Everything you need to know about the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak

By , Jul 25, 2016

Cydia App Icon iOS 9.3.3

Pangu certainly took the jailbreak community by storm over the weekend, working with 25PP to launch a working jailbreak for iOS 9.2-9.3.3.

In this piece, we’ll talk about all the caveats to the jailbreak, and everything you need to know about it before you consider jailbreaking your own device(s) and what the future may hold for the current jailbreak.

The state of the jailbreak

Currently, the jailbreak life is looking pretty good. With a fresh new jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3, it opens all kinds of new doors for the jailbreak community to start producing all new jailbreak tweaks for iOS 9 and not only benefits developers who need a platform to test on, but also benefits the users who’ve wanted device customization for so long after accidentally upgrading their devices.

Of course, there are some things that you should know about the current jailbreak. We’ll try and discuss them below to the best of our current knowledge so that you’re in the loop.

The jailbreak is semi-untethered

Semi-untethered is a weird name for this jailbreak, mostly because there’s no tethering part at all. The semi-untethered jailbreak involves running the jailbreak tool from your Windows machine over a Lightning to USB connection once, and then launching an app from your Home screen every time you reboot in order to make Cydia usable again.

You do not lose your jailbreak tweaks every time you reboot your jailbroken device, but Cydia will crash when you try to launch it if you don’t run the jailbreak app from your Home screen after every reboot.

There is a Safari-based jailbreak available

Just about half of a day after the release of the Windows-only jailbreak tool, some well-known jailbreak developers found a way to make the jailbreak possible from the native Safari app on the iOS devices themselves. You can actually just visit the website and install the jailbreak from Safari without connecting to a Windows PC at all.

This process is a lot like the beloved JailbreakMe jailbreak that was all the rage in 2011. On the other hand, the jailbreak is still semi-untethered and the process to reboot is still going to be the same.

To learn more about jailbreaking your device from the Safari web browser, you will want to read our full tutorial.

It’s not in English yet

Pangu says that an English version of the jailbreak tool is coming soon. Right now, all that’s available is a Chinese version for Windows and Safari on the iOS device itself.

For most people, reading Chinese isn’t a second nature, but we’ve published tutorials on iDB that guide you through the process of clicking on the right buttons, even if you’re not fluent in Chinese.

One thing that’s for sure is that Pangu are the ones working on the English jailbreak tool, while 25PP appears to be working separately to iron out the bugs in the initial release.

It requests an Apple ID

The Windows version of the jailbreak tool requests that you enter a valid Apple ID for the sake of installing the jailbreak. It’s needed for the certificate that allows the installation of the semi-untether app. We suggest creating a new phony Apple ID for this process, separate from your real Apple ID.

Alternatively, the Safari-based jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 doesn’t require an Apple ID at all, so you might prefer that route altogether.

It only supports 64-bit devices

The jailbreak currently only supports 64-bit devices, which means that the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5c cannot be jailbroken with this tool. Only the iPhone 5s and later, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation can be jailbroken.

The jailbreak relies on certificates that will expire

One of the most under-reported details about this jailbreak is that it relies on a certificate to run. Because of this, the certificate is bound to expire. When this happens, you will need to re-run the jailbreak tool on your Windows machine to install a fresh new certificate.

The Windows jailbreak tool reportedly has a certificate that will expire after 7 days, and this means you’ll need to re-run the tool after a week.

If you jailbroke your device(s) using the Safari web-based method, then some of the tools are offering year-long certificates, which hopefully won’t require refreshing for a full 365 days, although nothing’s guaranteed. For this jailbreak, you’ll just re-visit the website you used to jailbreak your device when the certificate expires, and you’ll re-run it from the Safari web browser to gain a new certificate.

The process is still very much unknown, as it has yet to happen and the jailbreak teams haven’t disclosed much about it yet.

It installs a third-party app store

One of the less desirable things that gets installed on your device after jailbreaking with the new iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak is a third-party app store from 25PP that has long been associated with piracy. The third-party app store may even open the door to malware potential, and so we suggest removing it after the jailbreak is complete.

Removing the third-party app store doesn’t get rid of Cydia, any of your jailbreak tweaks, or the app that is required to perform the semi-untether reboot.

It’s slightly buggy

The jailbreak itself is relatively stable, but the jailbreak process is a bit buggy to say the least. Our first attempt to jailbreak with the Windows tool required 8 consecutive tries in a row to successfully install Cydia.

Some people even say that they’re running across random errors, having trouble getting Cydia to open, and many are even saying that the iPad Pro and iPod touch 6th generation are having problems jailbreaking successfully.

