How to Jailbreak Your iPhone – a Simple Guide

I’ve tried to make this guide as simple as possible to show you how to Jailbreak your iPhone, even if you are not very technical. Jailbreaking can seem very daunting to people not used to tinkering with their cell phones but it can be easy enough for anyone to accomplish.

Read this guide, use the resources I link to and follow the instructions carefully.

Remember, if you want to install any cell phone spy software programs on to an iPhone you will need to Jailbreak it first.

I’m no great technical wizard, but I have gone through this process often enough to have gained some knowledge which will make Jailbreaking easy – even if it is your first time. If you are a beginner you should start with my article – What Is Jailbreaking an iPhone, it gives some background information.

I try to cover all details here, if you are more advanced just scan through the article to find the information you need.

First Steps – Backup Your Phone

Before you do anything you need to do a full backup of your phone. You must do this so that if anything goes wrong you will not loose everything on the phone. Most people will do this through iTunes using the backup feature. If you haven’t done this iPhone Jailbreakbefore and need instructions read this article from iClarified.com.

Once you are safely backed up turn off the phones lock password if you use it. It is also important that you do not try to use the phone or the PC for anything else during the process.

Download the Correct Jailbreak

Next you need to download the Jailbreak program to your Computer or Laptop.

The Jailbreak version – this is the software download you will use to actually Jailbreak your phone. There are different versions available and they need to match your iPhone Operating System (iOS).

Find Out Your iPhone OS version – if you don’t already know this, it’s easy to find out. On the phone Home screen hit the settings icon – then tap General – then About. Scroll down and you will see the phone details and the version of the OS it is running. It will look like 5.1 or 6.0.

Now you have your phone iOS version, you need to get the correct Jailbreak download. There are two sites I use, the first one covers most OS versions but if you need to you can check out the second on iClarified.

Try this one first – http://jailbrea.kr/

If your version isn’t listed go to this link at iClarified and check there.

Just select your version number and the links will take you to the downloads. Download the software to your PC and follow the instructions.

Some of the downloads will be in zip file format. These are just files which have been compressed and made smaller for easy downloading. You will need to unzip the files to be able to use them. You can download free software for this if you don’t have it already – 7-zip.org is a good one.

You just need to run 7-zip and extract the files you have just downloaded. You should then see a file or icon to run the Jailbreak program ( it usually ends in .exe).

Running the Jailbreak Software

Make sure you have no other programs open on your PC and click on the Jailbreak program (.exe file). Make sure nothing is

Cydia Jailbreak Icon

Cydia Icon

running on your phone and connect it to your computer via usb cable – iTunes should be closed down.

Hit “Jailbreak” on the program and let it run – it will take a few minutes to complete.

You will be prompted to open the Jailbreak icon that appears on your phone’s home screen – open it and the Jailbreak will complete. Look for the Cydia App and click it – it will update automatically. That’s it – you are done! With Cydia installed and updated the process is complete and you are Jailbroken.

Need to hide the Cydia App icon? – I’ve got an article for that too! Check it out.

Jailbreaking your iPhone isn’t difficult if you follow the instructions and take your time. If you do get into any difficulties I have included links to a few useful sites below – they should help if you have any problems – the Q & A is particularly good.

JailbreakQA

Jailbreak Help

Still afraid to have a go at Jailbreaking? Read my PhoneSheriff Investigator review – it offers limited monitoring features and doesn’t need a Jailbreak. It is actually a computer software app and is not installed on to the target phone – very different but might be a help in some situations.

Also have a look at my – How to spy on an iPhone guide – lots more information there.

 

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12 Responses to How to Jailbreak Your iPhone – a Simple Guide

  1. Alexb August 7, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    i need some help. The target phone is the iphone 4s with 6.1.3 is there any
    spyware i can use to monitor this phone since the IOS 6.1.3 cant be
    jailbroken? thank you so much for your time!

    • Susan Kennedy August 12, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      At this time you can’t install on to iOS 6.1.3 because, as you rightly say, there is no Jailbreak. There is always a lag between a new iOS and a Jailbreak to match it. Normally this is overcome within a few weeks. In the meantime the only thing you can do is roll back the operating system to an earlier version which is supported. Thanks for the question.

  2. Kyle September 6, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    I’m not technology savvy.
    Just want to know if it’s possible to jailbreak an iPhone with iOS 7?

    • Susan Kennedy September 9, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      iOS 7 hasn’t been released yet. When a new Operating System version is released it always takes some time before a new Jailbreak is released. Usually this is only a few weeks but it depends on the changes in the OS. If you are using spy software you shouldn’t set automatic updates – wait to update the OS when there is a reliable Jailbreak available.

  3. cristina December 5, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    I cannot use a computer to jailbreak this phone. I saw that you can put jailbreakme.com into the search bar of safari and then can automatically download it onto the phone. Can I jailbreak the phone this way AND also still hide the icon?

    • Susan Kennedy December 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

      Hi, You don’t need to connect your phone to a computer for Jail Breaking. You can try the links mentioned in the post – directly from the phone you need to Jailbreak. You can also hide the Cydia app without PC connection.

  4. 5mom December 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    If my boyfriend has an iphone 5 and I have an android will The m spy work? Do I need to only jailbreak his phone and root mine?

    • Susan Kennedy December 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

      Only the target phone – the one you want to monitor – matters. Your own phone does not come into it. So in this case you would only need to Jailbreak the iPhone.

  5. Ruhul A March 17, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    Could I monitor non smart phone from my iphone ?

    • Susan Kennedy March 31, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

      This type of monitoring software only works with smartphones – with an internet connection of some sort. Without an internet connection no logs can be reported. The old brick is the most secure!

  6. Steve C May 18, 2015 at 11:15 pm #

    1-what are the success rates monitoring Iphone 5 or 5s ?

    2-Will Flexispy make the phone bill go high since it requires internet? and if so will the phone owner know that the program is installed on their phone and that it is what is causing their bill to go high if they go to their phone provider?

    3- Can I still listen to all the convos, read all SMS and MMS and listen to what’s going on around the phone if I don’t jailbreak it ?

    4- will it still work if I’m in a state and the phone I wanna monitor is in a different state ?

    5- Which program you recommend the most for monitoring Iphone 5s?

    • Susan Kennedy June 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

      It works well on iPhone 5 and 5s.
      The phone bill will not go high – all information is sent in small data packets and is tiny and almost impossible to notice unless you access large video files from the target phone (you can block this if you are worried about video files).
      Jailbreaking is absolutely required for anything to work – without Jailbreaking the software can’t be installed at all.
      Once installed monitoring works anywhere in the world as long as there is an internet connection.
      Depending on what you need to monitor – look at Flexispy and mSpy (check my reviews for starters).
      Thanks for the questions and good luck.

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