iOS 8.4 jailbreak roundup

Now that we know for sure that iOS 8.4.1 kills the exploits used in the most recent jailbreaks, it’s time to sit back and reevaluate our current jailbreak situation.

What should you do? In this post, I’ll evaluate some of the options and steps that you can take to ensure a long and happy jailbreak future.

Step 1: Don’t upgrade to iOS 8.4.1. This is obvious, but if you’re new to the jailbreak scene, or you simply just forgot, you definitely need to know to stay away from iOS 8.4.1. If you upgrade, and Apple stops signing iOS 8.4, then you’re forever stuck on iOS 8.4.1 unless some sort of downgrade appears. To check the iOS 8.4 signing status, click here.

Step 2: If you upgraded to iOS 8.4.1, downgrade—now. You can still downgrade as long as Apple is signing iOS 8.4. Apple won’t sign iOS 8.4 forever, so you should act now to downgrade if you for some reason upgraded to iOS 8.4.1 or if you’re on iOS 9 and want to jailbreak.

Step 3: Save your SHSH blobs for iOS 8.4. If a post-signing downgrade method ever does surface, you’ll most likely need your SHSH blobs. Apple is still signing iOS 8.4 as of this post, so it’s easy to get your blobs using TinyUmbrella.

Step 4: Download Cydia Impactor. Cydia Impactor lets you restore your device to the current firmware without upgrading. That means you can perpetually stay on iOS 8.4, and always jailbreak.

Yes, it’s always a little sad when Apple patches exploits used for jailbreaks, but it’s also good for security, and it’s something that Apple is obligated to do. That being said, this doesn’t have to be the end of the line for your current jailbreak. You can still maintain your current iOS 8.4 jailbreak and enjoy it for a long time to come if you take the proper steps.

What additional tips do you have with regard to maintaining your jailbreak? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Montgomery Tyler

    reading this post is scary. It’s like reading a horror book :{

    • sigh

      For real lol. so melodramatic.

      • Montgomery Tyler

        hahaha where’s my teddy. Jeff is trying to scare us.

      • Micrones

        I agree, some people are so dramatic……

    • Antzboogie

      Every time the end of a Jailbreak arrives I really do get sad though. Without a Jailbreak my iPhone would be boring. If Jailbreaking ever stopped I would be going to the dark side.

  • Scott Curry

    I’m seriously considering switching to the iOS 9 public beta…

    • Mark

      I was on the public beta for a while and just went back to 8.4 yesterday

      • Juschan

        may i ask why?

      • Mark

        I started having issues with apps freezing, keyboard not loading just a ton of overall issues. I know some of yinz are gonna be like “but its a beta” but it got so bad. And I was on Public beta 3

      • Juschan

        okay :/ i had a lot of issues on beta 2 but now it seems to work perfectly fine

    • Juschan

      i truly would recommend you that i am on public beta since it came out and the third beta seems to work perfectly fine better than you would expect

  • MrShutEmDown

    I ended up going to ios 9 betas due to lack of actual quality tweaks in the past 2-3 weeks on 8.4. Here’s to patience and an ios 9 release.

    • Damian

      Oh man for real no tweaks?

      • Antzboogie

        Trust me there are plenty of Tweaks just have to look for them in changes and YouTube has plenty to show you as well when you search top Cydia Tweaks.

    • Antzboogie

      That is so not true my iPhone is fully loaded with awesome tweaks!!

  • Mike M. Powell

    Build a safe bunker n wait for taig to rescue us

  • Alex Noyle

    Be sure to install SafeStrat for safety.

    • Neel Parikh

      What is it? If any tweak,pls mention with repo

  • Jerry

    The question is how much security is in the jailbreak.
    How much do you trust the developers who write add-ons to Cydia.
    How many of them really trying to improve our lives and how many on the sly without our knowledge steals private information. That’s what we will not know. But I know one thing, that JailBreak has become the fastest and simplest tool to steal…

    • Micrones

      Where did you get your information from??? Has your info or someone you know ever been stolen?? your sources or these are just your conjectures out of nothing??
      People like to spew a lot of falsehood without basis……
      Granted that jailbreaking is not safe does not mean it is the FASTEST and SIMPLEST tool to steal info…

      • mrgerbik

        Agree, but one should always be vigilant. Its when your defences are down that you get blindsided.

