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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. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      So is Apple still signing 5.1.1 (9B206)?
      Yep
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by itsjustlenny View Post
      sorry for the stupid question but im on iphone 4 ios 5.0.1 and im trying to upgrade, my itunes wont let me upgrade to 5.1.1 nor restore. do i need to be in dfu and have a custom ipsw???
      i had to do it on a totally different machine osx lion no go windows 7 worked but heres the kicker absinthe 2.0.1 doesn't work it says "Sorry, the attached device is not supported"
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      Sweet, thanks for the quick answer celeron. Seems a bit odd though....why keep signing the older version? Usually, the window would almost certainly be closed by now.
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      Yep
      I just did research and this is exactly what you have to do i have 9B208 and need 9B206 which i found by doing a web search hopefully crapple will sign it still 21min for download to be complete, tic toc tic toc
    1. iPhaeto's Avatar
      iPhaeto -
      You guys need to put at the very top DO NOT UPGRADE to the latest 5.1.1 It is incompatible and does not work. When i did my backup I let it up grade thinking it was still 5.1.1. and not i have to wait for the Dev Team to hopefully get this one worked out.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhaeto View Post
      You guys need to put at the very top DO NOT UPGRADE to the latest 5.1.1 It is incompatible and does not work. When i did my backup I let it up grade thinking it was still 5.1.1. and not i have to wait for the Dev Team to hopefully get this one worked out.

      I used the latest and it worked just fine...
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      I just did research and this is exactly what you have to do i have 9B208 and need 9B206 which i found by doing a web search hopefully crapple will sign it still 21min for download to be complete, tic toc tic toc
      CONFIRMED download 9B206 i found it on the web (can I mention websites?) if so let me know n ill tell u were i downloaded it from!

      1. download 9B206
      2. plug in phone via USB and put phone in DFU mode ( turn phone off, hold home and sleep/wake 10 sec then hold home until iTunes sees it)
      3. iTunes will say do you want to restore hit yes then select restore on iTunes/iphone screen while holding down SHIFT key,point to your 9B206 5.1.1 firmware that you just downloaded
      4. phone will restore,( if you get error on osx try on windows?)
      5. open absinthe 2.0.1 it will now recognize your phone, hit jailbreak
      6. enjoy

      Quote Originally Posted by iPhaeto View Post
      You guys need to put at the very top DO NOT UPGRADE to the latest 5.1.1 It is incompatible and does not work. When i did my backup I let it up grade thinking it was still 5.1.1. and not i have to wait for the Dev Team to hopefully get this one worked out.
      look at my last post

      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      CONFIRMED download 9B206 i found it on the web (can I mention websites?) if so let me know n ill tell u were i downloaded it from!

      1. download 9B206
      2. plug in phone via USB and put phone in DFU mode ( turn phone off, hold home and sleep/wake 10 sec then hold home until iTunes sees it)
      3. iTunes will say do you want to restore hit yes then select restore on iTunes/iphone screen while holding down SHIFT key,point to your 9B206 5.1.1 firmware that you just downloaded
      4. phone will restore,( if you get error on osx try on windows?)
      5. open absinthe 2.0.1 it will now recognize your phone, hit jailbreak
      6. enjoy



      look at my last post

      for those of you that don't know what 9B206 is heres the scoop

      apple put out a silent update to 5.1.1 on iPhone 4 GSM only
      The firmware 5.1.1 stays the same but the build number changes from 9B206 to 9B208 which absinthe 2.0.1 doesn't support 9B208 only 9B206
      Lastly to see if your iPhone 4 GSM (AT&T is gsm in the united states) has build 9B206 or 9B208 go to settings general about scroll down and it'll tell you which version of 5.1.1 you have!
      So if you have 9B208 see my post above to fix this, you'd better hurry cause I don't know how long apple will continue signing it!
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      It is easier than your steps above...
      1. Download 9B206 you can find it on the web
      2. Start iTunes and back up your iPhone 4 GSM
      3. Hold shift and hit Restore then locate the iphone3,1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore and restore with 5.1.1
      4. After it is done reinstall your backup
      5. Run the jailbreak software and you are done
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLoveWindows&iPhone View Post
      Sweet, thanks for the quick answer celeron. Seems a bit odd though....why keep signing the older version? Usually, the window would almost certainly be closed by now.
      Yep weird
    1. ianblondeau's Avatar
      ianblondeau -
      I've been running a 4s on 5.0.1 (9A405) jb'd with absinthe extensively tweaked for some time happily. Is there any reason for me to update and redo it all? Naturally it's driving me nuts wondering since it's an option Instinct says don't fix what ain't broke.... Pros? Cons? I've been too busy to keep up. Just jb'd my buddy's 5.1.1 4s tonight smoothly. He's happy to be back

