Even though Absinthe appears to be a very simple and stable jailbreak tool, a few people are still getting some errors despite the 2.0.1 update.

The main errors that pop up seem to be “Error detecting device (lockdown error -5)” and “Could not connect to lockdown“…

We’ve been in contact with @pod2g and @pimskeks, and they confirmed the problem is a random coincidence that creates a timeout. But the fix is fairly easy. All you have to do is go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Content and Settings. Then make sure you download Absinthe 2.0.1 and run it again.

This should fix your problem. If not, or if you’re encountering a different error, please make sure to share with us.

More iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak coverage can be found here:

Thanks @FlawlessFox for the hookup

  • Ariel Okhtenberg

    i tried the reset content thing and nothing is working. HELP!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mine says it ” abs.. stop working” and it closes down.. any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been trying for two days with no success on my iPad 3rd Gen. I haven’t tried it on my iphone4 due to its buggy nature. Will be patient and wait for more stable reports.

  • I’m getting Error detecting device (lockdown error -3), how can i fix it???

  • My Absinthe crashes halfway through the jailbreak, and there’s no errormessage, I’ve tried so many times, and it wont work :c

    • try a different pc if u can. or a mac. seems to work better on a mac

  • Disable passcode lock AND restrictions…
    I didnt know I had restrictions on, disabled and now seems to be working fine. No more lockdown error.
    Absinthe 2.0.2

  • 坤霖 蔡

    How to fix the problems with =>Error detecting device (lockdown error -2)

  • Okay so basically I managed to jailbreak my iPhone 4s practically by mistake.. It didn’t work like 4 times and the 5th time said that it couldn’t do it then I look on my phone and I have Cydia. I didn’t complain. After I went to then back up all my music and contacts ect back onto my phone which then made it constantly loop on safe mode and I couldn’t get out of it. So i then restored my phone and now the jailbreak is gone and no matter what I try I can’t jailbreak it again. I get the lockdown error -12 and at that point I hadn’t even plugged my device in yet!! I have no idea what is happening and it is seriously annoying and rather upsetting that I have completely lost it and I can’t even jailbreak it again. Any help would be seriously appreciated!

  • For me, Absinthe 2.0 and 2.0.1 for Windows kept giving me the lockdownd error. I used my oldish macbook laptop and it worked perfect. I’m guessing it’s a bug with the windows version for most people.

  • this may seem naive – but after you reset all your content AND run absinthe again – wouldn’t you lose all your content. I mean, even if you backed it up – you wont be able to restore from backup cos you will lose your jailbreak. etc.
    so – whats the plan for after you backup, reset, jailbreak?
    how do you get your data back on?

    my problem is even worse.
    on my main computer – I get detected but cannot jailbreak.
    on any other computer – I cannot get my ipad detected even on itunes. (lockdown on absinthe)

    seems that absinthe somehow corrupted something on my iPad. done an update to 5.1.1 (on my 5.1.1) which didnt resolve this.
    any help would be appreciated.

    • firedingo

      it only backs up the data not the operating system (iOS) which is where the jailbreak goes. That’s why applying a restore from backup after jailbreaking doesn’t remove the jailbreak.

  • Anonymous

    K ive done that whole process about 100 fucking times on both my iphone 4s and ipad 2 restoring it or erase all contents and settings.. Both my devices are on 5.1.1, (9B206) they both should work with absinthe 2.0.2 but every time i go through the whole process step by step.. i get the same fucking error, error detecting device (lockdown error -256) it hasnt said anything else for me since the jailbreak came out… And ive done the command line i do the whole process says its done! wait for reboot.. And what do you know fucking nothing. I cant figure it out at all ive been waiting for this jailbreak to come out forever now and its here and i cant even use it.. ALL i want to do is jailbreak my devices, can someone please help me?

    • I have the 4s and iPad 2 and struggled with this and was getting furious over it. All of a sudden the 4s was recognized as a supported device and worked no problem although I didn’t noticeably do anything different. I am still have issues with the iPad 2 though….

  • I have downloaded Absinthe 2.0.2 and reset all my settings on my iPhone4, but I’m still getting the error that the program has stopped working. Any suggestions?

    • I had the same problem. My solution was to run the program as an administrator and in Windows XP SP3 compability mode.

      • Thanks for the suggestion Ellen, but I’ve tried that quite a few times and it’s just now working. I think I’m going to try if from a Mac computer and see if that helps it at all. Thanks though!!

      • so whats the latest lol? I have the same problem as well

      • Well there is no fix for it yet apparently, so I’m going to wait for one of two things to happen. Either I’m going to find a friend with a Mac computer and try the jailbreak from their computer (which I have heard that working in a few cases) or I’m going to wait until Absinthe comes out with yet another update to 2.0.

  • Anonymous

    i jailbroke my 4S no prob tryed to jb my wife’s phone keep geting cannot lock down all her pictures are gone help before im in the dog house forever

  • Anonymous

    also ive upgraded from 2.0 to 2.0.1 to 2.0.2 same think cannot connect to lock down

  • Tom Cohen

    I think the main question is – if you decide not to jailbreak due to unsuccessful process – since itunes wont recognise your device no more (unknown error 0X8000012) – you cannot restore. so how can you get to noraml factory settings??


    • My ipad 3 GSM has jailbreaked with absinthe 2.0.1 with my laptop, but now i cannot connect it with other pc beside my laptop, it’s always appear ( Unknown error 0X8000012) when i plugged in! is there any solution for this? i even cannot restore my ipad 3 using DFU mode!!! PLZ HELP!!!

