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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. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Lol we sure are
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Been jailbroke
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      I have read that you need to update via iTunes restore to 5.1.1 first which is a no brainier.
      I am on a jb 4s iOS 5.0.1 my question is, is update via iTunes not an option?

      I thought I could just update and then run Absinthe.
      Is the update not option not jailbreakable?

      I don't have any issue to download 5.1.1 and restore but I don't understand.

      Thanks
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Update to 5.1.1 and then jailbreak
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      OK still out and was wondering if I can update my device (4s iOS 5.0.1) with the OTA option and then when I get home jb?
      Or do I have to update with iTunes for the jb to work properly?


      Thanks
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Buddy at work went from 5.0.1 to 5.1.1. OTA worked great jailbroke it at work after.
    1. Wrassle's Avatar
      Wrassle -
      I can't even get Absinth to start -- i have it set to winxp compatibility, and right click - run as administrator and get "This application must be run as administrator" -- using Win 7 64 bit --- anyone?
    1. joe2075's Avatar
      joe2075 -
      Hello to everyone....I am a noob to jail breaking and had a question. I bought a Sprint iPhone 4 but want to use it on AT&T. How can I unlock it? TIA
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joe2075 View Post
      Hello to everyone....I am a noob to jail breaking and had a question. I bought a Sprint iPhone 4 but want to use it on AT&T. How can I unlock it? TIA
      What baseband is it on?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Check your modem firmware. Check in Settings- General- About

      Too slow
    1. XPerties's Avatar
      XPerties -
      Just bought the new ipad and jailbreak'd it as soon as it came out of the box. Thanks!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Glad it all worked out.
    1. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      Guys, I just read an article saying that you have the iPad 2,4 if your model number is MC954 or MC989, but my model number is A1395, so what iPad 2 do I have? Please help me out!
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      Been trying to update via OTA for about a day now.
      IT runs a bit then says it failed.

      Is it because I am jailbroken on a iPH4s iOS 5.0.1?

      Was hoping to update via OTA because I figured I wouldn't have to reinstall all my app's and music as I normally have to when I restore or update via iTunes.

      Thanks
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Mine worked once OTA I would suggest just using iTunes.
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      Well I'm repeatedly trying and trying.
      Maybe I'll try on 3g and turn off the WiFi?

      Thanks
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Just click update in iTunes. It won't erase anything.
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      OK so the saga continues for me and my quest to get updated to 5.1.1 and jb...
      I plugged my iPh4s into my iMac and in iTunes chose update (I'm on a jb 5.0.1) and got error message 1645.

      Is it supposed to be this hard or am I just so lucky?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by JackPipe View Post
      Guys, I just read an article saying that you have the iPad 2,4 if your model number is MC954 or MC989, but my model number is A1395, so what iPad 2 do I have? Please help me out!
      If the article is correct you must have the old one. Can you post a link to the article so I can read it?
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      OK tried again and again and now the screen is black w/ the apple and a status bar beneath.
      Nothing seems to be happening though not status movement and in iTunes it says "Waiting for iPhone"

      I assume the iPhone is not communicating with iTunes?

      I'm on a iMac if that is need to know.

      Thanks