Jailbreaking your iPhone Without a Computer: The Untethered Jailbreak


Ready to jailbreak your iPhone, but don’t want to rely on your computer? Do you want to know how to jailbreak an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 5 in the most effect way possible? This guide is for you!

First, a couple facts on jailbreaking to help prepare you. Yes, you can legally jailbreak your phone in most countries (as opposed to unlocking your phone). Yes, it will void your warranty, so if you drop your phone in the sink after jailbreaking, you may be out of luck. In many cases you can return your phone to factory settings, but not always, so make your decisions carefully.

Note: This guide is, of course, about how to jailbreak an iPhone without a computer and reliance on computer connections. But its still a good idea to hook up your iPhone to a computer and save your data via iTunes as a backup in case something goes wrong, long before you get started. Jailbreaking enters waters a bit more dangerous than traditional iOS sailing, so backing up your data is well advised.

Limitations: Careful, New iPhone Users

Jailbreaking depends on the efforts of the iOS consumer community and a collection trustworthy companies. Every new iOS update poses its own challenges and changes, which can affect jailbreaking. It’s no surprise that this make jailbreaking the latest iPhones and versions of iOS a bit…uncertain. So if you have a brand new iPhone or the latest software update, you may find it difficult to make jailbreaking work, or run into additional problems. In other words, it’s smart to have an older version of iOS with more complete jailbreaking solutions available if you really want to jailbreak safely and properly.


Untethered Jailbreaking: How to Jailbreak Without a Computer in the Real World

All right, here’s the bad news: Jailbreaking modern iOS devices without a computer isn’t really possible or advisable. The rumors of such a thing have been greatly exaggerated – or outright faked – and the methods espoused could be dangerous for your software. What honest people mean by “jailbreak without a computer” is “untethered jailbreaking.”

Tethered jailbreaking essentially links your iPhone or other iOS device to a desktop for all updates. That means any time an app stops working or you need to reboot or upgrade, you have to plug your iPhone back into the computer with your jailbreaking software. It’s time-consuming, and renders your phone useless if an app freezes when you’re on the go.

Untethered jailbreaking removes the dependence on computers and allows your phone to boot and regain functionality more normally. In other words, you don’t need to hook up to a computer every time something goes wrong, only when you are jailbreaking for the first time. This is by far the desired approach.

If you have iOS 8 or 8.1/ iPhone 6: The advisable download here is Pangu, which has one of the latest untethered jailbreaking apps for the more advanced versions of iOS. Download Pangu to a computer – preferably a Windows computer, because it’s easy to jailbreak via Windows, but you can try in on Mac, too. Plug in your iOS device, run the program, and wait for it to recognize your device. Then simply choose “Start Jailbreak.”

If you still have iOS 7 through 7.0.6: The process is essentially the same, but you should try using the evasi0n7 jailbreak software instead. The evasi0n app is natively in English, so it skips translation issues, and the support is a bit better than for Pangu. Again, download, plug in, and run the app until it announces a successful jailbreak.


Mobile-Only Jailbreaking: Something to Keep You Busy

If you absolutely insist on trying to jailbreak iPhone without a computer, there is one thing you can do from your phone – download the Cydia app logo. The easiest way is to visit Cydiaios7.com and choose the big download button from your phone. This will put a Cydia app logo on your iPhone.

Look, the app will in no way connect you to the Cydia store and since Cydia offers jailbreak apps and your phone isn’t jailbroken yet, it wouldn’t do you any good in the first place. But hopefully the small cosmetic change will make you feel better until you can get to a desktop computer and jailbreak the safe way.

Tyler Lacoma

When he isn't enjoying the beautiful Northwest outdoors, you can find Tyler on business and tech sites, writing about the latest news, analyzing trends, and generally making the Internet a more interesting place.

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5 Comments to Jailbreaking your iPhone Without a Computer: The Untethered Jailbreak

  1. Anonymous

    You said without a computer but we need computer!!! Dislike

    • Anonymous

      True I don’t want to use a pc

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