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iPhone 4s Jailbreak Guide for iOS 5.1.1 – Absinthe 2.0

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The iPhone 4S jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 is available for Mac, Windows and Linux as a free download.

If you have questions about the iPhone 4S jailbreak, this is where to start.

The GottaBeMobile iPhone 4S Jailbreak Guide will show you how to jailbreak, how to fix numerous Absinthe 2.0 errors, how to get started with apps in Cydia and how to un-jailbreak the iPhone 4S if you decide jailbreaking isn’t for you.

If we don’t answer a question or solve an iPhone 4S jailbreak error, leave a question in the comment or reach out on Twitter.

iPhone 4S Jailbreak Guide iOS 5.1.1 Absinthe 2.0

How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S with Absinthe 2.0

iphone 4s jailbreak 5.1.1

The Absinthe 2.0 tool from the Chronic Dev Team makes it simple to jailbreak the iPhone 4S on iOS 5.1.1. This time around the hackers were able to remove the need for two of the most confusing and hard to perform steps.

Read: How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S on iOS 5.1.1 with Absinthe 2.0

Jailbreaking the iPhone 4S with Absinthe 2.0 should take about 10 minutes, but restoring your iPhone 4S from backup may take as long as a few hours.

The Absinthe 2.0 tool also provides a new iPad jailbreak as well as offers support for a number of iPhone and iPad models.

Update: Absinthe 2.0.1 released to fix errors.

How to Fix Absinthe 2.0 Errors

Absinthe 2.0 Recovery completed. If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in

The iPhone 4S jailbreak isn’t without errors. The most common Absinthe 2.0 error is ”Recovery completed. If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in.”

Read: How to Fix Absinthe 2.0 Errors 

Thankfully it is easy to fix this and other Absinthe 2.o errors and get your jailbreak back on track.

Make sure you turn off passcode lock before you try to jailbreak the iPhone 4S on iOS 5.1.1, as it commonly causes failures.

Top iPhone 4S Jailbreak Apps

There are a number of great iPhone 4S jailbreak apps. We’ve covered this topic many times, so we’ve rounded up our favorites at the following links.

These collections offer a range of free and paid iPhone 4S jailbreak apps and tweaks. I suggest installing a few of the apps at a time to prevent stability issues and make it easier to track down any apps that cause your iPhone 4S to crash.

Will Siri Work With iPhone 4S Jailbreak?

Siri IPhone 4S Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1

Not only does Siri work with a jailbroken iPhone 4S, it’s possible to do much more with Siri after jailbreaking the 4S.

Read: Siri Works on Jailbroken iPhone 4S

With SiriToggles and other Siri iPhone 4S jailbreak tweaks it is possible to open apps with Siri and to use Siri to change settings like WiFi, Bluetooth and Brightness.

Why You Should Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

Why You Should Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

The biggest reason users jailbreak the iPhone 4S is to install apps, tweaks and customizations that Apple will not allow in the App store.

These apps can change how the iPhone 4S looks and works and add new features. Many users like the visual flair that comes from Fold to Unlock and Barrel 2.

Others love the ability to add a fifth icon in the dock and to add fast access to settings in the Notification Center with SBSettings or NC Settings.

Users who want to go further can change the lock screen with IntelliscreenX or overhaul the look of the iPhone 4S with DreamBoard.

There’s no, one reason to jailbreak the iPhone 4S.

Why Not to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S Jailbreak Crash

An iPhone 4S jailbreak is a great way to get more form your iPhone 4S, but it isn’t without consequences.

Read: Why not to Jailbreak

The jailbreak can make the iPhone 4S unstable and lead to crashes or bad battery life. This is why we recommend installing a few apps at a time. Users who don’t have the time or patience to deal with issues or looking up solutions in forums may be better off with a stock iPhone 4S.

Read: iPhone 4S Jailbreak Gone Bad

Jailbreaking the iPhone 4S is legal, but it voids the Apple warranty. The good news is that most of the time it is possible to un-jailbreak the iPhone before taking it in to Apple for help.

What is Cydia?

Cydia is the jailbreak app store. Cydia is installed on the iPhone 4S during the jailbreak process, and offers easy access to apps and tweaks.

Users can purchase apps in Cydia, but it is important to remember that these apps will no longer work if you decide to un-jailbreak the iPhone 4S.

Many paid apps in Cydia allow users to try them for a day or two to make sure they like the app before purchasing.

Check Out Cydia

How to Un-Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

Absinthe 2.0 iPhone 4s jailbreak error fix

If you decide that the iPhone 4S jailbreak doesn’t agree with you, it’s easy to un-jailbreak. You don’t need to use Absinthe 2.0 to un-jailbreak, just iTunes.

