6 Reasons Not to Jailbreak iOS 8.3

An iOS 8.3 jailbreak was officially released today, marking the end of the no-jailbreak drought we’ve been experiencing over the last several months, but while you may be excited to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, here are six reasons not to jailbreak iOS 8.3.

Jailbreaking can open up a whole world of new settings and tweaks that you can change around on your iPhone and iPad, allowing you to do things that Apple wouldn’t normally allow inside of its walled garden of sorts, like change around the user interface and adjust some hidden settings.

That all sounds like fun, as well as a great way to improve the iOS experience, but jailbreaking isn’t for everyone. There are many benefits to jailbreaking, but there are also a lot of downsides that users should be aware of.

I’m an avid jailbreaker and have no problem getting my hands dirty with such work, but there are a lot of users whom I tell to stay away from jailbreaking, and here’s why.

Cydia Doesn’t Work Yet

Specifically for the iOS 8.3 jailbreak that just released today, Cydia doesn’t work fully yet.

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This is mostly because Cydia needs updated in order to work with the latest jailbreak. The app installs just fine in iOS 8.3 and it opens as normal, but most (if not all) jailbreak tweaks rely on something called the “Cydia Substrate,” and that has yet to be updated to work with the iOS 8.3 jailbreak.

This means that jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad right now on iOS 8.3 is essentially worthless until Cydia can be updated, since you can’t use any of the tweaks anyway, which is one of the only reasons that jailbreaking is worth it.

UPDATE: The iOS 8.3 jailbreak has been officially updated and Cydia should now work properly.

No OS X Compatibility

While not necessarily a reason not to jailbreak, no OS X support for the iOS 8.3 jailbreak puts a hinderance on the ability to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad if you only have a Mac computer.

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Currently, the TaiG jailbreak tool only works with Windows machines, so if you don’t have a Windows computer, you’re out of luck.

Of course, an OS X version of the jailbreak tool will most likely release at some point in the future, much it did with the iOS 8.1 jailbreak, but for now, Mac users are SOL.

iOS Instability

Another reason why users may not want to jailbreak their devices is because jailbreaking leaves the door wide open for all kinds of instabilities with iOS.

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Jailbreaking can lead to random reboots, tweaks not working correctly, tweaks that mess up other iOS features, etc. It’s not something you really want to deal with if you don’t know much about iOS in the first place.

More experienced users can handle it and troubleshoot the problems themselves and not make it a big deal, but those who are new to smartphones should probably stay away from jailbreaking their iPhone or iPad.

You Can’t Update iOS

When you jailbreak your iOS device, you’re unable to update iOS if a new version releases. Technically you can, but you’ll lose your jailbreak if that new version isn’t jailbreakable.

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Even then, when a new jailbreak releases for a newer version of iOS, you have re-jailbreak all over again. It’s kind of annoying to say the least, and it won’t make you want to update to the latest version of iOS if you can help it.

So if you’re someone who likes to update when a new version of iOS releases, jailbreaking may not be your cup of tea.

Voided Warranty

Unsurprisingly, jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad will void the warranty. This means that if something happens to your device, you can’t take it into an Apple Store to get it fixed.

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Essentially, once an Apple employee sees that your iPhone or iPad is jailbroken, they won’t be able to fix anything for free if it’s under AppleCare.

While jailbreaking isn’t illegal or anything, it will still void the warranty with Apple, so if the home button stops working one day, you’ll want to make sure to unjailbreak and restore your iPhone to normal before taking it to Apple.

You Won’t Get Apple Music

Apple Music will release with iOS 8.4 hopefully next week, and if you didn’t know already, Apple Music won’t work with older versions of iOS, and this includes iOS 8.3.

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This means that if you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to stick with iOS 8.3, which means that you won’t have access to Apple Music.

This doesn’t have to be a huge deal, as Spotify is a very good alternative, but if you’ve been looking forward to trying out Apple Music and hopefully switching over from Spotify or other music streaming service, you’ll have to think long and hard if jailbreaking is something that you should do.

This is similar to when the Apple Watch released, which would only work iOS 8.2 or newer, which wasn’t jailbreakable at the time. Users had to decide between getting an Apple Watch and losing their jailbreak, or giving up the Apple Watch and keeping their jailbreak.

37 Comments

  1. afehst

    06/23/2015 at 2:06 pm

    these are the most stupid reasons you would and probably could think of

    Reply

    • john

      06/23/2015 at 2:22 pm

      Yea dumb as f*ck

      Reply

  2. AJ

    06/23/2015 at 4:29 pm

    I feel sorry for myself.
    Wasted couples of minutes reading stupid article

    Reply

  3. Kenny

    06/23/2015 at 4:58 pm

    Wtf? This is the most stupidest reasons not to jailbreak.
    Time wasted

    Reply

  4. Butt

    06/23/2015 at 5:48 pm

    Stupidest artile I’ve read all day. WTF????

