions for its installation can be found here.

    With Cydia now installed on your iPhone, the path to greatness is revealed. Cydia is the main repository for all things jailbreak and from here, your phone can be turned into the device you always wanted it to be. Squeeze more icons into your dock, customise the home button, browse the iPhone’s file system and do so much more with your iPhone. With jailbreaking, your phone turns into the device it was always meant to be.

    Author Bio

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    • GettingFrustrated

      I have done every step exactly as described, but when go to “just boot” and go through the steps again it says “No identifying data fetched”

      I’ve done this about 10 times now, I have extremely fast internet/connected and I’m following every step

      Any ideas?

    • No need to get frustrated 🙂 try this – Do you have the iphone 3gs new bootrom? you have to manually point redsnow at the ios 5 ipsw (extras>select ipsw>point to ios 5 stock). Very important that you do this.

    • GettingFrustrated

      Yes, I have done that. I have the iPhone 4, I download redsn0w and the Iphone firmware and now all thats worked is i’ve gotten the “white cydia” on my iPhone with no way of deleting it.

    • The white Cydia only appears if you have not selected “just boot” after the custom firmware has been selected. The process, despite being laid out clearly in the above article still requires some fiddling to work exactly on each phone.

    • GettingFrustrated

      Okay, so I have the White icon on my Iphone right now. Do I turn my phone off and (with redsn0w opened) click “just boot” and go thru the DFU steps again?

    • Yes correct. If you had ios 5.0.1, if you followed the steps exactly and if you do the reset you would eventually see a pineapple instead of an Apple logo when you boot.

    • frustratedipad2owner

      u need to open extra…”just boot”

    • NoLongerFrustrated

      You my friend are a Genius! Thank you so much.

    • frustratedipad2owner

      any chance for ipad2????

    • frustratedipad2owner

      any chance for ipad2????

    • Nic Coventry Recovering Banker

      My Cydia icon is grey but still works!

    • khamt

      does this work for the ipod touch 4g?

    • As long as it does not have the A5 cpu, it will work.

    • Not yet, it’s in the works.

    • Doingwork

      Mine has the white cydia icon also and I can’t make it come up as I have done all the above steps
      Iphone 4, 5.0.1, downloaded ios 5.0 and pointed to it and tried everything.

    • Doingwork

      Ok I got it!!! After you have done ALLLL the above steps…… Go back into redsnow and go into EXTRAS and click on the IOS 5.0 file again……then click Just Boot while in DFU  mode and it will work!!!!! Booyah!!!

    • That’s the thing. The guide above outlines what you have to do, but for many of us, we will still have to fiddle to get the jailbreak correct. Enjoy a better iPhone 🙂

    • khamt

      how would i find that out?

    • It’s an ARM Cortex-A8 Apple A4 1 GHz CPU. So you’re good to go. The following devices are compatible: 
      iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPod touch (4th Gen)

    • Joshwp

      I keep getting a message that says unrecognized build. Any suggestions for that?

    • ???

      Does this work for Itouch 4g?

    • Yes. First iPad, ipod touch 4g, 3gs and iphone 4.

    • It means that you have not downloaded the correct build. It has to be ios 5 IPSW for your iphone 3gs or 4, depending on what you have.

    • I keep getting a message that says unrecognized build. Any suggestions?

    • Jehutysolid

      OMG Im sorry but this is old news….. You still doing a tethered JB. YOU might as well tell everyone about SemiTether too to help everyone else out. And if you guys dont know what semitether is………. Please google…… Not hating but this is old news.

    • Ashfaqhtc11

      hunny , i have iphone 4 , but cant install cydia

    • Boss

      what do i do if i’m stuck with just the apple logo?

    • It means that you need to go into “extras” and select “just boot”. 

    • As I said “The only untethered option is in an alpha form and instructions for its installation can be found here.” I don’t recommend semi-tether. This is the most stable jailbreak method. 

