How to Untether Jailbreak your iPhone 4S/iPad 2 using Absinthe
This guide is for the purpose of freeing your Apple Device. This process is entirely legal. The act of piracy, however, is not. Please be wise in your decision, as this guide will only be going over how to JAILBREAK your device, not about how to get "free apps". I am also not responsible for any damage, etc. done to your device!
DO NOT FOLLOW THIS GUIDE IF YOU RELY ON A SIM UNLOCK.
THIS IS ONLY FOR IPHONE 4S and IPAD 2, FOR OTHER IOS DEVICES SEE MY GUIDE POSTED HERE.
Note: For this guide, I will be using OSX, but the process is still the same on Windows.
Welcome to the guide, first off! I figured I would write this to help those of you who have an iDevice and would like to "free" it, or "jailbreak" it.
1) What is jailbreaking?
Wikipedia describes jailbreaking as:
2) Is this safe for my device?iOS jailbreaking, or simply jailbreaking, is the process of removing the limitations imposed by Apple on devices running the iOS operating system through use of custom kernels. Such devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and 2nd Gen Apple TV. Jailbreaking allows users to gain root access to the operating system, allowing iOS users to download additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store. A jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS can still use the App Store, iTunes, and other normal functions, such as making telephone calls. Jailbreaking is a form of privilege escalation, and the term has been applied to privilege escalation on other computer systems as well.
Yes, it is completely safe. The developers have tested all possibly outcomes and ensure a safe jailbreaking experience. However if something does go wrong, you can always just restore your iDevice! So make sure you backup first!
Also, following the instructions WORD FOR WORD is IMPERATIVE. You don't want to not read something and mess up your device.
3) Alright, how do I begin?
Hold your horses! We are getting there. First we need to go over how to backup your device using iTunes!
Backing up your iDevice to prepare it for jailbreaking
First make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. You can check this by updating your iTunes (which you should know how to do).
Okay, once you have the latest version of iTunes, plug in your iDevice. Once it is recognized, right click on it in the sidebar like I have done in the picture below.
Click on "Back up".
This will begin the process of backing up the iDevice.
The "Now Playing" box (where the song name, artist, etc. are normally shown) will tell you it is backing up and show you the progress.
Once it is done, the "Now Playing" box will go back to normal.
Great! you have backed up your iDevice!
Let's move on.
Updating your iDevice to iOS 5.0.1
Now that you have backed up your iDevice, we need to make sure it is on the right firmware to be jailbroken.
To do so, we can just update it in iTunes by clicking on the button in the following picture.
Then, press "Update" on the following popup.
Then Press "Next".
The update will begin to download. Then, it will verify, install, etc. And It will finally say it is done.
At this point, if your device is now running iOS 5.0.1 you may now move on with the rest of the guide.
The Jailbreaking Tools
For the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 an entirely new tool had to be developed for jailbreaking. That tool is called Absinthe.
You may download it below:
OS X: HERE
Download it, and open the program.
Plug your phone in and it will look like this:
Press "Jailbreak" and you will see this:
Note that it says "may take a while" (it does).
During this process "Restore In Progress" will come up on your phone. Do not touch it until the process is done.
Be sure to read the text as it updates on Absinthe, as it tells you what is happening at each step!
If you appreciate these tools, donate to the developers at:
If you have any problems, questions, comments, let me know. I'll try to help!
This is MY guide. Please do not use without my permission. Thank you.
Last edited by Ryan~; 01-23-2012 at 10:40 AM.
YES!!!!!!! A-5 devices jailbroken right before I get one! Great guide btw.
Make sure you get one that is on 5.0.1! 5.0.2/5.1 is speculated to come out soon!
And thank you
Can't do on windows OS yet.............
Yup, the tool is not released yet. I'll update this when it is released
VPN toggle fixed it, now I have Cydia. gonna download all my repos woo! was waiting for this for so long
Last edited by Efron; 01-20-2012 at 10:14 PM.
I'm sooooo tempted to jailbreak my iPad. =/
If its your personal iPad and you want to, you should! Worst that could happen is you'd have to restore. But if you've backed it up you restore from backup and it's just like it was before (: chances of failure are slim if you follow the directions!
You can always just restore it to factory settings with a click of a button. Lol it's simple to do(: