ios 9 should you jailbreak

Every year, it seems jailbreaking loses a little bit of its appeal. It’s not that the community is dying. It’s just that hardware and software upgrades brought to iOS devices can make it a little less compelling to jailbreak.

If you are on the fence about jailbreaking, take a moment and read the next few paragraphs. I won’t try to convince you to make the jump, because ultimately, jailbreaking is a personal decision, which as you will see, has much more drawbacks than benefits to offer.

Pangu9 is currently buggy: although the tool is safe from a security standpoint, it is still a pretty buggy process, with users reporting various issues such as being stuck during the process, getting stuck in a boot loop, and having to restore their devices. It appears it is just a minority of users encountering issues with the jailbreak process, but it is still worth mentioning. The good news is, no matter what happens, you cannot possibly brick your iPhone or iPad, so there is nothing to worry on that front. The other good news is that the Pangu team is working hard to crush all these bugs. As a matter of fact, they have already released an update to their tool, and more are on the way.

Pangu9 is Windows only so far: this can be a major drawback for people like me who don’t have a Windows PC. Sure there are ways to make it happen. Our own Jeff Benjamin wrote a detailed tutorial on how to jailbreak iOS 9 with Pangu on Mac using a virtual machine, but it is still more trouble than some would want to go through at this time. The bright side is the Pangu Team is working on a Mac version of the jailbreak, so once again, it seems we’ll just have to be patient.

It’s a hassle: do you remember the good old days of JailbreakMe? You could just navigate to a website from Safari and initiate the jailbreak process directly from there. Gone are these days. Nowadays, jailbreaking is a process. You must download a tool to your computer, and your device must be set up a certain way. For instance, you must turn off Find My iPhone, and maybe more inconveniently, it is highly recommended that your iPhone be updated to the latest software version via iTunes, and not Over The Air. Of course some users disregard that requirement (I have in the past), but that opens the door to troubles going forward.

Some tweaks aren’t updated yet: are you excited about getting your old favorite tweak on your iPhone 6s right now? Well, don’t get to hyped up, because there are strong chances it hasn’t been updated for iOS 9 or your specific device quite yet. If many tweaks work right off the bat with iOS 9, many don’t, which means you will have to wait for developers to update them. Patience, once again seems to be of the essence. To find out if your favorite tweak works on iOS 9, have a look at the iOS 9 jailbreak tweaks compatibility list.

Is it worth it to you? This is probably the most important thing to consider! Is jailbreaking still worth it to you? What are the main reasons to jailbreak? Whether you are jailbreaking for adding functionality to your device, for customizing it, or simply for the feeling of freedom that comes with it, you have to ask yourself if it’s worth it to you. iOS 9 and iPhone 6s come with both hardware and software improvements that might make jailbreaking less appealing to you. Take that into consideration and figure things out.

Security concerns: by jailbreaking your device, you effectively remove the walls Apple has built to protect you. If done responsibly, jailbreaking can be safe, but there are certain basic rules to keep in mind. Theoretically, jailbreaking makes your device much more vulnerable to a possible hack. There is no arguing that. But in practice, we’ve seen many times before the jailbreak community can be faster than Apple at offering fixes for major vulnerabilities.

Upcoming tweaks are exciting: if you jailbreak to add features Apple wouldn’t allow, then you have to be thrilled at the potential for upcoming tweaks taking advantage of 3D Touch, or piggybacking on iOS 9 features that are exclusive to certain devices, such as Forcy. This is arguably the most exciting and most worthy reason to jailbreak. I know this is why I do it. If you were on the fence about jailbreaking because of all the reasons I mentioned above, maybe this will steer you in the right direction.

The truth is… There is no good or bad decision to be made here. Only you can make the final decision by answering a few questions. Is it worth it to you? Is it worth it going through the hassle of using a buggy tool like Pangu? Is it worth your time waiting for a Mac version? Is it worth it potentially putting yourself at risk? Once again, this is a decision only you can make.

If you are on the fence about jailbreaking after reading all this, then I suggest you just don’t. Maybe give yourself some time. That’s actually what I’m doing. I do want to jailbreak my device, but there are just too many negatives right now to make it worth my time, though something tells me once a Mac version of Pangu is released, I’ll probably be among the first people to download it.

Tell us what’s on your mind. Join the iDB community in the comments section and share your reasons to jailbreak, or not to jailbreak.

