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How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

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The real iPhone 4S jailbreak has finally been released for the general public.

The new iPhone 4S jailbreak works on all A5 devices, which means it is also an iPad 2 jailbreak. Just as we showed you how to jailbreak your iPhone 4, we are giving you a step by step walkthrough to jailbreak the iPhone 4S.

This iPhone 4S jailbreak works on devices running iOS 5.0.1, and is untethered. This means you won’t lose functionality f you have to restart your iPhone while it isn’t connected to a computer.

This is the combined work of a dream team of iPhone hackers and represents a major accomplishment.

Keep in mind, jailbreaking voids your warranty and isn’t for everyone. In most cases, you can go right back to stock without any hassles if you need to get warranty service, but we are not responsible for damage you do while jailbreaking.

How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

Before You Start:

Before you jailbreak, make a backup of your iPhone 4S on your local computer by plugging in and allowing the device to backup. If you haven’t run a local backup, it may take some time, but it is worth having.

If you don’t have iOS 5.0.1 on your iPhone 4S, install it now. This will only take a few minutes, and you need it to jailbreak.

If you have an iPhone 4, follow this guide to jailbreak the iPhone 4 on iOS 5.0.1.

The process will take about 30 minutes, so make sure you have that much time before you start. Do not remove your phone while the jailbreak is in process.

1. Download Absinthe Jailbreak tool.

2. Plug in Your iPhone 4S.

Absinthe iPhone 4S Jailbreak

Jailbreak the iPhone 4S with Absinthe.

3. Open Absinthe and choose “Jailbreak.

How to jailbreak the iPhone 4S

Click Jailbreak to start.

4. Absinthe will connect to your device.

5. Wait for it to perform a Restore.

iPhone 4S Restore during jailbreak

iPhone 4S Restoring during jailbreak.

6. Your Device will reboot. Don’t touch it. 

7. The tool will send payload data to your iPhone 4S.

8. The tool will say that the jailbreak has completed and ask you to tap on the jailbreak icon on your iPhone 4S. The icon actually says Absinthe, and may be on a different home screen. See the image below.

iPhone 4S Absinthe Jailbreak App

Tap the Absinthe Jailbreak App.

– If you cannot connect, go into Settings -> VPN toggle on. Even if it fails, your iPhone should restart.

9. Your iPhone should restart and be jailbroken. Tap on Cydia to complete the process.

iPhone 4S Cydia Jailbroken

Cydia gives you access to apps on your jailbroken iPhone 4S.

How To Jailbreak the iPhone 4S Video Guide

If you prefer a video guide, check out the following video that will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 4S with Absinthe.

That’s all you have to do to jailbreak the iPhone 4S. Now that you have the freedom to install any app you want on your iPhone, check out my favorite 18 iPhone 4S Jailbreak apps.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

32 Comments

  1. Sgupta2099

    01/20/2012 at 11:27 am

    how to jailbreak using window 7

  2. Truth863

    01/20/2012 at 12:23 pm

  3. Alcohol

    01/20/2012 at 12:25 pm

    i’m glad that i use apple’s computer

  4. Karolina

    01/20/2012 at 12:37 pm

    does it work?

  5. Rwish

    01/20/2012 at 1:06 pm

    Thanks for this guide. I just successfully jailbroke my iPhone :)

  6. Mznichlols22

    01/20/2012 at 1:09 pm

    what are the advantages and disadvantages if I jailbreak?

  7. Nick Whyte

    01/20/2012 at 4:13 pm

    If you are having issues with Absinthe and connection, follow this guide:
    http://www.nickwhyte.com/2012/01/21/absinthe-jailbreak-connection-errors/

  8. Hay Hay

    01/20/2012 at 7:12 pm

    it doesnt work on 5.0.1 (9A406).

