Easy iPhone Jailbreak with JailbreakMe

Aug 2, 2010 - 41 Comments

jailbreak iphone 4 JailbreakMe is an extremely easy method to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod running iPhone OS 3.1.2 or higher, yes this includes iOS 4 on an iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch.

JailbreakMe is entirely browser based and probably the easiest method around to jailbreak any compatible iOS device, if you still aren’t convinced here are the steps:

How to easily Jailbreak an iPhone with JailbreakMe

  • First you should backup your iPhone with iTunes just in case something doesn’t work
  • Open Safari on your iPhone and go to JailbreakMe.com
  • At the JailbreakMe screen (like screenshot), run your finger on the ‘slide to jailbreak’ slider to start the jailbreak process
  • The jailbreak will now be downloaded to your iPhone and run itself, so don’t do anything and just let it run
  • Wait for the “Cydia has been added to your home screen.” pop up message, this tells you the jailbreak is complete
  • jailbreak successful cydia

  • Reboot your iPhone by turning it on and off

Amazingly enough, that’s it. The JailbreakMe process requires no downloads or USB tethering to a computer, it is entirely contained within the Safari browser and works very well. This is quite impressive and without a doubt the most simple and easiest jailbreak around to date.

Remember, a jailbreak is not a carrier unlock. The iPhone 4 carrier unlock is expected to be released soon, so have patience if you’re looking to bring your iPhone over to another network.

Jailbreak FAQ and Troubleshooting

Is jailbreaking illegal? – no, not anymore, but it may void your warranty with Apple. If you need to take your iPhone into service and you have a jailbroken device, it’s best for you to restore the iPhone.

How do I unjailbreak my iPhone? – you can reverse any jailbreak by simply hooking your iPhone up to a computer and then clicking the ‘Restore’ button within iTunes. This will restore the iPhone to factory defaults, which depending on your backup status you may lose data stored on your iPhone.

FaceTime and MMS aren’t working anymore! – early users of JailbreakMe may have experienced a problem with MMS and Facetime on their device after installing the jailbreak. This has since been fixed and jailbreakme has been updated, but if you happened to experience these problems all you need to do is the following: Update Cydia then Reset Network Settings. That will fix it. If for whatever reason updating Cydia doesn’t resolve the problem, you can try this command:
chmod 755 /private/var/mobile/Library; chmod 755 /private/var/mobile/Library/Preference Then you need to Reset Network Settings – FaceTime and MMS will work fine again.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Mike says:

    Cannot believe how easy that was, all that fuss with different apps and .ips files when one weblink does it all. Thanks!

  2. Testie says:

    Did you tried it over the simulator? Just lol :).

  3. Coffee says:

    Wow. I am just blown away by how easy that was.

  4. debb says:

    the slider wont work for me, do yu know how tof ix it?

  5. Starbuck says:

    Took about 5 minutes. Great thanks!

  6. Scott Nolan says:

    Cannot believe how scary this security flaw is; this is essentially a remote exploit, and you are trusting the owners of the website to not do anything nefarious (which is probably reasonable in this case), but that also implies that it is easy to remote exploit any iOS device running Safari that happens to visit the wrong website.

    Bad, bad, bad and needs to be fixed, yesterday.

    • salsabrava says:

      This is a really good point. How this jailbreak works is by using an exploit download just like the first jailbreak ever released (also on jailbreakme), a security hole within Safari allows the web browser to run the code. While it’s fine in this case since it’s a jailbreak, the potential for other exploits is huge.

      I imagine Apple will release a security fix ASAP and plug the hole, which is good for security but that means it’s back to the tethered jailbreaks and rebooting into DFU mode and all that.

  7. penguins says:

    MacStories shows how you prevent code from running within Safari, the ultimate irony is that you have to jailbreak your iPhone to get this to work:

    http://www.macstories.net/iphone/how-to-prevent-ios-from-automatically-loading-pdfs-vulnerability/

    Jailbreakme is safe, but you can bet that other hackers aren’t which is why this will get patched quick.

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  13. Evan Luther says:

    it does not work on 4.0.1 :( Does any one know if they will!?!?!?!?!!?!

    • carlos garay says:

      I was wondering if you got any response. I have the same issue; i think. I’d successfuly jailbroke my Ipod touch 4.2.1 MC Model and I had a cydia and lots of great apps. but lost it when I pluged it into my pc to download a stupid song and failed to recognize a prompt which told me if i wanted to transfer all purchased apps; the end result it when back to its “original” status and i haven’t been able to “re jailbreak” my ipod since then. So I came across “breakme.com” but my version is apparently too new. Do you gotten any help with your problem?

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  19. zahadum says:

    um, this safari-based exploit doesnt work on the iphone 401 simulator, lol.

    is that to be expected?

    (i am running the freshest 3.x version of xcode (not the newest 4.x — which i will pay for if i have no other way to conduct my experiment)

  20. 4.0.2 says:

    whhhhy cant it work for 4.0.2!

  21. danzo1 says:

    I have a 3G iphone. I jailbroke it a year ago using Redsnow and cydia…i have 3.0 software on it…it is now rebooting on its own over and over. I think that some file got corrupted, but don’t know how to correct the file…doing a “restore” doesn’t help.

    i want to upgrade the software to a newer version and continue to use the phone on T-Mobile.

    Can anyone help me?

    thanks

  22. raze says:

    im using iphone 4. After jailbreak, will i loss my contact and text message?

  23. chris says:

    this did not work for my 3g… still has “no service” in the corner and says invalid sim card. any ideas?

  24. jack says:

    man they need to make one for 4.2.1 firmware

  25. Mz.Collins says:

    What if my internet is not working???

  26. Tyler says:

    does anyone know if this still works? my iphone was jailbroken when i bought it and my girlfriend just bought the iphone 4 and i want to help her jailbrake her’s but dont know if i this one is working or not :)

    any comments will help

  27. zamoo says:

    is there going to be a new one for the iphone 3gs 5.0.1

  28. thft says:

    it wont let me it says that its not saported can some one help me

  29. tony says:

    I was tryin to jailbreak org iphone and for some reason i restart it and now the screen is black and has a apple in the middle. It is stuck there and has not done anything. can you please tell me what to do to fix it?

    I also noticed when i open itunes it is not recognized and is like the phone is not connected

  30. Bob says:

    You can’t jailbreak it it goes to download cydia and it says things and can’t jailbreak it

  31. mick says:

    is there a jailbreak for an ipod 2nd gen ? :)

  32. Melina says:

    Can u do it with iPod 4gen??

  33. WhatDio says:

    this is a free jailbreak so of course something is gonna go wrong …. just take the risk …Y.O.L.O….. plus you can always unjailbreak it … if you cant then your screwed!!!?!

  34. Tell_me says:

    can I jailbreak my iphone 3gs without syncing????….

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