The state of the iOS 7.1 jailbreak

By , May 6, 2014

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If you are a frequent reader of iDB, or simply an avid jailbreaker, you probably already know that there is not currently a public jailbreak for iOS 7.1. But since we still get dozens of questions on this per day, we figured it was time to do a post on the topic to help clear the air.

For a little background, the evad3rs released evasi0n7 late last year to jailbreak devices running iOS 7. It had a pretty good run, lasting through 6 updates, but it was finally patched by Apple in March with iOS 7.1. So those who have updated to 7.1 have begun asking: now what?

Unfortunately, if you updated your device to iOS 7.1, there’s not much you can do right now in terms of jailbreaking. There’s no way for you to downgrade your iPhone or iPad to an earlier version of iOS, and again there is no public jailbreak available for the latest firmware.

So will you ever be able to jailbreak iOS 7.1? It’s possible, but it certainly seems unlikely in the near future. With WWDC now just a month away, it would make more sense for the evad3rs (and anyone else working on the jailbreak) to save their work for the far bigger iOS 8 release.

We spoke with the team’s frontman pod2g a few weeks ago about the iOS 7.1 jailbreak, and he shared the sentiment:

Not today, and I don’t know about the future. I’ve started to look at it, and started to find some stuff. I think that something’s possible. It depends on when it happens—I mean if we have a jailbreak in one month, for sure we will release it. If it happens in 3 months, we might have to wait for iOS 8. But I’m definitely on it, definitely trying to find something. 

And that’s what we know right now. Keep in mind that it’s entirely possible that another person or group could come up with a viable iOS 7.1 jailbreak, and the evad3rs could still surprise us. But rest assured that we will let you know as soon as possible, if/when that happens.

In the meantime, if you happen to see a website that claims to have an iOS 7.1 jailbreak, it’s more than likely a scam. What typically happens is they’ll offer a download saying that it’s a new jailbreak tool, but it’s either just evasi0n7 repackaged, or worse, some type of malware.

Any questions?

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  • Marcus

    This post was for sure needed. I constantly see users in the comments on iDB and on Reddit talking about where they can get an iOS 7.1 jailbreak.

    • Thanh

      Wow much answer

      • DogeCoin

        such help

      • Liam Mulcahy

        Lol

  • Jhonny Lennon

    Woah, that website is pathetic…

    • Damian

      why?? any reason?

      • Faizan Ali

        Solstice,

      • Jhonny Lennon

        The link is gone now, but seriously, auto-playing speech? the almost “parody-like” cydia screenshots? c’mon….

  • Granto

    What these is being used on the phone?

    • Alan

      Solstice, I thought it was stock for a second

      • Unicorn Drank

        Awesome thanks!… does it also include the signal bars and that Wi-Fi signal? Thats what I am wanting.

      • Alan

        It’s a separate package but yea

      • Unicorn Drank

        thanks, thats what I was looking for !

      • n4nom4n

        repo? because not find in Cydia? :(

      • Waleed

        Daymmnn! Why aint u updated the 12 available packages yet ?

  • https://twitter.com/batongxue Steve Zou

    MUCH NEEDED

    • Ryan / reeὶὶkѳ™

      GRATE GOD™

  • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

    I’ll ask first; my dog accidentally updated my device to iOS 7.1, how can I jailbreak it?

    • Dani Hayes

      You have to bypass iCloud activation first for the Dream JB to work. Then Gandolf can unload the bypass for the kernel boot-load for a Kitkat untether.

      • DogeCoin

        Don’t forget you have to get your phone to take the red pill.

    • @dongiuj

      Teach your dog different tricks.

    • Antzboogie

      Lmao.

    • Zeljko Nikolic

      buy an upgrade to s5 haha..

      • Ninja Banana

        No. Just, No.

  • Alan

    Turn up

    • Jeremy

      What are you using for the badges? :0

      • Inseltraeumer

        Looks like ColorBadges

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Boover

    • Guest

      you got mail :)

    • andy

      Can you send me that wallpaper that had be awesome :)!.

      • Alan

        Here ^

  • El Matador

    So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

  • Gabriel Morgado

    Can someone please tell me the theme on the iPhone? It looks amazing!

