I admit to being pretty spineless when it comes to using unauthorized software on my iDevices, but recent posts regarding the continued value of jailbreaking such devices had me thinking about getting over my fear and making the leap. As if on cue, Jailbreakme.com 2.0 arrives.


I admit to being pretty spineless when it comes to using unauthorized software on my iDevices, but recent posts regarding the continued value of jailbreaking such devices had me thinking about getting over my fear and making the leap. As if on cue, Jailbreakme.com 2.0 comes around to make it easier than ever to indulge that particular whim.

In case you haven’t heard, jailbreakme.com is the resurrected version of the original website, which allowed you to jailbreak devices running iPhone OS 1.1.1. It’s back again, and this time, it’s ready to take on iOS 4.0 and 4.0.1 on all iPhone and iPod Touch devices, and iOS 3.2.1 on the iPad. It all happens from your device’s Safari browser, without requiring a computer at any stage during the process.

The new jailbreak process comes via comex of the Dev-Team, and I can attest from personal experience that it makes things impossibly simple. I have an iPhone 4 and an iPad, but there’s no way I’m risking the warranty on those two beauties just yet, so I dusted off the old iPod touch 1G that got me started on iOS devices and put that to the task.

On the iPod touch, I booted up Safari and pointed the browser at http://www.jailbreakme.com. You should see a screen that looks like this if you’re in the right place (shot is from my iPhone 4, since it changes after you finish the process):

After that, I followed the directions on-screen and left the house to run some errands. I was probably gone for about an hour, so I’m not sure how long the process took, but it was done by the time I returned. My iPod touch was plugged in at the time just in case, but the battery is quite old. I think it should be fine to leave newer devices unplugged.

After the process is complete, you’ll see a message congratulating you and informing you that the Cydia store app is now on your desktop. Finally, launch Cydia and allow it to update its repositories and sources, then browse for the apps you want to install. Backgrounder, SBSettings, BossPrefs and ProSwitcher are good places to start if you’re not familiar with the jailbreak landscape.

The new jailbreak method uses an exploit in the way iOS handles Adobe PDF files, of all things, so basically you can thank the Flash maker for your newly jailbroken device. If anything goes wrong during the jailbreak process, you can restore using your computer, or by putting the device into DFU mode if all else fails, and try again. Cydia has been running a little slowly the past few days, presumably because so many are using this method, so be patient if you’re experiencing problems post-jailbreak in that area.

Anyone else done it yet, or planning on doing it? What about on newer devices? Still worth it?

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  1. I jailbroke and it worked like a charm. Easiest process ever. I have had no issues, other then Cydia being slow, which I remedied by using Rock instead.

    For those curious, I did it primarily for these reasons:

    – want to customize my SMS and Voicemail tones
    – SB settings to quickly change basic phone settings
    – BiteSMS for instant SMS replies without leaving my current app
    – Better notification system

  2. I did it yesterday afternoon. It took about 5 minutes on WiFi and worked perfectly. I installed it primarily to enable Multi-Tasking and Home Screen wallpapers on my iPhone 3G. I’m upgrading to the iPhone 4 in a few weeks and won’t bother jailbreaking it but I just couldn’t wait for the Home Screen Wallpaper and Multi-Tasking ability.

    1. help please? want to jailbreak my iPhone 3g and it is a 4.1 version and the firmware is 5.14 (I think) – can I jailbreak it?
      Thank you for your time.


  3. Having jailbroken in the past, be wary of missing voicemails and calls. One days, 40 voicemails showed up, presumably once the mailbox got full. This was over a year ago. It has to do with changing at&t calling reference crap they do (or used to do) in the hack. I’ve switched to the Evo and get to do all this stuff you want without allowing hacked software. But I have and will keep my iPad, I’m still in it!

  4. You should download the “PDF Reader Warner” file from Cydia to have some protection from the same Safari exploit that was used by Jailbreakme.com. That provides some interim protection until Apple plugs that hole in Safari.

    It’s ironic that ALL iOS devices, jailbroken or not, are vulnerable to malicious use of that exploit but only jailbroken devices can be protected from it now by downloading the file from Cydia!


  5. if i use this jailbreakme will i still be able to sync my ipone as normal and will i loose all my apps contact etc ??

    1. You will still be able to sync your iphone normally. Itunes will ignore the jailbroken apps and will not back them up, but they will still work normally after the sync. You will not lose any apps or contacts.


    2. Nope you dont lose your apps

      1. what about when the new iPad update comes out?

        will i be able to ‘reset’ my ipad & sync it back up with iTunes & get the very latest iOS for iPad (with folders & all) & still have all the data from my apps synced back over too?

        So- can i go back to an unjailbroked iPad from a jailbreak, without ever losing any data that I’ve entered into my apps- things like Task list managers etc?

  6. Mandy Brigwell Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Amazing… you cared enough about the process to select your device, then left the house and failed to observe the process. It’s this kind of journalism that doesn’t earn anyone a Pulitzer, let alone inform any of your readers. Great article… um… not.

    1. Someone’s a little irritated.

  7. How does this work if you reset the phone to factory standards, and all you see is the Activation screen? You can’t open up Safari to do the jailbreak necessary to unlock the phone.

    I’d love to wipe out my iPhone 2G and start again, but since it’s not using an AT&T sim card, I’, going to be stuck at the activation part, right?

    1. Is this what you are looking for? I used this with my wife’s sim card. She doesn’t have an iPhone, but as long as the sim is activated you can use it and then pop it out when you are done…


      1. Thanks for the tip, but I’m not sure if it would work. I live in Hong Kong, and my 2G imported phone HAD to be jailbroken in order to unlock it for local carrier sim cards. Therefore the AT&T sim card has never been activated, so I doubt I’ll be able to pass the first step:

        “1.Reinsert the SIM card used when the original iPhone was activated and had a valid wireless service account/tariff.”

    2. I used Blackra1n successfully, and just as easily, for my 2G phone without a SIM card. Jailbreakme.com worked great for 3G & 3GS, though.

      1. em yeah i have the same dillema!!! basically its my dads iphone that im using and he got it from america ages ago! like its one of the first iphones (im irish) and i tryed to update it buuut its telling me i need a valid sim!!! like and its jus showing me the USB connection lead and i cant access safari or ANYTHING for that matter!!! and my dad doesint know so is there any way in the world i can unlock this!!!!

  8. If you’re able to simply restore the phone back to the normal iOS, as it states on jailbreakme.com, how does it void the warranty? Obviously I can’t walk into an Apple with a jailbroken or bricked phone and expect them to fix it, but if I just restore to a previous backup, can they tell it was once jailbroken?

    Also, to the original author – I know you take pleasure in blaming Adobe for this, but the PDF viewer on iOS is homegrown at Apple. This exploit or one similar to it wouldn’t work on a device using the real Acrobat viewer.

  9. I jailbreaked my iPod Touch 3G and it worked for about 6 hours and then it got stuck on the safe mode screen and the springboard wouldnt restart! So thx for that comex!

    1. i gt tht problem 2… wat u do is uninstall the last apps u downloaded, thn ext safe mode… it worked 4 me
      i jailbroke my ipod touch 3g on ios 4.0

  10. i jailbroke for facetime on 3g and infinifolder. worth every penny! oh ya, and for MyWi mobile hotspot/tethering.

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