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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. schmidtty's Avatar
      schmidtty -
      Hey, can anybody help me out? I keep getting the "ERROR: consistency check failed: could not find the required files".
      ANY help would be appreciated. I cruised the forum and couldnt find a resolution for it.
      Thanks!
    1. Lasca's Avatar
      Lasca -
      Thx a lot guys !!
    1. hanibal's Avatar
      hanibal -
      absinthe device not supported?? ipad 2 with 5.0
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by hanibal View Post
      absinthe device not supported?? ipad 2 with 5.0
      only 5.0.1 for iPad 2. Read the first post.
    1. hanibal's Avatar
      hanibal -
      SO HOW DO I INSTALL 5.0.1 now when my ipad2 is saying 5.1 is available?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by hanibal View Post
      SO HOW DO I INSTALL 5.0.1 now when my ipad2 is saying 5.1 is available?
      You cant unfortunately.
    1. hanibal's Avatar
      hanibal -
      So what, i have to wait for a 5.1 fix now? i have a backup of 5.01?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Pretty much, no way for you to go to 5.0.1.
    1. hanibal's Avatar
      hanibal -
      when u open up absinthe it stats for ios 5.0/5.01
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by hanibal View Post
      when u open up absinthe it stats for ios 5.0/5.01
      That is only for iPhone 4S.
    1. Ahaka's Avatar
      Ahaka -
      Can someone help me with this problem ? I get this message Error: consitency check failed: could not find required files...thank guy
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ahaka View Post
      Can someone help me with this problem ? I get this message Error: consitency check failed: could not find required files...thank guy
      In order for us to help, you need to do a few things:

      * read the other posts in this thread
      * tell us what device you have, and what firmware it has now
      * tell us what SHSH blobs or anything else you are using
      * what tool you're using for JB

      if you can't, we probably can't help.
      Start by reading the thread if you're not sure.
    1. nikosmom's Avatar
      nikosmom -
      I want to jailbreak & unlock my iPhone3. I have copied down the directions (b/c when I try to print them, the page comes up blank). I'm still ready to try.

      Do I do this with the AT&T SIM in the phone, or take it out?

      Should the phone be turned on or off when I do this process?

      Sorry, guys & gals -- I am clueless.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      What firmware is your iphone? iOS5? You dont need to take the sim out or turn it off...
    1. yannomuso's Avatar
      yannomuso -
      Damn, realy great job thanks for all of you guys !! Keep it up !
    1. toomas's Avatar
      toomas -
      not happy says something bout not finding mac osx n im runnin windoWs
    1. Oemenia's Avatar
      Oemenia -
      Firstly im new, so im not sure if i can ask for help but here it goes.

      I want to update to 5.0.1 from 4.2.1 (on my iPhone 4) and 4.0 (on my iPod 3g) however i get the 3194 error, what can i do. Some help would be greatly appreciated as i really need to upgrade my brothers phone too! I have tried adding that host line bit to the document but it doesnt help, will i have to factory restore?

      Most importantly can i still update both my devices to 5.0.1, as ive said previously i have not saved my blobs.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Oemenia View Post
      Firstly im new, so im not sure if i can ask for help but here it goes.

      I want to update to 5.0.1 from 4.2.1 (on my iPhone 4) and 4.0 (on my iPod 3g) however i get the 3194 error, what can i do. Some help would be greatly appreciated as i really need to upgrade my brothers phone too! I have tried adding that host line bit to the document but it doesnt help, will i have to factory restore?

      Most importantly can i still update both my devices to 5.0.1, as ive said previously i have not saved my blobs.
      This thread is about using Absinthe for iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Not the place for your question.

      However I will answer it, without SHSH for 5.0.1 you cannot restore to 5.0.1.
    1. greatcapp's Avatar
      greatcapp -
      Hi,

      Is it still currently possible to jailbreak using Absinthe?

      I have a (currently jailbroken) iPhone 4S, running 5.0.1 (9A405), which I jailbroke using Absinthe, but it's starting to play up, so I wanted to re-jailbreak it, and start over.

      I'm showing in Cydia that I have SHSH: iOS 5.0.1, 5.0.1r1, 5.1.

      Normally, I'd be confident that I could re-jailbreak, but I'm sure I've read in places that once Apple have stopped signing off 5.0.1, then you can't go back to it, even if you have your blobs saved?

      Thanks in advance.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      4S phone can not be downgraded as of now even if ya have the blobs for it