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iPhone 4S Jailbreak Absinthe 2.0 Errors Put Jailbreakers on Lockdown



The iPhone 4S jailbreak on iOS 5.1.1 is finally available for the masses, but despite a new streamlined process that doesn’t require fancy button pressing to enter DFU mode, the tool is failing for a number of users.

The Chronic Dev Team claims the Absinthe 2.0 iPhone 4S jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 is, “so easy your grandma could do it ;D”, but that isn’t the case for everyone.

Specifically, many iPhone 4S owners are unable to finish the jailbreak process.

Update: How to Solve iPhone 4S Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 Errors in Absinthe 2.0

When I tried to jailbreak the iPhone 4S, Absinthe 2.0 gave me the following errors.

“Hmm… something seems to have gone wrong… trying to recover”

Absinthe 2.0 something seems to have gone wrong


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

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

These errors are frustrating to say the least, and a prime example of one of the issues that can pop up when users jailbreak the iPhone 4S.

I did not lose any data, but I’ve wasted the morning restoring from backup and attempting to jailbreak the iPhone 4S on iOS 5.1.1.

You can follow our guide, How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S on iOS 5.1.1 and check out my essential iPhone 4S jailbreak apps, but I can’t install them just yet.

I’ve reached out to members of the jailbreak team on Twitter to try to figure out what this error means, and how to get around it.

I’m currently restoring form a backup and will try that way, even if it means the jailbreak will take longer. I have heard that restoring the iPhone 4S in iTunes might help, but it should be the same as restoring from the phone.

Have you found a solution to the “Recovery completed. If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in.” and “”Hmm… something seems to have gone wrong… trying to recover” Absinthe 2.0 errors?



  1. panduh

    05/25/2012 at 7:41 am

    Had the same problem and restoring the device from iTunes helped me get passed the error

    • Josh Smith

      05/25/2012 at 8:08 am

      Trying this now.

    • mary

      07/24/2012 at 10:47 pm

      thanks. it worked for me! :)

  2. eaz

    05/25/2012 at 7:47 am

    same error here.. i dont know what to do :S !!

  3. me1433

    05/25/2012 at 7:49 am

    I can also confirm that doing a restore from within iTunes, and then running the JB seems to clear the error.

  4. Steve F.

    05/25/2012 at 8:02 am

    I’ve followed all the instructions, and the Jailbreak button remains grayed out. My iphone has remained plugged in, but I can’t get the jailbreak button to activate.

    Here’s the steps I’ve taken. Am I missing something?

    1. Download Absinthe.
    2. Open .dmg file
    3. Back up iPhone
    4. Reset iphone, clearing all data and settings.
    5. Open Absinthe – Jailbreak button grey.
    6. Restore iphone through iTunes.
    7. Open Absinthe – Still grey Jailbreak button.

    I’ve tried restarting my iphone, computer, etc., but to no avail.

    Any thoughts?


    • Joshinta

      05/25/2012 at 10:06 pm

      You sure you are iOS 5.1.1?

    • Kelly

      07/30/2012 at 1:10 pm

      I had this same prob. i didn’t have itunes installed on my laptop. I installed it and plugged in my phone and it worked, except absinthe is not responding after a few mins trying the download. So i’m stuck, I’ve tried 2 different computers.

  5. Ed

    05/25/2012 at 8:17 am

    Yea having the same issue with my iPhone 4S. Really weird how it seems to be happening for a lot of people. I’m using Absinthe 2.0 on windows? Is everyone else who is using Absinthe 2.0 using it on windows as well?

    • Sten

      05/25/2012 at 5:58 pm

      I have the same with iPod touch 4g and I jailbroke on a late 2011 iMac. I got the same errors and nos cant install anything from cydia!

  6. Justin

    05/25/2012 at 8:20 am

    Having this issue with iPad 3 also

  7. Aymen

    05/25/2012 at 8:42 am

    same here, using win 7 64 bit

  8. David

    05/25/2012 at 8:47 am

    Im the same, on mac with the 4s. Tried doing it the way it said and then just jailbreaking with the device fully restored and nothing :(

    Any help?

  9. Pbace28

    05/25/2012 at 8:50 am

  10. Aymen

    05/25/2012 at 8:52 am

    I tried the restore then JB …… Did not work :-(

    did anyone solve the issue???

  11. Samuca

    05/25/2012 at 8:57 am

    Same here!!!! iphone 4s

  12. Helena

    05/25/2012 at 9:05 am

    I went on airplane mode, turned off location services, closed iTunes out and it worked fine.