      derp
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      5.1.1 has better battery life and a few other small features
    1. ianblondeau's Avatar
      ianblondeau -
      What if I feel my battery is pretty good? If pkg backup works I may consider but I've got a ton of time invested in my setup. I'll do the leg work if it's worth it but I'm wondering if I have no gripes will I notice a worth while gain? Battery improvement. Lol. How about it won't last long. A day and I'm happy. And it does that. Charge at night. Occasionally I get to the nervous 30 percent range by dinner.
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      The JB seemed to work, but I am having this issue: the weather in my themes (Jade HD and Basalt HD) do not display the correct location. I had checked the config files and they do have the correct weather code. I've tried repringing, rebooting, even uninstalling and reinstalling the themes with no success. Any ideas?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by ianblondeau View Post
      What if I feel my battery is pretty good? If pkg backup works I may consider but I've got a ton of time invested in my setup. I'll do the leg work if it's worth it but I'm wondering if I have no gripes will I notice a worth while gain? Battery improvement. Lol. How about it won't last long. A day and I'm happy. And it does that. Charge at night. Occasionally I get to the nervous 30 percent range by dinner.
      If its good, it's your decision if you want to update or not. Some just update because they want to have the latest firmware
    1. ianblondeau's Avatar
      ianblondeau -
      I'm thinking I'll stay where I am and be comforted that the gods have cracked the most recent. Can't see how I would gain from it in my circumstance. I'm not the type to do it just to see 5.1.1 in my settings. Lol. That's a silly reason to go through it all.
    1. schilpfire's Avatar
      schilpfire -
      Quote Originally Posted by atorres062 View Post
      I've followed these exact 1-2 steps since yesterday & no jailbreak. I get a message something like (... retry jailbreaking again...) any idea what's causing this?

      iPhone 4, by the way

      Thanks in advance
      Had the same issue. I backed up my cydia apps with Aptbackup, did a backup in iTunes, updated to 5.1.1, THEN RESTORED MY PHONE TO FACTORY DEFAULT, and started Absinthe. JB worked perfect! Restored my backup, Downloaded Aptbackup from Cydia, restored and everything is again as it was, but nog on 5.1.1!
    1. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      Des anybody here know anyone who worked on the jailbreak personally? Just that I eagerly await the iPad 2,4 absinthe support
    1. ElFe0's Avatar
      ElFe0 -
      I have restored as mentioned on the instructions but Absinthe keep saying I need to activate the device before using it. It was already activated before the restore, also I don't own the original microSIM. Any help on this stuck?
    1. calitolondon's Avatar
      calitolondon -
      Is this "jailbreak" also an unlock? Sorry for the rookie question, but I am living overseas and desperately want to unlock my AT&T iPhone 4. I've done this download successfully, but my UK TMobile SIM is not working in it so I am assuming it's not unlocked. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      It is easier than your steps above...
      1. Download 9B206 you can find it on the web
      2. Start iTunes and back up your iPhone 4 GSM
      3. Hold shift and hit Restore then locate the iphone3,1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore and restore with 5.1.1
      4. After it is done reinstall your backup
      5. Run the jailbreak software and you are done
      same difference!

      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      same difference!
      other than using DFU mode insures a clean restore! which I would recommend

      Quote Originally Posted by ElFe0 View Post
      I have restored as mentioned on the instructions but Absinthe keep saying I need to activate the device before using it. It was already activated before the restore, also I don't own the original microSIM. Any help on this stuck?
      if its at&t and the 2year contract is fulfilled take it to there store and ask them to unlock it,which they have to do now, there was a big article wrote up on it awhile ago where someone emailed Tim Cook and he asked AT&T to unlock it then AT&T then put out a memo that says they will unlock it only if your contract is fulfilled!