“Waiting for Reboot” redsn0w fix

Dec 2, 2010 - 56 Comments

redsn0w waiting for reboot If you have used redsn0w to jailbreak your iPhone and you are stuck on a “waiting for reboot” screen, you can try the following tips to fix this problem. Be sure you are using the latest version of redsn0w, you can download redsn0w 0.9.6b6 if you need to.

Fix “Waiting for Reboot” with Redsn0w iPhone Jailbreak

First, be certain the iPhone is actually stuck. Redsn0w will display the “waiting for reboot” screen and the iPhone screen may be all white while it reboots, this is normal for a certain amount of time. It may take up to a minute for the iPhone to reboot itself. Assuming you are stuck, let’s continue:

If you are using the proper firmware and running the app correctly, and you are still stuck, proceed with the following fixes:

  • Fix 1) With redsn0w running, unplug your iPhone’s USB connection and plug it back in
  • Fix 2) Unplug the USB cable from the computer and plug it into a different USB port that is closer to your computer (not a USB hub, keyboard, etc)
  • Fix 3) Reboot your iPhone by holding down the Home and Power buttons for 30 seconds

The two USB fixes are suggestions from the iPhone Dev Team. With a hard reboot, you will get out of iPhone DFU mode and boot as usual where you can try jailbreaking again. If you are still having problems, you may be using the incorrect firmware version for your iOS device, or you may not be running the redsn0w application in the proper mode.

The “waiting for reboot” message may also appear on the iPod touch and iPad too, troubleshooting the problem is the same.

Thank you to OSXDaily reader Parakeet for providing some of these troubleshooting tips in the comments.


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Posted by: Manish Patel in iPhone


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  1. m0ust98 says:

    still stuck on the white screen. anybody got anything that worked for them? please help

  2. Pat says:

    i love you thanks for this, the first one works!!! XD

  3. InKoSiAnDy says:

    Just Use redsn0w_win_0.9.6rc16. it will be done

  4. maddy says:

    this doesnt even work .-. its still stuck of “waiting for reboot”

  5. ellis says:

    It’s not even stuck on a white screen… my ipod switched on and just stays that way. But reboot isn’t ready…
    And i’ve got the good firmware.
    Do you know the problem?

  6. King says:

    every time it gets to the “waiting for reboot” stage my iPhone 4 powers back on and does nothing. Im sure I did the DFU mode correct but it still doesnt seem to work. am I suppose to do it on computer that already has iPhone synced with iTunes??? Some 1 please help!!!! Been up all day with the flu trying to figure this out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Rio says:

    Redsn0w says “Done” my iphone stays in blue screen. i tried many times jailbreaking again and it still stays in blue screen after “Done”. any help please ??

  8. Screw ipods says:

    Still stuck on waiting for reboot, has anyone gotten passed this yet with an ipod touch 4g 5.0.1?

  9. James says:

    YOU ARE A BLOODY ROCKSTAR !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. adam thomas says:

    TRIED everything, run as admin, update drivers, second instance of redsnow, plugging and unplugging, ipsw is correct, full restore, EVERYTHING someone help me out please or apple will be minus 1 3gs haha out the window

  11. shagun gupta says:

    I have been trying to jailbreak my iPod touch 4g for the past two days. I have tried using many versions of redsnow (including 0.9.10b5c).

    1. I first select ispw 5.0. Then JB it. It gets stuck at ‘transferring control to jailbreak’.

    2. Then I have to go back and select ispw again and booth tethered. It then gets stuck at ‘adding framebuffer’.

    Please help. I have tried jailbreaking again and again. Nothing helps.

  12. Nitara says:

    i am using binloaders 3.9 and 4.6…. When i jailbroke my first iphone it worked just fine but im trying to unlock my friends and it is making his phone freeze and reset when it reboots
    please help

  13. Bill says:

    Stuck on waiting for reboot ipod touch 4 using redsn0w_win_0.9.10b3 to jailbreak please help!!!!

  14. Michael says:

    Thank you very much>>Robert…what he said is the right way to solve this “waiting for reboot”error. Really Thx u. :)

  15. Amra says:

    Finally fixed, its the IPSW that was wrong, I actually downloaded the new new sn0wbreeze..how come nobody mentioned that we need to download that 778mb file except osxdaily!

