Download Redsn0w 0.9.9b8 To Jailbreak 5.0.1 iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad, iPod Touch

by Ahmed Omar on November 3, 2011

With the release of iOS 5.0.1 yesterday, the iPhone Dev Team has updated their most-popular jailbreak tool redsn0w to bring iOS 5.0.1 jailbreak. Although the previous redsn0w version support iOS 5.0.1, you had to point it to iOS 5 IPSW file. Now with redsn0w 0.9.9b8, you can just point it to the iOS 5.0.1 firmware file.

redsn0w 0.9.9b8

You can follow the guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using redsn0w 0.9.9b8, you should just skip the step of pointing redsn0w to iOS 5 firmware and instead point it to the iOS 5.0.1.

Full changelog:

Update #16: redsn0w version 0.9.9b8 will natively recognize the 5.0.1 beta that Apple let developers start testing this week (so you don’t have to play the “point at 5.0 IPSW” trick).  Because the IPSW isn’t public, you’ll still need to provide it once to redsn0w (at which point it will cache all the important pieces so you don’t need to select it again).

For those 3GS and i4 users who preserve their baseband, the Mac version can also produce the NO_BB_* custom IPSWs for 5.0.1.  (But please note that ultrasn0w doesn’t get updated for betas like this.)

This is still a tethered jailbreak for all except old-bootrom 3GS users.

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  • Nah

    What about bb 05.16.05 and 06.15.00 ??

  • Nah

    Downgrade ofc.

  • Anonymous

    anybody know how I can downgrade from iOS 5.1 back to 5.0 on 4S. I thought my phone was activated with a developers account and found out the hard way. Any ideas? I’m trying a simple restore with iTunes with the phone in recovery mode. Hope it works

  • Fireman-leeds

    Is this new jailbreak working well? Any feedback on 5.0.1 tethered jailbreak? I’m not wanting to update till I know the jailbreak is working fine :) many thanks

  • Shadowdemon741

    Yes, It is possible now sinse apple is still signing iOS 5.0

  • Дрой


  • Tom

    Will BigBoss’ Smei-Tether work with this Jailbreak?

  • Flash_rap

    any rumors, fake, jokes, legend about ipad2 ios5, may some body know truth :o )

  • Michael Jackson

    When is the Custom ISPW for WIN going to come out so I can preserve my baseband. I have been waiting forever!!!

  • Nonya

    IPAD 2 would be nice – I know their working on it – but damn.

  • Fsad

    is work on iphon4

  • Dfghjkl

    doz it work an iphone 4s

  • lewis shen


  • Garystorey1

    can some one help out here, i tried to jailbreak my iPhone 4 32GB but it gives me (unrecognized build)

    fingerprint; 231aa2ae683efbf270c71ebe7fe944ce

  • Shane E Lee

    I am receiving an unrecognized build fingerprint: 38b5cbcccf371f102ba2cb2215aaf4b3 and now my iccid is unknown. Help please!

  • Gordon

    me too: my iPhone 4 32GB but it gives me (unrecognized build)

    fingerprint; 231aa2ae683efbf270c71ebe7fe944ce
    scared the wits out of me ..cos the phone hung up for a while and had to do it on another puter.

  • MickieP

    I am having the same problem as the three previous posters. Hopefully someone posts some advice soon!

  • Fouad Kayali

    Exactly I have the same problem, doesn’t recognize the build.

  • ILovetouch10

    To Fix that problem only go to more then go to select ipsw and select the firmware in version 5.0 no 5.0.1, it works!

  • K_p_kuan1127

    This feature is not available on windows redsn0w when i selected IPSW

  • yoyeya

    it worked for me , thanks aloooot!!!

  • Oliver Kiss

    Yes, I’ve read that it can.

  • MickieP

    I ended up creating a custom ISPW in snowbreeze 2.8b11, i had to reinstall (re-flash i guess is the correct term) the 6.15.00 baseband when i created this custom ISPW. I then restored in itunes using this custom ISPW. I then went back into redsn0w and pointed it at 5.0 ISPW and booted tethered. My iphone 3GS is back up and running on 5.0.1

  • Kapitán Morgan

    Hi, I downlodade latest IOS 5.1. as well as latest jailbreak 09.9.b8 and infortunatelly cao not jailbreak since device is not recognize.When I try select ipws manualy get info, that this ipsw is not supported by this version of redsnow.
    Could any help?

