How to Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch Using RedSn0w [Guide]


The iPhone Dev Team has updated Redsn0w to include support for iOS 5.1.1. With this update, you are no long required to “trick” Redsn0w into Jailbreaking 5.1.1 by pointing it at the iOS 5.1 IPSW file. This is still a tethered jailbreak and I would recommend staying on a lower firmware if possible.

Note: This only works for A4 devices (iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, iPad 1) or older (iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 3G). This means that this jailbreak will not work on the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or iPad 3.

Step 1: Download and open RedSn0w 0.9.11b1

Step 2: Click “Jailbreak” and put your device into DFU mode (as demonstrated in the video above)

Step 3: Click “Install Cydia”

Step 4: After the process is finished, wait for your device to reboot

Step 5: Close RedSn0w & re-open it

Step 6:  Go to Extras > Just Boot & put your device into DFU mode once again

You are now jailbroken on iOS 5.1.1!

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  • Trollmaster9817

    is there a 5.1 jb

    • Arlyn888

      that the stupidest question ever that was first before 5.1.1

  • Trollmaster9817

    also every time i let go of the home button it restarts my ipod ands cancels the jb. what can i do?

  • Markdambach

    i cant open redsnow

  • when it says “waiting to reboot’ my ipod fully turns on what do i do

  • asdfghjlk

    When i do the dfu mode, and it says waiting to reboot my iPod just turns on normally and nothing happens, PLEASE HELP!

    • Louissalina77

      Unplug your iPod from the USB the. Shut off your iPod make sure it’s totally off then plug it back in and go into we’re you reboot and start the reboot process over again.

  • Gallegos4201

    it days tht its unreconizable

  • Jaylen Nicole

    my photos app is blank, what’s wrong?

  • Jaylen Nicole

    my photos app is blank, what’s wrong?

  • Branden

    When i put my iphone in DFU mode, and it says waiting too reboot it just turns on and nothing happens also. HELP PLEASE!

  • Anuj Goradia

    Hey I jailbroke my iPhone 4 a couple of hours ago using the procedure on this video. Initially, Cydia and Safari were working properly. After around 6-7 hours I got a serious problem with my iPhone. Whenever I pressed the Cydia, Safari, or Activator icon it crashed and did not open. Now I cannot neither access my mail through my iPhone nor use Safari or Cydia. Do you have any suggestions on how I can solve this problem? Please reply asap!

    • guest

      go to extras in cydia and click on just boot

      • Anuj Goradia

        I can’t go to extras on Cydia since whenever I touch the Cydia app it crashes 🙁 any other suggestions?

  • rawr

    When i clicked ‘Just boot’ it comes up with ‘Exploiting with limera1n’ and then does nothing else. Whats going on!

  • Joel

    i Followed the instuctions all the way throug the video but when i turne of the power afterwards i need to re boot it. Help plz!!!!

  • Antbro007

    i need the lastest version of redsnow plz put link sumone

  • Charles Lucio12

    thanks alot that rally helped

  • StubbornGurl_Shalini

    how do i change my mode ?

  • guess

    the thing is for IOS 5.1 and not 5.1.1 

  • Tytyknee

    what do i open it with?



  • Lemerylj

    I DO it 100% correct then it says u didnt understand the dfu mode
    does it matter that i jailbroke my ipod before or no??
    please help

  • Dutchjackass

    Hey man thanks for your help!!! Got Cydia on the Iphone! I just have one little problem, everytime I turn my Iphone off, I need to “reboot” otherwise Cydia won’t open, is that normal? Is there maybe a way so that I don’t have to do that everytime? Thank you already!
    Greets from Amsterdam 

  • tyray

    is there any other way to jailbreak with out using redsn0w

  • Richyxxx

    use absinthe it works great for IOS 5.1.1 and it is Untethered and fully functional…. 

  • Ayadav

    do u have to reboot to jailbreak
    reply at

    •  Yes I did  reboot to jailbreak and when I shutdown and bootup my IPad 1 it will not run cydia or my webbowser or any of the other jailbroken apps.

  • Ever since I used this new jailbreak on my IPad 1 it work for a while then crashes. What should I do?

  • Jess

    when you want to jailbreak your iphone 4, do you have to do a backup?

  • Fred Gresham

    I am seeing that those who have issues with rebooting. would like to be untetherd. Well now its possible with the 5.1.1 just open Cydia and download Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 and you will no longer have to be tetherd. For those having problems with the Flipboard App 1.9.6 update where it now has advertisements every couple of pages. Now you can stop all advertisements. Just simply open Ifile > then open Applications> open Flipboard App> and simply remove the adManager.js located> in the Caches file. Re Spring and no more ADDS. Now the adManager.js will come back but will not execute any advertisements. By the way Brandon, love the work your doing.