This page is the ultimate introduction khổng lồ jailbreaking. Along with the frequently asked questions about everything jailbreak related, you will find link to detailed tutorials on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, và Apple TV.
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At the bottom of the page you’ll find information on various jailbreaks. Simply locate the software version you want lớn jailbreak and the type of device you have for personalized instructions.
ContentsHow to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV
What’s the latest?
The latest jailbreakable iOS/iPadOS version is 14.8.1.
The semi-tethered checkra1n tool can jailbreak the aforementioned và below, on A9-A10-equipped devices (iPhone 6/6 Plus) và iPhone 7/7 Plus) with no strings attached.
It can also jailbreak the aforementioned on A11 devices (iPhone X, 8/8 Plus), but you will not be able lớn set a passcode afterwards. This is not recommended for obvious security reasons at the time of this writing, but it may or may not be fixed in the future. A jailbreak tweak called Lockdown can offer at least temporary refuge from this rather significant caveat while in a jailbroken state. For older firmware versions, see below.
Devices equipped with the A12 cpu or newer (iPhone XR, XS/XS Max or newer) can jailbreak iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.3 with Taurine và unc0ver. For older firmware versions, see below.
The latest jailbreakable tvOS version for the Apple TV 4 (HD) is tvOS 14.x, and can be accomplished right now with checkra1n for tvOS (semi-tethered).
The latest jailbreakable tvOS version for the Apple TV 4K is tvOS 13.4.5 và can be accomplished right now with unc0verTV (semi-untethered).
You can read about the latest jailbreak news here.
What is jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is the process by which Apple’s operating systems are modified to lớn remove restrictions and give greater user control over the device. These modifications typically allow running unsigned code, as well as reading và writing to the root filesystem, both of which are normally prevented by Apple. The increased privileges permit customisations and unfettered phầm mềm installation which are not available lớn users with a stock device. Jailbreaking is most popular on, & most associated with, Apple’s mobile operating systems iOS and iPadOS, though it also exists in various forms on tvOS, watchOS, macOS, và audioOS.
Typically, jailbreaking adds an unofficial installer khổng lồ your device which lets you tải về 3rd-party applications, tweaks, & extensions that are not available through the tiện ích Store. These packages open up endless possibilities to vày things on your device that a non-jailbroken one would never be able to lớn do. The most famous and oldest of these installers is called Cydia. Competing and rapidly growing alternatives to Cydia now exist, such as Zebra and Sileo.
Cydia và other package managers offer tweaks which can be used to lớn customize the look, feel, behavior, & capabilities of your device in a myriad of different ways, bypass limitations phối in place by Apple and carriers, connect to lớn other devices remotely, và generally let you unlock your device’s full potential.
Jailbreaking is about liberating your devices from Apple’s grasp, lớn let you use the products you paid for in any way you want.
What are the benefits of jailbreaking?
The primary reason that people jailbreak is lớn install third-party applications & tweaks that táo couldn’t or wouldn’t approve in the app Store. There are hundreds of apps that don’t meet Apple’s guidelines, or that have capabilities Apple’s tiện ích Store guidelines forbid. Tweaks don’t exist on the app Store at all, as they aren’t applications. They are extensions, additions, or adjustments lớn already-installed applications, & to the operating system itself.
For example, táo apple doesn’t allow you to lớn customize the general user interface of your device. Thanks lớn the jailbreak community, there are many jailbreak tweaks that completely change the way your device looks, whether it be changing icons, hiding icon names, adding more than four applications to lớn the dock, customizing dark mode, or applying an entire theme, sounds and all.
If you value function over aesthetics, jailbreaking can cater to lớn you too. Functionality tweaks, which bring subtle improvements to the way the device operates, are also popular. Swiping across the keyboard lớn move the text cursor rather than fiddling with the magnifying glass, setting your phone to perform complex events in response to certain button combinations, turning off read receipts in third-party messengers, installing apps from unknown sources, connecting wirelessly khổng lồ other devices via SSH, displaying Wi-Fi channel và strength information, the danh mục goes on and on. If you’ve ever been bothered by a small aesthetic or functional hindrance in Apple’s OS, chances are there’s a package out there khổng lồ help you get it just the way you want it.
For more on the benefits of jailbreaking, be sure lớn read our dedicated spiel listing 10+ reasons khổng lồ jailbreak your iPhone or ipad tablet in 2020.
Is jailbreaking legal?
Please lưu ý this important distinction: the act of jailbreaking is not illegal.
Does jailbreaking void my warranty?