The same Twitter account that claimed 32-bit support is coming by July 27th says that these bugs should be fixed in the next update for the jailbreak tool.

We suggest waiting until a few more tool releases to jailbreak your daily driver, as stability is always very important. Nevertheless, we’ve composed a guide of some of the common errors you could make that may present a lot of the issues you’re having, so be sure to read up on that as well just to make sure you did everything correctly.

Not all jailbreak tweaks work with iOS 9.3.3 yet

You might be getting really excited about your new jailbreak, but keep your pants on. It’s still a very new jailbreak, and it came without any warning, which means developers had no time to prepare for the release.

It may take some time for jailbreak developers to get their devices jailbroken and then test their tweaks for iOS 9.3.3 and update them as necessary. We have a running list of jailbreak tweaks that are currently supported on iOS 9.3.3 and you should check back occasionally.

iOS 9.0.2 jailbreak is more stable

If you’re jailbroken on iOS 9.0.2 with the untethered jailbreak, then I highly suggest you stay put until a full untethered jailbreak is released either for iOS 9.3.3 or iOS 10.

I suggest this because although the semi-untether isn’t very difficult to deal with it’s still more of a hassle than an untethered jailbreak is.

This jailbreak was basically a last-minute release for those who have been waiting a really long time to have a jailbreak again. Given the timing, and the fact that Pangu is also working on an iOS 10 jailbreak, we believe this was just a way to burn an exploit that may have already been patched in iOS 10.

Wrapping up

That’s about all you need to know about the current iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak right now. More information should reveal itself soon, especially as the team releases updated versions of the tool.

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  • Thiago

    Nope. Not doing it, there are too many cons. I’ll wait for the untethered one. Thanks.

    • Diego Milano

      Yeah, I just hope they get to release it soon before Apple patches it.

    • Wolf

      noy gonna happen with the new security

  • Gabriela Furlin

    Do we need to restore the iPhone first? Or does the jailbreak works with the phone full of stuff?

    • It can work with an iPhone without restoring, but it’s generally recommended that you jailbreak with a clean device.

      My iPhone 6 was previously jailbroken on iOS 9.0.2, I updated to 9.3.3 while keeping all my content and then successfully re-jailbroke without any major issues.

      • ramesh

        how long did it take to re jailbreak? i am having time consuming process. i connected my device for more tha 3 hours but still i cant get access!!

      • Mine took less than 5 minutes. At what stage of the jailbreak process is your device getting stuck at?

      • ramesh

        After I verified my appleid!

      • ramesh

        Last time in my ios 9.2. Its was easily jailbroken in less than 5 minutes! Latter I mistakenly upgraded to ios 9.3.3. And now I am facing this problem. It took me more than 3 hours but still not jailbroken.. I reinstalled the pangu again but still no way! Please bro help me!!

      • Which device model are you using? Is iTunes installed on your PC, and has your device been configured to trust communications from your PC?

      • ramesh

        Yes I have latest itunes! It is trusted by my itunes. And I am using iphone 5s

      • Tony Uhrlaub

        Have you tried doing a compleate restore on your 5s then downloading the ENGLISH version of this JB. Its 10x faster then the chiness version and I believe it will work better considering that you will have to JB your phone every week

  • andiebrust

    Although it reads like it’s kind of a pain in the a** to get it done (and re-run it after a week) I’m glad they release it. Now let´s hope Apple won´t stop signing the 9.3.3 in the next days.
    Let the games continue.
    PS: Virtual Home will be part of iOS 10? Did the developer get at least some credit for it?

    • af0erster31

      But 9.3.3 was “just” released, right? So apple has to push an 9.3.4 update to be able to close the signing of 9.3.3?! …should take some time…

      • andiebrust

        I hope so. But with iOS 10 in beta3 it might come faster then expected. So hurry if you aren´t already there 🙂

      • af0erster31

        I am jailbroken on 9.0.1 so I luckily don’t feel the pain to hurry… I will wait some days and hope for an update (praying that @assistant25pp is real, an untether will come and the “certificate-expire-thing” will be solved)

      • MSiqueira

        Unless Apple take a path unlike anything they made until now, iOS 10 will not be released before the launch date of “iPhone 7” (or whatever it may be called), which is no sooner than september..

  • Lit

    Looks like i’ll wait til the 27th for the possible untether one. Cool 🙂

    • Diego Milano

      Why till that date in particular?

      • twitter @zigzagswag 311k+

        the developers having a conference it seems

  • JayMBK

    FYI you can’t officially purchase tweaks yet.

    • Neal Savage

      You can’t purchase PAID tweaks. Free ones you can get.

