A cost-free jailbreak can make any Apple phones such as iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 6, 6s, 6 plus, 7, 8 or even the latest iPhone X wishes come true, which includes download, install and run lots of remarkable applications, customize options, tether with laptop and iPad, etc. Perhaps certain iPhone users consider an untethered jailbreak as being a prolonged and difficult procedure.
In fact, a proper “jailbreak” it’s quite easy to perform not influencing the performance of your terminal, although entirely reversible, performing properly for all your Apple phones.
Shortly after the iPhone’s very first release in the year 2007, people began to pontificate about ways to potentially use Web applications in a way that wasn’t completely limited to the Apple’s mandatory browser. After the iPhone 3G was on the shelves, however, people were amazed by all of the thousands upon thousands of applications that could now be directly downloaded to the phone itself without the need for browser interaction. Even though there are now well over ten thousand different applications that people can download and make use of at their leisure, there are still a certain amount of limitations that customers still seek to bypass.
The science of iPhone JailBreaking
Jailbreaking is the answer to many people’s desires to find a new way of bypassing the limitations set upon them by Apple’s integrate web application security; the name practically speaks for itself. With a jailbroken iPhone, you can have access to a variety of features that Apple has locked off; the locked off capabilities are relatively standard fare in other cell phones, making many people see a jailbroken iPhone as essentially just being a properly working, modern phone. Some of the features that were blocked off prior to the implementation of jailbreaking were things as simple as video recording, a personalized ringtone, zooming in for better focus in a picture, and being able to customize the general interface with your own icons. With the use of a jailbreak, an iPhone owner is able to have access to all limited features thanks to the ability to run on third party applications that Apple has chosen not to distribute on its own. The programs are, in order to avoid any skirmishes with Apple, distributed entirely through the developing party and kept in circulation completely independently. If the third party applications were distributed through Apple, then the third-party developers would have to pay a distribution fee.
The Potential of JailBreaking
If you’re feeling just a little bit more anarchistic than the average bear, then there may be more attractive things to look than just being able to record a slightly longer video than what’s typically allowed. When a phone is completely jailbroken, there are even more things that the user can do than what a less informed person may initially believe. Before we can dive into what’s truly the reach of jailbroken iPhone capabilities, however, we must first realize just how the regular iPhone is run.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The benefits are obvious. A jailbroken iPhone is able to provide much more functionality than the standard one. Here are some of the jailbreak benefits:
- The ability to unlock the network;
- The possibility of modifying the system files;
- The ability to install applications rejected by Apple and other applications developed by third-party companies via Cydia;
- Able to install any software for free;
- Possible customization for a device that have installed previous versions of iOS;
- Bluetooth transfer between iPhone and other devices (iPhone, iPod, PC, … any device that has Bluetooth)
Disadvantages are little. The jailbreak process is completely reversible by a simple restore in iTunes. The only real disadvantage can occur when you jailbreak your iPhone, the process crashes and sometimes you are forced to resume it or do a restore.
- The possibility of losing the warranty. However, by a simple restore process in iTunes, bring the phone to its original shape;
- Impairing the functionality, for many applications installed on Cydia. Applies when you abuse the installing software;
Cydia is a program that can be used to install, browse and download all of the third party applications that you’ll ever need, and it’s located in the general jailbreaking tools that you’ll get when searching for your own virtual rig to completely free Web application browsing.
Potential to Unlock any iPhone
Another major reason to consider jailbreaking is that it opens the window to unlocking the phone. While jailbreaking and unlocking would seem very easy to get confused as meaning the exact same thing, they are actually quite different. To jailbreak a phone means to get it an unlimited range of access to third party applications, unlocking the iPhone refers to the carrier. An iPhone that’s been unlocked has had its SIM lock broken, which allows it have complete compatibility with any carrier that the user chooses to subscribe it to. A jailbroken iPhone does not immediately imply that the phone can be subscribed to any carrier than the person wants, but it does mean that the phone at least has the potential.
The ability to unlock a phone is given to the iPhone after jailbreaking because of the effects on the phone’s firmware, allowing it to have access to any number of third party applications. Firmware is easy to understand if you combine your understanding of hardware and software. Hardware has to do with the physical components of your device, software has to do with the programs that can be activated and run on the device, and firmware concerns the internal code that gives different instructions for the hardware to follow. Firmware can be compared to a “script” that the iPhone follows in order for it to operate. Your iPhone firmware also determines the level of the different installed security patches within the device to be activated in the case that they are actually needed. While Apple often releases an updated version of firmware to make their devices less susceptible to bugs and to provide refurbished features, a jailbroken iPhone will generally have no need for such updates.
