Jailbreaking is the process of removing restrictions in iOS, and allow root access to the iOS file system so that it can run unsigned code or software that has not been approved by Apple. After a jailbreak, the device can do things it previously couldn’t, such as install unofficial apps and modify settings and areas of the phone that were previously restricted.
What is a jailbroken device? Everything you need to know about Jailbreaking
It allows users to install jailbreak apps, tweaks and themes to customize the look and feel of their device, and also enhance the functionality. There are several tools and applications used to jailbreak devices and Apple does not approve them since they are against their end user license-agreement for iOS. Apple device users’ jailbreak their smartphones and tablets to download unapproved programs such as religious apps, tweaks, and user interface customizations.
We can distinguish between two different jailbreak types: Tethered jailbreaks allow you to restart the unlocked device using a separate PC. So if the device crashes or is shut down, you have to connect it to the computer first and boot it with the software you used. This somewhat unpractical process for unlocking the system has now been replaced by untethered jailbreaks, which allow the iPhone, iPad, etc. to boot unaided.
Usually, during the jailbreak process, an unofficial application is installed that makes it easy to install jailbreak apps, tweaks, and themes. Cydia is one of the most popular App Store for jailbreak apps, tweaks, extensions and themes that are not available or available through Apple’s App Store.
Here is an overview of the most important advantages and features of jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad, and iPod:
- Installation and use of third-party apps not available in the App Store
- Customization of the appearance (icons, boot animation, etc.)
- Access to hidden iOS system files
- Enable file sharing between iOS and Android devices
- Overcome the limitation of Bluetooth connections to image transfer only
- Ability to uninstall manufacturer-specific default apps
How to Fix a Jailbroken iPhone
Some users have reported that they were able to connect a malfunctioning iPhone to iTunes and restore it to its original settings, which resolved the problem. However, others have been left with a broken iPhone that doesn’t respond at all or reboots continuously until the battery dies.
Revisions of iOS and the device hardware have also had a fundamental effect on the iOS jailbreaks that were in great demand, i.e. the jailbreaks of the iPhone 4, 5 and 6. Every time a new system and model version is released, the jailbreak measures also had to be adapted, which is why there is no uniform unlocking solution. For example, the jailbreak for the iPad 2 does not work for the iPhone 4, which is why you need different tools or procedures for each device (if you have the expertise required and want to unlock the device independently).
The standard approach to using a jailbreak tool is always the same, regardless of the device, model and iOS version.
- Before performing the jailbreak, you should back up your personal data on your iPhone or iPad. Connect the device to a computer via USB and transfer your personal files or save them in your iCloud account.
- After the backup, deactivate the code lock or Touch ID, as this feature must be deactivated for the jailbreak process. To do so, open the settings and tap “Touch ID & Code”. Then deselect all activated lock mechanisms.
- Now, connect the mobile device to a PC, which you need to install the software required for the iOS jailbreak. Allow this type of connection if the iPad or iPhone displays a dialog box prompting you to do so.
- The fourth step is to find and download the right jailbreak program for your Apple device and iOS version. You can choose between tools for macOS or Windows, though some of the programs are available for both systems.
- After installing the selected tool, start the jailbreak process and follow the remaining instructions. For example, some applications recommend that you do a fresh iOS install and/or activate flight mode to speed up the process.
Is It Illegal to Jailbreak a Phone?
The legality of jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or other iOS devices, sometimes changes as new laws are placed. It’s also not the same in every country. The short answer is: No, jailbreaking is not illegal. Jailbreaking officially became legal in 2012 when the Library of Congress made an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, allowing users to jailbreak their iPhones.