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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. BLegend's Avatar
      BLegend -
      When i backup using itunes or icloud, will games that i have such as "words with friends" still be able to keep all my current games and progress after i restore when the jailbreak is complete?
    1. Jrsrusty's Avatar
      Jrsrusty -
      Worked perfectly! Love you guys for the amazing work!
    1. iYeow's Avatar
      iYeow -
      Wow, gonna love this Absinthe ( Windows ) Eve of Chinese New Year 2012 ( Year of the Dragon ) .. Great Jobs to the Dev Team.
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      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????
    1. liverjello's Avatar
      liverjello -
      my phone just stays on "ABSINTHE is now setting things up, please stand-by..." Am i missing a step?
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Doing it now to my 4S. I did erase content since I had nearly 32 (er, 28) GB of stuff. It's taking a while, but I'm patient. And confident in Chronic-Dev. Will report back.
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Thumb up!
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Crud, mine has been hung up on the "Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while..." screen forever. Blue bar hasn't moved. Have tried rebooting, etc and goes right to the same spot and hangs.
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jayman11 View Post
      Crud, mine has been hung up on the "Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while..." screen forever. Blue bar hasn't moved. Have tried rebooting, etc and goes right to the same spot and hangs.
      That's exactly where I am too. I'm just going to sit tight--it may be my slow-@s$ laptop...
    1. tacoma96's Avatar
      tacoma96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iYeow View Post
      Wow, gonna love this Absinthe ( Windows ) Eve of Chinese New Year 2012 ( Year of the Dragon ) .. Great Jobs to the Dev Team.
      Totally true.
      This Absinthe Windows version is the most simple and easy jailbreak tool released. Work on my 1st try. Great Jobs Dev Dream Team.
    1. chriscoyne's Avatar
      chriscoyne -
      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????
      Think you had your password lock on before starting. Start again. Do normal restore from backup. Then turn off the passcode lock. Do Break again. Might want to just restore basics turn off …remove all Apps except basic Apple ones… Music Video. Keep it simple then break. See if it helps.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      It appears that once Cydia is on your device, it screws with your ability to use the "erase all content and settings" function. Tried this on ipad2 and iPhone 4S and both just hang on the spinning wheel. Ugh.
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Amadomon View Post
      That's exactly where I am too. I'm just going to sit tight--it may be my slow-@s$ laptop...
      I let it go for about 40 mins and it didn't budge. I just restored back. I'll just hang tight till people have been using it a little longer.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jayman11 View Post
      Crud, mine has been hung up on the "Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while..." screen forever. Blue bar hasn't moved. Have tried rebooting, etc and goes right to the same spot and hangs.
      Same here while trying to JB my iPad 2. It's just sitting there and doesn't appear to be doing anything according to task manager. The "sync" icon was spinning on my iPad at first but then it stopped and hasn't done anything since for 30 mins.
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jayman11 View Post
      I let it go for about 40 mins and it didn't budge. I just restored back. I'll just hang tight till people have been using it a little longer.
      Huh. I was just about to do the same thing. Oh well. What are the commonalities among those for whom it works, and apparently so flawlessly?
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      do you mean turn off the passcode lock in itunes????
    1. iliveforbball's Avatar
      iliveforbball -
      Quote Originally Posted by Amadomon View Post
      That's exactly where I am too. I'm just going to sit tight--it may be my slow-@s$ laptop...
      Im in the same boat as both of you guys. I let it sit for 45 min and then I started it over and it said "it looks like you have tried to jailbreak before. will try to fix now"....Then it said "recovery complete. if you wish to try the jailbreak again unplug and replug in your device". I did that and now Ive been at the beginning jailbreak phase again for 20 more min. guess Ill just leave it hooked up and be patient.....
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iliveforbball View Post
      Im in the same boat as both of you guys. I let it sit for 45 min and then I started it over and it said "it looks like you have tried to jailbreak before. will try to fix now"....Then it said "recovery complete. if you wish to try the jailbreak again unplug and replug in your device". I did that and now Ive been at the beginning jailbreak phase again for 20 more min. guess Ill just leave it hooked up and be patient.....
      Yeah 40 minutes was enough for me. I'm back to normal now. Will hang tight till I see what happens on here. Afraid that if it's buggy trying to jailbreak then the phone will end up buggy. Wonder what the reason is for some having no issue at all. I'm on a 4S 5.0.1 (9A405)...trying to do this from Win XP computer.
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      Same here while trying to JB my iPad 2. It's just sitting there and doesn't appear to be doing anything according to task manager. The "sync" icon was spinning on my iPad at first but then it stopped and hasn't done anything since for 30 mins.
      Ok, I just restarted the JB app and it worked the 2nd time! Now time to JB my 4S.
    1. iliveforbball's Avatar
      iliveforbball -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jayman11 View Post
      Yeah 40 minutes was enough for me. I'm back to normal now. Will hang tight till I see what happens on here. Afraid that if it's buggy trying to jailbreak then the phone will end up buggy. Wonder what the reason is for some having no issue at all. I'm on a 4S 5.0.1 (9A405)...trying to do this from Win XP computer.
      im on 4s 5.0.1 (9A405) and ive used used about 34 of the available 57GB. I didnt erase any of my content before trying the JB either