    • Boss

      yeah, i got. thanks, man! 😀

    • Anonymous

      I have iOS version 5.0.1 and I followed your instructions to a T but my screen gets stuck at the scrolling text phase every time. It has stopped at different points of the scrolling text since I have tried to do the jailbreak multiple times once it freezes. It still boots up properly if I enter DFU mode and boot tethered. The part it stops at most often is when it says “Failed to download firmware within 6000ms … Giving up … ” and it won’t boot up it will stay there for over 10 minutes. Does the simcard have anything to do with this or is the problem something else?

    • Then can i know that ,after jailbreak ios 5…can restart my iphone ?

    • So confused

      And where did you say this I can’t find the part I click after it says here I want untethered?

    • The sim has little to do with the jailbreak. What is your phone, are you doing this on a Mac? 

    • Yes, you have to. And every time you do it it must be a tethered boot. 

    • Anonymous

      iPhone 4 running 5.0.1 BB 04.11.08 locked to FIDO and yes we are using the newest version of RedSn0w on a Mac it kept crashing on my Windows computer.

    • Ah okay. My phone is also carrier locked, but I had no issues. On a mac, the firmware is automatically downloaded. Sadly, the “600ms issue” is felt across the web with no real answer. the Mac Jailbreak process is beat-for-beat the same as the PC one. All I can say is, keep trying.

    • Sure. It means that you are not using the correct iOS 5.0 build. RedSn0w will only work with that one, not 5.0.1 IPSW.

    • Rob

      I’ve tried this and it just stays on the turning circle icon without it moving, if i go to “Just boot”, it gives me an error invalid fingerprint or something like that? I’m doing this on a Mac.

    • I only did this on Windows, but I’ll try to help you. After what point do you get the circle? Does the IPSW load and reboot the device? Are you using the correct firmware?

    • Rob

      I specify in redsn0w which ipsw to use “iphone3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw”, it goes through all the lines of code, loads up with the pineapple dude showing it installing stuff and then reboots to an Apple logo which then goes to the wheel and that where it hangs.

    • Rob

      I specify in redsn0w which ipsw to use “iphone3,1_5.0_9A334_Restore.ipsw”, it goes through all the lines of code, loads up with the pineapple dude showing it installing stuff and then reboots to an Apple logo which then goes to the wheel and that where it hangs.

    • Okay perfect! You’re almost there. If you select “just boot” it should work. Pineapple means that it’s jailbroken and is ready for a tethered boot.

    • Susan Brindley

      How to guides are against Google news policy.
      I strongly suggest removing this post. If not I will report it and you will loose the right to publish to Google news as soon as they investigate.
      Check out their guidelines.

    • Carmelo_

      i’m having trouble with mine, i go to find my firmware, and clicked on it, and it says “that IPSW is not supported by this version of redsn0w.” then fingerprint:………..

      something im doing wrong? help please…

    • Ashansfb875

      how jlberck 5.0.1

    • This means that you are using the incorrect IPSW. You can only jailbreak with 5.0 firmware. If you try to use 5.0.1, it won’t work.

    • Carmelo_

      OH damn, i thought it was for 5.0.1. so theirs no jailbreak for my version yet?

    • It is for 5.0.1 – but the JB only works with the 5.0 IPSW. confusing yes, but it works.

    • Carmelo_

      ok then, i guess i cant JB mines, but thank you for the help 🙂

    • What phone do you have? What iOS version is it? there is always a way.

    • Carmelo_

      Its a Iphone 4S, version 5.0.1, is that enough info? sorry kinda new to this hahaha

    • Oh. I’m sorry 🙁 the Iphone 4S and iPad 2 can’t be jailbroken. They use the A5 cpu which is as yet, unhackable. There is hope and I’m sure a jailbreak will emerge for your phone very soon. but hey, at least you have Siri.

    • Carmelo_

      Oh wait! my mistake its a 4G , not 4S! sorry its a 4G!!!!!!!

