The upcoming iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak release is imminent. It’s so close we can almost smell it.

For that reason, it would be wise to go ahead and analyse your current situation, and prepare for the jailbreak.

It has been confirmed that the A5 portion of the jailbreak — the jailbreak for iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and the iPad 3 — will only support iOS 5.1.1.

While nothing has been said about A4 devices, it’s a good chance that iOS 5.1.1 will be required to jailbreak any device with the new Absinthe tool across the board.

So what should you do? Should you update your device now, or wait until the jailbreak has been officially released?

Regardless of what you decide to do, I highly advise you to head over to our downloads page, and download the iOS 5.1.1 firmware for all of the devices you plan to jailbreak. Go ahead and save the iOS 5.1.1 firmware to a place that you can easily identify later. I like organizing my firmware into folders for each device.

The next thing I recommend doing is further analyzing your situation. If you have a new iPad (iPad 3), go ahead and update now to iOS 5.1.1. This makes sense, because this is an A5 device, and there isn’t a preexisting jailbreak for the new iPad anyway.

If you have an iPhone 4S, or an iPad 2, it’s a more calculated judgement call. If you’re already jailbroken on either of these devices running iOS 5.0.1, then you may decide to hold off until the new jailbreak is released. Otherwise, you would temporarily lose your jailbreak until Absinthe 2.0 is officially released.

You could also decide that you don’t care about being on iOS 5.1.1, or that you don’t want to be on iOS 5.1.1 for various reasons. Keep in mind that a lot of the time it takes a while for every new tweak to be updated to support the latest firmware. The good news is that iOS 5.1.1 isn’t an astronomical upgrade like going from iOS 4.3.3 to iOS 5.0, so compatibility problems shouldn’t be a gargantuan issue.

If, however, you recently purchased an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2 preinstalled with iOS 5.1, then go ahead and update to iOS 5.1.1.

If you have an A4 device: (iPhone 4, iPod touch 4th generation) then it’s really up to you. Hopefully you’ve been proactive in saving your SHSH blobs, so you can always downgrade to previous firmware. iOS 5.1.1 is already jailbreakable (tethered) on iOS 5.1.1 for A4 devices, so chances are you may already have iOS 5.1.1 on your A4 device.

Regardless of your situation, the jailbreak — barring any unforeseen hiccups — should be released this week. Even if you were to be without a jailbreak for a few days, even the most hardcore jailbreaker can usually manage a few days without his or her favorite tweak.

Whatever you decide to do, please, please, please save your SHSH blobs. It never hurts, and you just never know when those will come in handy. Also, bear in mind that this doesn’t take into account unlocking. If you need to unlock it’s always smart to proceed with extreme caution prior to updating.

What will you be doing in preparation for the upcoming jailbreak?

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  • I am sorry because this silly question but I am not familiar with jailbreaking : I have an iPhone 4 IOS 5.1 with no jailbreak; can I get unterhered

  • Can I get the untethered jailbreak on my IOS 5.1 iPhone 4 before Absinthe 2.0

  • Or I should wait? If possible , what do I need?

    • you’re going to have to wait until Absinthe 2.0 comes out.

  • Anonymous


    I just like to verify if i can use Redsnow 0.9.11b4 to create a custom “NO BB” for 5.1.1 for my iPhone 4, BB 4.10.01?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

    • You would have to use something like the GEVEY sim adapter in order to unlock your device, if that’s what you want to do. otherwise, if you just want to prevent your baseband from being updated, you should be able to create a custom ipsw for your iPhone 4 w/ iOS 5.1.1. tethered only for now!

      • Anonymous

        Hey Matt,

        Thanks for the response.

        My iphone is on 5.0.1, I use Gevey to unlock. What i want to do now is to update to 5.1.1 and preserve my baseband and use again my Gevey unlock tool. I’m not planning at the momment to jailbreak my iphone, i will wait for untethered to be released. I have the original sim card carrier, so i don’t have the need to hactivate my phone. But since i’m in a different country i need to update while preserving my baseband.

        Can i use redsnow 9.11b4? Will my iphone be stuck in apple logo while rebooting after updating eventhough i haven’t selected Jailbreak? And do i need to “Just boot tethered”? (i have read that with other instructions i found in the net)

      • i would suggest you wait a few days until the untether comes out just so that you wont have to go through the entire process 2 times. there will most likely be a new version of redsn0w coming out around the same time as absinthe v2, where then you’d use redsn0w to make the custom ipsw, allowing you to unlock the phone on 5.1.1 w/ your GEVEY sim.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    Don’t bother preparing. Get a developers account and jump straight on to the cool new features that iOS 6 has to offer. That’s what I did last year with ios 5.

