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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 478 Comments
    1. cdnGhost's Avatar
      cdnGhost -
      I ran into an interesting snag i had updated to 5.1.1 OTA and found that the music app would no longer function properly on both my ipad 2 and iphone 4... it wouldnt play music. So i restored and wiped all settings on both the ipad jailbroke no problem.. but the iPhone kept gettting Device not supported.. I am running 5.1.1 (9B208) any clue as to why this may be happening? I am runngin the Latest OS X Lion on my MBA...

      any help would be awesome Thanks...
    1. garfielgato2's Avatar
      garfielgato2 -
      I don't have WinterBoard and I tried to download via Cydia, but it won't install. Help please
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Maybe it's because you have the newest 5.1.1. I know it's not supported by snowbreeze don't know about absinthe though

      That was for whipslash
    1. itsjustlenny's Avatar
      itsjustlenny -
      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???
    1. zoink!'s Avatar
      zoink! -
      Hi y'all.

      Can anyone help me out a little bit?

      It's been a while since I jail broke and unlocked anything, I searched around, but could not find the answers for my particular situation. So here's my question:

      I have a 3Gs running 4.3.3 (8J2) with 06.15.00 firmware. I carrier unlocked before with UltraSn0w. What would be my next steps to get this baby updated to 5.1.1, jailbroken and carrier unlocked?

      I'm on a Mac, btw.

      Thanks a bunch!
    1. Jabbacks's Avatar
      Jabbacks -
      In the above guide, it says "You must unlock your iOS device and find Cydia on your home screen." Can it unlock BB 5.16.01? I've been trying all night but phone says "Invalid Sim" and sometimes "No Service" when toggling the "Airplane Mode". Cannot upgrade baseband as per warnings on iPad BB upgrade.

      What should I do?
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      Worked perfectly first time. Woot--jailbroken (new) iPad! Thanks Dream Team!
    1. alphonso's Avatar
      alphonso -
      I'll prob. get bashed for asking, since I've been jailbreaking since the original iPhone, but what does it mean by iPad2 | 5.1.1 (newer 32nm iPad 2 not included yet) ? how do I know if my iPad 2 can or can not be jailbroken?

      Cheers
    1. LukeDuke's Avatar
      LukeDuke -
      For sziklassy:

      Not all of us are computer-savvy! So why don't ya backoff a bit and be a little bit less-arrogant when somebody asks for help/advice.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by alphonso View Post
      I'll prob. get bashed for asking, since I've been jailbreaking since the original iPhone, but what does it mean by iPad2 | 5.1.1 (newer 32nm iPad 2 not included yet) ? how do I know if my iPad 2 can or can not be jailbroken?

      Cheers

      Thats a newer iPad 2. With better battery. It was released like 2 months ago I think.
    1. alphonso's Avatar
      alphonso -
      How can you tell if an iPad 2 has the new 32nm?
    1. JackPipe's Avatar
      JackPipe -
      I THINK I have the iPad 2,4 but can someone verify that for me? Model no. A1395
    1. wsteele74's Avatar
      wsteele74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by x_Whiplash_x View Post
      I ran into an interesting snag i had updated to 5.1.1 OTA and found that the music app would no longer function properly on both my ipad 2 and iphone 4... it wouldnt play music. So i restored and wiped all settings on both the ipad jailbroke no problem.. but the iPhone kept gettting Device not supported.. I am running 5.1.1 (9B208) any clue as to why this may be happening? I am runngin the Latest OS X Lion on my MBA...

      any help would be awesome Thanks...
      I had the same problem, I had to restore my phone again with the custom IPSW from Iclarified to change my phone from 9B208 back to 9B206, once I done this it connected to Apsinthe and jaibroke it. I have an iPhone 4 5.1.1 (9B206, now) and jailbroke it on windows 7. i'm sure you are having the same problem, IClarified has the download links for the 9B206 IPSW, hope this helps, it worked for me with the same issue
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      Has ANYONE figured out how to restore a newly jailbroken device for an iCloud backup (sigh)?
    1. garfielgato2's Avatar
      garfielgato2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wsteele74 View Post
      I am currently trying to Jailbreak my iPhone4 5.1.1 and am getting a "Sorry, the attached device is not supported" message every time I open Absinthe. I have downloaded Absinthe Version 2.0.1. if anyone can help me I would greatly appreciate it
      Yes i also have the same problem.
    1. wsteele74's Avatar
      wsteele74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by x_Whiplash_x View Post
      I ran into an interesting snag i had updated to 5.1.1 OTA and found that the music app would no longer function properly on both my ipad 2 and iphone 4... it wouldnt play music. So i restored and wiped all settings on both the ipad jailbroke no problem.. but the iPhone kept gettting Device not supported.. I am running 5.1.1 (9B208) any clue as to why this may be happening? I am runngin the Latest OS X Lion on my MBA...

      any help would be awesome Thanks...

      I had same issue, Restore your phone with the custom IPSW for OS 5.1.1 (9B206), I downloaded that from iClarifed and it worked.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LukeDuke View Post
      For sziklassy:

      Not all of us are computer-savvy! So why don't ya backoff a bit and be a little bit less-arrogant when somebody asks for help/advice.

      He wasn't being arrogant, there's plenty of guides/videos out there now that can help you if you have questions or problems. If it's causing you that much trouble then maybe you shouldn't be JB for your phone's sake....
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      I'm confused because I don't see support for ipad 3 and I thought the new Absinthe 2.0.1 was able to jailbreak the newest ipad.
    1. wsteele74's Avatar
      wsteele74 -
      Quote Originally Posted by garfielgato2 View Post
      Yes i also have the same problem.
      I figured out my problem, I had to restore my phone with the custom IPSW from iClarified that changed it from 9B208 to 9B206. I did this then the jailbreak worked.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      If you're running into problems when you use Absinthe, the best thing to do is to have a fresh restore of 5.1.1 on your device. This will help with some of the errors some of you may be getting. If you're having trouble installing from Cydia power cycle your device and try again.