How to Jailbreak Your iPhone

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Answered by: Rachel, An Expert in the User Guides Category
Definition: Cracking your electronic device & unlocking the operating system to allow non-approved third-party applications to run on your device.

Covered under the Fair Use clause of the U.S. Copyright Law, jailbreaking exploits a weakness in the iOS of an iPhone to unlock the root file system. Root access gives you administrator rights to change files as you see fit. Jailbreaking your iPhone allows you the opportunity to download non-approved third party applications from the Cydia store, Internet and other sources.

The factory iProduct comes with a locked file system. Ostensibly, Apple doesn’t want to give inexperienced, non-technical users access to the file system. They may accidentally delete critical system components and break (brick) their iPhone. In reality, Apple wants their device users locked into their system where only approved applications and music can be downloaded. This means they earn money on the device on the front side and continue to earn with each game, song and application you download. The money isn't in the iPhone: it's in the software.

Technical users-who know better than to delete critical system components-jailbreak their devices so they can install video game emulators, springboard overhauls and Wi-Fi tethering. They want complete control over the information and software that they are downloading. This freedom to choose only comes from jailbreaking your iPhone and breaking the chains to the Apple dictatorship.

Any tutorial on how to jailbreak your iPhone is going to be incomplete. Each software program is slightly different and the steps may vary. The main process of jailbreaking is fairly standard. You turn off your iPhone, connect it to your computer, put it in DFU mode and wait for the jailbreak software to work its magic.

Step 1: Find your firmware version in the About screen of your Settings application.

Step 2: Determine what jailbreak software you want to use to jailbreak your iPhone. Not every jailbreak software program works for every firmware. Each jailbreak software maintains a website that lists the firmware versions that it jailbreaks.

Step 3: Download the jailbreak software from their website to your personal computer. Open the installation package on your computer. Install the jailbreak software to your personal computer.

Step 4: Power off your iPhone.

Step 5: Plug your iPhone into your personal computer using your USB cord.

Step 6: Open the jailbreak software and follow the on-screen instructions. This varies by software so the following instructions are very general.

Step 7: Place your iPhone into device firmware update (DFU) mode. Press and hold the circular Home key at the bottom of your screen. At the same time, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button at the top right of your device (AKA the Power button.)

Step 8: Wait ten seconds. Release the Sleep/Wake button. Continue to hold the Home button.

Step 9: The jailbreak software takes over from here. A bunch of technical gibberish appears on your iPhone. Your device restarts when the process is finished.

Step 10: You may note that your iPhone looks the same with one exception. There will be one of two icons on your springboard: Loader or Cydia. If you have Cydia on your springboard, you don’t have to do anything else. If you have Loader on your screen, you need to complete extra steps.

Step 11: Tap on the Loader application. Select Cydia as the application you want to install. Tap Yes when it asks if you want to delete the Loader application.

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