Want to remove your jailbreak without updating iOS? The just released Cydia Impactor can help you unjailbreak your iPhone with little effort. In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to revert back to stock iOS and remove your jailbreak without updating your iOS version.

Note: This tool is in beta for iOS 8.3 and iOS 8.4, so your mileage may vary. Be sure to backup your device, as this will delete all settings, apps, and contents. It will remove all jailbreak related stuff and “unjailbreak” your iPhone. You will still remain on the same firmware, but all of your data will be wiped. Proceed with caution.

Also, I should mention that Cydia Impactor will not work with the 6th generation iPod touch, since there are no OTAs for that device.

Step 1: Backup your iOS device using iCloud or iTunes

Step 2: Make sure that you device is plugged in, and has at least 20% battery life

Step 3: Install Cydia Impactor from Cydia

Step 4: Run Cydia Impactor by tapping delete all data and unjailbreak device, then tap the Delete All button to confirm. Once the process begins, be sure not to touch your device until you see the iOS setup welcome screen

Step 5: Once completed and at the welcome screen, go back through the initial iOS setup process and activation

That’s it. You will now have a stock iPhone on your current firmware. If you want to reestablish your jailbreak, just use the same jailbreak tool that you used to jailbreak before. You can also choose to restore your backup during the iOS setup process.

What do you think? Are you excited to have this new firmware preservation tool?

  • Collin

    That looks like a great tool!

  • Nirvana

    Yay, no need for SHSH/ restore, Saurik’s the best

    • I would still save my SHSH, and I would still restore while you can for the fresh install, but this is the next best thing, especially when Apple stops signing iOS 8.4; then, it’ll be the only thing.

      • Nirvana

        Yeah, it simply extends users’ ability regardless of what firmware they’re on beside SHSH and clean slate restore. Hopefully we’ll get Impactor on lesser firmwares.

      • TheShade247

        Supported on 7.1.2 iPhone 5s?

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        It’s time to update.

      • TheShade247

        I really want to, but i’m afraid my phone will loose its smoothness and amazing battery life.

      • regkilla

        iOS 8.4 is smoother and faster on my iPhone 5s than when it had iOS 7.

      • regkilla

        iOS 8.4 is smoother and faster on my iPhone 5s than when it had iOS 7.

      • Blip dude

        it says iOS 8.3 and 8.4 only, so no it does not.

      • omakad

        If this wipes everything, does that mean that you are back on setup screen and you can restore all your info and apps from iCloud backup?

      • Kyle

        Tip: Watch the video and/or read the article carefully. But yes, you can do so. The result is like a freshly restored phone.

  • salzamani

    Jeff does this get rid of the “Other Data” build up too?

    • Yes, it deletes everything.

      • Svs

        So this is the equivalent of Erase all content and settings?

      • Right.

      • Guilherme

        So what’s the main difference between this tweak and Erase all content and settings?

      • Ellis Markman

        Good point. I know there is, just can’t remember / not sure.

      • coLin

        You CAN’T do an ‘Erase all content” from your phone if you are jailbroken, you have to use a computer which automatically updates to a newer firmware unless you have SHSH saved

  • Shuvra Podder

    Isn’t this is just resetting your iPhone ??

    • Sometimes when you restore and have an old version of iOS, it forces you to install the update. This tweak seems to avoid that step. People: correct me if I’m wrong.

    • You can’t “reset” a jailbroken iPhone. This allows you to essentially do that.

      • Hot12345

        OMG! This is freaking niceeee!

        But what this tweak/tool does is that also the same if you restore (to default) your device on itunes?

        Or is there some files back there on the phone? So if you do a fresh new install on itunes is this the same as you get with this tweak?


        -If you do on itunes a fresh install the device memory is 200mb.

        – or using this tweak it have after its finished 245mb because there is some files behind.

        Let me know

      • Niclas

        Yes, just like a full restore.

      • Hot12345

        That’s great news, so we dont need shshblogs anymore?

