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  • [HOW TO] Jailbreak Your iOS 5.1.1 Device With Absinthe 2




    {last updated May 30, 2012}

    This OS X and Windows guide will teach you how to jailbreak various devices using Absinthe 2. The current version of Absinthe is 2.0.4. 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 | 5.1.1
    • iPhone 4 | 5.1.1
    • iPhone 3GS | 5.1.1
    • iPod touch 3G | 5.1.1
    • iPod touch 4G | 5.1.1
    • iPad | 5.1.1
    • iPad2 | 5.1.1
    • The New iPad | 5.1.1

    The Chronic Dev Team has released Absinthe 2. Absinthe 2.0.4 works with Mac, Windows and Linux computers. The tool jailbreaks most devices running iOS 5.1.1.

    Since the jailbreak is intended for the newer software, it is recommend that you do a full DFU mode update from your previous firmware as this will overwrite any previous jailbreak data on your device and allow you to start fresh. After you have updated your firmware to iOS 5.1.1, you can follow the steps of this guide to jailbreak any of the devices listed above, in an untethered fashion.

    1. Begin by downloading the Absinthe 2.0.4 application for your operating system:

    2. Launch the downloaded file to open a virtual disk where you can either open Absinthe immediately, or drag the Absinthe application to your applications folder for future use.



    3. After you have opened Absinthe, plug in your iOS device and take note of how Absinthe auto-detects the device you plug in and the firmware it is running. If it is correct, click on the jailbreak button.



    4. After clicking the jailbreak button, the whole process is mostly automatic. Absinthe will jailbreak the device for you without the need to enter DFU mode. During the process, Absinthe will show many different stages of the jailbreak process as shown below.



    While Absinthe is jailbreaking your iOS device, the screen will appear as if the device is beginning a restore. This is normal – do not panic as nothing is going terribly wrong. Additionally, do not unplug the device or start using it until Absinthe says, “Done, enjoy!” Once it says this, the jailbreak is finally finished!

    After the jailbreak is finished, there is one more step. You must unlock your iOS device and find Cydia on your home screen. Launch it and Cydia will start the process of preparing the filesystem. This process takes a while, so be patient. While Cydia is doing this, your screen should look like the image below:



    When Cydia finishes preparing the filesystem, the device will respring and you can start downloading and enjoying your favorite Cydia tweaks on your newly jailbroken iOS 5.1.1 device. Since the jailbreak is untethered, you can reboot your device freely and your jailbreak will remain. If you are new to the realm of jailbreaking, check out our Staff favorites post to learn about some awesome iOS applications and Cydia tweaks!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [HOW TO] Jailbreak Your iOS 5.1.1 Device With Absinthe 2.0.1 started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 480 Comments
    1. clees501's Avatar
      clees501 -
      it's like someone keeps hitting the home button and the spring swipes by itself and and moves from page to page and it's hard to open an app. When you do it just starts swiping by itself and pulling up the keyboard, and acting like its hitting the home button twice to bring up items in the dock. have you had a problem like this with this jailbreak?
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by clees501 View Post
      it's like someone keeps hitting the home button and the spring swipes by itself and and moves from page to page and it's hard to open an app. When you do it just starts swiping by itself and pulling up the keyboard, and acting like its hitting the home button twice to bring up items in the dock. have you had a problem like this with this jailbreak?
      you may have installed some app or tweaks that conflicted with each other or system files(incompatibility)

      try restoring to a custom 5.1.1 firmware again, and jailbreak using redsn9w 0.9.12b1
    1. canonshooter's Avatar
      canonshooter -
      I currently have an iPhone 4s running iOS 5.0.1 which is jailbroken. I want to go to iOS 5.1.1 and keep my jailbreak. I can't seem to find any instructions on how to do this? Can anyone please help?

