How to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G iOS 6.1.6 with RedSn0w

How to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G iOS 6.1.6 with RedSn0w

In this guide, we’ll talk about how to jailbreak iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G running iOS 6.1.6 with RedSn0w. You can jailbreak iOS 6.1.6 with RedSn0w but it’ll be a tethered jailbreak. To convert this tethered jailbreak to an untethered one, simply install p0sixpwn from Cydia after jailbreaking with RedSn0w. Let’s jailbreak iPhone 3GS iOS 6.1.6 and iPod Touch 4G iOS 6.1.6 with RedSn0w


  • This guide is meant for iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G only.
  • UltraSn0w unlock dependent users MUST not update to iOS 6.1.6.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 will be used in this guide that supports a tethered jailbreak only. Which means after every reboot, you’ll have to connect your device to your computer in order to boot into jailbreak mode, except for the iPhone 3Gs with old bootrom.
  • Install the latest version of iTunes.
  • Backup your personal data before proceeding.
  • RedSn0w doesn’t directly support iOS 6.1.6. This method uses iOS 6.0 firmware to jailbreak iOS 6.1.6, s you may encounter unknow issues.
  • Follow this guide at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible, or liable if anything goes wrong.

How to jailbreak iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G iOS 6.1.6 with RedSn0w

Step 1
Make sure to update your iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G to iOS 6.1.6. If you’ve not already, download iOS 6.1.6 and update via iTunes.

Step 2
Download Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 [MacWindows] and extract it.
Download iOS 6.0 firmware for your device (Yes, iOS 6.0. The trick is to point RedSn0w to iOS 6.0, NOT the iOS 6.1.6).

Step 3
Connect your iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G to your computer, and run the RedSn0w application that you extracted in Step 2.
Win 7 users: Run the RedSn0w in Windows XP compatibility mode. (Right click the application > Properties > Compatibility tab > Select Run this program in Compatibility mode for Windows XP). Run the application as Administrator (Right click on application > Run as Administrator).

Step 4
Click the Extras button > Select IPSW button and then browse and select the downloaded iOS 6.0 IPSW (NOT the iOS 6.1.6) that your downloaded in Step 2. RedSn0w should identify the firmware.

Step 5
Go back to the main page of RedSn0w and click on the Jailbreak button.
Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 6
Now select Cydia from the options and click Next button.

Step 7
Now you’ll be prompted to put your device in DFU mode. Simply follow the on-screen instructions to do that. In case you face any trouble entering DFU mode, here’s our detailed guide on how to put iOS device in DFU mode.

Step 8
Once your device is in DFU mode, Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.
Once the jailbreak process is completed, RedSn0w will notify you that this is a tethered jailbreak. Click the Ok button, close the RedSn0w and follow the further instructions to Tethered Boot your device.

How to Tether Boot

  1. re-Run the Redsn0w
  2. Hit Extra > Select IPSW button > browse and select the iOS 6.0 firmware.
  3. Now click the Just Boot button.
  4. Hit next, follow the on-screen instructions to enter into DFU mode.
  5. This should boot your iPhone 3GS or iPod Touch 4G into tethered jailbreak mode.

Note: Since Redsn0w currently supports only a tethered jailbreak except for iPhone 3GS with older bootrom, you will need to install p0sixspwn from Cydia to achieve the untethered jailbreak on iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch 4G. Follow these steps to untethered jailbreak iOS 6.1.6 with p0sixpwn.


Can’t find Cydia: Make sure to use the correct iOS 6.0 IPSW for your device.
Unsupported IPSW: Make sure to point RedSn0w to iOS 6.0, NOT the iOS 6.1.6.
Cydia closes immediately: Tether boot your device and it’ll work.

48 comments… add one
joao March 24, 2014, 4:52 am

ty so much for the help! you are awesome

Ali March 25, 2014, 7:28 pm

Thanks Buddy, it works

Laura March 29, 2014, 11:18 pm


I don’t get a ‘jailbreak’ button in redsn0w.
What am I doing wrong?

Thank you!

Avery December 19, 2014, 7:18 am

It is the best thx man

casey April 13, 2014, 11:47 am

thank you… you’re great

c_money April 16, 2014, 10:43 am

I can not get it to work. I have everything downloaded correctly. This jailbreak is useless. I don’t know how y’all got yours to work but cheers mates!

