How to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Untethered and Preserve iPhone Baseband For Unlock [Step by Step Guide]


Today, the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 was released. Other jailbreak tools include RedSn0w and the Corona package were also released to provide for an untethered jailbreak but this is the only way to preserve your baseband for an unlock.

Step 1:

Download PwnageTool 5.0.1 & run it

Step 2:

Select your device (e.g. iPod Touch 4G) and hit next

Step 3:

PwnageTool will search for your iOS 5.0.1 firmware. If it doesn’t find the iOS 5.0.1 firmware, then go to Expert mode and browse for the specific location of your ipsw file.

Step 4:

Put your device into DFU mode. After that, PwnageTool will put your device into PwnedDFU mode for a custom iTunes restore.

Step 5:

Close PwnageTool, open iTunes, and click option + restore and find your custom firmware (VERY important) that was placed on your desktop by PwnageTool.

Step 6:

After you are booted back up, download UltraSn0w from Cydia. Now you can use your iPhone to with other carriers, including the Gevey SIM.


Congrats! I know a lot of you have been waiting a long time for this untethered jailbreak and we are all glad it is finally here. Enjoy!

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  • Beth Bertiz

    will this work on iphone with BB 4.11.08?

    • It only preserves your baseband for a future unlock

      • Beth Bertiz

        Thank you. However is there any unlock for iphone 4 with 4.11.08 baseband yet.

        • Not yet.

          • Iffiscb

            Would redsnow work for preserving baseband 01.59.00 iphone 4? As guided on iclarified. Coz ur app is for only mac

          • No, you can unlock 01.59.00 now. This preserves your baseband for a future unlock that would require a lower baseband.

          • Iffiscb

            bro help me out, i preserved the baseband and after restoring my iphone through preserved baseband the iphone has been locked, now when i use redsnow to jailbreak it stuck at preparing jailbreak and redsnow closes after not responding… have i lost my iphone????

          • Iffiscb

            adding to my previous post, the itunes says it need sim activation

          • Beth

            Can a baseband be downgraded?

  • I have a jailbroken Touch 4G(iOS 4.1). Do I need to “un-jailbreak” and update to 5.0.1 through Itunes first? Then use this jailbreak?

    • You would be better off doing that to avoid errors, yes.

  • Jimmy B

    Every time that I try to open the download, iTunes opens. Is there something that I’m doing wrong?

  • tim

    can i jailbreak 4s?

  • Brar65

    is there PwnageTool 5.0.1
    for window xp?

  • Earth1


    Show us a Video for this how to preserve Baseband with Redsn0w on iOS 5.0.1


  • Brian

    Hi. I’m a newbie and I don’t understand what Step 5 means. Can you please explain this step in detail? Thanks alot!!!

  • Stefan

    bit confused with step 5, i cant find the custom hardware?? please help

    • kiel

      step 5 is when you restore your device at itunes this is the custom hardware

  • Johnmfaulkner

    Hey mate how are you? I am having problems as I see alot of people seem to between step 4 & 5… At the end of step 4 it says that the program will automatically change from “DFU Mode” to “PWNEDDFU Mode” I dont think that is happening because when I open ITUNES I dont have any options at all I can only do the normal restore which doesn’t work… Is there something obvious I am doing wrong?
    My IPHONE is a – 
    Model – MC319LL
    Version – 5.0.1 (9A405)
    Ser No – QR….XAA.T
    Mod F/Ware – 04.11.08
    Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have sat in front of my computer since 9pm last night and its now 5.30am and I am still at the same point that I started at…lol

    • Johnmfaulkner

      I think I just found my answer Mod F/Ware – 04.11.08 cant be unlocked yet hey?
      It looks like “redsnow” may have worked to jailbreak it but the “PWNAGE Tool” doesn’t work to unlock the phone…..?
      Am I right? 
      Please help….

    • Darkest__eye

      same problem im having as well
      i don’t think there a way to ungrade to 01.59.00 F/ware.
      Unless People start to find the way to match the F/ware of 04.11.08
      to unlock the system to activate. I am waiting for them .,

      • Darkest__eye

        I meant downgrade*, in the 2nd sentence

  • Earl_ebon

    how to jailbreak an iphone 3gs ios 5.0.1…..
    pllzzzz helpme….!!!!

  • Jseib33

    Where do I get the firmware? Is it in iTunes?


    how dod u download this 5.0.1

  • Ayyejulicious

    This shit didn’t work! Now I have to put the ipad band on it && loose the location service! Thanks asshole

  • Guest

    When i have downloaded a game in to itunes it just comes up that the game didn`t got installed, how do i fix this??

  • Gonzalosampedro

    it didnt the first time i tired it it was going well all the little things were coming up but then it all went black  and i waited didnt turn on restored it tired it 5 more times nothing happend it just said failed 

  • Samuelgorsch

    I have windows, how can i preserve my baseband?

  • Igetfetty

    when i try to open the cydia on the ipod 4g it doesnt open . it opens for a second then closes . CAN SOMEONE HELP ME