How to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu for Mac [video]

By , Nov 9, 2014

Pangu for Mac preparing environment

The Pangu Team released their Pangu utility for Mac earlier today, so Mac users who were waiting for compatibility with their operating system have no excuse to not jailbreak any longer.

In this post, we will show you how to use Pangu for Mac to jailbreak iOS 8.1. This post was created for an iPhone, but note that the steps are exactly identical, no matter what device you want to jailbreak (ie. an iPad or iPod touch). Likewise, any iOS 8 firmware version can be jailbroken using this tool, including iOS 8, and iOS 8.0.2.

Jailbreak iOS 8.1 on Mac

Pre-requisite: to avoid potential issues, it is recommended that you restore your iPhone using iTunes prior to jailbreaking, if you had previously updated to iOS 8.1 over the air. If you had already updated to iOS 8.1 via iTunes, then you’re good to go. Also make sure you backup your device before jailbreaking. In case something goes wrong, you’ll still be able to restore from backup.

Step 1: Download Pangu for Mac.

Step 2: Double click on the DMG file to extract the Pangu8 app, and save it to your desktop.

Step 3: Right click on the Pangu8 app and choose Open.

Step 4: Plug your iPhone in your Mac via the USB cable.

Step 5: Following the instructions on the Pangu8 app, unlock your iPhone and select “Trust.” Pangu will then detect your device model and firmware version.

Pangu 8 for Mac Start Jailbreak

Step 6: Click the Start Jailbreak button. Pangu will then display three different warnings, as you can see on the screenshot below. Make sure you read and understand everything here, and make sure you put your iPhone in Airplane Mode, then click Already Did.

Pangu 8 jailbreak warnings

Step 7: Pangu will then go through the jailbreak process, which might take some time, so be a little patient. You might be asked to turn off Find My iPhone during the process. If that’s the case, just turn it off.

Pangu for Mac preparing jailbreak resources

Step 8: At some point, your iPhone screen will show a Slide to Upgrade slider. Just slide and let Pangu continue.

Step 9: Your iPhone will reboot, and once it boots up again, you should have the Pangu and Cydia apps on your Home screen.

Congratulations, you have successfully jailbroken your iOS device. Next step is finding some great tweaks to install.

Troubleshooting

If the Pangu app just closes on its own and leaves a blank Pangu icon on your iPhone Home screen, keep your device plugged in, launch Pangu again, and start over.

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  • James G

    Finally made the plunge for my iPhone 6 after waiting a few weeks from the initial Pangu release. Any others waiting around, make the jump now before 8.1.1 hits!

  • Sunny

    Does anyone else care that there is no October and 2 Aprils after 2038? In iOS calendar on 8.1

    • Chris

      That year is going to be painful, I hate reliving 1 day let alone 3 months.

  • Jatin

    I unplugged my device because of blank pangu icon and deleted than blank icon now I have to restore my device or just plug it back in and jailbreak it again?

    • Edvard Rølvaag

      I do think so, yes.

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      Do not unplug your device just jaillbreak again

  • Lhu

    most of jailbreak tweaks are not compatible, aren’t they?

    • guytje1717 .

      I jailbreaked the Ipad air2 from stock install and everything worked;
      Went to Cydia and installed 3 tweaks, unfortunatelly one wasn’t compatible (I missed that). Then I got Safe mode after Safe mode even after uninstalling the 3 tweaks. To make things worse, when rebooting, I got a red screen and the the Apple logo was stuck. I was lucky to restore it with DFU mode.

      I’m returning it to Apple (two weeks time to return if not satisfied) because I hate the vibrating when watching Youtube, sometimes it makes clicking/popping sounds in the speaker for no reason, it freezes completely and you have to reboot (had this 4 times in about 5 days of use) and in Safari touch is sometimes not responsif.
      All of this without a jailbreak.
      I know that most of these problems can or will be fixed with a software update (except the vibrating) but then it will be too late for JB and if i was on a JB i couldn’t update software.
      So, I’m staying with my perfectly working Ipad4 JB Ios 7.1.2

      Too bad, because i liked the weight and screen ant reflection of the Air2

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      Most

  • Luke

    Can someone help me?

    My battery is dropping 10% in LESS than half an hour. 5s 8.1
    I uninstalled ALL my tweaks and I still don’t know what’s making it drop every 2-3 minutes.
    This is so frustrating, I don’t know what’s making me lose so much battery.

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      Make twice calibration battery, full charge, let your iPhone complitly dropp battery then charge for at least 3 hours

  • Nick

    is there any way to save SHSH blobs on iPhone 6+ iOS 8.1?

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      No

  • Edvard Rølvaag

    PLEASE HELP! I’m stuck at rebooting after I tried installing Alkaline on my iOS 8.1, jailbroken iPhone 5s. The download of Alkaline freezed, so I tried to reboot and now I’m stuck at an endless reboot! Any suggestions?

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      Hold home and sleep button until you see ,,plug to itunes” then click on upgrade

      • Edvard Rølvaag

        ok, thx. i’ll try it out now…

      • Edvard Rølvaag

        I just restored with iTunes. It’s ok now, but thx anyway 🙂

  • Soupi

    I am currently on 7.0.4 (JailBroken) I want to upgrade to 8.1 AND jailbreak my device again.

    Would I have to remove my old jailbreak first then upgrade to 8.1 then apply the PANGU Jail BREAK?

    • ProSzakal Aszakal

      Only you need to click on restore not upgrade in itunes when you plug your iPhone, after pangu for 8.x.x

    • Edvard Rølvaag

      I suggest that you do a restore to iOS 8.1 through iTunes (after backed up of course) and then jailbreak 😉

      • Soupi

        would I have to remove my current jailbreak first?

      • Mohamad

        yes you do. unfortunately.

      • Soupi

        How would i remove it?

      • Edvard Rølvaag

        If you want to remove a jailbreak, the only way to do so is to do a restore to factory settings (I believe). That means, if you want to jailbreak with Pangu on iOS 8.1, you have to do a restore to factory settings in iTunes and than jailbreak.

      • Soupi

        how will i get my music and pictures back on my phone?

      • Samuel

        Restore from backup 🙂

  • hermantf

    In case anyone is wondering, I just did this on iPhone 5. I was coming from jailbroken iPhone 5 on iOS 7.1. Amazingly, my iPhone 5 is now FASTER and SMOOTHER on jailbroken iOS 8. Very pleased!

    • Soupi

      can you post the steps you took to backup your phone then unjail break it then rejailbreak it with pangu

      • hermantf

        I plugged it into my mac. Launched iTunes. Backed everything up. Installed iOS 8.1 (that “unjailbreaks”it). Ran pangu according to the directions. That’s it!

  • Josh H

    if i ordered my 6+ from verizon today do you think it will ship with 8.1 or will it ship with an earlier version?

  • InfiniteMischief

    Just jailbroken my 5s. Cydia is acting strange, I did a search for bitesms, action menu activator etc… And nothing comes up. Anybody have any ideas? A couple of more things, when I jailbroke the phone I lost like 3gigs of space. Is that common? When I looked around I notice cydia loaded up a lot of stuff… gzip bzip2, diff utilities, and so on…lot of programs that I never noticed on the other jailbreaks.but then again I wasnt looking. Just want to know if this is normal. Took a screen shot of some of the programs I found pre installed. I know cydia comes with stuff just never noticed all of these programs thanks for your help!

  • Ryan Sinacore

    I clicked the cydia icon after jailbreaking and after 5 minutes it was still trying to load. it wouldnt let me get out so i rebooted the device and now all of my stock apple are gone! what should i do?

  • Abracastabya

    So torn…think I’m going to wait it out and see what iMods brings to the table instead.

  • johan

    After fixing several errors. And Rejailbraking I got again the succesfull jailbreak dialog box. Now on my Ipad I only have the Pangu Icon but no Cydia Icon. What should I do? do I rejail break or something?

    • johan

      Theres no install Cydia inside the pangus app

  • Bahga

    hi
    i run jailbreak and when it done and success my ipad just shut down and no respond plz advise

  • Sridhar Kodicherla

    i upgraded my 5s to 8.1 through OTA and i jailbroken my device few days back when pangu’s first release on iOS 8.1, and at that time i didn’t get the cydia …and now aim trying to jail brake my device …n am repeatedly getting error messages. please help what should i do..! should i install again iOS 8.1 through iTunes

  • aizathisyam

    I noticed that my free space on my mac is decreasing quite a lot while I’m running the pangu jailbreak… The same thing also happened when i tried on a pc running windows… I dont think it is caused by itunes backup as i have checked in the directory, there’s no backup files for my ios device… What could have caused this to happen?

  • Samuel

    I have an iPhone 5 with iOS 8.1 jailbroken, but it resprings all the time, like right now while writing this. the phone was locked but it crashed. anyone with similar problems or knows a fix? I tried restoring everything 3 times haha

  • Brandon Ramirez

    mines stay on the apple logo at the end, it said “jailbreak successful” but it just stays on the reboot, need help.

  • نــاصــر الدريــس 

    i need help with bootlope issue here is the steps thats i followed:

    1- restored my iPhone 6 to clean iOS 8.1 firmware
    2- Jailbroken with Pangu Mac restored ( not opening Cydia )
    3- Restore my old backup
    4- Opening Cydia Respring
    5- Turn back my FingerPrint & Pass lock

    When i restart my iPhone its stuck with Bootlope issue !

    So do i don’t have to put any Passcode or FingerPrint to my Device to keep this Jailbreak Work ?

