Just a few hours ago, after releasing two pre-release versions, Apple finally released the final version of iOS 5.0.1. In light of the recent complaints about the widespread battery drain problems, the Cupertino company issued a fix in the form of iOS 5.0.1. So if you are a regular reader of our blog, you are probably wondering if iOS 5.0.1 can be jailbroken. Well good news, because it has been confirmed that iOS 5.0.1 can be jailbroken using Redsn0w. And as usual we will be providing you the much needed step-by-step guide.
NOTE: This is a tethered jailbreak which means that you will need to hook up your device to a computer once it reboots and tether boot it using Redsn0w to restore it to its jailbroken state. For the record, there is no untethered jailbreak available for iOS 5.0.1 or iOS 5 in general for that matter. But you can choose to convert this jailbreak to semi-tethered. Gevey SIM or Ultrasn0w unlockers please skip to the bottom of the guide. In addition, this jailbreak will not work on the iPad 2 and the new iPhone 4S.
Things You Need Before You Proceed:
- Download iOS 5.0.1 Final IPSW for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch.
- Download iOS 5.0 Final IPSW for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch.
- Download iTunes 10.5 for Windows and Mac
- Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b8 for Windows and Mac.
Steps on How to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Final Using Redsn0w:
- Download and install iOS 5.0.1 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using iTunes 10.5.
- After the firmware update, open the latest version of Redsn0w and you should be able to see two options: Jailbreak and Extras. Click on Extras for now.
- Click on Select IPSW and point it to iOS 5.0 Final, not iOS 5.0.1.
- After that, go back to the main menu and Click on the Jailbreak button. You will then be asked by Redsn0w to place your device in DFU Mode so go ahead and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Once your device is in DFU Mode, click Install Cydia and Redsn0w will take it from here.
- After the jailbreak is applied, you may notice that the Cydia icon is displayed in pure white. In that case, you simply need to tether boot your device (see mini guide below). In some instances you may need to manually select the iOS 5.0 Final IPSW prior to booting into tethered mode in order to make Cydia accessible.
Booting in Tethered Mode:
Since this is a tethered jailbreak you will need to connect your iDevice to a computer each time it shuts down or reboots. To tether boot using Redsn0w, simply connect the device to your computer. Launch Redsn0w > Extras > Just Boot. You will then be asked again to place your device to DFU Mode, so just follow the instructions that are provided.
Converting to Semi-Tethered Jailbreak:
Fortunately, the SemiTether tweak works with iOS 5.0.1 too so you can at least offset some of the disadvantages of a tethered jailbreak. In semi-tethered jailbreak, your device can still be used despite after a reboot. The only downside is that you won't be able to access your jailbreak tweaks and apps until you boot it into tethered mode again. Here's the complete guide on how to convert your jailbreak to tethered mode.
Note to Users with Gevey SIM or Ultrasn0w Unlock:
Upgrading to stock iOS 5.0.1 is NOT RECOMMENDED because you may lose your unlock by upgrading to an unlockable baseband. What you need to do is to restore your device using a custom firmware of iOS 5.0.1 instead. This is so you can unlock your device using Gevey SIM or UltraSn0w (not yet available for iOS 5.0.1).
You can use Sn0wbreeze 2.8b11 to create one for your device & then restore to it later for an unlock. The steps are similar to any Sn0wbreeze instructions set. Just make sure that you use the right IPSW with the right version of Sn0wbreeze.
NOTE: Custom IPSW creation is only available for the Mac version of Redsn0w for iOS 5.0 ONLY. We will update this post once it becomes available in Redsn0w.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback