Updated: Hacking iPod Touch: the 1 click Windows solution

October 13, 2007

Hacking iPod Touch: the 1 click Windows solutionThe iPod Touch and iPhone hacking community made a lot of progress this past week, and, while the original method of jailbreaking the Touch required a Mac, it wasn’t until just a couple days ago that a Windows solution was released. The hacking community wanted to make it even easier for Windows users, prompting them to release the “one-click” jailbreak

Read the update at the bottom of the article before proceeding! The jailbreak was posted by planetbeing at the MacRumors forum, and is even easier than the recent “extremely easy” Windows method. I added information to the steps where I thought necessary. Here’s how it goes:

Step 1: Download and unzip this:

http://zoo.cs.yale.edu/~yw226/ipod/touchfree4.zip

Step 2: Copy

iTunesMobileDevice.dll

from

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin

to the same folder as touchFree.exe.

Step 3: Restore your iPod Touch to a fresh 1.1.1 state. This isn’t necessary, but it could save you the headache of having to start over due to errors. It happened to me. Don’t let it happen to you.

Step 4: On your iPod Touch, go to

http://jailbreak.toc2rta.com

Safari will crash. This is expected. Do not go to this site unless you’re going to go through with the whole process as it will temporarily make your iPod incompatible with iTunes. This is a very necessary step as it is an important step in enabling read/write access.

Step 5: Close iTunes if it’s open and run touchFree.exe. You will be asked to reboot your iPod multiple times. Just turn it off and on as usual and follow the instructions on screen. Warning: Putting the iPod Touch to sleep is not turning it off!

The end result should be that your iPod is jailbreaked, Installer.app and Trip1Pogostick are installed, and SSH and SFTP are enabled. If you ever need to SSH and SFTP into the Touch, the username is “root” (oddly, I’ve had to use “Root) and the password is “alpine”. If you install programs past the capacity of the homescreen, you can flick left and right for more space.

To install programs, you can use Installer.app. Various programs for the iPhone and iPod Touch are listed, and the program installs them automatically for you.

Installing certain system components, such as “Community Resources” and “BSD Subsystem” will give you access to even more apps through Installer.app, such as the popular instant messaging program Apollo IM.

Some programs, because they were designed for the earlier versions of iPhone firmware, will not work on the iPod Touch, but, if you accidentally install one of these programs, you should be able to easily uninstall it through Installer.app.

Update: A new version of TouchFree is out, which makes the process much simpler. All you have to do is install it and follow the onscreen instructions. Point your browser here to download the latest release.

 

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82 Responses to “Updated: Hacking iPod Touch: the 1 click Windows solution”

  1. JS:

    Thanks for the step by step guide :)

  2. Kyle:

    Hey How is it goin? I got my ipod touch hacked very very easy.. and i was jsut woundering can i put all my music and stuff back on to it or what?? please rely soon

    Kyle.H.

  3. Danny Mendez:

    to Kyle:

    Yes, it should be easy to put all your music, videos, and photos onto the Touch just like usual. After visiting the website which activates the TIFF exploit, this hack re-enables your iPod to be compatible with iTunes.

  4. mike:

    hey is it possible to do this hack on a windows but then use my MAC to update music via iTunes and use my MAC as my primary file transfer?

    or since i would hack it on a windows would i always have to do everything using my windows?

    any help thanks =)

  5. Danny Mendez:

    Once the hack is complete, meaning you’ve gone through all the steps, your iPod will be re-enabled to work with iTunes.

    It doesn’t matter what method you use to hack your iPod Touch, you can access the filesystem via SSH and SFTP on any machine.

    If you hack it on Windows, you don’t have to do everything on a Windows machine. Just like any iPod, whatever computer you “associate” your iPod with, is the computer that it will sync to.

  6. Jack:

    root not Root ;)

  7. Adam:

    i get get past the touchfree.exe step if i press enter it exits. HELP

  8. niel:

    I just tried accessing http://jailbreak.toc2rta.com on my iPod Touch and it does not crash my Safari, it just shows a small questionmark icon in the corner. What now?

  9. wikedz:

    Please stop using “Root” as the username in all of your articles. The username is case sensitive, and it is “root”. Unfamiliar users will end up having a hard time with this in the end.

