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Although Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.1.2, there’s still an inkling of hope for those of you who are developers and wish to jailbreak your devices. How so? iOS 8.2 beta 2 is still being signed by Apple, and this firmware is still jailbreakable.

What does this mean? It means that even if you’re currently on iOS 8.1.3 or any other firmware, you can downgrade or upgrade to iOS 8.2 beta 2 and then jailbreak your device using the PP Jailbreak tool for Mac.

How to jailbreak iOS 8.2 beta 2 on the Mac

Step 1: Restore to iOS 8.2 beta 2. This firmware is for developers only, so you must have already downloaded it when it was available on Apple’s developer portal. I save all of the firmwares I download on an external drive for later retrieval.

About iPhone iOS 8.2 beta 2

Step 2: Make sure that Find My iPhone is disabled, your passcode is disabled, put your device into Airplane mode, and connect your device to your Mac

iPhone 5s iOS 8.2 jailbreak prepare

Step 3: Download PP jailbreak from our downloads page

Step 4: Run PP jailbreak after mounting the .dmg

PP Jailbreak Mac Mount

Step 5: Uncheck the PP check box in the bottom left-hand corner

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Step 6: Click the start jailbreak button

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Step 7: Click this button to acknowledge the warnings to proceed with the jailbreak

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Step 8: The jailbreak will run, and your iPhone will reboot. Once it does, you should see Cydia on the Home screen.

Cydia iOS 8.2 beta 2 iPhoen 5s

No expiration date

One of the most important factors in all of this is the fact that, unlike beta releases in the past, iOS 8.2 betas have no expiration date. That’s great news for those of you who are considering running this firmware on a long term basis, and it’s one of the main reasons why jailbreaking a beta would even be within the realm of consideration.

Still signing, but for how long?

The next big important feature is the fact that Apple is still signing this beta. This allows individuals to upgrade or downgrade to the iOS 8.2 beta with no issue. Just how long Apple will keep signing iOS 8.2 beta 2 is anyone’s guess, but if you’re a developer interested in jailbreaking, I’d suggest acting sooner than later.

Firmware Signing Status 8.2 beta 1

From iNeal’s TSSstatus page – doesn’t include beta 2, but shows b1 being signed

I just jailbroke my iPhone 5s with iOS 8.2 beta 2

Obviously, I had to test this out for myself in order to verify that everything works, and sure enough it did; just watch the video above for the proof. I took my iPhone 5s, which was running iOS 8.1.3, upgraded to iOS 8.2 beta 2 via iTunes, and ran the PP jailbreak tool on my Mac. 10 minutes later I was enjoying Cydia on my iPhone 5s.

So yes, in a nutshell, the rumors are true. You can easily jailbreak your device today even if you already upgraded to iOS 8.1.3. Should you? That’s going to be up to you, but if you’re dying for a jailbroken device, at least you have options.

What do you think? Will you be taking advantage of iOS 8.2 beta 2 to jailbreak your device? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and opinions.

Special thanks to Adam Seiter for discovering this.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Is it worth upgrading if you’re on 8.1.2? Any better stability or bug fixes? If so then I def wanna take advantage of this.

    • Zzyzxd

      When you see the word “beta”, you should expect bugs.

    • Definitely stay on 8.1.2

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Alright thanks Jeff!

    • Digitalfeind

      If you are not a developer stay away from betas.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Well I’ve been using the early betas in the past and just this past year I paid the 99 dollars so…lol I know how they work now. But I didnt download the beta 2 anyway so this is now moot.

  • iBanks

    As long as the dev’s updates their tweaks to support the beta, I’d upgrade and jailbreak. Also thought they were on like 8.2 beta 5 by now.

    • Realistically unless Apple has drastically changed some APIs it should all “Just Work”

      • iBanks

        If that’s the case, there wouldn’t have been an wait for tweaks to be updated in support of the newer software releases. Not all of them “just worked” and going from 8.1.1 to 8.1.2 was just bug fixes from what I recall.

  • Mark Kramer

    Don’t the betas time out?

