How to Fix iBooks Crash After Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1

By , Dec 29, 2011

Those of you who have used the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 might have encountered an issue where iBooks crashes every time you try to launch the application.

This problem isn’t new. Apple introduced this awhile back as a way to fight jailbreaking. Fortunately, we already have a fix for it. It’s quick, simple, and it should solve all your issues with iBooks…

How to fix iBooks crashing on iOS 5.0.1 untethered jailbreak

Fix iBooks crashing the easy way:

A few commenters tell us that you can simply add the repo and install iBooksFix2 from there. Try this and tell us what works best for you.

Fix iBooks crash manually:

Note that iH8Sn0w tells me this might break iTunes syncing.

Step 1: Download this file.

Step 2: SSH into your iPhone and drop the file in /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall. If this folder doesn’t exist, just create it.

Step 3: Reboot your iPhone.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.

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  • Anthony

    or use iFunBox and drop it under Cydia Installer

  • Hatim

    or you can download the iBooksFix2 package from cydia.. it’s easier and the icon stays rounded

    • Sebastien

      What repo is it on?

    • WordPress Elite

      Already searched it can’t find it :-(

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t saw it either… but found it touching the repo in “Sources” and going all the way down to iBooksFix2!

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I agree; iBooksFix2 uses the original App Store iBooks icon and it is smaller, cleaner, nicer and easier.

  • Burge
  • Tony Olba

    Will this work with sn0wbreeze + Corona?

    • Anonymous

      Uuuuh………………..yeah dude. the whole point of it is to fix iBooks after the untether, whether it be Corona, or redsn0w…………….the untether is exactly the same file.

      It works on 5.0.1 untethered…………….regardless of what you used to untether.

      Doen’t matter that you used Sn0wbreeze.

      iBooks is already fixed with sn0wbreeze/redsn0w tethered jailbreak, but with the untethered…………….A fix needs to be applied to use iBooks/

      iBooks is

  • Anonymous

    “might probably encountered”

    You might want to reword that or at least throw in a “have” lol

    • Sebastien

      Fixed. Thanks

      • Anonymous

        Nps man, easier to spot errors when you aren’t writing the post lol

  • Sebastien

    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I updated the post with the iBooksFix2 info :)

  • Anonymous

    Had to fix my iBooks yesterday before this article came out. The ibooksfix2 didnt work for me. After following the instructions my iBooks stayed round but would crash on launch. I tried the fix2 method about4 times and at one point manually deleted from /applications and that made my other apps crash on start including app store and maps ಠ_ಠ.

    Finally gave up and did the longer manual method from a previous idb article and that fixed it for me. Had to basically leave a copy of iBooks in both var/mobile/applications and /applications

    I’m still stuck with square icon but that can be fixed so easily.

    • Jagrut Arora

      i have the same error….wat did u do exactly??

  • Anonymous

    ibooksfix2 doesn’t work for me either.

  • Anonymous

    It works after Reboot. Thanks

    • vantheman420

      iBooks just crashes now, WTF.

  • Anonymous

    I’m waiting on Redsnow beta 8 before I jailbreak lol, too many bugs experienced so far with the initial untether, maybe in a couple of weeks I will enjoy the freedom again but without the springboard crashes, memory drain and random reboots lol

  • Wouter De Schuyter

    Cydia fix doesn’t work.

    • Anonymous

      It may not work for you, but for the vast majority of jailbreakers, iBooksFix2 works flawlessly. There must be something wrong with your iDevice or you are doing something wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still on iOS 5.0 tethered but iBooksFix2 worked great for me.

    • Vicki King

      Worked for me too

  • Anonymous

    can any1 tell me how could i remove it ? because ifixbooks 2 chamged its location.what a bug !! i hate it >.<

    • Tony Olba

      Yeah! Fuck’d up my freshly done jailbreak, now it was a mess. Tried removing from Cydia and now iBooks is a white icon!! Any idea how to remove iBooks?

    • Steven Smith

      You need iFile from Cydia or at least get OpenSSH, then delete from /Applications if you have already try the ibookfix2 as it has already moved the folder there. Then reboot your iPhone.

