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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. CinePhone's Avatar
      CinePhone -
      YATAAAAAAAA!!!! I get iBooks back!!!!! That alone was worth the update... I forgot how many pdf's i had in there for reference
    1. drgibson's Avatar
      drgibson -
      Quote Originally Posted by hopethemodworx View Post
      HELP! I'm on 5.1.1 Iphone 4. everytime i try using absinthe it gets hung up and gives a message saying could not connect to lockdownd. Any suggestions?...
      I am having this same issue, using Windows and yes the phone is activated.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      What version of absinthe are you using?
    1. drgibson's Avatar
      drgibson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      What version of absinthe are you using?
      2.04 the latest one
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Ya running in admin mode and in service pack 2?
      Seem to help with friends phone lastnight doing that.
    1. rawhog's Avatar
      rawhog -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      No problem, glad I could help in some way
      So I jailbroke my 4S with Absinthe 2.0. After I got all my jailbreak stuff restored Cydia is telling me I need to upgrade Rocky Racoon to 5.1.1 as well as pcre. I never had a tethered JB. So do I need to update these? All is working fine now.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      You can won't hurt nothing. Or just leave them on no biggie. Did my buddy's phone 4s the other day. And try we're on there and updated and It was good
    1. drgibson's Avatar
      drgibson -
      When I try it using the Admin account I get "Error Detecting device (Lockdown error - 5)
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      And ya put it with service pack 2 ?
    1. drgibson's Avatar
      drgibson -
      Service Pack 2, for what? Win 7 the highest SP is 1
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by drgibson View Post
      Service Pack 2, for what? Win 7 the highest SP is 1
      He means running it in windows xp sp2 compatibility mode.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Yes sorry for being short with ya. That's what I ment
    1. drgibson's Avatar
      drgibson -
      Ok I'll give that a try as soon as I get home
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Let us know how it goes
    1. matthew.brian.smith1's Avatar
      matthew.brian.smith1 -
      Updated iPhone4 to 5.1.1, followed all directions.

      Got the "can't connect to lockdown (or something). Aborting" message.

      Rebooted phone, ran Absinthe again, it said I was JB'd and it was right! Yay!
    1. Africanmodtech's Avatar
      Africanmodtech -
      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...
      Hey man i couldn't figure what was going on with your device but if you havn't figured it out give this a go 5.1.1 iPhone 4 Error Update (Device Not Supported) - YouTube I did a little looking around for you
    1. drgibson's Avatar
      drgibson -
      Ok when I log in as administrator and run in compatibility mode I still get "Error Detecting device (Lockdown error - 5)

      When I log in with my normal account and run it in compatibility mode as administrator I get cannot connect to lockedd.
      In other words no change...
    1. eunice33's Avatar
      eunice33 -
      Thank you!
    1. lovlyn's Avatar
      lovlyn -
      Hello All. I did the process of jailbreaking and made sure I did a back up in iCloud... I just realized I no longer have my Pictures in my Camera Roll or photostream and I well over 1,000 pics. Does anyone know how I can get them back? I googled before asking and the "re-jailbreaking" process doesn't work for me
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      See if they in iTunes. Did ya do a backup on iTunes to?