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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. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      Sorry to pester you all, but has anyone heard any news about when the iPad 2,4 will be jailbreakable on 5.1.1?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Nothing yet sorry
    1. dvinacco's Avatar
      dvinacco -
      my iphone 4 (verizon) comes up as iphone 3 no iphone 4... any suggestions?
    1. tonyks's Avatar
      tonyks -
      Hello guys and thank for your help here man...
      I have an iPhone 4s with AT&T which I have manage to jailbreak, now I am having problems unlocking the phone to work on Simplemobile network. It kept saying no service, any ideas please.
      Thanks

      Hello guys, can anyone please tell me why I have been having this message in Cydia ever since I installed it? It saids (This device is in the pending TSS queue?
      Thanks
    1. wildbabe222's Avatar
      wildbabe222 -
      NEED HELP!!!! I am jailbreaking an iphone 4s 5.1.1 on a mac. When I plug in my phone and turn on absinthe it says 'Error detecting device (lockdown error -5)'. I have reset the phone and tried it again but that didn't do anything. Can someone please help me??? Any suggestions??? Thanks!!!
    1. moiphones's Avatar
      moiphones -
      Are u running OSX Mountain Lion by any chance?
    1. wildbabe222's Avatar
      wildbabe222 -
      no...mac osx version 10.6.8
    1. moiphones's Avatar
      moiphones -
      If your having trouble w Absinthe, why don't ya try Redsnow 0.9.14b2. Hope that will work
    1. mohhdee's Avatar
      mohhdee -
      wad guys, i need your assistance here plz... how can i jail break ios 6?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Can't its just for devs right now. There isn't a stable one for release yet
    1. anig's Avatar
      anig -
      Is there a jailbreak for iOS 6 4s nearing completion. I read the above post is that for all 4s and 5
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by anig View Post
      Is there a jailbreak for iOS 6 4s nearing completion. I read the above post is that for all 4s and 5
      Nope there isn't
    1. Mazook's Avatar
      Mazook -
      What the hell is the problem with jailbreaking? Whats the complicated about making it from TETHERED to UNTETHERED.. ?

      I really don't get it. Can someone explain it?

      And why isn't there a way to upgrade FROM 5.0.1 TO 5.1.1 WITHOUT updating to 6.0.. ?!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      You can update to 5.0.1 to 5.1.1 IF you have the blobs.

      Your answer for the other question ask the devs. I'm sure it's not that easy and take a good amount of time.
    1. costadisa's Avatar
      costadisa -
      Hi, im new to the community and id like to find out how i can Sim unlock my iphone 4G and 4S i recently came back from studying abroad only to find out my two favourite gadgets are nothing more than ipods here in Zimbabwe,please help urgently!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. tatianadefig's Avatar
      tatianadefig -
      How do i jailbreak an iPhone 4G 6.0.1?
    1. mukutyk's Avatar
      mukutyk -
      I want the same news but for iOS 6 / 6.0.1
    1. chewyy_usa's Avatar
      chewyy_usa -
      YOU GUYS ARE LUCKY AS ****, i'm still waiting for ios6 jailbreak. Y'all SO MEAN /;
    1. vitoestefan's Avatar
      vitoestefan -
      Can someone explain to me what is the different between Tethered and Semi-Tethered guys? I know tethered is like if we wanted to reboot or boot our iPhone we have to boot it from PC with that jailbreak program you're using currently. But now there's semi-tethered, what is that?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by vitoestefan View Post
      Can someone explain to me what is the different between Tethered and Semi-Tethered guys? I know tethered is like if we wanted to reboot or boot our iPhone we have to boot it from PC with that jailbreak program you're using currently. But now there's semi-tethered, what is that?
      semi-tethered means you can still boot up the phone without a jailbreak program helping you. You won't be able to use anything jailbreak related but the phone will still boot up and work.