Sadly, there are still many individuals that cannot successfully jailbreak iOS 8.3 with the TaiG. I understand how insanely frustrating this can be, but also want to help. Trust me, I feel your pain on this, as it’s super-frustrating when you see everyone else enjoying their jailbreak and you’re stuck with a stock phone.

But don’t give up! You’re going to do this. Consider some of my tips inside. Some may be obvious, but some may be not so obvious. Whatever you do, just give it a try.

First of all, if you’re on a Mac, use my Virtual Machine TaiG jailbreak tutorial. Even if you’re on Windows, use my virtual machine tutorial, as I think it’s the best tutorial for jailbreaking the right way, and I’ve had a lot of success with it.

Obvious basics:

  • Ensure Find My iPhone is disabled
  • Disable Touch ID and Passcode Lock
  • Enable Airplane mode
  • Ensure iTunes is recognizing your iPhone first

Must try:

  • Completely restore your iPhone and start from scratch, especially if it was OTA’d
  • Download the latest version of the TaiG tool
  • Downgrade your version of iTunes to version 12.1.0
  • Uninstall iTunes completely and reinstall
  • Be patient. If you get stuck at 20%, at least give it 5 minutes to process. Especially give it enough time if you have a large iPhone (32GB/64GB) with lots of data on it.

Other stuff to try:

  • Use a different USB port to connect your Lightning cable
  • Try a different computer

Whatever you do, don’t give up. There’s incentive to keep trying. And I know some may be hesitant to full exhaust this list, but it’s really not that time consuming. One of the best things that you can do is a clean restore. I’ve had times where I’ve done everything right to the most precise degree, and still met failure. The only thing that was able to fix my problem was trying the jailbreak after a full restore.

Also, use the community. The iDB comments are great places to communicate and hash out issues. I’ll continually update this post with any fixes or suggestions that I have. I’ll also hang out in the comments from time to time to help answer questions. But I can’t answer them all, so I’m counting on you guys to help out too.

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Thanks Jwff I am trying a few of your tips now. I have already restored and have tired 6 different versions of iTunes. I am using Bootcamp. Currently I am trying this without iTuens, but wiht the iTunes driver. Taig is letting it happen, and it seems to be working for now. I’m at 20% past the restart. If it can just get past here….. Taig needs a Mac version or a very reliable Windows version. This is making me sick!!,

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      BTW I already had Parralells and tried that, next I bought the recomened VMWare and it was a waste of a lot of money. It isn’t work even with the tutorial. Now I am in Bootcamp.

      • :D

        Just give up and wait for a Taig update. It may even support 8.4. Shouldn’t be more than a few days imo.

      • Why did you buy VMWare, if I may ask? (Not that there’s anything wrong with supporting devs) Are you just confident you’ll get your money’s worth out of it?

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Well Jeff, after seeing it in action and you using it I really liked it. Then I read some other reveiws and decided to take a gamble and buy it and thought I would just love it. I would say I do love it, but it still can’t jailbreak even after your helpful tutorial. Bootcamp also failed with 7 versions of iTunes installed. Tommorow I will fix my old computer from 1999, update it, maybe buy another hard drive, and jailbreak it. I know it has to be a 32-bit system.

        Thanks for the helpful articles Jeff I won’t give up!

    • n0m0n

      I was in the same boat for 4 days until i finally was directed to make sure after restoring the iOS via iTunes (PC or MAC) don’t restore your app backup.
      First run Taig then run Cydia twice (second time is to install the Cydia updates)
      Then after your device reboots plug your device into iTunes (PC or MAC) and restore your app backup.

      I have been told that thats jb 101 well maybe then I am at jb 100 because only if I have a app or tweak conflict do I ever worry about not doing a app restore. Since I wasn’t having any issue before I updated to 8.3 I never figured I needed to setup my device as new.

      Anyway hope that helps.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Thanks for the advice. Will try this tommorow, well today it is 1:30 AM where I live and my eyes are falling fast!

      • Jorge

        Is restoring an app backup different from the typical backup restore? Also, if I restore after I jailbreak won’t that take me back to before I had a jailbreak?

      • Tiago Torre

        You don’t restore it after you jailbreak, you just sync your apps.
        1- RESTORE
        3- after reboot, connect your iPhone to iTunes and sync your apps onto your restored iPhone

    • Felix

      How long

    • titi

      Try with iTunes 12.0.1

    • RobDigital413

      Back up idevice ……restore to current or new iOS…..setup as new go to settings app turn off 2 minute auto lock …..jailbreak….at 20% the device will restart unlock when it comes back on ……then restore form back up and the open Cydia …your welcome

  • Tyler James Lopez

    Yeah I downloaded VMWare and I plugged in my iPhone and it wasn’t recognizing it. The Taig jailbreak was opening perfectly fine. Until the 2.1.2 version came out. Then when I did that fix to allow VMWare to open Taig Jailbreak that’s when it stopped recognizing my iPhone. And I kept getting errors

  • Xee

    I had no problems. Restored iPhone (prefer fresh install) and Updated to 8.3. > PC Win 7 32bit, run TaiG 2.1.2 as admin. > Jailbreak. > Job done!

