Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 now!

Here we go, another dandy jailbreak resource for you iOS-loving boys and girls.

iOS 5.1.1 is a week young and has been beautifully jailbroken by the Redsn0w jailbreaking tool. This little jailbreak is for A4 devices only, so new iPad and iPhone 4S users will have to wait a little bit longer for that iDevice hacking goodness we all know and love.

What we love about Apple’a new OS releases is that jailbreakers such as MuscleNerd have to keep playing a game of catchup in terms of security updates. This ensures that new jailbreak methods become faster, easier to apply and more authoritative in the eyes of the hacking community. MuscleNerd’s tweet advises iPhone 4S and new iPad users to stay the hell away from the jailbreak.


Anyway, it’s time for the jailbreak. As usual, this is done at the user’s risk. Gearburn holds no responsibility for bricked hardware/corrupted software. Before you begin, it’s good practice to backup the iPhone on iCloud or iTunes.

Jailbreaking A4 iDevices with iOS 5.1.1

It’s a fairly vanilla patch and users who’ve experimented with Redsn0w shouldn’t be too worried about the outcome. This is a five minute jailbreak at best. We’re also taking it that the non-A5 iDevice in question has already been upgraded to iOS 5.1.1

  • Grab the latest Windows or Mac Redsn0w release
  • Get the corresponding iOS 5.1 IPSW from this site. Yes, for the jailbreak the iOS 5.1.1 IPSW is ignored
  • Open Redsn0w, click “extras” and then “select IPSW”. Load iOS 5.1 IPSW into Redsn0w
  • At the homescreen, click “jailbreak”. Ensure that the “install cydia” option is selected

Boom. done. Redsn0w requires the iDevice to be in DFU mode, but these steps are easily performed in the software itself. When the phone has successfully booted into DFU mode, it’s going to reset once or twice and lines of code are going to scroll down the screen. This is totally normal, so don’t freak out.

Protip: this is a tethered boot, which means that if the iDevice has been reset, it’s going to need to be re-jailbroken. This is easily done by opening Redsn0w, clicking “extras” and selecting “just boot”. If our super-simple instructions are too much for you, this dandy video will also do the trick.

The jailbreak is successful if the Cydia store icon pops up on the iDevice. If the Cydia icon is white, reset the iDevice and run the “just boot” in Redsnow. What you do from here, is up to you.

Steven Norris: grumpy curmudgeon


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