How to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x with Pangu on Mac OS X using a virtual machine for free

By , Jun 24, 2014

Pangu Mac

So it’s kind of a bummer that there isn’t a Mac version of Pangu just yet. This is especially true for those of us who only have Macs and don’t own any Windows machines (raises hand).

But just because Pangu is only available for Windows doesn’t mean that you’re dead in the water. There is an easy, if not a teeny bit time consuming, way to jailbreak iOS 7.1.x on a Mac right now. It can be accomplished by means of using a virtual Windows instance.

Check inside to see how you Mac users can jailbreak your iOS 7.1.x devices with Pangu using a Windows virtual machine instance. It’s probably a lot easier than you imagined, and most importantly, it’s absolutely free!

Step 1: Download and install Parallels Desktop 9. Parallels offers a free 14-day trial, which is plenty of time to jailbreak iOS 7.1.1 with Pangu.

Step 2: Download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation. Microsoft offers a free 90-day trial for Windows 8.1.

Step 3: Install Windows 8.1 using Parallels Desktop 9. The install process is extremely straightforward. After you download Windows 8.1, launch Parallels, go to File > New > and click Install Windows from DVD or Image File. Point to the Window .ISO file you downloaded, and the install process should begin.

Step 4: Once you are running Windows 8.1 instance on Parallels, install iTunes for Windows.

Step 5: After iTunes is installed, follow our Pangu jailbreak tutorial to jailbreak your iDevice running iOS 7.1.x!

Pangu jailbreak video tutorial

For the record, this is the exact thing that I did when recording our Pangu jailbreak tutorial. It may be a bit time consuming to download and install Windows, but after that, it’s pretty much smooth sailing from there. I’d say that in less than an hour you can have a fully jailbroken iOS device, even if you don’t have a “real” Windows machine.

What do you think? Have you used a virtual machine to jailbreak using Pangu on a Mac? Sound off down below in the comments section.

Update: An official version of Pangu has now been released for Mac OS X. We’ve created a walkthrough video and tutorial for jailbreaking iOS 7.1.x on a Mac.

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  • ‘Ariff

    I’ve been using parallels for a while for gaming purposes. I find it much more easier to use than VmwareI’m glad you guys made a tutorial on it for those itching to jailbreak their iDevices.

    • Elvis Tawiah

      I dont know why but parallel 9 with windows 8 takes longer to recognise my device when conneted. Do u have the same issue? Trying to jailbreak but my device takes longer to recognise

      • ‘Ariff

        When I did the jailbreak for my idevice, i set it to always connect to virtual machine when that prompt shows up asking which OS you want the device to connect to. Try setting that to Virtual Machine. You can always change back within Paralell’s settings afterwards

  • DorianK

    I’ve used Virtual Box for my vm needs. It’s free and open source

  • Victor

    Brace yourselves people hating on pangu and people using it in general will comment and debate the problems!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      The only issue I have with it is the bundled piracy stuff. The evad3rs got taunted so much for this yet because this stuff is included with a Chinese jailbreak tool no one bats an eyelid and it’s just somehow considered normal…

  • test_11

    Now I understand today. I wonder how to paraells desktop 9 without 14 trial days full version of paraells desktop 9???

    • ‘Ariff

      Buy it

  • Yash Patel

    The more obvious and better choice (not for all-but for many like me) is using the bootcamp they already have installed, coz downloading everything else is a bit of a stretch for those of us on slower connections!
    Great idea though.

    • ‘Ariff

      I’m pretty sure the aim of telling people to use a virtual machine instead of bootcamp is because with a virtual machine, everything is localized within the OSX environment. I.e if installation goes wrong they can just force quit.

      Although I do agree that bootcamp is a considerable choice, for people who only needs windows just for this specific purpose, they’re better off with virtual machines. Because it’s easier. Case in point once you download parallels, it can automatically download the trial version of windows or another OS without the consumer having to open another webpage, download the ISO, partition their drive, etc.

  • Foellarbear

    Can anybody confirm that a lot of their tweaks are compatible with this new jailbreak? Maybe TetherMe etc..

  • Chris Gilmore

    I use virtual box since my class requirements were that I use a windows

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Bootcamp is probably better depending on the work you need to do…

      • Chris Gilmore

        Maybe so. My professor sent a Youtube link for us to use virtual box and even though I don’t know any other software, Virtual Box has worked wonders for me. Feels like I have my own Windows PC inside my Macbook Pro. I haven’t got iTunes on there yet and so obviously I haven’t plugged my iPhone into it, yet.

