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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. stove99pipe's Avatar
      stove99pipe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      As long as you have 5.1.1 SHSH you can follow this:.....
      Well: it took some fudging, but it worked like a charm.....

      Thanks 10**6s :-)
      s99p
    1. stove99pipe's Avatar
      stove99pipe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      As long as you have 5.1.1 SHSH you can follow this:....
      Thanks loads! It took a bit of doing, moving my .shsh files to the other computer, but It Worked!

      Thanks again

      s99p

      As of 20h45 18 Nov 2012, the _Absinthe 2.0.4 for OS X_ link gives a few pages of gibberish. It's been that way all day. I thought I'd mention it, as nobody else seems to have a problem with it...

      Thanks
      s99p

      Quote Originally Posted by stove99pipe View Post
      ...the _Absinthe 2.0.4 for OS X_ link gives a few pages of gibberish...
      s99p
      Um... I just realized that it works OK when downloaded using Safari instead of FireFox....

      Sorry to bother youse....

      s99p
    1. costadisa's Avatar
      costadisa -
      iv jailbroken my phone any idea how i can sim unlockit???
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by costadisa View Post
      iv jailbroken my phone any idea how i can sim unlockit???
      Depends on what ya baseband is. Almost better to just git it factory unlocked and then ya don't have to worry about making custom firmwares and alll
    1. jleal's Avatar
      jleal -
      can some one please help i jailbrok my iphone but the cydia icon dosent show up on my home screen i know that its jailbroken because i tried again with absinthe and when i connected it it said this phone is already jailbroken what do i do
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      stick to making one thread first off don't double post please. Ill help in other thread
    1. samhfoley's Avatar
      samhfoley -
      I am on iOS 5.0.1 Is there any way to upgrade just to 5.1.1? I don't want to go to 6 or 6.0.1. iTunes is saying no when I hit shift/restore and choose the downloaded IPSW file. Please advise. Thanks
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      If ya have the shsh blobs for it yes you can. If not the 6.0 is where ya gonna be at.
    1. jayteez's Avatar
      jayteez -
      ok I need some help here..i have an iphone 4s with 5.1.1 jailbreak. I want to wipe the phone, reinstall 5.1.1 and re-jailbreak it. I have the firmware, redsnow and .shsh blobs saved locally on my computer. I keep getting errors in redsnow. has anyone been successful in wiping and reinstalling 5.1.1?
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      Have ya done the re restore?
    1. jayteez's Avatar
      jayteez -
      no, that's what im trying to do..keep getting errors in redsnow.

      i tried re-restore..i get "it seems this APTicket flashed on the device cannot be re-used for this hack." I didn't do an OTA update.
    1. 2k1's Avatar
      2k1 -
      I don't know if ya using this but try it out.

      http://www.redmondpie.com/how-to-re-...using-redsn0w/
    1. jayteez's Avatar
      jayteez -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2k1 View Post
      yes, this is what im trying..looks like im SOL..
    1. DRDESIGN's Avatar
      DRDESIGN -
      I have downloaded the absinthe 2.0.4 for OSX and it doesn't open. Any suggestions? I want to update the jailbreak I did already. I have VZ iPhone 4, 5.1.1.
    1. jitwru's Avatar
      jitwru -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRDESIGN View Post
      I have downloaded the absinthe 2.0.4 for OSX and it doesn't open. Any suggestions? I want to update the jailbreak I did already. I have VZ iPhone 4, 5.1.1.
      with 5.1.1 ver u can jailbreak by redsn0w_win_0.9.15b3 . so easy
    1. Bhupinder24's Avatar
      Bhupinder24 -
      Hey Everyone,

      I have iphone 3gs with IOS 4.1(9A405) WITH NEW BOOTROOM,SO CAN I UPGRADE MY IOS AS I AM NOT ABLE TO INSTALL MANY OF THE APPS

      THANKS
      SINGH
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bhupinder24 View Post
      Hey Everyone,

      I have iphone 3gs with IOS 4.1(9A405) WITH NEW BOOTROOM,SO CAN I UPGRADE MY IOS AS I AM NOT ABLE TO INSTALL MANY OF THE APPS

      THANKS
      SINGH
      No you cannot update the iOS, as it will damage the baseband, and will affect the operation of the phone. In other words, you will have a "brick"
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bhupinder24 View Post
      Hey Everyone,

      I have iphone 3gs with IOS 4.1(9A405) WITH NEW BOOTROOM,SO CAN I UPGRADE MY IOS AS I AM NOT ABLE TO INSTALL MANY OF THE APPS

      THANKS
      SINGH
      Depends on your situation. Is the phone unlocked or does it even need to be unlocked? If so how is it unlocked? Are you jailbroken? Do you want to be able to jailbreak after you update?

      Quote Originally Posted by EVO View Post
      No you cannot update the iOS, as it will damage the baseband, and will affect the operation of the phone. In other words, you will have a "brick"
      Huh? How would he brick his phone? The only negative thing that could happen is if he has iPad baseband installed updating will put baseband in a unstable state, which can easily be fixed by downgrading his baseband with redsnow. But he hasn't said that is his situation.
    1. Timothy007's Avatar
      Timothy007 -
      I have had no previous jailbreaks on my iPhone 5s, & I have updated my iPhone from settings instead of itunes to 7.0.6. Does this mean that the jailbreak will delete everything on my iphone? do I need to back everything up? Or will everything stay the same? https://vidd.me/o47
    1. bbrks's Avatar
      bbrks -
      Jailbreak won't delete anything from you iPhone, but since you updated to 7.0.6 directly OTA and not through iTunes, there is a good chance, that jailbreak could fail. It doesn't happen always, but just saying, to be aware of that possibility. Anyhow, if it fails, than you wont have any other option, but to upgrade to 7.1.1. Unfortunately, so far, there is no jailbreak for 7.1.1.