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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. iJ2m's Avatar
      iJ2m -
      Ok, update... iPad 2 JAILBROKEN! Happy day! I've been Crack-Hacking away all morning... So this is what finally resolved the issue: Had to use a PC, it seems like a Mac issue because my friend ran into the same exact issue on his MacMini. Used the lastest Asbsinthe version from Greenpois0n, ran into another error, but I just simply dragged the on zipped items to the desktop, made sure I open as Admin and Ta-dah! worked like a charm. Real pain in the *****.

      Now I'm dealing with the Spire vs. Belfry conflict. Found a solution for it but I uploaded a bunch of tweaks prior to Belfry and its not allowing me to install until I eliminate the conflict (removed Spire already but of course its not telling me which one is still conflicting anymore, so just going down the list one by one). After I find the conflict I can install and tweak it in iFile (this should all probably be in a relevant thread, lol). Thanks for the help and advice Simon and Satointl.

      *simply dragged the zipped items...

      *made sure I opened as...
    1. mrancaraven's Avatar
      mrancaraven -
      hello hi all of you!
      I have to ask when this tool you jailbreak for 5.1?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Don't have a jailbreak for 5.1 for the 4s
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      We answer this question every day sigh
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Agree
    1. gaylord1973's Avatar
      gaylord1973 -
      i tried on ipad 2 and its dosent work
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      What firmware?
    1. webdevii's Avatar
      webdevii -
      I am on iOS 5.1.1 yeah I did the os upgrade yesterday. Prolly liki n idiot.... Is there a JB out there for iOS 5.1.1 yet????
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Suppose to be dropping in a couple days
    1. webdevii's Avatar
      webdevii -
      I will be straight up, I am a newbie at the iOS and Apple tablets, although I can follow instructions and think before i click. I just was inquiring on when and if there will be a Jail Break out for the new iOS 5.1.1 firmware that I just probably like an idiot I did the upgrade from 5.0.1 now I find no Jail Break available for this unit. I have heard thru the forums that there will be a Jail Break out this week sometime. Can anyone confirm this?

      Next on the agenda, being the newbie I am to this will there be some sort of directions on how it is done.

      Lastly what if any software is there out there that I can use to back up my iPad-2 using Windows. in preparation to the possible new JailBreak?

      Thank you all in advance for any input you may be able to give.

      Friendly regards
      Dev l
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      That's correct the jailbreak will be out this week. There are no news how it will be, but I'm pretty sure it will be like the other jailbreaks, they will just release an updated absinthe or a new version of redsnow.

      To backup your device just use iTunes .
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Suppose to be called absinthe 2.0
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Should have guessed
    1. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      Has anyone seen the crosstalk between pod2g and i0nic on twitter? Is the jailbreak still being released? I sure hope so
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Havent seen nothing updated.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by JackPipe View Post
      Has anyone seen the crosstalk between pod2g and i0nic on twitter? Is the jailbreak still being released? I sure hope so
      pod2g wont let i0nic's opinion on what to do with exploits sway him. I haven't heard anything to indicate that the plans for releasing soon have changed.
    1. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      Phew! Glad about that!
    1. nderosa's Avatar
      nderosa -
      So no JB for the 3GS? Please say it aint so!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      They got it working on the 3GS to
    1. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      Someone please help, absinthe 2.0 is telling me my iPad 2 isn't supported! It's on 5.1.1, but it's just saying its not supported!