Daily tip: How to tethered jailbreak iOS 5 beta 1 with Redsn0w 0.9.8b1

Miss your tweaks and wondering how to Jailbreak iOS 5? As long as your okay with a tethered jailbreak for now, you can get your jailbreak on again thanks to Redsn0w 0.9.8b1.

It's worth noting first that the Dev-team is calling this jailbreak a beta. Which means there could (and probably will be) quite a few bugs. Also keep in mind that a majority of jailbreak apps have not been updated to support iOS 5 as of yet. So just be forewarned. If you're okay with being tethered and dealing with a few bugs, click through for a quick walkthrough!

Devices supported

  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPad 1
  • iPhone3GS
  • iPhone4 (GSM)
  • iPhone4 (CDMA)

If your device is not listed above, please do not attempt to jailbreak your device. Yes, iPad 2 owners, I'm looking at you!

  1. First you will need to download Redsn0w - Mac Link, Windows Link
  2. Next you will need to make sure you have the iOS beta 1 firmware file from the Apple Developer Portal or wherever else you choose to find it.
  3. Launch Redsn0w. You should be asked to navigate to the firmware file from the previous step. Select it and click next.
  4. Once you click next, Redsn0w will take a minute to do it's thing. You should see a patching kernel message and that Redsn0w successfully recognized your firmware.
  5. Next select the options you'd like Redsn0w to perform. I typically only select Install Cydia. It's worth noting that this is where you will perform a tethered boot if needed as well. You will just select Just boot tethered for now if you need to do this or your device reboots or dies.
  6. Redsn0w will now walk you through putting your device into DFU mode
  7. After you're successfully in DFU mode, simply let Redsn0w do its thing and you're done!

Have you jailbroken iOS 5 yet? If so, what has been your experience? Are your normal tweaks working for you or have you had more issues than usual? Let us know in the comments or in our TiPb jailbreak and unlock forums!

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Allyson Kazmucha

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Daily tip: How to tethered jailbreak iOS 5 beta 1 with Redsn0w 0.9.8b1


had the jailbreak for 3 days then had to go back to stock ios5.. installed some handy widgets and my battery would die from 100% in 3 hours
hopefully ill have better luck with beta 2

I did jailbreak...
iOS5 is stable it was warm (my phone) for a long time but now my iPhone is like it was on iOS4.
As far as the jailbreak the only problem i have is the phone resprings sometimes once or twice a day it kinda bugs me cuz it goes into safe mode.
The only plugin i have installed is UISettings...

I want to try it just to see what iOS 5 is like. However, I'm lost on that whole developer deal, and don't really the energy to do it. ... Soooooo, I'll wait.

I am running it and its not that bad. Problems... ibooks does not work use stanza. Activator is broken so things like Sbsettings have problems. There is a new thing for ios 5 only called UIsettings I believe that puts sbsettings in your notification area. Good things... Most other stuff works MobileSubstrate stuff is working. But remeber you cannot change settings. lockinfo does not work cause you need settiings.

One more thing... Battery performance is pretty horrible but I can't tell much difference between jailbroken and unjailbroken ios 5 its bad for both!