    • Okay no problem 🙂 Go into settings -> general -> about and tell me the number next to “Version”.

    • Carmelo_

      I dont know if this info helps;

      its a iPhone 4 (GSM model) , A1332

    • Carmelo_

      5.0.1 (9A405)

    • Okay so that’s fine! Follow my guide and you will come out on top 🙂 Download ios 5.0 (NOT 5.01) firmware, go through the steps, boot tethered and you are done. It’s not simple as that, but my guide has all the instructions. 

    • Carmelo_

      ok i will let you knowhow i go. thank you

    • Carmelo_

      is it possible to link me where i can download ios 5.0?

    • Carmelo_


    • Swapnil Angane

      hi i have an AT&T iphone 4 with ios5.0 bb 4.11.08, if i jailbreak with readsn0w will this work with any Indian sim?

    • Swapnil Angane

      hi i have an AT&T iphone 4 with ios5.0 bb 4.11.08, if i jailbreak with readsn0w will this work with any Indian sim?

    • Swapnil Angane

      hi i have an AT&T iphone 4 with ios5.0 bb 4.11.08, if i jailbreak with readsn0w will this work with any Indian sim?

    • Yip. It is not Carrier dependant.

    • Arbab Shakir

      can i jailbreak my Iphone4 Version 5.0.1 (9A405)

    • Yes.

    • Simon

      my app store and itunes aren’t loading anymore. any ideas of what i can do?

    • Suffice it to say, some Jailbroken phones can no longer use itunes or the apps store (but many can). Sadly, I cannot tell you which app store you can now use as that would be the promotion of piracy, which I am against. Google is your friend and will tell you how to now get apps (both legal and illegal) on a Jailbroken iphone. 

    • Silverado-03


    • Silverado-03


    • Wallo

      Got the Cydia icon on screen but cannot launch it.  Any ideas?

    • Yes. You need to go to “extras” and “boot tethered”.

    • Wallo

      I have the Cydia icon but can not launch Cydia.  Any ideas as to why?

    • Huey C Zhang

      it is tethered one, right?

    • goat herder

      I have an 3gs & whilst jb’ing i get the “please wait….” scrolling fdown the screen for ages. Not much happens after this any help anyone? followed the exact steps as above.

    • Dontra

      I have an iPhone4 with Att. If th JB is successfull, I also need to unlock to use tmobil sim, right? Thx!

    • Is this legit?

    • Mooni

      I have iphone 3gs old botroom and updated to 5.0.1 with baseband 05.16.05
      Sim is not working giving No Service can u tell me that how to unlock it as far as i know there is no unlock available right now except Ipad baseband and i dnt wana do that

    • Burrell Nick

      What does this mean by untethered exactly?

    • untethered means that you can reboot your JB phone without needing to connect it to a computer.

    • Yes of course it is. running illegal apps on a JB phone though, is not.

    • if you DL’ the correct IPSW and follow the steps, there should be no issue. There should be no “please wait” screen.

    • is the icon white? If so you need to do a tethered boot.

    • Afraid not. All JB’ing is at your own risk. All i can say is to Google the answer. In my country, the baseband is not an issue and is mostly unlocked. Hope your issues are eventually resolved. 

    • Crackman

      So this works for ios 5.0.11 🙂 ?

      Also is there any method i can use to unlock my iphone on baseband 04.11.08?

    • Susan Brindley

      Sorry bout that, I’m a tosser and a twat. I shouldn’t have commented, I belong in the kitchen. Back to work lads.

    • Bobbamadhu9999

      hi my iphone 3gs 5.0.1 unlock in india pls help me

    • I can’t comment on the Basebands. Research your specific baseband to see if it is compatible before JB.

    • No need to be so hard on yourself Susan 🙂

    • guest

      When i do the just boot it doesn’t work. It keeps switching between the apple logo and the loader symbol and doesn’t turn on. I have an iphone 4

    • Jameson

      Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, jailbreaking Apple devices is legal in the United States, although Apple has announced that the practice “can void the warranty”.

