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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. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      so far the blue bar has been hanging....I hope it's normal.
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      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.
      Did you do the basic setup after erasing all content and settings? Setup as new iphone and then run Absinthe. This just happened to me.
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      did not erase all contents and settings started jb blue line went 1/3 and is sitting there and arrows stopped spinning on iphone should i still wait??
    1. bkstyles's Avatar
      bkstyles -
      The JB went smooth on my 4S, but now my springboard is corrupt. I have no Phone, message, safari or settings icons. Anyone else experiencing this?
    1. jwil736's Avatar
      jwil736 -
      Donation has been made, thank you all for your hard work. It worked like a charm.

      DONT FORGET TO DONATE EVEN IF ITS $1
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bkstyles View Post
      The JB went smooth on my 4S, but now my springboard is corrupt. I have no Phone, message, safari or settings icons. Anyone else experiencing this?
      how much content did you have in your iphone or was it fresh?
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      had apps pics contacts ect
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      damn!! I should have waited! that blue bar is not moving.
    1. bkstyles's Avatar
      bkstyles -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      how much content did you have in your iphone or was it fresh?
      I did a fresh install.
    1. rud3bwoy's Avatar
      rud3bwoy -
      Had the same issue as many others with it hanging,but my mistake was not doing the set up iphone after a reset,once i did that abinsthe said i attempted to jailbreak before,it did a fix told me unplug replug and try to jb again after then it jail broke my phone with out any issues,took less than 4 mins
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      so far the blue bar is not progressing and I'm getting 'restore in progress' on my iphone screen.
    1. brfc1875's Avatar
      brfc1875 -
      Yessssssss !!!! worked 3rd time for me !!
    1. ricroc911's Avatar
      ricroc911 -
      Not the best jailbreak but i suppose it will do, bugger to get it running for most, i done mine earlier today through the CLI way, worked straight off
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rud3bwoy View Post
      Had the same issue as many others with it hanging,but my mistake was not doing the set up iphone after a reset,once i did that abinsthe said i attempted to jailbreak before,it did a fix told me unplug replug and try to jb again after then it jail broke my phone with out any issues,took less than 4 mins
      I'm sorry but what do you mean by making the mistake in not doing a set up iphone after a rest??
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      didnt want to do a fresh install and lose my email server settings from work
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brfc1875 View Post
      Yessssssss !!!! worked 3rd time for me !!
      did you just disconnect/reconnect your iphone during the restore progress and ran absinthe again?
    1. ricroc911's Avatar
      ricroc911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by darenl View Post
      didnt want to do a fresh install and lose my email server settings from work
      well if you backed up with icloud you wont lose them settings, i can still access my work email
    1. darenl's Avatar
      darenl -
      ok thx i will erase all contents and setting and try it than restore from i cloud
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      I wonder if by re-jailbreaking a first time failed absinthe jailbreak leaves unwanted residue that might make the iphone buggy on the long run.
    1. Jayman11's Avatar
      Jayman11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwil736 View Post
      Did you do the basic setup after erasing all content and settings? Setup as new iphone and then run Absinthe. This just happened to me.
      no i did not. just did and worked perfectly. Thank you!