How To: Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Using Redsn0w and Corona


Earlier today we saw that both the Chronic Dev Team and the iPhone Dev Team have released their respective tools to jailbreak an untethered version iOS 5.0.1. Some of you may have already jailbroke iOS 5.0.1 using an earlier version of the iPhone Dev Team’s redsn0w. Unfortunately that specific exploit left you with a tethered (meaning devices required connecting to a computer to boot) version of iOS 5.0.1. But all that is a thing of the past, and users can now jailbreak their A4 iDevices using redsn0w and Corona.

Although I’ll be walking you through jailbreaking an original iPad, the following guide can be used with any of the following devices:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone4
  • iPhone4-CDMA
  • iPad1
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 4G

pod2g, the founder of this jailbreak exploit, is currently working on a jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. As for the Apple TV 2, the fine folks over at Firecore have stated that they’re working on implementing pod2g’s exploit into Seas0npass updated Seas0nPass to jailbreak the latest version of iOS for Apple TV, 4.4.4. Once you’re jailbroken, be sure to not update to the next version of iOS (5.0.2) as it’s very likely that Apple will patch this exploit, and you will be left with a non-jailbreakable iDevice until a future jailbreak tool is released.

Jailbreaking With Corona

Use this method if you’re currently running a tethered jailbreak version of iOS 5.0.1.

What You’ll Need

  • Jailbroken A4 iDevice running iOS 5.0.1


Open up Cydia and search for “Corona 5.0.1 Untether”.


Tap Install in the upper right corner to install the untethered jailbreak. It’s really that easy.

Jailbreaking With redsn0w

Use this method if you’re running anything less than iOS 5.0.1.

What You’ll Need

  • An Apple A4 iDevice
  • Copy of redsn0w 0.9.10b7 for Windows or Mac OS X
  • USB cable
  • Computer with iTunes installed


Connect your iDevice to your computer and sync it with iTunes to create an updated backup.


Update your version of iOS by clicking Update from your iDevice’s screen in iTunes.


Extract your copy of redsn0w. After extracting, open up the redsn0w.exe file by double clicking it (note: if you’re running Windows, be sure to right-click on the file and choose Run as administrator).


Be sure your iDevice is off, connected to your computer, and then select the Jailbreak option inside redsn0w. Now you have to put your iDevice into DFU mode by holding the power button for 3 seconds, then the home button for 10 seconds, and finally released the power button while still holding the home button. Once your device is in DFU mode, redsn0w will automatically begin the jailbreak process.


Next select the options that you want redsn0w to install, and then click Next. Once you reach step six below, you can then close redsn0w.


Your iDevice will scroll through several lines of code and finally will display the infamous pwnapple logo as seen below. Your device now has an untethered jailbroke installed! If you notice that the Cydia icon is white, tap it to open so it can configure the filesystem. Then restart your iDevice.

Now your device is in an ideal state: jailbroken and untethered. If you were tethered before, you no longer have to connect your device to your computer every time you want to reboot. All of this effort was brought to you by the iPhone Dev Team, the Chronic Dev Team, and – most importantly – pod2g. If you’re feeling generous and thankful, be sure to donate to pod2g as your way of saying thanks.

Remember to not update when Apple inevitably pushes out iOS 5.1 – the update that will patch pod2g’s exploit!

Patrick is the founder and editor-in-chief of pinglio. He works as a system administrator and studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two dogs.
  • Sell My Cell Phone

    That was really easy to follow.