Jailbreak Myths

Over the years, there have been lots of misconceptions about jailbreaking, the type of people that jailbreak, and the overall purpose of jailbreaking. What’s true, and what’s not? Does jailbreaking void your warranty? Is it hard to do? Is it even necessary nowadays?

In this post, I’ll break down and debunk 10 jailbreaking myths. I’ll show you why I still jailbreak, and why jailbreaking may be quite different than you perceived it to be.

Jailbreaking voids my warranty

Jailbreaking is not a permanent thing. If you need warranty service, simply use Cydia Impactor to unjailbreak before taking your iOS device in for service, or perform a system restore via iTunes. Apple cannot tell that you’ve previously jailbroken your iPhone if you perform a proper restore.

Jailbreaking slows down your iPhone significantly

Sure, you can install tons of jailbreak tweaks, and some can slow down your device. But, if you use good judgement about the type of tweaks you install and keep it to a reasonable amount, you shouldn’t see any major slowdowns. In fact, some tweaks are designed to speed up your iPhone.

Jailbreaking makes your iPhone less secure

This can be true if you don’t use good judgement, but jailbreaking can also make your device more secure. In the past, jailbreak developers have actually released fixes for existing bugs in Apple’s iOS software before Apple was able to do so. If you use sound judgement and stay away from shady third-party repos, piracy, questionable tweaks, and don’t open up your device unnecessarily by installing OpenSSH or AFC2, then you should be safe.

Jailbreaking is illegal

That’s simply not true.

Jailbreaking is for sketchy characters

To some, jailbreaking is something sketchy characters do dark alleys. That’s silly. I know all sorts of people who jailbreak. I know older people who jailbreak, moms who jailbreak, celebrities who jailbreak, musicians who jailbreak. I even heard that Justin Bieber was jailbroken at one time.

Jailbreaking is difficult

You can jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in less time than it takes to brew a cup of coffee. Trust me—it’s so easy that my mom could probably jailbreak her iPad with little to no issues.

Jailbreaking costs money

Jailbreaking your iOS device is free, and you should never pay for a jailbreak. We have all sorts of tutorials here at iDownloadBlog that show you how to do so. If you’re asked to pay for a jailbreak, it’s definitely not legit.

Jailbreaking kills battery life

This can be true, but running an intense game non-stop can also kill battery life. It simply takes good judgement, and being picky about the type of tweaks that you install to maintain good battery life on a jailbroken device. Just because you’re jailbroken doesn’t mean that you automatically end up with bad battery life. In fact, some tweaks are designed to improve your battery life.

Jailbreaking is for piracy

That’s simply not true. While it is unfortunate that some take advantage of the ability to pirate media, which is easier to pull off with a jailbroken device, it’s definitely not the original reason that jailbreaking got started, and it’s definitely not the reason that many individuals jailbreak today. People pirate media when they’re not jailbroken. I know plenty of people that jailbreak because it allows them to customize their device, not because it enables piracy.

Jailbreaking is no longer necessary

Can you theme a stock iPhone? Can you have picture-in-picture mode on a stock iPhone? Can you drastically speed up iOS animations on a stock iPhone? Can you browse the native filesystem on a stock iPhone? Can you use a Wii U Pro Controller, or a Dual Shock controller with your games on a stock iPhone? Can you record your screen on a stock iPhone? Can you customize Control Center toggles on a stock iPhone? No? You can’t? Well then, jailbreaking is still very much necessary in my eyes.

Do you have any jailbreaking myths that you’d like to debunk as well? Which one on my list irritates you the most? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know, and please thumbs up the video so that others can see it as well.

  • Frank Thrashmetal

    Agree with all 100%….I love Jailbreak…. I used ios 9 Beta, but return to ios 8.4 because Jailbreak… (y)

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Same here

  • kurt

    I have seen Apple employees with jailbroken phones.

    • Swag



      I am a former Apple retail employee and I have always jailbroken my phone and had seen many other employees do it

      • How’d that work out for you? Oh wait…

      • Without context it’s impossible to know if the fact he had a jailbroken iPhone is why he is no longer an Apple retail store employee. I’m willing to bet Apple takes the angle that whatever you do to your own devices is your business but to not encourage customers to do so.


        Exactly. Management didn’t care at all that we had our devices jailbroken. They just didn’t care for us talking about it and promoting it to customers. I still did and never was pulled aside about it. It’s really not that big a deal. If your device is jailbroken and an Apple employee sees it they’ll either say I can’t work on a jailbroken device, restore it and come back or they’ll just work on it anyways. I would offer to restore it for you at the store and then work on it or I would suggest backing it up, restoring, then returning for service.

