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  • How to Jailbreak Using Absinthe (Windows)


    {last updated February 1st, 2012}

    This Windows only guide (OS X 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 Windows version of Absinthe 0.4 from mod.my/absinthewin04. 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 (Windows) started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 274 Comments
    1. mrzmikey's Avatar
      mrzmikey -
      no work for me either
    1. geocelle's Avatar
      geocelle -
      can someone hepl me jailbreak my phone please i have been trying and no luck..

      i can not even find what I need to download
    1. crazygolf68's Avatar
      crazygolf68 -
      What happen to link? It is redirected to the forum page and doesn't let anyone get to the zip folder. Where did it go????? Can we get it back on this site????
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      the link for absinthewin04 is broken ... i need to restore and re jb and this is the only site i trust to dl it from lol (and th eonly 1 i can find that has the 04 not 02 or 03)
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Liveitlive View Post
      the link for absinthewin04 is broken ... i need to restore and re jb and this is the only site i trust to dl it from lol (and th eonly 1 i can find that has the 04 not 02 or 03)
      Just get it from the site it was released on: Greenpois0n.com
    1. xragdolls's Avatar
      xragdolls -
      Hi all..... Im new to all this but want to jail break my phone
      Now I have an iphone4
      But when the upgrade came out on itunes for iphone4s I did that. So which would I need to use to jailbreak? iphone4 or iphone4s?
      Thanks

      Oh and if its possible to stuff the whole thing up, would just plugging into itunes and restoring fix it?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by xragdolls View Post
      Hi all..... Im new to all this but want to jail break my phone
      Now I have an iphone4
      But when the upgrade came out on itunes for iphone4s I did that. So which would I need to use to jailbreak? iphone4 or iphone4s?
      Thanks

      Oh and if its possible to stuff the whole thing up, would just plugging into itunes and restoring fix it?
      If you have an iPhone 4 use redsnow 0.9.10b5 to jailbreak it
      If you have a 4S use Absinthe
    1. forcefedcobra's Avatar
      forcefedcobra -
      absinthe 0.4 not working with my 4s 5.0.1. keep getting "ERROR, consistency check failed, could not find required fields."
    1. mtshasta1's Avatar
      mtshasta1 -
      First, there is another link at the greenpoison website.

      JBed my 4s in about 6-8 min, I did the backup to Itunes and preformed the JB. No phone clearing, didn't have to restore anything. Went so smooth, wish I had not waited after reading about all these problems.
    1. voodoochild92475's Avatar
      voodoochild92475 -
      Man the H3LL with absinthe this crap program doesnt work one bit I've been trying to jb for 5 days now w/ no luck now I am going through the pain of get my info back on the phone. I want my jailbreakme back
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by voodoochild92475 View Post
      Man the H3LL with absinthe this crap program doesnt work one bit I've been trying to jb for 5 days now w/ no luck now I am going through the pain of get my info back on the phone. I want my jailbreakme back
      I have done it on at least 5 iPhones now and a couple iPad 2's. Worked fine everytime using windows and mac. So something on your end is causing the issues. I suggest trying another computer and making sure you have the latest itunes version installed.
    1. Brantloafizzle's Avatar
      Brantloafizzle -
      Jailbreak works fine on my iPhone 4s (5.0.1) but after I restore everything from icloud, cydia won't open, it acts like it opens, but then it crashes, help please
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by voodoochild92475 View Post
      Man the H3LL with absinthe this crap program doesnt work one bit I've been trying to jb for 5 days now w/ no luck now I am going through the pain of get my info back on the phone. I want my jailbreakme back
      Yep, it never worked for me either.
    1. cassidy's Avatar
      cassidy -
      Jail breaking is trial and error. Once you figure it out your golden. It's not like it used to be, like on jailbreak me.com. But in all reality look how much phones have changed.

      The only reason I say this is because I tried jail breaking. I failed twice. Restore. Etc etc. I came here and read some other comments. Made a few post. Built up all the patience I could. And wala I now have a phone which I call the beast.

      Honestly if it doesn't work don't give up. It's worth the trial and error even of that takes a few days.
    1. rlhariya's Avatar
      rlhariya -
      Can i install .ipa file directly with i-tunes on jailbroken i-pad 2 device??
    1. jtfny478's Avatar
      jtfny478 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brantloafizzle View Post
      Jailbreak works fine on my iPhone 4s (5.0.1) but after I restore everything from icloud, cydia won't open, it acts like it opens, but then it crashes, help please
      restore, re-jailbreak. .. it happened to me as well ..
    1. holden_'s Avatar
      holden_ -
      Worked like a charm, im sitting on an 4S, 5.0.1(9A406) and followed the guide and it works perfectly, thanks alot to the dev team!
    1. frostyflakes42's Avatar
      frostyflakes42 -
      I need some help! please. I got absinthe on my phone perfectly fine, but when i click on the absinthe icon the "wait for absinthe to complete" message pops up. after a while i get a box that says "didnt work? trt this: tap "jailbreak" to open the settings application and turn on the VPN name 'Jailbreak'." when i hit the button it says i get a message, "Cannot open absinthe. absinthe could not be opened. the error was: 'the url cant be shown'." then i went to main menu, then settings, and turned on VPN. nowhere did i see a "VPN Jailbreak" or anything. after a moment i get a message "a configuration error occurred", and the guide says that my phone should reboot after that and everything should work. nothing happend! and i cant get it to work! if anybody has any advice pleaseee let me know. thanks!! mike
    1. longthizzz's Avatar
      longthizzz -
      i can not jb my 4s , everytime i try it gives me a error , saying ERROR : consistence check failed : could not find the required files


      i have try reinstalling a bunch of time , i restore my 4s to factory settings n still no go
    1. longthizzz's Avatar
      longthizzz -
      i can not jb my 4s , everytime i try it gives me a error , saying ERROR : consistence check failed : could not find the required files


      i have try reinstalling a bunch of time , i restore my 4s to factory settings n still no go