How to Prepare for the iOS 8.3 Jailbreak

iOS 8.3 released yesterday, paving the way for an iOS 8.3 jailbreak to arrive anytime soon. Here’s how to prepare for the iOS 8.3 jailbreak right now, that way you’ll be ready to upgrade once it officially hits the airwaves.

Apple released iOS 8.3 yesterday, arriving with emoji updates, wireless CarPlay support, and iCloud Photo Library officially out of beta, but the latest version of iOS has yet to be jailbroken.


At first, it was expected that the TaiG jailbreak team would release an iOS 8.2 jailbreak at some point last month, with the most likely timeline being right before the 2015 Mobile Security Summit, which took place toward the end of March, and it could’ve been the perfect time for the TaiG team to release its iOS 8.2 jailbreak that it’s said it has already.

However, iOS 8.3 is now out, making an iOS 8.2 jailbreak completely moot, but allows TaiG to move onto iOS 8.3 and jailbreak that version instead.

If you remember, iOS 8.1.3 officially patched up the TaiG iOS 8 jailbreak and that has carried over to iOS 8.2. A support page on Apple’s website lists the TaiG Jailbreak Team as the source for a security vulnerability that Apple patched up in iOS 8.1.3, which means that iOS 8.1.3 is unjailbreakable, and as an extension, iOS 8.2 is unjailbreakable as well.


In any case, while you wait for an iOS 8.3 jailbreak to release, here’s how you can prepare for it so that you’ll be ready once it arrives.


Back Up Through iTunes

This really goes without saying, but it still needs to be said: make sure to completely back up your iPhone or iPad through iTunes before you jailbreak your device. Backing up will save all of your apps and settings, as jailbreaking your device requires a fresh re-install of iOS. Plus, if anything goes wrong with the jailbreak, you can restore back to where you were before and try to jailbreak again.


After you jailbreak, you can then restore an iTunes backup to get all of your apps and settings back to normal.

Back Up Your Jailbreak Tweaks

Unfortunately, backing up your iPhone or iPad through iTunes won’t back up your jailbreak tweaks, so you’ll need to do that separately.



Luckily, there’s an app that you can download in Cydia called PkgBackup, which lets you back up your jailbreak tweaks to Dropbox and then restore them after you jailbreak your device.

However, I usually like to start from scratch anyway after I jailbreak my iPhone or iPad, simply because after a while, a whole bunch of jailbreak tweaks pile up that I never end up using. Jailbreaking a newer version of iOS gives me the opportunity to start fresh. Of course, it’s ultimately up to you what you want to do, though.

Don’t Update Over-the-Air

When you jailbreak iOS 8.3, you’ll need to update to iOS 8.3 first before you can jailbreak. However, you don’t want to update over-the-air. Instead, plug your device into your computer and do it through iTunes.



The reason for this is because past jailbreaks haven’t worked all too well when installing on a device that was updated over-the-air. Because of this, it’s best to update through iTunes and you’ll likely come out of it without any problems.

In the end, when an iOS 8.3 jailbreak does release, be sure to set aside at least an hour to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad. M0st of that time will be dedicated to downloading iOS 8.3 alone (it’s a pretty big update), while the actual jailbreaking process shouldn’t take too long — maybe 10 minutes tops, depending on the method used by the dev team.