  • Mahmoud Maged

    Jeff .. you say that we can now Reset the iDevice and check if there any OTA updates and it can be updated like that way??

    • I didn’t mention OTAs, because it’s impossible to try that now, as there are no OTAs available. But, using an OTA defeats the purpose of this tool. The point is to be able to STAY on the firmware without updating. If you update with an OTA you risk losing your ability to jailbreak, besides the fact that you’re now on a new firmware. If you want to do that, just perform a normal restore.

      • MrDakhil

        I will be on a vacation when ios 9 is released and i dont have access to my pc, can i restore using this tweak, restore icloud backup and OTA update ?
        i think its possible to try that if anybody on IOS 8.3 and willing to update to 8.4

    • WonkieInc

      If you need to OTA and want to try this, you can upgrade to the ios9 public beta after performing this

  • Dilir Daiyan Aranna

    Can we update from OTA after this?

    • Niclas

      OTA has nothing to do with this for end users. This is made so you DON’T have to update.
      If you wanna update, just do it in iTunes.

  • Correct me if I’m wrong;

    Say, I’m currently jailboken.

    1) Backup iPhone
    2) Unjailbreak
    3) Restore Backup

    I believe the jailbreak data wil also be restored to the iPhone from the iTunes backup. Right?

    • Neel Parikh

      No jailbreak data will be restored

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      If you backup a jailbroken device, the only thing that stays behind is the tweak preferences

      • leart

        yeah, some plist, I’m enjoying this on my A4 device, back up, restore fresh to 6.1.3, jailbreak, install tweaks, cleanup, and restore from back up, all the stuff is back including the tweak configurations, petty sweet 🙂

      • Neel Parikh

        Did it work on iOS 6.1.3?

      • leart

        no, im using the traditional way with ifaith, im just saying that from backup can get tweaks configured again 🙂

      • Neel Parikh

        Ok. I don’t know about I faith.

      • How do I remove these files?

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Do a clean restore, then setup as new device.

      • Sorry, what I mean was: I want to keep my app data EXCEPT tweaks preferences and plist files. How do I achieve this?

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Oh sorry, if you’re jailbroken and you’d like to get rid of the preferences, then install ifile or ssh into your device and go to Var/mobile/library/preferences and delete all the files there, Or /library/preferencebundles be careful what you delete, match up the names of the preferences with the tweaks and they will be removed.

      • So basically there’s no way to:

        keep app data ; and
        get rid of tweak prefs; after unjailbreaking; and restoring from backup?

        I want to restore from backup after unjailbreaking, keeping my app data EXCEPT tweak prefs and plists.

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        No, there’s no way unless you jailbreak, ssh into your device, delete the pereferences, then make a new backup with the preferences gone, then unjailbreak. That will keep your app data and also destroy tweak leftovers once you restore from backup.

      • That’s a good turnaround. Thanks!

      • Niclas

        Yes, iMazing can do that.

      • Tiktov

        Just delete Cydia Substrate. That will delete all of your tweaks and tweak preferences. It will leave your AppStore apps and their data completely alone. Been there, done that. Then in Cydia, re-install Cydia Substrate.

      • Hot12345

        So if i make a backup without the tweaks preferences i must delete cydia substrate and than make a backup right?

      • Tiktov

        Please re-read what I wrote. You can re-install Cydia Substrate IF you want to add back tweaks. You can use a Cydia app called AppInfo to email yourself a list of all your installed tweaks; then delete Cydia Substrate.

    • Christo

      Correct. While the data is useless without the device being jailbroken, the settings, etc., are still backed up. Once you jailbreak, and reinstall the tweaks, you will see that their settings are all still there.

  • @Okureys

    Atlast The Awesome Tool We were Waiting For Years Now Thnx To @Saurik And A Nice Review From @JeffBenjam:disqus

  • Vibol So Cool

    So we won’t stuck at activation screen even if iOS 9 come out? Right?

