For the first time, an OS X version of the iOS 8.4 jailbreak has released. Here’s how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac right now.
Previously, the iOS 8.4 jailbreak was only available on Windows, meaning that if you wanted to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you had to get on a Windows computer somehow, otherwise you were out of luck.
However, that’s no longer the case, and now Mac users can join in on the jailbreaking fun with PP’s new jailbreak tool.
The iOS 8.4 jailbreak was initially released just hours after the iOS 8.4 update released on June 30, making it one of the fastest jailbreak releases we’ve ever seen. As with the iOS 8.3 jailbreak, TaiG is the jailbreak dev team responsible for the iOS 8.4 jailbreak.
However, this time around, PP is the one releasing a Mac jailbreak tool for iOS 8.4. If you don’t know about PP, they’re another jailbreak tweak who essentially released an iOS 8.4 jailbreak tool first, but was accused of stealing it from TaiG. PP also released a Mac jailbreak tool for iOS 8.1 earlier this year.
In any case, stolen or not stolen, PP’s new jailbreak tool for Mac works great, and Mac users can finally jailbreak their devices on iOS 8.4 without needing a Windows computer, so without further ado, here’s how to jailbreak iOS 8.4 on Mac.
Before You Begin
First off, you’ll want to make sure that your iPhone has a clean install of iOS 8.4. To do this, just back up your device and then restore it to factory settings in iTunes.
Jailbreaking a clean iPhone cuts down on the amount of potential problems that could arise during the jailbreaking process, so it’s important that you do this. Don’t worry, though, since you backed up your iPhone, you can restore all of your apps and settings after you jailbreak.
You’ll also want to make sure that Bluetooth is off and disconnect your Apple Watch if you have one. You also need to turn off Find My iPhone, as well as disable the passcode on your device, as these things could possibly interfere with the jailbreaking process.
To disable your passcode, navigate to Settings > Passcode > Enter your passcode > Turn Passcode Off and enter in your passcode again to confirm. To disable Find My iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud > Find My iPhone and turn it off. You’ll need to enter in your Apple ID password to confirm.
Make sure to also update iTunes to the latest version possible, but keep it closed during the jailbreaking process.
How to Jailbreak iOS 8.4
Now, we’re ready to jailbreak your iPhone using your Mac. Download PP’s jailbreak tool and install it on your Mac just like you would with any other application, and then open it up.
Next, plug in your iPhone and the tool should recognize it when it’s plugged in. If your iPhone is already jailbroken, the tool will let you know.
Be sure to leave “Install PP Helper” unchecked, as you don’t need it. Otherwise, click the big jailbreak button and move on to the next screen, which you can just click Continue, as you should’ve done all of the prep work beforehand, but it never hurts to review the list that PP provides.
Let the tool do its thing. It should take a few minutes to jailbreak and your iPhone will reboot a couple of times, but once the process is finished, you’ll get a “Jailbreak succeeded” message.
From there, you can exit out of the jailbreak tool and then open up iTunes to restore the backup that you made earlier in order to get all of your apps and settings back.
The iOS 8.4 jailbreak will most likely last through the summer into the fall until Apple releases iOS 9 to the public, in which case jailbreak developers will again be hard at work to crack iOS 9 and develop a jailbreak for that new version.
In the meantime, though, enjoy your iOS 8.4 jailbreak!