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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 -
      Ya welcome
    1. paaascal's Avatar
      paaascal -
      is it worth going from 5.0.1 to 5.1.1 on iphone 4 (MC603C) ?

      will i preserve my baseband?
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Depends. I upgraded but it was just bc my phone was being screwy. I think I would've stayed on 5.0.1 based on pure laziness if it wasn't. Honestly I can't see a huge difference for how I use my phone. It's up to you if you want to upgrade or not.

      You can preserve your baseband if you use a custom firmware.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      Depends. I upgraded but it was just bc my phone was being screwy. I think I would've stayed on 5.0.1 based on pure laziness if it wasn't. Honestly I can't see a huge difference for how I use my phone. It's up to you if you want to upgrade or not.

      You can preserve your baseband if you use a custom firmware.
      Finally someone that understands! Lol I'm still on 5.0l.1 just because almost everything is compatible with it.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Lol yeah the compatibility thing too.
    1. Christian669's Avatar
      Christian669 -
      You guys you don't have to restore I didnt and it worked fine if it fails just close application and start again
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      They says it works better when ya do a clean restore. It's not required but does help speed up the process and better chance of not having any problems in the future
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      +1. It's always safer to do a fresh restore when an initial jb process has failed, before doing the jb again. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it causes more problems. Better safe than sorry is what I say.
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Also, all the tweaks you have will be overwritten by the jailbreak. I've done it on accident before and I had like 10 MB of disk space left, literally. It's always good to do a fresh restore.
    1. HybridParticle's Avatar
      HybridParticle -
      Tried 6 times.. restore and doing it again and again... I give up... when is redsn0w going to come out with a 5.1.1 jailbreak
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      You can use the latest redsnow. It's already working for 5.1.1
    1. HybridParticle's Avatar
      HybridParticle -
      Quote Originally Posted by celeron View Post
      You can use the latest redsnow. It's already working for 5.1.1
      no way... I went to their website but no news on it...*** are you serious??????
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Yep
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      They always have new updates bro. Be sure to stay up to date with the jailbreak news the staff writers normally make a post on the home page when they release a new tool.
    1. clees501's Avatar
      clees501 -
      My springboard and lockscreen keeps jumping. Is there a bug on absinthe 2.0. Need help does anyone else have this problem?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      What do you mean by jumping?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      I think he means messing up or something? You have to be specific bro
    1. supersmoov's Avatar
      supersmoov -
      I'm having trouble with my device. It is on 5.1.1 (9B208) but will not complete the jailbreak. I have searched high and low for Absinthe 2.0.2 as that seems to be the only way that I have found to successfully jailbreak the phone with that version. Any help?
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Try using a different computer or USB port. Also ake sure that iTunes is closed while you run the jailbreak.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by supersmoov View Post
      I'm having trouble with my device. It is on 5.1.1 (9B208) but will not complete the jailbreak. I have searched high and low for Absinthe 2.0.2 as that seems to be the only way that I have found to successfully jailbreak the phone with that version. Any help?
      Does it give you an error message at all?? What device?