Do not confuse jailbreak with unlock (unlock the device from a certain network to use any carier). Jailbreak without unlock possible, not vice versa!
Things to Remember about iPhone Jailbreak
Jailbreaking your iPhone can indeed be an attractive and relatively economical concept; there are several small details that shouldn’t be glossed over if you’re really going to go through with it. The kind of method used to a jailbreak a phone varies between different models, so you have to acquaint yourself with your specific model of phone and the methods for jailbreaking that phone specifically; neglecting to check could result in causing irreparable damage to your device, which will be voided due to you making alterations to the manufacturing settings.
Is it Legal?
Yes! There have been attempts in the U.S. for this process to be outlawed but the trial court has given the verdict that the jailbreak process is perfectly legal as long as you do not use code owned by someone else.
All one needs to do first is to do is find a reputable free jailbreak tool to handle the job. One must also check if the latest version of iTunes is running on your iPhone. This must be properly in sync so that important files will be backed up easily.
If you’re interested in learning how to jailbreak iPhone for free, here are some step-by-step guide that you can follow to make it possible:
Electra Jailbreak for iPhone
UPDATED: July 7, 2018 – As promised, CoolStar released its Electra tool for iOS 11.2 – 11.3.1 jailbreak. Before you start, make sure you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch compatible with this jailbreak.
This jailbreak is not suitable for Apple devices running iOS 11.4 or later. iOS bugs exists but Apple can still fill them by the final iOS version scheduled for this fall.
In the coming weeks new updated versions could be published that should correct the problems so far identified by users. So always use the latest Electra jailbreak version.
On iOS 11.3-11.3.1 the Apple device will reboot twice and Electra jailbreak will have to run again after the first reboot.
- Electra jailbreak supports iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6 (+ Plus), iPhone 6s (+ Plus), Phone 7 (+ Plus), Phone 8 (+ Plus), iPhone X running iOS 11.2, iOS 11.2.1, iOS 11.2.2, iOS 11.2.5, iOS 11.2.6, iOS 11.3, iOS 11.3.1.
- Cydia will be installed automatically.
- OpenSSH will be enabled on port 22.
- The Electra repository will be added by default.
- Several packages and tweaks will still need to be updated to introduce compatibility with iOS 11.
- RocketBootstrap 1.0.6 (or later version) is required on iOS 11.
How to Jailbreak iPhone running iOS 11.2 / iOS 11.3.1
Before you start jailbreaking your iPhone with Electra, it’s a good idea to back up your data, because there’s a good chance you’ll lose them. You can back up your data using iCloud, or iTunes.
Also, disable Find My iPhone for iCloud, even if it’s not necessary.
According to developers, it’s very important to delete the OTA Update files on iOS 11.4 downloaded in your Apple devices. To do this, go to Settings> General> Storage, Settings> General> iPhone Storage, and delete iOS 11.4 OTA from there by going to the section and clicking the delete button.
- Download Electra jailbreak from here and Cydia Impactor from here. You must download the NON Dev Account version if you do not have an account for developing iOS applications, or the Dev Account if you have an account.
- Connect your iPhone to your computer using the charging cable, and if you have iTunes installed, close the program before it starts.
- Open Cydia Impactor, and your iPhone should already be recognized by the program.
- Select the Electra1131-1.0-vfs application downloaded in step 1, then drag & drop without letting the click button drag it over the Cydia Impactor interface, and the procedure will start automatically.
- In the first step you will be asked to enter the email address used for your Apple ID. In the second step you will be asked to enter the password. So, make sure you enter the correct data.
- If everything worked properly, then you should have Electra installed in your iPhone.
- Before you open it, you must go to Settings> General> Profiles & Device Management, Configurations> General> Manage Devices, select your Apple ID and trust the Electra application, confirming the alert shown below.
- Open the Electra app and press the Jailbreak button, then wait.
The procedure itself should take less than 1 minute, depending on the device, and if you do not see Cydia installed, then repeat the procedure.
