iOS 8.4 jailbreak roundup

Apple is still signing iOS 8.4. That’s not an anomaly, as Apple usually waits a while before it slams the door for good on older firmware. It’s now been nearly a week since the exploit-killing iOS 8.4.1 was released, so time is definitely not on the side of those wishing to downgrade (or upgrade) to iOS 8.4 and enjoy a crisp new jailbreak.

We’ve emphasized this several times already, but now it’s really serious and now it’s really crunch time.

What should you do?

Realize that time is against you

Apple could stop signing iOS 8.4 any second now. Once they do, it’s over, and who knows when we’ll see a new jailbreak. Not only did Apple fix a ton of exploits in iOS 8.4.1, but its beefed up security significantly in iOS 9. That’s not to say that a jailbreak will be impossible for iOS 9, but it probably won’t come as soon as iOS 9 is launched. Your new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus most likely won’t see a jailbreak for a while.

With this in mind, you have to realize that the time for installing iOS 8.4 and jailbreaking is now. In fact, if you haven’t done so, stop reading this post, download iOS 8.4, and install it now.

Check your devices

You know that old 5th generation iPod touch laying on the dusty shelf in corner that’s still running iOS 6? Yeah, you should probably update that now. In fact, check all of your iOS devices—your devices, your household member’s devices, and do them a favor and update just in case.

You should also consider downgrading any devices that you may have updated to iOS 8.4.1 or iOS 9 beta. Once Apple stops signing iOS 8.4 there’s simply no going back.

You don’t have to jailbreak right now

Just because you’ve taken the action to preserve the possibility of a jailbreak doesn’t mean that you must jailbreak right this second. As long as your device is running iOS 8.4 it can be jailbroken. You can simply install iOS 8.4 on the devices that you wish to jailbreak in the future and then jailbreak at your leisure.

Of course that’s not to say that you shouldn’t update to iOS 8.4.1 or that you shouldn’t be running the iOS 9 beta. If you’re not interested in jailbreaking a particular device, then by all means stay right where you are. We understand that not everyone wishes to jailbreak, so if that’s you, you should definitely consider updating to iOS 8.4.1, as it does fix tons of security related stuff, and that’s super-important too.

But, as stated, if you do wish to jailbreak, the time to take action to preserve the ability to do so is now. Don’t wait another moment. The signing window could close now, in fact, the signing window could close before you’re finished reading this sentence. Don’t risk it by procrastinating.

What will you do?

  • been there reinstalled that. lol

  • Scott

    I wish I jailbreak, for some reason when I did jailbreak I couldn’t sync my music from my iMac to my iPhone… anyone else have this happen to them?

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      Restore, rejailbreak. Use TaiG jailbreak for Mac.

      • Scott

        I did restore, I will re-jailbreak…And I did use Taig – but if my music doesn’t sync again… that’s it for me until iOS9 is jailbroken using Mac

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Could be a number of problems.. Possibly reinstall iTunes, check your cable, different usb ports, turn off Wi-Fi and sync, it should work – you may need to play around with the configuration and settings

      • Blip dude

        Only thing this is doing and making the experience more tainted for them. I sure as well wouldn’t bother continue to jailbreak if this happened to me.

      • MyFlammingSkull

        Use CopyTrans Software. Awesome

    • Greenery

      I’ve had issues with syncing music as well but I wouldn’t blame jailbreak, just bugs I would say. Try deleting your smart playlists see if that works then drag em after you’ve synced your songs..and don’t drag a song into a playlist that’s on your iPhone. Instead, From your iPhone library Drag the song into your playlist. Hope these help, def helped me.

      • Scott

        I haven’t had issues with Music on stock iOS so when I jailbreak next time I’ll remember your tips – thanks for the advice I appreciate it

  • Anders.k.s

    I want to! But then I can’t use my Watch because it’s on WatchOS 2.0 and it’s impossible to downgrade!??

  • It’s not working for me, I get this error message every time – “The Iphone could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible”

    • Niclas

      You have the wrong ipsw.

    • happened to me also…the file didn’t download completely because of the wifi speed but i redownloaded and it was completely and restored

  • iOS Kush

    Just made the upgrade yesterday from 8.1-8.4. Had a feeling the clock was ticking glad I was able to jailbreak it.

  • Joey Pants

    Doesn’t Saurik’s Cydia Impactor kind of eliminate the need of the precautionary messages? Yes, of course if you’re not jailbroken, it won’t be of any help, but if you’re already jailbroken and need to restore after Apple stopped signing whatever firmware, you can just use Cydia Impactor.

    • Eliijah Moss

      Not sure exactly how it works, except that it deletes all remenece of cydia… Basically making the device factory reseted. I kind of want to test it out though. That question is, will it make it as close to as a fresh reinstalled 8.4. Probably not. I’ll look into it when I copy some things…

  • Poporopo00

    I just restored my Iphone6 to 8.3 with Impactor. I guess i will stay there, away of that new Music App.

    Thank you Saurik!!

  • DopamineAddicted

    whats the name of the tweak that allows you to remain on 8.4 if you wipe your phone?

  • Blip dude

    “You know that old 5th generation iPod touch laying on the dusty shelf in corner that’s still running iOS 6? Yeah, you should probably update that now.”

    Uhh, no. Based on the complaints I’ve heard, The only iPod touch in this household proudly has iOS 6 installed and we don’t plan on changing that especially after what iOS 8 has done.

  • becoolyolanda

    Can anyone give a good reason to bother going from 8.1 to 8.4 when everything I need to work works

    • Tko

      I wish I could. I just made the jump today from 8.1.2 -> 8.4 after reading this article. I held off updating because everything worked fine and I didn’t care about Apple Music plus I didn’t want to go through the process of installing everything again. I guess I didn’t need to update (as I see no real effect since). I did because of that “what if” that was lingering in the back of my mind and to have a fresh install. Do it if you want..I would have been just as happy if I stayed on 8.1.2.
      As a side note: I installed AppInfo to record all my tweaks and such that I had installed and just sent them out in an email to myself. Also, remember to Restore and not just Update through iTunes. Maybe a noob mistake but the first time I went that route and I was having all kinds of issues with cydia dependencies not updated. Had to restore and rejailbreak.

    • iOS Kush

      I feel you but, I made the switch due to see if the battery life improves. Also after I jailbroke it all my Cydia sources were saved. All I had to do is install certain tweaks I needed. The iOS 9 Jailbreak may take a little longer than people are expecting it might not be released until Dec,Feb.

  • marco

    i downgraded from iOS 8.4.1 to 8.4 then tried to jailbreak using the mac version of taig tool, but it gets stuck at 10 % every time i try. I’ve also tried with windows and i get stuck at 20 %. Am i doing something wrong. if anyone has any solutions plz reply. thank you1

  • Christopher Triffitt

    If I downgrade my iPhone I will lose by backup because you carnt downgrade your backup
    If I am wrong please post a link 🙂

  • Navi Vani

    I have a question plz, i’m on ios 8.3 jailbroken, should i upgrade to 8.4 or just stay on my firmware ??

  • Jep, you made me go back to 8.4

  • fawaz

    I want to restore to ios 8.4 . Anyone knows how can i backup every app and data in ios 8.1.3? Other than icloud?

    • therealjjohnson

      Back it up to your computer using iTunes. Direct connection, not iCloud.