Quick, easy-to follow iPhone jailbreaking guide requires little technical skill, can be done with absolutely no fear of “bricking” your beloved iPhone or iPad, and takes only a few minutes.
One of the major criticisms of Apple has always been its almost Orweillan control of the products it produces, and perhaps none of its walled garden efforts were arguably as hated as its agreement with AT&T that locked customers into one of the most congested mobile networks in the country.
The only option for At&T customers to regain control of their iPhone was to jailbreak or unlock the device, but the process has normally been the province of only the most tech savvy of users; that is, until now.
Thanks to the Chronic Dev Team there’s a new desktop program called Absinthe 2.0 that automates the entire process , takes only a few minutes to complete from start to finish, and can be done without fear of the infamous “bricking” that has dissuaded many from even attempting the jailbreaking process.
“Chronic Dev Team is a group of iOS hackers/enthusiasts initially established in 2009 by our old friend chronic,” they write to describe themselves on their Green Poison site. “Since our formation, we have remained 100% dedicated to the mission of enabling iOS device owners to choose a free & open user experience as an alternative to Apple’s ‘closed’ platform – better known around these parts as ‘jailbreaking.’ To this end, we work tirelessly to program new software & other tools for all Apple supported mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch & AppleTV.
Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux Absinthe 2.0 truly opens the closed platform that is the Apple iPhone and iPad and gives you virtually complete control over the device, allowing you to determine how it looks and functions, and which carrier, for example, you wish to get mobile service from.
So how does it work? It’s easy, and the process works on the iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch 3rd generation, and iPod touch 4th generation.
1. Make a Backup Copy of Your iPhone or iPad
Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer via USB and make a backup of your device in iTunes by right-clicking the name of your iPhone under the “Devices” menu and selecting “Back Up.”
This is the probably the most important step because it ensures that you have a copy of your iPhone to revert to just in case you decide a jailbroken iPhone or iPad isn’t right for you, or heaven forbid something goes wrong.
2. Erase Your iPhone or iPad
To make the jailbreak process much faster it’s best to erase all the data on your iPhone or iPad, and so after the backup is complete go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase all Content and Settings.
After downloading a copy of Absinthe, Unrar the folder and open it. Select and run “absinthe-win-2.0.4.exe.” This will extract all the Absinthe files into a new folder called “absinthe-win-2.0.4.”
4. Connect Your iPhone or iPad to Your Computer via USB
Open the “absinthe-win-2.0.4″ folder and run “absinthe.exe” (this is the actual jailbreak application).
5. Click the “Jailbreak” Button and Wait
Just be patient and do not disconnect your iPhone or iPad until it’s completed. This is the longest step, but only takes a minute or so. When Absinthe says it’s done, close the program and open iTunes.
6. Restore Your Old Backup
In order to get back all the apps, pics, video, and other data you had stored on your iPhone earlier you’ll need to restore the backup copy of your device that you made earlier.
To do so open iTunes and right-click on your device name under the ‘Devices’ menu in the left-hand panel. Select “Restore from Back Up” and then choose the latest backup you created before starting.
7. Enjoy Your New Jailbroken and Unlocked iPhone iPhone or iPad
That’s it. Your done. It truly is that easy.
I admittedly just jailbroke my brand new iPhone 4S just a few days ago, and I’ m still amazed at how quick and effortless the whole process was. Unsure if you want to jailbreak your device? Well, check out these screenshots below of how I’ve customized my iPhone 4S.
In future articles I’ll cover some of the cooler tweaks and the themes out there to help you get the most out of your Apple device and use it as use see fit (notice the image above and to the left of Siri translating my speech to Korean via Lingual).
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