      • I know I was jk


        I got a new job paying much more so I quit… So I’d say it worked out great actually.

    • Hot12345

      No shit? Really?

  • Seba

    Agreed 200% !!! Can’t imagine iPhone without Jailbreak. I had JB since my iPhone 3GS I believe 😉

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      That was my first jailbroken iPhone ever 🙂 Though prior to getting my first iPhone I was always jailbroken on the iPod Touch (1G/2G). Those days were priceless.

    • My first iPhone was an iPhone 3G and it was absolutely necessary to jailbreak it. This was back in the day where you couldn’t change the wallpaper or ringtone and folders were limited to so many icons. Oh how times have changed (for the better) since then.

    • toughspot

      iPhone without jailbreak is like computer without internet…

  • Jonathan

    That list of purchases. 0_o

    • I know, right.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        You’re goddamn right

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Myth number 10.. you can record your screen without jailbreaking.. Quicktime screen record and various other apps too.

  • HugoV

    Myth #11: TaiG will come out with a Mac Version Jailbreak.

    • lol gat eem

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      You’ll see Jeff jumping up and down and saying “NO!” really aggressively at this myth.

  • Thank you coach @JeffBenjam:disqus for the article, I finally after all these years I will jailbreak my iPhone and I will stay with trusted Sources. I’m against piracy by all the meaning of that word, each app developer deserve to be rewarded on their hardwork.

    • Digitalfeind

      They do deserve to get compensated for their work but I am a firm believer in try and buy. I have no problem paying for an app/tweak that I’ll use.

      • That’s why their free version and paid version. Try it, like it then pay for it.

      • Digitalfeind

        But not all have free versions and I don’t like to pay for something that won’t work. Complications with other tweaks and such. I have Tage and Springtomize, bought and paid for, but when I close out apps using Tage it crashes my iPhones because of conflicts with Springtomize. So I’m left with the option of Tage or Springtomize. My 4S has Springtomize and my 5s has Tage.

      • I beg your pardon, I’m still noob to the Jailbreak world, I have been wanting to jailbreak my iPhone since 3GS and I couldn’t have the gut to do so. But if there is no free version, I guess that could be a bummer. But I guess I learned something to keep it in my mind if one day happens I use Tage or Springtimize.

  • Digitalfeind

    Isn’t jail breaking an iPad considered illegal still?? Not that they would go after you for it.

    • Shadowelite123

      No. Jailbreaking I general is protected by law. That I’m aware of, what you just mentioned refers to unlocking.

      • Digitalfeind

        Nope. Jailbreaking an iPad is still illegal under the DMCA.

      • Erick Reyes

        Is not illegal by any means.

      • Digitalfeind

        Yes it is. Jailbreaking a tablet is a violation of the DMCA. Look it up.

      • Ángel Javier Esquivel

        Link me, please

      • Digitalfeind

        http://m.huffpost dot com/us/entry/2024754

  • aizathisyam

    Somebody told me that jailbreaking your iphone will make you blind… Or is it something else??

    • :D

      No, you’re right. Jailbroken iPhones can blind you; that’s why I only ever jailbreak my iPad.

  • Jon20

    Did Jeff get a haircut before filming the last part of Myth 10 for this video?… NO!!!!!
    Lol. Much love Jeff. That was a good video.

  • Gregg

    Great post, captures the essence of jailbreaking, thanks, well done, Jeff.

  • Levi Roberts

    So jailbreaking isn’t for sketchy characters but it is for Justin Bieber? I’m confused.

  • M_Hawke

    Uhm…using Justin Bieber as an example doesn’t exactly help the cause. 🙂 Just sayin’.

    Definitely not “sketch” jailbreakers–I am have been a teacher for double digits and completing a doctorate.

    • Shadowelite123

      I think he meant that even the train wreck we know as Justin Bieber, even he can do it.

      • Mr_Coldharbour

        Sweet metaphor, nice one!

      • M_Hawke

        LOL Yah, you just might be right!

  • Shadowelite123

    Thank you so much for this. You don’t know how many times I’ve heard people talk about jailbreaking like its just something used to get free stuff. Then again, you wouldn’t be making this article if you didn’t hear the same lol

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Likewise, just makes my blood boil at how ignorance (on this topic and every topic) just seems to be prevalent.

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Jeff iPad jailbreaking is still illegal.

    • Liggerstuxin

      Who cares? I sure don’t. I’ll use it and pirate as I please. I don’t really care who disagrees with that.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        Neither do I and I agree with what you said. I just think the article should state everything accurately.

