Pangu ios 8

The Pangu team has released a jailbreak for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 devices today, just about 35 days after the launch of Apple’s latest mobile operating system. The download link for Pangu for iOS 8 was briefly available on the official Pangu website before being pulled a few minutes later.

Although this is great news for jailbreakers, it does come with a few strings attached that make this initial iOS 8 jailbreak release somewhat useless for the time being.

Pangu iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 does not install Cydia yet

The first thing to note is that this jailbreak will not install Cydia at this time. Only providing basic SSH access, it appears that this initial release of Pangu is mostly geared towards developers so they can update their tweak for iOS 8. Of course, it is also necessary that Saurik updates Cydia for iOS 8 in order to make it compatible with the newly updated operating system, which explains why Cydia is not bundled into Pangu for iOS 8 right off the bat.

In short, although you could technically jailbreak your device, it wouldn’t do any good to the majority of users as Cydia wouldn’t be packaged with the jailbreak.

The good news is that Saurik is currently working on updating Cydia for the iOS 8 – 8.1 Pangu jailbreak, as announced on reddit recently, although he didn’t provide any ETA. Saurik explains:

So, windknown has contacted me, about a half hour ago, via e-mail. He has told me one of the issues that is keeping Substrate from working on the device, which will probably require me to build a little binary patch for dyld as part of the Substrate installation sequence. This was the worst possible day for me, as I’m traveling back to Santa Barbara today (I’m currently in Texas, having come here to give a talk at The Big Android BBQ), which means this will take me a little longer than I’d like, but clearly getting Cydia and Substrate working on iOS 8 is my highest priority. I thankfully think that I actually can start working a little on one of the Substrate issues using an iOS 7 “model” based on the information provided by windknown, which means I’ll lose less time to not having all of my devices with me. (I currently have no clue why Cydia itself is not functioning, but will find out later today when I can see it myself.)

A broken Windows only version (so far)

This release of Pangu iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 is for Windows only, but it appears that the Pangu team removed the download link, likely to fix issues linked to this initial release. The website still provides information about the jailbreak process, which might be useful to anyone looking to jailbreak their device once a stable version is available.

At this time, we were not able to successfully jailbreak any iOS device with this first release of Pangu. We actually have yet to see reports of a successful jailbreak instal. We will of course provide updates as a new version is released.

It is fair to assume that a Mac version will also be available at a later time.

Device compatibility

According to Pangu’s website, Pangu for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 is compatible with the following devices:

  • iPod touch 5G
  • iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad, iPad Air, iPad Air 2 (we’re not entirely sure about the iPad compatibility here)

Preparing for the iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 jailbreak

Maybe the first thing anyone should do before playing around with this version of Pangu is to backup their device.

As noted on the official Pangu website, it is recommended to update to iOS 8.1 or restore to iOS 8.1 via iTunes before proceeding with the jailbreak process. Over The Air updates can apparently cause problems during the process, and restoring/updating to iOS 8.1 via iTunes seems to be the best option at this time.

The Pangu Team also suggests turning off Lock screen passcode and Find My iPhone via Settings > iCloud before proceeding. Finally, the team notes that similarly to the official iOS 8 update, users are required to have some storage space left on their device in order for Pangu to run.

These are basic rules shared by the Pangu Team that are unlikely to change, even when a more stable version packaged with Cydia is available a little later.

Jailbreak instructions

We are currently looking at Pangu for iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 and will provide a set of instructions in a separate post when done. But again, note that these instructions will be limited by the current nature of this jailbreak. As we always do, we’ll provide updated instructions as Pangu is updated.

As we noted above, we’re currently unable to get Pangu to work with any iOS 8 device we tested. Like most people, we’re getting a Touch ID error.

Update: See how to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu

iDB’s recommendation

At this time, we highly suggest you stay away from this jailbreak until further notice. As noted above, this release is mostly for developers and for Saurik himself to update Cydia for iOS 8. Even if you were able to jailbreak now, you wouldn’t be able to do much with your device at this time, unless you’re a developer.

Although the only download link for Pangu that was available has been pulled, there are still a few mirrors floating around the web. We don’t believe it’s a good idea for most users to use one of these links at the time, for all the reasons mentioned above. If you do, please proceed at your own risks.

What you can do now is get ready for an upcoming version of Pangu by updating or restoring to iOS 8.1 using iTunes (not OTA). This will ensure that you’re fully ready when a stable version of Pangu is released.

Update: Pangu v1.0.1 with bug fixes is now available. Download Pangu for iOS 8 from our downloads section.

Update 2: Saurik has now released a new version of Cydia that can be installed manually.

  • springer85

    Evaders are tired of jailbreaking?Guess that what happens when you get a cool million for selling the ios7 jailbreak then when found out try to deny it!!
    The 7.1.1 Pengu jailbreak was better than the bugged filled lame first 7 jailbreak the Evaders came up with!

    • mlee19841

      They made that much through donations. Damn.

  • Jordan

    Idc what anyone says. These guys are on it! Only 35 days and we have a jailbreak! Like these guys just made my day! I’m still on my 7.0.4 jailbreak and will stay for a month until cydia and tweaks are updated then I will gladly update!

  • justme

    Hooooly shiiiiii

    • mlee19841

      Don’t get to excited. Doesn’t install cydia yet.

