How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S & iPad 2 on iOS 5.0.1 with Absinthe

Jan 20, 2012 - 128 Comments

Absinthe Jailbreak for iPhone 4S The newly released and highly anticipated Absinthe A5 jailbreak is the first public jailbreak for iPhone 4S users and the first jailbreak for iPad 2 with iOS 5. If you’ve been waiting for an untethered jailbreak for either device with iOS 5, this is it, and it’s very easy to use. Absinthe is compatible with iPhone 4S or iPad 2 running the following iOS builds:

  • iPhone 4S iOS 5.0 – build 9A334, iOS 5.0.1 builds 9A405 or 9A406
  • iPad 2: iOS 5.0.1 – build 9A405

Backup your iOS device before proceeding, you can do this manually with iTunes.

Jailbreak iPhone 4S or iPad 2 on iOS 5 using Absinthe

  • Download Absinthe A5 tool – (Mac OS X) (Windows)
  • Connect the iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to the computer
  • Launch Absinthe and click on “Jailbreak” and let the device sit and run the jailbreak, this may take a while
  • Jailbreak the iPhone 4S with Absinthe

  • When the jailbreak is finished, you’ll see an Absinthe icon on the home screen, tap on that to load the Greenpois0n site and download Cydia

The device is now jailbroken. This is a fully untethered jailbreak, meaning you can reboot at will without the need for boot assistance from an application or computer.

Troubleshooting: If you see an “Error establishing a database connection” error during the process, just wait it out and try again, or start a VPN tunnel through Settings > Network > VPN > ON (via @pod2g). The Absinthe Greenpois0n servers are swamped by the initial demand but things should even out shortly.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. RuthandI says:

    I downloaded Absinthe and attached my iPhone 4s but Absinthe says this:

    The attached device is not supported.

    I am literally technology retarded so I have NO idea what I am doing wrong. Thanks!

  2. habibkhan says:

    for vpn error .i reset network settings from iphone 4s.remove passkey of wifi router. and again jail break.its work

  3. Ms.Lailak says:

    I jailbreaked my iPad 2, it was working fine, then i downloaded PDAnet from cydia, restarted my springboard then my iPad jus stopped working :( :( its now always on the apple logo, and i can’t even shut it down, i tried connecting it to iTunes, it dosnt appear, what should i do??? i can’t repair it on warranty cuz its jailbroken.. what should i do? :( :( :(:(

  4. Nenad Novakovic says:

    I cannot jealbreak my iPhone 4S neither with absinthe or redsn0w…

    Lemme give some more info about my iPhone.

    iPhone 4S
    iOS: 5.1.1
    Modern Firmware: 2.1.12

    And I use X-Sim to unlock my iPhone 4S (works flawlessly).

    Now… I was wondering why I cannot do a jailbreak?
    I don’t have anything on my iPhone and I did the iTunes restore, just in case.

    Whenever I plug it to the absinthe or redsn0w (doesnt really matter) it sort of starts… then before “rebooting” it shows the apple and black screen… and I get my locked screen on the phone with “Activation Required”. So it screwes my X-Sim and asks for activation again…

    Then when it requires a reboot, it doesnt do anything. I reboot it manually and process continues… then stops and restore some things and say try again…

    Anyone can help me with this issue ? Thanks in advance.

  5. rusz says:

    Hi Can I use this and perform a Jailbreak on My Ipad2 even if i dont have internet connection?

  6. Arvind says:

    Ran the jailbreak, everything worked fine. Followed the step to click Jailbreak on my ipad2 and it took me to an Absinthe app. App opened but when I clicked jailbreak it says “Absinthe could not be opened.
    The error was The URL can’t be shown.” So I followed the next step and went in my settings to turn the VPN on and it gives me an error of “A configuration error occurred.”
    Can someone please help?!
    restored the ipad and again the same ……..

  7. lambert says:

    after jailbreaking with absinthe 2 my iphone had a cydia app.. then opened it, then rebooted itself and some of the system apps are missing..

  8. ahmed says:

    updated to 5.1.1 just tried untethered jailbreak absinthe 2.0 now iDevice is displaying only 2 icons youtube and newsstand

  9. evilrho says:

    Same here. lockdown error -5. Also get the “unknown error” message when trying to connect to iTunes. Anyone sort this out?

  10. Ccheerio says:

    Same problem here, absinthe v2.0 keeps on telling me “Error detecting device (lockdown error -5)”. Help needed

  11. BlueChainsawMan says:

    I ran Absinthe 2.0 on my iPod Touch 4G and nothing changed after it rebooted and all…no Absinthe icon on my screen…

    • rob7933 says:

      are you guys stupid, as soon as absinthe 2.0.1 for 4s/4/3GS/touch 3 and 4 can all be jailbroke with the newley released absinthe today at the hack convention in Amsterdam, in itunes, back up your iphone, do a full reset on your phone to make the jailbreak g faster, plug it in, make sure you updated to 5.1.1, then it will detect your iphone, hit jailbreak, under 5 minutes your iPhone will be jailbroken, then restore your back up in itunes!!

  12. Zumii says:

    I have a Ipad2 5.0.1 9A405. It always shows (lockdown error-2) when JB. Please help me with this. THX!

  13. Skythor says:

    What does it mean by my ipad is not supported?

  14. 18 says:

    When i plug in my White Sprint Iphone 4s. It has the newest sysytem and i have the newest system of jailbreak. It says plug in your 4s or ipad 2 and when i plug in my phone it says sorry we dont support this or we cant do this? Um.. what does that mean..?

  15. D4rth punk says:

    It keeps on saying my ipad is not supported & i tried backing it up several times and it still sais the same thing😔😞😓

    Any help????

  16. Ace says:

    My Ipad 2 won’t auto Reboot with VPN and Absinthe won’t work. Done all the necessary procedures but none of them seem to work. Help

  17. Kiranmai says:

    Hi in my iPad 2 there are 4 pages containing icons I can open only fst page icons which contains settings , FaceTime, photos, videos .
    But I canto en remaining three pages icons containing all games music Facebook etc.. If I click on that icons it just blinks and remains the same pls tell me how to recover my prob in my iPad 2 . My iPad company is apple. Pls help me

  18. bebby says:

    hi its tellin me my device aint supported

  19. jackpot says:


    My iPad 2 is at version 4.3.5, do i have to update to 5.0 to use absinthe A5? if ever i need to, how do i update since the latest iTunes update only to much higher iOS?

  20. James says:

    Hey Everybody!

    Download,It will do a work!!
    0.4 is a shi*,just use 0.3! Try that!

  21. connor says:

    Hi, i just jailbroke my iPhone 4s on ios 5.0.1 . I’m happy with the jailbreak but noticed an issue with the music app. When I click on a song, it plays another song. Some songs will not enen play. Please help?! Thanks.

  22. josh says:

    Most it be on dfu mode?

  23. […] To use the iOS 86 theme you’ll need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 5.0.1, here is how to do that with absinthe for iPhone 4S, or use redsn0w for jailbreaking other iOS 5 […]

  24. kris says:

    i installed absinthe iOS 5.01. for my 4s worked fine turned iphone off and back on and the cydia app is now gone i cant re-install absinthe its saying phone already jail broken i cant re-boot or anything can someone please help cheers guys

    • Denly says:

      Kris Restore your iphone with compatible .ipsw file……connect with itunes and shift + restore choose d .ipsw file after doing this you can again jailbreak.

  25. Cahill says:

    whenever i plug my iphone 4s into my pc it just says error detecting device (lockdown error -5)

  26. […] hardware and are interested in trying this out, backup your iOS device and then use either Absinthe for iOS 5.01. on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S or redsn0w for iOS 5.0.1 on all other […]

  27. Brandon says:

    Ran the jailbreak, everything worked fine. Followed the step to click Jailbreak on my phone and it took me to an Absinthe app. App opened but when I clicked jailbreak it says “Absinthe could not be opened. The error was The URL can’t be shown.” So I followed the next step and went in my settings to turn the VPN on and it gives me an error of “A configuration error occurred.” Can someone please help?!

  28. skreks says:

    I keep getting the error “You must run app as Administrator” when opening absinthe. I have right-clicked and run as Admin, no luck. Went to properties and set to run as Admin, no luck. Set Compatibility Mode to XP w/ run as Admin, no luck. Any Advice??

    • Ken says:

      If you are getting Run App as Administrator and are using Windows 7 make sure Under Computer Management that the Administrator user is not Disabled (This happens by default a lot), and then log in as Administrator rather than another user. This worked for me.