    • Michael Westnoboy

      Also, does jailbreaking mean that the phone is “unlocked”. And does this allow you to unlock 5.0.1?

    • ralpho

      Hey Steven I read all you replies to the comments and thank you for those they are very informative. I gathered from your other posts that this also serves as an unlock for iphone 4s, is that the case? 

    • LeyBayBay

      When I reboot after I install a tweak from Cydia, the screen remains a black screen with the Apple Logo…
      Any suggestions?

    • Megan_borstad

      i did the process and my screen is just black but has a black light…also the redsnow screen ssays waiting for reboot…ive been waiting for 20 minutes and nothing has changed. whats wrong?

    • Theamazingbeat

      if you have 5.0.1 and you do the above steps, will it completely reset your iphone?

    • Corey Cohen

      out of curiosity, what problems could you possibly have with semi-tether? It’s actually perfectly stable and doesn’t even come into play except for in emergency situations. I think you might be misunderstanding the point behind semi-tether. So, explain to me what is unstable about it and why you don’t recommend it, as I have the complete opposite view.

    • MarkFromTheBay

      is this tethered or untethered?

    • Carmelo___

      Hey its me again, i thought i start a new comment here, because you cant see squashed up.

      so i succesfully JB my phone, however when i go to tethered boot, its stuck. it says “Please wait while your build is being identified.” and then “exploiting with limera1n” I have not pull the plug out, i left it there still. does it normally take a long time for it to boot or is something wrong?

    • Carmelo_


    • damienstarr

      ok somebody help i go through the steps put it in dfu mode redsnow says waiting for iphone 3gs then it stops and says this model cannot be unteatherd even though im tring to do it teathered thats were it stops 

    • damienstarr


    • tumblemagnet

      I’m on a Mac and my iPhone 4 is on 5.0. Does this jailbreak work for me too, or is it necessary to update to 5.0.1 first? I’m not a novice jailbreaker, but common sense tells me I don’t need to. Can you confirm this? Thanks!

    • Guest

      Every time i do the jailbreak, my iPhone 4 version 5.0.1(9A405) dosn’t reboot. I get to the point where it say “Waiting for Reboot…” on redsn0w but it NEVER reboots…. any sugggestions?

    • Miller_008

      Doing everything correctly, just not working 

    • Wilson

      Can you make a Youtube video of how to do this? and for safety and to see if this is genuine.

    • Zac_west

      Ok I have posted on a bunch of threads and got no answer yet…… I have a 3GS new boot running 5.0.1, I have downloaded redsnow 0.9.9b8 and ipsw 5.0. Every time I try to select the ipsw through “extras, select ipsw” it says ” this version of redsnow does not support that ipsw, fingerprint xxxxxxxx ” I have tried running redsnow as admin, extracting ipsw .zip to .rar and converting to .ipsw…. I have tried everything. Snow breeze does not recognize ipsw either, can anyone help?????

    • How peculiar. It should be working. Is your IPSW the same as the one I have posted? RedSn0w only says the fingerprint message if it can’t support the IPSW.

    • I can assure you, it is genuine 🙂 There is no safety to this, you do it at your own risk.

    • phone + ios version please.

    • Does RS accept the IPSW, have you selected the correct IPSW in “choose IPSW”? 

    • This jailbreak is for 5.0 and 5.0.1. It’s a pretty safe process but despite this, you jailbreak your phone at your own risk.

    • A strange issue, I think you have missed a step perhaps. In DFU mode, the screen is black with a faint line running down it.

    • Tethered FTW.

    • Yes, of course.

    • If at any point the process messes up, start again. DFU mode is your friend.

    • You gathered incorrectly 🙁 The iPhone 4S + iPad 2 cannot be jailbroken yet. 

    • Umm, yes?

    • It’s at your own risk.