Yes & no. Yes, because if you go khổng lồ the táo bị cắn dở store with a jailbroken device in order lớn receive support, repair or service, you will be refused (provided they notice). Whilst táo bị cắn acknowledges the US government’s DMCA exemption ruling that makes jailbreaking legal, that doesn’t mean that they have to lớn allow it in their warranty agreement. Basically, it’s illegal for them to lớn stop you from doing what you want with your device, but it’s legal for them lớn refuse lớn provide any support for it if you have done anything they don’t like.
From Apple’s tư vấn article on jailbreaking:
Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to chú ý that unauthorized modification of the ios is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, táo khuyết may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod cảm biến that has installed any unauthorized software.
However, there’s a simple workaround to the warranty question too. If you have khổng lồ take your device lớn an táo khuyết store, just restore it to its factory settings beforehand. This completely removes all traces of having jailbroken, và the stock device will then be accepted by táo apple under warranty. There will be no way of knowing you jailbroke it.
Can jailbreaking brick my device?
You may have heard a few horror stories about people who tried khổng lồ jailbreak their iPhone or iPad & ended up turning it into a paperweight. Although this may have happened in the very early days of the iPhone, it is now so difficult as khổng lồ be impossible for any average user. These stories are nearly always a badly-timed hardware issue happening to lớn a first-timer, và what they are describing is something like their phone screen dying instead.
The worst thing that could happen when initially trying khổng lồ jailbreak the device is it becoming unresponsive, which is normally fixed by a hard reset. Even total filesystem corruption can be fixed with a factory restore. Once jailbroken, the only dangers come from installing incompatible tweaks, or downloading something unsafe. Most jailbreaks include a Safe Mode which disables all your tweaks in the case of incompatibility so that you can safely remove them, và you can often “un-jailbreak” too on newer jailbreaks.
As a final resort, remember: you’re always able to restore your device’s firmware back to stock, which will fix any non-hardware issue. Following these simple steps will make sure your iPhone or máy tính bảng ipad goes back to lớn its original state. Try khổng lồ avoid this unless absolutely necessary, as it will update your phone, and wipe all user data stored on it. It will also result in losing your jailbreak, unless and until one is released for the newly-updated firmware.
Is jailbreaking the same as unlocking?
No, jailbreaking & unlocking are two different things. Jailbreaking removes restrictions in Apple’s software, unlocking removes restrictions imposed by your cellular provider. In the early days of iPhone, jailbreaking would often allow you to unlock your iPhone too, but that is now rarely the case. As noted previously, jailbreaking an iPhone lets you install third-party applications và mods, while unlocking allows you to lớn use your iPhone on a different carrier.
There are occasional exceptions to lớn this rule, as well as tweaks which can change some cellular behaviours such as tethering & MMS, but in general they are unrelated. You can learn more about the difference between jailbreaking & unlocking if you’re interested.
Can I still use iTunes & App Store after jailbreaking?
Yes, you can use iTunes và App Store after jailbreaking your device. As a matter of fact, nothing will really change. The only small annoyance is that some ứng dụng Store apps, such as banking apps, include jailbreak detection which prevents them running when jailbroken. This can be circumvented for most apps with a tweak. The most notable change khổng lồ your device will be that, after jailbreaking, you will have a new application installed, like Cydia.
What is a package manager?
In short, Cydia is a package manager: an ứng dụng which allows you to browse, install, và remove your jailbreak apps & tweaks. You can think of it as the ứng dụng Store, but for jailbreak applications. Most apps & tweaks on Cydia are free, but it is not unusual for a more complex jailbreak offering khổng lồ cost a few dollars.
Whilst Cydia is the oldest và most well-known package manager, alternative package managers also exist. Historically, Cydia couldn’t be beaten for stability & long-term support, but more recently the younger additions have improved in that regard, while also adding new features which Cydia lacks. Some alternative package managers, should you wish to check them out, are Zebra, Sileo, and Installer.
Does jailbreaking prevent me from updating my device?
Jailbreaking does not prevent you from updating your device firmware, but updating your device firmware can prevent you from jailbreaking. Hãng apple normally uses each iOS or iPadOS update to patch jailbreaks that existed on previous firmware versions, which means that hackers have to start from scratch khổng lồ make a new tool for the new firmware. This might isn’t a significant problem for most, who are happy to thua kém their jailbreak in exchange for newer stock features, but it is avoided by those who use a lot of jailbreak apps and tweaks. Serious jailbreakers tend not lớn update their devices so that they can keep their jailbreaks, và only update their device’s firmware after a jailbreak tool for a higher firmware is released.
