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This page is the ultimate introduction to jailbreaking. Along with the frequently asked questions about everything jailbreak related, you will find links to detailed tutorials on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV.

If you already know a lot about jailbreaking and you’re just looking for guides and tutorials, simply skip to the section on how to jailbreak, or refer to our in-depth Can I Jailbreak? guide. If you’re new to jailbreaking and want to learn more, we suggest you spend a few minutes reading about this awesome pastime below.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find information on various jailbreaks. Simply locate the software version you want to jailbreak and the type of device you have for personalised instructions.


What’s the latest?

The latest jailbreakable iOS/iPadOS version is 14.2.

The latest iOS jailbreak tools are unc0ver and checkra1n. Unc0ver supports all versions of iOS 11, iOS 12.0-12.4.1, and iOS 13.0-13.5, while checkra1n supports all A7-A11-equipped iPhones and iPads. We outline the differences and similarities between each of these jailbreaks in another post.

The latest jailbreakable tvOS version is 13.5.

Jailbreak now with unc0ver for TV for the Apple TV 4 and Apple TV 4K, on tvOS 13.4.5-13.5.

You can read about the latest jailbreak news here.

What is jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking is the process by which Apple’s operating systems are modified to remove restrictions and give greater user control over the device. These modifications typically allow running unsigned code, as well as reading and writing to the root filesystem, both of which are normally prevented by Apple. The increased privileges permit customisations and unfettered app installation which are not available to users with a stock device. Jailbreaking is most popular on, and most associated with, Apple’s mobile operating system iOS, though it also exists on tvOS and watchOS.

Typically, jailbreaking adds an unofficial application installer to your device which lets you download 3rd-party applications, tweaks, and extensions that are unavailable through the App Store. These packages open up endless possibilities to do things on your iOS device that a non-jailbroken iOS device would never be able to do. The most famous and largest of these application installers is called Cydia.

Cydia houses tweaks which customise the look, feel, behaviour, and capabilities of your device in myriad ways, bypass limitations set in place by Apple and carriers, connect to other devices remotely, and generally let you take back your iOS experience.

Jailbreaking is about freeing your Apple devices to let you use the products you paid for in any way you want.

What are the benefits of jailbreaking?

The primary reason that people jailbreak is to install third-party applications and tweaks that Apple couldn’t or wouldn’t approve in the App Store. There are hundreds of applications that don’t meet Apple’s guidelines, or that do things that Apple forbids on iOS devices. Tweaks don’t exist on the App Store at all, as they aren’t applications. They are extensions, additions, or adjustments to already-installed applications, and to the operating system itself.

For example, Apple doesn’t allow you to customize the general user interface of your device. Thanks to the jailbreak community, there are many jailbreak tweaks that completely change the way your iPhone looks, whether it be changing icons, hiding icon names, adding more than four applications to the dock, customizing dark mode, or applying an entire theme, sounds and all.

If you value function over aesthetics, jailbreaking can cater to you too. Functionality tweaks, which bring subtle improvements to the way your iOS device operates, are also popular. Swiping across the keyboard to move the text cursor rather than fiddling with the magnifying glass, setting your phone to perform complex events in response to certain button combinations, turning off read receipts in third-party messengers, installing apps from unknown sources, connecting wirelessly to other devices via SSH, displaying Wi-Fi channel and strength information, the list goes on and on. If you’ve ever been bothered by a small aesthetic or functional hindrance in Apple’s OS, chances are there’s a package on Cydia to get it just the way you want it.

For more on the benefits of jailbreaking, be sure to read our dedicated spiel listing 10+ reasons to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad in 2020.

Is jailbreaking legal?

First, let’s clear up a common misconception: jailbreaking is completely legal in the US. There was a time, prior to 2010, when jailbreaking was implied to be illegal by the US government, due to its relevance in breach of copyright litigation. However, for many years now the government has periodically upheld the status of jailbreaking as explicitly legal, and exempted it from broader issues of copyright law.

The status in other countries varies, but generally falls into “neither legal nor illegal provided it is not used for copyright infringement, and never going to a court of law anyway.” In summary, there is really nothing to worry about. Even if you don’t live in the US, there’s almost no chance that Apple would come after you for jailbreaking your device. It hasn’t happened a single time, in any country, despite a flourishing community jailbreaking since 2007.

Please note this important distinction: the act of jailbreaking is not illegal.

However, any crimes you commit on the device remain illegal. If you use your jailbreak to illegally torrent movies, download paid apps for free, or commit other cyber and copyright crimes (otherwise known as piracy), then you’re still breaking the law. Stick to using your jailbreak to set up your device the way you want it, not to steal.

Does jailbreaking void my warranty?

