iOS 9.3.3 Jailbreak FAQ: Everything in a nutshell

By , Jul 30, 2016

Pangu App Jailbreak

The iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak has only been out for about a week, but it seems there is still a lot of confusion about it. As we tried to clear things up for the Chinese version of the jailbreak, Pangu released an English version for all platforms, which really shook things up and added more confusion.

In this all-in-one FAQ post, we’ll try to discuss the jailbreak from all angles, clearing up all any any remaining confusion that there might be.

The iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak: FAQ

There are a lot of questions surrounding the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak; not only from those who haven’t jailbroken yet, but also from those who have. We’ll go through some of the most common questions below:

How do I jailbreak iOS 9.3.3?

There are currently two ways to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3. One way is with the Chinese jailbreak tool for Windows, and the other is with the English jailbreak tool by Pangu, which works on Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The English tool is easier because you can actually read what’s going on.

Is the jailbreak untethered?

The jailbreak is currently not untethered; it’s semi-untethered. This means that you can still boot your device up without a computer, but after every reboot, you will need to run the Pangu app from your Home screen to re-enable Cydia and your installed jailbreak extensions. You do not need to connect to a computer to do this and we have a detailed tutorial for how to boot up a semi-untethered jailbreak properly.

Will it ever be untethered?

There is currently no indication that iOS 9.3.3 will be getting an untethered jailbreak. It would seem that this method of jailbreaking was burned on iOS 9.3.3 for a reason, potentially because Pangu has something bigger and better planned for iOS 10.

What devices does the jailbreak support?

The new Pangu jailbreak supports iOS 9.2-9.3.3 on all 64-bit iOS devices. This includes the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPod touch 6G, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. 32-bit devices like the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5c are not supported at all and likely never will be.

Does the jailbreak want my Apple ID?

The jailbreak tool asks for a valid Apple ID because it relies on a certificate to be installed on your device. We don’t recommend using your real Apple ID. Instead, making a burner Apple ID will keep you more secure. Saurik’s Cydia Impactor tool is much more reputable than 25PP’s Chinese application for Windows, but we still recommend not using your actual Apple ID.

Is the jailbreak by Pangu or 25PP?

Pangu are the original authors of the jailbreak. 25PP are a Chinese-based application store that often gets bundled with the jailbreak in China and sometimes distributes the jailbreak separately from Pangu. As a result, those who jailbroke with the 25PP tool on Windows may have the unwanted App Store on their Home screens.

Can I remove the PP app store?

It’s easy to remove the PP app store from your jailbroken device if it was added to your Home screen, as we show you in this tutorial. Removing the PP app store doesn’t affect the stability of your jailbreak in any way, and is probably a good idea since the third-party app store is connected to piracy and potential malware threats.

Is the jailbreak safe?

As far as the safety of this jailbreak is concerned, Saurik seems very solid on the ground of saying that the English Pangu tool is safe to use. On the other hand, he also says that the Chinese jailbreak tool for Windows is pretty shady, adding that he doesn’t know if the tool has been modified in any way that could impact your privacy or security. We highly recommend only jailbreaking with the English Pangu tool.

Which tool is better?

The English Pangu jailbreak tool is probably better to have, but both the Chinese tool for Windows and the official English Pangu jailbreak tool for all platforms jailbreak your device in exactly the same way. Having the English tool is better because if you receive any errors, you’ll actually know what it’s trying to say.

Does the jailbreak expire?

The iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak relies on something called a certificate. Depending on how you jailbroke your iOS 9.3.3 device, you  are operating on one of three types of certificates: a basic free one, a developer one, or a developer enterprise one. If you’re using the free one, your certificate expires after seven days. If you’re using a developer or enterprise certificate, it expires after 1 year. We have a more detailed write-up on certificates that may clear up any more confusion on this matter.

What good is an expired jailbreak?

It’s really not that bad. When the certificate expires, all you have to do is side-load the Pangu app on your jailbroken device again, which is nothing more than a 5-minute process. After you do, your certificate is renewed for however long your certificate is valid for. If you have a free one, this means another 7 days; if you have a developer or enterprise one, this means another 365 days. Side-loading the app does require a computer.

Do I lose my jailbreak tweaks when it expires?

No. You don’t lose anything when your jailbreak expires. As soon as you side-load the Pangu app again, and boot your device into a semi-untethered state, everything will be just how it was before your certificate expired. Plain and simple.