Plume April 17, 2014, 4:58 pm

Hi. I can jailbreak my 3GS but can’t untether it. Search the signal never ends 🙁
It get broadband 5.16 and I can’t up- or downgrade it.
Via iTunes I usually get error 3194

Fawad Ahmad April 24, 2014, 5:56 pm

Thanks aloot !!

jay kothari April 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

what about new bootrom iphone 3gs

jmar April 30, 2014, 8:47 am

Honestly this sucks, I fallow all the directions as instructed and Cydia Is not on my iPod and when i reboot from the redsn0w menu It tells me i am missing a key of some-sort. whats missing?

Jake July 28, 2014, 5:26 am

You have to identify iOS 6.0 again before rebooting:
Extras > Select IPSW;
then go back and click “Just Reboot”;
It should work. Hope it helped – even if I’m late tho’..

Tsmith December 11, 2014, 2:39 am

the reason it says missing keys is because you didnt point redsnow to ios 6.0

narong May 8, 2014, 8:30 am

Thank You

Viktor Vii May 9, 2014, 7:37 am

When I go into extras, and click select IPSW, it always says “That IPSW is not supported by this version of redsn0w” I have downloaded 2 copies of the 6.0 IPSW just to be sure that it wasn’t the 6.1.6, but I get the same error with both. Help please! Cheers!

Mark July 7, 2014, 4:27 pm

I have iPhone 3GS which was jailbroken. Today I updated it to iOS 6.1.6 and jailbroke it again and booted as well but I cannot find cydia on my phone. I have download iOS iPhone2,1_6.0_10A403_Restore.ipsw.
I tried 8 times jailbrake and boot, jailbrake and boot still I can not see cydia. Can you tell what am I doing wrong?

Rhys Degnan September 30, 2014, 10:18 pm


Alan May 11, 2014, 5:55 pm

can do everything except anything to do with wifi, my wifi is broken due to water damage. is there any way to install p0sixpwn without using the net?

mihai July 4, 2014, 4:05 am

yep, just copy via sftp/winscp the files you need through ssh, and it should work
.i can help you, e-mail me if you didn’t fixed it by now.

luke May 19, 2014, 6:17 pm

you broke my ipod thanks now it wont turn on i respect a refund

iPhoneHeat May 20, 2014, 1:04 am

put it in DFU mode and restore via iTunes

Gary June 22, 2014, 6:15 am

First of all ‘THANKS’ this really works. I struggled a little, my errors. I would certainly buy you folks a tall cool one if I could!!! GOD Bless …..

bassam June 22, 2014, 11:35 pm

please does it works with factory locked iphone

Becky June 24, 2014, 6:33 pm

Will changing the firmware erase everything on my ipod? my computer does not have enough room to backup my ipod so, im taking a risk

Prince June 27, 2014, 7:18 am

In my way on jailbreaking my iPod Touch 4g running ios 6.1.6, when i opened redsnow it says that the a5 jailbreak is disabled… how do i fix this? please reply. thank you!!!

adam July 11, 2014, 7:16 pm

in my ipod , setting option,app store and other apps are gone away due to this jailbreak process please give me some guide that how this apps will come back.

beckey August 28, 2014, 8:14 pm

If you read the instructions the first thing to do is back up your phone.

mostafa July 12, 2014, 4:29 am

thank you… you’re great

Abdullah July 15, 2014, 3:44 pm

thanks alot

Mirza July 19, 2014, 1:34 am

after jailbreak my iphone having a problem of sim card…. still searching n after 7 or 8 mins no sim 😛

Cled July 19, 2014, 7:11 am

Jailbreaks sucks!!!ive done all the process and sucess but its sucks!!!when i open my mail,calendar,safari and maps its crash instantly,reboot and restart wont help,so guys dont try to jailbreak your ipod 6.1.6 in this process its gonna ruin your day!!!!! ????????????

Anonymous September 6, 2014, 4:04 am

When I follow the instructions to put my iPod into DFU mode it says no device detected. I tried about 12 times but it still won’t work. Please reply quickly, information needed badly.