  • Trevor Salmon

    I’ve downloaded Parallels and the Windows 8.1 but I’m having problems. When Parallels tries to install 8.1 I get this Error “Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the Installation sources are valid and restart the installation”

    • Dri

      same problem here

    • kurd

      same here

      • Trevor Salmon

        I downloaded virtual box and it seems to be working there. It is at least installing windows 8.1.

      • kurd

        how did you get pass the Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the Installation sources are valid and restart the installation”

    • Stan

      during the set up process on parallels, uncheck the box for “express installation”

  • Alberto Espinal

    After this video the Owners of parallel 9 are going to say: What is going on? Why so many downloads all of a sudden?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      Not that this is in anyway a bad thing. It’s basically free advertisement for them and some people may actually go on to purchase Parallels as a direct result of this video…

  • Kyle

    Used my bootcamp w/ Windows 8.1 partition.

  • kurd

    its asking for a product key. where do i find it?

  • Norbi Whitney

    Possibly a stupid question, but I’d like confirmation. Do we back up and update in OS X iTunes, jailbreak in Parallels, and then restore out backup in OS X?
    Also could be nice to add how much space is required to install all this.

    • phildapunk

      I was wondering the same thing. Laziness will probably have me waiting for the Mac port ;-)

      • Norbi Whitney

        Yeah, that’s what I’ve decided on :-P

  • Justin Mahone

    Why do you have to have iTunes installed?

    • http://www.idownloadblog.com/ Jeff Benjamin

      drivers and such.

      • Jamie Tilden

        Jeff, how do you get Windows as in iTunes and Pangu to recognize your iPhone? Mine isn’t showing up, it only comes up through my Mac and the virtual machine doesn’t pick up on it.

  • Miguel Alcibar

    I prefer to wait until the Mac version it’s available

  • Jose Gonzalez

    How do you get virtual box to recognize your connected devices? both iTunes nor pangu recognizes my devices.

  • johnhicks06

    just spent about 5 hours trying this… and neither itunes or pangu will recognize my device. do not recommend…

    • solai

      you need to redirect ur iphone to windows

      • Jamie Tilden

        How?

      • solai

        when u plug in your iphone normally PD will ask you in which OS do u want the iphone to connect if it not ask then select that from parallel icon

        if iphone connected to windows then check that you have installed itunes

  • Damian

    this is just a long ass method….i would be better off going to internet cafe and do it.

    • solai

      i like your easy step

  • 12345678

    Can’t you just use wine for running the app? It worked fine for me.

    • Daniel Benhaim

      did it really work using wine?

      • 12345678

        I managed to run it on a Mac.

      • zqsas

        I can get Pangu to open with Wine but i don’t think it recognises my phone being plugged in as i cannot click the ‘Start’/’Jailbreak’ button. Any tips?

  • Stan

    quick tip for people following this tutorial, if your having problems installing windows 8 on parallels, and your getting this error message, “Windows cannot find the Microsoft Software License Terms. Make sure the installation sources are valid and restart the installation,” make sure to uncheck the box for express installation. that seems to fix this issue.

    aside from that, i am 75% away from having my iphone jailbroken again yeeess!

  • Bradley Ticker

    Can anyone help after I downloaded windows 8.1 and put in into parallels it’s asking me for a product key??

  • Onny Yeung

    pangu is the first chinese myth god created heaven and earth. and pangu in chinese sounds like apple in china “ping guo” cleaver name nice logo design too

  • Muhammad !

    Why haven’t Evad3rs release their JailBreak yet ?!!!!

    • mlee19841

      probably because they don’t approve of the method used in this jailbreak.

  • key

    maybe im wrong! but if u first login to imessages and icloud, and then jailbreak with pangu, the proccess fails all the times!! infinit loop
    sooo i no trust in chinesse pangu!! i think they will steal our precious apples ids!!!!!

  • Khan DNA

    Has anyone used this to jailbreak iPad (any version) iOS 7.1.1?

  • Khan DNA

    Once JB’en, is it OK to change the date back to current?

    • mlee19841

      yup

      • Khan DNA

        Thanks

  • Mr.DnQ

    on the video it says just install, but in real life u need to fill in so many things and actually get nowhere… i feel sad, In the vid it’s so simple. I have to register and activate and fill in all kind of things. Wish it was easier for a mac user.

  • Ankit H Jain

    I thought of doing this even before this went up, but I just borrowed my friends laptop for 10 minutes. Was much simpler. If you don’t have access then go for this method. It is a bit long, so if you can just get your hands on a Windows computer for a few minutes it is the best way to go.

  • Ryan Cool Garza

    Man this is the greatest especially for Mac users I never thought I was gona get it but VIOLA IT WORKS THANKS MAN!!!!! Just stick with it and it will come

  • Peter

    I’ll pass