Jailbreak iPhone 4.2 for iPhone 4 & iPhone 3GS (Windows & Mac)

How to Jailbreak iPhone 4 & iPhone 3GS with iOS Version 4.2 Using Greenpois0n

Warning: Jailbreak at your own risk. Please exercise caution and read the comments, as these jailbreak instructions are not guaranteed to work.

For tutorials on jailbreaking another iPhone version, visit my comprehensive iPhone Jailbreak tutorial.

This tutorial contains jailbreak instructions for both Windows and Mac users, using Greenpois0n.

Windows & Mac Users


  1. iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS
  2. Firmware: 4.2 (check your version in Settings » General » About)
  3. Download 4.2.1 IPSW (iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS)
  4. Download Greenpois0n RC5 b2 (Windows or Mac)

Jailbreak Instructions

1. First, you must update your iPhone to version 4.2.1. To do this, open iTunes and click your iPhone device in the left sidebar. Then hold the Option key on your keyboard and click the Restore button in iTunes. Browse for the 4.2.1 IPSW that you previously downloaded and let iTunes update your iPhone software version.

2. With your iPhone plugged in via USB and iTunes off, open Greenpois0n.

3. Click Jailbreak and follow the on-screen instructions to put your iPhone in DFU mode.

4. Once the Jailbreak is finished, your iPhone will reboot. Open the new “Loader” app on your screen.

5. Then touch Cydia to install it.

6. If you would like to remove the Loader app, open Loader, go to Options and touch Remove Loader app.

Was your jailbreak successful? Please post questions and suggestions in the comments.