    Thanks guy

  16. Alex says:

    Hi, I recently had this problem on my iPhone 4, redsnow would stop at waiting for reboot and I tried using snowbreeze and it sort of worked however I had to restore my phone almost daily because something or other wouldn’t work, then I finally found this and in redsnow I went to extras, custom ipsw, user,(my user), app data,roaming,apple computer,iTunes,iphoneupdate, and clicked the ipsw that iTunes update my phone to 5.0.1 with and now it worked fine! Idk if anyone already posted something like this but i thought I should share as it might help some, btw I probably won’t be checking back so pls don’t ask me questions.

  17. ck says:

    I got the “waiting for reboot” fix from a comment in a youtube video. I JB a 3g phone on 4.2.1 with redsn0w 0.9.9b9d. Good luck!!

    FIXED! I got it:

    When iphone is stuck & redsn0w is on “Waiting for reboot” & unplugging & plugging doesn’t work, try this (Surely – under your responsibility):

    * Leave the redsn0w as it is and OPEN ANOTHER INSTANCE OF REDSNOW.

    * Browse for the same file, & check the same checkbox’s as before

    * Turn off iphone (hold lock & home)

    * Follow the steps for turning it on in DFU mode

    * Your Iphone will reboot 1-3 times, at the second it reboots and shows a white screen click CANCEL in second redsn0w!!

    adamfridental 2 weeks ago

  18. Blindian says:

    I am trying to jailbreak my iPhone with the new version of Redsn0w that came out for 5.0.1 during the jailbreak it goes through all of the motions of the jailbreak but when it gets to the waiting to reboot my will come on as normal and my computer will be stuck on waiting to reboot. I have jailbroken my iPad and my daughters iPhone but mine keeps having this problem. What am I doing wrong?

  19. AJ says:


  20. Patrik says:

    Need some urgent help!

    I downgraded my iphone 3gs from 4.3.5 to 4.3.3 and it worked fine, then i tethered it so i could unlock it with cydia (ultrasn0w) and after aprox. 10 mins the screen got all black and now i cant jailbreak it or tethered the phone..

    Ive tried holding both of the buttons but nothing comes up, i think the phone is in some deep dfu mode…

    When i try to jailbreak it or boot it thrue redsn0w it stucks on “waiting for reeboot” and sometimes the phone gets all white, but nothing more happends..

    Ive been using every firmware and redsn0w there is for the 3gs but nothing seems to help it…

    • Vicky says:

      hey..Patrik…even i’m facing the same issue… Please help me how did you get around this

      • luke-techguy says:

        hey Patrick and Vicky you need to hold both the power button and the home button at the same time until the apple logo appears, this should take less then a minuet but will not be instant

  21. Robert says:

    okey i used this but it didn’t work so i try a other thing. When opening redsn0w go to extra’s. select Select IPSW go to C:\Users\*username*\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates . select youre ipsw. go back to the home page select jailbreak and try it againg. for me it worked

    sorry for my bad english

  22. Akashneel says:

    RedSn0w 0.9.8b6 struck on waiting for reboot…………

  23. Tiffany Milan says:

    I have tried everything.I have the correct firmware and version for my recently updated 3GS. I hv tried all the techniques listed and i cannot seem to come out of “waiting to reboot” mode. This has become very exasperating and frustrating. Can someone pls help me? I hv run the software as admin, i hv made sure the device drivers are up to date, but nothing. pls contact me via email asap: actively.seekng [at] gmail [dot] com

  24. Filype says:

    Hi all,

    What worked for me was installing the driver for the iPhone DFU mode, if you dont have it installed it wont reboot.

    To install right click on “My Computer”, “Properties”, “Hardware” then “Device managager”

    Under the USB you should see your iPhone in DFU mode, right click on it and reinstall the driver.

    • maverick says:

      hey filype….

      thanks a ton…..i followed your suggestions and mine worked perfectly well….For all who have a problem with waiting for reboot….try updating or reinstalling your drivers……it works…..


    • jbrunel510 says:

      Is there any way you can do this with a mac? I held the power and home screen in order to get out of the “moving applications” screen and now all I have is a brick. WHAT CAN I DO??

      • georgewoodall says:

        Hold down power + home buttons until “connect to itunes” shows up then open itunes and press restore

    • RyMpl says:

      Running WinXP with iPhone 4 iOS 5.0, Redsn0w 0.9.9b7 going into device manager and uninstalling the “Apple Mobile Device USB Driver”. Unplug phone from cable and replug and Redsn0w started running.


    • mikeyd says:

      your a beast thanks, mine said recovery mode but i searched for drivers and it went just great thanks alot

    • th_eazzyd says:

      Yup, it worked!