  • Kapitán Morgan

    working…wow, i youi path older IOS 5.0.

  • Marielys_dgh

    my ipod is already jack and it had cydia, but it turn it off, i download the version 4.3.1 , but i dont know what to do

  • Mokujingris

    I have 5.0.1 and Iphone 4. When I rund redsnow 9.9.b8, and go to extras and select the IOS 5.0.1, its says
    “IPSW is not supported by this version of redsnow.
    Fingerprint a16109c93c73dc67834ebf5a67b50c19c79b8db5″
    What do I do?

  • Masterpdiddy94

    redsn0w sucks I tried to jailbreak my iPod touch 3g on 5.0.1 and it said that the “IPSW is not supported by this version of redsnow”. same problem that so many other seem to have. it was such a waste of time. I am very busy and serious student, musician, martial artist, and do a lot at my church and this sucked. But snowbreeze was the shit. It works really well, which made me feel better :)

  • N0N4m3

    iOS 5.0.1 is out, DO NOT UPDATE, i think you should down version 5.0.1 to 5.0 redsn0w will active!

  • Fahad Neelengal

    me toooooooo

  • xXGafourXx

    i think thats write its the same thing happened to my ipod when it was on 4.3.5

  • Titicabuli

    how do i down it?

  • Schontraumer

    I had the same issue, have you found a way to resolve it? Better yet, what did you do to get it? I used ih8sn0ws program and everything seemed to be fine but I’ve been having all these funky weirdness things happening and I’m wondering if that is just inherent in the machine.

  • raymikado

    me threeeeeeeee

  • raymikado

    It seems as we alllllllllllllllllllllllll have the same problem

  • Foxdiem4u

    If you get this messege after you complete the Jailbreak you are done …

    Just Point Redsn0w to iOS 5.0 & then run the Just Boot option. and wait until the iPhone turn on then you will get some setting , after that you will find Cydia

  • Brd_rssll

    if you are like me you’ve udated to 5.0.1 and can’t use redsnow heres how you do it.
    go into redsnow and selected IPSW just the 5.0 version then jailbreak after you jailbreak go back in the selected IPSW and chose the 5.0 version again then go to just boot and go into dfu mode. It worked for me !

  • 326719996

    hey,when i use the “just boot” i got in white apple!

  • Mee

    Did it take long time to do it ? cause my phone just freeze with black screen forever .Did that happened in the process when you do it ?

  • Blank123

    why is it saying the webpages for the redsn0w download links are not available??
    fake or what?

  • ronron

    cydia doesn’t work…

  • ronron

    cydia doesn’t work and downloaded (not purchased) apps can not be installed. anyone knows how to fix this?

  • James_osoy

    you need to point at iOS 5.0 firmware

  • Mokujingris

    How? Itunes only let me get 5.0.1

  • Bobmcv50

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’ve been trying for 2 days & this worked!!

  • Tejada_239

    I did what Brd_rssll said and it worked like a charm..!

  • Haremkof

    it’s not working yet,,,i can’t jailbreak my device because redsnow also wrote: this ipsw is not supported with this version of redsnow…….not woring

  • Auditt02

    can JB ip4s ?

  • Add Ict

    i did the trick with 5.0 and installed 5.0.1 but somehow my phone starts up normally (without the need of boot) but cydia doesn’t work it just flickers and goes back to the homescreen (iphone 4)

  • Capricornius34

    Hello, i did the whole lot, and when i am supposed to select the IPSW there is nothing there to choose from. One time i get e message saying that it is no supported, and another some ” fingerprint ” loooooong sequence number thing, and all lovely, but i am still locked out of my phone. Is there a solution or is this a waste of time?

