PalBreak tweak lets you use PayPal on jailbroken iOS devices

By , Aug 7, 2016

PayPal Login Screen

If you have a jailbroken iOS device, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that PayPal is designed to crash on your device to keep you from using the app.

A new free jailbreak tweak called PalBreak is now available in Cydia that lets you disable jailbreak detection via the PayPal app so you can use it even on your jailbroken iOS devices.

A workaround for the persistent ones

PayPal had a very good reason for disabling their money-handling app on jailbroken devices. Simply put, it’s a money-handling service, and this means there’s a potential security risk involved here. Keeping the app from running on devices that pose a security risk helps reduce PayPal’s responsibility should you experience monetary loss as a result of your hacked device.

The crash happens just after the splash screen when launching the app on any jailbroken device, and this means you’ll never actually get to the login screen.

Nevertheless, if you’re 100% sure that you don’t have to worry about being hacked, you can install PalBreak and this tweak is going to let you open, run, and log into the PayPal app for iOS just as you could on a non-jailbroken iOS device.

Improved security for PayPal?

The developers behind PalBreak go a step further and disable all jailbreak tweaks for PayPal for security reasons, as noted in the Cydia description. This is to prevent any unwanted ‘activity’ when you are using your PayPal app that could lead to monetary loss.

On jailbroken devices your security is decreased right off the bat because third-party code is allowed to run on your device. And really, you never know; some of that code from software you install from third-party sources may log your personal information.

We won’t name any specifically, because hacks and keyloggers mostly seem to affect those who pirate software and install shady repositories or cracked apps/tweaks.

PalBreak just goes the extra step further to help improve your security by keeping tweaks from running while PayPal is open, and it’s created by two respected jailbreak developers from our jailbreak community, which I think adds some credit to the tweak’s claims.

My thoughts on PalBreak

I think it’s great that users now have the option of running the PayPal app on their jailbroken devices, and I think the added security of disabling jailbreak tweaks for PayPal definitely helps with peace of mind, however one thing still really speaks to me…

With all of the confusion surrounding the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak, there were reports of people getting their accounts hacked or passwords changed after using the Chinese jailbreak tool, and while it was never officially tied to the Pangu jailbreak (and likely was just a coincidence), it still left a bitter taste in my mouth.

With that in mind, you will have to use this tweak at your own risk. We will, however, vouch for the fact that the tweak works as advertised by allowing you to log into and use PayPal on your jailbroken device.

Wrapping up

PalBreak lets you run PayPal on your jailbroken iOS devices by disabling jailbreak protection in the app, and goes a step further to protect your security by disabling jailbreak tweaks for the PayPal app.

For those who need to use the app on their jailbroken devices, the tweak works great for what it was made for, but keep in mind that all jailbroken devices have less security than non-jailbroken ones and you are gambling your own security by using banking or money-based apps on it.

PalBreak can be had for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and doesn’t have any options to configure, but is open source on Github. The PayPal app for iOS, on the other hand, is a free download from the App Store.

Will you be using PalBreak on your jailbroken device? Share in the comments why or why not.

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  • czbird

    Any remedy for Horizon Go app v2.3.5 under iOS 9.3.3? None of the tweaks I checked were able to bypass its JB detection. It even refuses to play after reboot (Pangu not initiated)…

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Or just install an earlier version of the app.

    • Digitalus

      Earlier than which version?

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        Than the current version. I’m on 6.0.1 and I can log in and log out without any crashing.

      • Digitalus

        The current version is 6.4.3 and there are about 6 versions between the two. I was really trying to figure out which version exactly introduced this “feature.”

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        I believe I started getting crashes at 6.2.0

      • Dodgy Debjit

        I’m on 6.1.1 with no issues

  • Digitalus

    When did PayPal introduce this? I only just updated and jailbroke 9.3.3 from an 8.4 jb and never had any issues using PayPal. Of course now it appears to crash so I gather it must’ve been a recent thing.

    • Chris

      This started around May. PalFix was originally release but it seems PalBreak has been released in its place.

  • I barely use the PayPal app on my iPhone. Might as well uninstall it.

  • Shlomy Malka

    Finally someone saw it and made it works .
    Thanks to the developer.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    What about the boon app?

  • Fatejester

    I thought all the hacked accounts and money transfers was because lastpass had a breach. Not because of the jailbreak. Or is there more to this ?

    • I never said it was because of the jailbreak, only that a lot of people coincidentally reported account problems following the jailbreak. I don’t want to place any unnecessary blame on the jailbreak with no evidence that it was the root cause, so I recommend treading your own water and doing so at your own risk.

      • Fatejester

        Ah ok. I gotcha. I didn’t know if there was more to it going on. Thanks for all the articles you write on here. It helps a lot and I really appreciate it.

      • No problem!

  • anonymous

    does anyone have tweak to bypass JB detection for direct tv app and ticketmaster app?

    • Bill

      Have you tried Flex? There might be something in there that would help you with those apps. You can get the Flex 3 beta from http:// getdelta dot co (Not dot com)

    • Douglas L. Warren

      I use xCon V41 and my i6Plus with 9.3.3 and it works just fine for DirecTV app… don’t know about ticketmaster..

  • Andrzej

    I try to find a tweak which allows to listen to ITunes Radio without Apple Music subscription. A tweak which simply activate iTunes Radio again. Can anybody help?

  • AOGV

    I just use app admin to downgrade and flex to bypass jb detection

  • techfreak23

    I was wondering why it kept crashing… Didn’t know they had a jailbreak detector in place. Makes sense though

  • czbird

    Did not work, but thanks. I also downgraded to v2.3.2 since there was a dedicated fix, but that did not work either 🙁

  • czbird

    Did not work, but thanks. I also downgraded to v2.3.2 since there was a dedicated fix, but that did not work either.

    • gqukyo

      Did you try the Flex tweaks to see if there was any for it?

      • czbird

        There was none dedicated. And the one I created from scratch (hostJailbroken=FALSE) did not work either. Must be some serious magic…

  • Antonakis Kipouros Nikopolidis

    Works just fine on my 8.1 jailbreak. lol
    I really need to stop postponing it all the time and update.

  • Rowan09

    If all other financial institution apps work PayPal should as well.

  • GadgetQueenn

    I’m jailbroken using the latest PayPal version (6.4.3) running on iOS 8.4 and my app doesn’t crash. So this detection most likely has a combined effort of iOS 9 and the latest PayPal version that’s causing this behavior.

  • DopamineAddicted

    I needed this. Thanks guys