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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. lovlyn's Avatar
      lovlyn -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      See if they in iTunes. Did ya do a backup on iTunes to?
      Hello. I checked. on Itunes instead of seeing how much data used in photos I have a large number used under "Other".. I am certain those are my pictures but I cannot get to them
    1. lovlyn's Avatar
      lovlyn -
      I mis read your post.

      I backed up using the Wifi Sync. I realized that my last back on itunes was back in 2011. I thought if you back up using the iclouds that its on your itunes as well. Still I do see "Other" as large amount of data used and I know its my pics.

      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      See if they in iTunes. Did ya do a backup on iTunes to?
    1. lovlyn's Avatar
      lovlyn -
      UPDATE!!!!!

      I got it to work and got all my pics back.

      I downloaded iFunBox

      Then to solve the missing pics delete these files:

      /var/mobile/Media/PhotoData/Photos.sqlite
      /var/mobile/Media/PhotoData/Photos.sqlite-shm
      /var/mobile/Media/PhotoData/Photos.sqlite-wal

      restart and thats it!!!!!
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Win7x64 and iPhone 4. Downloaded and installed absinthe-win-2.0.4 and started the JB. After 10-15 mins at the first step ("Beginning Jailbreak") Win7 popped the dialog box about the program has quit working. This happened twice. Any ideas?
    1. ccajay's Avatar
      ccajay -
      Im sorry I am new to this and don't know how to post anything. I am in need of some help I have an iPhone 4 with IOS 5.1.1 and jailbroken with absinthe. I would like to remove the jailbreak and restore my phone to normal and I don't know how...could you please help or point me in the right direction as to where to find help.

      Thanks
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Just connect to your computer and wit iTunes select "restore to factory settings" or something like that.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      after this jailbreak release, I bought myself the 64gb new ipad and was able to jailbreak it to absolute perfection

      thanks SOOOOOOOOO much dev team. I'm ready to donate right now and keep up the good work.

      where do I donate to the dev team?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      On pod2g's blog page
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      thanks for the info but I just made my donation to the chronic dev team since all this was possible as a team effort.

      this is my second donation, keep them coming dev team and you'll have my donations guaranteed
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quick question - just bought a new iPad to replace my iPad 2. I backed up the iPad 2 on iCloud, and turned it off (It is sold, and I will be wiping it clean). I will obviously be jail breaking the new iPad - so - what order do I want to do things in when I turn it on? Set it up/register it first, jailbreak it first, what is the best way. I don't want to have to do something twice! Thanks.

      ...And I guess I should ask, should first set up as a new iPad, or restore from the back up?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      It's always best to restore from new. But that's up to you. As long as it was running good before you can restore from back up. And I would jailbreak last. Make sure ya have anything.
    1. Borischan's Avatar
      Borischan -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Win7x64 and iPhone 4. Downloaded and installed absinthe-win-2.0.4 and started the JB. After 10-15 mins at the first step ("Beginning Jailbreak") Win7 popped the dialog box about the program has quit working. This happened twice. Any ideas?
      Happened to me, I've been told to run absinthe as admin on win 7.
      That small fact neglected in the tutorial
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Borischan View Post
      Happened to me, I've been told to run absinthe as admin on win 7.
      That small fact neglected in the tutorial
      Tried that twice, still doesn't work. I'll try again with an XP machine.
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      Quick question - just bought a new iPad to replace my iPad 2. I backed up the iPad 2 on iCloud, and turned it off (It is sold, and I will be wiping it clean). I will obviously be jail breaking the new iPad - so - what order do I want to do things in when I turn it on? Set it up/register it first, jailbreak it first, what is the best way. I don't want to have to do something twice! Thanks.

      ...And I guess I should ask, should first set up as a new iPad, or restore from the back up?

      absinthe 2.0 won't even work if you don't set up first. Make sure you set it up as new ipad.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Tried that twice, still doesn't work. I'll try again with an XP machine.
      I tried the new RedSnow JB and that failed also. So I backed up, restored to factory settings and the Absinthe JB worked in a couple of minutes....sweet!! Now restoring backup and then all my prior Cydia apps. Thanks guys, really a great JB.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Glad ya got it working.
    1. srsuser's Avatar
      srsuser -
      How do I unlock after jailbreaking?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      What firmware are you on?
    1. srsuser's Avatar
      srsuser -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      What firmware are you on?
      5.16.05
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by srsuser View Post
      How do I unlock after jailbreaking?
      If AT&T wait two years