Users Can Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 with Pangu

Jun 30, 2014 - 8 Comments

Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2 with Pangu

The recently released iOS 7.1.2 update from Apple can already be jailbroken with the assistance of the Pangu jailbreak utility. The tool continues to work to jailbreak any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch capable of running iOS 7.1.2, without any modifications.


The process can be completed on a Mac or Windows PC and is pretty straightforward, but to complete the jailbreak successfully you must start from device that is not yet jailbroken and has already been updated to iOS 7.1.2. That means if you’re already jailbroken on iOS 7.1 or iOS 7.1.1, you would want to undo the jailbreak, update, then re-do the jailbreak again. That may sound confusing but it’s really not, here is the general procedure to follow for those interested in pursuing the 7.1.2 jailbreak:

  1. Restore the jailbroken iPhone, iPad, iPod touch using iTunes – this will ‘undo’ the jailbreak
  2. Update to iOS 7.1.2 through OTA, IPSW, or iTunes as usual
  3. Back up the iOS device again to iTunes – this will create a new backup with iOS 7.1.2
  4. Re-run the Pangu 1.1.0 jailbreak tool following these instructions to complete the jailbreak for iOS 7.1.2 to complete the process

If you have not yet jailbroken, you can simply run Pangu over 7.1.2 and it will work as expected.

The iOS 7.1.2 compatible version of the Pangu utility is 1.1.0, the same that jailbreaks iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.1.1, and can be downloaded here. It’s possible that a new version of the Pangu utility will appear soon, but at the moment it does not appear to be necessary for those looking to modify their iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models running the newly released update to iOS.

Jailbreaking is an advanced procedure that involves modifying the iOS system software to be able to run code and applications that are not officially supported by Apple. There are significant potential downsides to jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and thus it is not recommended for most users to attempt, unless they have a compelling reason to do so, and thoroughly understand the process and theoretical risks involved.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Peter Wootton says:

    Still more secure than Android though…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Paul, I was wondering if it would be possible to “lock down” OS X the way that iOS is locked, ie to increase the security that iOS enjoys?

    Is it simply a matter of enabling sandboxing (where only app store apps are installable) or would this still leave one open to certain attack vectors via web browsers?

    I figure since they’re the same kernel (although not the same release) it should be possible, but would it be desirable in the name of security?

    • Paul says:

      Yes you could certainly lock down a Mac in a similar fashion to how iOS is locked by default (meaning without a jailbreak). Using a combination of sandboxing limits to the App Store, preventing certain apps from launching with Parental Controls or Restrictions, and preventing the download of files from the web, disabling Java and Flash, etc. For most Mac users it would be unnecessarily restrictive to do this though. Generally, requiring a password, frequently installing system updates, being cautious of what you download and install, not using Java and Flash, and particular about what types of sites you visit on the web, is sufficient for most users security needs on the Mac. It really varies per user and use case though! Of course, if the Mac shipped that restrictive, it’d probably be ‘jailbroken’ in a similar fashion as iOS too, which has it’s own potential for trouble.

      • Anonymous says:

        That’s interesting, thank you for the insight.

        I ask because of the recent research released by Kapersky about Hacking Team’s spy malware they have developed for law enforcement of various countries.

        From what I understand, Android is much more susceptible to the apps spying whereas only jailbroken iPhones are susceptible to the more insidious hacks of this software.

        You are right, of course. It would be completely impractical to have OS X as locked down as iOS especially since the MAS has much fewer apps than the iPad/iPhone app store. For people who need that much of a hardened system there is TAILS or Whonix.

  3. Justin says:

    I jailbroke my iPhone with Pangu but I don’t know what all the fuss is about on jailbreaking. I’m not impressed with it and want to restore my iPhone , but it won’t let me.
    I tried booted into recovery mode and dfu mode to do the restore , the process starts then stops and every time I get an unknown error message (3014).
    Really pissed off here , can anyone suggest what to do ?
    Thanks !

  4. Simi says:

    i dont understand pangu.
    i went to the website, pressed mac, downloaded it, opened it, pressed jailbreak, it asked me to set the date to 2nd July so i did it but then it kept on saying the same thing…i didn’t know what to do.

    Then i tried evasi0n but when i downloaded it and opened it, it said that my iphone isn’t supported, any help??

  5. CMo84 says:

    So i followed all the steps on pangu and every time i get to the end it reboots my phone but on screen it says it didn’t reboot so to do it manually now it does reboot so i left it and checked an no cydia so did it again and did reboot when it told me and still nothing what do i do??? i only updated because it said it was compatible and i was having some issues w my iMessage

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