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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. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I thought you were a hacker. Pffftt
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      I'm a hacker, not an unlocker
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Uh huh sure
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Lol I don't unlock iPhone's bro, true story.
    1. BrianPgh's Avatar
      BrianPgh -
      I'm new to forum and looking for a little help please. I have a 3GS with 5.1.1. According to what I read, I should be able to j/b with absinthe. I previously used the latest version of redsn0w when I j/b before. My issue is that my phone is getting ti the 2nd stage and then timing out. No error message, just says timed out and will not go any further. Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      You can give the latest redsnow a try. Right now, Almost every jailbreaking tool works with 5.1.1
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      You can give the latest redsnow a try. Right now, Almost every jailbreaking tool works with 5.1.1
      he did use the latest redsn0w but it was timing out during the jailbreak process..

      Quote Originally Posted by BrianPgh View Post
      I'm new to forum and looking for a little help please. I have a 3GS with 5.1.1. According to what I read, I should be able to j/b with absinthe. I previously used the latest version of redsn0w when I j/b before. My issue is that my phone is getting ti the 2nd stage and then timing out. No error message, just says timed out and will not go any further. Any thoughts, suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
      I'm not sure about the timing out process as I jailbreaked by 3gs on 5.1.1 using the latest redsn0w and it works just fine

      try using the latest absinthe
    1. BrianPgh's Avatar
      BrianPgh -
      Thanks Celeron, I'll try that tonight. It actually was timing out using absinthe. I was hoping absinthe worked since that stated it was untethered vs the tethered break I was using with redsn0w. Will let you know my results
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Be sure they're all up to date, including iTunes.
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by BrianPgh View Post
      Thanks Celeron, I'll try that tonight. It actually was timing out using absinthe. I was hoping absinthe worked since that stated it was untethered vs the tethered break I was using with redsn0w. Will let you know my results
      Ok, fingers crossed
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Almost forgot lol, good luck.
    1. BrianPgh's Avatar
      BrianPgh -
      Quote Originally Posted by X H4CK3R X View Post
      Almost forgot lol, good luck.
      Still timing out. Going back to the drawing board. Going to dbl check I tunes to make sure its the latest and go from there. If I still cant get it to work,is the most recent version of redsn0w availaible somewhere on the forum? thanks for all the replies, much appreciated
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Here ya go.

      Redsn0w 0.9.12b1 Released
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Do you have another computer to try it on? (Sorry if this has been suggested before, I seem to have lost track of what is going on here).
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Hasn't been suggested yet Annie lol. It could always be a bad USB port or something so there's nothing wrong with trying a different PC.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Or a different cable too. That'll definitely isolate the problem.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Yah if changing computers doesn't help, it has to be the cable.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Or worse, the dock port. But hopefully it won't come to that...
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Definetly don't want it to come to that. It's a costly repair too if you're not under warranty.
    1. BrianPgh's Avatar
      BrianPgh -
      Thanks 2K1. Calling it a night. Can't seem to get it figured out. Take another crack at it tomorrow. Thanks for everyone's input and help. Brian