    • iBanks

      The article clearly says that theirs no expiration as of yet.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Never mind…I never downloaded beta 2 and it wont let me get it on another site I found…so I’m screwed unless beta 5 is jailbreakable too…

  • NP92

    Any stability or bug fix???

    • Agru

      Not a single respring here, but on the other hand every bug I had on 8.1.2 is still present. Safari still crashes or breaks the page when selecting large amounts of text, keyboards don’t always work.. It’s exactly like a 8.1.2 JB

  • Jake Dai

    Well, if you are at 8.1.2, just stay at that version, cuz there are so much tweaks not compatible with 8.2 such as springtomize 3 etc. However, you can actually do this by apple’s bug to upgrade to 8.2 b2 while you are not a developer if you want to jailbreak your devices. And FYI, the TaiG tool on PC for 8.2 b2 will be released within 1 to 2 days.

    • Good advice.

    • NP92

      Sure i’ll never install betas normal for ios, only my mac retina os x. i’ll wait for the safety and more secure.. Thanks.

      • Jake Dai

        You can just try once if you really want to do that, and after your device jailbroken, go find systemversion.plist and delete the beta fields. It will be just like the normal iOS firmware.

      • Andrew

        Why’d you remove the beta fields? 8.2 betas don’t have expiration dates thus modifying the plist you mentioned is unnecessary

      • Jake Dai

        Yes, but what I’m saying is not cheating Apple’s server or something, it may help in some unknown situations such as passing the *depend* of the *control* while you are installing tweaks. It’s not obviously useful now, just in case.

  • NP92

    How do you know? Can i get this beta without being dev? I am a dev but not Registered (paid) only safari free.

    • Mitchell Flores

      Yes you can.

      • Andrew

        No you can’t. Restore will fail.

      • jeng

        restore will not fail if you hold down the home and power button and then release the power button after your device is turn off. then you should be able to restore and update to iOS 8.2 beta 2 if you have the iOS 8.2 b2 firmware.

      • Andrew

        You’ll be stuck at activation then. Also, you could have told “enter DFU mode” instead of explaining how to enter it like I’m an idiot 😀

      • jeng

        I don’t think you really know what i’m trying to said then. You have to restore to the 8.1.3 firmware then update it to iOS 8.2 b2 instead of just update to the 8.2 b2 when you are in DFU mode. Please don’t called yourself an idiot 😀

      • Andrew

        What firmware you are on makes no difference when you restore to another.
        >sry watched too much house

      • jeng

        if you are on the iOS 8.2 beta 3-5 you will have to restore to iOS 8.1.3 then go and do the check for update and then select 8.2 beta 2. If you are in 8.1.3 then you just do the check for update and select 8.2 beta 2. after that you are ready the jailbreak.

      • Andrew

        What “Check for update”?

      • jeng

        I guess you don’t know this step yet. You hold shift and select check for update on windows then select the iOS 8.2 b2 firmware and Thea’s how you don’t get stuck on the activation. For Mac you hold option and select check for update.

  • Mitchell Flores

    You don’t have to be a developer to download and install the firmware. I did mine yesterday, jail broke it and I’m not a developer.

    Here is the link https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uZEX7yRfaeM

    • You don’t /have/ to, but our stance is that you /should/ be. 😉

      • NP92

        Haha yea also the best.

      • NP92

        Jeff mate, any link for the beta?

    • Tommy Gumbs

      I liked that video. Dude gets to the point. Def scripted.

    • Derek Lin

      i tried this link to download beta 2 but it doesn’t seem working.. it just leads me to a website that’s not english.

  • NP92

    Hmm but u should before? Activate it after install ios? Im on 6 plus, Where do i get the beta?

  • 9to5Slavery

    Should be 5S not 5s. 5s / 5’s= more than one.

    • Apple says 5s. That means it’s 5s. 😛

      • 9to5Slavery

        Bogus!

      • John

        Actually, not bogus.

        Apple says 5s because people cannot mix up 5S with SS or with 55, especially with the font they use.

      • 9to5Slavery

        If that is the case why is the logo for 5[S] like that on the apple website in caps in a box rather than a small s in a box.

      • Blake

        Jeff is right, I remember people talking about this when the 5s first came out.