        Dont be too cynical or too naive, I suppose.

      • Jerry

        I’m just saying that the add ons from Cydia no one checks. Many hacker groups are trying to break the security of iOS to steal data. Using the JB gate is open. Just saying.

    • Antzboogie

      Your comment is misguided by your lack of information and research. Jailbreaking is safe and Cydia definitely moniters what’s released. That’s why I always pay for my Tweaks to support the Developers who make my iPhone push its limits and become free.

      • Shinonuke

        What you said is common sense and common knowledge among long time jailbreakers. Jerry is speaking from less than a handful of time that tweaks steals people’s info. It is true that installing tweaks from malicious groups can have their data stolen. However, it is safer to install tweak from legitimate sources. Suarik tries his best to monitor all of the tweaks that come through his repo sites. Pay for your tweaks and you will probably be okay. Pirate tweaks at your own discretion.

    • Gregg


  • Freddy Born

    this might even be the end of the WHOLE jailbreak. iOS 9 will be pretty hard to jailbreak/if not impossible.

    • Manuel Molina

      They said that about iOS 8 and it was jailbroken between a day and the week that the iPhone 6/Plus released.

      • No they didn’t.

      • Manuel Molina

        Come now, I’ve seen you in the comments for awhile on here. You know people say that stuff each time a new iOS is released. Whether it be 6, 7 or 8. Now it’s said about 9. They always say it’s going to be tougher to jailbreak, jail breaking is dead soon, people will have to wait longer and longer.

      • No, this is the first time apple has dubbed it’s iOS “rootless.” I’ve never seen such article before.

      • Blip dude

        *yawn* difficult, but not impossible. So I’ll just sit back and enjoy iOS 8.4 with Cydia Impactor as long as possible. If I get bored of iOS 8.4, I’ll simply update to iOS 9 and continue to wait.

      • OnTheFly

        The game is changing my friend. If you can connect the dot, the release of Extensify Store, tweaking the app on the fly… Imagine the possibilities of OTA update that they can now inject the tweak within future iOS… just saying.. 🙂

      • Manuel Molina

        I’m speaking on the behalf of those who are jailbreakers. Comments always hit stating that the next iOS will be more of a challenge to exploit to run root access. Each year, we see that isn’t the case. I’m a firm believer that iOS 9 will see a jailbreak with the the coming months, and I’m sure developers are working with beta iOS 9 as I type.

      • John


      • Manuel Molina

        I beg your pardon?

      • Freddy Born

        just google.

    • Jonathan

      They said the current jailbreak was compatible with previous iOS 9 betas. :/

    • Antzboogie

      Not true.

      • Alberto Espinal

        There is a tweak in Cydia that says compatible with iOS 7, 8 and 9

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    This is the same news as presented from iOS 2. We all know the drill, let’s just stay calm and be patient, we have an alternative way to restore without iTunes if our devices screw up so we’re good for now.

  • Dante Arellano

    In the ps3 if you want to use internet or download any app you have to upgrade to the new firmware why apple does it do this?

  • dudeimmexican

    Whoever upgrades to 8.4.1 dies, ok? Go!

  • Blip dude

    What now?? Honestly, although I’m probably really wrong with this one: Wait for TaiG or Pangu (doubtful) to release a Jailbreak for 8.4.1. TaiG (sorta) pointlessly did release a jailbreak for 8.1.1/8.1.2 so I do somewhat expect them to do the same for 8.4.1 sometime around the iOS 9 final release.

  • Ernie Marin

    lol i’m still on 8.1.1, and loving it

    • Freddy Born

      you are awesome and interesting

      • iPhoneWINS


    • iPhoneWINS

      im on 8.4 and loving it more..

  • besrate hogsa

    ios 9 is right around the corner

    imo the jailbreak community should pay more attention to ios 9

  • iltas

    If iOS8.4 sign out
    can I use Cydia impactor to be fresh restore
    I mean Is Cydia impactor give fresh restore
    Plz answer any one

    • Chris

      Only if your already on 8.4, Cydia Impactor simply restores your devices file system to how it was when you run a complete restore via iTunes but in about 1/8 of the time.