How do I get the 1-year certificate instead?

You can’t get the enterprise certificate from the jailbreak tools anymore because Apple has revoked it. Those who already have it are good to go, but if you already jailbroke, you can use this iFunbox method for Windows to force-add the enterprise certificate to your iOS 9.3.3 device. You can also make your own developer account with your Apple ID for $99/year, which will give you 1 year of jailbreak. This method costs more and is less appealing, but may be more stable in the long term.

I jailbroke with the Chinese tool, but I want the English app

If you jailbroke with the Chinese tool for Windows, then you have a Chinese app on your Home screen. You can still side-load the new English Pangu app on your device despite having jailbroken with the Chinese app, and it will put the new English app on your Home screen instead. This will not hurt your device. If you performed the iFunbox step above, don’t do this, as it will remove your 1-year enterprise certificate.

I jailbroke iOS 9.3.3 and now I want to un-jailbreak

If you want to remove the jailbreak, you will have to restore your device through iTunes. It was recommended that you make a backup before the jailbreak for this exact reason. If you made that backup, you can restore from the backup and your device will be just how it was before jailbreaking. Unfortunately, Cydia Eraser does not support iOS 9.3.3 at this point in time.

Does the jailbreak tool work on Mac?

The newly-released English jailbreak tool for iOS 9.3.3 works on Mac, Windows, and even Linux. It uses Saurik’s Cydia Impactor app on these machines to side-load a special IPA onto your iOS device, which jailbreaks your device.

What happened to the Safari-based jailbreak?

Apple has started cracking down on misused enterprise certificates, and as a result, most or all of the web-based jailbreaks for iOS 9.3.3 are no longer working. The best way to jailbreak your device at this point in time is with a computer and the new English Pangu jailbreak.

The tool keeps failing to jailbreak my device, why?

If you are having a hard time jailbreaking your device, you might be doing something wrong. We have a detailed post about the common mistakes in jailbreaking iOS 9.3.3 and how to fix them. One of the most important things that makes the jailbreak fail is making sure Find My iPhone is disabled and that your passcode is disabled. You also want to keep your internet connection on the device turned on, and make sure iTunes is installed on your computer.

After jailbreaking, Cydia keeps crashing, why?

If you recently rebooted your device, then you need to reboot into a semi-untethered state. If you don’t, you’re in what’s called ‘no jailbreak mode,’ which means your jailbreak is inactive. We have a detailed tutorial about how to reboot into a semi-untethered state so Cydia will stop crashing.

Even the Pangu app is crashing, why?

If even your Pangu app is crashing, that means that somehow your certificate is no longer trusted by your device. You may have deleted or untrusted the certificate, or Apple may have revoked it. You will have to re-jailbreak your device with the Pangu jailbreak tool in order to re-side-load the app and certificate.

Why can’t I buy tweaks from Cydia?

Saurik has not yet deemed the jailbreak stable. For this reason, Cydia does not allow purchases. This protects you from buying something that isn’t compatible with iOS 9.3.3, and also keeps you from buying something for a jailbreak that might not even last for long. When Saurik deems it stable, he will allow purchases on Cydia again.

Is the jailbreak stable?

At this point in time, it’s hard to tell. The jailbreak itself seems stable, but the execution of the jailbreak from the tool can be glitchy, and the certificate-based jailbreak method is rather risky, as Apple could pull a fast one and start banning developer accounts for misuse of the service.

Should I upgrade from iOS 9.0.2 and jailbreak iOS 9.3.3?

That’s a hard question. Personally, I wouldn’t. I think the iOS 9.0.2 untethered jailbreak is several times more stable, and there’s none of this silly certificate business to deal with. On the other hand, iOS 9.3.3 has so many new features, performance benefits, and security enhancements over iOS 9.0.2, so it’s definitely alluring to some people. We have a post with more details about whether or not you should or shouldn’t jailbreak iOS 9.3.3.

Can I go back to iOS 9.0.2 if I don’t like the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak?

No. There is no way to downgrade your iOS 9.3.3 firmware back to iOS 9.0.2. If you update, you will be stuck forever until some hacker somewhere develops a way to downgrade iOS firmware. Since this hasn’t happened in years, it’s highly unlikely that a downgrade tool will ever resurface again.

Are jailbreak tweaks working on iOS 9.3.3 yet?