LiberiOS Jailbreak for iOS 11 / 11.1.2
The jailbreak developer and iOS hacker Jonathan Levin stood up to the challenge and released LiberiOS, a new jailbreak tool that allows, for the first time, to semi-jailbreak iOS 11 and iOS 11.1.2. That means that every time your iPhone reboot you will be forced to run the LiberiOS application and perform the jailbreak again.
Also keep in mind that the LiberiOS jailbreak has a 7-day certificate, so after a week of installation you will have to install the app once again using Cydia Impactor.
- LiberiOS is a free jailbreak tool that supports iOS 11, iOS 11.0.1, iOS 11.0.2, iOS 11.0.3, iOS 11.1, iOS 11.1.1, iOS 11.1.2.
- LiberiOS supports all iOS devices upgraded to iOS 11 or later compatible versions, so iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus , iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPad Pro 12.9 “, iPad Pro 12.9” (second generation), iPad Pro 10.5 “, iPad Pro 9.7”, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (2017), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 , iPad mini 2.
- This jailbreak is semi-tethered and therefore requires resuming some steps every time you restart the device.
Perform a full backup (possibly on both iTunes and iCloud), of your device before starting the jailbreak process.
Also make sure your device has enough battery life to complete the entire jailbreaking operation.
Note: Currently Cydia is not included in this jailbreak and therefore will not be installed. We advise against searching and installing Cydia via unofficial sources. Just be patient, this is a first release of LiberiOS and probably the tool will be improved later, including the automatic installation of Cydia and compatibility with the Mobile Substrate.
Also Cydia Substrate needs to be updated to work on iOS 11.
How to Use LiberiOS on iPhone
- First download LiberiOS Jailbreak app and Cydia Impactor. Cydia Impactor is a tool available on PC, Mac and Linux versions. Download, the version compatible with your operating system.
- Install LiberiOS IPA file using Cydia Impactor – Just connect your iPhone to the computer via the cable and open Cydia Impactor on your computer. Then drag the LiberiOS file onto the program and enter the email address of your Apple ID and password. Don’t worry, the data will only be sent to Apple. An Apple Developer account is required otherwise the process will fail.
- After the automatic process of Cydia Impactor, you will find the LiberiOS app on the home screen of your device. Before opening it, go to Settings> General> Device Management and click on the new profile you just installed on your device. Click on “authorize developer“.
- Return to the Home screen and open the LiberiOS app and click on “Do it” to start the actual jailbreak procedure. From this moment on the jailbreaking procedure will be completely automatic and at the end you will have an iPhone with iOS 11 jailbroken. LiberiOS will confirm the execution of the jailbreak with the message “It worked“.
- Once this is done, each time the iPhone is restarted, it will be necessary to run the LiberiOS app again to use all the tweaks installed on the device. Otherwise, your iPhone will start in a non-jailbroken state. Also remember that the LiberiOS profile expires every 7 days, so it will be necessary to re-install the app every week via Cydia Impactor.
As mentioned, this jailbreak tool is still preliminary and will probably be improved in the future. If you are not a developer or you do not have enough knowledge to proceed with the manual installation of Cydia or other various tweaks, we suggest you wait for a later and more stable release.
iOS 10.1.1 – iOS 10.2 Semi-Untethered Jailbreak
iOS 10.2 Jailbreak is finally here trough Yalu Jailbreak App and in can be used on basically any 64 bit devices, the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad mini 2, 3 and 4, iPad Air 1 and 2 on iOS 10 – 10.2. It is working on iPhone 7 as well, but only running iOS 10.1.1.
The type of jailbreak that we will be doing today is a semi-untethered jailbreak, meaning that you will not need a computer to jailbreak your device again every time you restart your iPhone, but you will need to run Yalu App directly from your phone.
Before you proceed further, please keep in mind that being a jailbreak done trough Yalu App, your certificate will expire after every seven days so you will need to reinstall Yalu app every week in order to keep your device jailbroken. It does not take more than a minute or two the repeat the installation weekly, however, if this is a showstopper for you, than you should wait a bit longer until another option will be available. Be sure that we will report on it and make tutorials as soon as a different version will be out, so you might subscribe to our mailing list to get the news in your inbox.
If that’s OK with you however, than let’s proceed further!
Note: This Jailbreak does not work on iOS 10.2.1 or 32 bit devices. If you are on 10.2.1, you should downgrade to 10.2 trough iTunes because right now Apple is still signing 10.2.
