Many iPhone owners jailbreak their devices in order to tear down the proverbial walls of Apple’s walled garden, but does jailbreaking void your iPhone warranty?
An iOS 9 jailbreak was released back in October just about a month after iOS 9 was released, making it one of the quickest jailbreak releases we’ve seen in a while.
However, it was quickly patched up with the release of iOS 9.1 about a week later, which was also one of the quickest patches we’ve seen from Apple. However, those still rocking iOS 9.0 can still jailbreak their devices without a problem.
We’re going on iOS 9.2 now without a new jailbreak since the original one released a couple of months ago, which has us wondering if we’ll even see a new jailbreak anytime soon.
If you’re still on an older version of iOS, though, and are thinking of jailbreaking your iPhone, you might be worried if that’s something that will void your warranty, and that’s a completely valid question — certainly one that deserves an answer.
Here’s what you need to know about jailbreaking your iPhone and whether or not it voids your warranty.
iPhone Warranty and Jailbreaking
When you jailbreak your iPhone, you’re altering the iOS software in a way that Apple did not intend to be done, which falls under a section in the iPhone warranty that essentially voids your warranty.
Under “Exclusions and Limitations” in the One Year Limited Warranty for Apple products, it says that the warranty doesn’t apply “to a product or part that has been modified to significantly alter functionality or capability without the written permission of Apple,” and jailbreaking can easily fit under this category.
So in short, yes, jailbreaking can and will void your iPhone warranty, which means if you go into an Apple Store and walk up to the Genius Bar hoping to get your power button fixed, you’ll likely be turned away if they notice that your device is jailbroken.
This isn’t too surprising, as jailbreaking can cause all sorts of problems on your iPhone, which is why jailbreaking isn’t for everyone.
However, there’s a bit of some good news here. Since jailbreaking isn’t a permanent thing, then you can sort of reinstate your iPhone warranty by restoring your device and getting rid of your jailbreak.
Technically, once you jailbreak your iPhone, then your warranty is voided forever, but that’s sort of a gray area.
If you encounter problems with your iPhone that an Apple Genius Bar employee would need to fix, then you can technically restore your iPhone, get rid of your jailbreak, take it into the Apple Store, and the Genius employee would likely never know that you jailbroke it, meaning that your warranty would still be intact.
This is because there isn’t some secret software on your iPhone that detects when and if you jailbroke your device and then sends a message to Apple saying that you did so, which is certainly a good thing for jailbreakers, as if something like that did exist, there would probably be a lot less people jailbreaking their iPhones.
However, since it’s relatively easy to get rid of your jailbreak and not leave a trace, jailbreaking remains one of those things that voids your warranty, but can easily be reversed if need be.