    • Paradoxar

      01/23/2012 at 3:22 pm

      It worked for me 
      5.0.1 (9A406)

  9. Mark M

    01/21/2012 at 1:05 am

    I found a great article that provides a step-by-step method to jailbreak an iPhone 4s or iPad 2. check it out here http://imbyter.com/2012/01/how-to-jailbreak-iphone-4s-and-ipad-2-running-ios-5-0-and-5-0-1/

    • Shitmail

      03/29/2012 at 9:20 am

       hmmm looks about the same as this one, almost a copy!

  10. JeepinLimited

    01/21/2012 at 12:56 pm

    I jailbroke my phone without issues yesterday, until this
    morning when I shut it off, and tried to reboot it. Now it stays at the
    Apple boot screen. Anyone run into this issue? I didn’t tether
    jailbreak prior to running absinthe, it was a factory phone.

    • Waynmeyer

      02/14/2012 at 12:02 pm

      Hi did u fix ur iPhone? I got a fix if u need help. Ur iPhone is in coma state. Just put the iPhone in duf mode then take it out again. If it doesn’t work just hold the power and home down together for really long. Should kick ur iPhone back into gear

  11. JeepinLimited

    01/21/2012 at 12:56 pm

    I jailbroke my phone without issues yesterday, until this
    morning when I shut it off, and tried to reboot it. Now it stays at the
    Apple boot screen. Anyone run into this issue? I didn’t tether
    jailbreak prior to running absinthe, it was a factory phone.

  12. Sri Ketharanathan

    01/22/2012 at 11:21 am

    does this unlock the phone too so that I can switch carriers?

  13. lukeB

    01/22/2012 at 6:42 pm

    pressing the app button doesnt work… and vpn doesnt work.. im on sprint with 4s how can i get around this?

    • CoolGuy@ctually

      03/25/2012 at 10:00 am

      maybe can try enabling the network connection… i dunno… mine’s work that way

  14. Kay

    01/23/2012 at 11:54 am

    anyone loose the keyboard “clicks” like i did after jail brake?

    • Waynmeyer

      02/14/2012 at 12:04 pm

      I lost clicks in safari. It comes and goes as it wishes. Pretty buggy. But I don’t mind as long as I have a JB. Also sounds are buggy in alert notifications when an iPhone 4s is locked. Veryy buggy

  15. Marc Marcfromthedark Drescher

    01/24/2012 at 7:16 pm

    Missing Settings icon here. Entered passcode during absinthe install but didn’t seem to mess anything up, unless entering the passcode did. Dunno.

  16. Aaron Leung92

    02/09/2012 at 1:10 am

    jailbroke my iphone just and when it rebooted the safari and itunes logos became blanks. 

  17. Kourtneycharrier1994

    02/09/2012 at 4:46 pm

    Can u jailbrake using ur phone only if so what website?

    • Ambrose

      05/15/2012 at 8:19 am

      Nope. Believe me. Ive gone to the corners of the web trying to find this. I know its a bummer, but even if there were a website that would allow you to do this, your iPhone isnt programmed to be able to download anything from safari, so you would still be stuck.

  18. Irinirose

    03/12/2012 at 6:31 am

    it gives me the device not supported..if anyone faced this before please reply me 

  19. Brayden WHITE

    03/14/2012 at 12:30 am

    checkout the lastest iOS jailbreak tips and tutorial for iOS 5.1 http://howtoresetiphone.blogspot.com/

  20. Xxifranco22xx

    03/16/2012 at 11:45 pm

    the jailbreak button is not working, i click it but nothing happens

  21. joey l

    05/01/2012 at 4:26 pm

    Should I jailbreak my iPhone???

  22. johncan

    05/01/2012 at 8:57 pm

    how do i jailbreak the phone when i don’t know my passcode??? some help me pls
     

  23. rho

    05/11/2012 at 3:40 am

    can i jailbreak ios v 5.1.1 through absinthe??

    • Lee McFatridge

      06/30/2012 at 2:33 pm

      I would love to know this too. Just when I got the gonads to jailbreak, not sure if the new update can be done yet :(

  24. Aidy

    05/19/2012 at 9:18 am

    I’d like to know this too, please.

  25. Steve

    07/26/2013 at 5:02 am

    I’m having no luck either

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