Jailbreak your iPod Touch with redsn0w – A step by step guide


It took me some time to finally decide to jailbreak my iPod Touch and I am very satisfied with the result. Now, it is in my best interest (not really) to show you how I did it. If you are a member of the group of stubborn folks who refuses to place their “precious” in the hands of some software with names like “redsn0w”, “quickpwn”, or “ultrasn0w”, don’t let it deter you anymore, hesitant one! If I can do it, so can you!

What you’ll need:

  1. iPod Touch 2G with 3.0 firmware installed. Note: I specify this particular iPod model because that is the one I currently own, and since I’m no expert, I cannot guarantee success with an iPhone and other related models (though the process of Jailbreaking both iPhones and iPod Touches using redsn0w is very similar. Just be sure to have the corresponding firmware file for your iDevice)  Bear in mind: It is vitally important that you have 3.0 software installed. You can check by going to Settings>General>About>Version. According to what I’ve read, you can get the software for free. I know, I know. I spent the $10 bucks like you did on the first day it came out.
  2. Winrar (for those on Windows OS)
  3. RedSnow [Windows] [Mac]
  4. 3.0 firmware file (Note: ipod2,1_3.0_7A341_Restore.ipsw is the iPod Touch firmware file I used)
  5. A box of tissue for you to cry with in case your iPod is “bricked”.

Before I began the process of jailbreaking, I did some research and took some notes of what to do and what not to do. I came across two very good resources/guides that explained in detail, with the aid of some visuals, the proper jailbreaking techniques. The first is a Youtube video and the other is posted on a forum. What I’ll be telling you will be a simple summary of everything that is explained there. So, let’s begin.


ipod_jailbreak_11. With the appropriate items listed above, you can now begin by opening up the redsnOw-win_0.8.zip folder. It should look like image #1 above.


2. Next, double-click on the redsnOw.exe file and there should be a series of load bars popping up randomly and then you should see a new window popping up

ipod_jailbreak_33. Click Browse and locate the aforementioned ipod 3.0 firmware (#3) (Note: You can drag the iPod firmware file to your desktop to make it easier for you to locate). Select it, and you should see :

ipod_jailbreak_44. Only select “Install Cydia.” Click on Next.

ipod_jailbreak_55. Important step: Plug your iPod to your computer and then turn it off.


6. More Important: The toughest stage of all. During this next step you must convert your ipod to DFU mode. Because the steps will be presented to you rather quickly, I will show it to you here so that you will be prepared beforehand.

7. First, hold down the Power button for 3 seconds (#6).

ipod_jailbreak_78. Second, without releasing the Power button, press and hold the Home button for 10 seconds (#7).

ipod_jailbreak_89. Lastly, release your finger from the power button but keep holding onto the Home button for another 30 seconds (#8).

ipod_jailbreak_910. Important: The window will begin to change and a series of loading screens will appear (#9). Remember, you must keep your finger pressed onto the Home button for thirty seconds. Try counting in your head or out loud.

11. Your iPod screen will turn black, then white, and then eventually it will show a screen with the message “Downloading Jailbreak Data” and what appears to be a picture of a hard drive with an arrow pointing downwards (Shrug).

12. During this crucial stage in the procedure in my experience, redsnOw crashed and I was forced to end the jailbreak. Don’t fret! I believe the remedy to this problem is to try again at a later time or to unplug your ipod from your computer and then plugging it back in to start all over.

ipod_jailbreak_1013. If nothing “wrong” happens at this stage, your iPod should then change screens to a picture of a walking pineapple with a loading bar on the bottom (Picture on top). Eventually you will reach to coveted and final last screen (#10).

ipod_jailbreak_11Before you turn on your iPod for the first time, I MUST remind you to try to not drool on yourself. I know it’s hard to resist but, try not to humiliate yourself once in a while. What you’ll notice hopefully is the presence of a new application sitting in your springboard. No, it is not a virus. It’s an application called Cydia, and it is like the App Store for applications that weren’t approved by Apple. My first impressions with it (Cydia) was how much slower it ran and the frequent load screens. But who cares now really? Especially since you can now download an abundant store of new apps that allow you to customize your iPod like you never possible! Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.

This Jailbreak guide was brought to you by TouchMyApps contributor LonePlacebo. LonePlacebo also writes for his own blog, which you can check out right here.

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