  • Garethoates

    If you are getting the fingerprint message 231aa2ae683efbf270c71ebe7fe944ce after jailbreak trying to just boot. Goto extras then select ISPW to 5.0 FW then just boot that way. It took a couple of hours to figure out but this works for me with cydia working

  • DangerRoss Tran

    im try unterthered jailbreak 5.0.1 on Redsn0w 0.9.9b8 but its doesn’t work. I select ISPW and its said That IPSW is not supported by this version of Redsn0w. Can someone help me or explain why its won’t work?

  • Me

    Me four, o just can’t downgrade to 5.0 with redsn0w, I’ ve dons everything just like the tutorial and can’t jailbreak, i’m stuck with 5.0.1

  • Budjoni

    Yessssssssssssssss. That is it

  • Kmwanu

    go to fools just downgrade the suckers to 4.2.1 and you will never have those kind of problems ever ever ever again. Dahhhhhhhhhhh assshooollees

  • DentonDhart

    how to find ispw file?? Win7

  • PatrickMueller_96

    me five

  • Guest

    ive just done it, and ive had problems.

    download 5.0 from one of the many links on the web.
    point to the 5.0 file before jailbreaking.
    point to the 5.0 file before “just boot”.

    Should work

  • Zach

    I downloaded the latest version of everything (iTunes, iOS 5.0.1, and Redsn0w) but it gives me this message about the IPSW not being supported by this version of redsn0w. Am I missing something? I see other people saying to “just point it to the 5.0″ but what does that mean? The only thing under my iPhone software updates folder is the 5.0.1. So how do I just come up with the 5.0?

    I had done this successfully with 5.0 version but had to restore my phone and incidentally had the 5.0.1 update on the phone. Can someone point me in the right direction? I’ve searched everywhere and tried everything (except for the one thing that will work, ha) but with no luck.

  • Ryan

    Same here!!!!

  • Gabriel

    you have to open redsnow and go to extras, “select ipsw” and select ipsw 5.0 and then put just boot, then cydia will work fine

  • Gabriel

    select ipsw 5.0 not ipsw 5.0.1, download it

  • George Baba


  • EA

    Does it work for iPad 1. I selected ISPW to 5.0 and it failed to jailbreak using Redsn0w 0.9.9b8. It says “error, no successful firmware download after 60000 ms”

  • EA

    I’ve tried a few times and it doesn’t work for iPad 1.

  • Truong Huynh

    it worked for me. i’m on 5.01..and i followed what you said. and bam!!! Merry Early Christmas! hhaha.

  • Rompt

    iPhone 4, iOS 5.0.1 9A405. I’ve got a problem. When trying to do “just boot”, i’ve got an error on redsnow saying could not verify the version and the phone just starts with with the apple logo instead of the pineapple.

  • Cynderwell

    where do i go to to see the extras?plsssss i need help

  • Tysteel

    Where do you find the iOS 5.0.1 firmware file?????

  • Cynderwell

    I went to extras and selected ISPW and there was nothing to select.Why’s that?PLSSSSSS I NEED HELP!!!!!!!

  • Brian Holton

    Dont download anything people!
    you dont get the software, all you get is another meatwhistle installing their software on your system.

  • Arafa_occ


  • Torbjörn

    I had all the problems in this forum from the thumb number to not getting recognized,

    the solution: use ios5.0 after turning off iphone4, ipod touch4g dont start up exept for the DFU! then it worked to 100% for me!

  • Torbjörn


    my cydia is blank and does not start up.

  • Leif Mohlin

    I haven now tried this several times all ways I think with my 3GS (built week 46 so it has a fixed room)
    I get a boot with the Pineapple but no Cydia what so ever.
    5.0.1 is what wi use.

  • gewgle gewggel


    I’ve got seemingly strange, but possibly good news!

    When it’s at the part where the black screen is just about to come up (after waiting for reboot or something)

    Hold down the home button, and on redsn0w (atleast on windows; I’m not sure if this does anything) hold down ctrl+shift at the same time.

    I got to the pwnapple logo, and it even did a verbose boot! (My favorite preference <3 )
    Although, I didn't see much in there except the fact that there wasn't much that it loaded at boot, it seems, it may just be me, but iOS 5 seems to boot much faster than 4.x.x did, atleast that's my opinion.