  • Jordan

    I recommend all you fellow jailbreakers contact your fav tweak developers/authors and let them know about ios 8 jailbreak out so they can update as soon as possible and know that ppl still want these tweaks for ios8

  • Chocolope Jailbreakush

    This is great news, besides the fact I have a macbook pro & the windows software always comes 1st for some reason..but yeah everyone needs to chill no cydia no point to be jailbroken yet trust me I’ve missed my iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak .

    • Andy Gostavo

      exactly man, most of us use cydia ! so without cydia JB has no meaning.

    • Troy

      Can always get windows partition

  • Guest

    Like this post. Ill release a tutorial here of how to install ifiles. Via SSH!

  • Guest

    Like this post. Ill release a tutorial here of how to install cydia. Via SSH! (for developers only!)

    • ajay singh

      tell us.. yaar

  • Brandon Pereira

    Alright, if there’s no Cydia I’ll hold off until an updated version gets pushed. However, quick question… should I upgrade to iOS 8.1 now and lose my jailbreak (heaven forbid) or should I wait till things get updated and risk Apple pushing a fix and stop signing 8.1?

    • TwinSon

      Methinks No.

  • divesh

    Thanks, pangu, this is totally in a mess, i cant understand chinese, plus if cydia wont even work properly, what would be the point, lets wait for a day or two, we should have some progress, usually Saurik’s work is slow.

    • Buck

      Do you mean the chinese on the website?
      Just use Chrome and it will prompt you to translate the page.

      • Don dinh

        Pangu released this so the developers who make tweaks for cydia can update their tweaks.

      • Buck

        I know. Why are you responding to me about it?

      • Don dinh

        Oh I’m sorry I meant to reply divesh.

  • Jonathan Talbot

    Cant wait to get the jailbreak on my ipad air 2 when i have it! Hope touch id tweaks get updated 😀

  • Manuel Molina

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea to install this jailbreak if you want to use apps like movie box or music box? Can you use vShare if you’re jailbroken?

  • Ninos E Dinkha

    What’s the point of jailbreaking if u won’t have Cydia on ur device?! -.-

  • mav3rick

    More clean not bundled with Cydia yet then borrowing and outdated copy of it without letting the owner know… Root access is mandatory then Cydia and Mobile Substrate to be updated to release the power of Jailbreak!

  • Logan Deiner

    I remember Redsn0w doing somthing like this for IOS 6. If I recall, there was a way to SSH Cydia. Does that still work?

  • Paul

    My cydia says :You are using iOS 8. Almost nothing currently works on iOS 8 yet. Please do not expect anything to work.

    But I’m still at 7.1.2

    What’s going on?

  • Abhijit

    Cydia compatible with iOS 8 has been released

    • Dood

      yeh as a deb file but still all the packages arent meant for ios 8, so still have to wait.

  • Philipp

    is ssh always installed after jailbreaking? even without cydia?

    • Dani Hayes

      No it is not. You would have to manually install SSH from Cydia.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Holy shit!! Big news!

  • Is it tethered?

  • Thomas Hopkins

    Has anyone got an iOS 8 device running cydia sucsessfully using Pangu? Just wondering whether its worth trying out.

  • Lei

    Alright I’m so fed up with these racist comments, I don’t understand why there are so much hate and hostility towards Chinese people on the Internet, pangu put through all the effort to continue providing us with free jailbreaks, yet you ungrateful fuckers still doubt their legitimacy just because they are some “infamous” Chinese hackers, what have they actually done to deserve this?? To those who don’t want to use pangu’s jailbreak, feel free to just piss off, but you have no right to talk shit about them!

  • anonymously

    help i am getting this i have password and find my iphone off and i did not update to ios 8.1 OTA i did through itunes

    • Don dinh

      I have the same problem. ):

  • Lingon

    Come on guy! Just stop talk shit about the developers and start sharing ideas!

  • cnm99

    哈哈 不错

  • Augure

    PANGU are the genius Evasi0n were too pretentious and lazy to be. Seriously 3 WEEKS and we already get to actually USE our Apple hardware and software. THANK YOU PANGU.

    I’ll wait for further iOS update and Pangu updates with Cydia packaged in though.

  • Tyler Smith

    oh dear lord jesus… it was a joke….

    • SlickNicky10

      ik lol I was making a point

  • czarczarczar

    Anyone not being able to send pictures after installing Cydia ? All I see is “Tap To Download” whine I add a picture to a message …..

  • Nerio Bogoni Jr

    Does anyone have an ideia how much space this jailbreak takes up??? I’ll regret for the rest of my life (or just until i change my 5s) for getting a 16gb iphone!

  • Don dinh

    I have a problem when it stops during the 4th step. It says something in red but I don’t know what to do. I’ve done everything to ensure the jailbreak would go right but it still wouldn’t work. Help? iPhone 5 iOS 8.1

  • dbraxt09

    what happens when you have to reboot your phone ?

  • Chocolatewe

    allow this

  • Ottawa Gamerz

    jailbreak 8 yippie isnt it sad u have to break into ur phone to do anything fun 🙁 lol just saying

  • andrew6720

    Am I the only on who’s having problems with jailbreaking using an iPhone 6 Plus?
    If anyone knows how to fix this, please let me now. 🙂

  • Angelia Salkeld

    Hurry up and update to 8.1.1 so I can jail break my iPhone 5s 🙁