  10. Allyn:

    Worked flawlessly…awesome.

  11. Danny Mendez:

    The only username that works for me is Root, but i’ll make sure to make that distinction from now on. It seems that root works more often for others.

  12. keys:

    Awesome easiest application of a hack yet.. went smooth and took no more than 15 minutes and most of that was me rebooting the touch

  13. ajspinner:

    Hi I don’t know much about hacking or computer stuff. All I know is I’m accsessing this site from a locked iPod touch, and I want it unlocked. I have Windows Vista so I think I can use this guide to jailbreak my touch! I just need to know how to copy C:\ Program Files\ Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin to whatever file I need it in. I also need to know how to restore my touch to the fresh 1.1.1 state. Also how do I restore the touch if I screw it up? Please help! As soon as I get a reply I’m going to try this! If it works I’m going to tell everybody I know!

  14. Marc:

    Hey, I was just wondering if it is possible to easily reset the iTouch if something during the hacking process doesn’t work. I kinda want to make sure I have a back-up plan before I start screwing around with it.

  15. Danny Mendez:

    to Marc:

    Yes it is possible to easily restore the software should something go wrong. If you stay within the confines of this program and its directions, all you have to is connect your iPod to the computer, open iTunes, click on your iPod icon, and click the restore button. It will automatically restore the iPod to a factory state allowing you to start over.

    With this “one-click” solution, however, you probably won’t mess up.

  16. Jason:

    Just jailbreaked my iPod touch. Thanks a lot.

  17. Marc:

    Awesome, thanks alot for the response!

  18. Jeff:

    what kind of apllications qill i get if i do this please respond fast

  19. Kaw:

    Danny Mendez said: “Yes it is possible to easily restore the software should something go wrong. If you stay within the confines of this program and its directions, all you have to is connect your iPod to the computer, open iTunes, click on your iPod icon, and click the restore button. It will automatically restore the iPod to a factory state allowing you to start over.”

    How am I supposed to access and restore my iPod Touch after I visited http://jailbreak.toc2rta.com/ and disabled discovery of devices. touchFree.exe stucks when I press “Continue to Step 2″. So what am I supposed to do now?

  20. Danny Mendez:

    You need to download the .NET framework from the Microsoft web site. Many programs require the .NET framework in order to work.

  21. John:

    what does the .NET Framework do? because i have a friend that says dont do anything you dont know because you will fuk it up even moreso

  22. fav:

    why don’tu tell them the truth John…. You sqrewed up that thing beyond repair.3

    How does it feel to be a total faliur?

  23. John:

    ….not cool favian. and not i didnt screw it up beyond repair. think next time.

  24. fav:

    Rele then how about u fix that thing by tomorrow and prove me wrong…. dumbass

  25. Robery:

    Actually he didnt sqrew it up fav.

  26. Daniel:

    Following procedure my iTunes recognizes my Touch as an iPhone and want let me restore it Help!!!

  27. Cate:

    Hi all, I’m very new to this tech stuff. I recently bought myself an iTouch, mostly for its video use – can someone explain what this hacking stuff means?
    On a separate note, i am having memory issues with downloading/purchasing videos from itunes – after getting two seasons of office, my comp is already pretty much full. is there any way around this other than putting it on my player and then deleting the videos on my computer?
    Any info or tips would be appreciated. THANKS!

  28. Danny Mendez:

    regarding the hacking stuff, you can read my iPod Touch hacking FAQ here:

    http://mac.blorge.com/2007/10/20/faq-iphone-ipod-touch-hacking-jailbreaking/

    As for your storage issues, I suggest buying an external hard drive. They’re pretty cheap and connect via USB.

  29. joyce:

    i am trying to jailbreak my itouch. whenever i try to connect to http://jailbreak.toc2rta.com/ via safari, it simply routes to http://www.toc2rta.com/ and nothing happens…. any suggestion? thanks!^-^

  30. zak85:

    I am tray to crash the safari by going to the link: http://jailbreak.toc2rta.com but it go back to the link: http://www.toc2rta.com ; so any one can help me plz?

