JailbreakMe: What It Is and How to Use It

Jailbreak iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch without using your computer

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Jailbreaking the iPhone used to be a somewhat complex process that required solid technical skills and lots of know-how on the inner workings of iOS. That changed when a website called JailbreakMe.com was released, making jailbreaking iOS devices available for everyone.

However, the security holes that permit the use of this simple jailbreaking method have been patched over the years as newer versions of iOS are released. In fact, iOS 4 was the last version that could be hacked with JailbreakMe.com — and that's far from the modern version of iOS that you're most likely using.

To use JailbreakMe.com, you'll need an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad running iOS 4 or older. If you want to jailbreak your device this way, don't upgrade beyond these OS versions. There are other jailbreaking methods for newer iOS versions.

  1. Visit JailbreakMe.com from your device, and tap Free, and then Install to start jailbreaking your device.

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  2. After several moments, you'll be taken to the home screen where a new app, called Cydia, is installed. Once the app is fully installed, your device is officially jailbroken.

    Cydia on a jailbroken device
  3. Open Cydia to to install apps much like you do with App Store.

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Remember that jailbroken apps aren't vetted in the same way official apps are through App Store, so you're taking major risks using them.

You can restore your device back to its factory default settings to uninstall or remove the jailbreak.