    Reply

  5. Andrew

    06/23/2015 at 10:51 pm

    Best reasons to get to jail. Lil
    http://Www.droidmusic.net

    Reply

  6. Robert

    06/24/2015 at 12:09 am

    you sir, are a idiot!

    Reply

  7. Abdulrahman

    06/24/2015 at 3:00 am

    Lol thats really funny!! Jailbreaking iphone makes it the most powerful smartphone!! There’s nothing you can’t do with a jailbroken iphone. Plus who needs warranty!! AND ehi need apple music? We’ve got spotify cracked! Updates? I dont update iphone unless there is a jailbreak, nothing can be added by updating. You’ve got to check your article again :D

    Reply

    • omgnavi

      06/26/2015 at 7:56 am

      How did you get spotify cracked!!?? I’ve played around with some of the known tweaks in cydia but none of which seemed to work. Please help!

      Reply

      • james mbewe

        06/27/2015 at 8:58 am

        How do I take out cydia on my iphone4s

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      • Alex

        04/27/2016 at 6:35 am

        Just look up “how to get spotify premium free jailbreak” on youtube

        Reply

  8. Jeff

    06/24/2015 at 4:20 am

    Stupid reasons, dumb article, and FYI mobile substrate works just fine. The problem is iOS kernel that needs a patch from taig to allow mobile substrate to work again. Simple fix. Should you really be writing about jailbreak?

    Reply

  9. Project arsenal

    06/24/2015 at 7:05 am

    Calm down all you apple idiots get a real phone you won’t need a stupid jailbreak apple sucks and your limited to do what you want with it and apple controls what you can and cannot do f,ck that!! And overrated and priced ya my Android was close to that price but I can do way more customized UI wallpapers live free apps n music change in keyboard colors and added memory options mine holds a near 200 gb phone and 128 gb SD card my SD card alone holds more than the 128 6 plus iPhone ya get a real phone and I can’t wait for September to paintball all you fools in your long lines me and my friends will be tagging so cali stores so don’t get your pants wet and scared and don’t drop your new iPhone if I tag you that sh,t will fly ,,,oh now taking applications for great target shooters lol

    Reply

    • Dave

      06/24/2015 at 7:30 am

      You’re a moron and we all know you aren’t going to pinball anyone. Have fun constantly worrying about charging your phone btw.

      Reply

      • Larry

        06/24/2015 at 9:46 am

        I agree with project arsenal here!!!!! I work next door to a apple store and our store has all them idiots lining blocking my door ya project arsenal I’ll join your arsonist I was in Iraq and oh boy I’ll tag them for ya!! I’m game!! Ya and Dave watch your back!!!

        Reply

    • You're an idiot

      08/23/2015 at 6:18 pm

      Nobody needs 200gb. That’s as much as a PS3.

      Reply

  10. Project arsenal

    06/24/2015 at 8:36 am

    Hey Dave your the moron show up if you have the balls!! You will be the first tagged dude!! And when you hit don’t drop your new iPhone lol and oh my charging my phone lasts longer than iPhone 6 plus I’ve seen the proof also bench tested my Android has faster ram cpu speeds not apples lagging 1gb ram cpu all the $$ and apple will never beat android I happen to work at a cellular company and we sold more Samsung galaxy s6 over iPhones all you apple fans seem to like is the stupid shiny apple logo on the back and looks don’t make a smartphone it’s the hardware it’s made of!! And the money apple makes do they tell you how many returned they get and refurbished them?? NOPE DON’T THINK SO! ! Apple has no competition on Android and never will android had what apples newest features years ago ohhhh a 5.5 screen android had that long ago Tim cook needs to wake and smell the coffee so bring it on dude you poser

    Reply

    • Chad

      06/24/2015 at 4:13 pm

      Your a serious badass wasting ur life terrorizing people who do something they enjoy. Did somebody but rape you with a iPhone? Get a life bud before it’s too late. Internet thug….. Weak…..

      Reply

  11. Max Kueller

    06/24/2015 at 9:48 am

    You know you can just restore so the warranty was not voided. Just do not tell apple your device was jailed. And get a virtual Machine, to run windows to jailbreak. And sure IOS will be unstable if your an idiot and instal things from untrusted developers. And who needs apple music its a paid streaming service, compared to the unlimited possibilities with jailbreaking. Yes there is no cydia substrate, but within a few days this will be fixed. Get the jailbreak while you still can. And the dumbest reason on this whole list; you wont be able to update IOS. Well who would want to update IOS if you were holding off on IOS updates in the first place to jailbreak. Dumbest reason on that whole list. Jailbreaking involves no risk at all unless you dont back up your device which would be the move of an idiot. The one risk I have seen is a crash loop, which can be fixed via recovery mode. NO RISK!