  29. vagelix says:

    help please
    i jailbreak my 4s ,all works fine but when i try to download sbsettings it cant find any packages or sourses, so icant download anythink

  30. Cesar says:

    I running Windows 7, have Ipad 2 on IOS.5 , and My absinthe just says “Error Detecting Device (Lockdown Error-5)

  31. Manos says:

    cannot open VPN

  32. […] you haven’t jailbroken yet, backup the iPhone and then proceed with Absinthe for iPhone 4S on iOS 5.0.1 or Redsn0w for iOS 5.0.1 on other iPhones and iPods. Dreamboard is then found as a free download in […]

  33. Needhelp says:

    heey , after i used Absinthe jailbreak it gave me the icon and after awhile i played around with my iPad 2 , it automatically restarted 2 times, i have no internet connection but the Absinthe icon got replaced with the Cydia icon. Is that a bad thing or a good thing? I also want to know if in the future will my ipad keep restarting by itself.

  34. Imconfused says:

    I’ve jailbroken my iPad 2 iOS 5 no problem and everything is working fine except I can’t get any sliders to appear, the color and text will sometimes change but the sliding icon will not, this has been bugging me for a few days, any advice??

  35. […] iOS 5 jailbreakers. Older Mac users should be pleased the new Abinsthe version supports them, and instructions to jailbreak the iPhone 4S or iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1 remain the same regardless of device or host operating […]

  36. jack says:

    cannot get appropriate permission to execute absinthe jailbreak on my pc what am i doing wrong ? running windows 7 …..

  37. Rao says:

    I have used Absinthe 0.3 and jailbreak my phone, without errors. I do see Cyndia icon on my phone. But I am still getting message “Activation required” on the phone and I am not able to use the phone.

    Please help me how I can resolve this

    Appreciate your help


  38. Vergil Angelo DaFortuna says:

    Each time I try to do the Jailbreak thing on the Absinthe app it says the URL could not be displayed or found and I have a good internet connection . Also I try VPN and it says A Configuration Error Occured .

  39. Vergil Angelo DaFortuna says:

    I can’t find the Absinthe icon . Do I have to start over for my iPad ?

  40. […] Jailbreak iPad 2 with Absinthe – must be on iOS 5.0.1 […]

  41. bok says:

    it keeps on saying absinthe is now setting things up i have waited for almost 7 hours and nothing happens

  42. serkka says:

    Will I need to switch off my device?

  43. Mikkie says:

    Worked great without any issues. If using windows run software as administrator or you might have issues. Thanks again

  44. mecyl says:

    trying to jailbreak OS 5.01 on ipad2 but the bar not moving. end up exit the program and reboot now Absinthe v0.3 advise my last attempt to jailbreak but fail. trying to fix but nothing done.

  45. Darren says:

    I have an iPhone 4S 64GB on O2 and this jailbreak (absinthe v0.3) worked fine on my mac running osx lion without any major problems other than a few white icons which disappeared immediately after installing sbsettings. this is simply the easiest jailbreak yet and you don’t even have to put the iPhone into recovery mode. Fantastic work guys and as always your hard work is greatly appreciated.

    • Atuk says:

      Hi Darren, I experience the few white icons problem as well, and would to follow your solution, what do you mean with “installing sbsetting” and how is it ?
      Pls advise, thanks

  46. David says:

    I have a problem since jailbreak and that is that my keyboard has disappeared, So no I cant enter any text on my iPad :(

    For you with the VPN problem, use the latest version of Absinthe 0.2.2 I think it was.

  47. tejeshwar says:

    my ipad 2 is not being getting detected
    it say device is not supported

  48. […] If you already are jailbroken with the Abinsthe utility, v0.3 offers no advantages to you and does not need to be run again. If this is the first time you’ve run the tool, follow our guide on how to jailbreak iPhone 4S or iPad 2 with Absinthe. […]

  49. peterg says:

    anyone know why the absinthe program won’t open on ios mac? it immediately crashes upon opening. when using windows the program opens but it doesn’t recognize the device and isn’t italicized. What am i doing wrong?

  50. bbrady44 says:

    I JB my iPad 2 (5.0.1, 9A405) last night and this morning none of my iTunes music is playing. I’ve tried toggling the “iTunes Match” button to no avail. Any suggestions aside from deleting and importing all my music again?

