Useful Steps to Jailbreak an iPhone

--Tuesday, Nov.29, 2016

What is jailbreaking? In short, it means bypassing the locks, which is put by Apple on its iPhones and iPads. Therefore, users is able to have further access to lots of apps and tweaks that Apple hasn't authorized, making their iOS device more personalized. 

However, there are things that you might not miss before you get to work with jailbreaking your iPhone. Please check out the following sections.

Part 1: Warning Before Jailbreaking iPhone

Some of the unofficial programs that enables to access your iPhone after jailbreaking are quite tempting, of which they may be featured by something to which you've been long eager. However, please be wary that jailbreaking your iPhone and installing tweaks and apps from disreputable sources may lead to hackers being able to access your iPhone, so it's strongly recommended to only using reputable sources, such as those pre-loaded in Cydia, and staying away from any pirated repositories.

The attitude of Apple towards jailbreaking might seems pretty biased, for downloading unofficial apps after jailbreaking will not contribute to its revenue from official app sales. Therefore, Apple claims that jailbreaking your iOS device may result in security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, unreliability, disruption of services and inability to apply future software updates.

However, quite a few Apple fans have been jailbreaking iOS devices for years without encountering these issues. But, with choice comes responsibility. In fact, Apple denies service for those jailbroken device, so think twice before you leap.

Warning Before Jailbreak iPhone

Part 2: Why People Want to Jailbreak iPhone?

To access banned apps, users rely on jailbreaking to circumvent Apple's censorship of content and features. One of the reasons for jailbreaking is to expand the feature set limited by Apple and its App Store. Jailbreaking permits the downloading of programs not approved by Apple, such as user interface customization and tweaks.

1. Device Customization

Jailbreaking allows users to download programs excluded from App Store. Therefore, users can install these programs for personalization and customization of the interface, adding desired features and fixing annoyances, and making development work on the device easier by providing access to the file system and command-line tools.

2. Compatibility to Multiple Carriers

Jailbreaking creates the possibility for using software to unofficially unlock carrier-locked iPhones so they can be used with other carriers. An example of unlocking an iPhone through a Jailbreak utility would be Redsn0w. Through this software, iPhone users will be able to create a custom IPSW and unlock their device. Moreover, during the unlocking process, there are options to Install Cydia and iPad baseband as well.

3. Software Piracy

We've mentioned that Apple is strict with the downloadings of apps outside App Store in order to protect the income of the company. However, most apps are set at a specific price. Therefore, some users prefer to jailbreak their iPhones and thus download pirated applications instead.

Why Jailbreak iPhone

Part 3: How to Jailbreak iPhone with Pangu?

In order to finish jailbreaking, you need a reputable software well-known as Pangu. This is a free jailbreaking tool well-designed by tech experts across the world. However, before we start the step-by-step guidance, let's check out some notes in advance.

1. Make sure that your iOS device is running iOS 9.2-9.3.3

2. The compatible models are as followings:

iPhone SE/ iPhone 6s Plus/ iPhone 6s/ iPhone 6 Plus/ iPhone 6/ iPhone 5s

iPad Pro/ iPad Air 2/ iPad Air/ iPad Mini 4/ iPad Mini 3/ iPad Mini 2

3. Make sure that your device is well-connected to Wi-Fi or other networks and fully charged.

4. It's of vital importance to backup your iPhone before you set about jailbreaking your device, for jailbreaking may lead to unexpected data loss.

Instead of running a standard jailbreak tool, users have to download the Pangu app for iOS and sign in the app with a legitimate Apple ID, then install the app via an updated Cydia Impactor app developed by Saurik, creator of Cydia.

Different from previous jailbreaks, Pangu jailbreak is semi-tethered, which means you'll have to re-jailbreak your iPhone every time you restart it before you can continue using your favorite jailbreak tweaks. In fact, it allows you to switch iPhone between Jailbroken and Non- Jailbroken conditions. Now, let's check out how to do it.

Step 1. Download Pangu app on your iPhone from its website - pangu.io.