As long as you stay on an older, jailbreakable firmware you can continue lớn jailbreak, but newer firmwares will be invulnerable to previous jailbreak tools. Therefore, if you update to the newest firmware, you will probably find yourself unable khổng lồ jailbreak it, as there won’t be a jailbreak tool for it yet. How long you’ll have to wait for one can vary, though it has been getting harder in recent times, making staying on a jailbreakable firmware even more valuable.
The lone exceptions to lớn this trò chơi of cat and mouse are jailbreaks built upon a hardware-based exploit, such as checkra1n. This kind of jailbreak cannot be patched with a software update because the vulnerability it uses lies deeper in the system, such as in the bootrom or hardware. Devices which have a jailbreak of this type can be jailbroken for life, regardless of what game ios or iPadOS version they are on. However, this kind of jailbreak tends to be tethered or semi-tethered and consequently not suitable for all users (more on that below).
If you are jailbroken and decide you want khổng lồ update, that is not a problem. If you don’t care about losing your jailbreak & just want khổng lồ go back khổng lồ stock, this is always possible with a simple factory restore.
What are the different types of jailbreaks?
There are broadly four types of jailbreak: tethered, semi-tethered, semi-untethered, & untethered. The first two aren’t as useful khổng lồ the average user. They require the user lớn connect their device to a computer every time it reboots or powers off, in order to jailbreak it again. Nearly all recent jailbreaks have been semi-untethered, which means that after every reboot you must re-run a jailbreak tiện ích on your device. This “reactivates” your jailbreak to lớn let you use your tweaks. Your device will work as a normal stock device, without jailbreak features, until you vì this. Untethered jailbreaks are becoming rarer due khổng lồ the difficulty in building them, but don’t have the limitations of a semi-untethered tool. An untethered jailbreak is persistent, meaning it stays jailbroken through reboots. Read this article lớn learn more about the differences between these kinds of jailbreak.
Can jailbreaking let me tải về App Store apps for free?
Technically yes, but we do not recommend installing pirated apps and tweaks on your jailbroken device. Not only is it illegal, but you’re also stealing money from hard working developers. We vày not condone, troubleshoot, nor give tư vấn on issues relating khổng lồ piracy.
Is jailbreaking easy?
These days, jailbreaking is very easy. You usually download the jailbreak app & sideload it onto your device using tools such as Xcode, Cydia Impactor, AltStore, or a signing service. From there, you launch the app & hit the “Jailbreak” button. Older jailbreaks tended to involve a program run on your computer instead, with your device connected via USB. Both methods are simple & don’t require any specific knowledge or skills.
You will find useful tutorials on how khổng lồ jailbreak at the bottom of this page, and our Can I Jailbreak? guide will let you know your options in more detail. If you don’t feel completely comfortable jailbreaking your device yet, make sure lớn have a look at our tutorials. They will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions & illustrations.
What’s the best jailbreak tool?
This depends entirely on the type of device you have and the quả táo or iPadOS version you are on. You can only use the jailbreak tools available for your device model and firmware. For example, an iPhone 5s user would use unc0ver on game ios 11-12.2, and Chimera on tiện ích ios 12.3-12.5.1, if they wanted the flexibility of a semi-untethered jailbreak. If they wanted a clean jailbreak which can never be patched, but which has the downside of being semi-tethered, then the best tool would be checkra1n. See our How khổng lồ Jailbreak section for an overview of device- and firmware-specific options, below, or our Can I Jailbreak? guide for more in-depth information.
Does it cost anything lớn jailbreak?
No. You should never pay for access to a jailbreak.
The hackers that develop jailbreaks bởi it for free. They occasionally partner with a company khổng lồ receive a cut of advertisements made in the jailbreak app, and they often accept donations, so if you appreciate the work that has gone into giving you your jailbreak then feel không tính phí to give something. However, there should never be a payment required for access lớn the tool. If you find a trang web claiming khổng lồ be a new jailbreak & asking you to lớn create an trương mục or pay for access, it is a scam. Always tải về jailbreak tools directly from the real developer. We recommend checking our site, which will always provide the genuine & original sources for these tools. If you’re not sure, come & browse our jailbreak news and guides. If we haven’t mentioned a tool, then it’s almost certainly a fake.
How lớn jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV
Navigate to your firmware version below to locate your jailbreak tool, and find a guide to lớn using it. More in-depth information can be found in our Can I Jailbreak? guide.