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?

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • Jailbreaking allows iPhone consumers access to apps and games not available on the Apple app store.
  • This unlocking procedure will void any warranties and insurance plans that are currently running.
  • You can reverse the jailbreaking process by using a dedicated software application or by restoring the phone to its original factory settings.

Does Jailbreaking Void Insurance?

If you jailbreak your phone, it will void any insurance policy be it an iPhone insurance, an Asurion cover or any warranty in place, though there are ways around this limitation. Performing the jailbreaking process comes with many risks, so proceed with caution. There are some ways to minimize this risk, however, to both your phone and your insurance plan.

Warning

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.

Unlocked iPhone Warranty and Insurance Guide

Here are some things you can do to help keep your insurance policy intact, even with a jailbroken or unlocked iPhone.

Jailbreak Reversal Software

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.

System Restore

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.

Insider Tip

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

Restore From a Previous Backup

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.

F.A.Q.

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)

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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