    Hope this helps out in some scenarios! This is for those people getting 'Unrecognized Build' or 'Unrecognized fingerprint'.

    Please give this a try!

  • gewgle gewggel

    YOU DID IT!!!

    You jailbroke your device! Don’t restore, don’t look behind!

    All you need to do now is perform a tethered boot.
    If you keep getting issues when trying to TETHERED BOOT and I mean ONLY TETHERED BOOT, try holding down the home button after it changes from the white screen and then goes back to black, or right after it says “Waiting for reboot” after it uploads the first stage!

    I hope this works!


  • gewgle gewggel

    Update! You’ll lose your jailbreak and it’s really not worth it, because there’s no untether for it!

    Just use jailbreakme (*dot*) com on the device in Safari, and it can jailbreak it!

    4.0.1 was one of the easiest to jailbreak.

    And please DO NOT UPDATE, you won’t be able to come back. Not now, not ever. Even though iOS 5 looks cool, there’s not much you gain except for battery life draining and a battery-draining notification system. Don’t upgrade, seriously. THERE IS NO Siri on iPhone 3GS either, if that’s what you’re looking for.

  • gewgle gewggel

    Who says?

    You know sometimes I wish I could comment the internet.

  • Par4wali

    I am curious if anyone else is having relatively minor issues with 3GS 5.0.1 jailbroke exactly like the information listed above. I have Jailbroke and unlocked several times, it is just there are little glitches uncommon for an apple device. Items like not displying or utilizing an entire file from the Cydia site, even though the download is complete. Every other break or unlock has been smooth and sweet, however, this one is different. The initial break was not even smooth, I
    had to jailbreak, then point back to the ipsw and then reboot. Ill say it and see what reaction I get, Is it me, did I miss something. Mfg adates are correct and only real pain is baseband 5.16.05.

    Any one else with similar issues?

  • Nicoleeee

    what do you guys mean by pointing over 5.0 05 5.0.1 on redsnow extra ipsw ?? i dont see nothing there ! and im trying to jailbreakk my phone ..

  • Kalafior1976

    -1 not worck atool

  • Kalafior1976

    ther is some foult after jailbreak the redsnow ses unrecognised build what to do ????

  • Cc

    I haven’t seen this issue yet: I jailbroke fine. Cyida on desktop. DFW rebooted in redn0w, picked 5.0 firmware, did “just boot”… PROBLEM: phone starts to boot with pineapple logo, then SWITCHES back to white apple logo, then keeps playing the “chime” noise and keeps restarting white apple logo without ever getting into iOS5.0.1! I did everything correct, it just won’t get past the pineapple logo.

  • Lion67

    Thanks man your trick work perfectly for me

  • tfd1978

    Exactly as you said….when jailbreaking was finished my phone strated like nothing happened. I then went to extras, chose 5.0, and “just boot”. And everything was just perfect. Cydia was there, and I am happy!!!

  • keemp

    how can i download it?

  • sumit yadav

    my ip. is not working after update with ios 5.0.1 plz help how to activate ios 5 :(

  • picky7788

    i have the same problem

  • Kalafior1976

    recomended go to other platforms like android

  • neilr2096

    ive just done it, and ive had problems.

    download 5.0 from one of the many links on the web.
    point redsn02 to the 5.0 file before jailbreaking.
    ** Now RE-POINT redsn0w AGAIN to the 5.0 file before “just boot”.

    will work

  • Flavio Modesti

    seems the last version is not able to patch my version of ipsw yet.
    I have: iPhone3,3_5.0.1_9A405_Restore
    Did try iPhone3,1_5.0.1_9A402_Restore but then i get a wrong signature
    Any updates in progress for my fw ?

  • Don

    Same problem, after rebooting only thing i see is the apple logo then switching to “boot-logo” and banck again. Have Iphone 4 with 5.0.1 and downloaded 3,3_5.0_9a334_restore.ipsw witch I use manually in the “select IPSW” before rebooting. Nothing workes… please help!

