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Solution for redsn0w stuck at ‘Waiting to reboot’ message : iPhone, iPod Touch [Mac/Windows]

20 July 2009 24 Comments

I was trying to Jailbreak an iPhone 2G, iPod Touch using redsn0w 0.9 and interestingly enough, had the same issue “stuck at Waiting to reboot” message in redsn0w in both instances. I tried both Mac OS X Leopard and Win XP with no avail.

UPDATE : I faced the same issue with iPhone 3G and 3GS too! Fortunately enough, it has a simple solution.

Solution : When you see the ‘Waiting for reboot’ message in redsn0w, unplug the USB cable from the iPhone and plug it back in! Weird but it worked in all attempts! It is a feature maybe!

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  • jono said:

    great solution!!!!!!! thanks!!!!

  • Joe said:

    Ya worked Great!!! If only it was posted on Dev Teams blog

  • michael d said:

    did not work help just got the new 3GS

  • kkiran said:

    What is the firmware version? Is it 3.0.1?

    Sent from my iPhone

  • michael d said:


  • kkiran said:

    Did you try the unplug USB trick as mentioned in this post?

    Sent from my iPhone

  • michael d said:


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  • Michael d said:

    Yes I unplug it and it did not do any thing screen stayed blank then plug it back in and it didn’t do anything

  • Mike said:

    Didnt work on multiple tries

  • kkiran said:

    May I have the OS on pc, firmware version on device and type of device (3g/3gs…)…

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Beth Jacob said:

    I have an iphone 3Gs as well- it also get sstuck on the reboot screen and I also tried the unplug method–Doesn't work

    Windows XP
    Iphone firmware 3.0.1
    Redsn0w ver 8.0

  • Kiran said:

    I tested it myself yesterday (3GS) and it worked great. In redsn0w, you browsed to 3.0 firmware and 3.0.1 firmware right?So when it says waiting for reboot, did you give it a minute or so? After that, did you just unplug the cable and plug it back in after about 3 secs?

  • Beth Jacob said:

    I have tried everything and yes I am using the 3.0 firmware- it stays stuck on "waiting to reboot" the phone never powers back on at all.
    I waited at least 20 min for it- then I retried and did the unplug USB and replug…still nothing.
    Any solutions?

  • kkiran said:

    Please give me your operating system, firmware version and iPhone type – 3g or 3gs

    Sent from my iPhone

  • Beth Jacob said:


    the solution to my problem was where I downloaded the 3.0 firmware–download from Quickpwn they have the correct firmware- I am happily up and jailbroken!
    Thanks for those that were helping!

  • kkiran said:


    Sent from my iPhone

  • Alex said:

    Ahh worked perfectly thanks!

  • skottmckay said:

    Works for me. 3G on 3.0.1

  • jukki said:

    Thank you so much. Currently instaling

  • Thomas said:

    Doesn't do crap.

  • batsuren said:


    If you have any problem (program is not working correctly) that appears when "waiting to reboot"
    just close redsn0w and run it again then go to task manager.
    go to Processes click right on redsn0w.exe, click set affility, check only one CPU.

    that is it try your redsn0w You SEE.

    It worked on my iphone 3gs new bootrom and 4.2.1 firmware

    any quistion leave a comment

  • cybercommune.bretagne.fr said:

    Fantastic post however , I was wanting to know if
    you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Cheers!

  • rrrrr said:

    unpluged and changed usb port , tnx

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