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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. Noobie10's Avatar
      Noobie10 -
      I have a noob question but will this jailbreak work on verizon iPhone 4s ?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by Noobie10 View Post
      I have a noob question but will this jailbreak work on verizon iPhone 4s ?
      Yes it will
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by Noobie10 View Post
      I have a noob question but will this jailbreak work on verizon iPhone 4s ?
      Cross post? Read my other post in the other thread you just posted in.
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZooMan View Post
      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
      I will also agree with 2k1, jailbreaking WILL NOT lose your activation, but I would suggest using redsn0w 0.9.14b1, its more stable than absinthe
    1. Silent Shadow's Avatar
      Silent Shadow -
      anyone here knows anything bout straight talk?

      do i need to unlock my iphone (4 gsm, AT&T) in order to use straight talk?
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silent Shadow View Post
      anyone here knows anything bout straight talk?

      do i need to unlock my iphone (4 gsm, AT&T) in order to use straight talk?
      I "believe" it will work as long as the iphone is an AT&T phone, does not need to be unlocked
    1. Silent Shadow's Avatar
      Silent Shadow -
      Quote Originally Posted by EVO View Post
      I "believe" it will work as long as the iphone is an AT&T phone, does not need to be unlocked
      thanks

      do i need to unlock the iphone if i want to use t-mobile (since my iphone is att)?
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silent Shadow View Post
      thanks

      do i need to unlock the iphone if i want to use t-mobile (since my iphone is att)?
      yes it needs to be unlocked either via ultrasn0w (on a compatible baseband), gevey sim (on a compatible baseband), or by AT&T via IMEI unlock
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silent Shadow View Post
      anyone here knows anything bout straight talk?

      do i need to unlock my iphone (4 gsm, AT&T) in order to use straight talk?
      It doesn't need to be unlocked, like EVO said. There are a few things that need to be done to get all the features working properly. Here's a link on the info:

      http://wiki.howardforums.com/index.p...ht_Talk_iPhone

      Considering it is a wiki however, I don't know how accurate or how reliable all the info is. But it'll point you in the right direction.

      As for T-Mobile, that's an entirely different story with the unlocking business which is dependent on the baseband of the device.
    1. kyteflyer's Avatar
      kyteflyer -
      Absinthe doesnt work on Mountain Lion
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyteflyer View Post
      Absinthe doesnt work on Mountain Lion
      try redsn0w
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by kyteflyer View Post
      Absinthe doesnt work on Mountain Lion
      Most stuff doesn't so don't really be shocked..... Try as EVO said.
    1. hel22's Avatar
      hel22 -
      2 questions:
      1: in the middle of JB, I get an error from windows: absinthe has stopped working, that has happened 5 times now, what could be the problem?
      2: can I JB without internet on my computer? im tethering from phone right now but if I try a complete restore, I won't have internet.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      1. Make sure you're running it as Administrator.

      2. If you restore it, you have to have internet otherwise the Apple servers won't validate it. You have to have wifi to use Absinthe.
    1. supersmoov's Avatar
      supersmoov -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Does it give you an error message at all?? What device?
      I would get an error. It would put cydia on the device (iPhone 4) but would allow any adjustments through cydia and would clear the device. I did it fine on another 4 with 5.1.1(9B206) and an iPad with the same version but 5.1.1(9B2080) was a no go. I did it several times
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Maybe it's your PC or something....

      Had you clean restored them both? There could always be traces of an old jailbreak left.
    1. kbphoto615's Avatar
      kbphoto615 -
      Hey guys, bit of a noob here, I didn't want to start a new thread, and I've been reading through the 15 pages of this thread, but I'm still a bit confused. What exactly is the benefit to updating to 5.1.1 then re-jailbreaking?

      Are there any disadvantages if I'm not worried about unlocking or anything like that? Any issues with updating from an already jailbroken 5.0.1, to 5.1.1, and re- jailbreaking an iPhone 4s (att) on absinthe 2.0.1? Or is that just with people who need to unlock their phones?

      Thanks for the help and anyones time!
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      There aren't many advantages, 5.1.1 gives better battery life for the people that were having issues with it at 5.x, the lockscreen camera button, and a few other minor things. But not worth the hassle IMO
    1. kbphoto615's Avatar
      kbphoto615 -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      There aren't many advantages, 5.1.1 gives better battery life for the people that were having issues with it at 5.x, the lockscreen camera button, and a few other minor things. But not worth the hassle IMO

      That's exactly what I wanted to know, as usual, thanks for your help Celeron.
    1. GabrielTam's Avatar
      GabrielTam -
      Try redsnow dude