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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. Marilina's Avatar
      Marilina -
      Quote Originally Posted by karong View Post
      For some reason I just cant get Absinthe to detect my phone. Windows and itunes detects it but with Absinthe i always get a error. I followed all the steps multiple times. Including erasing all data and starting fresh and still nothing.
      Did you restore and setup as new? Tried right clicking absinthe and running as admin?
    1. sna2rwl's Avatar
      sna2rwl -
      Anybody having an issue with the JB failing for the 4S when it is in the JB data load stage? I have had mine fail 6x, telling me that absinthe.exe has stopped working. Phone was backed up and all content was removed. Anyone have any suggestions?
    1. Marilina's Avatar
      Marilina -
      Quote Originally Posted by sna2rwl View Post
      Anybody having an issue with the JB failing for the 4S when it is in the JB data load stage? I have had mine fail 6x, telling me that absinthe.exe has stopped working. Phone was backed up and all content was removed. Anyone have any suggestions?
      What windows version do you have? Try right clicking and running as administrator. If you have vista try right clicking, going to properties, compatibility and ticking compatibility to windows xp sp3 and run as admin.

      Reboot your machine as well.
    1. lobej's Avatar
      lobej -
      i need help after jb i get a no service error. I tried toogle VPN on but its asking me to add configuration Pls help
    1. sna2rwl's Avatar
      sna2rwl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Marilina View Post
      What windows version do you have? Try right clicking and running as administrator. If you have vista try right clicking, going to properties, compatibility and ticking compatibility to windows xp sp3 and run as admin.

      Reboot your machine as well.
      Running Windows 7, and I ran absinthe as administrator too. I will try and do the reboot to see if that works.
    1. Marilina's Avatar
      Marilina -
      Quote Originally Posted by sna2rwl View Post
      Running Windows 7, and I ran absinthe as administrator too. I will try and do the reboot to see if that works.
      Alright.
    1. khantil's Avatar
      khantil -
      Quote Originally Posted by Marilina View Post
      What windows version do you have? Try right clicking and running as administrator. If you have vista try right clicking, going to properties, compatibility and ticking compatibility to windows xp sp3 and run as admin.

      Reboot your machine as well.

      Guys try switching the 4S in Airplane mode and then run Absinthe again!!! It worked for me and the error "Absinthe has stopped working" did not appear. I was able to JB easily. I figured that the error arises due to the fact that the phone starts establishing a connection with your carrier and also automatically screen locks is activated once the software reboots the phone.

      Hope this helps!!!
    1. karong's Avatar
      karong -
      Quote Originally Posted by Marilina View Post
      Did you restore and setup as new? Tried right clicking absinthe and running as admin?
      Yes I did all of that. I finally got it to work tho. I used another computer with Vista on it and it went smooth. I was running Windows 7 before. Dont know if its buggy with Windows 7 but on my other Vista PC i had no issues at all.
    1. Susty's Avatar
      Susty -
      Quote Originally Posted by staylor51065 View Post
      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?
      You can get into a DFU state without using the power button, however it does require making a modification to the ipsw,& the only way out is to do a restore.
    1. MAJIK1969's Avatar
      MAJIK1969 -
      Hi guys, here’s my issues. I tried windows version absinthe and it kept hanging up saying jailbreak started, this may take awhile. It went on for over an hour and tried it numerous times. I tried the CLI steps it it kept saying something about the file being too large to process.

      I reset my phone and restored, then I tried to run absinthe again with the same issue. I attempted CLI version and it seemed to be running fine. I went through all of the steps and at the very end when I toggled VPN it did not reboot. I tried toggling numerous times to no avail. I rebooted my phone manually and it works fine but no jailbreak., no Cydia. Under settings>general>profile it says jailbreak.

      Now I'm a relative noob to jailbreaking, I jailbroke my iPhone 4 before I got the 4s. I read the steps on here recommending that I reset the phone, jailbreak, and then restore. Stupid question but when I restore that won't clear out the jailbreak?

      I'd appreciate any help! Thanks!
    1. Marilina's Avatar
      Marilina -
      Quote Originally Posted by MAJIK1969 View Post
      Hi guys, here’s my issues. I tried windows version absinthe and it kept hanging up saying jailbreak started, this may take awhile. It went on for over an hour and tried it numerous times. I tried the CLI steps it it kept saying something about the file being too large to process.

      I reset my phone and restored, then I tried to run absinthe again with the same issue. I attempted CLI version and it seemed to be running fine. I went through all of the steps and at the very end when I toggled VPN it did not reboot. I tried toggling numerous times to no avail. I rebooted my phone manually and it works fine but no jailbreak., no Cydia. Under settings>general>profile it says jailbreak.