Backup your iPhone
You need to create a backup not only to have your awesome stuff backed up, but also to be able to downgrade in the future if it’s needed. You also never know what can go wrong, especially when doing a jailbreak and you need to wipe your phone, so a backup might come in handy if needed.
If you do not have it already installed, you need to download and install Cydia Impactor on your computer because this is what we will be using to install Yalu App on your iPhone.
For those unfamiliar with Cydia Impactor, this piece of software allows you to install iPhone Apps from your computer by creating a certificate for seven days. Hence the weekly re-installation necessity. This will basically transform you into a developer in the eyes of Apple and you are permitted to install locally stored Apps as if you want to try them out on your iPhone.
Install Yalu App
- Download Yalu App from here (click the Download Now button)
- Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB
- Run Cydia Impactor and drag the Yalu app (ipa expension) into the Cydia Impactor interface
- Add your Apple credentials (will be submitted directly to Apple)
Now Yalu App is installed on your computer, but we still need to do a step more before running it.
Trust Yalu App
As this App is installed by a third party and not trough Apple Store, you’ll need to tell your device that you are trusting the developer (which is you prom your previous step). To do this, go to Settings -> General -> Device Management, select Yalu App and hit trust.
Now you only need to launch Yalu App, tap to jailbreak and boom! (note: you may have to try more than once)
As said before, step 3 and 4 needs to be repeated every week as the certificate expire. After restarting your iPhone you just need to run Yalu again.
iOS 9.3.3 – 9.2 Jailbreak Available – but Rough
As we expected, this jailbreak comes from the Pangu Team: previous jailbreaks have also come from Pangu and, while this is great news, their jailbreak tools are sometimes a little rough around the edges. This new 9.3.3 jailbreak
is in Chinese, Pangu have released the English version, and it’s only available for Windows. It’s also a semi-tethered jailbreak, which means that whenever you reboot your iPhone you’ll need to use an app to jailbreak everything again.
Note: this new jailbreak by Pangu has been designed for iOS devices on the 64-bit standard: this means that you won’t be able to install the jailbreak tool on Apple devices below the A7 series. So, with iPhone’s it means that models prior to the iPhone 5S, 4S, and below, will be locked out.
For the time being, Pangu will only work on a PC, meaning that Mac users are out of luck. But that’s not a problem, because there’s a new way of jailbreaking iOS 9.3.3 without using a computer. So, if you only have a Mac computer, don’t worry, because you can use iOS 9.2 to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 in just a matter of minutes.
The great news about this jailbreak is that Pangu’s tool is not really complicated to use, and it really only requires a few clicks.
Ideally you’ll wait until they’ve ironed out all the bugs in this tool, but if you’re really anxious to get jailbreaking right now, then it is doable.
Here’s How to Jailbreak iPhone Running iOS 9 – 9.0.2
We must admit that Pangu Team surprised everyone with the release of its jailbreak for iOS 9 to iOS 9.0.2, supporting iPhone 6s/6s Plus/6/6 Plus/5s/5c/5/4s terminals. This tutorial will show you the right way to jailbreak your iPhone running iOS 9.0.2 with Pangu 9.
Before you start, here are some important notes:
- Start by backing-up all your data to either iCloud or iTunes;
- If you have already upgraded to any version of iOS 9 from an ‘Over The Air‘ (OTA) update system you must be sure to first restore to a fresh version of iOS 9.0.2 from iTunes. Failure to do this will probably result in a jailbreak failure on your iPhone. iOS 9.0.2 is available from here;
- Latest version of iTunes installed.
- The first step is to turn off Find My iPhone on your iPhone. To do this, go to Settings – iCloud – Find My iPhone – then turn off ‘Find my iPhone‘.
- Turn off Passcode and Touch ID unlock. Do this by navigating to Settings – Touch ID & Passcode, then tap on ‘Turn Passcode Off‘.
- From Settings, switch on Airplane Mode.
- Download Pangu 9 for Windows or Mac.
- Launch Pangu 9 by connecting your iPhone to your computer.
- For the jailbreak to begin, you must now click on the Start button in the center.
- Another window will open: to continue, tap on ‘Already backup‘.
- You will notice during the jailbreak process that two apps appear on the Home screen – one named WWDC and the other named Pangu. Now your iPhone will reboot automatically, after which the tool will ask that you unlock your device and turn on Airplane Mode.