  51. Patrick says:

    Ive gotten to the final stage on my iPhone to where you tap the Absinthe icon but it stays at the “ABSINTHE is setting up, please stand-by” for several hours now. I tried the VPN tactic and rebooted several times but it still won’t load. Thanks in advance for help.

    • Mir says:

      if all else fails, try restoring your ipsw through itunes. Use SHIFT+Restore option if you have the ipsw saved in your mac/pc. set it up as as a new device and run the jailbreak. but instead of clicking on the absinthe icon, go to settings and turn vpn on. it should reboot after the error. that’s what worked for me.

  52. wessel says:

    it says beginning jailbreak, this may take a wile… but it does nothing i wait for 30 minitus ?? can someone help??

  53. frank says:

    if you run this program can you still connect to itunes without any issues or is that not ok

  54. Gabe says:

    I don’t know if this has happened to anyone, but on the last step where it asks you to press the jailbreak icon (absinthe icon) on my iPhone 4S to complete the jailbreak, I clicked on it, it looked like things were working, and when everything was done and I swiped to unlock my phone, all of the native normally undelete-able apps are all gone and I don’t know what to do.

    Messages app, Phone app, Email app, Safari, Pictures, App Store, Clock, Newstand etc., are all gone. I can still receive texts, but there’s no icon showing when I do receive one.

    For example, I can’t view a text because it says “Unsupported URL — This URL wasn’t loaded: sms:/open?address=%2B16503804039”.

    So currently I can’t text, make calls, go on Safari, view my pictures, or access the app store through my phone. But when I connect my phone to my computer (Windows 7) all of my pictures and videos are still there.

    I also made sure to press “back up” before doing all of this, but I don’t know where to find the .ipsw when trying to restore it now to see if it does anything. I can only find the backup folder under User/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup/86525d25be49909b69661f1a5d274b462dbf072f and I don’t know what to do with it.

    I hope someone can take the time to help me out. I’d really appreciate any help I could get! I hope I’m not the only one with this problem.

  55. melao says:

    gracias por ese gran trabajo, voy a probar y luego comento

  56. Hannah says:

    When trying to JailBreak my phone it crashes, then I try to turn the VPN on and it says an error occurred. Please help

  57. snosh says:

    for everyone who is having the issue with absinth unexpectingly stopping after it reboots and say delivering payload keep your screen from going black but dont unlock it just move the slider back and forth a little bit to keep it from going black thats what I did with my iphone and it worked. Absinth crashed on me 4 times before i tried this.

  58. DarkSide says:

    Is there an issue with the windows version? I keep getting the wonderful ‘Windows has found a problem’ pop-up, and just stops.

  59. Karla says:

    When I launch Absinthe from my iPad 2 it just stays on greenpois0n’s site.. It doesn’t reboot (like it’s supposed to).. Help anyone? :( I’ve already rebooted my device several times.

    • Matt says:

      Turn on VPN from Settings > Network > VPN > ON

      • oboe says:

        Yep, this does nothing either.

        I’m guessing the server is swamped, so somewhere behind the scenes the last stage of the jailbreak is failing. But no one seems to be able to say for sure, and you hear a million people saying “Just turn the VPN on!” at which point you get the “A configuration error occurred” message, and nothing happens.

        Probably need to wait for the next release of greenpois0n.

  60. Bob says:

    I get an error using 2 Windows Pc.
    Trying on the ipad2 and the iphone4S
    The ipad2 was previously JB but the iphone4S hasn’t.
    If and when you work it out I always donate.

  61. Corrompu says:

    With yesterday ‘s version I tried the VPN option with no success and now it disappeared , no jailbreak VPN nor absinthe and I still get the database error launching absinthe. Thanks to anyone to post the VPN config
    L2tp or Pptp, server , account…

  62. nobody says:

    kiko – stop WHINING. it will be fixed when it is fixed.

    HOW MUCH do you pay for jailbreaks? Nothing. So you have no right to WHINE like a baby if it doesn’t work for you.

    Get over yourself.

  63. kiko says:

    pls answer

  64. kiko says:

    I can’t launch Absinthe…get an error saying it has quit unexpectedly…try relaunching with same error.