All you need to do is open iTunes, backup your iPhone and then Restore to factory settings.

Presto. You’re back to a stock iPhone.

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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]

39 Comments

  1. MASUM

    05/25/2012 at 11:55 pm

    Heya
    i just got my iphone 4s(ios 5.1.1) jailbroken by absynthe 2. but when i get to sync the cracked apps, it says “failed to install”.Will you tell me please what,s wrong with my iphone?

    • imran dwcuz

      05/27/2012 at 1:12 am

      heyy to do that, you go into cydia, manage, sources, edit ,add then you add the source cydia.hackulo.us

      then install appsync and then itll work, and btw dont jailbreak for cracked apps faggot

      • k4zan

        05/28/2012 at 4:10 am

        Thanks! it works! :)

      • arash

        06/14/2012 at 11:43 am

        hey thx dude wow it’s Work i’m searching about 2 Weeks and found nothing
        in web site in our fucking country nobody Know’s about IOS
        Iran my mean of our country
        what ever thanks Alot

      • ali

        06/16/2012 at 1:15 pm

        ty so much bro :)

  2. Alba

    05/26/2012 at 4:03 am

    Hey! I tried Jailbreakingg my phone over 10 times but it won’t work. My iPhone 4s is already unlocked because I live in a different country and my sister got it in America from the at&t store, is that why it won’t work, because it’s already unlocked?? But I even tried putting the original sim card in and it still wouldn’t work and I even turned off the pass code lock. Please help! Thank you:)

  3. tomtom

    05/26/2012 at 2:45 pm

    I have a 4s,carrier is At&t and I bought it in the US. I live in europe and I need/want to use it there.

    Absinth 2.0 doesn’t seem to work . Why not, I really counted on the new version.

    Can somebody explain me why its so difficult to open at&t ‘s asses?

    THx in advandce!

    • Mauricio

      06/04/2012 at 2:26 pm

      Were you able to unlock your phone? I’m also looking to unlock the 4s (ios 5.1.1) that I bought in the US, any recommendation?

    • vrooom

      06/06/2012 at 4:31 am

      there’s new absinthe 2.0.4 go the http://www.greenpois0n.com and download it, it works perfectly for jailbreak on iphone 4s.

      • hi

        06/15/2012 at 7:19 am

        hey did it give your computer any viruses

  4. LP

    05/26/2012 at 7:53 pm

    I just jail-broke my iPhone 4S (5.1.1) and now iTunes won’t recognize that it’s even connected. I reinstalled iTunes, but nothing. Any suggestions?

    • Sabrina

      07/18/2012 at 12:25 am

      After the 5.1.1 update, iTunes will no longer recognize your device. IDK why, that’s just it. Unless you use iTunes Match, no music not purchased through iTunes store can be put on your iPhone. Music purchased goes through iCloud and then is synced to your phone.

  5. kristijan

    05/27/2012 at 3:42 am

    Hi guys! I need help!

    I have jailbroken iphone 4S 5.0.1 and I want to upgrade to 5.1.1.

    what I should do?
    Should I instal the update first and then instal Rocky Racoon 5.1.1 Untether?

  6. Jean Paul

    05/29/2012 at 2:42 am

    I have a greyes out jailbreak button in absinthe 2.0. Won’t recognize my 4s. Tried rebooting phone, restarting computer (Mac) and uninstalling and reinstalling absinthe. Any help with this would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Jean Paul

  7. Ellis

    05/29/2012 at 6:04 am

    I have a new Verizon Iphone 4s 5.1 trying to jailbreak on Absinthe. But it states that it dose not recognize my device. How do I get pass this.

  8. jef

    05/30/2012 at 4:30 am

    Hi! I just jail broken my ophone 4s with the new updated version of absynthe. but when i tried to install the tweaks that i used to have it says ” cannot comply. can somebody help me please?

  9. db

    06/01/2012 at 6:14 am

    Hi, will this jailbreak also unlock my iPhone 4s.
    I brought it from us unlocked,but after updating it to 5.1.1 it again got locked now I can’t do anything.please. Help me.

  10. JB

    06/21/2012 at 9:11 am

    i jailbroke my phone ; everything is perfect ; but when i download a app and try to open (i only have makeitmine and font swap) and they will act like they want to open but then force close ; this is the reason why i restored my iphone the first time thinking the second time around i would have a different response . but someone told be about going into a extras file and booting it (i have no idea what he was talking about) please help i dont want to restore my phone because i already lost 900 pictures due to this dang on jailbreak

  11. jack ryan

    06/30/2012 at 7:09 am

    after jailbreaking with abtisinthe 2.0.4 my iphone 4s (5.1.1) the Itunes on my windsows pc can’t restore it, i get error. could you help me how erase cydia and restore my iphone?