  • Neel Parikh

    What. If I had deleted all languages except English from my device with i cleaner. Will it work?

  • ravinigga

    Good start but to bad it erase all data

  • Hot12345

    OMG! This is freaking niceeee!

    But what this tweak/tool does is that also the same if you restore (to default) your device on itunes?

    Or is there some files back there on the phone? So if you do a fresh new install on itunes is this the same as you get with this tweak?


    -If you do on itunes a fresh install the device memory is 200mb.

    – or using this tweak it have after its finished 245mb because there is some files behind.

    Let me know,

    • Noam

      I think all this tweak does is doing a fresh install just like iTunes but it won’t upgrade your ios like iTunes does what give you to options to sell your device like freshly bought or if you want to jailbreak the device again later on

  • leart

    this should has been done years ago, but now probably Saurik is smelling that the jailbreaking business is going downhill with ios 9 in the corner and is putting effort to keep people on a jailbroken firmware, probably one of the last….

    • Hot12345

      Uhm no? What are you talking about… Is nonsense

      • leart

        okay your free to believe what you want, for me it make sense, for you no, that’s ok

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      “Jailbreak business going downhill”? iOS can always be improved and the community behind these improvements is none other than the jailbreak community. Every little enhancement you see after every new iteration of iOS has been pioneered by the jailbreak community that Apple later on “sherlocks” into official/stock iOS. Not only the visual or under-the-hood improvements, but also security enhancements (i.e. the recent unicode bug that caused many iOS devices to crash, reboot, etc. jailbreak devs released patches for those. Or before that was the iOS 7 mail encryption bug that left many Mail app users vulnerable, Ryan Petrich released a patch for that. Many more examples). The jailbreak is here to stay as there are a large number of people who want absolute control and freedom on however to use their iOS devices.

      • leart

        I’m jailbreaking since 2011-2012, since then the good old community is dead, and i don’t see any strong reason to jailbreak iOS device since iOS 6, ok if you want to play with some tweaks but just for fun, is up to you, the iOS is better like it is

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        I have been jailbreaking since 2008 and haven’t stopped since. There are plenty of compelling reasons to jailbreak. I don’t jailbreak to “play with a few tweaks”, I jailbreak to get the most out of my device and to fix annoyances and even improve upon the security that Apple sometimes fails to fix. Adding toggles to Control Center like the cellular/4G/LTE toggles, using Activator to have shortcuts and never have to use the home button and sleep button because they break so easy, being able to change your device’s root password via MobileTerminal, being able to send any file via iMessage. I understand that you’re saying that there are plenty of useless tweaks out there nowadays and the “golden days” or “hay days” of jailbreaking have come and gone, maybe to some degree I somewhat have the same sentiment, but does it stop me from doing it anyway? No, it doesn’t Apple will never allow you to customise your Control Center toggles to your liking, they won’t allow you to have Activator like gestures so that you can give your home button and sleep button a break, they certainly will never allow you to send any file through iMessage, they will never allow you to lock certain apps (even stock apps) with TouchID/Passcode. But with a jailbreak, all this is possible and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Activator is enough reason for me to want to jailbreak. I do it for me, and for anyone who may want to do it or need help in the process.

      • leart

        yeah activator is an amazing thing, still i don’t see many reasons to jailbreak and to break the stability of my device, but that’s my opinion, currently i own 5 idevices, 4 on ios 6.1.2-3, one on 4.2.1, first mini on stock 6.1.3 the others all jailbroken.
        short story, here’s my tweaks i purchased and probably i will never buy new ones..
        don’t care about jail breaking anymore

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        If you install just a few necessary tweaks from reputable developers who know what they’re doing and don’t install any themes nonsense then you won’t be sacrificing any stability. I’m not trying to convince you, just saying that there a lot of compelling reasons to jailbreak, at least for me. You have your reasons to have lost interest in jailbreaks, won’t argue with that.

