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Apple iPhone consumers who are unhappy with the walled-garden approach the company takes to its app store have begun jailbreaking their phones so they can access a wider array of games, applications, and services. But what impact does this have on your top-tier cell phone insurance cover?
If you jailbreak your phone, it will void any insurance policy, be it iPhone insurance, an Asurion coverage, or any warranty in place, though there are ways around this limitation. Performing the jailbreaking process comes with many risks, so proceed with caution. One of these risks is that your phone can become bricked during the jailbreak. You can read our article on what to do if your phone gets bricked and you have insurance. There are some ways to minimize this risk, however, to both your phone and your insurance plan. However, if you must have your jailbreak and want to just cancel your insurance, we have an article on how to cancel your Sprint phone insurance.
If you jailbreak your phone, it will void any insurance policy be it iPhone insurance, an Asurion cover or any warranty in place, though there are ways around this limitation.
Here are some things you can do to help keep your insurance policy intact, even with a jailbroken or unlocked iPhone.
If you have performed the jailbreaking procedure on your phone and you need to bring it into an Apple Store for repairs, then you will need to reverse the unlocking process. This can be done by using specifically designed software to reverse jailbreaking. There are numerous companies that manufacture these software applications. Choose a well-reviewed piece of software and follow the instructions to the letter to avoid accidental damage or loss of files. Always be careful when downloading software to avoid getting viruses or malware and reduce the chance of your phone being hacked. However, if this happens, we have a guide to help you out if your phone was hacked and how to fix it.
Sometimes you can reverse the jailbreaking process simply by restoring your iPhone to its original factory settings, eschewing the need for a third-party software application. If your jailbroken iPhone still has access to the original system settings, head to these settings. Then choose “general” and finally “erase all contents and settings.” The phone will erase all content and then proceed with the restoration process. Be aware this process could take up to an hour.
Sometimes you can reverse the jailbreaking process simply by restoring your iPhone to its original factory settings, eschewing the need for a third-party software application
If you do not have access to your phone’s system settings, you can still restore the phone to its original factory settings. You may have heard about this when learning how to repair your phone. This is done by restoring the phone from a previous backup. This process is on the simple side, beginning by plugging in your iPhone to your laptop or desktop computer. This should be the same computer you usually use to sync with your phone. Find your phone on the devices list on iTunes, click “Restore and then follow the prompts until the process has been completed. Please note this only works if you have actually backed up the contents of your phone to a personal computer or have stored the entirety of your phone on the cloud.
What does it mean to void a warranty?
Voiding a warranty or insurance policy means that can no longer receive any benefit from the plan. This means you will have to pay for all repairs, whether or not the damage was your fault or not.
How does jailbreaking or rooting affect my mobile device security?
By jailbreaking your phone, you can potentially open up security holes that can be exploited by nefarious hackers. It is up to you whether or not the procedure is worth it.
Does rooting or unlocking void your Android phone’s warranty?
There are many companies that manufacture phones that use the Android operating system. Many of these manufacturers will void a warranty if a consumer has unlocked the device, but others will not.
STAT: It is estimated that five to ten percent of iOS devices have undergone the jailbreaking procedure. (source)