As I previously mentioned about the Redsn0w Jailbreak which was released by the iPhone Dev team, the only thing that was keeping me away from trying this Jailbreak on my 5 days old iPod Touch 2G was that this was a tethered Jailbreak release, means that it is not going to be as easy as the previous Jailbreak being made available for iPhone. But now I have fully Jailbreaked my iPod Touch 2G for 3rd party goodness like themes, apps and this was very very easy than I previously thought about it, I used Windows XP SP3. To Jailbreak your iPod Touch you will need to have a GUI tool named Cyw00d Jailbreak Helper V1.7, this is a tool that has made Jailbreaking of iPod Touch 2G a cakewalk even for newbies. So if you want to Jailbreak your iPod Touch 2G here are the steps you would need to take:
img: Vista Maximus theme I installed after jailbreaking using Winterboard( Requires Reboot)
1) Make sure you have upgraded to latest firmware 2.2.1 for iPod Touch 2G
2) If you are using Cyw00d Jailbreak method than the only thing you would require is a Apple Device Software Update ipsw file of firmware 2.2.1. How to get this file? easy if you have recently updated your iPod Touch then it must be present at this location
C:\DocumentsandSettings\”Computeruser”\ApplicationData\Applecomputer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates
File name is iPod2,1_2.2.1_5H11a_Restore, size 277MB , if its not there then you can download Apple iPod Touch 2G firmware from here, I would recommend to download via iTunes using updates.
4) Copy the IPSW file to the iPod Touch folder where you extracted the Jailbreaker, see image
4) LibUSB included in the program
5) C++ redistributable included in the program
6) Includes Cydia and Installer
7) Redsn0w included not visible
This Jailbreak method is for 32 bit OS users only
Starting the Jailbreak Process Step by Step :
STEP 1 :
As this is a GUI based Jailbreaker, the steps are self explanatory, first you need to install the libUSB drivers and then C++ redistributable package that will help the program, Warning: Microsoft Vista users need to run libUSB in Windows XP compatibility mode, for this find and right click on libUSB executable( present in the install folder where you extracted Jailbreaker), click on Properties then compatibility mode and set it to Windows XP.
STEP 2 :
In step two we’ll create patched firmware/Custom firmware from this iPod2,1_2.2.1_5H11a_Restore file, this will be saved as JailbrokenIPSW, Click iPod2,1_2.2.1_5H11a_Restore and further click on Start making IPSW, you will not see JailbrokenIPSW.ipsw in this step( i created screenshots later)
STEP 3 : also see same image of step 5
DFU MODE : in order to install the jailbroken IPSW file back to the iPod touch we will need to enter in the DFU MODE or Service mode, for this Hold Down Power and Home Button for ten seconds( hear dding sound) leave Power and keep holding the Home Button for 8 more seconds( dding sound) and leave it, don’t freak out its simple. In my case i heard dding sounds around 10th and 17th seconds, and even if you don’t get it right for the first time try again.
After this click Upload DFU File
Disconnect your iPod Touch, and reconnect after 3 seconds, a white screen means success. Now click on Upload own patch bin button
STEP 4 :
Click on Press me , right click and paste in the command prompt, wait for a while
Open iTunes, now it must be asking you for a restore, Hold on the shift button on your computer and click restore on iTunes, navigate to folder “iPod Touch” and select JailbrokenIPSW, now iTunes will restore our newly made custom patched firmware, this might take a couple of minutes.
Repeat Step 3, DFU mode Power&Home for 10s leave power-> keep pressing Home for 8 more seconds( hear dding sounds) and leave -> upload DFU file -> disconnect – 3 seconds-reconnect -> white screen -> upload own patch
Click on Press Me -> Command prompt pops up -> Right click and paste.
Press 1st button Upload Patched DFU -> press second button command prompt will pop up -> Press go -> Enter and then /exit -> Enter, same with 3rd and 4th button, your otherwise dead iPod Touch should spring to life showing the iTunes logo. Congratulation Jailbreak of iPod Touch is now complete.
Enjoy your Jailbroken iPod Touch.
If you need to restart your iPod Touch then you will have to follow steps 5 to 7, remember to disconnect and reconnect the device on every try.
Time required for Jailbreak: 10 minutes
Time required to restart and boot using DFU mode: 1 minute, if it seems to you that your iPod Touch is bricked, you need to follow steps 5 to 7. Unplug and Replug with every try.
Credits: Cyw00d for making wonderful GUI Jailbreak, iPhone Dev team for Redsn0w
Update: After you have Jailbreaked your iPod Touch 2G
List of must have third party apps for Jailbroken iPod Touch
Untethered Jailbreak Update:
Untethered Jailbreaking GUI software for iPod Touch 2G is now available for free download, I’ve written another tutorial for it, Untethered Jailbreak Tutorial for iPod Touch 2G.
Guys you no longer need to use this tethered tutorial, use this easy Untethered Jailbreak Tutorial for your iPod Touch 2G.
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