Greenpois0n Absinthe A5 Jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1 Updated to v0.2 [Download Links]

Jan 21, 2012 - 82 Comments

GreenPois0n Absinthe A5 Jailbreak The Greenpois0n Absinthe A5 jailbreak utility for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on iOS 5 has been updated to version 0.2, and now includes a Windows release alongside the Mac OS X version.

In addition to bringing the jailbreak to Windows PC’s, the new version aims to resolve some of the earlier database problems, white screen errors, and white icon errors that some users encountered during the process. If you had problems with the first version of Absinthe and gave up on jailbreaking, try again with this version. If you’re already jailbroken, you don’t need to bother and this version doesn’t offer any changes to you.

Instructions on how to use Absinthe A5 for jailbreaking are the same for both Mac and Windows PC’s, and continue to only support A5 hardware, including iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1, and iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1.

Download Greenpois0n Absinthe A5 Jailbreak v0.2

After the jailbreak has finished on the device, if you hit an error remember to enable VPN from Settings > Network to cause the reboot.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone


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  1. kevin says:

    why do i need to download 7-zip and ADL thats annoying please take it off

  2. Amanda says:

    What’s the worst thing that can happen to my iPhone while Jail Braking.. Someone please help

  3. kay says:

    i dont want the jailbreak anymore…. i tried resetting my iphone but it won’t turn on… if i press the lock button and the home screen and the same time it just restores… someone help

  4. Sidharth says:

    Absinthe 2.0.1 has been released to fix the jailbreak probelm.. And it worked for me! :D

  5. Dome says:

    Update 26.05.2012: Some are having issues with the Windows version, so here is a potential fix.

    Error – “Recovery completed.If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in” Fix:

    1. Backup your device

    2. Restore your device and DO NOT unlock your device after the restore

    3. Set it up as a new iPhone/iPad/iPod

    3. Let it finish syncing/setting up

    4. Open Absinthe and jailbreak

    5. Now you can also restore from backup

  6. Bella says:

    Hey, suddenly my phone app appears just to a quarter of the screen a few months after i JB it! It’s so frustrating! how do i get it back to full screen without restoring my JB?

  7. Paul says:

    @Polite Thanks a lot, bro! :D

  8. chevytw says:

    thx~ Polite
    I come from TAIWAN.,I am the first JB as follow ur step
    It’s work now~~ thx alot

  9. manny says:

    ok i tryed to jailbreak my 4s running 5.0.1 worst thing that could go wrong did the program stopped responding on windows maybe half way threw the process so it closed… when i try it again it says “seems like u tryed to jailbreak before and messed up will try to fix”. then it say recovery complete unplug iphone replug and try again”….but i keep getting this message everytime i try now. can someone direct me to fixing this problem thanx.

  10. ian says:

    ok… am finished everything but my ipad 2 cannot connect to sync to itunes when i need new music??? what shud i do to fix this issue

  11. Tan Bi Se says:

    ^Me too! Same issue with Karl. Absinthe v4 on AT&T iPhone 4s 5.0.1 gave me temperature error and it has not gone away since. Did it brick my phone? :(

  12. Karl says:

    I tried to jailbreak my iphone 4s 5.0.1 with absinthe. After absinthe was installed on my iphone the devices reboots and I now got the temperature symbol and the device reboots after a few minutes again and again.

    I also tried to restore with Itunes … did not work… Please help

  13. jeewaka says:

    i have a problem my i pad 2 OS 5.0.1 wifi (16gb) is get the screen ‘waiting absinthe for complete’ i have waited up to 6 hours but nothing happens. when i turn on the vpn it doesn’t restart. i have windows 7 running pc. can anybody help me

  14. misterio says:

    That works like a charm for me.
    The first time I tried just like the instruction said but failed, cydia icon never appear.
    then I try what Polite said, and it works

  15. E$ says:

    @Polit –

    Good adivce. THis worked for me when the initial attempt failed.

  16. Zlock says:

    I jail broken with 5.0 will this work on the 5.0.1

  17. Polite says:

    This worked for me.

    1. Delete all unnecessary apps from iPhone. (even delete Absinthe if you tried to jailbreak previously)
    2. Remove your passscode lock if you have one.
    3. On your iPhone, go to Settings>General>Reset – then click on Reset network settings.
    4. Double check and make sure your WiFi is off.
    3. Open the Absinthe program on your computer and and plug in your iphone. (if you tried to jailbreak previously, it might try to restore the jailbreak. This will not work, so just unplug your iphone once its done then plug it back in)
    4. Click Jailbreak and let it go through the process. Mine took less than 5 mins and did not freeze up because I deleted extra apps.
    5. Absinthe will then ask you to unlock your phone and click on the Jailbreak/Absinthe icon. Do not do this!
    6. Go to settings and click on VPN. Click ok if an error comes up. If this does not automatically reset your phone by the second try, then try to reinstall the jailbreak again by repeating steps 3-6. You do not need to restore your phone through itunes first.