  • unseen master

    dont bother preparing. Get a developers account and jump straight over to IOS 6 and enjoy over 300 new features that IOS 6 has to offer. Thats what i did last year with ios 5.

  • i am on 5.0.1 can i save my shsh blobs ?

    • i think apple’s signing window has closed for 5.0.1. i could be wrong though. they usually close it within a few days of releasing a new firmware.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, thanks Matt. 🙂

  • i have an iPad 2,4 5.1.1 ipsw is there a hope for me ?

    • as pod2g has stated, that iPad 2 hasn’t been tested, but it *should* work.

  • 1. the jailbreak will only work with 5.1.1
    2. definitely backup to the latest version of itunes first. do periodic backups in case you ever need to bring in in to an apple store or whatever else. once you do a restore, the jailbreak and associated tweaks will be gone.
    3. some jailbreaks do not format the device. redsn0w applies it on top of your current OS as is. absinthe v1 did introduced a new method: a built in backup/restore feature which would backup your device temporarily, inject the jailbreak, then restore the device w/ all of your apps and settings along with the jailbreak.
    4. SHSH hashes can save you if you update accidentally and there is no jailbreak for it. let’s say for example apple releases 5.2. you update to it, no more jailbreak. if you have the saved SHSH hashes, you can make a custom ipsw, run TinyUmbrella which will temporarily make itunes talk to your PC only, not apple, and do a local downgrade/restore to a previous firmware.

    all of that said, backups are very important prior to performing any big update and SHSH hashes should be saved ASAP!!!!

    • Matt Matt Matt , I managed to succesfully jailbreak my phone , and followed your instructions..
      I have a question for you . Many people failed to jailbreak because they did not to a clean wipe via itunes and then use absinthe 2.0
      Even after seeing this .. i waited for a couple of hours and Absinthe 2.1 claming to fix some bugs(was realeased)
      So i decided to jailbreak without doing a clean wipe and just jailbreaking the way it was..However i updated from 5.1 to 5.1.1 through itunes not OTA… Cuz in my mind i thought 2.1 kind of fixed this issue. It went smoothly till i got Error: Could not connect to lockdown ..Aborting ..

      Now the funny thing is i did not panic as i saw this has happened to 2 – 3 people in the comments . But Even after this error we all including me Got the cydia icon. I have installed activator , auto protect, intelliscreen and maybe one or 2 more .. All seem to work fine. . .
      Im i on the right track … ? Or should i redo the whole absinthe thingy ?
      Lastly when i was on 5.1 virgin unjailbroken i managed to save my SHSH blog with tinyumbrella. Is it to late to save an shsh blob for 5.1.1 .Cuz i already installed tweaks and stuff

      Sorry to bother you , but believe it or not i have been reading alot of comments to other people and you have already made me intelligent in the jailbreaking scene 😛

      • a week overdue for this comment, sorry about that. if you see cydia and are able to install tweaks just fine, you are all set, obviously by now. also you can save your shsh blob at anytime for the current firmware.

  • man, i’m tired…… 😉

  • i have always wondered this and hopefully someone can tell me why this is. so why would you update your firmware now to 5.1.1 when you will have to restore using the one you download for jailbreaking anyway? and if i am already running 5.1.1 do i need to download the firmware to jailbreak? couldn’t i just do the jailbreak when it is released without restoring with the firmware i download?

    • you won’t need the firmware file unless something goes wrong and you’ll have to restore. when the members of the dev team say backup/restore method, this only applies to absinthe, and the method used to inject the jailbreak. they want people up to 5.1.1 so the end users, us the jailbreakers, can run absinthe, have it to the backup>inject>restore, and have that be all. firmware files come in to play for users that need baseband preservation or might want the file local on their machine. i have every firmware file since 3.0 backup up on a hard drive at home. why? because something needs to fill my hard drives up!

  • my ipod touch 4g ios 5.1.1 is jailbroken tethered what do i do when unthetherd jailbreak comes out? do i restore my ipod and and reupdate to 5.1.1 and then re jailbreak using the new software?

