Mobile Operating Systems

Are you looking for more freedom on your iPhone? Then you might want to jailbreak your iOS device. Jailbreaking frees your phone from limitations imposed by Apple and your carrier. After a jailbreak, the device can now perform actions it couldn’t do previously. You can finally delete those pre-installed applications on your home screen.

Jailbreaking used to be the only option to install third-party apps before the App Store. It was also an essential part of the iOS experience. Many an Apple fan had gone through the trouble to maximize the iPhone’s features. Though some may find the process dangerous and intimidating, it’s helpful in a lot of ways. If you’re new to jailbreaking, there are several ways to do it. Before we dive deep, let’s first understand what it is.

 

What is Jailbreaking?

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As aforementioned, jailbreaking means freeing your phone from Apple’s restrictions. Freeing your iOS device lets you install applications outside the App Store. You can also modify different settings inaccessible to regular iOS users. Jailbreaking your device also makes the phone available to other mobile network carriers. Note that Apple discourages jailbreaking your iPhone and other iOS devices. And while it has inherent risks, you can gain a lot from jailbreaking your iPhone.

 

Preparing to Jailbreak Your iOS Device

 

Back-Up Your Device

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Before jailbreaking your phone, the most important thing you need to do is to back it up first. There are several ways to do this. One way is to back up your iPhone wirelessly through iCloud. Another way is plugging in your device to iTunes, it automatically backs it up. If you have a MacBook and it’s running on Mac OS Catalina or newer, you can back up your phone directly via Finder.

Back up all your media files: music, apps, movies, photos, videos, and everything else to the cloud. If you have a lot of files, consider investing in an external hard drive to conserve space. Backing up will make it easier to restore all the files once you’ve completed the jailbreak.

 

Starting the Jailbreak Process

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Now that you have backed up your phone, you can start the jailbreak process. To do this, you will need to update your device to the latest version of iOS. The latest version to date is iOS 13. If you have the latest version, you can skip this step but if not and you don’t know how, follow the steps below:

  • Plug-in your device to your computer or laptop. Make sure you’ve installed iTunes on your computer.
  • Once you plugged in the device, it will prompt you to download and run the iOS update for you.

 

You should also make sure your iTunes app is up to date. But what if you have a newer MacBook but doesn’t have an iTunes on it? Don’t worry, you can update your iPhone through the Finder. Another option is to just update it over the air. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Software update.

 

Jailbreak for iOS 12.2 to Newer Versions Using Hexxa

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Good news! This method of jailbreaking doesn’t require you to have a laptop or computer. You can just use the device you want to jailbreak. Reboot your phone before you start the process. After rebooting, follow the steps below to jailbreak your iOS 13 phone:

  • Download the Hexxa Plus application on your device. Be sure to access the link from your iOS device because it wouldn’t work on your PC or MacBook.
  • Then, tap Allow > Download. This will download the app to your iOS 13 device. After doing this, head to your Settings > Profile Downloaded. Tap the downloaded link. A prompt for your device’s passcode will appear before you can continue.
  • Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, you are free to install a repository too. The recommended one is Cydia. To download it, open Hexxa Plus and tap “Get Repos”.
  • Go to the “App Managers Repo List” and tap it, after this, copy the “http://ios.cyrepo.tk/” address. Re-open Hexxa Plus and then hit “Extract Repo”. Paste the copied address and tap “Ok” to extract the Cydia repository.
  • Hit the “Download” button, then tap Allow > Go to settings > Profile Downloaded > Install. You need to enter your passcode to authorize it, then you’ll just need to tap Install > Done. You can use this app to download other jailbreak apps or install another marketplace.

 

Jailbreak for iOS 12 to 12.1.4 Using Chimera

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  • Download and install Chimera. Be sure to access the link from your iOS device because it wouldn’t work on your PC or MacBook.
  • Once you’ve downloaded this app store, download the Chimera IPA.
  • Before launching the Chimera, make sure that you’ve trusted the app. Go to Settings > Device and Profile Management > Trust the Chimera developer profile.
  • Run the Chimera app on your phone and tap on the “Jailbreak” button.
  • Just wait for the jailbreak process to finish. When it’s done you can see a Sileo app on your home screen.
  • To add Cydia on Chimera, simply paste this “https://diatr.us/chicydia/” repo to Sileo.
  • You can now use it to download other jailbreak apps or install another marketplace.

 

Jailbreak for iOS 12 to 12.1.4 Using Unc0ver

  • Download and install Unc0ver on your phone. Be sure to access the link from your iOS device because it wouldn’t work on your PC or MacBook.
  • Once you’ve downloaded this app store, download the Unc0ver IPA.
  • Before launching the Chimera, make sure that you’ve trusted the app. Go to Settings > Device and Profile Management > Trust the Chimera developer profile.
  • Run the Chimera app on your phone and tap on the “Jailbreak” button.
  • Just wait for the jailbreak process to finish. When it’s done you can see a Cydia app on your home screen.
  • You can use this app to download other jailbreak apps or install another marketplace.

 

Restoring Your Device from iTunes or Finder

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After the jailbreak, you must restore its precious data back. If it’s your first time, you may skip this step as your device will carry over all the data in the jailbreak process. If it’s not your first time, then this step is necessary as you will need to do a recovery to update your device.

To do this, simply plug your iOS device back into your computer or laptop. Once plugged in, iTunes or Finder will do the restoration for you. Once finished, all your files will be back to your device where they should belong.

 

Why You Should Jailbreak Your iOS Device

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Jailbreaking uses software to transfer instructions to break open the file system. This comes with tools to modify previously prohibited settings. When you jailbreak your device, it removes these restrictions and allows for more functionality. This includes GUI customization and installing third-party apps, not in the App Store. You’ll also be able to unlock more features available to higher iOS’.

Apple does not allow app developers to modify certain parts of the operating system. But jailbroken apps open you to a world of customization options. New app interface options and customizable home screen widgets, something you usually see on Android. (This might even out the battle between Android vs. iOS.) It also unlocks your phone so you can use other carriers apart from what you initially purchased.

 

Why You Should Not Jailbreak Your iOS Device

Jailbreaking your phone means modifying its operating system. So obviously when you do this, you may void the warranty you have with your service carried. If jailbreaking tampers with your phone’s functionality, Apple can’t fix it.

Some users are reporting unstable or disabled phones after performing the jailbreak. This is one of the reasons why you shouldn’t jailbreak your iOS device. You might end up having a very expensive phone as nothing more than just a paperweight.

This occurs because of the lack of App Store restrictions. Yes, you might be able to access new customization options, but it might increase the risk of crashes. There is a risk of losing Apple’s protection and security. Also, developers of jailbroken apps get access to core components of the device. It’s possible that a simple change might completely ruin the device’s software.