  • Kidan

    I’m using IPone3.3_5.0_9A334 on iPhone 4 with 501 installed

  • Kidan

    I’m using IPone3.3_5.0_9A334 on iPhone 4 with 501 installed and can not get past constant reboot Can’t justboot

  • Pat45782

    thanks mate, iv been trying this now for 4 hours with no luck then i came across your post, 15 mins later and im done. DO AS THE MAN SAYS PEOPLE IT WORKS :)

  • Loin_hart2006

    iphone 4 ios 5.0.1 can navver be jailbreak

  • Loin_hart2006

    and it is naver be downgread

  • guest

    I think the minor piece that Omar assumed we all know is we need to point to the downloaded IPSW once the white cydia logo appears. So:
    1. click on etra, then Select IPSW
    2. Click Jailbreak
    3. After the white Cydia logo appears, launch redsn0w and click on extras to re-seect custom IPSW (repeat step 1)
    4. click on boot tethered
    I tried on iPhone 4 and worked seemlessly
    Thanks Ahmad

  • laura

    how do you point it? everytime I select 5.o it says redsnow does not support.

  • Laura

    can you explain a little better? I dont understand what you mean..

  • laura

    can you explain a little better? I am still confused

  • tatatatatatata

    Im On Ipod 5.0.1. When I jailbreak using Redsn0w, do I use the 5.0 firmware or 5.0.1??

  • Mr.Unknown

    tatata… you must use the “iOS 5.0″ for the 5.0.1 firmware and it’s tethered
    NOTE: now you can download the new tinyumbrilla version and save your shsh files even if you don’t have jailbroken your new firmware

  • Sduncan98

    I am jailbreaking on the 4th generaation ipod touch with IOS 5.0.1 but it says that the IPSW is not supported for the 0.9.9b8 version of Redsn0w can someone please help me?

  • Fawfrg

    wont go past reboot why ?

  • B_zarre

    Man, with your schedule, it really was a waste of time.
    And it will always be, for a serious student like you are. And i believe it still is…
    ‘Cuz you should just shut your mouth if you don’t know when to say “Thank You”!
    Especially, if your serious student’s (musician, church… etc) brain couldn’t figure out how to use the free simple software.

  • Abelabegaz

    use ios 5.0 to jail break ios 5.0.1

  • Joe

    Hello I’m Joe hope someone can help me out with a problem I have.
    I have iphone 3gs firmware 5.0.1 baseband 06.15.00 . The thing is I can jailbreak the iphone using redsn0w09.9b8 by puting in 5.0 ipsw firmware file but now cannot “unlock” using ultrasn0w. So ultrasn0w is not available for my firmware yet? When will it? Any help would be appreciated. P.S. I just got iphone so I don’t have any saved ssh to restore to older firmware.

  • Joe

    this will work on 5.0.1 3gs download iso 5.0 firware file from apple. Run redsn0w 9.9b8 go to extras then input manual ipsw choose iso 5.0 select yes for new bootrom or no for old. then jailbreak and install cydia. you must now repeat and choose just boot instead of jailbreak. unlocking still unavailable as far as I know…?

  • Lan

    u fuking Gangsta bro if u were here i wud fuk u right nw :) thank u

    this works 100%

  • Noah

    After i used redsn0w it showed the itunes logo when booted, so i pointed it to my ios 5.0 again and did just boot and i still got the itunes logo, how do i fix this?

  • Newbie

    Hi , any idea for jailbrk 5.0.1 ????
    pls tell me .. Tq

  • Murad

    hi , is it working for iphone 4S ?
    Plz help

  • Lolliepoppetje

    it’s great.

  • Magz_star661

    Well i think my iPhone 4 is fucked right now. Only get error and stuff… now my phone only come to the apple logo.. also with this restore file, and redsn0w version, it say’s it’s not compatible?? screw this? :(
    Error, no successful firmware download after 6000ms!! giving up…

  • Ma11

    How to unlock my iphone4 bought in Japan?
    please help!!!!