  • Dani Hayes

    Still waiting on Dream JB. Lmao.

  • Sam Logan

    IDB, just come out and say it: you CANNOT jailbreak your 7.1 and all scams offering that service ARE scams. Your article leaves room to believe it COULD be done.

    • Sean Cua

      But there’s still a couple of months before iOS 8 is gonna be released, so it still is possible.

      • Sam Logan

        I can for sure say that as of right now you CANNOT jailbreak your ios 7.1 device (even if idb won’t) and I can say with much confidence that there will not be a 7.1 jailbreak.

        Source
        -jailbreaking since iPhone 4

      • Litchy

        Wow, dude… since iPhone 4? Wow… oh wait… you used a tool to jailbreak and think you know everything about it now? :D pod2g said its possible and he is the one who knows^^

        Let’s just see what happens. Maybe there will be a jailbreak, maybe not.

      • Sam Logan

        Listen gliqtchy I’m just trying to say I’m not a noob. You watch and see. No JB until 8 is my prediction. Don’t be salty with me because you let you’re dog upgrade you’re 5s top 7.1

      • Sean Cua

        Wow you’ve been jailbreaking since iPhone 4, congrats. Guess what, I’ve been jailbreaking since I got my iPod Touch 2g. I was able to jailbreak iOS 3.1.3.

        Anyways, there’s still a possibility that’s why they’re still saying that an iOS 7.1 is possible. Back in December, no one knew that an iOS 7 jailbreak release was possible at that time and evasi0n surprised us with the release.

      • Sam Logan

        Sean, first of all, I think it was clear an iOS 7 JB was coming. JBs always come, eventually.

        HOWEVER, they do not come for EVERY build. My PREDICTION is that it will come with iOS 8.

        Would you, with your EVEN MORE infinite JB experience, agree, that is is MORE likely JBers will wait for iOS 8?

      • Sean Cua

        If I were them, I would have waited for iOS 7.1 before releasing the jailbreak not on iOS 7 being as sluggishly slow as it is. But if they have a lot of exploits to use that it’ll last them til Apple gives you the choice to jailbreak, then why not make a jailbreak for iOS 7.1.

      • Niclas

        Actually they where saving it for 7.1 until this little joker, geohot came along. They had to release it early to 7.0.4 witch is ironic…

      • Sean Cua

        Well you can’t blame geohot since he’s done a lot for the jailbreak community. But they really shouldn’t compete whether who gets to publish their work first.

      • Niclas

        No blaming involved regarding that.
        Then again geohot was about to sell the jb to some chinese dude witch included at least one “borrowed” exploit.
        He’s out of the game now but he was the best as long as he stayed (together with comex and pod2g).

      • Sam Logan

        I apologize for the infinite wisdom comment. I do value your opinion, being that you’ve been JBing for years now.

      • JoJo

        Are you ridiculing Sean Cua for making a comment with the same intent as you did? Mr. “-jailbreaking since iPhone 4″

      • Sam Logan

        I did on accident. Hence the apology…

      • Agru

        Woooow 3.1.3 such jailbreak much congrats
        Man, are you seriously boasting about that? What should people who jailbroke ios1 do?

      • Sean Cua

        Dude, I was just making the same comment as to whom I was replying to. Please understand the context of the comment before commenting.

      • Agru

        You did the same thing he did actually. I have understood the context believe me, the problem is that your comment isn’t a good “joke” at all. He felt like a superstar for an iphone 4 jailbreak and you are telling him to shut up because you jailbroke 3.1.3? Mine is just a small tip, next time you wanna make a joke, if you don’t have anything cool enough to say, be creative, exaggerate! You should have said “i’ve been jbing since iphone 2G”.. It would have been a much better way to keep him quiet

      • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

        Just because you’ve been jailbreaking since the iPhone 4, doesn’t mean you have any viable inside scoop, your guess is as good as anyone’s

      • Sam Logan

        I have the feeling that some JB fans are under the impression that JB teams are working to get the JB out for any and every build. That may be the case but I don’t believe so. I believe there is more strategy. So when I say I’ve been JBing my phone since whatever, I mean that I’ve read JB predictions, watched for releases, followed twitters, etc. So I’ve seen this before. The whole “new software is coming but where is the current JB?” And my intuition is that it won’t come until 8. I HOOE I am wrong.

