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How to Jailbreak your iPhone in iOS 9 Plus iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 Beta Jailbroken

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How to Jailbreak your iPhone in iOS 9 Plus  iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 Beta Jailbroken

If you are here, then you must already know the risk of jail breaking your phone right?


iOS jailbreaking is the process of removing software restrictions imposed by iOS, Apple’s operating system, on devices running it through the use of software exploits; devices include the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and the AppleTV 2 and 4. Jailbreaking permits root access to the iOS file system and manager, allowing the download of additional applications, extensions, and themes that are unavailable through the official Apple App Store.

Simply put it, that iPhone jailbreaking is literally the same as Android Rooting. Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad is a risky process that we can’t unreservedly recommend, but it remains popular among those who wish to install unofficial apps and tweaks on their smartphone or tablet via the Cydia marketplace. Here’s how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad in iOS 9 – and iOS 8, too.

1. Warning

Some of the unofficial apps that you’ll gain access to after jailbreaking are pretty tempting, and may offer features you’d never otherwise be able to access, but be weary; jailbreaking your iPhone and installing tweaks and apps from disreputable sources may lead to hackers being able to access your iPhone.

We recommend only using reputable sources, such as those pre-loaded in Cydia, and staying away from any pirated repositories – it may be tempting to download tweaks for free, but you might be handing over access to all your personal information at the same time!

Apple itself offers advice on the subject of jailbreaking (although you may feel that the company is biased in this respect since it wants to continue getting its cut of the revenue from official app sales).

In this tech note, Apple suggests that jailbreaking your iOS device may lead to security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, unreliability, disruption of services and inability to apply future software updates. It may result in Apple denying service for your device.

Nonetheless, many Apple fans have been jailbreaking iOS devices for years without encountering these issues. But once they’ve jailbroken such a device, they understand that they should expect no help from Apple if it causes them trouble in the future. With choice comes responsibility.

2. Tethered and Unthetered

What’s the difference between a tethered and untethered jailbreak? Tethered jailbreaks require you to attach your iOS device to your computer and run an application to jailbreak it. If you later power off the device and then restart it, the jailbreak is wiped out, and you have to repeat the entire process. It also means your iOS device is completely useless until you do so, which isn’t convenient.

These kinds of jailbreak were the first to be developed. But what prospective jailbreakers wanted was an untethered method, where the hack would remain in effect even after the device was switched off and on again. This is called an untethered jailbreak, which is what is available for those looking to jailbreak iOS 9 and iOS 8.

3. iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 beta jailbreak teased, iOS 9.1 , 9.2 left unjailbroken

The jailbreaking community has had a patient few months – while iOS 9 was successfully jailbroken, updates to the software have rendered the iPhone and iPad jailbreak-proof (for now, anyway). iOS 9.1 killed the security loophole used by jailbreakers, and hackers haven’t been able to find a new weakness in Apple’s iOS system since.

People were excited when (now infamous) hacker Luca Todesco posted a screenshot of Cydia running on his iPhone 6 on iOS 9.2.1 – that was until Todesco admitted that he wouldn’t be releasing the jailbreak to the public any time soon.

While some still expected the iOS 9.2.1 jailbreak to drop in the days after the hackers announcement, it never did. In fact, it seems that Todesco is already focused on his next project – jailbreaking iOS 9.3. Only hours after Apple released the iOS 9.3 beta on 11 January 2016, a video was published to YouTube showcasing the jailbreak, complete with Cydia and Terminal on display.

While Todesco has made it clear that he won’t be releasing the iOS 9.3 jailbreak either, it shows that it is possible to do and hopefully other big players in the jailbreaking community (like Pangu or TaiG) may soon be able to crack the software and offer the jailbreak to the public.

4. Jailbreak iPhone and iPad on iOS 9

Apple has released iOS 9.1 which brings the News app to UK users, along with a host of new emoji. Sadly, it also blocks the vulnerabilities used by the Pangu team to jailbreak iOS 9 devices, so if you’re jailbroken right now/thinking about jailbreaking your device, avoid downloading iOS 9.1 or later.

