How to jailbreak your iPod Touch running the 2.0 firmware in OS X

by Ross McKillop on July 20, 2008

iPod Mac

This tutorial will walk you through every step required to jailbreak your iPod Touch running the latest (2.0) firmware. Note: this tutorial uses the Pwnage Tool v2.0 – which is currently Mac only. The Windows version of this tutorial (Jailbreaking the 2.0, 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 firmware) can be found here. Update: if you’ve upgraded to the 2.1 firmware and you want to jailbreak your iPod Touch (using OS X) – see this tutorial.

First a few FAQs -

Q: Can I still use the apps I’ve purchased from the App Store if I jailbreak my iPod Touch?
A: Yes. After you jailbreak your device, they will re-sync when you run iTunes.

Q: Can I still purchase/download apps from the App Store if I jailbreak my iPod Touch?
A: Yes.

Q: Will all of my music, contacts, videos, photos etc be deleted if I jailbreak my iPod Touch?
A: Yes. You’ll need to re-sync your device to get all of that data back on your iPod Touch.

Q: Is it worth it?
A: Depends on the individual. Many of the apps you had to jailbreak your iPod Touch to run previously, are now available in the App Store. If you like having full control of your device, then yes it is worth it. Though there are few apps available to install now (jailbroken apps) due to incompatibility with the 2.0 firmware, many will be updated. Also, there are certain features that Apple doesn’t want to release to developers (theme managers is an example), which will require a jailbroken iPod Touch to run.

So with all of that said, here are the steps to jailbreak your iPod Touch running the 2.0 firmware.

  1. To get started, download PwnageTool 2.0. Or, grab version 2.0.1. This tutorial was created using version 2.0, but the steps will be nearly identical if you’re using 2.0.1. Actually, using 2.0.1 will help you avoid some of the errors that this tutorial highlights (and shows you to resolve).

    Whichever version you download, unzip it and drag the app to your Applications folder. Launch it from there. You’ll be greeted with a warning message. Read it, then click OK.


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  3. Select the iPod Touch entry (make sure there’s a check mark) and then click the Next button (the right-arrow in the bottom right corner of the PwnageTool screen).

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  5. Select the firmware bundle displayed in the main window, and click Next.

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  7. When asked if you want to create a .ipsw file on your Desktop, click Yes.

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  9. PwnageTool will now build a IPSW file.

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  11. During the creation process, you’ll be prompted to enter your password. Do so, then click OK.

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  13. Click No when asked if you’ve Pwned your iPod Touch before. Even if you’ve used this tool in the past, once you updated to the 2.0 firmware that means it was wiped any traces of PwnageTool.

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  15. If you get a Failed to enter DFU mode, have no fear.

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  17. Open a Terminal and enter the following two commands:

    cd ~/Library/iTunes/
    mkdir “Device Support”

    If that folder already exists, delete all of the files inside of it.


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  19. Start the Pwnage process from the beginning. This time you should pass the Failed to enter DFU mode screen. Turn off your device when prompted.

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  21. If you don’t turn off your device and re-start it the way prompted (holding down the bottom button) you may get a different Failed to enter DFU mode error. This time you won’t need to start from the beginning again, just follow the on-screen instructions carefully.
  22. After you’ve successfully entered DFU mode, you’ll get a message indicating as much. Quit PwnageTool and launch iTunes.

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  24. iTunes will detect an iPod in recovery mode. Click OK.

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  26. Hold down the alt-key on your keyboard and then click Restore.

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  28. An Open window will appear. Navigate to the .ipsw file on your Desktop, select it and then click Open.

    If iTunes prompts you to download a file, you did not hold down the alt key when clicking Restore. You do not want to download and install the file from Apple (or you’ll just be re-installing the 2.0 firmware).


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  30. First it will extract…
  31. then it will restore the software…
  32. verify the software…
  33. and finally restore the firmware.
  34. You’ll get a message telling you that your iPod has been restored to the factory default settings. That couldn’t really be farther from the truth, but click OK.

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  36. Select Set up as a new iPod and click Continue.

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  38. Give your iPod a name, and determine the sync settings you want to use, then click Done.

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  40. Now your iPod Touch will sync. The first thing it will do is re-install any apps you downloaded from the App Store.

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  42. And now your iPod Touch will have your downloaded/purchased apps, in addition to Cydia (which is like Installer.app, with improvements).

