Jailbreak an iPhone in 2019

Edited by Barbara Vega, Elizabeth Warren

This is a complete guide on how to install software that are essential to jailbreaking an iDevice. Jailbreaking is a process that is used to acquire privileges to install apps and tweaks that cannot be typically installed or allowed in the Apple App Store. It will also give the user more control over their iDevice even though it is a practice that is highly de-incentivised by Apple.

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Jailbreak Preparation

Part 1: Jailbreak Prerequisites

Check iDevice compatibility. Open settings > General > About > Check the number that is displayed to the right side of "version". The number that is displayed here concerns the iOS version the user is currently using. But generally, jailbreaks are available for the following iOS versions:

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  • iOS 11.2 - 11.3.1
  • iOS 11 - 11.1.2
  • iOS 10 - 10.3.3 (32-bit)
  • iOS 10 - 10.2 (64-bit)
  • iOS 10 - 10.1.1 (iPhone 7(+))
  • iOS 9 - 9.3.3
  • iOS 8 - 8.4
  • iOS 7.1 - 7.1.2
  • iOS 7.0 - 7.0.6
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    But if your iDevice's operating system is not supported, you might need to wait for the next supported jailbreak release
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    Plus if your version is not listed above, refer to the canijailbreak.com for a full compatibility list.
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    Turn off iDevice passcode
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    Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Enter current Passcode > Turn passcode off > Enter passcode again. You are able to turn it back again after the jailbreaking process has been completed.
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    Disable Find My Phone feature
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    This is a service that cannot run while the jailbreaking process is taken place, thus go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone > Slide to Find My iPhone > Off button. (It might also require you to enter the Apple ID password as well)
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    Update iTunes to the latest version
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    Launch iTunes app > Help > Check for Updates > Download iTunes.
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    Connect iDevice to the PC
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    Plug the iPhone's charging code's USB end to the USB port on the PC.
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    Back up Device data
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    This is a step you must not skip at all costs and it is imperative that you keep a back up of your device data in case of an unforeseen emergency.
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    Put the device in Airplane mode
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    This is to prevent Apple restrictions from occurring during the jailbreak. Settings > Airplane Mode.
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Part 2: iOS 10 - 10.3.3. 32 bit version.

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    This method is meant for iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C
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    It will not work on iPhone 5S and later models.
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    Download Cydia Impactor from cydiaimpactor.com and launch it.
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    Double-check iTunes.
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    Go to h3lix.tihmstar.net and click h3lix
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    Now find the h3lix IPA file and do the following:  
    1. Device > Install-Package and choose the h3lix IPA file in the Downloads folder.
    2. Drag and drop the IPA file onto Cydia Impactor.
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    Enter Apple ID and password
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    Settings > General > Profiles and Device Management and choose h3lix, then tap "Trust" and enter your device passcode.
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    Launch h3lix and after the device reboots, it'll have Cydia installed in it
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    Repeat this installation setup every 5-6 days unless if you are a certified paid Apple developer.
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If you would like to check out Cydia, Check the Official site here. When perusing it, you will get some clarity.

Part 3: iOS 10 - 10.2 64 bit version.

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    Check device compatibility for rooting
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    1. You cannot downgrade your iOS version to qualify for jailbreaking unless you have saved SHSH blobs.
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    Go to Cydia Impactor download page and choose your download version for the required OS
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    EX: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux 32 bit, Linux 64 bit.  
    1. After downloading the ZIP file, open it and find the one labelled under "Impactor" in Applications.
    2. Double click "Impactor" so the installer will open. Wait a few moments as it loads its files. The make sure your iDevice has been plugged in. Do not run the impactor before running the impactor app.
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    Get Yalu jailbreak tool from the official website and after installation, click and drag the yalu102_beta7 file into the impactor installer window
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    This file will have an iTunes logo.
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    Enter the Apple ID email address in the pop up window and click OK
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    1. Enter Apple ID password which you used to log into iCloud or the App Store.
    2. If you get error messages, get an app-specific password by going to the APPLE ID website > Log in with your Apple ID and Pass > Generate Password under "App-specific passwords" > Enter label (For example, "Jailbreak") > Create.
    3. Copy password that will be generated and use it in the impactor when it asks for a password. Click "OK" and the installation process will begin.
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    Open Yalu on your iDevice
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    This will have a black and grey human face on it and it will be on the Home screen.
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    A pop up will appear that states your own Apple ID is an untrusted developer
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    Simple go to Settings > General > Device Management > Tap Apple ID which was used to sign into Yalu102 and tap trust > confirm.
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    Tap go button and then there will be a notification stating storage almost full
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    this means the process went right. After the device reboots, there will be a Cydia icon present on the Home Screen.
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Part 4: iOS 10 - 10.1.1

This version jailbreaking is known to be a bit sketchy. Therefore extreme caution and staying updated to its current jailbreak status is important.

