Guide to Jailbreaking your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/Apple TV

iOS Jailbreaking is a process that allows devices running Apple’s iOS operating system (e.g. iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and recently Apple TV) to gain full access (root access) to all features of the said operating system, thereby removing limitations imposed by Apple. Once jailbroken, iOS users are able to download additional applications, extensions and themes that are unavailable through the official App Store, via installers such as Cydia, one of a number of current means for older iPhones. A jailbroken iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS can still use the App Store and iTunes and other normal functions, such as making telephone calls.

Below is a consolidated list of every iOS device and the jailbreaking tool required for nearly every version of the firmware. To simplify the process, I recommend upgrading your device to the newest iOS version supported by the jailbreak prior to performing the jailbreak. For now (3/20/2011), stay away from version 4.3 as the jailbreak is not yet ready for release (with the exception of the Apple TV).

Pick your iDevice and Firmware

iPod Touch 1G, 2G

2.2.1
3.1.2
3.1.3
4.0
4.0.1
4.1
4.2.1

iPod Touch 3G, 4G

3.1.3
4.0
4.0.1
4.1

4.2.1

4.3GM

4.3.1

iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS

2.2.1
3.1.2
3.1.3
4.0
4.0.1
4.1
4.2.1
4.3.1

iPhone 4

4.0
4.1
4.2.6
4.3 Beta 1

4.3 Beta 2

4.3.1

iPad

3.2
3.2.1
4.2.1
4.3.1

IPad 2

No jailbreak currently available

Apple TV 1G, 2G


4.1
4.1.1
4.3
4.3.1

Comex

MuscleNerd

P0sixNinja

FireCore

Geohot

*Note some New Devices (MC, New Bootrom) Firmwares or tethered or untethered status are not supported.

*Parts of this post were taken from another tech website, the URL of which is not available to me. If you know the source for the images, please give the URL in the comments. Thank you!

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