As of right now, there are some jailbreak tweaks that have been updated for iOS 9.3.3, but not all of them are ready yet. We have a list of jailbreak tweaks that are currently supporting iOS 9.3.3, and it’s growing every day. Jailbreak developers had no warning that this jailbreak was coming, so they need time to update their tweaks.

Wrapping up

There is certainly a lot of confusion about this jailbreak, especially the bits about the semi-untether and the certificates. If you should have any additional questions that are not covered in this FAQ, leave a comment below and we’ll try to get to it.

Also read: How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 with Pangu

Did this FAQ clear up any confusion for you? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Elienay Freitas

    I don’t get it. Is the iOS 9.3.2 semi-tethered too?

    • Sleetui

      There isn’t a jailbreak for 9.3.2. ONLY 9.3.3

      • Elienay Freitas

        But the Pangu website shows a 9.2-9.3.3 Jailbreak lol

      • Sleetui

        That is odd I’ll admit, but it isn’t 9.2-9.3.3 Perhaps a mix up on their part.

      • Elienay Freitas

        Ohhh… thank you

      • Marcus

        I recommend updating to the latest iOS version (9.3.3) before you jailbreak.

      • Erick Reyes

        The jailbreak works from 9.2 to 9.3.3 so Elienay is right

    • It works on all firmwares from iOS 9.2-9.3.3. I recommend updating to iOS 9.3.3.

    • Y2J

      Not sure what the other person was talking about but yes there is a jailbreak for 9.3.2 and yes it is semi-tethered.

  • Alex Graham

    Great article man

  • Jordan

    Very good article Anthony! Thanks

  • Fatejester

    So if I used the safari jailbreak, I should still use the English version because the one I used is shady ?

    • Sleetui

      It’s up to you. If you prioritize safety then go for it.

    • Like stated, it’s up to you. The web-based jailbreak is certainly shady because it uses the Chinese PP/Pangu app instead of the English Pangu app. Saurik says he doesn’t know what 25PP has done to the jailbreak tool, but he does trust the English Pangu one.

      • Fatejester

        Ok. So do I need to restore my phone back to stock and then rejailbreak with the English version ?

      • That’s the best way to do it, but you can also just side-load the English app and delete the Chinese one instead to save time.

      • Fatejester

        So just follow the pangu English tutorial of how to jailbreak? Or which one ? Sorry for so many questions

      • Follow the English tutorial 🙂

  • iROtt

    See a lot of posts over on reddit about people having their passwords stolen and unauthorized purchases made etc… just after jailbreaking. Was enough of a reason for me to remove it for the time being

    • Sleetui

      You should in theory be safe if you used a false Apple ID.

      • iROtt

        Even if using one, who know what they have access to on your phone afterwards. Sure are a lot of people experiencing some type of fraud after jb

      • Sleetui

        I think people who’ve experienced fraud of any kind have used their real Apple ID. Otherwise that’s the only thing that could be of real concern. Analysis of the jailbreak itself is relatively safe besides the 25PP servers. Using their real information to create a certificate seems too fishy. You might not have only gotten a certificate but also allowed 3rd party access to your account. Nothing else seems to be the issue. And if you’re concerned about the security of your phone then you’ve nothing to fret. Simply having access to an Apple ID can’t harm your device in any way.

    • Just to set the record straight, that’s with the 25PP version of the jailbreak. Saurik himself vouches for his trust for the English Pangu tool.

      • Rolf Bause

        Compared to the amount of people updating, it was really more than marginal actually. I think there is a lot of hysteria mixed into this right now…
        But sure, if you wan’t to play it safe: go with saurik for now. You can still switch at a later point.
        I bet people are already looking very closely into this Chinese IPA. But my gut actually tells me: they are probably almost identical 😀

      • iROtt

        Both versions are hosted on the same PP server… so who knows. He made mention of that in his post also.

    • Rolf Bause

      Compared to the amount of people updating, it was really more than marginal actually. I think there is a lot of hysteria mixed into this right now, of some people reporting sth….
      But sure, if you wan’t to play it safe: go with saurik for now. You can still switch at a later point.
      I bet people are already looking very closely into this Chinese IPA. But my gut actually tells me: they are probably almost identical 😀

  • malhal

    Is it working on the iPod Touch 6G yet?