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    Check device compatibility for rooting
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    1. You cannot downgrade your iOS version to qualify for jailbreaking unless you have saved SHSH blobs.
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    Go to Cydia Impactor download page and choose your download version for the required OS
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    EX: Mac OS X, Windows, Linux 32 bit, Linux 64 bit.  
    1. After downloading the ZIP file, open it and find the one labelled under "Impactor" in Applications.
    2. Double click "Impactor" so the installer will open. Wait a few moments as it loads its files. The make sure your iDevice has been plugged in. Do not run the impactor before running the impactor app.
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    Click and drag the "yalu+mach_portal" file onto the installer window
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    This file has an iTunes logo on it.
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    Enter your Apple ID email address in the pop up window
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    Click OK.  
    1. Enter Apple ID password which you used to log into iCloud or the App Store.
    2. If you get error messages, get an app-specific password by going to the APPLE ID website > Log in with your Apple ID and Pass > Generate Password under "App-specific passwords" > Enter label (For example, "Jailbreak") > Create.
    3. Copy password that will be generated and use it in the impactor when it asks for a password. Click "OK" and the installation process will begin.
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    Open mach_portal on your iPhone
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    You'll see it on the Home Screen.
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    A pop up will appear that states your own Apple ID is an untrusted developer
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    Simple go to Settings > General > Device Management > Tap Apple ID which was used to sign into Yalu102 and tap trust > confirm.
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    Tap mach_portal app
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    You will get a blank screen for 30 seconds. After that, your phone will reboot. Once it finishes rebooting, the jailbreak will be implemented and the Cydia app icon will be on the Home Screen. If you want more information regarding Cydia, I recommend checking out their official website.
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    Launch Cydia and open sources > tap ADD > paste the following URL [1] > Go to search tab > type Substrate Fix (iOS 10)
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    Tap the substrate fix-package and install it.
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Part 5: iOS 9.0 - 9.3.3

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    Go to the Pangu jailbreak website
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    Jailbreak versions 9.1 and up are only available on 64-bit iPhones (5S and all 6 models), but the other versions can be jailbroken on any iPhone. Click Download & Help > Download.
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    Launch Pangu and make sure your iPhone is connected to your computer
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    Pangu will take a few moments to start and it will automatically detect your iPhone
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    Click Start to begin and you'll be asked to confirm that you have created a backup
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    Choose the already backed up feature and this will confirm that you've created a backup in iTunes.
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    Wait for the initial part of the jailbreak to complete
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    At 55%, your iPhone will reboot, and at 65% you'll be prompted to turn Airplane Mode on again on your iPhone.
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    Unlock your device and run the Pangu app when prompted
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    You'll see this prompt at 75% in the Pangu window. Pangu app icon will be on the device home screen.
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    Allow access to your photos on your iPhone
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    Pangu will prompt you for access to your photos. This is required to run the exploit that allows the jailbreak to work.
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    Once Pangu has access to your photos, the jailbreak will progress and the Pangu window on your computer will display "Already Jailbroken" when the jailbreaking process has been finished.
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    Launch Cydia
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    It will begin its initial setup and it will take up a few minutes for this and once it's finished, the device will reboot. Once it reboots, the jailbreaking process will be completed.
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    It is necessary to remember to avoid updating your iPhone
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    Because future updates will likely break your pertaining jailbreak and prevent the device from another future jailbreak.
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Part 6: iOS 8.0 - 8.4

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    Check for device jailbreak compatibility
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    You can jailbreak iOS 8.0 - 8.4 but there is no jailbreak available for iOS 8.4.1. It is not possible to downgrade to iOS 8.1.3 - 8.4 either.
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    Download TaiG jailbreak utility
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    You can get this at their Official website.
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    It is important to remember that when downloading the Windows version, be sure to download V2.4.5 for iOS 8.1.3 - 8.4
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    If you're jailbreaking 8.0 - 8.1.2, download V1.2.1.
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    Launch TaiG and you'll see your device displayed in the main window which will take a moment to appear.
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    Uncheck the "3K Assistant" box as it is not required for the jailbreak process to be successful
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    Make sure to keep the "Cydia" box checked as it is the most essential component of the jailbreaking process.
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    Click Start in the TaiG
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    The jailbreaking process will begin and you can monitor the progress in the TaiG window. Your iPhone will likely reboot several times during the jailbreak, therefore, no need to panic.
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    Launch Cydia once the jailbreak process has been completed
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    Once you see "Jailbreak succeeded!" in the TaiG window, you can find Cydia on one of your iPhone's Home screens. If you can't find it simply swipe down on your screen and search for "Cydia." Then wait for Cydia to configure and reboot, this process will happen automatically. When you launch Cydia for the first time, it will configure its file system and then reboot your iDevice. Once the iPhone has been rebooted, the jailbreaking process will be completed.
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    Avoid future updates because if you update your device to the latest version of iOS, you'll lose your jailbreak as well as your ability to revert to iOS 8
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    If you want to keep using your jailbreak make sure to avoid official updates at all costs.
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Post issues/ warnings and Fix notices

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It is imperative that you know if restoring your device after jailbreaking in order to fix it, but it fails to do so; you might require to do a factory reset. But know that this will wipe out everything in the system and drivers except of course, the operating system.

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Other than that, You must exercise extreme caution when it comes to downloading tweaks from external sources and other unsupported third party files from Cydia.

As jailbreaking does ultimately violate Apple's terms of use, you must know that it may increase the security risks, vulnerabilities, instability and disruptions of other Apple services. This is because at the end of the day, Apple reserves the right to deny service to any and every device that do have used unauthorized modifications to their system and software.

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