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Ultimate iPhone 4S Jailbreak Guide



We can finally jailbreak the iPhone 4S. This is the first time we can jailbreak the new iPhone, and for many users it is the first time they are jailbreaking an iPhone.

Understandably, there are a lot of questions about the iPhone 4S jailbreak process. From how to jailbreak to should you jailbreak, we have you covered with everything you need to know about the iPhone 4S jailbreak.

This guide will answer all the questions you have about jailbreaking the iPhone 4S. If you have questions we don’t answer, leave a comment below and we will try to help you out.

iPhone 4S Jailbreak Guide

How to jailbreak iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S Absinthe Jailbreak App

This 9 step guide will walk you through the iPhone 4S jailbreak process with screenshots and a full how to jailbreak the iPhone 4S video. Currently you can jailbreak the iPhone 4S with the Absinthe tool on Mac and Windows. There is a Linux tool coming soon. The process takes about 30 minutes and doesn’t require any hacking skills thanks to the work of the Chronic Dev Team and the iPhone 4S Jailbreak Dream Team.

How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S – On Mac, Windows or Linux

Best iPhone 4S Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks

Dreamboard iPhone 4s jailbreak apps

Change the look of your iPhone 4S with Dreamboard.

After you jailbreak your iPhone 4S, head over to this list of essential apps and tweaks for your newly jailbroken iPhone 4S. These apps will let you change the looks of your iPhone, change how your homescreens change, add extra functionality and more. These are some of the first apps I installed on my jailbroken iPhone.

Siri Works on the iPhone 4S

Siri iPhone 4S Jailbreak

Siri is a standout feature on the iPhone 4S, so it’s no surprise that many users are afraid they will lose access to Siri when they jailbreak the iPhone 4S. Apple could stop jailbroken iPhones from using Siri, but it would likely prove difficult and so far they haven’t. We tested out a number of Siri features and found that they work just fine on a jailbroken iPhone 4S.

Siri Works on Jailbroken iPhone 4S

Why You Shouldn’t Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

Don't jailbreak the iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S jailbreaking isn't for everyone.

Jailbreaking the iPhone 4S is easy enough to do, but not everyone should jailbreak their iPhone 4S. If you aren’t willing to put up with the occasional issue or able to spend time on forums if things slow down, you may want to avoid jailbreaking the iPhone 4S.

We have a list of reasons not to jailbreak the iPhone 4S, including the potential loss of warranty support, which you should read before you jailbreak.

4 Reasons Not to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

Why You Should Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S Jailbreak InteliscreenX

Apps like Intelliscreen X make the iPhone 4S Jailbreak worthwhile.

Here are some of our favorite iPhone 4S jailbreak apps, all which give you reason to jailbreak the iPhone 4S. From new looks to extra functionality, these 18 iPhone 4S Jailbreak apps will make the process worthwhile. Check out the post to see videos of these apps in action.

18 Reasons to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S

What is Cydia?

What is Cydia

Once you jailbreak your iPhone, you’ll find a new icon that looks like the image above. This is Cydia, an alternate app store where you can find all kinds of jailbreak apps and tweaks. This is where you’ll find settings changes like a 5 icon dock or apps that will allow you to theme your iPhone 4S to look different. There are many free apps and tweaks, but you will also see a number of paid apps. Keep in mind, if you buy these apps, you won’t be able to use them if you unjailbreak your iPhone 4S.

Explore Cydia

How to Unjailbreak the iPhone 4S

unjailbreak iPhone 4S DFU mode

Unjailbreaking the iPhone 4S is straightforward.

If you decide that jailbreaking your iPhone 4S isn’t for you, or if you need to return your iPhone 4S to stock to take it in for warranty or service, you can unjailbreak your iPhone 4S. There are several ways to take your phone back to new, but we have the easiest method for unjailbreaking your iPhone 4S in this how to.

How to Unjailbreak the iPhone 4S

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  1. Ivan Karpenko

    01/23/2012 at 2:10 pm

    I jb 5 iPhone 4S’s and Siri stopped working on all of them. Any Ideas? Also on 1 photos disapeared

  2. Generic Viagra

    01/23/2012 at 9:46 pm

    Before you begin any jailbreak, it is always good house keeping to make a complete backup of your device which can be restored from in the event of any issues occurring. No problems are predicted, but the complexities of using a command line tool should be taken seriously.

  3. Rafnsue

    01/24/2012 at 11:47 am

    Very Good Lots of info about now its all done .

    Fantastic..   Problem is there is nothing I can find to actually DOWNLOAD THE APP.


    01/25/2012 at 9:27 am

    oh! give me that!

  5. Gina Marie Ramirez

    01/27/2012 at 9:25 am

    Hi Josh,

    Thanks for such a great article.  I jailbroke my 4S and it’s running as it should with minor problems on some of the Cydia Apps I used to use on my 3GS.  The only real problem is my calculator is quarter size, so I had to write the creator of the ‘Pretty Pink’ mod and let them know … otherwise … Siri works fine (and she is now in a rainbow color) and I can tether again with MyWi5!! 

    I do have one question for you to think about writing about.  Apple will probably come up with an update and the 4S updates wirelessly (well, IOS 5 updates wirelessly), so how can we keep it from updating to keep our jailbreaks intact?

    Gina jailbreaker …. 

  6. Moratallalester

    02/03/2012 at 2:46 am

    if i jailbreak iphone 4s siri will lose?? 

  7. Dazzling_star1

    03/31/2012 at 9:50 am

    How do I unlock a jailbroken phone

  8. Cameron Rohn

    04/17/2012 at 6:38 pm

    When i plug in my iphone 4s to begin the jailbreak process it says that the attached device is not supported. Any advice on what I can do? 

  9. Ahmed Yusef k.a

    05/01/2012 at 12:10 am

     Jail breaking is illegal and causes to remove warranty …? (yes / no) 

    • Jeff

      05/07/2012 at 2:42 am

      Not illegal (in the US), but will violate your warranty (everywhere)

  10. Sri

    06/14/2012 at 9:37 am

    I have iPhone 4s and OS is 5.1, and the firmware is 2.0.10.
    My question is; The above linked article (“How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S”) can be executed on my phone to do jailbreak.
    What is the procedure to unlock after Jailbreaking. Thanks in advance.

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