How to jailbreak iOS 8.x with Pangu on Mac OS X using a virtual machine

Pangu Mac

Although you never can tell with these sorts of things, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing an OS X version of Pangu in the immediate future. Although I’m sure that the Pangu guys are working feverishly on an OS X version of the jailbreak tool for iOS 8.x, it likely lags behind other priorities, such as translation, embedding Cydia, etc.

With that in mind, what options exist for those of us in Mac-only households? You could, of course, visit a friend who owns a Windows machine. Or, you can do what I always do, and install Pangu and jailbreak using a Windows virtual machine on OS X. In fact, you may be surprised (or not), but I don’t own a Windows machine, and haven’t in years. But I’m always able to jailbreak on day one due to my Windows virtual machines.

In this tutorial, I’ll tell you how to set up and install a virtual machine for free in order to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu on your Mac.

Step 1: Download and install Parallels Desktop 10. Parallels offers a free 14-day trial, which is more than enough time to jailbreak your iOS 8.x device using Pangu. It should at least hold you over until the OS X version of Pangu.

Step 2: Download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation. Microsoft offers a free 90-day trial for Windows 8.1, which is again, plenty of time to hold you over.

Step 3: Install Windows 8.1 using Parallels Desktop 10. The install process is simple. After you download Windows 8.1, launch Parallels, go to File → New, and click Install Windows from DVD or Image File. Point to the Windows .ISO file you downloaded in step 2, and the install process should begin.

Step 4: After you’re up and running with your Windows 8.1 virtual machine, install Parallels Tools by going to Action → Install Parallels Tools.

Step 5: Then it’s simply a matter of following our iOS 8.x jailbreak tutorial to jailbreak your iDevice running iOS 8.x. After that, you can use our other tutorial to install Cydia.

That’s pretty much it. You can easily jailbreak right now on OS X using this method. It’s what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. And it works every time. If you’re desperate for a jailbreak now, then use this method, it only take a few minutes once you’ve downloaded Windows.

What do you think? Will you try it?