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      What makes jailbreaking the iPad illegal?

  • Grochu

    Great article.

  • i  Mado

    No gilbroken no iphone

  • i  Mado

    IPhone without jailbreak it does not mean anything interest at the

  • Poporopo00

    iPhone is crap without Jailbreak.

    Thank you Sauric for “Impactor”…thank you!!!

  • Diego Rivas Aguilar

    Jailbreaking since my first itouch, 2009? 🙂 for me, jailbreak privides freedom within apple strugle to be unique. Not questionable but jailbreakable for our luck 🙂
    Mexican jailbreaker

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      My first jailbroken device ever was the iPod Touch 1G as well, I remember having Installer on that before hearing about Cydia. Good times 🙂

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      La primera vez que tuve jailbreak, me enamoré :3

  • DopamineAddicted

    People saying jailbreaking is illegal really grinds my gears

    • Anastasia

      It is illegal for iPad. (Really, tablets were explicitly left off the exemption list and while smartphones are legal, tablets are not). But for the iPhone, no, it’s not illegal and that does get extremely annoying.

      • almark

        That rule is as bad as ‘don’t remove this tag from mattress’ they won’t know if you do it nor will it matter.

  • Mike C.

    I love JBing but I never had this Q answered. Why what how does some JB or some combo slow down your phone? Is it the memory they comstantly need? Some tweaks just clashing?

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Like you said, some tweak combos may trigger a bad process in the background, causes the CPU or memory usage to peg and thus slow down a device. Also, some combos just don’t play nice with each other and result in a conflict that hinders the performance of your device. As for a jailbreak, especially if you’ve restored from a previous backup, it might cause a slow down due to temporary/junk files that bloats your device. If you want the most optimal performance and battery life, just do without the restore from backups and just jailbreak a fresh device and continue from there, no backup restorations.

    • Ángel Javier Esquivel

      Justin Beibering?

  • Mr_Coldharbour

    Here here! *performs a toast*
    That last myth, seeing Jeff shake his head in disapproval and saying “No!” was quite funny. Nice video as usual, Jeff. It’s really a delight watching your videos and I always look forward to them @JeffBenjam:disqus!
    I know, to each his/her own. But to me, at least, a stock (non-jailbroken) iPhone, is the exact equivalent to a person who is a sports car enthusiast and owns an extremely powerful sports car with factory-set cap/bottleneck on the car’s engine so that it can’t surpass the speed of 140kmph. I simply can’t do without a jailbroken iPhone, but for what reason mainly? Activator and CC toggles customisation. I just want to avoid using the home/sleep buttons at all costs because I don’t want to be one of those people who after a year or two ends up with a jammed button or one that doesn’t work. Long live the jailbreak, those who make it happen and those who contribute (positively) to it! *raises a glass*

  • Colin Steiger

    Jeff… You snap so hard in your videos ahahaha. I don’t think it could have been said any better than that. My Cydia collection is well over $500 in purchases at this point for sure. I’m all about that legal pure Jailbreak and not a single song stolen! To me it’s about the iPhone being the most superior smart phone (when Jailbroken)

  • Harold Merriman

    i’m 63 yo, and i’ve jailbroken my iphones even back when they were tethered. But I do believe in try and buy! Lets face it, sometimes some tweaks just don’t do as they say…

  • Martynet

    That is some great acting at the end of the video 😀 Well done Jeff.

  • diegomsouza

    I still can update IOS with OTA? if i jailbreak my device..

  • Joonyaboy

    The thing about jailbreak is you can have more fun and more productivity with the expensive gadget you have purchased. Over the years I use less and less tweaks as Apple gets better.

  • Shinonuke

    Currently, Jailbreaking an iPad is still illegal.

  • Myth #11: You can root your android phone to get iOS so that you can jailbreak iOS on your rooted android phone to get cydia.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    One thing that you forgot to add is more crashing on jailbroken iPhones. And one thing I do notice is my camera gets slower and sometimes doesn’t record video. Using the 60fps option my 6 plus while jailbroken has proven hard. I either gotta go back to 30fps or go into safe mode and record video that way.

  • J™

    If Dustbin Beaver is still jailbroken then I’m gonna unjailbreak my phone

  • Queen Lang

    That’s interesting. I found it to be just like using a PC in that regard. I personally found it to be always a bit easier to modify than the iPhone as well. I don’t have any difficulties with the iPhone past some modest problems here and there. Both techniques are strong for me – I just think I choose the Android as of this point.