How To Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Beta On iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch With RedSn0w


03.11.2011

How To Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Beta On iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch With RedSn0w

Apple has just released iOS 5.0.1 as a beta version for developers only and the team behind PwnageTool, RedSn0w and other interesting tweaks are already starting the revolution. As MuscleNerd tweeted this morning, the latest firmware can be successfully jailbreaked by manually pointing the existing RedSn0w client to the .ipsw file and letting it do the rest of the job. Unfortunately, this is a tethered jailbreak and only works with the iPhone 4, 3GS, the original iPad and the latest versions of the iPod Touch. iPhone 4S and the iPad 2 are currently out of the list and will receive support in future builds.

In a few words, today we are going to show you how to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 beta, using the latest version of RedSn0w. As mentioned above, the tool does not recognize this firmware at the moment so you will have to manually point it out. We are going to need a standard edition of the iOS 5.0 firmware, the iOS 5.0.1 .ipsw file that you’ve downloaded from the Apple developer site, an Apple device that fits the above list and the casual USB cord.

Before proceeding you must already run iOS 5.0.1 on the device. If you don’t know how to update, simply start iTunes and manually upgrade the OS by clicking on the Recovery button and then specifying the iOS 5.0.1 file to be applied. Also, when trying to activate the latest version please be aware that Apple is still encountering some minor setbacks, with developers worldwide reporting that their device hasn’t been recognized as a part of the iPhone Developer program.

Being a tethered jailbreak means that you will have to reactivate the device every time it restarts, no other simpler solutions being available at this moment. The reactivation part will also be taken care of in the following lines.

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How to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Beta
  1. Download and install RedSn0w 0.9.9beta7 ( Mac, Windows ).

  2. Open the above mentioned application and go to Extras -> Specify Firmware and then browse to the iOS 5.0 .ipsw file ( NOT the 5.0.1 version ). The program should identify the file with success.

  3. Return to the RedSn0w front panel and following the on-screen instructions put the device into DFU mode.

  4. Now click on Jailbreak and select the option to Install Cydia. Leave everything else unchecked. If you want, you could add them later.

  5. Once the jailbreaking finishes, the casual WHITE Cydia icon should appear on the springboard. To solve this, enter DFU mode once again.

  6. From the RedSn0w main panel, go to Extras -> Specify Firmware and then point the program to the same iOS 5.0.1 firmware file.

  7. Now go to Extras and click on Just Boot. The device will start in a tethered jailbreak mode.

That’s kind of the whole procedure. As you certainly spotted in the guide above, it took RedSn0w two reboots to finish the jailbreak. In the next version, 0.9.9b8 the program will skip the second part and manually pointing the firmware will not be needed any more. If you get stuck, here is a video from iDB guiding you through the steps:

As for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 users, there is still a valid option of settings your devices free but we will not post the guide until the build is stable. If you are curious, it’s called semi-tethered.

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