Daily Tip: How to tethered jailbreak iOS 5 beta 2 via Redsn0w 0.9.8b1

Just get iOS 5 beta 2 and already wondering how to Jailbreak it? We recently showed you how to jailbreak iOS 5 beta 1 with Redsn0w. Fortunately, the process for beta 2 isn't much different. You'll simply need to use the beta 1 IPSW in order to jailbreak.

As always, betas are already buggy to begin with, and iOS 5 is no exception. The Dev-Team and many jailbreak devs are really only encouraging developers to jailbreak iOS 5 beta as of now. So if you are a developer (or a ninja who is afraid of nothing), follow along for a short walk-through.

Devices Supported

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

And I can't say this enough times, if your device is not listed above, please do not attempt to jailbreak it on iOS 5!

What you need

After you have iOS 5 beta 5 installed on your device and your version of iTunes upgraded to 10.5 beta 5, follow the steps below to jailbreak.

  1. First launch RedSn0w.

  2. It should ask you to navigate to a firmware file. Simply navigate to the iOS 5 beta 5 firmware file instead of beta 2.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Redsn0w will now walk you through putting your device into DFU mode

  6. After you’re successfully in DFU mode, simply let Redsn0w do its thing and you’re done!

That's it! The process is pretty much the same as the first time around. But if you do run into problems or have questions, make sure you check out our TiPb Jailbreak Forums. We've got tons of great members more than ready and willing to help!

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Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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Daily Tip: How to tethered jailbreak iOS 5 beta 2 via Redsn0w 0.9.8b1


Whats the purpose of jailbreaking a beta version of iOS? Other than developing a few rather useless tweaks for Notification Center, I really see no point. There's so much Apple can change/implement between now and the GM of iOS 5.
Just my two cents,

Eeh I did it to put multitasking gestures back on my iPad 1. It annoys me how apple takes them off just to push the ipad 2. Anyways I can still boot it untethered and the gestures still work and I can still developer apps.

You didn't have to jailbreak the beta just to get the multitasking gestures on your iPad 1. All one had to go was purchase Xcode from the Mac App store, plug the iPad into the computer and select developer mode, and there ya go you'd have had the multitasking gestures. That's what I did.

Daily Tip: How to tethered jailbreak iOS 5 beta 2 via Redsn0w 0.9.8b1
Now, come on! This sentence makes no sense at all for foreigners with English as a second language! How about thinking about it when writing?