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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. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Can you be 5.0.0?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZipZapp View Post
      Can you be 5.0.0?
      On a 4S yes. On a iPad 2 no.
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      add me to the list of successes. Did a backup in itunes, but did not even do an initial erase(only had apps and photos, no movies or music) and everything ran just fine. Total process only took about 10 minutes maybe? And so far so good.

      Thanks team!

      -Luke
    1. saumilsanghvi's Avatar
      saumilsanghvi -
      i downloaded absinthe on my phone.As soon as i click it a black screen comes showing "absinthe is applying settings and please standby"
      i stood by for 20 mins. but there was no progress.
      please help
    1. Vinger's Avatar
      Vinger -
      iPad 2 with 5.01, worked flawlessly, version 0.3. Did not lose anything on the iPad, did not reset anything as well. Just worked within 10 min. Free at last. Thanks to all who made this possible.
    1. lrcquest's Avatar
      lrcquest -
      does this process work for ipad 1 wifi model???
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Tried several times. Waited about 45min-1hr each time. Blue progress bar never moved passed 5%. Was a fresh install, win vista. I got tired of waiting over a few hours and several attempts and just restored my phone and figured I might try again some other day when I can wait a few hours or until the process is more streamlined. I kinda wonder what the problem is. It all seems fishy to me.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      I had the exact same problem...blue bar would not go past 5% no matter how much I waited but then what worked for me was to erase all content and settings and have the iphone properly activated and jailbreak.
    1. jorddydre's Avatar
      jorddydre -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtyDiddler View Post
      Just jailbroke my ipad2 without erasing content and settings first. (I started before I had a chance to read this...) Now my calendar icon is transparent and my notes icon is solid white. Started doing my 4S and it's just hanging on the Absinthe screen for like 15 minutes now. Thinking about starting over...
      i have done my iphone 4s you need to put it on i tunes and backup then restore so it will erase all content and then start over it will jailbreak and you just redownload everything you had on it previously.
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      I had the exact same problem...blue bar would not go past 5% no matter how much I waited but then what worked for me was to erase all content and settings and have the iphone properly activated and jailbreak.
      I did that. I backed up and erased all content and settings. It still never progressed. After dealing with it for 2hrs I had to restore so I would have a functioning phone.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      hmmm!!!! do you have the latest Itunes installed?

      makes sure the latest itunes recognizes the phone.
    1. vewillia's Avatar
      vewillia -
      When you jail break your phone can you revert it if you need too?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by vewillia View Post
      When you jail break your phone can you revert it if you need too?
      yes, by restoring in itunes
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      hmmm!!!! do you have the latest Itunes installed?

      makes sure the latest itunes recognizes the phone.
      Quick question, what does the latest iTunes have to do with the jail breaking software? Absinthe detects the iPhone connected and what firmware that's on the phone, what difference does iTunes have in that?
    1. iBreaKiPhonesFoRMoneY's Avatar
      iBreaKiPhonesFoRMoneY -
      Finally a way to Jailbreak my iPhone 3GS without having to sit there and boot into DFU Mode. That process was so boring and long when I was doing this for others. If I didn't get it right the first time it took another 10-15 minutes to get it out of the hanging apple logo. Now with Absinthe I'm able to do more Jailbreaks faster and easier without the hassle of having to do DFU booting! Thanks guys this Jailbreak worked like a charm! Forget jailbreakme.com, I use Absinthe now!
    1. lowaza's Avatar
      lowaza -
      Hello people can someone please answer this question for me? I've been pondering upon it for countless days, even weeks and haven't been able to get an answer.

      If i jailbreak my iPhone 4S on 5.0.1 with absinthe, will my warranty be void? If so, can i not just restore my phone to an original firmware of 5.0.1 to maintain my warranty?

      Please reply as soon as possible, i'd like to get this dilemma solved once and for all.

      Thanks again everybody, really appreciate the help!
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBreaKiPhonesFoRMoneY View Post
      Finally a way to Jailbreak my iPhone 3GS without having to sit there and boot into DFU Mode. That process was so boring and long when I was doing this for others. If I didn't get it right the first time it took another 10-15 minutes to get it out of the hanging apple logo. Now with Absinthe I'm able to do more Jailbreaks faster and easier without the hassle of having to do DFU booting! Thanks guys this Jailbreak worked like a charm! Forget jailbreakme.com, I use Absinthe now!
      Your happiness sounds like an infomercial. It's not that simple, fast, and easy for everyone. I spent 2 hrs trying to get past the 5% mark and nothing worked. I had to restore it back and wasted an evening for nothing. I hope there is a future improvement that tackles these problems and makes it work like magic like it did for you. Considering it simple and easy right now it just false advertisement.
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pepsolman View Post
      I did that. I backed up and erased all content and settings. It still never progressed. After dealing with it for 2hrs I had to restore so I would have a functioning phone.
      I had the same no-go problem with lack of progress beyond about 5% on 2 computers, a couple of tries each. I had LOTS of apps and data on the 4S so I finally bit the bullet and did the reset - erase all settings and data from the settings app. Truly back to a "new" iPhone and then absinthe worked fine and progressed very quickly. FWIW.

      HW
    1. Pepsolman's Avatar
      Pepsolman -
      Quote Originally Posted by HCWHunter View Post
      I had the same no-go problem with lack of progress beyond about 5% on 2 computers, a couple of tries each. I had LOTS of apps and data on the 4S so I finally bit the bullet and did the reset - erase all settings and data from the settings app. Truly back to a "new" iPhone and then absinthe worked fine and progressed very quickly. FWIW.

      HW
      A number of people state that the "erase all content and settings" step makes the difference for them. Like I said, I did this step. It didn't make any difference. Nothing. No progress. No jailbreak. So I restored.
    1. EpicSio's Avatar
      EpicSio -
      The download link isn't working for me... anyone else having this problem?