Whatsapphackenx.Com September 26, 2014, 6:37 pm

Dashboard X is a different good simple to use widget technique for the iPhone.

Collin September 30, 2014, 5:54 am

I cannot get the IPSW file from the package that I downloaded from the link above… WHAT DO I DO?!?

aaaa October 16, 2014, 9:49 am

This statement is not true: “UltraSn0w unlock dependent users MUST not update to iOS 6.1.6.”

I have successfully jailbroken and unlocked a 3GS with old rom to 6.1.6 which was factory locked. So it is possible. You can always downgrade your baseband using redsn0w for 3GS.

jackson October 23, 2014, 4:27 am

my ipod wont turn on what to do now

bobozee October 26, 2014, 7:53 pm

help!!! i have now a jailbreaked iphone bbut i tont have Lydia!! AAAAAh!

airamis October 29, 2014, 10:20 am

I cant download the firm wear everything else works but it wont download the firm wear can you help m

applekid January 2, 2015, 10:10 am

Thank you so much!!! BTW, i had enabled the option for battery percentage. But its not showing after the jailbreak.

erica February 22, 2015, 12:20 am

i have ipod touch 4G 6.1.6 and want to jailbreak it. I downloaded everything but it is saying the latest itunes needs to be updated. But my itunes is updated 12.1.1. any ideas as to whats wrong?

joe March 19, 2015, 2:58 am

i dont know if anybody else had this problem, but when i tried to use the ipsw file in redsn0w, it said that the version of redsm0w didnt support that ipsw (ios 6.0) i did everything that the steps told me to do. please help! 🙂

iyabelle April 23, 2015, 12:32 pm

Please help guys! The RedSnow says this when I run it:

“Certain operations (like A5 jailbreak) are disabled due to incomplete iTunes libraries. Please be sure the latest iTunes is installed.
Software\AppleInc.\AppleMobileDeviceSupport\InstallDir not found”

Here’s the status of my phone and computer:
Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)
To Be Filled By O.E.M. To Be Filled By O.E.M.
QuickTime not available
FairPlay 2.7.50
Apple Application Support 3.1.3
iPod Updater Library 12.0
CD Driver
CD Driver DLL
Apple Mobile Device
Apple Mobile Device Driver
Bonjour (333.10)
Gracenote SDK
Gracenote MusicID
Gracenote Submit
Gracenote DSP

iTunes Serial Number 000000000B6A8540

Current user is not an administrator.
The current local date and time is 2015-04-23 15:30:19.
iTunes is not running in safe mode.
WebKit accelerated compositing is enabled.
HDCP is not supported.
Core Media is not supported. (16005)

Video Display Information

Intel Corporation, Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family

**** External Plug-ins Information ****

No external plug-ins installed.

**** Device Connectivity Tests ****

iPodService (x64) is currently running.
iTunesHelper is currently running.
Apple Mobile Device Service service is currently running.

Universal Serial Bus Controllers:

Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller – 27C8. Device is working properly.
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller – 27C9. Device is working properly.
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller – 27CA. Device is working properly.
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB Universal Host Controller – 27CB. Device is working properly.
Intel(R) 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 Enhanced Host Controller – 27CC. Device is working properly.

No FireWire (IEEE 1394) Host Controller found.

Connected Device Information:

iPhone, iPhone 3GS running firmware version 6.1.6
Serial Number: 5K0xxxxxxx

larry January 18, 2017, 4:14 am

i have the same issue with redsnow and p)sixspwn….. i am about to give up trying to jail break an ipod for my office. I have tried 4 of them and they all say the same things….

jad rahal July 14, 2015, 2:11 pm

you’re awesome guys it works

larry January 18, 2017, 4:11 am

i down loaded posixspwn-v1.0.8.exe and when i go to open the exe. it tells me i need itunes 9.0 or higher…. i have the latest version on my ipod and computer….. what is the fix…. any ideas…. thanks larry

larry January 18, 2017, 4:11 am

i down loaded posixspwn-v1.0.8.exe and when i go to open the exe. it tells me i need itunes 9.0 or higher…. i have the latest version on my ipod and computer….. what is the fix…. any ideas…. thanks larry

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