      Thanks!
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      That's not possible. You must do a complete restore, update to 5.1.1, and then jailbreak with Absinthe 2.0.2 or Redsn0w.
    1. canonshooter's Avatar
      canonshooter -
      That's what I thought.. What's the best way of doing a complete restore?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Restoring through iTunes. Just click the device that shows up when you plugin your device and there will be 2 options, restore, and update. You will want to hit 'Restore'. Just be sure to backup your data first though.
    1. canonshooter's Avatar
      canonshooter -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Restoring through iTunes. Just click the device that shows up when you plugin your device and there will be 2 options, restore, and update. You will want to hit 'Restore'. Just be sure to backup your data first though.
      Great, thanks! I thought it would be more involved than that. So when I restore using iTunes, it will just write over the current jailbroken OS on my iPhone with the latest iOS? What's the best way to back up my Cydia purchased apps so I can restore them easily when I upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 and jailbreak that?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      It'll just delete every single bit of iOS off your device and toss it. From there it will install a fresh set of iOS into the device. You can backup your Cydia stuff with xBackup. Your purchased items won't need to be recovered or backed up because you can log into your ROCK, PayPal, etc. and use it to show you already have a license for the product.
    1. canonshooter's Avatar
      canonshooter -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      It'll just delete every single bit of iOS off your device and toss it. From there it will install a fresh set of iOS into the device. You can backup your Cydia stuff with xBackup. Your purchased items won't need to be recovered or backed up because you can log into your ROCK, PayPal, etc. and use it to show you already have a license for the product.
      Just did a full restore, then set it up as a new phone, used Absinthe to jailbreak it, then did a restore from backup. I then downloaded xBackup, ran it and voila, my phone is right back to where it used to be! Apps in the right folders and everything. I loved it! Thanks!
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      No problem, Glad it worked
    1. Serianni's Avatar
      Serianni -
      So my iPhone 4s and iPad 2 are jailbroken with Absinthe v1 on 5.0.1 I've got tons of crap downloaded from cydia and all kinds of tweaks. I wanna upgrade my jailbreak to 5.1.1 and I was wondering if someone can either write me or direct me to an easy guide on how to upgrade my jailbreak and get everything back together right!
    1. clees501's Avatar
      clees501 -
      I think this iPhone is a brick I did the restore and jailbreak with redsnow. thing was still tripping, restore again, and it's still jacked up without the jailbreak. I think this phone has a hardware issue, if i take it to apple and they run a diagnostic on it will they know I have run jailbreak software on this phone? Need help big time. I have jailbreak this phone for almost two years. Starting with 4.1 jailbreak. Do you think all the jailbreaks have messed up the phone? I have jailbreak this phone over 10 times with green poison and redsnow. Now I am reluctant to jailbreak my next phone. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by Serianni View Post
      So my iPhone 4s and iPad 2 are jailbroken with Absinthe v1 on 5.0.1 I've got tons of crap downloaded from cydia and all kinds of tweaks. I wanna upgrade my jailbreak to 5.1.1 and I was wondering if someone can either write me or direct me to an easy guide on how to upgrade my jailbreak and get everything back together right!

      Just make sure you backup in iTunes first.

      Then restore, it will update to 5.1.1 and you can jailbreak from there and get your apps back
    1. Serianni's Avatar
      Serianni -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Just make sure you backup in iTunes first.

      Then restore, it will update to 5.1.1 and you can jailbreak from there and get your apps back
      Yeah but iTunes won't back up all my cydia tweaks will it?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by clees501 View Post
      I think this iPhone is a brick I did the restore and jailbreak with redsnow. thing was still tripping, restore again, and it's still jacked up without the jailbreak. I think this phone has a hardware issue, if i take it to apple and they run a diagnostic on it will they know I have run jailbreak software on this phone? Need help big time. I have jailbreak this phone for almost two years. Starting with 4.1 jailbreak. Do you think all the jailbreaks have messed up the phone? I have jailbreak this phone over 10 times with green poison and redsnow. Now I am reluctant to jailbreak my next phone. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
      They won't be able to tell, just put it in DFU and take it to them.
      Quote Originally Posted by Serianni View Post
      So my iPhone 4s and iPad 2 are jailbroken with Absinthe v1 on 5.0.1 I've got tons of crap downloaded from cydia and all kinds of tweaks. I wanna upgrade my jailbreak to 5.1.1 and I was wondering if someone can either write me or direct me to an easy guide on how to upgrade my jailbreak and get everything back together right!
      We have jailbreak guides in the very top left hand part of the page where it says 'I want to jailbreak my...' Select your device and firmware and you'll be good to go. By the way, you can't upgrade jailbreaks. You have to restore to a new firmware, and then rejailbreak them. You can backup your Cydia apps with xBackup.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by Serianni View Post
      Yeah but iTunes won't back up all my cydia tweaks will it?
      No it won't
    1. ZooMan's Avatar
      ZooMan -
      Can I JB with out a sim card . I think it activated, works fine with internet etc. Will be using it with T-mobile, currently I'm waiting for the paid unlock to happen 2-3 days. It would be nice if I can JB now with Absinthe 2 now. I don't want to connect to itunes Im afraid Ill loose my activation and access to the phone.

      Thanks

      Ken
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Like just using it over wifi for now? Ya it shouldn't matter should e able to jailbreak I would think.
    1. ZooMan's Avatar
      ZooMan -
      I also don't have any sim in now? I don't want to loose my activation by connecting to iTunes till my unlock comes through.

      Thanks for the help 2K1

      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Like just using it over wifi for now? Ya it shouldn't matter should e able to jailbreak I would think.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Give it a try at let us know what happens. Like ya said stay away from iTunes untill Ya unlock comes in.