    Passcode – off.
    Touch ID – off.
    Find my iPhone – off.
    iTunes – latest version.

    • RobDigital413

      2 minute AUTOLOCK off too

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    ‘Itunes and apple driver not installed’ error, even though it is

    • I got the same error :/

      • Antzboogie

        Go to YouTube they already have a solution I tried to post the link but I’m not sure iDownloadblog will let me. Hope this helped.

      • Thank you sir (:

    • RobDigital413

      Have to uninstall iTunes and install older version 12.0.1 or 12.1

  • M_Hawke

    What is the incentive for updating from 8.1 to 8.3? I have an iPhone 5. Not sure if all the trouble is worth it.

    • Bjones331

      I’m wondering the same thing

    • nfinite

      bug fix, new emoji, and best of all, better performance systemwise..

  • Manuel Molina

    I would advise anyone to try and use windows 32 bit and the iTunes 32 Bit with 2.0.0 taig. That worked for me and I was one who tried to jailbreak with different methods for the entire night. I also used a virtual machine via Mac and parallels.

  • jilex

    some of them are right, but you have to mention that in some cases, we need to download the itunes driver (as weird as it sounds) specially on 64bit version of itunes, it was the only solution for me

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    You forgot one tip: Bang head on table. It usually doesnt jailbreak your phone and it may hurt a bit and you may not even feel better afterwards, but its something to do!

  • Felix

    is this too short?

  • Steven Gouws

    Hi Jeff. Thanks for the great videos and all the info. I’m having a problem installing AppCake. I’ve installed it and two other essential tweaks but the AppCake icon does not appear on my iPhone. Any advice? Thanks

    • Dharyin Colbert

      Try installing AppAddict or VShare, they both do the exact same thing as AppCake

  • Passing on this jailbreak until I see 8.4, right now it’s very much unstable, I would tolerate it if 8.4 isn’t supported but considering iOS 9 is right around the corner I’d lose my jailbreak anyway.

  • Mark Hardin

    OK here is what I did to FINALLY get my jailbreak to go through.

    FIrst, I restored to a brand new 8.3 software. Restored backup from itunes afterwards. Used Windows Vista 32 bit, 32 bit is probably best for TaiG.
    I ran TaiG as Admin, unchecked 3K app (who would install that anyway lol), made sure touch id and passcode was off, of course. Now here is the tricks that helped me acheive jailbreak. In itunes, I went to edit>preference>devices tab>and clicked to prevent auto sync then closed itunes (very important). Also did what everyone said to do for the 60% error which was put phone in airplane mode. Then just jailbroke the phone and within a couple mins, BAM! it was done.

    • Thanks for sharing what you did, Mark. Maybe this can help someone else.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Yeah I disabled auto sync every time (even though I have yet to get it working) but I think that this is vital nonetheless.

    • Seba

      I am not sure how I did it but I had an error message about that this application “TaiG” cannot run under Virtual machine so I was trying to edit that windows10.vmx file but no luck. Then I went to iTunes and to edit>preference>devices tab>and clicked to prevent auto sync then closed iTunes. Started TaiG again and it worked! I put my 6 plus into Airplane mode and Jailbreak is DONE !!! Thank YOU !!!

      • Mark Hardin

        Yea TaiG should put under their tutorial put phone in airplane mode and prevent auto sync. Cause what alot of people dont realize is that when it connects to itunes, it messes up the jailbreak.

      • Seba

        Absolutely I agree 100% with you 🙂

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    This stuff shouldnt be this hard. If it is, then its not our fault. We shouldnt have to downgrade, uninstall things, etc for this jailbreak to work. But its very frustrating. No Matter what I do I get the 20% thing and it keeps restarting.

    • Lucus Bendzsa

      Same! I have tried at least a dozen times on 2 emulators, a laptop, boot camp, with 6 different versions of iTunes. I have one more thing to try tommorow and I hope it works.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Have you tried restoring to a clean version of 8.3? Thats the only thing I really havent tried yet. I’m afraid I’m gonna lose my stuff but I guess if we do it and then jailbreak it, we can restore from backup after the jailbreak is successful, right? So I may try that next even though I dont want to.

