This article was written to provide you answers to frequently asked questions about jailbreak and bring you detailed tutorials on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV.
If you are new to jailbreaking you should go through the questions we responded to below for a better understanding of this simple process. If you already have experience and are only looking for tutorials you can find at the bottom of the article tutorials for various jailbreak methods. All you have to do is search for the iOS version you want to jailbreak and the type of iOS device you have. After you have found it, simply click on the link to watch a detailed tutorial.
What is Jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking essentially means modifying iOS, Apple`s mobile operating system, in order to run unsigned code to gain access to some Apple restricted files.
After jailbreaking your iOS device you will notice unofficial application installers which will grant you more freedom in handling your device than a non-jailbroken iOS device.You can install extensions that are unavailable through the App Store, such as Cydia, download 3rd-party applications ,or gain instant access to your system settings from anywhere on your iOS device through extensions that non-iOS devices do not have.
Basically through jailbreak you can install anything you want, without worrying about Apple`s restrictions.
The pros of Jailbreaking
Not all applications meet Apple standards, and most of them offer possibilities that Apple doesn’t want you to have on your iOS 8 or iOS 9 device. The advantage jailbreak offers you is exactly the possibility to install 3rd-party applications and tweaks that Apple doesn’t approve in the App Store.
Through jailbreak you can customize your iPhone 6s, completely changing its appearance either by changing app icons or the general user interface ,the most popular being WinterBoard.
You can bring improvements to the way your device operates through tweaks, mods and extensions. For example, you can have 5 icons in the iPhone app switcher at once, instead of 4 if you install Five Icon Switcher.
A reason for most users to jailbreak their iOS is unlocking it to work on a different carrier. Jailbreaking your iPhone is the first step before unlocking it so that you can have other carriers work on your iPhone. You can read more about unlocking your device on our dedicated unlock page.
Isn`t Jailbreaking Illegal?
Jailbreaking was illegal in US until July 2010, when the US government passed a law making jailbreak legal.
But even if you don`t live in the US you have to keep in mind that people all over the world have been jailbreaking since 2007, and we haven`t heard yet about anyone sued by Apple because they jailbroke their iPhone.
Does my warranty become void if I jailbreak?
Apple acknowledges the fact that the US government made jailbreaking legal but if you go to the Apple Store with your jailbroken iPhone, the Apple employee will tell you that you voided your warranty when you jailbroke your phone.
Apple released an article on jailbreaking in which they said :
“Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorised modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorised software.”
If it is absolutely necessary to take your iOS device to an Apple store you can just restore it to its factory settings in iTunes. Apple will never notice the changes you made, the device being restored to the way it was when you bought it. This was done before by many users and Apple provided them the usual customer support.
Can jailbreak turn my iPhone into a brick?
While this could have happened in the previous versions it is now completely impossible so you can forget the stories people used to say.
Worst case scenario, the device might get stuck and become unresponsive while doing the jailbreak, but there is still hope. In this case you can restore your iOS device`s firmware to its original state.
Are Jailbreaking and Unlocking the same thing?
Jailbreak is not the same thing as Unlocking. We previously said that you have to jailbreak your phone first before unlocking it. Also jailbreak allows you to install 3rd-party applications and mods, while unlocking your iPhone allows you to use it on a different carrier.
If you`re interested you can read more about the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking here.
Are iTunes and the App Store still available after Jailbreaking?
iTunes and the App Store will still be available after jailbreaking your device, nothing will really change. After jailbreaking your iOS device the most noticeable change will be a new application installed, called Cydia.
What is Cydia?
Cydia is the equivalent of the App Store of jailbreak applications. You can use it exactly like the App Store to browse for apps, tweaks and mods, to download everything you need effortlessly. Some apps and tweaks may cost some money but most of them are free.
Can I still update my iOS after I jailbroke my device?
If you decide to update your iOS you have to keep in mind that upgrading your device to the latest version will overwrite your jailbreak, restoring it to its original settings.This may be an issue for the users that rely on jailbreak apps and tweaks, but otherwise it`s not a problem.
Usually when Apple releases a new iOS update it doesn`t take much time before hakers come with an update for the tools that let you jailbreak. After the jailbreak is available it is recommended to backup your device first, then update to the latest iOS version. After your update is finished, just jailbreak the device again using one of the updated tools.
There is no specific time to when a jailbreak is released for an iOS update so our recommendation would be to delay updating your device when a new version is made available if you mostly use jailbreaked applications.
What types of jailbreaks exist?
You can find three types of jailbreak: untethered, semi tethered and tethered. You can find more about the differences between them here.
Can I get App Store applications for free if I jailbreak?
You can, but installing pirated apps on your jailbroken device is illegal and does not support the hard work of developers so we don`t recommend it. Also you do not benefit from support on app piracy.
How hard is it to Jailbreak an iOS 9 device?
Recently jailbreak has become very easy. Jailbreaking usually requires getting a piece of software called Cydia Download, plugging your device into your computer and running the software. You don`t need any special knowledge to do this.
At the bottom of the page you will find detailed tutorials on how to jailbreak your device, which will guide you step-by-step through the process, through clear instructions and images so you can feel comfortable jailbreaking your iOS device yourself.
Which Jailbreak Tool is best?
Jailbreak tools are being constantly updated and improved so we can`t talk about the “best “ tool. What tool you use depends on a set of factors : the iOS device, software version, and the computer you use, Mac or Windows.
Does jailbreaking cost money?
It does not!
Hackers may ask for donations sometimes but they release the jailbreak tools for free. If you ask someone else to do it for you they may charge you for it. So you can either pay someone to do it or you can do it yourself for free.