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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. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by delutedsoul View Post
      She just got it.."it came out of the box" with 5.1 couldn't save shsh blobs
      then unfortunately you can either stay on 5.1 or update to iOS6, a jailbreak for iOS 6 is in the works but we are not sure when it will be released
    1. pisade's Avatar
      pisade -
      Thank you
    1. misterdobi's Avatar
      misterdobi -
      I'm on iOS 4 for my 3GS. Am I still able to upgrade to just 5.1.1?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      If ya have the shsh blobs yes you can
    1. misterdobi's Avatar
      misterdobi -
      Unfortunately I don't. There is no other way I can update to 5.1.1? Is my only choice to upgrade to iOS 6 to jailbreak?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      That's correct
    1. RJIZZY's Avatar
      RJIZZY -
      I need help. Usually I know what I'm doing.
      It's been awhile since I followed the jailbreak game.

      Anyways, I'm on iPhone 4 with iOS 4.0

      I was trying to update it to 5.1.1
      But it wouldn't let me, keeps giving me error.

      I think I still have the shsh blob

      How do I update it to 5.1.1 without getting any errors?
      I have the latest iTunes version.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      What errors are you gitting?
    1. RJIZZY's Avatar
      RJIZZY -
      Not sure... Just won't update.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Well if ya don't have the blobs it will give ya errors. Make sure ya have them
    1. RJIZZY's Avatar
      RJIZZY -
      How do I find the blob and what program to use
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Tiny umbrella download that
    1. RJIZZY's Avatar
      RJIZZY -
      Oh ok then I have the blob. I have tiny umbrella.

      Tell me the steps I need to know
      Cus I'm tired of my phone crashing all the time
    1. Snipers168's Avatar
      Snipers168 -
      I Dont Think I Can Do That...
    1. RJIZZY's Avatar
      RJIZZY -
      Bump
    1. stove99pipe's Avatar
      stove99pipe -
      How do you Restore back to 5.1.1 if you mistakenly Restored to 6.0.1???? I downloaded the 5.1.1 iOS and hit cmd-shift-Restore in iTunes. The pop-up said it would restore but not restore to the latest software, as it does if you hit Restore w/o the cmd-shift. So I assumed it would restore the current iOS or from the 5.1.1 download. NOPE...... So now, a have an (almost useless) 6.0.1 iPod Touch 4G.....

      I'm sure this has been addressed somewhere on this forum... Pls post a link....

      TIA
      s99p
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by stove99pipe View Post
      How do you Restore back to 5.1.1 if you mistakenly Restored to 6.0.1???? I downloaded the 5.1.1 iOS and hit cmd-shift-Restore in iTunes. The pop-up said it would restore but not restore to the latest software, as it does if you hit Restore w/o the cmd-shift. So I assumed it would restore the current iOS or from the 5.1.1 download. NOPE...... So now, a have an (almost useless) 6.0.1 iPod Touch 4G.....

      I'm sure this has been addressed somewhere on this forum... Pls post a link....

      TIA
      s99p
      Do you have 5.1.1 SHSH?
    1. stove99pipe's Avatar
      stove99pipe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Do you have 5.1.1 SHSH?
      I _may_ have... I have TinyUmbrella on the MacBookPro at work, and I conneced this iPod to it to see what generation and what iOS it had. This was back in the summer, and I seem to remember hitting "Save SHSH". This is the second time I've operated on this iPod: I JailBroke it using RedSn0w version 0.9.15b3 earlier this month, but some of the Cydia apps/extensions were buggy. I also lost a whole bunch of photos and videos. So I wanted to run Absinthe on it to try and correct these problems.

      The bottom line: if RedSn0w automatically saves SHSH blobs to the Cydia server, I quess I _do_ have them, albeit without knowing how to access them.

      I'll report back later today with what I have using TinyUmbrella.
      Thanks
      s99p
    1. stove99pipe's Avatar
      stove99pipe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Do you have 5.1.1 SHSH?
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Do you have 5.1.1 SHSH?
      So: I _do_ have a saved shsh file done this summer (08.08.2012). If you could point me to a thread showing how to use it? Meanwhile, I'll look on your "Supermoderator" blog.
      Thanks
      s99p