Yesterday saw another long-awaited milestone reached in the quest for an iOS jailbreak. Chinese team TaiG has finally released another tool that allows iOS device users to jailbreak their devices. The tool works and allows you to jailbreak iOS 8.3, which is the current version of Apple’s iOS.
Why should you jailbreak your device? Put simply, I wouldn’t own an iPhone if I couldn’t jailbreak it. The lack of customization compared to Google’s Android is stark yet Apple remains fixed on locking down its devices, offering owners little by way of tweaking the operating system and its features to their liking. In fact, many of iOS’s current features, such as the Control Centre have come from customizations first thought of in the jailbreaking community. There’s a huge amount more on offer too and not just operating system tweaks but entire apps as well.
I’ll be taking a look at these soon but in the meantime, here’s how to jailbreak you device. It’s not illegal and you won’t ‘brick’ your device either. To remove the jailbreak, all you need to do is hit restore in iTunes, load your last backup and you’ll be good as new. Apple will be none the wiser and you won’t void your warranty. One word of advice, though – Apple will no doubt patch the jailbreak in the next release of iOS, so you only have a limited window to apply it and there won’t be another tool released for months, maybe not even this year.
Download the TaiG jailbreak from here. It’s Windows-only for the moment and there’s no word on a Mac version yet. Place the application on your desktop for easy access. This is the only official website to download it from.
Backup and restore your device in iTunes. It’s good practice to do this and with your device physically connected to your PC too. It’s essential to do this with your device physically connected to the PC too – performing an over-the-air upgrade to iOS 8.3 leads to issues. You can restore the backup later – for now, just click restore. Complete the setup process so you’re sitting at the home screen.
Turn off passcode by heading to Settings>Touch ID and Passcode, then do the same for Find My iPhone, under iCloud, also in Settings. You can turn these back on once the jailbreak has been applied.
Double click on the jailbreak tool. I had an issue with an error saying a driver wasn’t installed but there’s a fix for this if you get it to – you need to download iTunes 12.1.2 for older video cards, which you can grab from here. Uncheck the 3K assistant option in the next window but leave Cydia checked. You can go ahead and click start.
After a while the jailbreak will announce it has succeeded and you can close the tool. If you get stuck at 20% or before the jailbreak completes, you may need to install an older version of iTunes. I got stuck at 20% and using version 12.0.1 (be sure to get either 32-bit or 64-bit depending on your version of Windows), and you can download the 64-bit version here. Also double check Find My iPhone and Passcode are switched off.
Check that Cydia is present on your device. This is the app store of the jailbreaking world. Be warned that following every new jailbreak, there’s heavy load on Cydia’s servers and it may not support iOS 8.3 for a day or two but it will get there.
Now you can restore your device’s backup in iTunes and configure it as normal. You’ll have access to Cydia and world of tweaking that will give those Android fanboy friends of yours a little less to tease you about.
One thing to note is when this article was published, most jailbreak tweaks weren’t working. Usually, this is down to Cydia requiring a substrate update. According to the creator of Cydia, Jay Freeman, also known as saurik, it’s the jailbreak kernel patch that needs to be updated. This is down to the TaiG team – not Cydia. An update will likely be made available to download within Cydia so hopefully you won’t need to re-jailbreak, although you could wait for the update to be incorporated into a new version of the jailbreak tool before you do take the plunge.
Check back at this article as I’ll be providing updates on this situation below.
If you have any issues jailbreaking your device or about jailbreaking in general, feel free to comment below or drop me a line on Twitter @antonyleather or on Facebook. I’ll be back with some of my favorite jailbreak tweaks to get you started.