Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak iPod Touch 4G Using RedSn0w 0.9.6 rc16 (Mac OS) [iOS 4.3.3]


This is step-by-step instructions on how to perform untethered jailbreak of your iPod Touch 4G on iOS 4.3.3 firmware using RedSn0w 0.9.6 rc16 for Mac OS.

Important information. Please think first, before you do something.

UPDATE: Please, consider reading our Jailbreak & Unlock FAQ, especially if you have questions or troubles.

Step One

Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage

Download RedSn0w for Mac from here. Save it in the Pwnage folder. Likewise, download the latest 4.3.3 firmware from below and place it in the same folder:

iPod Touch 4G iOS 4.3.3: iPod4,1_4.3.3_8J2_Restore.ipsw

Extract the redsn0w executable from the RedSn0w zip file into the same folder by double clicking it.


Step Two

If you are already on iOS 4.3.3 you can skip this step.

UPDATE: Apple released iOS 4.3.4 that is only tethered jailbreakable with redsn0w. Apple has stopped signing iOS 4.3.3, so you can NOT restore to 4.3.3 any more (both original and custom), unless you have saved your SHSH keys for 4.3.3.

If you are on 4.3.3 just go to Step 3 and jailbreak. You can try to use jailbreakme on earlier iOS, but we have not tested it. Update to iOS 4.3.3 only is you have iOS 4.3.3 SHSH keys saved.

Connect your iPod Touch to the computer and launch iTunes. Create a backup, since all your data on iPod Touch will be erased.


Select your iPod Touch from the list of devices on the left. Now hold down Option and click the Restore button. Restore is preferred as it won't create any wasted space on your iPod Touch.


Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop and select the 4.3.3 firmware ipsw. Click the Choose button to continue.


Step Three

Once iTunes has finished updating your iPod Touch to the desired firmware open the Pwnage folder on your desktop and launch the redsn0w application from the redsn0w folder we extracted earlier.


Step Four

Once RedSn0w opens click the Browse button


Step Five

Select the 4.3.3 firmware ipsw we placed in the Pwnage folder on our desktop then click Open.


Step Six

Once the firmware has been verified click the Next button to continue.


Step Seven

RedSn0w will now prepare the jailbreak data


Step Eight

From this window you can select the jailbreak options you would like.


Make sure Cydia is selected.

Click the Next button to continue

Step Nine

Please plug your iPod Touch into the computer and make sure its OFF then click the Next button


Step Ten

RedSn0w will now guide you through the steps to get into DFU mode.

1. Hold down Power button for 2 seconds.

2. Without releasing Power button, hold down both the Home button and the Power button for 10 seconds.

3. Release the Power button and continue holding the Home button until RedSn0w detects the device.

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If you have problems try again. Here is a video showing this Step 10:

Step Eleven

iPod Touch will reboot


Step Twelve

RedSn0w will then begin uploading the new RAM Disk and Kernel.


Step Thirteen

Once this is complete you will be notified that RedSn0w is done. Click the Finish button. When your iPod Touch finishes rebooting (5 minutes or so) it will be jailbroken with Cydia on the SpringBoard.


Step Fourteen

When your iPod Touch has restarted you can run Cydia. Let it do all the necessary updates.

To have access to the root file system of your iPod Touch (via file managers like iFunBox or iPhone Explorer) install application called afc2add in Cydia.

Step Fifteen

Do not forget to change your default password if you've installed openssh.

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