  13. Ankith Kedar

    05/25/2012 at 9:24 am

    i get the same message on my iphone 4s what does it mean? i need to jail break it its a factory unlocked iphone

  14. Leo

    05/25/2012 at 9:36 am

    I solve the error by restoring from itunes instead of the iphone

  15. elboutaybi

    05/25/2012 at 10:53 am

    a full restore from itunes did the magic thanks for the replays in here thank u all ;)

    • Jorrin

      05/25/2012 at 12:41 pm

      Indeed this works. 1)Restore via iTunes. 2)Configure as new iPhone. 3)Jailbreak. 4)Link to iTunes

  16. Samuca

    05/25/2012 at 11:42 am

    Iphone 4S

    Those of you who updated to 5.1.1 using the OTA update need to do a full restore using DFU mode. Then re-run the jailbreak and it will work. Worked for me!

    Apparently, there are some problems with jailbreaking devices that have been updated to 5.1.1 via OTA updates. The solution is to put your device in DFU mode and restore the device in iTunes. Servers are still overloaded, but this might help with some of the issues people are having.

    I can confirm that this worked for me on the first try, after several failed attempts with the 5.1.1 OTA update.


  17. Nino

    05/25/2012 at 12:48 pm

    I have an iPhone 4 iOS 5.1.1 not OTA updated and i have the same problem

  18. Wbeatz

    05/25/2012 at 12:59 pm

    Hey Everyone having trouble just go redownload absinthe it’s not 2.0.1

  19. D

    05/25/2012 at 3:24 pm

    you dont need to restore.
    unsync all videos, music and pics in itunes.
    (apps, music players, video players)
    jb using absinthe 2.0
    resync videos, music and pics.

    ta-dah now you have it ….ip4s jbroken!!!

  20. iamsuperstarr

    05/25/2012 at 3:42 pm

    Hey guys not sure if you’ve realized this, but Absinth 2.0.1 has been released like Wbeatz noticed. I downloaded it and tried it and it worked like a charm on the first try. Not sure if it had anything to do with the 2nd reset I did, but whatever the case it works so I’m not complaining!

  21. John

    05/25/2012 at 4:48 pm

    Iam having trouble with the apps not working. they keep crashing. please fix these errors

  22. Kw09

    05/25/2012 at 6:25 pm

    Iphone4s keep getting “sorry the device attached is not compatible”

  23. Jason

    05/25/2012 at 11:19 pm

    For those that want to use an iCloud backup, but also jailbreak… Restore the phone in itunes, then go through the whole activation process. Once it finishes restoring settings and goes to your home screen, go to settings and turn OFF Wifi AND Data, this will essentially put your phone in limbo, as it wont be able to download all your apps. Also, if you use a VPN and it restored with your iCloud backup, delete it! You can always set it up later. Jailbreak using absinthe 2.0.1, and then reenable wifi and Data. Cydia should pop up. tap on an app, and it should download the rest of your apps

  24. Geeetee

    05/26/2012 at 1:16 am

    My iphone 4s is unable to update or restore. its running on 5.0.1..keeps coming up with iphone could not be updated .an unknown error occurred (1602)…plzzz need help

  25. Dennis Menace

    05/26/2012 at 5:59 am

    PLEASE post what iPhone model you are using. WE CAN’T your mind dumb dumb!
    My iPhone 4S…
    Jailbreak went smoooooth.
    One WIERD issue never seen before.
    When downloading Anything via Cydia, instead of showing packages like usual, it shows http error in red.
    I retry download, it then works.
    Also, an occasional “numb screen”. Won’t respond to my touch when swipin springboard pages. Again only for a millisecond.
    I will say that I was lucky and probably one of few they or early download.
    It was released early yesterday when most didn’t have a clue yet….

  26. Justin D

    05/26/2012 at 8:30 am

    I jailbroke my iphone 4 on ios 5.1.1 yesterday morning easily on the first attempt. But later i had to restore to fix something real fast. When i went to jailbreak it again, Absinthe said my device wasn’t compatible . Yet it was that morning? Its still my iphone 4 with ios 5.1.1 like it was the first time.
    The VERSION says 5.1.1
    the FIRMWARE says 4.12.01

    Does that matter? I’ve completely restored and updated the phone to the newest possible.. Does anyone know what wrong? :/

    • Ashleigh A

      05/27/2012 at 8:25 am

      Justin D….I am having exactly the same problem!! So frustrated!! I have tried restoring my phone several times, tried wiping everything off before jailbreaking and I still get the message “sorry, the device connected is mot compatible”. Even tried doing a tethered jailbreak and it won’t work either
      :( I really hope someone know how to fix this!