    • Restart the process and keep trying. In order for me to get it right on a 3GS, it took me 3 days. The process above is the result of my trails and tribulations, boiled down into an easy guide.

    • ralpho

      sorry, i meant 4’s lol. Does it unlock the iphone 4 as well as jailbreak?

    • You mean unlock the baseband? There are options in RedSn0w, but I can’t comment on that. JB is my primary interest. 

    • Pad

      Hi there,
      Thank you for your write-up! Just a quick question: I need to unlock my Iphone 3GS (new bootrom, firmware version 05.16.05, iOS 5.0.1). Will your method work if I try to apply it? Thank you!

    • ralpho

      Yes, do you know if it unlocks the baseband? 

    • Wilson

      So would you be able to make a video for us people who aren’t good with technology or following directions ? 

    • Pad

      I suspect you shouldn’t try to extract the ipsw file. You just have to rename the .zip file to the .ipsw file. Please let us know how it goes.

    • damienstarr

      i see no faint line while in dfu mode but redsnow goes ahead with the dfu process and when iv followed the instructions just how it says it pops up your model iphone does not support unteathered options now iv looked around and they havnt cracked untethered 5.0.1 so im suppose to do it tethered wich is ni prob but it wont let me go past it 

    • damienstarr

      the new redsnow for some reason wont work with the ios 5.0.1 so iv been told to use 5.0 but thats were this problome keeps comming up 

      Where do i download the 5.0 firmware? My iPhone 4 is on the latest 5.0.1. I have the jailbreak, but not the 5.0 firmware

    • where did you get IPSW 5.o?!

    • It should work, sounds like the same setup I had. Keep on trying if you encounter any errors.

    • You can download the correct one from my article. Also, there should be no reason to rename it?

    • I’ll look into it. My phone is already jailbroken so for 5.0.X I’ll record it.

    • Correct, you must use 5.0.  – 5.0.1 IPSW will spit out an error.

    • Mack

      The same thing happened to me. Black screen with a back light… Redsn0w says “Waiting to Reboot”. I have tried unplugging the cable and plugging it back in as well as just retrying the entire process. I have restarted 5 times and get the same message EVERY time: “Waiting for Reboot.” HELP!

    • which phone do you have, which ios is it on?

    • Mack

      iPhone 4 , 5.0.1 I am getting so frustrated.

    • No need to fret. You need to make sure your phone is turned off and then start the DFU process EXACTLY when RedSn0w tells you to. Make sure that itunes is not open. If all else fails, restore the phone on iTunes and try again.

    • Cool! I’ve been waiting for this. q: I have a few apps downloaded from cidia that are kind of porny. Will they disappear?

    • Kind of Porny? Comment of the day. Your apps, regardless of where they have been downloaded from should remain on your phone. 

    • Madarooy

      i’m stuck into uploading second stage after DFU steps.. help!

    • Not sure what you mean?

    • Zac_west

      It think I may have a corrupt 5.0 ipsw, I would assume the source zipped the file in order to quicken download times. The other jailbreaks I have done (4.1,4.2.1,4.3.3) the ipsw has been downloaded as ipsw so I have been struggling. I will use your ipsw source and see how it works. Could it be corrupt redsnow? I appreciate the help everyone, trying to get on t mobile ASAP, got busted using mywi by AT&T now they forced me into a $45 a month tethering package!

    • Sounds like you got burned by “the man”. Well, the links I used in the article point to the same files which I used, so I’m quite sure that they did the trick. If not, search for the iOS 5 iPSW. It should be 684MB or so.

    • Thanx steven

    • Corey Cohen

      Since you probably aren’t going to see my reply to one of the other comments, I’ll resubmit it as it’s own comment.

      out of curiosity, what problems could you possibly have with
      semi-tether? It’s actually perfectly stable and doesn’t even come into
      play except for in emergency situations. I think you might be
      misunderstanding the point behind semi-tether. So, explain to me what is
      unstable about it and why you don’t recommend it, as I have the
      complete opposite view and I want to make sure you have your facts straight.

