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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. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      I'm sorry but what do you mean by making the mistake in not doing a set up iphone after a rest??
      after you reset your iphone,the home screen should prompt you to set up your iphone 4s like you did when you first purchased it,do this before the JAILBREAK!it fixed my jailbreaking issues and it seems others as well
    1. rosso832's Avatar
      rosso832 -
      well done!
    1. dbibb1328's Avatar
      dbibb1328 -
      Followed installation for Ipad 2 and did a clean install, got up to pressing the absinthe app andit opens a black page with the logo saying 'ABSINTHE is now setting things up, please stand by... this isnt what the tutorial says should happen and after leaving it for 15 - 20 mins nothing is still happening what am i doing wrong?
    1. cassidy's Avatar
      cassidy -
      I tried it. I backed up through icloud right before. I reset all settings. I did not go through the normal process of setting up iphone when you first turn it on. I forgot to back up through icloud. I lost all my info. Cydia was there, but I reset all my settings again so that I could back up through icloud, maybe I could have done that a different way. I regained my back up. Now I try to open cydia, and it instantly crashes the app. It wont even open all the way before it closes. I tried hit the jailbreak button on the absinthe exe program, and it says error: device already jailbroken! detected untether. So now I am stuck with this cydia app on my iphone, that will not open. I have tried to reset all settings again, and cydia remains. And I cant run the jailbreak program again because I keep getting this error message? Is there any way to get cydia off the iphone so that I can run the program again?

      I tried it. I backed up through icloud right before. I reset all settings. I did not go through the normal process of setting up iphone when you first turn it on. I forgot to back up through icloud. I lost all my info. Cydia was there, but I reset all my settings again so that I could back up through icloud, maybe I could have done that a different way. I regained my back up. Now I try to open cydia, and it instantly crashes the app. It wont even open all the way before it closes. I tried hit the jailbreak button on the absinthe exe program, and it says error: device already jailbroken! detected untether. So now I am stuck with this cydia app on my iphone, that will not open. I have tried to reset all settings again, and cydia remains. And I cant run the jailbreak program again because I keep getting this error message? Is there any way to get cydia off the iphone so that I can run the program again?
    1. mickish1953's Avatar
      mickish1953 -
      Quote Originally Posted by darenl View Post
      This is the message i get when starting Absinthe, the attached device has a backup password set. you need to disable the backup password in itunes before you can continue. start itunes remove backup password and start this program again.
      now what do i do????
      Lol ......... do what it requests go to itunes and disable your back up password
    1. lil red wagon's Avatar
      lil red wagon -
      I have tried to jb my ipad 2 on two different machines, both machinges i get "absinthe has encountered a problem and must close"... tried running as admin, running regular, and by checking compatability issues, still the same thing... anyone got a suggestion?
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I noticed my photos are gone after the JB but it appears the data is still there according to General > About. Anyone else have this problem? I will get iFile and see if I can find them through there.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      are your guys getting 'restore in progress' on the iphone screen while the blue bar hangs?
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jayman11 View Post
      no i did not. just did and worked perfectly. Thank you!
      So, Jayman, since we seemed to be in the same situation, let me see if I understand what worked for you:

      1) backup
      2) erase content (optional, of course)
      3) go through the "whole set up as new" routine (but only stock apps, no media for expediency)
      4) run absinthe
      5) restore from backup

      Is this correct?

      I just restored my phone back to status quo ante, and might leave it for the night, but I'll try again tomorrow if you can confirm the above. Thanks in advance.
    1. cassidy's Avatar
      cassidy -
      in short, is there anyway to get cydia off your phone, or take the jailbreak away, so that I will not get the error message that states this iphone is already jailbroken! from absinthe.exe program?
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      unless I'm wrong, the only choice you have is restore your iphone with itunes.
    1. ftb32's Avatar
      ftb32 -
      Thanks.. work...
    1. coiledserpent's Avatar
      coiledserpent -
      Sorry if im off topic here but now that my 4s is jailbroke where can i get an up to date list of all available repos?
    1. Spaceman1701's Avatar
      Spaceman1701 -
      Worked perfectly, ty. Donation has already been sent. Great work team.
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      i have jb iphone now on home screen how do i restore from icloud???
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Amadomon View Post
      So, Jayman, since we seemed to be in the same situation, let me see if I understand what worked for you:

      1) backup
      2) erase content (optional, of course)
      3) go through the "whole set up as new" routine (but only stock apps, no media for expediency)
      4) run absinthe
      5) restore from backup

      Is this correct?

      I just restored my phone back to status quo ante, and might leave it for the night, but I'll try again tomorrow if you can confirm the above. Thanks in advance.
      Exactly! Once I did the setup as new...you know choose the language etc., it ran flawlessly.
    1. c14rlf's Avatar
      c14rlf -
      awesome!!!!! took 5 minutes max without erasing
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by c14rlf View Post
      awesome!!!!! took 5 minutes max without erasing
      Did your pics disappear? I didn't erase either but my photos are gone for some reason.
    1. chevymusclecar's Avatar
      chevymusclecar -
      wow thats was super easy! ipad 2 is now free! thank you all!!
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      worked perfect
      backed upto icloud
      erase all cont and settings
      jb
      restore from icloud
      all good
      thx!

      restored everything. i press cydia and screen just flashes and does nothing. help