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  • How to Jailbreak Using Absinthe 0.2 (OS X)

    {last updated February 1st, 2012}

    This OS X only guide (Windows guide here) will teach you how to jailbreak various devices using Absinthe. The current version of Absinthe is 0.4. Note this is an UNTETHERED JAILBREAK, meaning you can reboot your phone just like you normally would.

    This guide should be used with the following device/firmware combinations (if you're not sure, here's how to find your iOS firmware version and how to find your iOS device type):
    • iPhone 4S | 5.0 (9A334)
    • iPhone 4S | 5.0.1 (9A405)
    • iPhone 4S | “other” 5.0.1 (9A406)
    • iPad2 | 5.0.1 (9A405)

    If you prefer the simpler version of this guide with no pictures, click here.

    NOTE: The team that put together this jailbreak (saurik & MuscleNerd, both core members of iPhone Dev Team, 3 members of Chronic Dev Team: posixninja, pod2g & nikias, and the legendary planetbeing, the globally-admired iOS hacker/developer responsible for initially porting both Linux & Android to the iPhone) IS accepting donations - please feel free to donate via PayPal if you're able!

    NOTE: Because Absinthe creates a backup and restores it onto your device as part of the way it gets files on the device, we recommend the device is mostly empty when you start the process. To do this, CREATE A BACKUP IN ITUNES FIRST (connect to iTunes and sync). If you're using iCloud to backup, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup > Backup Now.

    ONLY ONCE YOU'VE BACKED UP, on your device go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. MAKE SURE YOU'VE BACKED UP YOUR CONTENT. You do not have to Erase All Content and Settings if you don't want to, but the jailbreak could take up to 20-30 minutes to complete if you don't, depending on what's on your device.

    Alright, let's get started. First thing you'll need to do is download the Mac version of Absinthe 0.4 from mod.my/absinthemac04. Double-click the zip file to unzip it if your browser didn't automatically unzip the file.

    Making sure your device is connected, double-click Absinthe to launch it. You will see the Absinthe home screen, and Absinthe should tell you your device (and firmware version) is detected. Press the Jailbreak button.

    Absinthe will then go through a few status messages while it jailbreaks your device. It will stop for a bit at Waiting for reboot - not done yet, don't unplug your device yet!, and once the device has finished rebooting it will continue the jailbreak. Do not touch or unplug the device during this process.

    Once the process has finished in Absinthe, it will alert you to unlock the screen if necessary and tap the "Absinthe" icon to finish the jailbreak. Remember, the icon may not be on the first page - scroll to find it.

    Tapping the icon will bring up a webview with a white page, and then your device will restart.

    NOTE: If you see an "Error establishing a database connection" error or a white screen which lasts longer than 1 minute, please go to Settings and turn on VPN, and wait instead. The VPN connection will give an error. This is normal. A reboot should happen a few moments after the error.

    You will see the Apple logo with a progress bar quickly as the device restarts, and then your device will power back on.

    NOTE: The Set Up iPhone (or iPad) GUI you see when you restore an iDevice will now appear. If you backed up with iCloud at the beginning of this tutorial, please choose Restore from iCloud Backup in the Set Up iPhone GUI, and restore from the backup you took at the beginning of this guide.

    The iDevice will then restore from backup, reboot, and you're good to go.

    Cydia is now on your device where the Absinthe icon was before!

    That's it! You're now holding a jailbroken device. Not too bad, eh?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Jailbreak Using Absinthe 0.1 (OS X) started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 402 Comments
    1. Eagleye's Avatar
      Eagleye -
      Worked well... a little slow, but they warned us! After the jailbreak my Safari icon went white. I just rebooted twice and it eventually fixed it. THANK YOU "DREAM TEAM!" Today... is a beautiful, free day.
    1. orrcolin's Avatar
      orrcolin -
      i tried and yahoo it worked just as it said THANKS BEEN WAITING LONG TIME FOR THIS
    1. petrusk's Avatar
      petrusk -
      Quote Originally Posted by shoejocky View Post
      are you on 10.5.8? Cause that's the exact message I got MULTIPLE TIMES from trying.
      Same issue - I'm sure there will be a comparability fix within the semi near future.
    1. shoejocky's Avatar
      shoejocky -
      Quote Originally Posted by petrusk View Post
      Same issue - I'm sure there will be a comparability fix within the semi near future.
      yea, there is. For me it's called, get home and get it downloaded on my iMac which isn't running 10.5.8 lol
    1. sleightofhand1971's Avatar
      sleightofhand1971 -
      Been trying this on my IMAC over and over and keep getting the same message when I try using the terminal. It just continuously crashes when I start the app. I have tried it with my ipad 2 as well as my 4s. Neither one is working. Any idea what could be wrong?
    1. lilljav's Avatar
      lilljav -
      Quote Originally Posted by skblut View Post
      it is not working for me either on my imac trying to jailbreak.

      on my iphone 4s it wont work when I click on jailbreak after I downloaded and opened absinthe.I have a 2 year old imac I am using to jailbreak running snow leopard.
      i was having the same problem.. it wouldnt recognize my 4s so l i restarted my macbook pro then i ran it again and it worked! I'm restoring from my backup now
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Ok so I finally got the cydia and jailbroke my 4S!
    1. skblut's Avatar
      skblut -
      yes success finally after using macbook air and lion it would never work with snow leopard on my Imac had to rejailbreak 4s and do the vpn thing !
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      I can confirm that 3G toggle works on iPhone 4S.
    1. dennisdionisio's Avatar
      dennisdionisio -
      is big boss repo on cydia really empty?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      They probally overloaded from everyone on them
    1. preppyr6's Avatar
      preppyr6 -
      Oh snap theres cydia!!! Woot!
    1. sleightofhand1971's Avatar
      sleightofhand1971 -
      Tried the Macbook as well and it is on 10.7.1 That didn't work either. Now I am getting pissed.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Anyone having problems with settings-->general-->about (capactity and available space is inaccurate).

      Says I have more free space than I actually do, for example: Capacity: 28.2 GB Available: 23.6 GB
    1. Agbracing's Avatar
      Agbracing -
      What a great day. My 4s is free. I did have one problem and thought i would share. I backed up with iCloud the reset my phone. Once I opened it i just went through quickly to get to home screen and set up as a new phone. Once it jailbreak ran and it all finished I had cydia but i could not restore my phone with iCloud backup. I had to restore through iTunes and try again. The second time I set phone up to restore from iCloud then turned my wifi off. Then ran the jailbreak then turned on wifi and finished backup. Hope this may help someone. Great work guys.
    1. tha_rat's Avatar
      tha_rat -
      NEW ISSUE OVER HERE: The JB saturated my memory ... 6GB in other ... and now I'm over capacity ...
      How do I get rid of these files ???

      Thank you for your help folks
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      I can confirm that 3G toggle works on iPhone 4S.
      really? 'cause i installed sbsettings and toggled the 3g toggle -- it went to no service and i can't get it back. i've rebooted a few times and still no love.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      NVM about the post above that's accurate.
    1. jn1rz1's Avatar
      jn1rz1 -
      i just jail broke a brand new 4s, and now my "mail" icon is just a white square??? anyone else have this happen? solutions??
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      Quote Originally Posted by novadam View Post
      really? 'cause i installed sbsettings and toggled the 3g toggle -- it went to no service and i can't get it back. i've rebooted a few times and still no love.
      Works just fine here, I can disable 3G and be on Edge then back and forth no problems.