      • leart

        well thnx, im not interested at all about nothing form jailbreaking, i made it clear

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Yes I realise that, read my last sentence in last comment: “You have your reasons to have lost interest in jailbreaks, won’t argue with that.” So I get it you don’t need to repeat yourself that you lost interest, I get it.

      • leart

        ok, thank you and goodbye

  • Matt

    This is a game changer for sure!

  • socrates

    So it’s basically a cleaned up SemiRestore that also removes Cydia.


    • Paul Edmund

      It also repairs system files. Semi restore cannot do this.

  • KarwanGhaffari

    very awesome tool really > 😉

  • askep3

    When I restore my phone to remove my jailbreak, and then restore to an iCloud backup, re-jailbreak and install tweaks, the preferences are still there for tweaks I’ve installed before.
    Is the same true for using this?

  • Mark S

    Wow 1:17 to a fresh reset. That was quick.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      He sped up the video by 4x, otherwise this would’ve taken 10-15mins depending on how much data you have on your device.

  • Is it like Semi-Restore?

  • Alberto Espinal

    This is awesome!! Jay you are a genius!

  • Jonathan

    Can someone tell if after Using cydia impactor you can Also do an “erase all content and settings” without the iPhone getting into limbo??

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Why would you still want to do that after using Cydia Impactor? This basically does exactly that, except for rendering your iPhone in “limbo” status. Once you use Cydia Impactor there will be no need for a “Erase All Content and Settings.”

  • Panja

    Sounds great but…
    You still need to activate your device after using Impactor? So if for instance the signing window for 8.4 is closed due to a 8.4.1 release and you restore to 8.4 (with Impactor) you cannot activate your device?

    Or am I wrong??

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    iLex RAT, SemiRestore, there has been stories of people that had issues those. This is something that Saurik (a.k.a. the Cydia and jailbreak maestro) has created. It’s not something that he’s going to deploy for the end-user if he’s not confident in its ability to work properly. Guaranteed quality, as this is something Saurik himself worked on and released.

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    What tool did you use to jailbreak and which version? Also, have you tried reinstalling Cydia Installer? If all else fails just restore your device again, and then jailbreak it immediately, no restore from backups, nothing. Restore as new via iTunes then jailbreak.

  • David

    Can you update over the air after doing this?

  • This is amaaaaaaaaziiiingggg

  • Tricio

    If I use Cydia Impactor to remove the jailbreak, will there be any trace that the phone was ever jailbroken? I need to take my phone into Apple for a problem & I don’t want them to discover it was jailbroken.

  • skierdude

    this is awesome!!! I got stuck in safe mode with no signed version of 8.4.. This saved me a restore and forced update, I was able to quickly unjailbreak and re-jailbreak twice! Nice work!!!

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  • James Larsen

    As an expert shooter I will tell you for a fact that more megapixels doesn’t equate to higher picture quality. Just suggests you can printing bigger images, and who the hell does that with phone images?

  • Zachary Blaine

    I keep getting this error

  • DrFik

    im in contract with tmobile for 2years, if i do so, can i setup like normal? and can i still warranty if my iPhone go something wrong? and can they know my iphone used to install jailbreak?

  • Drew

    Nice. Got an error message through Impactor which now screwed up my phone entirely.

    Just lost my jailbreak capabilities! Off to iOS 9 we go!!!!! Very, very disappointed.

  • Safwan Geekz

    If i unjailbreak using this method, is it safe for me to use my warranty to get new iphone without them knowing that i’ve jaolbroken my iphone before?

  • PatrickCassidy

    There are many methods which can ujailbreak iDevice. As I know, RecoveryTool Fix Recovery is the best.

  • Ujjval Joshi

    I have first jailbreak my iPad 1 using grayd00r as I want to customize it but the when I see cydia it need update but when I do so it tell me some error by name ‘debug patcher’ (I m not sure ) and then it tell me to reboot but now I am not able to start my iPad please help email me on this address
    Or WhatsApp me on this no. 7016030725