    • backup, restore to a fresh 5.1.1, restore from your backup once @ 5.1.1, jailbreak.

  • Hi Matt” how much u have sureness that pod2g will release jailbreak in this week or may be it can be delay for some reson. Thanks

    • straight from his twitter account:
      “Thanks to awesome work of @planetbeing and @pimskeks, we’re near ready for a release. Now it’s a matter of days.”

      — pod2g (@pod2g) May 20, 2012

      My guess is that they’ll announce it @ the upcoming HTIB event.

  • hi i have I phone 3GS new bootrom and its jailbroken on 5.0.1. can i update my phone from setting over the air. i dont need unlock.

    • If your device is already jailbroken, you can not use the OTA update feature.

  • Anonymous

    So, I can now update my iPhone 4 to iOS 5.1.1 and jailbreak it? I also use Gevey SIM, will that cause a problem or so?

    • you can’t do it right now if you want it to be untethered. you’ll have to use redsn0w to make a custom ipsw to preserve your baseband so you can continue using your GEVEY sim.

    • you can’t do it right now if you want it to be untethered. you’ll have to use redsn0w to make a custom ipsw to preserve your baseband so you can continue using your GEVEY sim.

  • What do you do if your on an iPad 2 jail broken on ios 5.0.1 having used the absinth jailbreak, can you update with absinth and jailbreak at the same time while keeping all your tweaks?

    • no. you’d have to do a backup, restore to 5.1.1 , restore from your previously made backup all from iTunes, then apply the new jailbreak.

  • Well @pod2g is almost there, he just needs to test the iPad 2,4 (iPad 2, R2) then hopefully it will be set for release.

  • I am new to jailbreaking and I’m trying to make sure that I follow the right steps. I have an iphone 4s and an ipad 2 both running 5.1.1. I downloaded Tiny Umbrella and attempted to save my shsh blobs. Hard to tell what actually happened, but the log said that I am too late. DOn’t know if that is a deal breaker or if it is saved on my computer and I just don’t know where it is. Also, I’m und=sure if I need to be concerned about unlocking and baseband. I bought the phone from Verizon at the Verizon store. Can someone confirm that i’m on the right path or not? Thanks!

  • Randy Rubirosa

    I have a question. I have an iPhone 4, with BB 03.10.01 and iOS 5.1.1 tethered, with a Gevey SIM… What can I do if I want to install iOS 5.1.1 untethered?. So, my question is, if I restore my iPhone and Update, ( like iTunes says when I try to do it ), it will make a change in the BB???…

    Please, I need help with this… Thanks 🙂

  • Randy Rubirosa

    I have a question. I have an iPhone 4, with BB 03.10.01 and iOS 5.1.1 tethered, with a Gevey SIM… What can I do if I want to install iOS 5.1.1 untethered?. So, my question is, if I restore my iPhone and Update, ( like iTunes says when I try to do it ), it will make a change in the BB???…

    Please, I need help with this… Thanks 🙂

  • Joseph Rueda

    Hi, i have an iphone 4s preinstalled with ios 5.1, with a gevey sim…should i update it to ios 5.1.1? will that affect the “unlock” i made with the gevey sim?…thanks!

  • do i still need to use my gevey sim in upgrading ios 5.1.1?

  • br032091

    will this 5.1.1 work for iPhone 3gs baseband 06.15.00 and will I be able to unlock it to use it for other carriers?

  • What happens when a new ios updates comes(after 5.1.1)? Does it autoupdate? If so, how do I prevent that? Thanks!

  • emallamamama

    hey i know this feed is a bit old, but here goes. i locked myself out of my iphone4s cuz i suck ayuuss.i used absinthe to install cydia, and i think its running ios 5.1.1.. i used up all my password attempts to get back i and now im trying to restore it…. or just reteive my password if possible! But alas! itunes rejects my wishes to restore giving me a error code 3194, which makes sense… and i cant find a solid answer on how to keep my older 5.xx firmware as to preserve my baseband, seeing as i would like to work this gizmo into a phone at some point and just get back into my iphone without having to upgrade to ios6. got tiny umbrella, redsnow sez it doesnt support 4s. can i have absinthe and redsnow installed simultaneously? WTF can i do???. please help, i am an art student, not a tech major. but if i can get some directions i can do it. plz plz plz and thank yoo thank yoo thank yoo