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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. edouble312's Avatar
      edouble312 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone4idiots View Post
      I'm trying on a fresh restore to 5.0.1 of an iPad 2. I open Absinthe and get Absinthe quit unexpectedly. If my iPad isn't hooked to the Mac Mini it will tell me to connect the device and when I do I get same error. I tried downloading a second copy of Absinthe and same thing.

      Any ideas??
      SOLUTION: load terminal, type 'sudo' and then drag the Absinthe app into the terminal command line, and hit enter. it will ask you for your user password, then absinthe will load! good luck!
    1. justibackwardsn's Avatar
      justibackwardsn -
      Wow. That worked a lot faster than expected on my iPad 2. I didn't clear any of the data and was prepared to wait the 30 minutes, but it finished in less than 5. The only flub was the database error, thanks for providing the instructions on that. The first time I enabled the VPN I got another error message, though. I believe it was the same message. The second time I tried to enable it, it worked like a charm.
    1. dukem's Avatar
      dukem -
      Great guide. I'm up and running my untethered iPad2! Now to wait a week until cydia loads die down a bit since last time it was corrupting downloads shortly after the release of the corona jailbreak for iphone4....

      Don't forget to donate!
    1. vietmo's Avatar
      vietmo -
      anyone figure out how to jailbreak the iphone when it is not activated yet? meaning no att sim...
    1. jamesgunaca's Avatar
      jamesgunaca -
      I remember someone saying January 20th a few weeks ago in comment threads...they were right.

      Can't wait to get home and throw iOS 5.0.1 on my iPad 2 and jailbreak it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. justibackwardsn's Avatar
      justibackwardsn -
      The Photos app and YouTube App on my iPad have white icons now. Any ideas?
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      I have 10.7.2 and it works fine. Try a restart.
      Forgot about my MacBook Air tried and that and it worked in under 5 minutes. Not sure what the problem was with the Mac Mini?? Anyway, who cares now. Cheers
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      This doesn't work for me. Absinthe just keeps crashing like others have mentioned. It never recognizes that my phone is connected and then it crashes EVERY time I open it. I've tried 3 different download links (from here, 9to5 and Engadget) and no dice. Restarted phone and computer several times.
    1. 360psp's Avatar
      360psp -
      for me it starts but a couple seconds later the program just closes
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      I need help i want a carrier unlock and I'm on 9A406 they say i have to downgrade to 9A405 in order to get an unlock. i have an iPhone 4S. any one mind helping me find a guide or something can help know if and how to do it??
      and yay for the jailbreak!!!!!!!
      You simply need to go download the 5.0.1 (9A405) IPSW and restore in iTunes to that version by holding shift and clicking restore

      Quote Originally Posted by justibackwardsn View Post
      The Photos app and YouTube App on my iPad have white icons now. Any ideas?
      Sometimes happens.. Just respring a few times until all icons are normal
    1. edouble312's Avatar
      edouble312 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      This doesn't work for me. Absinthe just keeps crashing like others have mentioned. It never recognizes that my phone is connected and then it crashes EVERY time I open it. I've tried 3 different download links (from here, 9to5 and Engadget) and no dice. Restarted phone and computer several times.
      read my post, #62. It will work after that
    1. turboevo's Avatar
      turboevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone4idiots View Post
      I don't think this works on OS X 10.7.2 - Absinthe won't open with crashing with Absinthe quit unexpectedly error.

      Will try on iMac later
      I have 10.5.8 doesn't work either
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      This doesn't work for me. Absinthe just keeps crashing like others have mentioned. It never recognizes that my phone is connected and then it crashes EVERY time I open it. I've tried 3 different download links (from here, 9to5 and Engadget) and no dice. Restarted phone and computer several times.
      Look above for the solution to this, someone already posted this.
    1. turboevo's Avatar
      turboevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Varunpan View Post
      Anyone else getting an "The application Absinthe quit unexpectedly" on Mac OSx 10.5.8??
      same problem here
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      *Repost* SOLUTION: if absinthe crashes unexpectedly after a short time try the following --- load terminal, type 'sudo' and then drag the Absinthe app into the terminal command line, and hit enter. it will ask you for your user password, then absinthe will load! good luck!
    1. edouble312's Avatar
      edouble312 -
      ahhh 3G toggle, how i've missed you!
    1. CMartins's Avatar
      CMartins -
      Will this make iBooks crash?
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Wow I have never seen Cydia work this fast! My 4S is Happy! And so am I thank you Dream Team!
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      done now I'm going for Bytafont and Ringtones
    1. justibackwardsn's Avatar
      justibackwardsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by theroyalwe View Post
      Sometimes happens.. Just respring a few times until all icons are normal
      Thanks. I'll give that a try.