      • iltas

        Is it make freshRestore iF I use

      • Blip dude

        It will freshly restore back to the current OS. Everything will get absolutely deleted except for iOS 8.4 itself. It will be like getting a new phone out of the box. You will have to restore all previous files and settings on your own.

  • Andy

    NO PLS RECOVERY, mikoto and safestrat from Karen’s Pineapple Repo are super useful for preserving your jailbreak

  • Nirvana

    Well, at least 8.4 is still being signed. What’s more, Cydia Impactor is worth leaning on.

  • LeMerlot

    It’s sooo easy… – I will NEVER upgrade until the next jailbreak is out. My 50+ carefully selected and beloved tweaks are so much more worth in terms of productivity than the small improvements by Apple’s new version…

  • Blip dude

    In other words, as long you are NOT in the position of having to swap devices after a few weeks, most likely there won’t be issues. If anyone needs a device swap, I suggest do it now while all new devices come with iOS 8.3/8.4 out of the box.

  • Kanzler

    could u please give a guide how to update to 8.4 while possible? im still on 7.0.6. Thx! 🙂

    • Neel Parikh

      Back up your device first. head over to iDB download page and download iOS 8.4 for your device make sure you download perfect version ( there are Global and GSM version for every device. Check your IMEI number via setting > about in I device and download perfect version. then connect to iTunes press restore( + swift for windows OR option for Mac ) and restore your device with iOS 8.4. Then jailbreak with taig.

      • Kanzler

        Hi Neel, thx for your great instruction! Do u know any tweak that reinstalls all old tweaks after rejailbreaking? I know that will cause most certain a safemode, but i know which tweaks these r. Unfortunatelly HomescreenDesigner is among it 🙁

      • Neel Parikh

        I will go with old screen shot methods

      • Kanzler

        Thx again for your instruction, ive done it yesterday and the phone is almost like before. however im a bit disappointed of ios 8.4. My iP5 is quite laggy now while scrolling any pages or deleting picture, didnt happen a single time with ios 7. also the CC needs 1-2 sec to open up and the battery drains much faster. Well ill buy the 6s anyway… in 2 years when i can get a cheap refurbished 😀

      • Neel Parikh

        Ya on my iPhone 5c iOS 8.4 is also lagging but I think it is normal. On iPhone 5s it works well if you have perfect jail broken iPhone like Jeff mentioned.

    • Blip dude

      Quick question: Why are you just now contemplating on updating?? Apple literally put this on beta to let us know it was coming, so most people have had at least 2 weeks to update to iOS 8.4 to Jailbreak.

      • Kanzler

        Because i know its possible to install an old firmware 3-7 days after the newest version is available. Actually i would like to stay on 7.0.6 like forever, but i need the beatport app which needs ios 8 🙁

  • Chintan Kankeshwar

    All these years i was on jailbreak..from iphone 4 to iphone 6…..but this time i will wait for ios 9

  • digitalchet

    Damnit. I managed to update and jailbreak one of my iPads to 8.4 and hoped I could do my other iPad when I got home from work, but then I got online and saw that they had released 8.4.1. So now I have an iPhone 6 and an iPad 3 on 8.4 and the other iPad 3 still on 8.1. >_<

    • Kimleang

      If you want to update to 8.4 do it now, it still sign

  • Loke1988

    I just JB for the first time ever. Don’t know why I waited so long. Only regret is not getting updates to Apple Music as its buggy as heck. In time they will figure out how to JB the latest OS I’m fine with being patient as it’s worth it to have a unique phone apart from the Apple Sheep 🙂

  • chris

    Power to the people!

  • xXGamesmasheRXx

    Where is the old comment system?

  • IGdsDhanjal

    Lol I’m still on 7.1.2 and loving it 😀

  • Jamie Blatt

    I am sure another jailbreak will roll out soon. I think the patches are great for jailbreak appreciation!

  • Jamie Blatt

    iOS 9 looks good, but I cannot deal with the horribly inflated icons (Bigify), the silly dock background (Dockshift) and the inability to set custom sounds for individual app notifications (Bannersounds).
    After two weeks of these annoyances, I begin to miss jailbreaks…