  18. i have watched all the videos on youtube, and i bring up the absinthe a5 program under administrative rights and plug my iphone 4s 64Gb in the computer and this program wont detect the iphone!!!!!!!

  19. joe says:

    i jailbroke it and it was working great, and then randomly all of my apps would only open to the top left quarter of the screen. any way to fix??

  20. ugo ubaldi says:

    Hey all i found a workaround for this error – u need to activate the iphone 4S befor use it with absinthe .

    U need 3G iphone ( mine have latest fw 4.2.1 ) plug it to your computer sync with itunes then unplug it and plug in 4S iphone in DFU mode and resore it with itunes but restore it as your 3G device ..

    If u pass this u can now use ansinthe to jailbreak your iphone.
    Hope this helps ..

  21. Tamie says:

    iPad 5.0.1
    I have downloaded greenpois0n for 5.0.1 for windows. I get up to the point where the program is parparing jailbreak data…
    Then, an error box pops’ up that reads:
    absinthe.exe has stopped working

    What am I doing wrong?

  22. ANGELASEEN says:

    done jailbreaking my ipad2 ios 5.0.1, done with the tweaks from cydia and installous, then i noticed that the safari is not working, after pressing the safari icon, it goes back to the main menu.. pls need help with the problem..thanks..

  23. Ryan says:

    hey, I have an iphone 4S running IOS 5.0.1. jailbreak appeared to be successful but i cannot find the ” absinthe ” icon anywhere?? i try to connect to VPN but all it says is ” a configuration error occoured ” HELP ME!!!

  24. Christopher Loh says:

    i’m trying to jailbreak for my iPad 2… i’ve done everything, but it keeps getting stuck at “Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while…”

    what’s wrong? i’ve restored my iPad, followed all the steps, but it still gets stuck there. Never once went beyond it even after an hour.. HELP??

  25. Mahmoud says:

    I am trying to JB my iphone. But when have the icon of Absinthe on my homescreen and I press on it. It says: ”Wait for absinthe to complete”. I have been waiting for longer than 30 min and when I try to press the Jailbreak button it says can’t find the URL. Can anybody give me some advice?

    • griffin says:

      its happening to me too.. can somebody explain why its doing that? i’m stuck at the black screen that says “waiting for absinthe to complete” with the long glowing green-colored jailbreak bar..

    • griffin says:

      its happening to me too with my ipad2.. can somebody explain why its doing that? i’m stuck at the black screen that says “waiting for absinthe to complete” with the long glowing green-colored jailbreak bar..

    • KaneHH says:

      You have to the green jailbreak button. then something will open, but dont reakt on that.
      2. just push the home button
      3. git to settings, general and then activate the vpn button.
      4. click ok

      it will restart automaticly and you wil see cydia

      hope that i could help some of you

  26. DKNY says:

    My JB process went to about 3/4 of the way and stops quote: “a problem caused the program to to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.”

    Please help

  27. Dee says:

    I did that but it says something about the URL not being complete I forget I am just about to give u!

  28. Dee says:

    Tried to jailbreak my 4s a bunch of times & for hours it’s doesn’t complete but the icon shows up. My phone keeps beeping and the spinner keeps spinning too HELP PLEASE

  29. billy says:

    What do I need to do to get my JB. It keeps telling me the following:

    “looks like you attempted to jailbreak but it failed. Will try to fix now……

    Recovery completed. If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in.”

    I unplug the iphone 4s and plug it back in but it repeats the process over and over.


  30. Hasib says:

    dude this happens every time when it get half way into the jailbreak when it says ( preparing jailbreak data ) the pogram stops working.. ive tried this about 10 times on my ipad2 please help and i also noticed i lost all my music and photo’s -.- please help

    • DKNY says:

      I have the same problem, the JB process went to about 3/4 of the way and stops quote: “a problem caused the program to to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.”

      Please help

  31. Danielle says:

    Absinthe cannot detect my ipad 2? whats wrong?

  32. DKNY says:

    Thanks Matt and David, it is now Jail breaking for me

  33. DKNY says:

    I launched the Greenpois0n Absinthe A5 jailbreak utility for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on iOS 5, connected my Ipad2 to my computer (Windows 7). It then shows a message “you need to disable the backup password in Itune before you can continue, start Itune, remove the backup password and start the program again”.
    Is this normal? and how do I remove the backup password?

    • Matt says:

      You are using encrypted backups, just turn it off in iTunes. Remember to turn off your pass code lock temporarily too.

    • David Delaroche says:

      Yes, is normal.
      For remove, go to the first page of your iPhone settings on iTunes.