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  44. Launch Cydia.

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  46. If you get a message about installing upgrades, click Upgrade Essential

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  48. Click Confirm from the upper-right corner.

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  50. The essential updates will download.

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  52. Then install.

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  54. If you get a message saying Reorganizing One Minue! Please wait… DO NOT STOP, follow that advice and let it do its thing.

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  56. Now you can take a look at your installed packages…

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  58. Or review the info on using OpenSSH (yay!)

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  60. Finally, remember to set all of your syncing preferences in iTunes. Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks etc. Once you’ve done that, re-sync and they’ll be restored to your device.
  • Fireglo

    What do you mean by running the pwnage tool from the applications folder?

    All the applications in there have a .ipa extension and none of the files in the pwnage tool are .ipa???

  • Gizmo

    I have a jailbroken 1.1.4 Ipod Touch..if I do this new procedure, will I lose all the 3rd party apps that I’ve already installed?

  • Diego Huyke

    Great Review! Thanks!

    + Imaginary rep

  • edgardo castillo

    i did the jailbreak
    but mi ipod doesntt connect to internet
    please help!…

  • i keep on getting stuck

    i keep getting stuck at ateps 7-10. i say no, open terminal, type in the two commands, restart, thenclick yes and i keep getting the fail screen. does someone know how o fix this

  • avi

    Is this for mac only???

  • steve the piret

    is this only for mac or is it for pc too

  • Ryan

    can it stuff up your ipod

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  • Ben

    hey i know this may sound dumb but just checking, does it bring installer or cydia?

  • tim

    didnt work for me all i got was a error (6) saying that you ipod “ipod” could not be restored so i had to re-restore it to the official 2.0 firmware

  • http://none Scott

    Ok, downloaded grab version 2.0.1 but how do I launch it???

  • Sofia

    Yea, I need to know the same. I unzipped the folder I just need to figure out how to launch the program.

  • http://www.youtube.com/K1495 Kyle

    Thank You Sooooooo Much!!!!!!

  • Jayden

    It’s for mac only guys..if you have a pc you won’t be able to open the .app file. macs kick ass :)

  • YoYoChicadoe

    AWESOME. IT WORKS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. :D

  • Mitch

    I got the same error (6) message and it took almost 2 hours to get my iPod working normally again.

    Any answers on why it said error (6)?

  • sonic

    ive tried it like a million times and i keep getting the same error message (6)

    nothing i try is working

  • praump

    mine keeps freezing at the pineapple

  • roger

    I tried it three times, always error 1600. I’ve already emptied the folder ~/Library/iTunes/Device Support. Any ideas?

  • MAX

    its did not recognize my ipod touch 2.0 and i can’t find it browsing for it…….what gives?

  • MAX

    im getting error (6)!!!!!! its not working!!!!! What went wrong???

  • Kris

    I am trying to do this on an Ipod touch 1st Gen… I managed to update it to 2.0 with an ipsw file from torrents… but PWNAGE keeps saying that I have the wrong ipsw firmware bundle selected. Did I download a file that was not for 1st Gen.s? Where do I find which one will work, and download it?

  • kf

    i am a new hand
    thx so much for the clear instruction
    i got a new ipodtouch 32g and follow ur instruction…done
    thx
    however, while updating the cydia
    it showed not enough disc space
    pls help me out on this..

  • kf

    and moreover, i got stuck with a spinning circle…
    please help…thx so much

  • jkriall

    worked fine for me :)

    thanks and good clear guide

  • MAX

    still getting error (6)!!! anyone out there that can help me???

  • http://www.BarackObama.com KrautMcFriend

    Thanks guys! These directions are GREAT! Very easy, fast, and I am so excited. The world rocks because of people like you!

    ***If you have a MAC, then your SET!

  • Matthew

    please please please help!!!! i dont care who!
    ok on the 3rd step it finds the firmware bundle. how do i get that!?
    if you need to know i bought 2.0.2 firmware on itunes

  • agastrico

    THANK YOU!!! For everyone with the (6) error, i got it trying with the 2.0.2 update. Everything went wrong, so i restored the ipod with a local 2.0 firmware and then didn´t update to 2.0.2. Then, i started all over again, first making sure that “Device Support” was empty. In Step3, i got two bundles: 2.0 and 2.0.1, so i choose 2.0; everything worked right. Now, i got a question: i´ve already installed some apps, use the wifi, use openssh (succesfully connected via sftp), sync info, etc. BUT I can´t set a passcode, the ipod won´t use the passcode and if i try to reset it it tells me it´s wrong. I even restored the ipod (using the pwnage bundle, everything went cool, got my pineapple fast…), thinking that i maybe messed the passcode when i set it, but nooop… it´s the same. I liked the passcode feature, any ideas about this? Cheers to all you, jailbreak people! MobileTerminal rocks….

