If you would like to install cool apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch for free, easily, breaking Apple-imposed limits without violating your guarantee or Applethingie, here is the how-to guide for macintosh and Windows users.
What is a jailbreak?
Jailbreaking is the process required to install applications in your iPhone or iPod touch. It’s a very easily operation. It’s also safety: There is no dangers in this process*, because you can easily use iTunes to restore your iPhone or iPod touch to the default factory settings. When you do that, the iPhone will probably new.
Why jailbreak your iPhone or iPod touch from Apple’s iron fist?
You should jailbreak your iPhone or iPod if you want to install really cool and useful applications that are not in the iTunes App Store. Many of these apps are a complete must for any iPhone user but are not allowed by Apple in their iTunes App Store.
This is what you’ll be able to do with a phone that has been jailbroken:
• Use your iPhone as a 3G modem with your laptop.
• Record video using Cycorder.
• Unlock your iPhone installing a simple program, so you can use a pre-paid card when you go out on vacation instead of paying outrageous roaming charges.
• Follow speech turn-by-turn directions in a GPS program.
• Copy and paste (yes, copy and paste).
• Play Nintendo Entertainment System games and other emulated classic cames (like Monkey Island!)
In a different words: Do it.
WARNING* Of course, the usual do this at your personal risk and we’re not responsible for cautions still apply, but this process are actually fool proof cheers to Apple’s iTunes factory reset. If you’re looking for unlock your iPhone now or in the future, do not apply THESE INSTRUCTIONS or you will not be able to unlock it. You will want another process, which we’ll excuse in another How To.
Opening the backdoor (Mac Users only)
The 1st thing you need to do to install free apps in your iPhone or iPod is arranging it into DFU mode, or Device Firmware Update mode. Do not worry, this Is not anything weird: it has what your device goes through all time you update the OS in it. On these step, you’ll be arriving at the iPhone go into this state.
This is the just long part of this tutorial because—since the 10.5.6 update—Apple has made it hard to easily connect your Mac to a manually DFU’ed iPhone or iPod. This can be cleared by substituting a few USB drivers by a old edition of Mac OS X. If you’ve 10.5.6 installed, adopt this instructions:
1. To do this, you need to get yourself a free Apple Developer Connection account. Since you are using iTunes on your device, you are already almost at that place: Just log-in on your Apple ID from here. The form will need you to answer a few questions (just reply whatever you want), and you will be finished as soon when you click the Accept button.
2. Now you need to download and install the drivers. Attend this page and look for this file:
IOUSBFamily-315.4-log. dmg” for Mac OS X10.5.5 Build 9F33
When it has downloaded, unplug ALL USB peripherals except for your Apple keyboard and Apple mouse and install the bundle included in the disk image.
When you restart after the installation, you’ll be available to run QuickPwn, the program that will allow you to install the applications.
Important: when you accomplished the jailbreaking process, you’ve to restore the previous USB drivers. Attend to this page and download IOUSBFamily-327.4.0-log. dmg” for Mac OS X 10.5.6 Build 9G55, and then repeat the same operation. When you restart, macintosh OS X 10.5.6 will be restored to its original state.
Freeing your iPhone or iPod touch (all users)
Here’s the easiest part: Running QuickPwn. QuickPwn is a program that will easily “jailbreak” your iPhone or iPod touch. Jailbreak, as the name says, just means breaking Apple’s limitations on accessing your device, allowing you put anything you want in it. This means installing any application you want, and not only the ones that Apple allows you to install.
1. Download QuickPwn for Mac OS X or Windows.
2. Run QuickPwn and pick the kind of device you have: iPhone, iPhone 3G, or iPod Touch.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen. QuickPwn is completely automated:
• Firstly, it will download all the necessary components from Apple on its own.
• Then the software will build a custom iPhone operating system, which includes Installer and Cydia, the two programs that will allow you to install the iPhone applications outside of the iTunes Apps Store microsystem.
• When QuickPwn asks you to enter your system password, do it. It’s not malicious. It just needs this to work.
• Finally, follow the precisely timed instructions on the screen to put your device on DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode. QuickPwn will do the rest.
If something doesn’t work, don’t worry. Start the process again. If your device gets a bit nutty, restore it to default factory settings using iTunes, and you will be back to square one, no harm done.
Step 4. Be patient as your iPhone restarts. Once it’s done, you are done too. It’s fun time.
Installing the applications
This is where the fun starts. You will notice two new icons in your iPhone or iPod touch’s springboard: One says “Installer” and the other says “Cydia”. These are the two competing systems for installation of software. It doesn’t really matter what you use to install your software. Most applications can be installed from both—there are exceptions, like xGPS, which can only be installed on Cydia—and both allow you to browse and install software from a a variety of sources.
• Browsing the catalogs. Whatever system you choose, installing applications is as easy as going through the available catalogs and picking the application you want.
• Manually adding applications. There will be times in which you will discover applications on the web which are not in the default catalogs in Cydia or Installer. Fortunately, you can add these by just entering the URL provided by the developer in the web page, a process that is referred to as “Adding a source”. Here’s how to do it:
• Click on “Manage. ”
• Click on “Sources. ”
• Click on “Edit” and then “Add. ”
• Enter the address in the dialog field.
• Click on “Add source. ”
• Click on “Sources. ”
• Click on “Edit” and then “Add. ”
• Enter the address in the field.
• Click “Done” and get back to sources by clicking on “Sources. ”
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