  • After reading FAQ, I still have one question:

    When the certificate expires, what does actually happen to the phone? Does it turn on? Does my one and only tweak continue to work? I need to jb my phone and install one and only tweak. After certificate expires, does the tweak crash automatically and unable to run? Does the tweak turn into a Pokémon? What actually happens??

    • Yes of course it turns on. It will work until you reboot your device. At that point, when you turn it on, Cydia and Pangu will all crash. You will just need to side-load the app again. When you do, Cydia and all your tweaks will be right where you left them.

      • And if I never have to reboot my phone, will it work indefinitely?

      • Maybe. I haven’t had the jailbreak long enough to tell what happens. I keep restoring and re-jailbreaking because new tools are getting released and I write tutorials on them :).

  • AndreG

    Thanks a lot Anthony, answered questions we still had.

  • Y2J

    My only question is if I use a burner Apple ID do I have to sign into it on my phone? No, right?

    • mahe

      Nope, you don’t need to.
      So, yes, you are right ^^

    • No 🙂

      • Y2J

        Okay awesome! Thanks both of you 🙂

  • Juan Seijo

    i came from 9.0.2 with a few (5-10) tweaks installed and i upgraded to 9.3.3 and install around 20 tweaks and my iPhone it hasn’t been better ! you can feel the improvement from 9.0.2 to 9.3.3. ! BTW like saurik said in Reddit he doesn’t trust in 25pp app so he built IMPACTOR an app for mac so he makes sure that you apple ID doesn’t go anywhere but apple server ! he use pangu .ipa to jailbreak

  • Michael Bemelmans

    This jailbreak broke my Music app and makes my iPhone 6 Plus 128GB freeze quite often. Any tips or ways to fix this

  • Austin Kittavong

    I jail broke with Safari, how do I know which certificate I have?? also I didn’t trust the certificate but the jailbreak still works, is something wrong? or did I find a loophole hahah

  • Shankar Dasika

    no matter how many times I restore and reinstall the jb saurik apt in cydia is empty, without mobile substrate in saurik apt cant seem to install anything from cydia anyone know any fix for this?

  • Fatejester

    I haven’t had any issues at all. Works great. But I’ve been reading a lot of users being hacked on PayPal and Facebook. Has anyone restored back to stock? Does anyone know more about this ? I read some on 9to5 Mac. And there’s more on Reddit. I just want to be safe. Thanks

  • HamptonWalley

    Why don’t they do jailbrake for 32bit devices? It is terrible, without impossible to downgrade an Iphone 5 to IOS 8.

    • It would be twice as much work to produce a jailbreak for very few devices.

  • cdlenfert

    Very nice summary. Thank you! Wasn’t sure I was doing things the right way and this not only helped me confirm, but linked to very relevant article. I personally dropped 9.0.2 after I found out I could do an enterprise certificate.

  • People have been posting some scary stories after jailbreaking their iPhone such as their cards and emails being hacked. I’m not going to jailbreak until this whole situation is sorted.

    • Pangu has confirmed they are not the source of these “hacks.” It may have been gross negligence on the users’ part.

  • Osiala

    If I never have updated through OTA, only through iTunes, I should not have to restore my device, right?

  • Premoz

    I’m still on 8.4, still unsure if I should upgrade or not because of there certs ETC…

  • Hanna Shanar

    Can i jailbreak my 9.3.3 Iphone 6 128GB or is it strictly 64bit devices?

    • 5723alex .

      It is strictly 64bit devices and your iPhone 6 is 64bit device.

  • 5723alex .

    Everything you need to know …

    Pangu : There won’t be a 32bits JB.
    Reddit : Jailbreakers who used new Pangu tool report unauthorized access to credit, debit, PayPal & social accounts

  • Is there a way to get the English version, I’ve already jailbroke with the Chinese version, but I also don’t wanna lose the enterprise certificate

  • Tomas Ziromskas

    What happens if you try and jailbreak on a 32bit device?

  • Prince

    I have a question… my iPhone jailbreaked in ios 9.0.1 .. should I update to iOS 9.3.3 and jailbreak it … or stay in 9.0.1 ??? because some apps work in 9.3.3 only

  • aw81

    Cydia refuses to open on my iPad air regardless of how many times i re jailbreak with cydia impactor.
    Dunno whats gone wrong this time, iPhone worked fine.

    • Helen

      Any fix for this?

      • aw81

        I had to restore instead of just updating.
        Worked fine after that.
        Bit of a pain but its always good to start over fresh.