You’ve probably seen or heard someone mention Jailbreaking before, while telling someone about iPhone, but have you ever thought about what a jailbreak actually is? Yeah, I realize if you didn’t know better, you’d think it meant someone was breaking out of jail. However, in this case, that is not what the term “Jailbreak” means. It’s actually a way that people can unlock an iPhone and be able to do almost anything they want with it.
Why jailbreak an iPhone?
Unlike Android handsets, the iPhone is the most locked of all the smartphones available for purchase today. Yes, it allows you to install apps developed by third-party developers, modify the interface as you like and if you want to make it look more like an Android phone, you can.
Long before the launch of the 1st iPhone, Apple had decided that security would be its main concern. And that would protect its users from unscrupulous individuals who might modify the software to allow it to steal money, data, and other important credentials. However, this put the iPhone and, more importantly, the software that runs on it, called iOS, on the path to almost complete lockdown. A path that some users actively dislike and wish to bypass, and this is where the term jailbreak comes in.
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What is a jailbreak?
Jailbreaking is a term adopted by the IT community and more recently by the Apple community to describe an action that consists of removing the restrictions of software running on a device (iPhone). What you need to know is why people started jailbreaking their iPhones in the first place. Well, when Apple first launched the handset, there was no app store and iOS severely limited what a user could do with the handset.
However, it is not only Apple and its devices that must endure this blatant disregard for the security systems put in place to protect a user. As Android handsets also have what is called rooting, this is also a form of jailbreaking. Because it allows a user to bypass the system and place new software on a device. But, the term jailbreak is still most often used when talking about the iPhone, and right now it is getting less popular due to Apple’s crackdown on software bugs in iOS. And in fact pay those who have already created jailbreak software, to point out any vulnerabilities they find.
What does a Jailbreak allow you to do?
Simply put, a jailbreak will give you more control over your iPhone. It will allow you to install software not found on the App Store and you will basically become the administrator of your own device with all the associated rights.
How to jailbreak an iPhone
Before I explain how to do this, I must first warn you of the potential dangers.
After you have successfully jailbroken your device, you will be able to access a lot of tempting unofficial apps. Apps that you wouldn’t have been able to install on your device without jailbreaking it. As with everything in life, and jailbreaking is no different, there are those who have only one goal in life is to take advantage of others. So I recommend that you only install apps and modifications from reputable sources.
One of those sources is Cydia, most of what you’ll find preloaded there can be considered safe, but don’t be tempted by hacked repositories!
How to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad on iOS 9
There is software called Pangi 9, it has been specially developed to jailbreak iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch running iOS 9, iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2. Users running iOS 9.1 need to download a different version of the Pangu software for this version of iOS. However, the instructions I am going to give will still work for you.
I’m sorry to say that if you’re currently using iOS 9.2 or later, you’re out of luck when it comes to jailbreaking. As no jailbreak software has been developed for later versions including iOS 9.3.2 or iOS 9.3.1.
The Pangu 9 jailbreak is compatible with the following iOS devices:
- IPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s.
- IPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 1, iPad Air 2, and iPad Air 1 .
- IPod touch 6 and iPod touch 5.
In addition to the iOS version, you will also need to use a Mac or Windows PC for this jailbreak to work. Make sure you follow these instructions exactly.
1. Back up your iOS device
Choose iTunes or iCloud to backup your device, it will ensure that the data in it is secure and recoverable. Additionally, some Pangu 9 users have reported issues including jailbreak failures. It is therefore better to be safe than sorry!
2. Download Pangu 9
This next step is to download the software you need to complete the jailbreak. You can get Pangu 9 from here for PC and here for Mac. You should also make sure that the latest version of iTunes is installed, it won’t be needed, but its installed files are required.
3. Disable Find my iPhone, Touch ID and Password
To be able to successfully jailbreak, you will first need to deactivate Find my iPhone, Touch ID, and Passcode.
4. Run Pangu 9
Now that you’ve backed up your device, turned off Find my iPhone, Touch ID, and Passcode, you are now ready to jailbreak your iPhone. If you are using a Windows PC, you need to right click on the .exe file and click âRun as administratorâ. It is best not to try to run the software by double clicking on it as this is known to produce issues in later stages of the process.
However, running the software as an administrator should help avoid any issues. If you are using a MAC, open and run the software as you would any other.
5. Connect your iPhone or other iOS device to your PC / Mac
Then, once you start running Pangu, it’s time to connect your iOS device to Mac or Windows PC. At this point, the software should automatically detect your device. When it has been detected, simply press “Start” and the jailbreak process will begin!
6. Activate and deactivate airplane mode
At this point, there isn’t much you can do unless prompted. However, be sure to follow the on-screen instructions that appear. This may include occasionally unlocking your device and putting it in Airplane mode. You can do this by entering the control center and swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
7. Your device will restart
Then look for the words âJailbreak Complatedâ on the Pangu 9 software, shortly after seeing this message your device should restart and show you Cydia. iT is the application store for jailbreaks made via Pangu.
8. Configure Cydia
On your device’s home screen, you will now find an icon for Cydia. Tap on it and it will take you to a configuration window, which should only take you a few seconds. Now that you’ve completed all of the above steps, you’re free to explore the different apps and settings available.
Oh, and if you want to share anything with me and other readers, don’t hesitate, but in the meantime, enjoy your jailbroken iOS device.