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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. nickmidd's Avatar
      nickmidd -
      U can get absinthe version 0.4.3 and it downloads to the iPhone.

      It works on iOS 5.1
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickmidd View Post
      U can get absinthe version 0.4.3 and it downloads to the iPhone.

      It works on iOS 5.1
      No such thing exists
    1. nickmidd's Avatar
      nickmidd -
      Ya it does I have it on my computer.

      Look it up on google or YouTube. I got it off YouTube. And it works.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      There is no version of Absinthe for 5.1 yet. Absinthe 0.4 is the latest version and it does not work on 5.1.
    1. EAGLE94's Avatar
      EAGLE94 -
      Hi
      I'm new here and i got a problem when jailbreaking my ipad 2 wifi + 3g ios 5.0.1 i was stucked on wait for absinthe to complete and after that it shows me jailbreak i tap it but i had a message the url cannot be shown and its the same when i toggle on the vpn i tried to erase all data and settings and retry but no way i also tried to jailbreak with a mac it was a little bit different because when i tapped absinthe it shows me the homepage of greenpoison but i waited for more than 1 hour and it didn't reboot when i explored my ipad with diskaid i saw a folder 'corona' and with ubuntu i got a message lockdown error -5
      If anyone can help me please
    1. gaylord1973's Avatar
      gaylord1973 -
      Its dosent work that ****
    1. mgmm1's Avatar
      mgmm1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by EAGLE94 View Post
      Hi
      I'm new here and i got a problem when jailbreaking my ipad 2 wifi + 3g ios 5.0.1 i was stucked on wait for absinthe to complete and after that it shows me jailbreak i tap it but i had a message the url cannot be shown and its the same when i toggle on the vpn i tried to erase all data and settings and retry but no way i also tried to jailbreak with a mac it was a little bit different because when i tapped absinthe it shows me the homepage of greenpoison but i waited for more than 1 hour and it didn't reboot when i explored my ipad with diskaid i saw a folder 'corona' and with ubuntu i got a message lockdown error -5
      If anyone can help me please
      I'm not sure about the iPad 2 but when I downgraded from 5.1 to 5.01 using the latest redsn0w and absinthe to jailbreak, I ended up going though the jailbreak process three times before everything worked and Cydia was on the device.
    1. jaybeans821's Avatar
      jaybeans821 -
      not working for me i did everything said but it keeps telling me something went wrong, reconnect device and try to jailbreak again..windows 7..any thoughts...
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jaybeans821 View Post
      not working for me i did everything said but it keeps telling me something went wrong, reconnect device and try to jailbreak again..windows 7..any thoughts...
      Not sure what all you tried, but I kept getting the absinthe.exe has stopped working during the sending jailbreak data. I was finally able to fix it by doing the reset and ersase all data, but after rebooting and going through part of the configuration, when it got to the Set up as New, Restore from iCloud, or Restore from iTunes, I plugged it in and ran the jailbreak. It worked just fine and I restored from my back on iTunes after finishing the jailbreak.
    1. mukutyk's Avatar
      mukutyk -
      yes and don't forget to run the Absithe as the Admin if you are on Windows XP
    1. jdod's Avatar
      jdod -
      Hi, I have iPhone on 5.1.1 that I used absinthe-2.0.4. When it finished, absinthe did not display the comforting "your done, everything worked" message, yet Cydia is installed and runs fine, though I have not installed anything from it yet. Should I be concerned? Thanks!
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Make sure Cydia and all works and ya should be good.
    1. Cornelius Misdeal Burse's Avatar
      Cornelius Misdeal Burse -
      yo my iphone 4s is on 6.0.1. Is there any way i can downgrade it??
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Nope once at 6.0.1 can't downgrade back to 5.0 sorry