Jailbreak iOS 4.3.3 with Redsn0w (Guide)

May 6, 2011 - 57 Comments

Jailbreaking iOS 4.3.3 is made easy with the redsn0w utility, if you’re not sure what to do then this guide will walk you through the process. The tutorial is geared towards the iPhone, but the steps would be the same for an iPod touch and iPad. This is an untethered jailbreak, meaning you can reboot freely without concern.

Requirements before starting:

  • Compatible hardware includes: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 GSM, iPad 1, iPod touch 3rd & 4th Gen
  • You need the latest version of iTunes (10.2.2)
  • Update your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to iOS 4.3.3 before proceeding
  • Download Redsn0w 0.9.6rc15 (Mac & Windows versions available)
  • Download iOS 4.3.3 IPSW for your specific device
  • About 10 minutes of your time

If you’re familiar with redsn0w and jailbreaking in general, this new version is not much different, although you do now have the ability to enable multitouch gestures during the installation. All ready? Let’s get started…

Jailbreaking iOS 4.3.3 with Redsn0w 0.9.6rc15

  1. Launch Redsn0w and browse for the iOS 4.3.3 IPSW firmware file you downloaded
  2. Read the onscreen instructions and click on “Next” and let redsn0w prepare the jailbreak
  3. Select “Install Cydia” and any other options you want enabled, and click on “Next”
  4. Now you need to turn off your iPhone and connect it to your computer, when this is finished click Next
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to put your iPhone into DFU mode. They are: hold down Power button for 1 second, now continue to hold Power while holding Home button for 10 more seconds, now release Power but continue holding Home for another 15 seconds. When this is successful, the jailbreak will start automatically (You can read more about DFU mode here).
  6. You’ll see what looks like a console appear on the iPhone screen with gibberish scrolling by, this is normal and it indicates the jailbreak is installing. When finished, your iPhone (or iPod or iPad) will reboot automatically, and the device will be jailbroken

You can confirm the jailbreak worked by looking for the Cydia icon on your iOS homescreen.

Troubleshooting Redsn0w

Running into problems? It can happen, but they’re usually easy to solve. Here are some common issues and their solutions:

  • Redsn0w Crashes in Windows – For Windows users who run into problems with redsn0w crashing, you need to set the CPU affinity to 1. Run redsn0w and then hit Control+ALT+DEL to bring up the task manager, select and right-click on Redsn0w.exe, go to “Set Affinity” and check the box next to CPU1. Now proceed as usual.
  • Redsn0w won’t run in Windows – You need to run Redsn0w in XP Compatibility mode
  • Error 3194 in iTunes – you need to temporarily edit your hosts file
  • White Cydia Icon – temporarily perform a tethered boot with redsn0w, or re-add Cydia http://apt.saurik.com/cydia to Cydia sources
  • I hate it, how do I remove the jailbreak?Unjailbreaking is just a matter of restoring through iTunes, it is not a permanent modification.

Remember, redsn0w does not offer baseband preservation and does not offer an unlock. For that, you would need to use PwnageTool for Mac, or Snowbreeze for Windows, both along with Ultrasn0w.

That’s about it, happy jailbreaking!


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone


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  1. Cosmo says:

    I put my Ipad1 in DFU mode (my computer recognizes and says it finds an device in DFU mode) but RedSnow does says there is no device in DFU mode. Wha’happened?

  2. joe says:

    HI i am having problems with my ipod touch 4g i just got it yesterday.When i click cydia a white screen pops up then sends me back to the home screen and safari please help

  3. Habibacous says:

    Will it work for me if i have itunes 10.5.1

  4. sudeep says:

    I used red snow for IPSW 4.3.2 it was in process. At last it rebooted and stuck thereat showing apple logo. what is this? how long does it take to finish up. My memory is used upto 9 g.b?

    need answer urgent!!!

  5. Zolly says:

    This is a message for the one who posted the jailbreak here. Please consider that some ppl (like me) just bought theire first iphone. i Have iphone 4 with soft version 4.3.3 and i need a good jailbreak but i never did this before. i would apreciate if you could send me a mail with explicit content on how to do it (explain like for stupid people :D) I’m not familiar with the terms that these guys use :P.I hope you can help me with this. Anticipated 10x

  6. sel says:

    it has gone through the process but now says on phone <unvalid sim< still not unlocked for my sim card please help

  7. sel says:

    my iphone gets stuck on WAITING for reboot what to do i have tried restarting redsnow but it keeps sticking on that message

  8. ank says:

    the jailbreak worked fine for my ipod but after a day it just turned off the battery was i guess around 80 90 %.. so it is not because of the battery and now it wont respond to anything .. i tried pressing home and power button nothing is happening … tried plugging it is while the home button was pressed… my PC wont also respond to it nothing happens when i connect my ipod …. its just lying like a brick …i have also tried plugging it into different machines and also plugged it into different usb ports … hellppp me guyssss .. please help me … thanks in advance

  9. Guntaas says:

    Thnq sooo much…. :)
    It was so easy to jailbreak…….
    I m completely <3 it

  10. Ryan says:

    With the phones that won’t let the apps work or internet work: I can’t say for certain in your situation, but when I first jailbroke my phone with iOS 4.3.5, it was required to be tethered. It got stuck like that, and the problem was fixed when I did a tethered reboot. I don’t know if it will work the same with iOS 4.3.3. I have been researching and attempting to downgrade to iOS 4.3.3 for 3 days and haven’t succeeded yet, but your posts have helped and hopefully it will be a success tonight!

  11. Nate Van says:

    I tried on window 7 and window vista, but i doesnt work like you guy said……….