      • Josh

        wow really since iphone 4 i have been jailbreaking since the first iphone and even though it is possible for a jailbreak for ios 7.1

      • Iamsofakingraw

        So many hipsters in these comments. No one cares how long you’ve been jailbreaking your devices lmao

      • Sam Logan

        The point is… “Genius has no youth, but starts with the ripeness of age and old experience.” -Mark Twain.

      • Sam Logan

        SO MANY HIPSTERS BRO

    • Noah Mitchem

      I have a jailbroken ios 7.1.1 iphone 4 buddy…. Look up geeksn0w

    • Sean Cua

      Told ya it can be done.

      • Sam Logan

        can’t believe it! i stand corrected.

  • Roger Riekki

    what about iH8sn0w and winocm, I heard they had jailbroken their devices on 7.1? I don’t care about a 7.1 jailbreak as both of my devices are jailbroken, just asking out of curiosity.

    • Adil Hussain

      Yeah that was done with an iBoot exploit or something, which will never be released to the public. Pod2g will be looking for a different way to exploit iOS 7.1.x

  • Eddie Hines

    That jailbreak was unstable anyway…at least for me. I had my phone respring on its on several times a day and all I had on it was Callbar, Auxo 2, Bitesms, Cctoggles, swipeselection, and activator! i upgraded to 7.1.1 on my own. i may never jailbreak again based on what iOS 8 has to offer

    • XboxOne

      Must be Callbar or BiteSMS.

    • Ryan / reeὶὶkѳ™

      the jailbreak itself can’t cause that. it was a tweak you had installed or maybe you were on an earlier, unstable version of iOS 7 (eg 7.0 or 7.0.1)

      • Jose Salgado

        thx

    • Greg S.

      A lot of people had problems with Auxo 2 when it was first released. I would start looking at tweaks first as a cause of your iPhone being unstable. I’ve never once heard of a Jailbreak causing an idevice to be unstable. Tons of people used Evasi0n7 with no issues at all unless they updated OTA before trying to run Evasi0n7.

  • Tumbled_Sea

    i’d like to wait 4 iOS 8.

  • Sai

    what about 7.1.1?

    • J™

      if there is no jailbreak for 7.1 now do u think 7.1.1 can be jailbroken?

      • Sai

        jeez chill man, im just asking.

      • steelblued

        how about 7.8.9?

      • Capirexz

        8.1 is available now?

      • steelblued

        I may come up with a recursive answer

  • Mhmd Bassam Nasyr

    note that for iPhone 4 on iOS 7.1 and 7.1.1 there is a semi-tethered jailbreak available

    • Sai

      true because of geohot’s limera1n exploit

  • Ryan

    What’s the theme on that iPhone?

    • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

      Looks like just a font, themes don’t render in Cydia as it disables MS? Or something similar to that

  • Yarin Azulay

    Thanks!

  • vitamin

    And not possible to go from 6.1.2 to 7.0.6 at this point, correct?

    • Adil Hussain

      Correct

  • CptObvious

    excluding the iPhone 4 obviously…geeksn0w

  • inc0gnito

    Urm… Hi guys

  • inc0gnito

    But guys…

    • JinzoTrapGod

      Explain Yourself?

      • Iamsofakingraw

        I think there is a tethered jailbreak for pre-iPhone 4S devices out already for IOS 7.1.1

  • abdullah575

    no Way !!!! hahahaha thanks apple !!!

  • http://www.liam-merlyn.co.uk/ ConduciveMammal

    If a 7.1 jailbreak were to come out, would all the JB devs have to scramble around again updating their tweaks for months or would they be easily updated/not needing an update?

    • Greg S.

      It really depends on what changes Apple made and put in that update. Usually there isn’t enough changes to make it that way and can be used. I had that same question about P0sixspwn and ih8sn0w emailed back saying that its usually only the major updates that break stuff. i.e. IOS 5 to 6 or IOS 6-7

  • JDFS

    What background is that?