      • mrgerbik

        If you use itunes ‘backup to this computer’, when you eventually do restore, everything will be as it was before restoring.
        Of course this wont be true if you are trying to restore a jailbroken phone :p

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        So I wont be able to restore to my backup once its jailbroken? Is that what you’re saying? I thought I could unless I was going from iOS 9 back to iOS 8.3. Then I know I couldnt get the backup, but 8.3 to 8.3 should still able to work.

      • mrgerbik

        iTunes restore can’t restore any jailbroken ‘aspects’ like cydia settings, repos, installed tweaks, etc… thats what i was saying.

        As far as restoring from iTunes while being jailbroken: People restore their phones to stock all the time. There’s always a way to get your iPhone back to stock iOS.

        Not sure if thats what you’re asking?

        (Usually when i jailbreak i restore from backup then do the jailbreak -at least thats how i remember it :p)

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Oh I know that. lol I meant after I successfully jailbreak, I can restore to my backup after I jailbreak it.

      • Seba

        yes you can 🙂

      • Okada San

        Actually, there’s a tweak called PKGBackup that allows u to backup Cydia tweaks to Dropbox, Skydrive, or your local storage. Then after u restore your iPhone to stock then re-jailbreak, u supposedly are able to also restore your previous Cydia tweaks and preferences. It’s $9.99 so u would need to decide if the price is worth it. Google it and check it out.


        i tried doing clean restore i’m still getting stuck a 20%

  • adrian

    does anyone else has problems with personal hotspot after jailbreak?

    • nfinite


  • Jerry

    Turn off autorun to iTunes when you connect the device. It helped me 😉

  • Rumble

    After wasting an entire day of trying to make taig 2.1.2 budge past 60%. I was sitting frustrated when suddenly the crazy thought of downloading taig 2.0 struck me so I said, “what the hell”, and downloaded 2.0 and bam! Worked like a charm! For a brief moment all my restored apps disappeared but returned within seconds. Phone was rebooting fine until I download the taig untether from Cydia, now whenever I have to reboot my phone I have to do a soft reset otherwise it goes into a loop. But apart from that everything else is working A-ok ppl. I used iTunes 12.0.1. Hope this helps.

    • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

      Me 2 had IT withe this shit, wait of time and a LOT of frustration ,, won’t open TaiG, and after shotting VMfusion down This shows…


    will be there a new version of TaiG ??

  • Jason Masters

    Can you jailbreak using a windows surface?

  • titi

    iTunes 12.1 on windows 10 64 bit already has problems ( Apple drivers not finds)
    Downgrade to 12.0.1 and jailbreak was successful.:)

  • Jonathan

    I must add that there are additional stuff to try:
    Adding resources to my virtual machine did the trick.
    I had it failing every single time for me on 30/40% and only adding 4 additional gigs of ram and an additional CPU to the vm solved it.

    I used 2.0.0 because I use parallels and did not have a way to solve the virtual machine limitation that was added to 2.1.2.

    Also, i always restore from backup after the jailbreak process + getting cydia to its final state.

    A friend of mine said that he installed a 32 bit version of windows. because the 64 bit version could not do it.

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    Yes….. and still no luck, waiting for an update or hopefully a mac version, used a day installing and installing this VMfusion on my mac an d different itunes versions, and it all went to hell, hate it when i im going 100% after the tutorial step by step.

  • Donovan Cabral

    I can’t download any appstore apps is there a fix for that ?

    • Rumble

      This happened to me too. Step 1: Log out of the AppStore. Step 2: Reset all settings.

      Log back in once finished, it should work now.

  • naif

    Thank you all TaiG teem and to our friend jef binjemen i follow this instruction

    Ensure Find My iPhone is disabled
    Disable Touch ID and Passcode Lock
    Enable Airplane mode
    Ensure iTunes is recognizing your iPhone first
    and i downgrade the itune and i used the Advanced system care pro to disable the itunes app

    Thanks to allah

  • Rumble

    A recent taig update in cydia also solved my boot looping issue. This jailbreak has been nothing short of walking the plank. It’s safe to say, Alhamdulillah, that everything seems to be working smoothly now. Wish you guys the best of luck!

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    Again stuck at 30% and failed, after itunes detected my phone i shot it down, but it keeps poppen up under the jailbreak, when the phone reboots, is that ok? and normal

  • Rico

    i downloaded the latest Taig but when i start the jailbreak its saying i need to install iTunes but my iTunes is installed. what do i do?

  • Landon Calrissian

    Spent about 4 hours trying this on my laptop with no results passed 40%. When I got home I connected it to my desktop and jailbroke it on the first try flawless. Thanks Jeff.