How To Jailbreak iPhone 4S & iPad 2 on iOS 5.0.1 [Step by Step Guide]


Here is the tutorial you have been waiting for, this guide will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 4S and iPad 2 untethered on iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe.

Note: This tutorial only works for Mac. Click here for a guide for Windows.

Step 1: Download Absinthe

Step 2: Plug in your device and run Absinthe

Step 3: Click “Jailbreak.” Here you should see all kinds of backups, restores, and resprings but don’t worry it’s supposed to be like that.

Step 4: One completed, you should see an “Absinthe” icon on your device’s home screen. Click it. (If you get a Database error, click here to fix it)

Step 5: After you get the white screen or GreenPois0n website, your device should respring and the Cydia icon will replace the Absinthe icon

Congrats! Your A5 device is now jailbroken! If you have any issues/comments, leave them below.

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  • Borracho18

    absinthe doesnt recognize my 4s or ipad2,, how come?

    • Are you on iOS 5.0.1? Try a fresh restore if all else fails.

      • Borracho18

        yes i am on 5.0.1 on both ipad2 and 4s.. 

      • Borracho18

        yes i am on 5.0.1 on both ipad2 and 4s.. 

      • Borracho18

        did a fresh restore on ipad2 5.0.1 and still not recognized by absinthe.. Jailbreak button not highlighted.. help!

    • Jailbreak

      I have the same issue with it. This is the worst jailbreak up to date. No one is even trying to resolve this FKN bullshit!!!!

    • Jailbreak

      I have the same issue with it. This is the worst jailbreak up to date. No one is even trying to resolve this FKN bullshit!!!!

    • Gabriel Alfaro

      close itunes

    • Jakealex

       You need to make sure that you have turned the disable button to automatic in the Apple Share area of the admin tools. Search for it in google and you will find step by step info.

      • Linda Sikko

        where can i find a step by step guide to turn the disable button to automatic?

  • Phildalegend

    Absinthe doesnt respring, just stays on white screen 🙁

    • Just wait on it. How long have you been waiting?

      • Brettjchildress

        brandon when will windows release ???

    • Just wait on it. How long have you been waiting?

  • Aditzu_george20

    I don’t have mac . When will be released of windows?? 

  • n17yid

    not working…..dont get the jailbreak icon…..just the absinth one,if i tap that i get a white screen with “error establishing a database connection”     anyone ???

    • They are getting a lot of traffic, just give it a few minutes. Keep trying 

    • They are getting a lot of traffic, just give it a few minutes. Keep trying 

  • Chris

    Absinthe says “Error establishing a database connection” what should I do?

    • Just wait, they are getting too much traffic for their server to handle. Just keep trying.

  • Chris

    oh ok Does it matter is my VPN is on or off??

    • You can try to turn it on, that fixes issues for some people

  • Chris

    It says “A configuration error occurred” when i try to turn VPN on so I am not sure what to do??

    • It should respring after you get that error

  • Borracho18

    iphone4s and ipad2 still not recognized by absinthe app..

  • Mcfarland_cody

    Wish the Windows version would come out, not fair already on Macs

    • I agree with ya, Cody… but in all fairness, windows users have received the majority of jailbreak programs before MAC users in the past… Don’t worry, it’ll be up soon; the hardest part is outta the way…

      • DARBO

        yeh maybe it will have all the fixes done when they release it for windows 🙂

  • i can’t click the jailbreak button when my iPad is plugged in wtf help

  • Ricask822

    brandon. it stays in the white screen after taping the icon and nothing happens…

    • Keep trying it and try switching on VPN

  • just jail broke and now stuck with no service 🙁 any suggestions?

  • dhomeboy333

    Only on the mac computer WTF 

  • Feraidoon

    after i tried turning on the vpn connection my iphone did not reset

  • Ronald_es13

    gets stuck o white screen then says “absinthe could not open the page because the server stopped responding”

  • Fahim_7029

    At least I know that theirs a jailbreak for my 4s. But windows is more popular than Mac so why did Mac cone first

  • SaV

    when i try to run absinthe on my macbook i get an error message saying that the app crashed unexpectedly. it gives me the choices to ignore, report, or relaunch but when i relaunch i get the same error message over and over and over again. please help. i check your website every other waiting for this jailbreak for my 4s and now i dont know what to do.

  • Shoryuken94

    Why is my gamecenter app white now?? it doesn’t show anymore. 🙁 ever since the jailbreak

  • Anonymous

    please help. i have a macbook and i downloaded absinthe but when i go to launch it, my laptop tells me that the app quit unexpectedly and it gives me three options.. Either to ignore it, report it, or relaunch it. when i do choose relaunch the same error message pops up and nothing happens at all. please help me ive been a loyal follower of your site waiting for this jailbreak for my 4s. please help

  • zonelouise1

    hello,can somebody help me? I tried to jailbreak my Ipod Touch 4,but the redsn0w crashes every time i try to jailbreak,so can somebody tell me why??


    This is sooo sick! so easy to to do! thnx!

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  • Velvetcupcaked

    It won’t detect my ipad 2

  • Christy

    I have a question. The download goes fine but just as it says its ok to unlock the screen and find the app it says my storage is almost full and then it doesnt do anything. I have windows. Do I need to factory reset my phone being jailbreaking it? Also I tried going into network and turning on the vpn and that didnt work either. Anything to help??

  • Jloeza1

    Does this work on iPod touch iOS 5.0.1? I really want to jailbreak my iPod but I haven’t found out how yet

  • JLS

    brandon. after taping the icon, it get stuck on a screen said “absinthe is now setting things up, please stand by” how long will it take for me to wait? please help..

  • Alvaromedina1

    my ipad 2 wont connect 

  • Gtittle

    when i tried downloading absinthe it says open with textedit but when i do that it says file isnt in correct format. please help me

  • Miguel_coix

    it always stops like at the end it says send error to windows -___- can you help ? 

  • Blastedgallo

    need help:
    I have a iphone 4s upgrad the version5.0.1 what do I need 
    I get the 1) redsnow_win_0.96r16what else I need  .
    1) redsnow_win_0.96r16
    what else I need  .

  • Oscar Candela15

    what if VPN doesnt want to turn on ?

  • BC-cheesey

    Hi, I was given an iphone 4s, I restored it, and am now trying to unlock and jailbreak it so I can use it in South Korea. But when I turn on the phone it brings me to the activation screen, but cannot complete it because I do not have the original ATT sim. I downloaded absinthe and it says that the attached device is not supported, any ideas?

  • Phuong20nam

    i tried opening the download but it wont open. how do i open it?

  • John

    does it work for windows yet

  • GGG

    QUESTION– When u jailbreak, do you lose the apps Push notifications? I had this problem with 3gs ios4.1
    Has anyone had probls with Siri or facetime since jailbreaking ios5 4s?