How to jailbreak your iPhone

How to jailbreak your iPhoneWhile there are reportedly millions of jailbroken iPhones (and iPads and iPod touches) out in the wild, there seems to be a common misconception among less technical types that doing so demands the cyber dexterity of an Anonymous hacker. Not so. Not so at all.

Indeed, this is less of a How to guide, and more of a reassurance that jailbreaking your iPhone is easier than setting up a POP email address. For serious. The entire process should take less than 10 minutes, and mostly involves sitting doing nothing at all.

First thing’s first; jailbreaking is nothing like the minefield it used to be. The chances of “bricking” your iPhone (killing it beyond repair, essentially) are infinitesimal.

However, I’m duty bound to include a disclaimer along the lines of “don’t come crying to us if blah blah blah”. Jailbreak at your own risk, duder.

Also, if you’ve updated to iOS 6.1.3 (which was rolled out last week), you can forget jailbreaking (for now). On a similar note, once jailbroken, you’ll need to wait a while for iOS software updates. If that sounds like hell on earth to you, you might want to think twice about jailbreaking.

iOS 6.1.3, in particular, addresses the passcode bypass that gives access to the iPhone's Phone app, but that's about all. Are we bothered? Not so much.

Finally, it's a good idea to pop into iTunes to back up your iPhone before jailbreaking. Heck, you’re connecting your iPhone to your computer via USB anyway, so it’s no biggie.

Done? Right, let’s jailbreak!

Step 1: download evasi0n

Hit up this link to go to the evasi0n site, where you can find the necessary download for Mac OS X, Linux, or – if you’re really weird – something called “Windows”.

Step 2: run evasi0n

Before running evasi0n, it’s necessary to remove your iPhone passcode. To do so, just tap Settings > General > Passcode lock, and follow the steps. Don’t worry if you forget; evasi0n will simply remind you to remove your passcode and restart the process. Easy!

Upon running, evasi0n will upload a bunch of jailbreak files, and it’s perfectly normal for your iPhone to restart.

Step 3: tap the Jailbreak icon

After a few minutes, you’ll see the following message on your computer: “To continue, please unlock your device and tap the new ‘Jailbreak’ icon. Only tap it once! The screen will go black and then return to the home screen.”

Yep, there’s a little delay after you tap the Jailbreak icon, but – as the message says – don’t tap it again. “What happens if you tap it twice?” asked a particularly inquisitive friend. I’m not sure I want to find out.

The process will continue, and ultimately you’ll see: “Jailbreak complete! The device may restart a few times as it completes the process.”

Indeed, the device will restart a couple of times, once followed by “Setting up Cydia” and “Setting up Cydia packages”, and again before “Initializing offsets”.

Step 4: you’re done!

Seriously, that’s your iPhone jailbroken. You’ll find a spanking new Cydia icon on your homescreen; it’s effectively an App Store for jailbreaky stuff, including themes and widgets and all manner of magical stuff Apple doesn’t like. Fancy using Chrome as your default browser? Done. Goodbye Apple Maps; use Google Maps as the default mapping solution? Also done.

I’ll probably follow up with some sort of Top 5 Cydia apps/tweaks type feature. At some point. For now, enjoy your jailbroken iPhone.

Read more about: Apple iPad miniApple iPhone 5iOSApple iPad 2Apple iPad 3Apple iPad 4Apple iPhone 3GSApple iPhone 4Apple iPhone 4S

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 13:34

Yes, it's really easier than ever. I jailbreaked a couple of iPhones and an iPad with evasion...
No problems... well: one iPhone 5 seemed to be stuck in reboot after the process finished, but I just held homebutton and power for a couple of seconds, and that was that.

I also un-jailbreaked one iPhone 5. In the past that was dicey (unless you upgraded to a new iOS version), but with Evasion you can simply connect to iTunes and restore from a pre-jailbreak back-up. Boom, no hassle.

Cydia apps have come a long way... I gotta say.
Zephyr, Auxo, IntelliscreenX etc... Must-have. In fact, one really has to wonder why Apple cannot be ar*ed to just integrate variations. The stock notification screen is so o.t.t. for the little it does. Add some toggles (3G, WiFi, Respring etc), throw in a calendar, your Twitter-stream etc etc...
The thing that amazes me: Many of the Cydia tweaks (such as the ones already listed) seem to have little to no impact on battery life.

repoman123  Mar. 25, 2013 at 14:58

mxtube
moviebox
sbsettings
all essential once jailbroken

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 15:31

mxtube
moviebox
sbsettings
all essential once jailbroken


SBSettings, of course! But MXtube? There are now various apps in the appstore that let you cache videos and export them to the video album in all available qualities...
What's the advantage of MX tube?
And Moviebox? Must check it out. Never came across it, yet.

Stelph  Mar. 25, 2013 at 16:29

mxtube
moviebox
sbsettings
all essential once jailbroken


SBSettings, of course! But MXtube? There are now various apps in the appstore that let you cache videos and export them to the video album in all available qualities...
What's the advantage of MX tube?
And Moviebox? Must check it out. Never came across it, yet.


Unless its change recently then all the ones on the appstore dont allow you to cache youtube videos because google doesnt allow them to. Personally I prefer Protube as it intergrates into the official Youtube app

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 16:37

Unless its change recently then all the ones on the appstore dont allow you to cache youtube videos "cache" is the keyword. Google can't 'block' caching...
McTube Pro is one of the apps in the AppStore that very much allows you to save clips and export them to iTunes/camera roll.

mjm1111  Mar. 25, 2013 at 16:53

ifile
bitesms
winterboard
dreamboard
unlimtones
moviebox +1

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 25, 2013 at 18:57

ifile
bitesms
winterboard
dreamboard
unlimtones
moviebox +1



iFile, of course.
Hey, Dreamboard...what am I missing? I find all the DB themes I tried really gimmicky and/or garish. Any suggestions for a more "subtle" one? I can live without a Farcebook widget etc...

frustin  Apr. 20, 2013 at 22:45

I came here for the lady in the red clothing item that sort of covered up her boobs. Where has she gone?

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