  • Steve Daniels

    It would be very useful if you could post an article outlining how to get 7.1 features on Jailbroken devices on 7 – 7.0.6

  • iThinkergoiMac

    It seems to me that this whole deal with jailbreaking early versions of iOS is pointless. When a new major version of iOS is released, it is updated often as the last few bugs are worked out and a few features are added. At this point, I doubt we’ll see very many updates for iOS 7 before iOS 8 comes out, so it’s “mature”. I think it would be better to jailbreak at this point in the iOS life cycle, not the beginning.

    • DeAndre Enrico

      Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      This cycle of jailbreaking an early, buggy major release and then waiting for the next early, buggy major release makes no sense.

      They should be doing the opposite. Wait for a mature release and jailbreak that. Then rinse and repeat.

  • Jonathan

    What about iPhone 4 on 7.1? GeekSn0w has a tethered version.

  • Andrew Roth

    Well… There is one way to downgrade but it’s kind of hard to accomplish…

  • http://sunnypatioproject.com/ Karen

    Thanks for the full update. I traded in my jailbreak for a working sleep/wake button on my iPhone 5 (the free repair required the update to 7.1 – or so they say (!) I still feel like they could’ve left me happy on 7.0.6 and I could’ve re-JB when I got it back).

    It’s BiteSMS that I can’t stand not having…

  • James Gunaca

    It’s starting to seem like we can count on one major jailbreak per iOS revision and you’ve got to get it while it’s available. Once patched, the teams will wait for the next major release to do another jailbreak.

    These things take so much time and development effort; they could spend another 3 months on iOS 7.1 JB and then iOS 8 would be around the corner and people would be clamoring for that.

    I say stick with 7.0.6 and then when the iOS 8 JB is available, you can upgrade to that. It’s just gotten that much harder for jailbreaks to happen, so we should be happy/satisfied we’re getting anything.

    • oralarts

      You are correct in that this release cycle is very predictable. I think Sebastian and company just post these type of stories for traffic. There’s little to no chance of a 7.1 jailbreak.

      The next jailbreak will likely be between December to February of 2015 for iOS 8. As for me, I’m looking fwd to installing the first beta build of iOS 8 on 2 June.

      • James Gunaca

        I don’t think this is just a traffic driving post. They are closer to the jailbreak writing devs than most (I don’t use twitter…so I don’t hear a lot of the chatter there) and I welcome the update from them since I know they have had conversations with the devs themselves.

        Now if this was done every other week or so, then maybe it’d be just for click bait…

  • AtariBaby

    After seeing the fracas over how all the hackers were trying to be first to market, and how no one wanted to be the less popular and less financially successful second to market, I figure they are all trying to be first to market with iOS8 and not really trying to get 7.1 jailbroken. Is my cynicism unwarranted?

  • iViperzLTD

    Well, I have until september for a JB to hopefully come out :)
    Really wanna get my iPhone 5 sleep button fixed, but only after a JB is released hehe

  • Noah Mitchem

    There is a ios 7.1/7.1.1 jailbreak. Only downsides to it are it only works on iphone 4, it is windows only and it produces a semi-tethered jailbreak. As I have jailbroken my ios 7.1.1 iphone 4 it seems to work just fine. The jailbreak tool is called geeksn0w.

  • iUser2012

    I don’t expect any group to publish 7.1 jailbreak as there would be little money to make…

  • Islam El-kawass

    Jailbreaking since 3.1.3 iPhone 3G to 7.1.1 iPhone 4

  • Islam El-kawass

    Jail-breaking since 3.1.3 iPhone 3G till 7.1.1 iPhone 4

  • Prathik Nair

    What is that app on the second row (from the bottom) with all the triangles

  • onesimpleclickk

    I updated my 4S to 7.1.1 & haven’t missed my jailbreak at all. I think jailbreaking is overated.

  • MK Design

    There’s at least a hope now.. :D

  • http://youtube.com/ethanyakhin easyak

    I absolutely pray there will be an ios 7.1.1 jailbreak for iphone 5s soon. The only reason i got the new iphone is because the ios 7 jailbreak came out.

  • ProfSpaceCadet

    My friend was able to downgrade fro 7.1 to 7.0.3 by restoring from a backup.

  • Pablo

    what’s the wallpaper on the post image?