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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. Jeffphone's Avatar
      Jeffphone -
      How would I jailbreak a CDMA iPhone 4 running on 5.1.1?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeffphone View Post
      How would I jailbreak a CDMA iPhone 4 running on 5.1.1?
      this

      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Try using Redsn0w instead.
    1. britpoper's Avatar
      britpoper -
      I can't run absinthe on my laptop running with Windows Vista SP2.
      It always said it must be run on administrator mode.
      I am administrator, even try with right click and then choose "run with administrator" and also set compatibility to XP didn't help.
      Is this a common problem??
      I use redsn0w instead for jailbreaking because of that.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      I've never heard of this issue before, but I would try re-installing it.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      I've never heard of this issue before, but I would try re-installing it.
      Re-installing what?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Re-installing what?
      Absinthe...

      Back when I actually used Redsn0w this happened to me and reinstalling/updating it fixed it.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Absinthe...

      Back when I actually used Redsn0w this happened to me and reinstalling/updating it fixed it.
      Absinthe and redsnow are stand-alone applications. There is nothing to re-install...
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      Absinthe...

      Back when I actually used Redsn0w this happened to me and reinstalling/updating it fixed it.
      Shakes head
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      Shakes head
      Did you really need to say that? Simon corrected me, I think that's enough. I said try updating it too, so I was somewhat right...
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by britpoper View Post
      I can't run absinthe on my laptop running with Windows Vista SP2.
      It always said it must be run on administrator mode.
      I am administrator, even try with right click and then choose "run with administrator" and also set compatibility to XP didn't help.
      Is this a common problem??
      I use redsn0w instead for jailbreaking because of that.
      Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
    1. britpoper's Avatar
      britpoper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed.
      Hi, I have the latest iTunes installed in my laptop.
      Also already tried re-downloading, re-extracting, etc, etc any other solutions I can think of, absinthe just can't running on my laptop
      redsn0w work with only the first try though.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by britpoper View Post
      Hi, I have the latest iTunes installed in my laptop.
      Also already tried re-downloading, re-extracting, etc, etc any other solutions I can think of, absinthe just can't running on my laptop
      redsn0w work with only the first try though.
      Ok, so just use redsnow then if you said that works fine. They do the same thing so it doesn't really matter which one you use.
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by britpoper View Post
      Hi, I have the latest iTunes installed in my laptop.
      Also already tried re-downloading, re-extracting, etc, etc any other solutions I can think of, absinthe just can't running on my laptop
      redsn0w work with only the first try though.
      Not exactly sure why you cant run absinthe

      I can run it just fine on my Windows Vista Virtual Machine

      You may be able to right-click and Run it as an administrator, but maybe you're not logged in as the Administrator, maybe as a regular user, but if you are then I'm not sure

      but at least you got it working with redsn0w
    1. britpoper's Avatar
      britpoper -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Ok, so just use redsnow then if you said that works fine. They do the same thing so it doesn't really matter which one you use.
      Yes, I know.
      I post only by curiosity to find out whether this is a common problem or only me that experienced this kind of problem.

      Quote Originally Posted by EVO View Post
      Not exactly sure why you cant run absinthe

      I can run it just fine on my Windows Vista Virtual Machine

      You may be able to right-click and Run it as an administrator, but maybe you're not logged in as the Administrator, maybe as a regular user, but if you are then I'm not sure

      but at least you got it working with redsn0w
      I did all of that.
      Oh well, maybe there's something wrong in my system that I unaware of :/
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      ANYONE Having issue JAILBreaking with Mountain Lion 10.8?. I downloaded BOTH redsnow AND Ab..but redsnow says it's not able to jail my iPad running 5.1.1 and neither can Ab. When i look @ the system requirements it says for Mac 10.7, so does this mean i need to wait for an update that will allow my to jail break while using 10.8?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Did my wife's on my Mac with no issues.
    1. goldwinger11's Avatar
      goldwinger11 -
      I'm having an issue where Absinthe will not open using Mountain Lion. Has Apple done something to the OS?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Absinthe 2.0.4 is not yet updated for Mountain Lion, but you can use this little trick to use it on there (this is only a temporary fix until the official version comes out)

      Run Absinthe 2.0.4 Jailbreak on Mountain Lion | Absinthe Jailbreak

      Absinthe 2.0.4 is not yet updated for Mountain Lion, but you can use this little trick to use it on there (this is only a temporary fix until the official version comes out)

      Run Absinthe 2.0.4 Jailbreak on Mountain Lion | Absinthe Jailbreak
    1. goldwinger11's Avatar
      goldwinger11 -
      Works great thanks
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      No problem.