Only days after the release of iOS 9, the Pangu team announced that they’d jailbroken the software and were releasing it to the public. The Pangu team first appeared back in 2014, offering an untethered jailbreak for devices running iOS 7.1 – people were initially suspicious of the unknown group releasing a jailbreak, but the utility was tested and given the thumbs up by tech evangelists.

They then released a jailbreak for iOS 8 just two days after it was released by Apple, making it the quickest ever release for a jailbreak – and it seems they’re following a similar pattern with iOS 9.

Pangu 9 will jailbreak iPhones, iPads and iPod Touchs running either iOS 9.0, iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.0.2 – users running iOS 9.1 or later are out of luck for now. It’s compatible with the following iOS devices:

  • The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, and iPhone 4s.
  • The iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 1, iPad Air 2, and the iPad Air 1.
  • The iPod touch 6, and the iPod touch 5.

Mac support was notably missing from the initial release of Pangu 9, which explains our PC-based screenshots below. Since then, the Mac variation has been released and the jailbreak is achieved in the exact same way.

So, for Mac and PC users, here’s how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 9:

1) Back up your device. The first step you should take is to back up your iPhone or iPad either via iTunes or iCloud to make sure your data is safe and secure. Although Pangu 9 has been given thumbs up by many users, there’s still a risk that something could go wrong during the install that requires you to completely reset your device. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

2) Download Pangu 9. The second step is to download the jailbreak software, Pangu 9 from here (Mac) or here (PC). Also, make sure you have iTunes installed (you won’t actually use it, but the installed files are needed).

3) Disable Find my iPhone, Touch ID, and Passcode. In order to successfully complete the jailbreak, users must first disable Find my iPhone, Touch ID, and Passcode.

4) Launch Pangu 9. Once you’ve backed up your iOS device, disabled Find my iPhone, Touch ID and Passcode, it’s time to jailbreak your iPhone.

On your PC, right click the .exe file and click “Run as administrator” – opening the app by double clicking it may throw up some issues down the line with permissions, so running the app as an Administrator should prevent this. Mac users can open the app as they normally would.

 5) Plug your iOS device into your Mac/PC. Plug your iOS device into your Mac/PC once you’ve opened Pangu 9, and it should be automatically detected by the software. Once your device has been detected, simply press “Start” to start the jailbreak process.

6) Toggle Airplane Mode. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the jailbreak process. You shouldn’t have to do too much apart from occasionally unlocking your iOS device and putting it into Airplane mode, which is done via the Control Centre (swiping up from the bottom of the screen) or via the Settings app.

7) Your iOS device will reboot. Once you see “Jailbreak completed” on the Pangu 9 app, your device should reboot and display Cydia, the jailbroken ‘app store’, on your homescreen.

8) Open Cydia and download tweaks. Simply tap on the Cydia icon on your home screen to open and configure the app – this should only take a few seconds. Once complete, you’re free to download and install the various apps and tweaks that Cydia and the jailbreak community have to offer!

Word of warning: Beware of the tweaks and apps you’re installing from Cydia, as some may not yet be compatible with iOS 9 and could cause your phone to become sluggish or crash randomly. You can find a list of the compatible iOS 9 jailbreak apps & tweaks right here.

If, when you open Pangu 9 you’re welcomed with a runtime error, don’t worry – there’s a fix available. First of all, make sure you have iTunes installed as the error can pop up when the app can’t find the required files. If you’ve got iTunes installed and it’s still displaying the error, the workaround requires a bit more effort – but is still doable.

You need to uninstall iTunes and its related content in the following order:

  • iTunes
  • Apple Software Update
  • Apple Mobile Device Support
  • Bonjour
  • Apple Application Support

Once you’ve uninstalled iTunes and its related content and restarted your computer, it’s time to reinstall it (we know, it’s long winded!) from Apple’s website. Once installed, run Pangu 9 again and this time, you should be able to get through the process without running into the runtime error.

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