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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 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TotalKore View Post
      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) install latest Itunes
      2) make a backup of your iphone either itunes or cloud.
      3) erase all content and settings (located in general settings (reset) )
      4) make sure you activate your phone. Do not let backup restore from itunes or cloud. make sure your iphone is ready to make calls. Disable autolock located in general settings.

      4)connect your iphone (make sure windows detects it)
      5)run absinthe and make sure it detects your iphone and firmware number.
      6)press the jailbreak button.....and good luck!!!!


      I did it this way and it worked for me...hopefully it will work for you.
    1. fastforward's Avatar
      fastforward -
      just jailbroke my 4s. worked brilliant!!!!!! amazing job and another ...SCREW YOU!!!... to apple!!!
      Thanks guys.
    1. bobsco's Avatar
      bobsco -
      I jailbroke my iphone 4s without any problems but my ipad 2 took forever so I unplugged it after one hour and now everytime I try and re-jailbreak it, it gives me a message saying that there was an error the last time and that it will try and fix it. Well, it does fix it and then tells me to unplug it and plug it back in but it keeps giving me the same message. Any ideas as to what I should try? Thanks.
    1. imperialto's Avatar
      imperialto -
      use this to donate to Allstar team!!

      https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/we...fd6c338b1d9d60

      its from devteams website: Dev-Team Blog
    1. bobsco's Avatar
      bobsco -
      I jailbroke my iphone 4s without any problems but my ipad 2 took forever so I unplugged it after one hour and now everytime I try and re-jailbreak it, it gives me a message saying that there was an error the last time and that it will try and fix it. Well, it does fix it and then tells me to unplug it and plug it back in but it keeps giving me the same message. Any ideas as to what I should try? Thanks.
    1. sexydadee's Avatar
      sexydadee -
      jailbroke and donated, thanks dreamteam!
    1. khizzm0's Avatar
      khizzm0 -
      can use this on 3GS?
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      Quote Originally Posted by khizzm0 View Post
      can use this on 3GS?
      No you may not.
    1. khizzm0's Avatar
      khizzm0 -
      that was quick thanks
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by khizzm0 View Post
      can use this on 3GS?
      Nope. Use redsnow 0.9.10b4 on a 3GS.
    1. marktang's Avatar
      marktang -
      I did my ipad2 with the command line but for my phone it wont install absinthe app with CLI or GUI and now all my pics are gone. Is there any ways to get it back? Any ways to get it back without running absinthe app since I can't get it on my phone.
    1. crow68x's Avatar
      crow68x -
      this looks easy to do going to try it soon....Thank you so much for the jailbreak!!
    1. twalsh's Avatar
      twalsh -
      Not sure about doing this. It seems many people are having issues with photos disappearing or music not playing.
    1. marys25's Avatar
      marys25 -
      thank you dev teamS!!
    1. bayleylucy's Avatar
      bayleylucy -
      Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!
    1. christoforo's Avatar
      christoforo -
      anyone not able to connect with openssh again. restored and still dosnt work
    1. staylor51065's Avatar
      staylor51065 -
      any chance this jailbreak will be available to users of 3GS? my power button is broken and can't put into DFU mode for other jailbreaks. If not, anyone have any ideas for me?
    1. Zach B.'s Avatar
      Zach B. -
      The jailbreak was successful and all, but I still have a Gray Mail and Game Center icon. Any fixes for that?

      Sorry for the double post! (Can't figure out how to edit/delete my old post!)

      Anyone that is having the transparent or gray icons on their springboard, please open Cydia and update it.

      Cydia will respring your iPhone and the icons should be fixed.
    1. Hedrush's Avatar
      Hedrush -
      Quote Originally Posted by khizzm0 View Post
      can use this on 3GS?
      Haha!

      Thanks dreamteam. Donation sent.

      Dbl post sry. Can't edit on iPhone.


      Quote Originally Posted by Zach B. View Post
      The jailbreak was successful and all, but I still have a Gray Mail and Game Center icon. Any fixes for that?

      Sorry for the double post! (Can't figure out how to edit/delete my old post!)

      Anyone that is having the transparent or gray icons on their springboard, please open Cydia and update it.

      Cydia will respring your iPhone and the icons should be fixed.
      Sbsettings is your friend. On the couple of occasions I've had white icons a quick respring fixes it.
    1. SeveIV's Avatar
      SeveIV -
      Tried multiple times and it errors right after my phone reboots and freezes Absinthe up =/