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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. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      A full day later for the windows version? Completely unacceptable!

      J/k. Great work guys! Worked flawlessly.
    1. rrohan92's Avatar
      rrohan92 -
      Does this unlock iphone 5.0.1???
    1. mgmm1's Avatar
      mgmm1 -
      Way to go Dev Dream Team.
    1. diamonddan73's Avatar
      diamonddan73 -
      In case you get an error with Windows needs to shut down this program, you need to extract the files before you run the Jailbreak. If you download and run you will have problems. After you extract the files click on the Absinthe icon...
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      A full day later for the windows version? Completely unacceptable!

      J/k. Great work guys! Worked flawlessly.
      are you experiencing any bugs like white icons or absence of phone service if not then you please tell me what you did to achieve flawless execution.


      did you jailbreak directly or did you prep you iphone first?
    1. chansed's Avatar
      chansed -
      Also stuck on ABSINTHE is now setting things up, please stand by... screen on Ipad 2.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      is the dev team going to release a more reliable jailbreaking tool or absinthe is it?
    1. jb4's Avatar
      jb4 -
      Just jailbroke my iPad 2, donated some dollars and restored from back-up....THANKS TEAM!
    1. bookem15's Avatar
      bookem15 -
      mine tells me program has stopped working and will not jailbreak and windows closes program
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      why is it fully working for some and not for others? what's the difference?
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Okay, here is what is confusing people I think-- at least it did me. Whether you erase content and settings or not, you phone must be fully activated for Absinthe to work. The first time I tried, I hadn't gone through setting up my phone again after erasing content. Just now, I didn't erase anything at all-- I just followed the Absinthe directions and applied the jailbreak to my fully-functioning phone and it worked a treat. Can't wait to get back to a jailbroken phone. Thanks Chronic-Dev!
    1. brab's Avatar
      brab -
      I just JBed my iPad 2 in under 3 minutes...didn't even do backup/restore/erase as I had 0.1GB of data on it to begin with.
      Everything worked flawlessly, not a single error...and none of the screens spent more than 10 seconds in the same position (both Absinthe and actions on iPad)...

      I also did run Absinthe as administrator even though it doesn't mention that in the guide...it doesn't hurt...
    1. jeffhesser's Avatar
      jeffhesser -
      Paypal link is not working. Takes me to "Sorry your last action could not complete". I hope this is new and not just an indication of how few bother to hit the link.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      well!!! I was finally able to jailbreak my iphone...HURRRRAAAAY!!! the only problem I have now is that when I add sources in cydia, they hang and don't finish all the way. Has anybody else experienced this problem?
    1. TotalKore's Avatar
      TotalKore -
      tried it, even after reading a lot of forum posts where things didn't work properly, or work at all. for me, didn't work. kept saying preparing jailbreak for about 30mins. before i started i wiped my phone. jb'd enough older i-devices, but this doens't seem to do the trick for me. restoring it now, waiting for a more stable jb tool. this is no bashing-post, just saying it didn't work for me. hope others do have more luck. and for the ones that did get a jailbroken phone after using absynthe: enjoy it, lucky b#stards! ;-) grmbl...
    1. packagescomplete's Avatar
      packagescomplete -
      Why is cydia taking very long to update packages??? i tried to install ********** via cydia.hackulo.us and it takes ages on the part where it says ---> doneackages??
      why is this?

    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      TotalKore, after erasing content, did you first set up your phone (ie, so it's ready to make a call--call your mother just to be sure; I'm sure she wants to hear from you)? That was my mistake the first time, as I'm sure it was for many people. The second time I'd didn't wipe anything, and even with nearly 32gb of content it went quickly.
    1. j4v3d's Avatar
      j4v3d -
      thanks for the guide - looking forward to jailbreaking the 4S and getting back to you guys on the progress of it
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -

      I'm just about to jailbreak my 4s - I have just made a backup of my 4s to iCloud. My question is, once I have done the jailbreak (windows), how then do I restore my phone using iCloud???

      Thanks in advance
    1. benk9's Avatar
      benk9 -
      i've recently jailbroken my device but there seems to be no pictures in camera roll or even when take one they dont save to camera roll.
      ive tried to run jailbreak agen as it says it not finished n the reviews and all i get is already jailbroken, so i try to fully restore my device to restart jailbreak from scratch and all i get is error 11 and 21 how can i resolve this problem plz help any 1 and great work pod2g and rest of the dream team much appriciated lovin the jailbreak on my 4s finally just want everything running perfect