  • Anonymous

    Seeing all these remarks and problems one should expect the hackers to respond. It looks like a premature release of this jailbreak before sufficiënt trial and à too soon release to make in ready for the convention. Wonder how mary jailbreaks succeeded and how many failed.
    Still full of respect for the people that make the jailbreaks possible but à reaction of the makers woud be nice.

  • Saya Sajer

    Thanks guys… U all rocksss.

  • Anonymous

    As of May 28th I’m still getting this error even after performing the above fix a few times. Jailbraking my iPhone 4s was no problem but I cant get past the error with my iPad 2. Please tell me there is going to be an updated fix.

  • Dears! I am also having problems with my Iphone 4s running with IO 5.1.1 using Absinthe 2.1.1 with Win 7 and / or XP. Now I guess it is even worser, due that I cannot enter into Itunes. I guess it has to do with the new JB. Anyone get sucess?

  • Jeff, when I click on absinthe without running it as Administrator I get this “Error detecting device (lockdown error -3)” but when I run as Administrator I get this “sorry, the attached device is not supported”, I have an iPod touch 4th generation and I’m running on IOS 5.1.1, how can I fix this?

  • Jim Shapiro

    Your fix worked great once I followed it exactly. I tried numerous times and multiple windows computers to jailbreak my iPhone 4S (no problem on my iPad 3), but received “ERROR: Could not connect to lockdownd” each time. When I saw your fix, I was concerned about losing all my data. However, the following worked beautifully and my iPhone 4S is now jailbroken! (1) Backup (2) Clicked Restore (3) After it restored, when it asked if I wanted to restore to a backup, opened and ran Absinthe. FINALLY, NO ERROR MESSAGE!!! (4) I restarted iTunes and it picked up where it left off, asking me if I wanted to restore to a backup. (5) I selected the most recent backup, and voila, my iPhone 4S is now jailbroken. I will definitely be donating!

  • I have jailbroken my iPhone 4s using Absinthe 2.0.1 and at the end of jailbreaking process it gave me an error.Now, I can’t restore my iphone using iTunes.Any help please?

    • Hold down the power/lock button and home button at the same time until reboot

  • i’ve reset my ipod touch 3g & tried to jailbreak again.. stil, i get the same response “COULD NOT CONNECT TO LOCKDOWND”.. PLS HELP ME….

  • i’ve reset my ipod touch 3g & tried to jailbreak again.. still, i get the same response “COULD NOT CONNECT TO LOCKDOWND”.. PLS HELP ME…

  • still having lockdown error on ipod touch, i did everything and still doing it. pls! help!

  • still having lockdown error, i did everything on my ipod touch but my ipad is ok. pls. help!

  • Anonymous

    Hi, jailbreak workshop fine after trying it on another ones computer, on mine absinthe did nog recognise my new iPad. sorry for THE complaints

  • Anonymous

    I went to Settings > General > AutoLock – Change to Never

    Also removed password and it worked for me.

    Sprint iPhone 4s, Windows 7

    Goodluck 🙂

  • Well done, I was getting this error several times and finally I got it! Thanks

  • I have downloaded Absinthe for Windows but when I go to run as an Administrator it keeps giving me the following error message: “You must run this app as Administrator”, which I am. Any idea how to get past this message?? Thanks

  • Wouldn’t it be a good idea to warn newbies that following this advice will wipe their machines and they will have to restore from iTunes after the jailbreak.

  • mavericckk..

    same thing happened to me when i used my PC…tried it twice and same thing *error lockdownd*. wasted alot of time..

    after that..
    since i didnt want to delete data/restore…i thought id give my brothers macbook air a shot and it worked flawlessly the first try.

    if you have this problem on a PC..try to find a MAC and try it there.

    worked for me!

  • Hi, can anyone tell me whats the impact of this error anyway? i mean does it affected much on the result? cos i’m never tried to fix it, my iPhone 4 5.1.1 still running JB normally. I’m using Absinthe 2.0.4 🙂

  • Airpasha

    Im on ipad3 5.1.1 (9B206), mac lion os x, after perpering ipad with clear firmware install abstinthe crashes and shot itself down. Tried few times still the same thing. Anyone expierience same issue ?

  • Airpasha

    Im on mac os lion x and ipad 3 5.1.1. After clean fimware intall asbinthe crashes and shot itsefl down. Tried numerous times and still the same thing. Anyone experiencing the same ?

  • Hiba

    i have iPad 2 (GSM) 5.1.1 when i try to jailbreak it i have this error “Could not connect to lockdown“ and after i open the iPad the Cydia icon didnt work. I do restore from old backup but the cydia icon still there even if i go to setting and Reset All Content and Settings , and when i try to use the Absinthe to jailbreak it again i recieve this error “error:device already jailbroken! Detected untether.“ please help me what can i do ?? and thank you all.

  • harshil

    how to ignore lockdown problem in iphone4s ios 5.1.1…


    why does it keep saying ERROE: Device has a passcode set! if a passcode is et the jailbreak procedure will most likely fail. Unplug device, go to settings and DISABLE THE PASSCODE,then plug it back in WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND I DONT HAVE A HAVE A PASSCODE

  • daisy

    guys in Gods name believe me….the only solution is to jailbreak again….evasion will say not recommended…just hit jailbreak button again and everything will be allright….pm me at yourlovely_dais@hotmail.com