  • agastrico

    Ok, my passcode problem is solved. Quick:
    # Type chmod 777 /var/Keychains
    # Type chmod -R 777 /private/var/Managed\ Preferences/

    And that’s it. More reading here:
    http://www.talentgrouplabs.com/blog/archive/2008/08/26/solving-pwnagetool-2.0.3-permission-issues.aspx
    Thanks for sharing!

  • ash

    it couldnt find my firmware
    what shud i do?????????????

  • agastrico

    Ash, don´t know in win, but in the mac, the tool creates the firmwarebundle in the desktop. Cheers.

  • brook

    I messed up my jailbreak and ended up installing 2.02. It says you can install the windows one on on a 2.02 ipod touch, will this work for macs too? Do I need to downgrade first? Also you say to hold down the ALT key. On my Imac the alt key is the option key unless you hold down shift, should I hold down shift and alt or just option.

  • http://None Brook

    I nresponse to my last question, I got it working this time! They mean hold down the OPTION key not ALT key. And yes it works on 2.02 on a mac. Thanks DEV team, you kick ass!

  • badican

    Thanks great instructions and got into phone but it will not recognise my sim help please!

  • Paul

    is this only for mac or can it be done on windows

  • Myck

    What are the advantages of jailbreaker?
    plssss answer
    before i jailbreak my ipod touch….

    ty

  • Julius

    I keep on getting error code -21 when trying to restore using the custom ipsw file

  • mark

    i got up to the part with the dfu and got pass that then when i hold down alt and press restore it restores until when it’s done it says error 1600 and i have to do everything over again

  • alex

    iTunes doesn’t detect my iPod once enter DFU mode. Someone please help?

  • Ryan

    dont know what to do every time I choose a firmware version Pwnage Tool says its the wrong version, The version i have is 2.0, and I have downgraded to 2.0 and am trying to use Pwnage Tool and when I have to use expert to choose the IPSW file and it says im using the wrong version I also have a 2.2 version and it too says i have the wrong version, how do i fix this.

  • Ryan

    ok new problem i do everything correctly and i get an error code when i try to restore with the custom restore and thats when i get the error code, an unexpected error has occurred (1600) it says, whats up

  • Jack

    I tried it and I couldn’t open it, it asked me what I wanted too open it on! HELP!

  • Jack

    Does Version 2.2.5. work on 2nd gen ipod touchs

  • Jack

    Now my pwnage can’t get the firmware help!

  • Sean

    Wow…….It looks like its definitely not worth it to try and JAILBREAK your device.. I’m looking at the comments and it seems like many have done more harm to their device than good

  • 4nd3r50n

    i need help please!! my ipod froze on its home screen so it looks like a pineapple and the background is all black plz i need help!!!!

    contact me at mnrockets04@yahoo.com

  • DDA -HELP!

    I used the method above to jailbreak my ipod touch and it all worked fine at first. Itunes then updated automatically to Firmware 2.1 and then Cydia disappeared! Does anybody know how I get it back? I tried downloading it from my ipod but it doesnt work. I went through the whole process again to try to get it back but Cydia still doesn’t appear…

  • http://www.no-name-com.piczo.com Yaz

    mine keeps failing while it builds the ipsw, it keeps saying srry i haz FAIL >:o

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  • caleb

    I have a question if i jailbreak it can i still restore it to its original setting like not jailbroken?

  • jasper

    can someone help me jailbreak my ipod 2g because i dont know how to do it

  • steve

    is it possible to take the jailbreak off?

  • bob steve smith

    if i jailbreak, will it take away the progress of my apps, for example. i play mafia live, will it take away the progress? i have it on the computer too so i could care less i just have some other apps like iknights and others that arent on the computer so will i lose the progress?

  • keinohrhase

    Hello the jailbreak won’t works with the new itunes.