  65. yObOyHeartless says:

    I ran Abstinthe, plugged my phone in and clicked JailBreak. But the bar hasn’t moved in maybe over an hour. It says “Please wait, This may take some time” but my buddy had his done withing 20 mins tops.
    Any advice ???

  66. marco says:

    for all of you having problems with no reboot after vpn error, try this:

    download the updated version of absinthe
    restore your ipad so that it completely takes away the jailbreak that you just tried.
    jailbreak your ipad again using the new version of absinthe.
    run the app. you will not need to go to the vpn setting anymore.

    worked for me.
    hope this helps

  67. Zetrof says:

    this is work mac os 10.5 server ? programm is not running quit unexpectedly

  68. noob_here says:

    Ok this is good news..
    but a JailBreak does not mean a carrier unlock rite?

  69. Arsh says:

    I have a IPhone 4S Which is Not Carrier Unlocked, It is a UK Model so its not AT&T but Is Vodafone Locked, I don’t have the Sim for it and I get the error Please Insert a Valid Sim. If I try to Jailbreak it using GreenPoison’s Absinthe it is Stuck on Beginning Jailbreak,This may take a while from the past 15 mins, any suggestions??

  70. noob says:

    this is a major problem that people are ignoring.. Can anyone out there in the world help??

  71. Derek says:

    I can’t launch Absinthe…get an error saying it has quit unexpectedly…try relaunching with same error.

  72. jason says:

    Thank you for the JB! Finally I can break Apple’s limitations on my iPad 2 :)

  73. statman says:

    Fantastic work. Best/easiest jailbreak I have ever done. Thanks to all!

  74. stratton says:

    thanks so much for this jailbreak!! got an iPad 2 for christmas, and was sad i couldn’t jailbreak it…then saw pod2g’s posts on twitter, lots of help! i had to go to the vpn and it rebooted and cydia was there. AWESOME JOB GUYS

  75. kandi222 says:

    remove all passcodes from iPhone/iPad then rerun the jailbreak using ur comp. then turn the vpn on, it will restart automatically and cydia will appear!

  76. […] sure what to do? Read our guide on how to jailbreak iPad 2 or iPhone 4S with Absinthe for iOS 5.0.1, it’s very […]

  77. dillon says:

    if i back up my phone from my pc but bring it over to my mac just to jailbreak it can i bring it back to my pc to get all my stuff back onto it?

  78. reaper says:

    so Absinthe doesn’t run on a PowerPC? Does this mean I can’t jailbreak my phone?

    • Lucy says:

      Apparently not- I tried this also on a PPC G5. Like most contemporary OSX software, the Absinthe JB is incompatible. That’s why I mostly run Linux on these powerful but orphaned platforms. If you have no other option than using your PPC for the jailbreak, consider installing Linux now, so you’ll be ready to run Absinthe for Linux when it is released “soon”.

  79. kandi222 says:

    are you supped to loose all the pics in ur camera roll?

  80. Biinjo says:

    Contacts, Game Center and Settings icons are plain white since the jailbreak. How to fix this??

    • kandi222 says:


      • ry says:

        had same problem. happens sometimes after getting new tweaks from cydia. respring it (not reboot) that should do the trick. works for me every time.

    • 23sebby says:

      I’m having the same problem, but with the, and

      • tai2 says:

        Restore and try again. Here are some tips from the Dev Team blog:

        -If the Absinthe webclip shows “Error establishing a database connection”, please go to Settings, turn on VPN and wait instead. Toggle VPN only AFTER Absinthe says it’s done, or it will not work. VPN SHOULD error and then reboot soon. If it does not, rerun Absinthe!

        -If you get a strange problem, we advise you to restore your iPhone with iTunes, if you can (i.e. if you’re not on 5.0 waiting for an eventual 4S unlock).

    • James says:

      my FaceTime icon is like that too!? i tried respiring and reboot.. nothing works? anyone else?

  81. Mufasa says:

    Interesting. Got the database connect error after clicking the Absinthe icon. Read this and found that the VPN is preconfigured. Turned it on, it appeared like it crashed (after a retry or two) and then I got Cydia replacing the Absinthe icon.

  82. Mohamed says:

    It’s taking too long on ipad2, Any Advice?

  83. dlee says:

    not work on my iphone 4s not npen cydia.. help pls

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  85. Aldo says:

    What do you mean to create VPN tunnel via @pod2g, Do you have a video to explain it graphically?

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