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  • babiloe

    You need to restore as new, otherwise very buggy. Tested
    If fails, sometimes the backup during jailbreak will take up space

  • Im on still on ios 8 and jailbroken on my ipad air. Should i upgrade to ios 9 n jailbreak it. Or should i stay with my ios 8

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    The only reason I won’t be jailbreaking is because I won’t update to iOS 9. I made the mistake of updating many times, to iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G, iOS 6 on the iPod Touch 4g and iOS 7 on the iPhone 4. Not this time. I only updated to iOS 8 on my 5S because of apps. Now I’m staying on it forever. The older the faster.

  • jalexcarter

    LegacySwitcher is a good enough reason for me to jailbreak. I hate the new app switcher with a passion

  • Mustafa Mahdi

    any advice i havent update my iphone6 to ios9 yet but still on 8.4 tried to install forcy 3D touch but no luck cant install

  • mplsdude

    I miss BiteSMS. 🙁

    • Rick Hart

      Most missed tweak

  • notewar

    Anyone have volume problem after jailbroken the phone? I find sometime the volume for media playback is inconsistent e.g. despite set at high volume the sound is not loud and all of the sudden it went loud…and continue the back and forth loop. So annoying

    • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

      Yes!!! Thing its a iOS bug, same problem, and im NOT jailbroken

  • iPhoneWINS

    i cannot use an iPhone without a jailbreak so i will jailbreak my 6+ as soon as the mac tok is out..

  • mmarcell

    Hi guys, I tried to update my iOS from 8.3 (with jailbreak) to 9.0.2 and now after the restore, the phone is stuck at the apple logo and keeps vibrating every 5 seconds. I’ve tried to restore the iPhone several times tried the volume + button (which didn’t work at all). I am currently stuck and helpless. Can anybody help me please 🙂

    • Neel Parikh

      Go in DFU mode. Connect to iTunes ( although iPhone will not recognise). Hold power + home button for 10s and than only Home Button till iTunes pop up that iPhone has been found in DFU mode. Than restore.

      • mmarcell

        Thanks for the reply, Neel. I’ve tried this three times already. Everything seems to work, iTunes synchronizes etc. But it is stuck at the Apple logo and the vibrating keeps continuing.. 🙁

      • Neel Parikh

        I think you had Power Saver Mode tweak Installed.

      • Neel Parikh

        Make sure you are on latest iTunes version as well

      • mmarcell

        iTunes says it’s on the newest version already. And I didn’t have the power saver tweak installed! I have added my tweak list, i made printscreens before backing up so that I can remember which tweaks I need etc.

        What can I do when there is a tweak that makes my iPhone stuck?

        Tweak list:

        Adblocker 2
        Apex 2
        Appcake
        Appsync Unified
        Aria
        AutoRotateVideos
        BerryC8
        BetterNF
        Calendar for Lockscreen
        Canopy for iOS 8
        Censio
        DataMeter
        Dim
        DismissProgress
        DockShift
        FlipControlCenter
        Forecast
        iFile
        InstaBetter
        InTube 2 (iOS 8)
        Keyboard Accio
        Lockpages
        Locus
        Mail Labeler
        Netflix++
        Notification Killer
        Phantom for Snapchat
        Push for Gmail
        QRC
        QRC for WA
        ReachApp
        seng
        Shazam On Start
        Simplock
        Social Duplicator
        SpotifyDataSwitch
        SwipeAway
        SwipeSelection Prop
        Tabless
        VirtualHome 8
        VolumeBanner
        Watusi

      • Neel Parikh

        You can remove tweaks by going into safe mode. Holding Vol + while rebooting

  • Not exactly the most reliable source but according to Reddit the jailbreak is buggy by design because of how complex the jailbreak is. It’ll be interesting to see from a technical standpoint exactly why this is and what the Pangu untether is doing in order to free our devices.

  • Kenneth Delgado

    Where’s Pagu for Mac?

  • Preben Faarkrog Hansen

    Only reason for me to JB, is themes

  • Rick Hart

    Jail broke iPad Air worked perfectly no problems at all. Still debating if I should update i6 and jailbreak after reading all these horror stories?

  • Sivroc Noel

    Is it safe to use Apple Pay after jailbreaking a device?

  • ammad

    help needed, is it safe to allow access pangu jailbreak tool to photo album/camera roll ?
    any leakage of photos ?