Jailbreak iOS 4 on iPod Touch 2G using redsn0w [Guide]


iOS 4 was released today for iPhone and iPod Touch for free. While most people have upgraded easily, some of us have been waiting for a jailbreak. Here’s a simple guide on how to jailbreak your iPod Touch and get features like multitasking and home screen backgrounds that Apple has weirdly disabled for 2G. Make sure you follow the guide correctly and make a back up using iTunes.

Jailbreak iOS 4 on iPod Touch 2G using redsn0w

Jailbreak iOS 4

  1. Download iOS 4 for your iPod Touch
  2. Download redsn0w 0.9.5b5-4 [links at the end]. It’s available for both Mac and Windows.
  3. Download and install iTunes 9.2
  4. Connect your iPod Touch to your computer and using iTunes, upgrade to iOS 4. Do this the official way as described here.
  5. Now that you have iOS 4 final build on your iPod Touch, you’ll have to jailbreak it by using the iOS 4 GM build with redsn0w 0.9.5 Beta 5. Click browse and point it to iOS 4 firmware [Download iOS 4]and follow the instructions on screen. Remember to enable battery percentage, wallpapers and multitasking. [Vista users might need to run redsn0w as administrator]
  6. Jailbreak iOS 4 on iPod Touch 2G using redsn0wOne you’re done, your iPod Touch should reboot. Remember to add this repo to Cydia http://apt.saurik.com/cydia-3.7.Enjoy your newly jailbroken iPod Touch with iOS 4! Check out our quickstart guide on the new features.

Download redsn0w 0.9.5b5-4

  • Mac OSX (x86)
  • Windows

If you face any issues, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments. We’ll be glad to help!

UPDATE: the guide has been updated to reflect the recent release of redsn0w 0.9.5 beta 5-4 which fixes the iBooks issue that users were reporting.

UPDATE: limera1n has been released which jailbreaks all 3rd and 4th generation iOS devices on iOS 4.0/4.1 and beyond. Follow our guides here:

  • Natas

    dude. stop using this hard way. go to jailbreakme.com at your ipod/iphone, and simply slide to jailbreak. 5min and cydia is installed lol. goodluck


    download another 4.0 from a dif website i did it and worked

  • Thanks jailbreakme.com worked great even on the iPod Touch 2g MC. This is even easier than Blackra1n or Spirit. Just “slide to jailbreak”.

  • Manuel

    this can use whit mc model

  • Shizno

    That was so much simpler than anthing ese ive tried. Thank you.

  • Marcus

    I’ve jailbreaked before this on OS3. If I were to upgrade and jailbreak to iOS4, must I use redsnow or I can use jailbreakme.com?

    • If you upgrade to iOS 4.0 or 4.0.1, just use JailbreakMe.com

      • Marcus

        Thanks. Will try it out soon. ;)

  • Roman

    Ok! That seems be really nice, but is it the most good jailbreak for ipod touch (redsnOw)? And what is the meaning of the “Click browse and point it to iOS 4 firmware [Download iOS 4]and follow the instructions on screen.”?
    i already have iOs4 on my itouch, so when redsnow downloaded, i need to open it and whats next? Thank you!

  • Roman

    now its ok, but dont work with MC, i used jailbreakme.com instead.

    • ziad

      ok jailbreak me sucks cause of respiring and the loading screen and the line when u urn it on but i surprised it is possible to make jailbreak like this and limera1n doesent support 2 g ipod

  • hank

    i can’t find the software ios 4 when i need to on redsnow i have it downloaded but unable to find it

  • Stevie

    Has anyone tried this on mc models? Will it work?

    • No it doesn’t.

      • noone

        then wat can we do
        I’m on 4.0.2 and a MC and i can’t be jailbreaken By Redsn0w, Jailbreakme or Spirit.

  • schisch

    everything worked great but now I’ve got troubles to connect to the internet. Any suggestions ?

    • Enoch

      Same here, unable to access internet though will connect to wifi. Please let me know if you found any solution.

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  • dorab

    can this work with itunes 10.1?

  • imcondusedlol

    Wait can i do this with my ipod touch it is like the 2nd gen but i updated it to the newest version so will it work or what is the best way to do this does anyone know or can someone help me cause i looked at some other websites and im really confuesed so can someone on reply to this comment and help? Oh yeah i have the newest itunes thingy to. Thanks

  • darylchan

    when i tried to restore my ipod to IOS4 my itunes keep giving me a error 3194 how do i solve this?
    my itunes is 10.1 and my ipod is MB 3.1.2