      • mick says:

        Hi David

        when you say settings do you mean preferences. i cannot find a settings page to turn off the encryption

        thanks for any help


    • mick says:

      Hi dkny

      can you please tell me how you fixed the problem, i have searched ITunes but not sure where the answer is.

      best regards


  34. eurie says:

    ipad 2 problem to jailbreak., absinthe win software., looks like you attempted to apply this jailbreak and it failed. will try to fix now… how to fix this problem

    • Diego8 says:

      I have same prob. Tried restoring iPad again and Ansinthe jailbreak from a second computer. Nothing worked so far.

      • TaC says:

        Same problem here. Is there any way to make absinthe forget that you tried to jailbreak the device instead of absinthe trying to fix it? Because it doesn’t work.

        • DKNY says:

          I tried resting Ipad2, but didnt work, so I have to reset and delete all data for me to get that “looks like you attempted to apply this jailbreak and it failed. will try to fix now…” out of the way

          • Kuz says:

            Same problem! Tried all versions of absinthe. still can’t get it to jailbreak! Ipad 2 wifi only

  35. Serg says:

    Beginning jailbreak, with cinject_0.4.3. After cinject.exe -i payloads/jailbreak.mobileconfig command it’s o’key, but
    now 1h. – creating backup and nothing!
    What can I do?

  36. mousedown says:

    Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while…

    but how long is a while? 30 mins so far…..hmmm

    • Burrti says:

      Depends on the size of your backups and how much stuff you have on the device, it can take like an hour in some cases

  37. Taylor says:

    so i jailbroke and everything went fine with iphone 4s 5.0.1 but it ran out of battery and now it wont get past the boot screen with the apple logo. help?

    • Obvious says:

      Recharge the phone, restore from backup, and try again.

      • steve says:

        so tried that and itunes gives me an error saying. “The iphone cannot be restored at this time because the iphone software update server could not be contacted or is temporarily unavailable”

        can anyone help please

  38. tj says:

    everything went ok then it rebooted, once it came back on i got a message about temperature and it need to cool down before it can be used :S It rebboted itself again, however absinthe program was still there and no cydia! help? :)

  39. Maks says:

    I’ve got a problem here,when I downloaded absinthe on my device (Ipad2)
    i saw the message from the installer to open the absinthe icon to finish install.I’ve followed this instruction but when i open this icon i can only observe the message : “Checking for some things,stand-by” and i could stand-by for hours.Please fix it or give me an answer where is my mistake.Thanks for attention.

  40. J gebbs says:

    Too bad you need osx 10.6 and up it doesn’t work for leopard or below so you have to buy the new os from apple just to screw over apple and jailbreak your phone

  41. D_Mackdaddy says:

    Did apple take down the update server? Can’t update to 5.0.1 right now, says server can’t be contacted.

  42. iMarc says:

    Does not work. I have tried with Absinthe for windows, after running the program as administrator, the jailbreak start and then does not move anymore… For hours! The VPN is off and cannot get it on as I need some data required.
    What now?

  43. M Naeem Arham says:


    I try to jailbreak ipad2 5.0.1 with Absinthe windows software but failed. but it stuck at this screen and later on the windows close this program automatically that its stop working.

    not working at all. Unable to upload the screen shot.

    • DM says:


      I have the same problem with my ipad2 when i tried to jailbreak. i am stuck at the beginning of the process for about 40 mins, then windows close this program automatically. I didnt have the problem when i tried to JB my 4s though.

  44. Joseph Clifford says:

    I have some problems even switching on the program on my iMac. It is just unable to launch. Is there a reason behind why is this so? Would appreciate the help! =)

    • KV says:

      Absinthe for mac would not launch for me, what is going on?

      • Joseph Clifford says:

        I have no idea why it is unable to open at all too. I can’t even open it on my Mac. After downloading it many times as well. It just goes to the window asking me if I would like to report or ignore it. Do you have any idea why this is so and if I can rectify it? Thank you so much!

        • Garrett says:

          Could someone please answer this? I’m having the same issue

          • uahdövba says:

            i’ve got the sameb problem. afaik the jailbreak does not work with mac os x 10.5 or less – you should try to find someone who has a newer software. or wait until this gets fixed eventually

  45. Barry says:

    Just installed Absinthe, and found that my iPad 2 is still locked to network.

    • kandi222 says:

      this is a jailbreak not an unlock!

      • James says:

        My Verizon 4S is unlocked for international SIM’s, although I have the Verizon SIM in it right now. The issue I have is that I am roaming in Cameroon and there is a CDMA network that the 4S, a Droid X, and a BB all think is Verizon. On the BB, you can force the phone to use GSM. On the 4S, you cannot. Several hours on the telephone with Verizon confirmed that they had Apple remove that functionality.

        I jailbroke the phone hoping that I might somehow be able to add the functionality to force the phone to use GSM. I cannot find it. Is there no way to do this?


  46. Zaki says:

    Is it untethered jb?

  47. frank says:

    if someone was to run the program can they still connect to itunes without any issues

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