      Also check that it is not in /var/mobile/Applications/ just in case.

      • Anonymous

        thnx for the help. :)
        it worked for me . :)

  • Anonymous

    For me the jailbreak deleted all my PDF files in iBooks

    • Anonymous

      That is normal. iBooks is not supposed to work on jailbroken iDevices.

  • Shobhit Kohli

    Tried everything…. nothing works… please guide in detail… Thanks

  • Pose Damoo

    i installed older version of ibooks from cydia and works prefectly.

    • Anonymous

      Which repo has old versions of IBooks?

      • Anonymous

        search ibooks in installous and u’ll see previous versions.install any one of them.

  • Burge

    The site has hacked app/tweaks ..use at your own risk..but also it sometimes has fixes like this… It’s up to you what you download…just remember that these tweaks where made by a Dev and it could of took weeks to create the tweak..and you are ripping them off…but like I said its up to you..
    It is a nice way to try before you buy though…

  • Anonymous

    Insanelyi’s repo is swarmed with cracked Cydia apps and tweaks, and I’m pretty sure that’s the point of it. But that’s not my problem, the problem is that 2 out of 3 apps I installed from their repo crashed my iPhones, so I wouldn’t recommend it even being in your iPhones, people.

    (Same thing applies to SiNFUL iPhone Repo and HackYouriPhone Repo)

  • Amirhoushang Asarzadegan

    after using ibooksfix 2 my iphone springboard crash and didnt come out from safe mode please help

  • pippin

    It is Fix which this renews BundleIdentifier of iBooks1.3 of the old version and only moves to /Application.
    I hope for Fix of iBooks1.5 of the current version immediately.
    (even if 1.5 renews BundleIdentifier, may be do not just work)

  • Alan Thomas

    didnt work for me

  • simlet

    This did fix for me on the 1st gen iPad w/ 5.0.1 !! THANKS FOR THE INFO DUDE!

  • Derek Diong Han Wen

    somehow it still crashes….

  • Steven Smith

    Only way I my iPhone 4 to work is to manually fix as stated above. iBooks Fix2 did not work for me. However I have two iBooks icon, one does not work and one does.

    • Brendan Fung

      one of them, the one that cannot be deleted when in wiggle mode, should be the one from the manual fix. The one that can be deleted is the one installed from appstore, and that should be the one that doesnt work. You can safely delete that and the one from manual fix will still be there.

  • Frank Has A Crank

    both ways didnt work here :(

  • Brendan Fung

    the SSH option works for me, and i try syncing with itunes and that works fine without any problem. Maybe im just lucky, or maybe iH8snow meant that as a caution. The downside is the ibooks used in this tweak is of version 1.3 so some features that are present in the newer ibooks will not be there (plus no fullscreen function, as you can still see “pages” on the right side of the screen which for me needs a little bit of getting used to). the iBooksfix2 doesnt work for me.

  • Frank Has A Crank

    i hope u can come out with more solutions….:S

  • Kenny McGuire

    Ibooksfix2 didn’t work for me on my upgraded 3GS, will try manually shortly

  • prashant bhadresha

    Guys after installing the ibooksfix 2 from cydia and updating mobile substrate,just hold the power and home button together and wait for device to reboot, ibooks should work after this, Enjoy and Happy New Year in Advance!!!!

  • Sergei Epshtein

    What is device do you have?

    • SK.i-Net

      iPhone 4 GSM 16GB (No carrier lock)

  • Shazzeth

    It totally works for me and I have iPod Touch 4G 32GB. Thanks a lot, you’re a lifesaver.

  • Anonymous

    Since the recently untethered jailbreak for IOS 5.0.1 was released, I’ve been surfing the internet all over looking for a way to fix the iBooks crash which in my case had never happened before (I have an iPhone 4, upgraded from IOS 4.3.3 to 5.0.1 with redsn0w).