  31. AKA:

    I followed the instructions and I have installed the installer successfully. But the icons screwed up. My video, music icons are overlaping with Safari, contact icon. I unstalled other programs hoping to fix it – it damaged the Touch O/s i guess and I can’t re-boot back as normal. I am stuck with the apple icon, no springboard, no icons – and itune won’t recongize Touch, any suggestion – before returning to shop – bought it a few days ago.

  32. John:

    Hey guys, I cant make touchfree.exe work. When I click the blue box thing in my download folder (Where the unzipped files are) i get this message:”the application failed to initialize properly”

    Pls help, thanks

  33. AKA:

    When i restart my computer the next day and Itune recongnize my Touch (i guess i just have to re-boot my computer when the crash happened to resolve it). I was able to restore Itouch as described.

    I am here to testify the recovery works. I will jailbreak again based on my first success – in fact it is very easy. Just don’t understand why the installer or some of the installed program messed up the icons in the springboard.

  34. Alexdemkin:

    whrn the touchfree thing ende and i went to the installer apps, on my ipod touch, u said that they install for u already, nothings installed helpe me!

  35. nick:

    will not move past patch waited for 3 hours tried multiple times

  36. Jon:

    Worked like a charm, thanks a lot!

  37. jamey:

    thanks alot worked great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. jamey:

    thanks alot worked great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. martiin:

    Vista won’t work – you have to use XP…

  40. your mum:

    i downloaded jailbreak and it all worked fine exept the instaler wouldnt load and when it did it just came up with no results. so i dleated the aplication from my mac and download a new one.
    I then restored it and tryed again

  41. your mum:

    i downloaded jailbreak and it all worked fine exept the instaler wouldnt load and when it did it just came up with no results. so i dleated the aplication from my mac and download a new one.
    I then restored it and tried again but when i tried to go on the thing to crash safari it just came up with the blue question mark icon and now it wont work.

    help?

  42. harry vann:

    hi I jailbroke mine a different way to this and it said that my memory was 300mb! I vowed not to do it again does this way not affect the memory ?
    thanks , harry

  43. Russell:

    Hey danny, i clicked the link on your Update to get the new version of Touchfree but it directed me to this site (http://www.slovix.com/touchfree/) and “Error 404 – Not found, The document you requested is not found” prompted.

    Why is that so? Did they disabled to download the software?

    Thanks.

  44. infmus:

    I just tried accessing http://jailbreak.toc2rta.com on my iPod Touch and it does not crash my Safari.. it’s just stuck at tt site.. =/

  45. John:

    infmus, i hav had the same problem as you, it doesnt crash safari bt just cums up with a blue box with a question mar in it in the top left hand corner. what do we need 2 do 2 fix it? please help me somone!

  46. Jo jo:

    what if a small question mark shows up???

  47. Jo jo:

    what if a small question mark shows up???
    please reply quick

  48. Jo jo:

    what if a small question mark shows up???
    please reply quick

  49. HYL:

    Works perfectly! Thanks.

    Regarding the small question mark, it’s because ur firmware is at 1.1.2.. This requires u to have the firmware at 1.1.1..

  50. BA:

    is there a way to allow the ipod touch (as well as any new ipods) to be able to connect to other itunes libraries instead of only the one that you are allowed to presently?

  51. Tizz:

    I ran everythin accordin to the instructions, and installer works and everything, but my itunes won’t recognize my ipod at all, can someone please help ??

  52. kaka:

    I click the thing that is at the bottom of the article for newest version and says that is an error!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Damani:

    i follow the steps it said it was preparing firmware but it still didnt down grade

  54. Damani:

    i follow the steps it said it was preparing firmware but it still didnt down grade

  55. Damani:

    i followed the steps it said it was preparing firmware but it still didnt down grade

  56. Sammy:

    Hey guys,

    well I got my ipod hacked. Worked very nicley, but when I went to add more music onto my ipod all my hackings got deleted. Was that supposed to happen?

  57. Sammy:

    Hey guys,

    well I got my ipod hacked. Worked very nicley, but when I went to add more music onto my ipod all my hackings got deleted. Was that supposed to happen?