      • Justin D

        05/27/2012 at 12:38 pm

        Ashleigh, I figured out how to fix it! :D :D
        Okay, when I, and you probably restored your phone, Apple downloaded ios 5.1.1 onto our phone. BUT its NOT the same ios 5.1.1 that we had before. The version that works with the jailbreak is 5.1.1 build (9B206)

        Go to you general settings, about, at version see if it says 206 or 208/209.

        If it DOESNT say 206, then click this and download the 206 version.,1_5.1.1_9B208_Restore.ipsw

        Save it to your desktop, then when its done, open itunes, hold shift and click check for updates. Then choose the file you just downloaded. It will then put THAT version on your phone. Then try to re jailbreak. Should work like a charm :)

  27. Leonardo

    05/26/2012 at 10:18 am

    HOW TO SOLVE LOCKDOWN ERROR -5: in mac os: change permits! To: R/W to ALL users!
    Windows: run as administrator in adminisitrator account!
    Permits are confusing Absinthe

  28. Nabil

    05/31/2012 at 7:21 am

    no fix yet, i have the same problem for ios 5.1.1 B206 version :-/

  29. isaac

    06/11/2012 at 10:47 pm

    also on 9b206 still stuck in loop

  30. SergiPhone

    06/20/2012 at 10:43 pm

    I was Running an iPhone 4S on 5.1.1. and i downloaded absinthe to jailbreak and when i was doing it in the middle of the jailbreak it crashed and the program shut down. I had earlier backed up and restored my phone to factory settings ( that was instructed) and when i try to activate now it does not activate. iTunes says this: Your request couldn’t be processed.
    We’re sorry, but there was an error processing your request. Please try again later.

    and my iphone says it can not be activated because the activation server is temporarily unavailable.

    HELP?!??! anyone experience this? please let me know!

    • Daniel

      06/28/2012 at 3:36 am

      Did you have any luck with this? I’m having the same problem

  31. Quintin

    06/28/2012 at 1:00 pm

    My iPhone was succesfully jailbroken..but then..i saw that my network settings couldnt be changed anymore and my wi-fi hotspot function was missing…so i wiped it out completely and now i am trying to restore it but it says that an error 21 or something poped up (btw this is on windows 7) what the hell should i do??anyone with the same issues??

  32. destiny

    07/16/2012 at 5:29 pm

    so when i got to the screen that said plug in your iphone4s i plugged it in and it said sorry, this device isnt supported?? what do i do

  33. Pray4ragE

    07/18/2012 at 6:57 am

    I have the hmm…something seems to have gone wrong…trying to restore… error as well, it is iOS 5.1.1 build 9B206, I have not found a fix yet and no other Jailbreaks (Limera1n, redsnow etc.) work. Some of them say successfully jailbroken but no cydia icon appears, if anyone can help please do. Thanks any help appreciated :)

  34. Gary

    08/12/2012 at 8:40 am

    I have an iPhone 4S 5.1.1
    At around 1AM, after downloading Absinthe 2.0.4, I backed-up my iPhone via iCloud and began the jailbreak. It seemed to run fine and about 20 minutes in it stopped doing anything else. I decided to leave it alone and see what happens but it is now 11:36AM and the progress bar, although still bubbling, has not moved from the same point, approximately 3/4 of the way…
    My iPhone display has the Mac logo with an elongated oval under it that is black…
    Please help…? I don’t know what to do. I am tempted to unplug but hoping for a response with some instruction before I do that.
    I’m plugged into a MacBook OSX also, my iTunes is now not opening.
    Thank you

  35. Gary

    08/12/2012 at 8:41 am

    I am on the east coast

    • Pray4ragE

      08/12/2012 at 10:06 am

      Download the latest absinthe from it worked perfectly for me, also if you have any problems a restorable copy(.ipsw file) of iOS 5.1.1 is a handy file to have, it’s 750mb you can download through iTunes if your iPod gets messed up

  36. Pray4ragE

    08/12/2012 at 10:09 am

    I am also on the east coast. KZN South Africa.

  37. James

    10/25/2012 at 2:40 am

    Hello. Is this the same issue I’m having?
    Took my phone into a Vodafone shop to transfer blackberry pics to my iPhone 4S. It wasn’t successful and now my iPhone doesn’t show my pics I had on there or the transferred pics, it just says ‘restoring x of x’. I can take new pics and they sit there but my old ones since the transfer aren’t there…anyone know how to get the pics back?? Thanks

  38. Ankith@ Gadgets

    02/20/2013 at 9:00 am

    Here’s a simple solution. Just factory restore the device and try this Jailbreak. I’m 110% sure that it will work. This is the perfect guide. However make sure you have backed up all your data or else you might end up wasting everything :)

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