Yes and no. Yes, because if you go to the Apple store with a jailbroken device in order to receive support, repair or service, you will be refused (provided they notice, which they often don’t). Whilst Apple acknowledges the US government’s DMCA exemption ruling that makes jailbreaking legal, that doesn’t mean that they have to allow it in their warranty agreement. Basically, it’s illegal for them to stop you from doing what you want with your device, but it’s legal for them to refuse to provide any support for it if you have done anything they don’t like.

From Apple’s support article on jailbreaking:

Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.

However, there’s a simple “No” answer to the warranty question too. If you have to take your device to an Apple store, just restore it to its factory settings beforehand. This completely removes all traces of having jailbroken, and the stock device will then be accepted by Apple under warranty. There will be no way of knowing you jailbroke it.

Can jailbreaking brick my device?

You may have heard a few horror stories about people who tried to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad and ended up turning it into a paperweight. Although this may have happened in the very early days of the iPhone, it is now so difficult as to be impossible for any average user. These stories are nearly always a badly-timed hardware issue happening to a first-timer, and what they are describing is something like their phone screen dying instead.

The worst thing that could happen when initially trying to jailbreak the device is it becoming unresponsive, which is normally fixed by a hard reset. Even total filesystem corruption can be fixed with an iTunes restore. Once jailbroken, the only dangers come from installing incompatible tweaks, or downloading something unsafe. Most jailbreaks include a Safe Mode which disables all your tweaks in the case of incompatibility so that you can safely remove them, and you can often “un-jailbreak” too on newer jailbreaks.

As a final resort, remember that you’re always able to restore your iOS device’s firmware back to stock, which will fix any non-hardware issue. Following these simple steps will make sure your iPhone or iPad goes back to its original state. Try to avoid this unless absolutely necessary, as it will update your phone. This will result in losing your jailbreak until one is released for the updated iOS version.

Is jailbreaking the same as unlocking?

No, jailbreaking and unlocking are two different things. Jailbreaking removes restrictions in Apple’s software, unlocking removes restrictions imposed by your cellular provider. In the early days of iPhone, jailbreaking would often allow you to unlock your iPhone too, but that is now rarely the case. As noted previously, jailbreaking an iPhone lets you install third-party applications and mods, while unlocking allows you to use your iPhone on a different carrier.

There are occasional exceptions to this rule, as well as tweaks which can change some cellular behaviours such as tethering and MMS, but in general they are unrelated. You can learn more about the difference between jailbreaking and unlocking if you’re interested.

Can I still use iTunes and App Store after jailbreaking?

Yes, you can use iTunes and App Store after jailbreaking your device. As a matter of fact, nothing will really change. The only small annoyance is that some App Store apps, such as banking apps, include jailbreak detection which prevents them running when jailbroken. This can be circumvented for most apps with a tweak. The most notable change to your iOS device will be that, after jailbreaking, you will have a new application installed called Cydia.

What is Cydia and/or Sileo?

In short, Cydia is a package manager tantamount to the App Store of jailbreak applications. Just like the App Store, you can browse Cydia for new additions to your device, read about them, get or purchase them, then download and install them. Most apps and tweaks in Cydia are free, but it is not unusual for a more complex jailbreak offering to cost a few dollars.

Alternative package managers to Cydia also exist, such as Installer, Sileo, and Zebra, and they each exist for the same purposes as Cydia.

Does jailbreaking prevent me from updating iOS?

If your iOS device is jailbroken and you decide to update it to the latest version of iOS, you will lose the jailbreak. As the latest version of iOS does not normally have a jailbreak available, this normally means having to wait for a new tool to jailbreak the newer firmware. This might not be a big problem for most people, who are happy to lose their jailbreak in exchange for newer stock features, but it is avoided by those who rely on a lot of jailbreak apps and tweaks. Serious jailbreakers tend not to update their devices so that they can keep their jailbreaks, and only update after a tool for a newer iOS firmware is released.

Each iOS update can patch a jailbreak that worked for a previous firmware, and this means that hackers have to start from scratch to make a new tool. They generally aren’t too far behind with an update for the tools that let you jailbreak, though it has been getting harder in recent times, making staying on a jailbreakable firmware more valuable. If a new iOS version and accompanying jailbreak are released, the preferred method is to backup your device first, fully restore and update your device to the required iOS version, then jailbreak again using the released tool.

The lone exception to this rule is a jailbreak built upon a hardware-based bootrom exploit, such as checkra1n, as this can’t be patched with a software update.

What are the different types of jailbreaks?

There are 4 types of jailbreak: tethered, semi-tethered, semi-untethered, and untethered. The first two are uncommon, and aren’t much use to the average user. Nearly all recent jailbreaks have been semi-untethered, which means that after every reboot you must re-run the jailbreak app on your device. This reactivates your jailbreak to let you use your tweaks. Your device will work normally as a stock un-jailbroken device until you do this. Untethered jailbreaks are becoming rarer due to the difficulty in building them, but don’t have the limitations of a semi-untethered tool. An untethered jailbreak is persistent, meaning you can reboot your device without having to re-jailbreak each time. Read this article to learn more about the differences between these kinds of jailbreak.

