Here is a step-by-step guide to jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 on Windows and Mac OS X using Redsn0w 0.9.6RC9. For those who don’t know, Redsn0w 0.9.6RC9 is based on Stefan Esser’s untethered exploit which he handed over to iPhone Dev-Team last week. Using Redsn0w 0.9.6RC9, you can jailbreak all supported iDevices on iOS 4.3.1 untethered except Apple TV 2G and iPad 2. The procedure to use Redsn0w 0.9.6RC9 on Windows is exactly same for Mac OS X.
NOTE: If you rely on an unlocked iPhone, DO NOT follow the above procedure directly. It will upgrade your baseband to 05.16.02 on iPhone 3GS and 04.10.01 on iPhone 4. All those who rely on an unlocked iPhone should follow this guide first to preserve their current baseband. Once done, follow the step-by-step guide below but skip step 3, 4.
Steps to Jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 Untethered Using Redsn0w 0.9.6RC9:
- Download and install iTunes 10.2.1 from here
- Download Redsn0w 0.9.6RC9 for Windows or Mac OS X from here
- Download stock iOS 4.3.1 IPSW for your iDevice from here
- Restore stock iOS 4.3.1 IPSW to your iDevice using iTunes.
- Launch Redsn0w.exe and click on the Browse button. Select stock iOS 4.3.1 IPSW for your iDevice which you downloaded in step 3.
- Now wait while Redsn0w processes the provided IPSW.
- Once IPSW has been successfully identified, click on the Next button to continue.
- Now wait while Redsn0w patches the kernel in provided IPSW.
- When Redsn0w will provide you with the jailbreak options, choose Cydia and click on the Next button.
- Plug your iDevice to your PC or Mac and turn it OFF completely by pressing the Power button.
- Now put your iDevice into DFU mode using the following instructions:
- Hold down the Power (corner) button for 3 seconds.
- Without releasing the Power button, also hold down the Home (bottom center) button for 10 seconds.
- Without releasing the Home button, release the Power button BUT KEEP holding the Home button for 15 seconds until Redsn0w detects your iDevice in DFU mode.
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