Step 2. Download compatible Cydia Impactor with different version like Mac OS X, Windows, Linux (32-bit), or Linux (64-bit) available. After done downloading, unzip the Cydia Impactor file and launch it.

Step 3. Connect your iPhone via a USB cable to Cydia Impactor.

Step 4. Once your iOS device is connected, drag "NvwaStone_1.0.ipa" (the Pangu app) into the Cydia Impactor app, click the "Start" button and click "OK" when an Apple Developer Warning appears.

Drag to Install Pangu

Step 5. Now, enter your Apple account to sign in the app. Though the developers assure users that the information is used only for signing in the app and nothing more, to be safe, you can log in an alternative Apple ID instead.

Log in Apple ID

Step 6. Cydia Impactor should then automatically prepared everything based on your input, and sign the IPA file. If all goes well, the app should then automatically be installed on your iPhone.

Step 7. On your iPhone, please navigate to "Settings" > "General" > "Device Management" (on iOS 9.3.3) or "General" > "Profile" (on iOS 9.3.2 and below). You then see a profile for the developer under your "Apple ID" heading. Tap the profile to establish trust for this developer.

Note that an Internet connection is required to verify the app developer's certificate when establishing trust.

Step 8. Launch Pangu app on your iPhone and simply tap the "Start" button to start the jailbreak.

Step 9. When jailbreaking completes, you should see Cydia installed on your iPhone, which means that you've successfully jailbroken your iPhone.

You can now run Cydia and download your favorite and desired apps and tweaks for your iPhone. However, you might not download programs from unknown sources.

Use Pangu to Jailbreak

Part 4: Tips to Secure a Jailbroken iPhone

Software update released from Apple is always for enhancing security and fixing bugs and flaws that are being reported. However, a jailbroken iPhone cannot be updated for the reason that it will restore iPhone as a non-jailbreak one. However, no worries. Here are a few security tips that I would strongly recommend that you should follow to keep your iPhone safe and secure.

1. Enable Passcode Lock and Touch ID

It's strongly recommended to set up screen lock for your device. You can enable them in "Settings" > "Touch ID & Passcode". Also, you should enable "Auto-Lock", which will locks the screen after a preset time of not using the iPhone.

Furthermore, there are options to choose to allow access when the screen is locked, of like "Today View", "Notification View", "Siri", "Reply with Messages", "Home Control" and "Wallet". It's strongly recommended to disable all so that none of your private information is able to be access when the screen is locked.

Also, there is an "Erase Data" feature, which lets you completely wipe your iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. After six failed attempts, the iPhone locks out users for a minute before another passcode can be entered. And the device increases the lock-out time following each additional failed attempt—one minute, five minutes, 15 minutes, etc. It’s a nice feature to protect the data on your iPhone if it gets lost or stolen. However, you might want to be careful enabling this feature if you have kids at home.

2. Use Trusted Wi-Fi Network on the iPhone

It's well-acknowledged that moderns would be dead without Wi-Fi. With the popularity of Wi-Fi, mobile users are able to connect to Wi-Fi here and there whenever it is available. However, you should ensure that the Wi-Fi network you are connecting to be a secure and trusted one using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or any other security protocol just like you would do when you connect to a Wi-Fi network from your desktop computer or laptop. To avoid auto-connecting to any open Wi-Fi networks while on the go, it's better to turn on iPhone's "Ask to Join Network" function.

3. Use SSL to Access Emails

If you are using iPhone's Mail app to access email, please ensure that you are accessing your emails via SSL so that the mails that are sent and received are encrypted. It is turned on by default. If you have disabled it, you can enable it by going to "Settings" > "Mail" > Select an Account > "Advanced Settings".

4. Change the Default Password

For jailbroken iPhones, please change the root password as the default password is "alpine". This is really significant that it exposes you to a security risk where a malicious hacker might access your iPhone without your knowledge.

Secure a Jailbroken iPhone

Though I've tried my best to compose this guide at length as possible as I can, some issues might still come out unexpectedly. Reportedly, users find their iPhone stuck/frozen/unresponsive in the process. It's also said that some find data lost after jailbreaking. Luckily, you can find the solutions here on iFoneTips.

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