  • therealjjohnson

    Sticking with this iOS10 beta. I don’t want to give up some of these features.

    • Same, just no reason to jailbreak for me anymore. I love themes but I’ve lived without that for a while now.

      • The best reason to jailbreak is simply so you can read, edit, and delete any file on your iPhone. The power of being able to do this cannot be understated. Example: with the iDOS app, you can put any DOS games on your iPhone to play, without being limited to just the games that iDOS supplies.

      • I can do the same with side loading and my dev account. Without risking security of my device.

      • Sure, but not everyone has a dev account. Also, there’s no security risk with jailbreaking if you’re only installing apps from the App Store. It’s when people go nuts after jailbreaking and start installing anything and everything from Cydia, that things can start to go pear-shaped.

      • True, agreed.

      • Neal Savage

        Are Dev accounts free anyways?

      • No, have to pay 99.99 a year for access. But it’s worth it in my opinion. I can write little programs, or grab code off google to make a program that does emulation (nes/snes games) so many random things to mess with. Plus receiving betas earlier then the public betas. Really depends how much time you want to put into it in order to get your 99.99 worth.

      • Neal Savage

        I don’t even have $99.99, let alone $99.99 to spend on something like this. xD

      • Bunseth Lik Yon

        ;3 you can hide your dirty fetish porn deep in a folder using filza. I can’t live without it!

  • Santana

    Correction after the last update to the tool there is no need to enter password and user only 5 letter chapter.
    Quote The Windows version of the jailbreak tool requests that you enter a valid Apple ID for the sake of installing the jailbreak. It’s needed for the certificate that allows the installation of the semi-untether app. We suggest creating a new phony Apple ID for this process, separate from your real Apple ID.

  • Javiers

    What happens if you use your personal Apple ID? Are they able to see your personal info?

  • Great Lengths

    Looks like the Jailbreak’s are getting to be as lame as the iPhone’s themselves. =x

  • Mark S

    I’ll stay on 9.0.2 where I don’t need a certificate and have to rely on apple’s good graces to stay jailbroken.

    • Diego Milano

      Same here, I’m jailbroken on iOS 9.0.2 but I will wait for an untethered jailbreak.

    • Rolf Bause

      So, the way I have understood things so far: You install the jailbreak with a certificate, that is valid for 7 days – and that get’s switched out by a enterprise certificate during the process (that, as a matter of fact already has been revoked by apple in reality – but it doesn’t matter, because the system doesn’t check that).
      And after that you’re safe for a year, with the option to run the process again after a year.
      So yeah, I’m actually quite optimistic that we have a somewhat longterm solution here in the end.

  • Hayden Lauritzen

    the words apple and beta should already tell you to downgrade

  • Please idownloadblog Team, upload details about jailbreak tool for 32bit devices when 25PP releases some info. I am on iPhone 5.

  • Bunseth Lik Yon

    i got the ipad4th and iphone 5…..:D maybe they will release the untethered 32-bit jailbreak tmr then i will take my pants off and swing it high above my head while moving my hips in a circle motion lol HAHAHA….Yes, i am a pervert lol

  • Apparently it was confirmed by Superphen that the Assistant25PP tweet was from an impostor account. There’s no evidence to suggest that an update will be released on the 27th to fix the bugs.

  • David Heath

    the twitter account is fake! so I bet no 32bit release

  • Leslie B

    The article doesn’t mention that the jailbreak won’t work on the iPad Pro.

  • ND Tou

    the pp app won’t install from web base , i hit install it won’t even show on springboard iPhone 6s plus iOS 9.3.3 is apple blocking it now ?

  • ramesh

    why my jilbreaking ios 9.3.3 took so long. i nearly connected for 3 hour but still i cant get pp icon in my home screen. please help me.

  • jeremy kosmatos

    when will i be able to jailbreak my iPhone 5c??

  • jeremy kosmatos

    when will i be able to Jailbreak my iphone 5c?

  • Tony Uhrlaub

    I’m something of a noob here, coming from an android backround, so please be patiant with me, and feel very free to elaborate on any answer you give me. So with this new JB, and I have some working knowledge of jail breaking, so, with this new onw for 9.3.3, if I understand it has to be re jailbroken every 7 days. I’m wondering if anyone has tried just rebooting on the 6th day and seeing if it buys you another week or if it still goes dead on the 7th day. On another note does anyone think that Pangue will make this JB more permanet.

    • Kharizmah S

      Yes, this is actually a first in jailbreaking history that I’ve seen a jailbreak require you to even get a throwaway temporary Apple Id. Saurik won’t even let you purchase apps right now, until he considers it stable. So this is all temporary.