      Thanks Mate :3

      Greetings from the Future

  25. brett says:

    I use an unsupported gms carrier and I upgraded os and now i need to jailbreak and unlock to use it again…Problem is i can’t figure out what my .ipsw is….HELP

    • Freedom says:

      just go to general settings, then click on About, then whatever the Version reads, is what you’ve got.

  26. Pikpik says:

    Redsn0w is “Done”, it finished, and my iPod’s screen is on and black. Is this normal??

  27. Kiraly says:


  28. Wildseven says:

    Thank you very much, I was so sure I had the correct firmware. I didn’t even think twice. Sure enough reading this made me think I may have the wrong one and yup, I did. So thanks a lot for mentioning it in your guide, realllly appreciate it!

  29. chelsey says:

    Ive tried everything to get past the ” waiting for reboot” screen but nothing works. helpp meee

    • Saugat says:

      Same thing happened to me but then i tried redsn0w_win_0.9.6rc16 and iphone1,2_4.2.1_8c ipsw
      and then it worked

  30. FSUK says:

    I Have tried this jailbreak with the old and now the new Redsn0w 1.1.0b2 fo windows but have the same problem when it gets to the “waiting for reboot”
    But I get every time the following … ( THIS DEVICE CAN PERFORM FASTER IF YOU CONNECT TO A HI-SPEED USB 2.0 PORT ) even though I am using a 2.0 port and tried on 3 other pcs I still get this problem.
    I forgot to say I am trying to jailbreak an iphone 4 with 4.2.1 firmware can any one help?

    • Manish says:

      The latest Windows compatible version of Redsn0w is 0.9.6rc7 so if you are using something else it is not an official redsn0w jailbreak.

      For your iPhone and iOS version, you will have a tethered jailbreak for now, personally I would wait for an untethered solution.

      You can follow updates to redsn0w here:


    • GV says:

      I have the same problem as FSUK here. Can someone please help. FSUK – have you found a solution ?

      Pls help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. galishor says:

    yeap, definetly wrong .ipsw file caused the “waiting for reboot” problem, no usb or other connection issues.

  32. dman says:

    Okay, I figured out why mine was sitting at “waiting for reboot”. I was using the wrong ipsw file (i was using my ipad file instead of the iphone one). Simply go to your iphone/settings/about and make sure the version there matches up with the version you have in the ipsw file.

  33. […] and everything has worked as redsn0w described. I was prompted to re-try by reading this link “Waiting for Reboot” redsn0w fix give it a go and good luck. Thanks for your interest and prompt […]

  34. Christiaan says:

    Now i tried the jailbreak on another PC and it showed the running pineapple and it seemed like it worked but it didn’t. It got stuck on a “flashing baseband (don’t interrupt!)” screen, then went blank. When i pressed home it went back to the connect to itunes mode…
    what the hell???

  35. Christiaan says:

    I got passed reboot, jailbreak says done, but i’ve got this dark blue screen with no jailbreak. I used the 0.9.6b6 and it’s accepting both 4.1 (8B117) and 4.2.1 (8C148a) ispw, which is weird….
    I have tried to reboot this 3G but i get the 9006 error, iREB doesn’t help.
    So after getting halfway through i don’t know which baseband or iOS I am on? Is there anyway of telling?
    I also downloaded various ispw’s to ensure they weren’t broken.
    I’ve jailbroken other phones i just really struggle with the 3G’s…
    I did run as admin and in XP compatibility.
    What’s left to try?

  36. Parakeet says:


    • Satan says:

      Hey parakeet,m still not able to go pass waiting for reboot…though i accidentally could but it didnt jb..btw m on 3gs wid 4.2.1 wid bb 5.15..any help will b a lot appreciated

      • Christiaan says:

        Take the redsn0w exe. file and drag and drop it to c:/program files/common files/apple/apple application support.
        From here right click, properties, set compatibility to windows xp, apply, close.
        Right click again/run as administrator.
        I’ve heard that switching firewall off sometimes helps.
        Also try this new Redsnow 0.9.6b6 (which came out today i think). and insure you have 4.2.1 ispw.

        Small little details like this helps.
        Unfortunately not for me at this moment…but it’s just this one phone all the others i’ve done have worked.
        3G’s suck and they’re slow, don’t know why people get them.

    • psychocain says:

      just press the power button. It worked for me after waiting 15 minutes.
      Phone works great BTW :)

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