  58. Mattio:

    I’ve worked out why it comes up with the question mark, it is because the ipod software is still at 1.1.3 (or 1.1.2), it happened to me and when i try to restore the ipod to 1.1.1 it doesnt it just removes all files and asks you to back it up if you want to but even if you dont it still remains 1.1.3. Is this apple trying to prevent you from hacking the ipod???
    Can anyone please help?…

  59. Hey:

    Mattio..

    I’m afraid like the rest of us, you’ll have to wait for the clever people to un-fix the fixes Apple have pushed into your Touch.. You’re stuck on 1.1.3 like me, “they” said that they’d restore it to the factory settings, but “they” lied!

  60. Mattio:

    Right I’m back, I worked it out yesterday and spent all day on my jaibreaked ipod :p, i looked all over the forums and I found out how… There is a tutorial on how to restore the ipod to 1.1.1 at this website that took me ages to find! So Hey (im refering to the guy called hey btw, change ur name…) we dont have to be stuck without a jailbroken ipod!!!
    p.s. the website is http://dermapthera.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/downgrade-ipod-touch-version-113-to-111/

  61. Mattio:

    wtf… I’m sure i just posted a comment but it hasn’t shown up… oh well

    what i tried to post before was:
    I’ve worked out yesterday how to downgrade the ipod to 1.1.1!!! (well i found a website :p) so if ur stuck on 1.1.3 and want to jailbreak your ipod then your stuck no longer!! (that was cheesey…) anyway, the website is http://dermapthera.wordpress.com/2008/01/17/downgrade-ipod-touch-version-113-to-111/

    p.s. enjoy!!

  62. Ryan:

    mattio!

    u are a genious!

    woked like a charm…..now hopefully i can jailbreak it!

    genious i say!

    thanks for the hard work yesteday!

  63. Ryan:

    ok danny u are a genious too!

    worked!

    ty

  64. Mattio:

    lol glad i could help Ryan!

    so my comment did post after all :p

  65. Doodee:

    Thanks for sharing

  66. doode:

    Thanks

  67. Howiiee:

    Hi.. I’m New To All This , If you hack an Ipod Touch which is 1.1.1 state, can you then upgrade it to 1.1.3 for free?

    Thanks

  68. Howie:

    Sorry Didn’t Mean To Post It Twice.. It Crashed Half Way Throught The First Time..

  69. Vineet:

    Hey, I was just wondering, if you bought the software upgrade for ipod touch, and you jailbreak it, do you lose the upgrade?

  70. Erin:

    Omg,I thought hacking would wreck my ipod but the info was very ueful and im just on the rebooting stage this is the only formula to hack my ipod that has worked!

  71. alcasio2002:

    hy… if i don’t have wifi can i jailbreak my ipod touch? or i have to have wifi in order to do that? i only have internet on my pc… thanks

  72. amber:

    i was just wondering if i would download game application do i have to have wifi to play it. or can i just use it any time after the initial download?

  73. Jason:

    Thanks to this guide, not others. Most other guides explain, have it all worked out, but the instructions do not fully work.

  74. Dylan:

    i dont have wifi on my touch, so does that mean i cant jailbreak it? cause i downloaded the stuff to my computer and im at the step where i visit the website from my ipod.

  75. chester:

    Hey guys please help me! I tried to jailbreak my ipod touch but the screen just showed a usb chord pointing to the itunes logo. If i choose to restore it and update to the latest software, will it go back to its working state again. PLease help.

  76. dayna:

    ya im at the same place do i need wifi. cuz i dont have it

  77. eric:

    hi i found a itouch can i use it on my own without any problem

  78. john:

    when i try to run the touchfree.exe i get an error message about unable to find version of the runtime to run this application. i downloaded .net 4 and the 32 bytes window imaging thing and it still wont work ? any sugestions

  79. john:

    got past that now getting an message about not able to find ASL.dll? ive looked in all the other files and cant find it … i went to the web site on my ipod and tried unistalling and reinstalling the touchfree and still dont work ….. any ideas?

  80. katie:

    how do i copy the iTunesMobileDevice.dll to the touchfree 4, it wont let me move it to it???

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  82. Maude Fontenelle:

    Do you have downs? There isn’t much aside from an aluminum(If I’m correct) plate and a ribbon connection to see.

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