      • John

        Firstly, probably check with Tim because this was his explanation during the keynote so I am only going off what the CEO said.

        Also, it’s an image… I assume because it’s in the box to show it’s a letter rather then a number but when you write iPhone 5s, you use text (rather then an image) — Just like how people seem to write Pay or Watch. Apple have released the style guide for both of these and both are incorrect — Apple Pay and Apple Watch.

      • mrgerbik

        Who cares !

      • 9to5Slavery

        I do. Who in the world is going to get S5 samsung mixed up with iPhone. If it doesn’t have an Apple logo on the back then it isn’t a dam iPhone [don’t get no more technical]. Freaking huge Samsung logo somewhere on the phone. EVERYONE knows SAMSUNG ISNT APPLE by 7 years passed already.

      • mrgerbik

        What I’m saying is that the whole conversation is banal and shallow. It’s a conversation thats of no use except maybe to the people who’s job is to actually name such products.
        It’s like arguing with literary essays over the color and shape of an IOS icon (which people do)

      • 9to5Slavery

        You don’t get it!

  • NP92

    Its for Registered UDID or?

  • Chris Gilmore

    How stable is the beta?

  • Chéu

    There is some expectation will do a tool for Windows? If yes … when?

  • Everyone: If you’re already on 8.1.2, just stay there.

    • Chéu

      There is some expectation will do a tool for Windows? If yes … when?

      • Jake Dai

        Tomorrow.

      • Chéu

        Really?

      • Jake Dai

        Go check 3k assistant forums. (I’m not recommending or advertising them at all)

      • Chéu

        Thanks

  • Javiers

    I think we all need JB for 8.1.3 instead of 8.2 beta

    • Varun Soi

      Exactly!

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Does this work on an iPad Air 1?

  • Interesting. I’m already jailbroken on 8.1 though, so I’ll stay where I am. Also, no way am I jailbreaking a beta anyway.

  • oj.420

    my ipad was stucked on apple logo and I was on IOS 8.1.2. I dont know I was just messing around with some automation apps and tweaks. I guess it’s time for me to say goodbye for the jailbreak world for the mean time.

  • but shouldnt we wait till the final 8.2?

    • oj.420

      that is really the best move

  • João Lyra Araujo

    I am at 8.1.0 should i update?

    • Jeremy

      Your current version is able to be jailbroken but 8.1.2 is no longer being signed so you have no choice but to upgrade to 8.1.3 unless you are familiar with how to install beta software on your iDevice. If you know how to then go ahead an make the jump to 8.2 beta 2 but my recommendation would be to stay at 8.1

      • João Lyra Araujo

        Sorry if i wasn’t clear.
        I have a iPhone 6 on 8.1.0 with jailbreak. i didn’t have time to update to 8.1.2
        So the differences between 8.1.0 and 8.2.0 b2 worth the update?
        I know the 8.1.2 made some fix on spotlight and more.
        Should i update to 8.2?

      • Agru

        No no

      • Bill

        stay on 8.1. you’ll be fine. and you can’t update to 8.2 beta unless you’re a developer. 8.1 jailbreak would be a 1000 times better then any beta jailbreak. not all tweaks will work on a beta as there isn’t much demand for them. wait till the next big jailbreakable ios update which will probably be 8.2.

      • Jeremy

        No don’t. I’d say you’re perfectly fine where you are at and there really isn’t much difference aside from Apple including WatchKit in 8.2 for the Apple Watch

  • James G

    I guess this is because 8.2 beta 2 had security holes that were used in previous jailbreaks that 8.1.3 plugged (and thus 8.2 betas 3, 4 and 5). This is interesting, but that’s pretty much it. Even if you are on 8.1.3 you’re probably best to wait for 8.2 to be released and for that to be jailbroken. You can hang tight, for sure!

  • Oscar

    My iPad Air 2 bricked on 8.1.2 and I had no choice but to update to 8.1.3. I have a developers account but they are only offering 8.2 Beta 5. Do you guys know where I could download 8.2 Beta 2? I would greatly appreciate this! Please and thank you.