  12. Nate Van says:

    i did follow the direction, and after finished with everything, my ipod 4g turn to recovery mode…….can someone please tell me why?

  13. Colin says:

    “Waiting for reboot” Help? Please. It’s been sitting here for quite a while.

  14. jbrunel510 says:

    The jailbreak went awry. The “moving applications” screen was up for a good 10 minutes while I was trying to jailbreak it and i held the power and home button to try and get out of there but now it won’t show up in my itunes it wont turn on and nothing is responding. PLEASE HELP!!

  15. Mannyk says:

    The red snow on my computer will open but when i click browse it closes out?

  16. Chris says:

    redsn0w and PwnageTool tell me that the ipsw is not valid, or can’t be recognized. Same message with the ipsw I downloaded, and the one in my Itunes Iphone software update library.

  17. Kayci says:

    Someone please help me. I’m having problems restoring back to firmware 4.3.3 from iOS 5.0 it showed up error 3194 before then I followed the steps stated here and it was almost getting done till another error message showed up. error ” 1″ Please help me

  18. girish says:

    how do i upgrade version frm 4.0 to 4.3.3
    iphone 4 jailbroken cydia installed

  19. Nora says:

    I need help. I followed the procedure fine, and it worked on my iphone 4. I tried to do my brother’s iphone 4 and it stuffed up.

    The problem:
    The jailbreak procedure went fine. I rebooted the phone after it was done. Whenever I tried to open any app (like facebook or shazam or anything) the phone would flash, and then go back to the home screen I was on.

    Basically none of the apps are working.

    Please help :)

  20. Jim the crim says:

    Just jailbroke mine but the sim card is stuck on “searcing” any ideas please. Thanks. Jim

  21. georgectr says:

    Does it matter which version of itunes is used for the jailbreak? I currently have 10.3.1 and the guide suggests 10.2.2. Would it be a problem if I try to upgrade?

  22. Cole says:

    For some reason its stuck with “Exploiting with limera1m”
    and on my ipod is the itunes symbol and a plug going twoards it! FTW? pls someone help…

  23. mari says:

    mines keeps getting stuck at “exploiting with limera1n” help?

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  25. Atte says:

    my iphone 3gs does not start any more…. it stuck on the apple logo… it worked fine with the older jailbreaked ios version, and I did all steps correctly, what should I do??

  26. John says:

    Can I use itunes 10.3 with my 4.3.3 Ipod Touch with this?

  27. kuromis says:

    i did all the steps, but after the gibberish scrolling by, at the end it said “error, no successful firmware download after 60000ms!! Giving up…”
    anybody has this kinda problem?help please

  28. Xzyleth says:

    so i have a jailbroke 3gs running 4.0.1 still, before I begin the jailbreak do I update my phone through itunes to 4.3.3? As this will unjailbreak the phone.

  29. Sheen says:

    how long does it takes to finish loading on the page”download jailbreak Data…”
    its been 10 mins already LOL

  30. Sheen says:

    how long does it takes to finish loading on the page”downloading jailbreak date….”
    been like 10 min already LOL

    • gg says:

      I’m currently doing it too, and it’s taken me about 10 minutes so far.

      How much longer did it take for yours to finish?

      I’m starting to get nervous that it will never finish :P

  31. Ryan says:

    I downloaded redsn0w for my windows computer and when i go to open it, it says ” The compressed zip folder is invalid of corrupted ” how do i fix this?

  32. Kennedy says:

    So, I’m trying to download IPSW files for the iPod touch 4th gen, and whenever I browse through redsn0w, I can’t find the firmware.

  33. Brianner says:

    How can you locate the ipsw file if you updated to 4.3.3 through itunes?

  34. Jennifer says:

    download the firmware in firefox because windows makes it crash. it will automatically save as a ipsw

  35. ghalib says:

    i downloaded it 4 or 5 times but i ave that problem every time its always a zip file and i cant find it as wel

    • Matt says:

      Make sure you are right-clicking the IPSW when you download it and choose “Save As”

      The file is certainly not a ZIP, but you can try using another browser to download it or you can even just rename the .zip extension to .ipsw

  36. Neil says:

    As to ghalib comment, i to have problems downloading ipsw file. It always downloads as a zip file.
    Help please.

  37. ghalib says:

    i downloaded the firmware and when i go onto redsn0w and browse for the ipsw. it doesnt find it??

    please help

    • fijea says:

      you might need to put the required files to desktop,
      or make a folder called PwnageTool and put em all inside..
      hope this helps.

  38. ghalib says:

    i have i phone 4 with verison 4.3.3 (aj2) i download the redsnow and i also downloaded the firmware but problem is that when i browse on redsnow i cant find the iso firmware its always zipped can anyone please guide me thank you

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  40. Sunil says:

    It worked for me…

  41. madrf says:

    is this unthethered

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  43. Wayy says:

    Thanks for the excellent tutorial, especially the parts on how to correct the Redsnow app when it crashes in Windows. Really appreciate it guys.

  44. Duc Nguyen says:

    multitouch gesture is the best part about this, no other reason to upgrade really

  45. Ian says:

    Same as usual but I’ll stick with 4.3.2 so I don’t have to deal with backing up, rejailbreaking, redownloading, etc etc etc

    I’m not sure why anyone even bothers upgrading to 4.3.3 right now, the media grabbed their tinfoil hats and got everyone paranoid that Apple is tracking them around the globe, conveniently ignoring all the tracking they volunteer themselves to in the form of Twitter, Facebook, FourSquare, Yelp, Google Maps, GPS, Android, Blackberry, and every other location aware product in the world. What do you think every ‘social’ app is if it’s not to track you? Think about it.

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