    • My First Attempt

      Now, how can you restart while it is showing the loading icon? Shall I pull out the plug or use the power button?

    • It’s my preference Corey. It’s not safe yet, it disables a number of features on the phone and is still in testing. Tethered boot is the only way for a safe Jailbreak. You are entitled to your own opinion and I to mine. I choose tethered. When I find a semi-tethered option which I find suitable, I will write about it 🙂 peace.

    • Easily. Hold the power and home button together until the phone hard reboots. Don’t pull the cord out.

    • My First Attempt

      Thanks Steven, I did the whole process once again. This time it shows error on screen “Error, no successful firmware download after 60000ms!! Giving up…”
      What can be done?

    • You are using a Mac correct? With the Mac it tries to auto download the file. Download the one I have supplied and go to “extras” and “select IPSW” and load ios 5.0 firmware. It’s the only way to get it to work.

    • My First Attempt

      No I am using Windows, is there a separate build for Win?

    • No, not at all. Good so then use the build I gave you. There should be no firmware download process… All I can say is keep trying. Took me a week to JB my 3GS. Good luck 🙂

    • My First Attempt

      Sometimes on Redsnow, its shows as Unrecognized build. Any idea?

    • Yeah, means it’s the wrong IPSW.

    • My First Attempt

      🙁 But this is what mentioned by you. Please let me know the correct version so that I can give another try. I have used 5.0 till now on 3GS.

    • http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-3307.20111109.5tGhu/iPhone2,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore.ipsw

      that is a link to the source IPSW from Apple itself. If that does not work, nothing will.

    • My First Attempt

      I am restoring factory setting which will give 5.0.1 in any case and will try to JB again. Hope this works?

    • Justan

      last time i jailbroke my iphone 4 ios 5.0.1 9A405, which was a few days ago, everything went well. I’ve jailbroken my 3gs i had before and all was well, but when i jailbroke this one the other day, everything finished correctly i was able to get cydia up and running. but then i installed app sync for ios 5.0+ and then restarted my phone and it was frozen on the apple screen for ever. What does that mean, also should note that last time i jailbroke it with “whitesnow” i think is the program name

    • Zac_west

      Finally got one of th 5.0 ipsw file to work properly, so jailbreak successful!! Now redsnow says invalid baseband when I click iPad basband. I don’t really want to go to the 6.15 bb but need to unlock for t mobile. Any suggestions or alternate methods of unlock?

    • damienstarr

      ok thats what im doing but im getting the message your phone does not support untethered option and then redsnow just quits on me even though im trying to do it tethered 

    • San

      I get all the way to the White Cydia icon then perform the “Just Boot” method and it ends up telling me “Unrecognizable”

    • dyako

      my iphones version is 5.0.1 how can jail break it

    • Gahondadude

      Worked Just fine for me, THANKS!!!!!!

    • Does it say that when you try to access Cydia? Which IPSW did you use? Which phone do you have?

    • Read my guide 🙂

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    • macfrustration

      I have tried at least 20 times step by step and can’t get past the “Waiting to reboot” screen…I have an iPhone 4 iOS 5.0.1. I downloaded the iOS 5.0 file and the latest redsn0w version for mac. It does not work (for me). I looked at forums and blogs and  can’t find an answer. I’m trying to unlock it to take it to Costa Rica and be able to use it there…I need to jailbreak first (so I read). Your help is greatly appreciated.

    • Mack

      Mack again. So I still get nothing but ‘Waiting for Reboot”. I have restored my iPhone twice, entered DFU mode EXACTLY when it tells me to, even redownloaded Redsn0w. Its a no go. Help me!

    • Mack

      Same problem. I have tried everything! help!

    • Rokikrajnc

      i have a white cydia app….what should i doo !?
      please answer

    • Well of course you had to DL redsn0w? Did you DL the IPSW which I linked to?