Can jailbreaking let me download App Store apps for free?

Yes, but we do not recommend installing pirated apps and tweaks on your jailbroken device. Not only is it illegal, but you’re also stealing money from hard working developers. We do not condone, troubleshoot, nor give support on issues relating to piracy.

Is jailbreaking easy?

These days, jailbreaking is very easy. You usually download the jailbreak app and put it onto your device using a tool such as Xcode or Cydia Impactor. From there, you launch the app and press Jailbreak. Older jailbreaks tended to involve a program run on your computer instead, with your device connected via USB. Both methods are simple, and don’t require any specific knowledge or skills.

You will find useful tutorials on how to jailbreak at the bottom of this page, and our Can I Jailbreak? guide will let you know your options in more detail. If you don’t feel completely comfortable jailbreaking your iOS device yet, make sure to have a look at our tutorials. They will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.

What’s the best jailbreak tool?

This depends on the type of device you have. If you have an A7-A11 device, then the best tool would be checkra1n as it can’t be patched with a software update. Any other device will be using tfp0 exploit-based jailbreaks like unc0ver or Odyssey, which can be patched by software updates.

Does it cost anything to jailbreak?

No. You should never pay for a jailbreak.

The hackers that develop jailbreaks do it for free. They sometimes accept donations, so if you appreciate the work that has gone into giving you your jailbreak then feel free to give something. However, there should never be a payment required for access to the tool. If you find a website claiming to be a new jailbreak and asking you to create an account or pay for access, it is a scam. Always download jailbreak tools directly from the real developer. We recommend checking our site, which will always provide the genuine and original sources for these tools. If you’re not sure, come and browse our jailbreak news and guides. If we haven’t mentioned a tool, then it’s a fake.

How to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Apple TV

Navigate to your iOS version below to locate your jailbreak tool, and find a guide to using it.

iOS & iPadOS 14.0-14.2

  • checkra1n: all A7-A11 devices (iPhone 5s to iPhone X).

iOS & iPadOS 13.5.1-13.7

iOS & iPadOS 13.0-13.5

iOS 12.4.2-12.4.7

  • checkra1n: all A7-A11 devices (iPhone 5s to iPhone X).
  • unc0ver: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPad Air 1st generation
  • Anything else: upgrade immediately to iOS 13.0. There are currently no software-based exploits for iOS 12.4.2-12.4.7, but iOS 13.0 can be jailbroken.

iOS 12.4-12.4.1

iOS 12.3.x

  • checkra1n: all A7-A11 devices (iPhone 5s to iPhone X)
  • unc0ver: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPad Air 1st generation
  • Anything else: upgrade immediately to iOS 12.4. There are currently no software-based exploits for iOS 12.3.x, but iOS 12.4 can be jailbroken.

iOS 12.0-12.2

iOS 11.0-11.4.1

iOS 10.0-10.3.3

  • TotallyNotSpyware: all 64-bit devices. Rather than an app-based jailbreak, this is a webpage hosting both Meridian and doubleh3lix. It automatically selects which tool to jailbreak with and jailbreaks directly via the website. RECOMMENDED.
  • doubleh3lix: all 64-bit devices, except iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Meridian: all 64-bit devices, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
  • h3lix: all 32-bit devices.

iOS 9.3.5

  • Phœnix: 32-bit devices only.
  • 64-bit devices: no jailbreak available.

iOS 9.3.4

  • Home Depot: 32-bit devices only. UNTETHERED!
  • 64-bit devices: no jailbreak available.

iOS 9.2-9.3.3

iOS 9.1

iOS 9.0-9.0.2

iOS 8.4.1

  • EtasonJB: 32-bit device only. UNTETHERED!
  • 64-bit devices: no jailbreak available.

iOS 8.3-8.4

iOS 8.0-8.1.2

iOS 8.0-8.1

iOS 7.1-7.1.2

iOS 7.0.2-7.0.6

iOS 6.1.3-6.1.5

iOS 6.0-6.1.2:

iOS 5.1.1

iOS 5.1

  • iPhone 4s, iPad 3, and iPad 2: no jailbreak available.
  • RedSn0w: all other iOS devices.
  • Seas0nPass: Apple TV 2.

iOS 5.0.1

iOS 5.0

tvOS 4.4.4

iOS 4.3.5

iOS 4.3.4

iOS 4.3.3

iOS 4.3.2

iOS 4.3.1

iOS 4.2.8

iOS 4.2.1

iOS 4.1

iOS 4.0.2

iOS 4.0.1

iOS 4.0

iPhoneOS 3.2.1

iPhoneOS 3.2

iPhoneOS 3.1.3

iPhoneOS 3.1.2

iPhoneOS 3.1

iPhoneOS 3.0.1

iPhoneOS 3.0