    I’ve tried absolutely every single procedure (manually changing the root to apple.iBooksFix, installing both iBooksFix and iBooksFix2 from Cydia, downloading older versions from Installous, etc). Non of them had worked until today I tried downloading the file linked on this page and followed the 3 steps installing it with iFile. It worked like a charm!!!! After rebooting it opened perfectly and even synced my ebooks with iTunes!!

    Thank you guys!! Now I can continue reading Steve Job’s biography from where I left it 😉

  • Frank Has A Crank

    not working for me :(

    • Frank Has A Crank

      it seems am missing something…. ok i disabled sync from itunes books tab by tick away sync books button…. but as u said u restart ur phone not only restart the springboard… which will automatically enable the sync book button!!! so why u said u enable sync again later….

      am i doing something wrong?! or its just not working for me!

      • SK.i-Net

        Did you clicked Apply (Sync) button after un-ticking books sync? (with iPhone connected)
        Did you installed fresh iBooks? (asking just in case)

        If it just doesn’t work, try the method with SSH and *.deb package

      • Frank Has A Crank

        in itunes u mean….
        i untick books sync… then if i clicked apply, the sync button will be ticked again :S
        plz help

        i feel am doing something silly but not sure what is it loool

      • SK.i-Net

        Sorry man, I have no idea other what’s wrong there :(

  • Kevin Andrada ♪♫

    Don’t do it! Syncing with iTunes and your device will not work if you do. Hope there will be a better solution soon.

    • SK.i-Net

      It IS working!

    • Frank Has A Crank

      i re-jailbreak with beta3 do all solutions nothing works till now here :(

  • Ali Bayern

    How can i find the root var/root/media/cydia/autoinstall
    And what file i dropped inside it ?

  • Nuno Gouveia

    Hi everyone….i just jailbreaked my iphone to ios 5.0.1, i noticed that iBooks weren’t working and then i saw this guide here….Well i’ve done everything you guys have sad but it doesn’t work on me :(

    After installing the iBooksFix2 i’ve tryed again to open iBooks….But the app just open and then closes…..i cant read my books….Anyone can help me??

    • Frank Has A Crank

      cant help same situation !!!

    • Simon John Rope

      Same problem here. Well annoying…

  • Clinsmman Herbete

    Não consegui de nenhum modo, tanto no iPhone como tbm no iPod Touch.

  • Nerissa Watson

    I installed the ibooksfix2 on my iPad 1 5.0.1 untethered then i did fix user dir permissions (in sbsettings) opened ibooks, iPad will respring. Made sure my ibooks app was closed and then reopened it and ibooks works perfectly!

  • Nick Chernyshev

    For me worked the first option with iBooks Fix2,but only after restore.For me with corona and snowbreeze it doesnt work,than i got restored with redsnow install ibooks but didn’t open it,after installed iBooks Fix2 and thats it!!!Thanks guys for your post:) Love your blog:)

  • Wilson Bairan Uy

    ibook still crash and doesnt work

  • Antonio Olba

    Is iBooks working for y’all using redsn0w 0.9.10b3?

  • Frank Has A Crank

    i had it keep crashing be4… i tried everything then i gave up…. suddenly it started working now without doing anything… it seems its due some cydia update… :S

  • Anonymous

    i just jailbreaked my iphone to ios 5.0.1.i found that springboard is crasheing.when i try to open any app it just open and closes…any help

  • Ian Woodward

    iBooksFix2 worked flawlessly for me. The site I read recommended deleting official iBooks 1st then applying the fix and rebooting. I was sceptical as I’d read elsewhere you needed to keep the official one too in order for the store to work etc but it works flawlessly. All my books are there, I’ve made new purchases with no problems. The only downside is that this is an older version of iBooks so you don’t have the full screen mode or nighttime reading mode from the latest version :(.

  • Jaik Phantom

    or install/update corona and ibooks will work

    • Ben Mcconnel

      Had real problems. Got it to work in the end.
      I already had official iBooks app installed and did not delete it. I ran iBookfix2, then before I did anything else I rebooted. iBooks icon was now gone from my iPad. I went to app store and download app again – everything working fine

  • Anonymous

    ibooksfix2 really worked! thank u!

  • Ramin Ch

    the Download link dosnt work :(