    • unknown ipsw

      Working on JB my iphone 4 with ios 5.0 using RedSn0w
      0.9.9b8, when I download the .ipsw it is in a .bbw file when I convert to .ipsw
      RedSn0w 0.9.9b8 does not recognize the file. I have DL and tired every .ipsw
      for both iphone 4 CDMA & GSM and none work…. What am I doing WRONG? Any
      suggestions as what I need to do I cannot JB without the firmware upgrade for
      the ios?  Very frustrated thus far with
      JB my iphone 4! Thanks…

    • you need to select the correct IPSW in “choose IPSW” and then “just boot”.

    • If you are having to convert it, you are doing it wrong as they say. BBW is a video format?

    • San

      It says that once I get the Cydia icon on my phone and try to perform the tethered boot….it tells me Unrecognizable.  My phone is an iPhone 4 CDMA version and is running iOS 5.0.1.    I downloaded iOS 5.0 and used that file to jailbreak.

    • Gimme Junkmail

      what did you do to get it out of the “please wait while your build is being ideentified” state? it’s been over 20 mins now, and i’m afraid of pulling the plugand retrying

    • Pavarox_01

      I’ve select manually the IPSW and it works

    • Shema153

      Hi Steven,
      I have Iphone 4 version 5.0.1 / Modem firmware 04.11.08 kindly help to Jail break. Carrier AT&T

    • Mona loca

      A day after jailbreak my iPhone 4s, I got a white text icon but it worked anyway. I rebooted a couple of times and didnt fix the problem. I installed sbsetting and tha fixed the problem 🙂

    • Sathya

      Hello Steven, please tell whether its possible to unlock the iphone4 version 5.0.1 (bb 04.11.08)so that it can be used in any other country 🙂

    • IGOD69M

      been trying to jailbreak after the update all damn night!! Found this article ND IT WORKS PERFECT!! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Hey, I aim to please 😉

    • Donmurph

      ive tryed many times to unlock my iphone 4 (5.0.1 and firmware 4.11.08) i even payed for the jailbreaking software and still couldnt use the phone so highly frustrated at this point. now i have come across this article. im a complete novice at this stuff and dont quite understand what this means
      “Next, grab the iOS 5 IPSW (iPhone software) for either the iPhone 4 or the iPhone 3GS. This will be used to create a custom hack of the iOS firmware. RedSn0W, the weirdly named hacking software won’t run iOS 5.0.1 firmware, so iOS 5 has to be used.”
      explain please?had the phone for the past 2 months coming on 3 and just mite sell it.

    • AD

      I have an Iphone 4s iOs 5.0.1. Each time I insert my Sim card it says no service and sometimes invalid sim. Pls, I really need you help to enable my sim. I’m in Liberia, West Africa.
      my email: adolphuspaye@yahoo.com.
      On Facebook, I’m Adolphus S. Paye or Facebook.com/AD4LIFE

    • Ian1276

      would help ya lad but i dont know what to do,looks like your stuck.

    • Thecrazyglopss

       I did this, and not one thing even happened.

      There is no Cydia icon at all, but it’s worth noting that it stopped at something about 6000 ms and that it was giving up.

    • Anonymous

      It is my first time jailbreaking a phone I have an iphone4 with the 5.0.1 software. I jailbroke it using redsn0w and even though I see cydia my phone still says invalid sim. I just got a brand new sim from tmobile so Im not sure why its saying that? I went into cydia and installed ultrasn0w and now my status has changed from invalid SIM to Searching… PLEEEASE HELP! I have no idea what to do?? Thank you so much for a speedy reply I am going crazy without my phone I need it for work! 

    • you need to unlock your carrier. That’s an easy process, but one that I haven’t written about yet. Did you turn off 3G before you installed ultrasn0w? That’s an important step… With ultrasn0w, any sim from any country should work. If nothing, restore the phone and start again.

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    • Jon

      With jailbreaking, your phone turns into the device it was always meant to be.” Yes, an Android.