How to Safely Jailbreak an iPod Touch

By braniac

The iPod touch is a beautiful device, but unfortunately Apple restricted a lot of it's potential by locking the firmware. The only way to unlock the full potential of your iPod and install custom applications, ringtones, etc, is to "jailbreak" the iPod, whereby you remove Apple's firmware restrictions. Previously this required opening up the actual iPod and voiding the warranty, but luckily with recent advances you can safely jailbreak your iPod with little to no computer experience, and your warranty will stay completely in tact! This is 100% safe, and there is no risk of damaging your iPod if you do it properly.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod Touch running 1.1.3 or 1.1.4 firmware
  • Windows PC or Mac
  • iPod USB connector cord

Step 1

If you are currently running jailbroken firmware you must restore your iPod touch using iTunes.

Step 2

Download your iPod's firmware file in IPSW format. The latest firmware is 4.3.2. If you have an iPod Touch 3rd generation download it here: http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0667.20110414.95hVL/iPod3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw. If you have a 4th generation, download it here: http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0666.20110414.3QvM1/iPod4,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw. If you have an iPhone 4, download it here: http://appldnld.apple.com/iPhone4/041-0662.20110414.byQ84/iPhone3,1_4.3.2_8H7_Restore.ipsw

Step 3

Download redsn0w here: http://www.quickpwn.com/redsn0w. Save both this, and the IPSW file to a folder on your desktop.

Step 4

Run redsn0w and follow the on screen instructions. Enjoy your newly jailbroken iPod Touch!

Tips & Warnings

  • If this worked, you should consider donating a small sum of money to the maker of ZiPhone to support future releases
  • If anything goes wrong, or you want to un-jailbreak your iPod, follow steps 1-3 and then click the "Prepare for Upgrade" button, and then use iTunes to restore your iPod's firmware.
  • If you notice a dramatic decrease in battery life after the jailbreak, this may be due to something gone wrong in the process, and you should restore using iTunes and try again.
  • If you cannot run redsn0w, try running it in XP compatibility mode. Right-click > Properties > Compatibility Mode