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 apps on to an iPhone you will need to Jailbreak it first. Some good news – mSpy and Flexispy both now offer installation services that include Jailbreaking the device and installing their spy software – well worth it if you are uncomfortable with the idea of jailbreaking. See the mSpy FAQ page and the FlexiSPY FAQ page here.

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 before and need instructions read these easy to follow guides I have made – How to Backup an iPhone and then – How to Restore an iPhone from a Backup.

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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.iPhone Jailbreak

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 – this link at iClarified

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 – 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

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.

Cydia Jailbreak Icon
Cydia Icon

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.

Still afraid to have a go at Jailbreaking? Read my mspy 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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