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    • Mike

      06/24/2015 at 10:08 am

      Well said there max so darn true!! I have a Sony Xperia z3 and does more than my jailbreak on the 5s you put junk from unknown places just restore apple knows nothing on the serial or emei once restored!! Funny thing I did screw up my 5s since was under warranty apple store gave me a iPhone 6 since 5s were out of stock call that lucky or what?? And that was the store manager too

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    • Chad

      06/24/2015 at 4:16 pm

      So true, my camera wouldn’t focus so I had to restore and take advantage of my warranty. Took it to store and they fixed it for me the same day. Very pleased with Apple warranty, they took care of me and I was only out of a phone for one day.

      Just make an appointment before you go the Genius Bar!!

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      • Mike

        06/24/2015 at 5:33 pm

        Exactly you work honest with them they take care of you my 5s only had 3 week of warranty and got a iPhone 6 as a courtesy

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  12. Should you be writing this? Let me rephrase that… Should you be writing this and waste our time?
    All those things youve said will be fixed and there are much more better things than apple music! Just wasted my time.

    Reply

    • Mike

      06/24/2015 at 5:36 pm

      Go join crazy arsonist guy above

      Reply

      • Larry

        06/25/2015 at 9:41 pm

        I’ll tag you too Mike I got lots of applicant’s well qualified now operations apple attack this September at so California stores maybe your area too keep your back eye open

        Reply

  13. bob1234

    06/24/2015 at 6:13 pm

    project arsenal numbers don’t lie? http://fortune.com/2015/06/23/facebook-walmart/ Are they any android manufactures on this list?

    Reply

    • Joey

      06/26/2015 at 9:23 pm

      Why do you think Walmart sells cheap ? Cause they are remanufacured phones out dated for people who can’t buy a real phone, go to people of Walmart. Com that sums it up

      Reply

  14. macarlton

    06/24/2015 at 8:21 pm

    Yeah these are some logical reasons, but not good enough for the jail breaking community. In my opinion, jailbreaking iOS 8.3 would just be a waste of your time. Pangu has a jailbreak for 8.4 and they plan to release after 8.4 has been released (obviously) on June 30th. TaiG released, as many people already know their jailbreak for 8.3 b/c they knew it was going to be patched in 8.4. So it would be wise just to wait, unless you don’t care for that new music application. Honestly, that new music application looks better than any other music skin I have ever had.

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    • Max Kueller

      06/25/2015 at 9:48 am

      Well what if apple patches it and you are on 8.4 and 8.3 becomes unsigned. What will you do then. Sure, if the IOS 8.4 jailbreak is released I will happily update, but until then 8.3 will do. Any jailbreak will do.

      Reply

  15. ssss ssss

    06/26/2015 at 12:47 am

    wasted my time to read this, and yes cydia is working just fine like many other jb apps with the taig ver 2.1.1.
    cheap website….

    Reply

  16. vknyvz

    07/01/2015 at 7:58 am

    dumb article, stupid reasons, you could’ve spent your time doing something more productive, like sleeping, working ASPCA helping sheltered animals or something

    Reply

  17. BiGPrO

    07/05/2015 at 12:36 am

    This article is confusing us!! I am confused now, what shall we do?! Does the writer advice us to wait till full jailbreak is available and working then it will be worth jailbreaking, or we are advised to stay away from jailbreaking our devices because it is risky!

    Reply

  18. Kevin

    07/08/2015 at 1:12 pm

    Only valid one was the inexperience user to smartphones and jail breaking. Constantly had to help people fix problems with their iPhones due to the fact they didn’t know what happened after installing a cydia tweak.

    Reply

  19. Jarrett

    07/11/2015 at 7:28 am

    Well, here’s the list a couple weeks later:
    “Cydia doesn’t work”- it was updated within two days
    “No OS X Comparability”- There is OS X Compatability now, but 80% of us have windows anyway.
    “iOS Instability” duh. Just duh.
    “You can’t Update iOS”- You can through iTunes and losing your jailbreak isn’t a reason not to jailbreak, so since you’re telling people not to, that makes no sense.
    “Voided Warranty” just restore it before you take it in, there’s no difference between a brand new one.
    “You won’t get Apple Music”: The Jailbreak is compatable with iOS 8.4, which brings us Apple music.

    You might as well just take this post down.

    Reply

  20. love dhawan

    08/05/2015 at 3:59 am

    Gud job :) keep posting . :) also check this alternate way- how to unjailbreak iphone
    http://www.besthackingtricks.com/how-to-unjailbreak-iphone-2015/

    Reply

  21. Uhhggggiuygygiyt

    11/30/2015 at 4:55 pm

    Is pangs laget if so pls tell me or will it break my I pod

    Reply

  22. darkocean

    07/18/2016 at 7:45 am

    Weird article.

    Reply

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