TaiG Mac OS X Virtual Machine

Although the iOS 8.3/iOS 8.4 jailbreak was a surprise, it was no surprise that the release was limited to Windows only. While this can make some Mac users feel bitter, it’s actually not a very big deal at all.

Thanks to the awesome virtual machine software that we have on the Mac, it’s super-easy to jailbreak an iPhone on our Macs, even if said jailbreak is Windows only.

In this complete tutorial, I’ll walk you through the entire process of setting up the virtual machine, installing a valid version of iTunes, and jailbreaking your iPhone.

The most impressive thing about this tutorial is that it can all be done in less than 18 minutes (not including the necessary file downloads), and it’s 100% free to do.

If you’re a Mac-only user, there really is no excuse for you not to be jailbroken if you want to be. This method is tried and true, super-reliable, and it just works. In fact, by sticking to this method and following my video, you’ll likely be able to avoid many of the pitfalls plaguing those who are experiencing issues with the TaiG tool.

Watch the video

Download the necessary files

You’ll need to download the following four files to get started. Be sure to download these exact files and save all four of them to your desktop. I’m using 32-bit Windows 10, because 64-bit can cause issues with recognizing drivers. Just trust me on this.

How to jailbreak iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 on Mac

Note: Watch our video tutorial. Outside of the file downloads, this is a full 1:1 step-by-step tutorial. This video walks you through the entire process from start to finish, and no speed increases were used. What you see is what you get.

I do recommend that you start with a freshly restored installation of iOS 8.3/iOS 8.4, but it’s not mandatory. What is mandatory, however, is that Find My iPhone is disabled, and your passcode is disabled.

Step 1: Install VMware Fusion 7

Step 2: Install Windows 10 Developer Preview

Step 3: Drag the iTunes and TaiG files to the Windows desktop

Step 4: Install iTunes 12.1

Step 5: Click Virtual Machine →  USB & Bluetooth → Connect Apple iPhone

Step 6: Launch TaiG 2.0.0, uncheck 3K Assistant, and click Start to commence the iOS 8.3 jailbreak


If you’re having issues jailbreaking on a Virtual Machine, check out this troubleshooting post:


So that’s how you can easily jailbreak iOS 8.3 or iOS 8.4 on your Mac. Not only is it possible to jailbreak iOS 8.3 or 8.4 on the Mac, but it’s fast, easy, and largely free of issues. Even if you already have a Mac, by following these steps, you should have a jailbreak that works every time and that is devoid of issues.

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  • MZ

    I dont have access to the Easy Install option. And it asks for my driver when i try to install. what do i do?!?!?!

    • MZ


  • Karen

    does this tutorial also work on 8.4 using the same jailbreak 2.0 tool? or do i have to use the new one, 2.2?

  • QP

    i give up, just hope the mac version won’t take too long.

  • I keep getting stuck here…can someone help??

    • Connor Schellenberg

      I am having the same issue, did you find a solution??

      • Nope :/ I even uninstalled and reinstalled everything… still nothing.

    • Terry Cooke

      You need to disconnect the floppy drive on VM Ware 🙂

      • I tried that. But Still can’t get VMware to run. Ill post a snapshot of what happens now.

      • Ok, heres a step by step of what I see (keep in mind that I followed Jeff’s steps exactly.

  • Connor Schellenberg

    Okay so I’ve downloaded everything and ran the software and it continues to pop up with “Windows cannot read the setting from the unattend answer file. Can anyone help?!

    • Now Im getting “file not found” when trying to open VMware Fusion 7

    • Terry Cooke

      You need to disconnect the floppy drive in VM Ware and then it will work 🙂

  • Curtis Campbell

    i need help!! 🙁

  • Matthew Fritz

    If you are having trouble getting TaiG to work via VMFusion, shutdown the virtual device and adjust settings in Fusion to use more cores (4 worked for me). I wasn’t able to JB using 1 core (default).

  • Gibran Page

    I Downloaded all 4 files. I followed all instructions. When i get to the windows installation I get “windows cannot read the setting from the unattended answer file”. (Picture attached below). I don’t know what this means. But this is as far as it will let me go. Somebody help me please

  • Zane

    idk how many ppl couldn’t get stuff to work on mac but I was one of them and I don’t know what I was doing wrong but I thought I’d post what eventually did work for me after trying various “how tos” and getting repeated and varied errors from taig.
    macbook mid 2010 running yosemite, iPhone 5c, vmware fusion 7
    -downloaded and installed windows 10 (x86) preview as a new virtual machine (btw if installation gets stuck on “just a moment,” restart the virtual machine)
    -installed itunes 12.0.1 (32bit)
    -updated iPhone to 8.4
    -did total restore of iPhone
    -find my iphone: off, passcode: off, airplane mode: on
    -updated to iTunes 12.2
    -ran taig 2.3.1 as admin
    -held iPhone and gave it words of encouragement (probably didn’t matter but after about 25 tries my brain thought it did)

  • Dhruv Patel

    cannot read product key. any help guys

  • David E. Schwartz

    Anybody having any luck with the “product key” error message in VMware?

  • AM

    For anyone getting the error message when installing Windows via VMware Fusion that “windows cannot read the product key setting from the unattend answer file”, do this:
    When selecting custom settings (Jeff shows how to select more than 1 processor core) go to “show all” and then select the “floppy” disk. Remove the checkmark so it won’t use a floppy. Now continue the installation process and it should work.

  • Sam

    When I try to drag the iTunes and TaiG files to the windows screen they won’t drop they just go back to the apple side. pls help