  • jacksparrow

    Pangu Says it works up to beta 5. Best to go with the latest beta

    • Oscar

      Where did you read that? I can’t find the Pangu version that says that? I updated to iOS 8.2 Beta 5 and the jailbreak from Pangu’s website says 8.2 doesn’t work. Tried it myself b

  • Tim Jinna

    Why it doesn’t work with me. Iphone 4s ios 8.2b2

    I’m using hackintosh in vmware

    Hmm,itunes detect iphone completely but ppghost not detect, TT

  • Matt

    I’m not a developer, i downloaded the ipsw.. got an iPhone 5 on 8.1.3….if i restore can i activate the iPhone or it will ask me to enter the developer account??

  • Matt

    Anyone already jailbroken on 8.2b2 confirms that Activator works???

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    CHECK THE BOX

  • Alain

    Does this jailbreak support iOS 8.1.3 too?

    • jacksparrow

      no

  • jacksparrow

    Beta 2 is working for me i tried Beta 5 also and that didn’t work. Not sure about beta 3.

    • Quadzilla

      Someone want to confirm what tweaks do And don’t work with beta-2 and maybe change the P list to something like 8.1.2 to see if the tweaks then work. Most times when tweaks don’t work or install is because of the version number not because they are not compatible with the OS.

  • Bitten

    What if the button is unclickable?

    • Derek Lin

      it says your device isn’t connected yet..

  • SoylentGreen

    got to be considered as godsend for accidental updaters, I know, how can you upgrade accidentally? But some do.

  • Camelwalk

    I can confirm 8.2 beta is installable w/out a dev account (option+check for update- in tunes). Also PP jailbreak works!

    I am testing a few tweaks that I use regularly. Here’s whats working so far:

    Bourne-Again Shell
    iOS terminal
    Activator (displays incompatible iOS warning but appears to be working)
    ccsettings for iOS 8
    swipeselection
    sicarius (danyl.net/repo)
    ifile
    protube
    pandora downloader (harrisonapps.com/repo)
    barmagnet

    Almpoum

    not working:
    springtomize 3
    multiiconmover+

    Hope this helps. Pls feel free to add.

    Thanks Jeff Benjamin! So glad you posted this article

    • Derek Lin

      would 8.2 beta 5 work with jailbreak?

      • Camelwalk

        I believe so but I heard a file would need to be modified. The beta-2 works without any modifications

      • Derek Lin

        i see, could you share the beta 2 file or link with me? i can’t find it anywhere on internet.. I’m using iPhone 6 plus

  • Lane Crouch

    What’s your opinion on upgrading from 7.0.6? Assuming I can get the firmware, of course.

  • Lance Baker

    I jailbroke a beta once last year and regretted it. Things stopped working. Siri and personal hotspot just stopped even when in safe mode. Perhaps because it expired even though I had changed the file to trick the software. Can’t recommend doing this.

  • Lakh Jhajj

    Jeff, I am on 8.1 for now will it be of any benefit if i go this route. Thx

  • Boyd Case

    ok so im on 8.2b1, have dev account, but i cant update to b2 ota. what should i do?

  • will

    The pp jailbreak takes forever to download, and i have fast internet

  • Felix

    What tweaks currently working on iOS 8.2 beta 2 ??

    So far I only know ifile, Auxo 3 and Atom are working…

  • Mark

    Can Someone tell me what i’m doing wrong? I did all of the steps right, but this thing is happening instead of the jailbreak

    • Derek Lin

      it says it doesn’t support your iOS version, thus failed.

  • Mark

    Any help would be great. Lol I can’t read Chinese or whatever, otherwise I’d know what its saying i’m doing wrong. x)

  • Mathew diekhake

    Your title or post doesn’t say it’s only for iPhone but you say a sentence toward the end that says “your iPhone will reboot”.

    Are you saying this works only for iPhone?

  • Im reading Apple just released an 8.3 beta. Does this still work on that?

  • Umut Aydin

    I’m running 7.1.2 but want to upgrade to 8x What’s the best way to upgrade? Shall I wait until the release of 8.2 or try the beta?

  • Yasser

    I just got my first iphone ever after using android since day one of release…. I really need to jailbreak my phone I can’t live with ads…. Need to get some apps it’s only on cydia. ugh