Much to everyone’s surprise in the jailbreak community, an iOS 8 jailbreak has been released to the public, and it also works with the latest iOS 8.1 update. With that said, we’re going to show you how to jailbreak iOS 8 and iOS 8.1 on your iPhone or iPad.
The Pangu dev team is a recent addition to the jailbreak community, first breaking into the scene with their iOS 7.1.2 jailbreak back in June shortly after the update released from Apple.
The iOS 8 jailbreak technically released earlier, but since it was a very early release and it didn’t even include Cydia, it was deemed merely a developer release so that tweak devs could get their apps and tweaks working for iOS 8. It actually wasn’t until just recently when the iOS 8 jailbreak became stable enough for public consumption.
The process for jailbreaking iOS 8 with Pangu is quite different than iOS 7, but the steps are rather easy to follow, and should take no time to complete.
Before you actually jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you’ll want to make sure that you completely back up all data on your device, which you can do through iTunes, and we even have a handy guide on how to do that.
It’s also best to install a clean version of iOS on your device before jailbreaking it, as you’re much less likely to run into any problems.
Plus, if you’re not already on iOS 8, you’ll be killing two birds with one stone for this one. You can simply update to iOS 8 and install a clean version of iOS by clicking on Restore in iTunes. You’ll need to turn off Find My iPhone in Settings on your iPhone or iPad, but after that, just follow the instructions and you’ll be with a clean version of iOS 8 in no time.
However, depending on your internet connection speed, downloading iOS 8 could take as long as an hour or two, especially if you’ve stayed on iOS 7 for a few months, so you might have to be patient while Apple downloads the update.
After the update finishes downloading, it’ll begin the install process for putting a clean version of iOS 8 on your iPhone or iPad. This could take an extra few minutes, so you’ll have to be patient yet again.
Jailbreaking iOS 8
Before you do anything else, it’s crucial that you first disable the passcode on your device by going into Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and turn off the passcode. You’ll also need to turn on Airplane Mode by swiping up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center and tap the airplane icon.
Now comes the fun part. Head to Pangu.io and download the jailbreaking tool. It only works on Windows machines for now.
Once it’s downloaded, open the Pangu tool by right-clicking on it and selecting Run as Administrator. Plug in your iOS device and when it’s recognized by the Pangu tool, click on Start Jailbreak and then click Already Did.
Sit back and wait for the jailbreak tool to do its thing. Your iPhone or iPad will eventually reboot and you should get a finished message. From there, you can close out the Pangu tool and unplug your iOS device.
Lastly, open up Cydia and let it prepare the file system. After that you can download and install tweaks and go crazy!
If you backed up your iPhone or iPad before jailbreaking and installed a clean version of iOS 8, now is the time to restore your backup. You’ll get all of your apps back, as well as all of your settings. To do this, just go into iTunes with your iOS device plugged in and click Restore Backup.