  • disqus_9hk3CtH9Bl

    when i try to reboot, screen gets stuck on apple sign. happened twice (had to restore) now im either turned off or waiting for some bug fixes.
    I6 8.1

  • Tyga Vieira

    Jailbroke my iphone 6 with the ios 8.1 3 says ago was running without any kind of problems but today, the phoen shut down because of the batery empty, and now when i pluged the charger it is stuck on the apple logo, can somebody help me please? I did the reset already but i’m at the same point

  • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

    I guys stay away from this jailbreak I have been reading ton of commits and what I hear is not very good seems very unstable!!! I love having a jailbroken phone but not like this!!! I will keep waiting for somthing more stable thats if it even comes out or updated!!!

    • Hvahrt

      Good thought! ruined a 3 month old phone here

      • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

        Man sorry to hear that but I have been warning people not to jailbreak just yet it’s very unstable on an os that was rushed out not a good mix.

  • do I have to do a fresh restore or can I jailbreak it with all my stuff on it as long as its in airplane mode and passcode and find my iPhone is turned off??

  • Timmy D

    I’ve been successfully jail breaking my devices since ios3 or 4. I am only interested in breaking my iPad Air and downloaded the jb directly from Pangu. When I open it, with no device on it, it detects an iPhone 4. When I follow directions and plug in my device it still tells me to turn off Find My iPhone–that feature IS turned off on my iPad and it is in Airplane mode. I have downloaded same file 4 times with same results every time. Perhaps I should add I have a mac and am using the jb for mac. Anyone else having issues with this? Any ideas how to fix? Thanks

  • Hvahrt

    well this sucks.Ruined my phone! Is that possible? Cannot reboot cannot turn off Itunes will not respond! Bang goes $700

    • Timmy D

      Ruined how? Usually even if you mess up you can connect thru iTunes and restore to new.

      • Hvahrt

        Phone is stuck on the white screen and will not do any thing even when connected to I tunes

      • Timmy D

        Hold down home and power buttons for about 10 seconds. Should allow reboot. Screen should go black. Last resort would be to let power run down until phone dies then plug in. Usually if all else fails that works.

      • Hvahrt

        Done the power down thing.Still the same I will leave it to drain lets see what happens. Thanks

      • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

        What you need to do is put your phone in DFU mode then connect it to iTunes to restore.

      • Hvahrt

        What is DFU mode?

      • Austin

        I’m not sure exactly what it is you hold the power button for ten seconds then hold the home button (Google it just to make sure I haven’t forgot). You should get a black screen with iTunes logo. Just connect it and restore

  • Timmy D

    I have iPad Air running 8.1. Downloaded Pangu for Mac. Followed directions but no good. With no device connected, Pangu senses iPhone4 every time. WIth device connected, same. Have been jail breaking since Spirit (3.2). Don’t know how to get Pangu to recognize my device. Really don’t want to do the Windows on Mac thing. That’s why I have waited. Help please!

  • Robbie Harris

    My apps are no longer updating after 8.1 jailbreak. Anyone else having this issue?

  • samy

    can this be use to unlock it too? im trying to unlock an iphone 5s att so i can use it on tmobile

  • Delfos Sambucetti Arturaola

    I see nothing but people having issues with the jailbreak for mac reboot loops and stuff!!! so I’m good!!! no way I’m going to mess with my $900 phone if not a stable jailbreak!!!

  • Hunter

    when i jailbreak and it ends and goes to reboot my iphone boots back up but all i get is the white screen with the apple logo and it wont do anything. so i cant open my phone to get to cydia or anything at all. any ideas and help?

  • Vural Eser

    HELP! When I start to jailbreak my ipod touch 5g, i just waited and the program did its job. After the jailbreaking has finished my device just shut itself and as its opening again, it just didn’t. Whenever i tried to open my ipod, after the apple logo it just shuts back. What can I do about it?

  • Require some assistance,my itunes is already the latest and i have tried various methods includinh re-installing itunes but everytime i open up pangu,it keeps telling me to use the latest version of itunes. i just downgraded my firmware from 8.1.1 to 8.1.
    Is there anyway i can finally get it jailbroken again?

  • Lanyell Clay

    y i can’t open my setting app?

  • JackGEier

    Im doing every step and the software wont even begin to download for IOS 8.0

  • tobuscus

    anybody know how to solve the “unable to get jailbreak resources” thing when you start the jailbreak? i’m on a mac, have tried to jailbreak several times at several different times, i have changed wifi connections. what do i do?

  • 2adjci

    Unable to get jailbreak resources, please check your network??

  • ALI

    i couldn’t get any use of the pangu software i tired to jail break my iPhone 5 through a macbook all goes well but it fails again and again and says unable to get the jail break resources PLEASE CHECK YOUR NETWORK ANY HELP HEREEE

  • Christopher S.

    Got the error “Unable to get jalbreak resources, please check your Network” but my Internet Connection works perfectly.. Tried it with a hotspot Connection of my mobile phone, a VPN Hotspot and another wifi, but no success too. Before you ask: there is no problem with my Firewall, tried that as well and of course no sucess… Who can help me? :/