      Now I'm a relative noob to jailbreaking, I jailbroke my iPhone 4 before I got the 4s. I read the steps on here recommending that I reset the phone, jailbreak, and then restore. Stupid question but when I restore that won't clear out the jailbreak?

      I'd appreciate any help! Thanks!
      Hi, yes when you restore it will clean out everything. Do a restore and setup as new and run the program again (either Absinthe or cinject, ONE of the two). And you will be fine.
    1. MAJIK1969's Avatar
      MAJIK1969 -
      Just to clarify, After I reset my phone and jailbreak it I won't be able to sync it to iTunes and get all my apps, music, mail settings, text, and notes back without clearing out the jailbreak? I'll have to manually download music and apps back to my phone? Trying to make this as efficient as possible.

      Again I'm sorry if this is a silly question....
    1. sna2rwl's Avatar
      sna2rwl -
      Quote Originally Posted by khantil View Post
      Guys try switching the 4S in Airplane mode and then run Absinthe again!!! It worked for me and the error "Absinthe has stopped working" did not appear. I was able to JB easily. I figured that the error arises due to the fact that the phone starts establishing a connection with your carrier and also automatically screen locks is activated once the software reboots the phone.

      Hope this helps!!!
      Switched to Airplane mode, and it still gave me the error. Once it reboots it auto locks the screen, I made sure that settings were lock screen "never".
      Any other recommendations?
    1. chriscoyne's Avatar
      chriscoyne -
      Quote Originally Posted by karong View Post
      For some reason I just cant get Absinthe to detect my phone. Windows and itunes detects it but with Absinthe i always get a error. I followed all the steps multiple times. Including erasing all data and starting fresh and still nothing.
      Had same issue to Begin with. Make sure iTunes closed. Use good cable. Right click Absinthe Icon and choose Run as administrator. Then should recognize. Remember to turn off iPhone Passcode lock first.

      Did the jailbreak. No problems at all.

      I synced. I removed music videos and apps

      I closed iTunes.

      I turned off Passcode lock on iPhone

      I DID NOT. Clear all content and settings

      I DID NOT. Turn on VPN

      I connected iPhone to computer.

      I Right clicked on Absinthe and Ran As Administrator.

      Jailbreak button. Let it Run.

      When prompted I clicked on Icon on the phone

      Let it Run. Done.

      Connected to iTunes.

      Restored Apps and music etc.

      Restored to backup.

      Done. Everything fine. Opened Cydia. Started adding Mods.

      Could not have worked better.

      IPhone 4s 16GB Factory unlocked 9A405. 5.0.1

      Thanks DreamTeam
    1. Sullivan0930's Avatar
      Sullivan0930 -
      i jailbroke my ipad2 flawlessly (missing pics though) but my 4s is being a pain. I keep getting the ABSINTHE app on my phone clicking it and nothing happening. ive completely erased and set up as a new iphone multiple times and still just cant get past thisa screen. i enabled VPN got the error and still nothing. idk what to do.
    1. mohd_sawood's Avatar
      mohd_sawood -
      i am having a problem using Absinthe application.... it says " the application Absinthe quit unexpectedly " Click Relaunch to launch the application again or report to see more details or send a report to apple....

      is it because i m using Mac version 10.5.8 and not Lion the latest version for MAC....

      please i am eager to jailbreak my iPhone 4S......
    1. sna2rwl's Avatar
      sna2rwl -
      Quote Originally Posted by sna2rwl View Post
      Switched to Airplane mode, and it still gave me the error. Once it reboots it auto locks the screen, I made sure that settings were lock screen "never".
      Any other recommendations?
      Figured it out. Make sure the absinthe.exe and data files are on the desktop. Once I did that, it worked. Thanks for everybody's help!
    1. ratbrain's Avatar
      ratbrain -
      iPad2.

      No problems JBing. Synced/backed up prior to running jb. I did NOT erase all content. took roughly 20 mins, but no issues after running the JB. I restarted the iPad a few times after noticing white mail icon, but been using the iPad all day without any other issues after a couple of reboots.

      Thanks!
    1. MAJIK1969's Avatar
      MAJIK1969 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chriscoyne View Post

      Restored Apps and music etc.

      Restored to backup.

      Done. Everything fine. Opened Cydia. Started adding Mods.

      Thanks DreamTeam
      I want to clarify something. If I completely reset my phone and setup as new then I can go back after I jailbreak it and restore from my backup for all of my apps and music without messing up the jailbreak?
    1. Sullivan0930's Avatar
      Sullivan0930 -
      well i got my 4s finally jailbroken. heres two things i tried at the same time so idk which one did the trick. but if your having the hanging at ABSINTHE screen try this.
      1. instead of settings-general-reset-delete everything, just go to itunes-restore-then clean install or whatever and should work.
      2.. if using AT&T MCell turn it off.