  12. kelsey

    07/18/2012 at 6:33 am

    ok i need help after i jailbroke my iphone i didnt like it so i press reset settings on my phone and now its loading its bee doing that for a long time now

    • nick

      07/19/2012 at 12:47 pm

      did you end up fixing it because i am having the same problem?

  13. afshin

    07/18/2012 at 8:05 am

    hi i have some problems with my new iphone version 5.1.1
    how i can match my bluetooth with other phones?

  14. Rick

    07/18/2012 at 3:14 pm

    Just a FYI… I just got my iPhone 4 and I had jailbroke my iPad 3 on my work xp computer and when I trie to jailbrake my iPhone on my Vist 32 bit Absinthe 2 could not see it… iTunes saw it, the computer saw it but not Absinthe. I took it to work and hook it to my XP and zip… lessthan 4 minutes later its jailbroke… Don’t know what was up with that but just FYI

  15. katrina

    07/19/2012 at 11:24 am

    I have used this to jailbreak my iPhone 4S 5.1.1. Now I’m trying to unlock it, and am having no luck what so ever. Help! I have used ultrasn0w and keep getting the two errors. I have tried SAM. No errors, but my sasktel SIM does not work in my phone, so I’m guessing it’s not working. Help!

  16. stu

    07/20/2012 at 5:18 am

    ive just jailbroken my iphone. does this now mean i can use any carrier?

    • Martin

      07/23/2012 at 7:02 am

      No

      Still waiting on unlock
      Jailbreak is one thing, unlock another

  17. Timo

    07/25/2012 at 5:46 am

    Can someone help me out, i just recently jailbreaked my ipad, installed installous and appsync but everytime i sync with my computer, the applications that i installed with installous is automatically uninstalled. I’m using the new ipad and running 5.1.1 can anyone help me?

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  19. Rena

    07/28/2012 at 11:16 am

    I need help please I unlocked and jailbroke my iPhone 4s but I can’t upload photos to fb instagram or even send/receive pic message what do I do?

    • Ar

      09/29/2012 at 12:22 am

      Hi. I’m having the same problem. Were u able to find a solution already? I’m really hoping u could help me. :(

  20. scott

    07/29/2012 at 6:03 am

    I’ve just found an iphone 4 or 4s, can’t really tell to be honest. It’s already been locked i think because it says no service up in the corner of the screen. there is also a pass code on it. I asked a policeman what i should do and he said if it’s already been declared lost it’s probably been replaced already and therefore they wouldn’t do anything with it. so I’m thinking why don’t i just have it as i lost my iphone a while back and was never able to get it back so i’m thinking karma?? lol anyway.. all i want to know is is there any safe way of bypassing the passcode and then unlocking the phone so i can put a new sim in it and use it as normal?? I’ve looked on the net but i cant seem to find anything. HELP!

  21. amit

    07/30/2012 at 2:13 am

    i tried to jail break my iphone 4s but now all it says on i tunes and on my phone is that use appropriate sim card and i cannot use anything on the phone its stuck with that message .. please help

  22. Serena

    07/30/2012 at 7:35 pm

    I jail broke my phone about a week ago and now I need to retore back to factory settings because I’m going to the Apple store for a new phone. All I did was press restore back to factory settings and of course it looked like it was restarting, but that was three hours ago and it still has the loading circle. I’m just wondering how long it usually takes because I’m getting worried that my phone isn’t going to turn back on and I won’t be able to get a new one because it was jail broken.

  23. Lolreptar

    08/01/2012 at 4:40 pm

    I cant jailbreak my phone

  24. Leslie

    08/03/2012 at 5:36 pm

    I have an iPhone 3G jailbroken for T-Mobile, and I was wondering if absinthe was unlocked for the iPhone 4s 5.1.1 on t mobile.

  25. BT

    08/04/2012 at 11:33 pm

    guys after downloading absinthe 2.0 on my iphone 4s, why dont i have the absinthe app on my iphone?

  26. jhona

    08/08/2012 at 5:52 am

    hi i got a iphone4s ios 5.1.1 and it got a network from uk on and i cant use it in maurituis wat shoud i do plzz help

  27. jhonnn

    08/15/2012 at 4:17 am

    i just got my iphone 4s(ios 5.1.1) jailbroken by absinthe 2. but when i get to sync the cracked apps, it says “failed to install”.Will you tell me please what,s wrong with my iphone?

  28. Jasmin DiCarlo

    08/28/2012 at 3:44 am

    When I try to JailBreak my iPhone 4s using the absinthe program it comes up with “Sorry, the attached device is not supported” how come? Why isn’t it working?

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