  • Extremezoe

    can’t even open the folder..-.-

  • asdfghjklbep

    Same! Just try booting it tethered, even if you are using the untether…Then try jailbreaking with redsn0w 0.9.10b1

  • Alexambrico

    i neeed help iswell wat do u do to jailbreak

  • Coolasacucumber

    man i cant believe it. you wouldnt believe the stress and hassle ive gone through till i came across this. It worked ! Ive been trying now for 9 DAYS ! I cant thank you enough. thank you, thank you thank you, thank you,thank you, thank you thank you, thank you,thank you, thank you thank you, thank you. Not only have you saved me £70 you have saved me an iphone.

  • Alpha Sumareh

    My computer can’t download from rapidshare…
    can anyone please help and upload the redsnOw for Windows to and another download link

  • reece

    i realy do not know witch one to download

  • Trj Wrm


    For everyone who is stuck at “no firmaware download …6000ms” and “searching…”problem here is what I did :

    1- restore your iphone to ios 5.0.1 with the original firmware not the customized one.

    2-jailbreak using redsn0w , and check install ipad baseband and install cydia.

    3- install ultrasn0w.

    i tried it with my iphone 3gs ios 5.0.1 bb 6.15.00 and its unlocked and jailbroken.

  • Guest

    I had tried 0.9.9b6 before but it said that it “couldn’t recognize my build”. So i tried this one because i thought it might work better but the same thing happened. I have an iPhone 4 with ios 5.0.1 and I have tried each of them like 10 times. I KNOW I am doing it right! HELP!!!

  • Garcilov1996

    thank you sooooooooooo much i friggin worked !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tench1boi

    Graham- OMGG it worked! i love you dude..being trying to figured out for days but now it worked ty!

  • Sunesh Chari

    need help (“AppleBCMWLAN:handleOKitbusywatchdogTimeout(): Error, no successful firmware download after 60000ms!! Giving up…”) for my iphon3gs.

  • Raf927

    It worked for me as well. Thank you very much

  • Brent Beulen

    wen i was jailbreak my i pod 5.0.1 then Redsn0w seys no identyfying data fetched.
    please help me!

  • Kristengrider2

    this shit dont work

  • Frustrated

    I hate this techno crap. I dont want to download for windows or apple I Am trying to unlock a phone numb-nuts! Why can’t a site just have a single button “download & unlock” are you all TRYING to make this hard? Programers, take note and start making things easy!

  • Crmiller2


  • damnsisteripodtouch4g

    i get unrecognised build help me!

  • Oliberd

    yes, it works your phone is Jailbroken installed with ultrasnow signals are up.. but when you use your location services like maps,gps, find my iphone well it sucks.. all your signals crashes time to time.. wifi-3gs carriers network, every time you use your Location services.. i need to use my GPS to locate my other devices & want to track my running phase..

  • El_Jay_14

    hellow i updated my iphone 3gs trough itunes to 5.1 then i jailbrake it again but now im stuck at no service or searching for service. i downloaded the ipsw but i cant find a redsnow compatible with it. any help on wich redsnow should i try or another ipsw ?

  • Murry steinberg

    i have an iphone 4, running ios 4.3.5 at 4.10.1 baseband. can someone tell me how i can go from a tethered jailbreak that i am currently in, to an untethered?
    also, for some reason, itunes doesnt let my phone update when i press option and then i pick the IPSW file…i dont wanna have to update my phone from itunes or else that will update my baseband too, and im trying to use my iphone 4 with T-mobile (unofficial carrier)
    thanks, much love.

  • Suman

    How to fix itunes error 1600 and 3194 while updating/restoring to custom ipsw 5.0.1? Help.

  • Ahmed_900h


  • Aramk

    I have I phone 4 with 601.10A 523(verizon)

    I try every which way possible to jailbrake no go with redsnow latest version either i am getting

    Missing keys.Plist etc.. or Unrecognized build…..I am using 0.9.9b

    DFE mode >>>>Extras>>>>>select ISPW >>>>>>6.0.1>..That IPSW not supprted and I am getting nothing what I am doing wrong??? Or for this unit software is not available may be??