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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. killerklown24's Avatar
      killerklown24 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wsteele74 View Post
      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.
      I just tried that and it gives me the following error message...Iphone could not be restores as the firmware is not compatible. Any help would be much appreciated.

      iPhone 4
      5.1.1
    1. wsteele74's Avatar
      wsteele74 -
      I'm not sure then, just verify that you downloaded Absinthe 2.0.1 and are on IOS 5.1.1 (9B206) I had run it a few times and found it to finally run on a completely restored 5.1.1 (9B206) system. I then had to run a backup restore in iTunes to get my settings back. it only worked for me on a completely clean state, no restored settings installed. It was at the point of setting up as a new iPhone.

      I hope this helps in some way, it took quite a few tries for me
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by swifty7 View Post
      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.
      It is supported
    1. killerklown24's Avatar
      killerklown24 -
      Nevermind...my dumbass was attempting to upload the wrong version of the 9B206 file...attempting to use absinthe 2.0.1 now

      One last question, how do you confirm you are on 9B206? Is it as simple as going into 'about' on settings?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by killerklown24 View Post
      One last question, how do you confirm you are on 9B206? Is it as simple as going into 'about' on settings?
      Yep
    1. broncosi's Avatar
      broncosi -
      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
      Open iTunes. Put your device in DFU mode. Restore. Try and run Absinthe again.
    1. blbeesley's Avatar
      blbeesley -
      Dashboard X crashes with this update to 5.1.1 ... bummer
    1. broncosi's Avatar
      broncosi -
      Quote Originally Posted by broncosi View Post
      Open iTunes. Put your device in DFU mode. Restore. Try and run Absinthe again.
      Actually also I forgot to add, do a custom restore in DFU to firmware from iClarified (as stated before) to the 5.1.1 (X): iPhone3,1_5.1.1_9B206_Restore.ipsw instead of the 5.1.1 (X): iPhone3,1_5.1.1_9B208_Restore.ipsw. Then try Absinthe.
    1. Cmy310's Avatar
      Cmy310 -
      If your Idevice is already currently jailbroken via redsn0w for 5.1.1 tethered (which is a pain in the *** but better than nothing) you do not need to download absinthe 2.0 simply go to cydia and search for "Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 untether" and install.
      It's that easy no need for absinthe as the R.r. Has the apps coded in just install reboot and your good
      Twitter- @CharlieMacRae
    1. ratbrain's Avatar
      ratbrain -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      No you won't
      check what version FW you are on , you may updated to 9B208.

      Restore to 9B206 via itunes with shift restore and locate the correct FW version and retry JB. should work. had exact same problem yesterday.
    1. LukeDuke's Avatar
      LukeDuke -
      I used AptBackup, then backed-up on my iTunes. I followed the outlined steps to use Absinthe 2.0.1 Untethered JB to the letter and I'm now jb. I can't locate AptBackup. Please help.
    1. chenathan's Avatar
      chenathan -
      iPad2 | 5.1.1 (newer 32nm iPad 2 not included yet)

      How can I tell if my iPad 2 is the newer one, and if it can be jailbroken? it's running 5.1.1 and it's an iPad 2 but idk if its 32 nm, I dont even know what that means lol
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Download the file and see
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by chenathan View Post
      iPad2 | 5.1.1 (newer 32nm iPad 2 not included yet)

      How can I tell if my iPad 2 is the newer one, and if it can be jailbroken? it's running 5.1.1 and it's an iPad 2 but idk if its 32 nm, I dont even know what that means lol
      Check with Tinyumbrella or you can do as 2k said
    1. Checksum47's Avatar
      Checksum47 -
      Didnt want to start a thread for this because its probably obvious. But Im currently on 5.0.1 with an Iphone 4S that is jailbroken. If I want to upgrade to 5.1.1 do I have to first backup my settings, then update to 5.1.1 using iTunes... THEN use Rocky Racoon with Cydia? Is that gonna work because if I update to the Non-JB 5.1.1 wont Cydia be gone?
    1. Trooper Sam's Avatar
      Trooper Sam -
      Doing a restore and then jailbreaking definitely is the best solution, and then restore from backup. Performed perfectly on my 3rd gen iPad, and it's SO nice to have My3G on it now!
    1. Checksum47's Avatar
      Checksum47 -
      If I update to the Non-JB 5.1.1 shouldnt I just use absinth 2.0.1?
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      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
      i get same dam error

      iphone 4 5.1.1 restored thru dfu mode!
      restored on windows 7 ,osx gave me error and wouldn't restore
      "Sorry, the attached device is not supported" message on both windows 7 and osx lion,any thoughts
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Backup with iTunes. Then restore, that will update the iphone to 5.1.1. Then run absinthe 2.0.1.

      @chacksum
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      So is Apple still signing 5.1.1 (9B206)?