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Jailbreak Your iPhone or iPod Touch with iOS 4 the Easy Way

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In case you haven’t heard the news over the past couple of days, there is now an incredibly easy way to jailbreak your iPod Touch or iPhone running iOS 4. Here we will take a look at how easy the process is.

Here we are using an iPod Touch 32GB device, but it works the same with an iPhone as well.

Note: There is always a risk of “bricking” your device when you jailbreak it. Make sure this is something you want to do and know there are potential risks involved. Also, this may void the warranty with Apple.


Update to iOS4

If you haven’t done so already…to update your device, plug it into your computer and open iTunes. Then under Devices click on the iPod or iPhone and under the Summary Tab and Version click Update.


Click the Update button…


You will get information on the new iOS 4 version.


Agree to the Software License Agreement…


Then the update will take place, give it a few minutes while it completes.


Sync & Backup Your iPod or iPhone

Before we get started with the jailbreak, make sure to sync and backup your device. Under Devices right-click the iPod Touch or iPhone and select backup and Sync.



You will get a message at the top of iTunes letting you know it has completed.


Connect to Wi-Fi Network

Disconnect your iPhone or iPod Touch from your computer and connect to a Wi-Fi Network. If you’re a beginner and now sure how to do this, check out our article on how to connect your mobile devices to a Wi-Fi network.


Now open Safari and navigate to


Once connected you will get a message explaining JailbreakMe and you simply need to slide to jailbreak.


It might take a couple minutes for the tool to download and install…especially the last couple of days the site has been quite busy. You won’t need to do anything else, just let it install and wait until you get the message “Cydia has been added”. It will then ask you if you’re a User, Hacker, or Developer to help apply filters.


That’s all there is to it! This is the easiest method to jailbreak an iPod Touch or iPhone that we have seen yet.

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When we first tried this on our iPod Touch, the screen in Safari would freeze up.


Then we would get a message saying it didn’t work and to try it again. After repeated attempts at trying it again, we finally went in and reset the iPod Touch. Go into Settings and under General select Reset.


Then select Reset All Settings.


You will get a warning message verifying you want to reset all settings. No data or media will be deleted, but you might want to make sure to back it up for good measure.


After we did that, we went back to and the process was successful and could access Cydia and enjoy our jail broken iPod Touch.


Reverse JailbreakMe

If you decide that a Jailbreak is not for you, it’s easily reversible! Just plug in your phone or iPod and then open iTunes and sync it.


After that is done, under Version click the Restore button.


You will be asked to backup your settings first…


Then verify you want to restore it to factory settings. Unfortunately all media and other data will be erased, though you should have the option to restore all your data.


It will take several minutes to complete and will be shown the status at the top of iTunes.


And will get a few other screens that come up showing the restore process.


Now you can set it up as a new device or restore from a backup.


We still had iOS 4 installed and our screen shots were restored, however our music and apps collection was missing on the device.


Here we searched for Cydia and it was completely gone.


We also had to go in and re-add the Apps and our music. We didn’t have a whole lot of music and apps installed anyway so it wasn’t a big deal. However, if you have a lot of data, just keep in mind results may vary.



This technique is by far the easiest way to jailbreak your iPod Touch or iPhone running iOS 4.0. Other than the first few attempts at installing it, after we reset the iPod Touch it installed perfectly. Remember, you’ll only want to do this if you’re not worried about voiding your warranty with Apple, and want the ability to use apps, themes, and other tweaks not approved by Apple. Once you’ve done a jailbreak you’ll probably want to leave it how it is and not reverse it, especially if you have a lot of data on the device.

What is your take? Have you ever done a Jailbreak on an Apple device before and are you happy you did? Let us know in the comments.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 08/3/10

Comments (23)

  1. Gamaware

    I had a lot of trouble doing it, but after I restored my iPod I was able to do it, and I guess we can avoid losing the warranty by restoring it to its factory settings, I mean how would they know?

  2. Pari

    Hello, I have updated to OS 4.0 but dint save SHSH blobs for 3.1.3.. There were complaints that with OS 4.0, u hv problems connecting with Wi-fi .. So I cant jail-break .. I cant even downgrade from 4.0 to 3.1.3 . .

    Bad luck ..

  3. Jeff

    Worked perfectly on my 64gb iPod Touch third gen with iOS 4.0. I’ve jailbroken before many times on previous iPods and iPhones for friends and family. This is by far the most simple method out there I have ever used! Thank you so much for showing me this!

  4. Lee

    Awesome. Really easy. I only had to restore the iPod, then download. Simple.

  5. Pyronova

    Clearing your MobileSafari cache, history and cookies, then setting to always accept cookies and finally rebooting will also stop it from freezing on an iPod Touch. At least then you don’t have to reset all of your settings.

    I’ve been jailbroken since 3.1.3, and this is by far the easiest method.

  6. Sailfree

    Is there an equally simple way to unlock it? I’m in Panama now using a jailbroken and unlocked OS 3 iPhone. I have to have it unlocked to use in various countries and assume if I use this method to update and jailbreak to OS 4 it will be locked again. Thanks.

  7. Katherine

    Nice! If I owned either of those devices, I’d definitely give this a try. Of course, Apple’s policy towards jail breaking is downright scurry. Talk about control freaks!

  8. Chuckles

    well its now leaglized and allowed , just frowned upon , i made a youtube video on this a day before this article came out

  9. nacho

    hi, i have a question, Is the tethered-boot thing needed to reboot an ipod touch 3G?

  10. Bobro

    done, first time, easy as pie (easy pie, i suppose i dont make many pies), I only wanted it for tethering, i still beleive in paying for Apps that people have put time and effort in… but paying for internet connection and then paying again to use this tiny part of internet use! Stupid !!

  11. part135

    Nice artical but does this also unlock the iPhone so I can use T-Mobile?

  12. michael

    hi i have a iphone 3g and did the jailbreak but my phone says this device has a pending TSS request does anyone know wat this means? thanx!!!

  13. Logan

    It wont let me slide it. what should i do?

  14. John

    If you upgrade today 12/08/10 then you can’t jailbreak. Apple have stopped it. If you want to do it don’t

  15. Chase

    I have an ipod touch 3rd generation with 32gb capacity. I mistakenly restored my ipod via the “erase all media” option under general in settings because if i restored from my computer it would install the update for 4.02, ensuring that i would have to wait for to update its installer software. Now, however, my iPod is stuck in restore mode; the apple icon came up, then a line of random colors came up near the top, and the spinner icon came up over the apple. Is there any way to reverse this?

  16. Brahyne

    Will this work if I want to update/restore using iOS 4.0.2 ?

  17. sb

    it says my sofware is to new i need to change it to 4.0.1 or sumthang!!??? im on 4.1 can i still do it or no?

  18. ken

    hi did anyones ipod get messed up please comment back to this

  19. Steven

    If I were to just go to the jailbreakme and slide the bar with out doing the prior would I break my iPod? I say this because I don’t have a computer in which I tether my iPod to.

  20. keith

    iOS 4.0 Custom Activated With Cydia for iPhone 3GS

    This firmware only works with iPhone 3GS

    iPhone 3GS
    iTunes 10.0.1

    Use iTunes to restore this firmware.


    100% working, enjoy

  21. Lorenzo

    I can’t jailbreak because my firmware is 4.2.1 please help

  22. Max

    Its telling me i cant get on

  23. PwNhAcKkCzZ

    @michael, i
    U need a new sim to use

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