How to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and iPod touch (Step-by-Step Instructions)

Posted on December 29, 2011 by


The iPhone Dev Team has recently released an untethered 5.0.1 jailbreak for non-A5 devices. If you have a compatible device and are interested in jailbreaking, just follow our instructions below. (NOTE: If you have an A5 device like an iPhone 4S or iPad 2, check out our A5 jailbreak guide.)

We’d like to thank @pod2g for making this jailbreak possible. He’s still working on a jailbreak for A5 devices like the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, we’ll keep you updated on his progress.

What you need:

  • Compatible iOS device (iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPod touch 3G or iPod touch 4G)
  • Device updated to latest firmware, iOS 5.0.1
  • iTunes 10.5.2
  • redsn0w 0.9.10b4 for Mac or Windows

Make sure you backup your device using iTunes or iCloud before following this tutorial.

  1. Download redsn0w and extract the ZIP file.
  2. Double-click to open the redsn0w app (the icon with a bite taken out of a pineapple).
  3. When the app loads, click the “Jailbreak” button. It ask you to connect the device to your Mac and then turn it off. After you do that, click “Next”.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. The device will reboot and redsn0w will prepare the jailbreak data.
  6. You will have an option to install Cydia, check that and click the “Next” button.
  7. The device will reboot and display “Downloading Jailbreak Data” on the screen. Be patient and let the process continue, you will be notified once redsn0w is done.
  8. Once redsn0w is complete and the device reboots, it will be jailbroken and you will see Cydia on the home screen.

Let us know if you have any questions or comments.

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Comments (11)


  1. RevengerX says:

    thanks a lot for this.

  2. In8fini says:

    Does it work with baseband 5:16:05 ?

  3. Skyfiiire says:

    Completely new to this and I had it in a few tries.  Thank you

  4. Eli Courey says:

    Yes, as long as you have iOS 5.0.1.

  5. Fr_dolo says:


    bam!!!!got jailbroken now!!!!! have my cydia ready to serve me….one of the easiest ever ways to jailbreak an apple product. big thanks to the programmer.

  6. Usssef says:

    I have a problem with my cydia , cydia shuts down when I want to add a source or when touching on the search writing space can anyone help 

  7. Sauso says:

    it seems to not be working for me, i cant turn the phone on now… HELP!

  8. Dan says:

    Hi I am really struggling. I have a 3GS and I stupidly updated to 5.1 without seeing if there was a jailbreak, long story short iTunes won’t let me downgrade I have tried the host file I have tried everything, so I thought I would look into trying to jailbreak with ios 5.1. I have downloaded redsn0w latest version and all I get is ” certain operations (like the a5 jailbreak) are disabled due to incomplete iTunes libraries. Please be sure the latest iTunes is installed. Couldn’t load mobiledevice.dll”

    I have the latest version of iTunes I downloaded it yesterday. And my 3GS is 1year and 8months old so I’m assuming it’s not a5

  9. lollol says:

    at my jailbreak they say: no device detected. what can I do to stop that?

  10. Anna_mawl says:

    Hi, I’m on the “downloading jailbreak data” screen and it’s been a while (10+ minutes) – should I be worried? :S

  11. Nellie Flores says:

    I tried and now my phone wont turn on either. Is this suppose to happen? if not how can I fix it?