- Once you have turned on Airplane Mode again you will notice that the tool continues on with the jailbreaking process.
- Now wait a short while, and it will ask you to run the Pangu app from your Home screen. Do this, and when prompted give access to Photos app.
- Wait for a moment while the jailbreak completes: you will then get a message ‘Jailbreak Completed‘ on the tool. It is now safe for you to close the Pangu app on Windows. When your terminal restarts you will notice that you now have Cydia on the Home screen.
And that’s all there is. Your iPhone is now jailbroken.
Now that you have jailbroken your iPhone, don’t forget to turn on Find My iPhone and Touch ID/Passcode on your device.
How to Jailbreak iOS 8.4 – 8.1 using TaiG
Recently, Apple released its new iOS 8 update, known as Version iOS 8.4. This update provides various improvements and fixes to iOS devices including a fix to an issue with the iTunes Store ringtone. At this point it appears that Apple hasn’t yet fixed the security exploits which allow users to jailbreak their iPhones.
TaiG has just released version 2.4.3 of its iOS 8 jailbreaking tool, and this one is capable of jailbreaking iOS 8.4. As with past releases of jailbreaking tools, this one is also a Windows-only tool. So, you can follow our step-by-step guide if you’re running Windows. If you’re on Mac then you should use our virtual machine tutorial on running Windows OS X and jailbreaking.
The TaiG jailbreaking tool comes complete with version 1.1.23 of the Cydia Store, and this can be installed by the user during the process of jailbreaking.
Please note: iTunes must be installed on Windows so it can be recognized by your iPhone 4s.
- If possible, update to iOS 8.4 on your iPhone using a fresh install;
- Connect your iOS device to your terminal: now disable Passcode Lock and Find My iPhone;
- Download the TaiG 2.4.3 tool, extract it, and then run it;
- Your iPhone should automatically be detected by the Taig tool. Once it’s been detected, uncheck the 3K Assistant app install option, then click the green start button;
- Once the jailbreak has been completed you’ll be prompted to close the TaiG tool;
Now you can launch Cydia on your iPhone. Enjoy your new found freedom with your jailbroken iOS 8.4 install.
How to Jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 using Pangu
The Pangu team have done it again! They’ve just released their Pangu8 jailbreak tool, allowing you to jailbreak your iPhone running iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 on Windows and Mac. If, like so many other users, you’ve been waiting for instructions on how to jailbreak your iPhone for free, here they are, using Pangu8 (for Mac).
Before you begin, here are some important points:
- Pangu supports iOS8 and iOS 8.1 on iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, 6 and 6 Plus;
- Before you alter anything at all on your Apple device remember to make a backup. There are always risks with jailbreaking so protect yourself by using iTunes or iCloud to cover yourself: Go to Settings, then iCloud – Storage – Backup, and then turn on iCloud Backup.
- It’s important to disable Passcode Lock and Find My Phone before you begin the jailbreaking process. Once you’ve completed the jailbreak you can re-enable them.
- And finally, it’s important that you have the very latest install of iTunes (12.0.1 or even newer) and let it run throughout the entire process.
We’ve had many reports that this free jailbreak tool works very well, but just in case something does go wrong it’s nice to know you’ve got an escape plan.
This particular guide is designed for Mac users, however the steps are very similar for Windows users.
- Download the latest version of the Pangu jailbreak tool;
- Using the USB cable connect your computer to your iPhone;
- Turn off ‘Find My Phone’: go to Settings, iCloud, Find My Phone, enable Airplane Mode, Disable Passcode from Settings, Touch ID & Passcode;
- Locate the Pangu dmg file and right click. This will advise that Pangu8 is a downloaded application from the Internet and ask if you’re sure you want to continue. To continue, click on the Open button;
- It may take some time for Pangu to detect your terminal. Once it’s found it, click on the ‘Start Jailbreak‘ blue button;
- If you’ve followed the instructions as per Step 3, and used iTunes to make a backup of your device, you can now click on ‘Already Did‘ and move on to the jailbreak;
- The jailbreaking process will begin. Your device will reboot several times during the jailbreaking process, but don’t be concerned – this is normal behavior;
- Pangu will inform you when the jailbreak has completed with ‘Jailbreak Succeeded‘! You should now have the Cydia icon on your home screen.
Once your jailbreak has been successfully completed on your iPhone you can go ahead and disable AirPlane Mode and re-enable Find My Phone and Passcode.