Read me first
Updated September 21, 2013
There is currently no public jailbreak for iOS 7 firmware. Until such time content on
this page will be very limited. To see what was possible under iOS 6 firmware see
the previous Read me first
I have a lot of content on this site so I made this page as an introduction to the
iPhone hacking scene. Consider it a good starting point for what I have to offer.
My tutorials require a Mac.
These are the topics I will cover:
What is jailbreaking, and why should I do it?
Jailbreaking is a process where you modify your iPhone to run unsigned code. Without
getting too technical, all the programs on the iPhone run inside of a programming sandbox
so to speak. Apple does this so that you and I can not bring our own toys to play with in
Apple's sandbox. Once jailbroken, you can now run non App Store programs or modify the
iPhone's file system in ways that Apple doesn't approve of. By bringing your own programs
to play with, you increase the functionality of the iPhone. It doesn't matter to Apple
if these programs are safe or if they are beneficial to you. Apple only wants their
approved of programs running on your iPhone. Apple does this to protect their business
model. Apple also likes to claim they are protecting the iPhone's security and that of
their cell phone network partners' security. I haven't heard a single issue where a
cell phone network was compromised because of jailbreaking and unlocking and jailbreakers
have been doing this since 2007.
Jailbreaking an iPhone is legally allowed. The Library of Congress included jailbreaking
as an allowed exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as found in the
United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 37 Part 201.40, in 2010. You can read
Paragraph 2 specifically applies to this. Note: jailbreaking was never illegal. This
decision only gives end users legal grounds to jailbreak.
Jailbreaking is a generally
risk-free process that will not void your warranty
(provided you can restore it with the original firmware provided by Apple). To undo the
jailbreaking process you simply restore your iPhone with iTunes and all evidence of the
jailbreaking is removed. Jailbreaking is a transparent process. Everything on your
iPhone should continue to work normally once you have jailbroken.
How is unlocking different from jailbreaking?
While jailbreaking lets you use any programs you want to on the iPhone, unlocking is an
additional process performed on an already jailbroken iPhone. Unlocking is removing the
restriction put in place by Apple that limits the iPhone to operating on a particular
network. You can always roam, but at greatly increased rates of service. When you unlock
an AT&T or a T-Mobile iPhone, it allows it to operate on any network in the world that
uses the GSM standard (the most widely adopted cellular phone standard on the planet). You
simply remove one SIM card and insert the SIM card of the network you want to use and the
iPhone will accept it.
Unlocking (from a CDMA perspective) does not apply to the Sprint or Verizon networks.
These providers must provision your iPhone to work on their network. You can't just run
an unlocking program to gain access to their network at will, like you can with GSM
networks. iPhones that use GSM technology only can not be made to operate with CDMA
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) no longer protects
the ability to unlock a cell phone purchased locked from a carrier beginning in January of
2013. Because of this, new unlocking tutorials will no longer be provided on this site
beginning with the iPhone 5. Unlocking iPhones purchased prior to 2013 is still allowed
and those tutorials are still available.
Keep in mind AT&T (and presumably T-Mobile) will unlock the iPhone. Sprint and Verizon
models come with the GSM SIM slot unlocked and you can purchase a factory unlocked iPhone
direct from Apple. So you have plenty of options. You'll also have a warranty protecting
that unlocked iPhone.
There are two types of cell phone service providers in the United States: those that use
GSM technology (AT&T, T-Mobile, H2O, Net10, Simple Mobile) and those that use CDMA
technology (Verizon, Sprint, Cricket, Boost). There are probably other smaller regional
carriers as well. They are also divided into these cateogries.
While Apple's App Store is fantastic, it won't provide you with many amazing programs that
you can install once you are jailbroken. In fact, there are many programs you will never
see on the App Store because of Apple's strict and often capricious rules for approval.
Cydia (an alternative to the App Store) is the program that is automatically installed
when jailbreaking and the vast majority of the content it offers is free!
The iPhone hacking community is well established and has been around since the days the
first iPhone went on sale in the summer of 2007. With the creation of Installer and
Cydia, the community created the foundation for the distribution of third party
applications. Apple saw this and witnessed the success of these two distribution models.
They were a driving force behind the creation of the App Store (so much for web apps
huh Steve?) so Apple could make money from distributing third party software on the
iPhone. Installer has since gone offline. Cydia offers the majority of its programs for
Here are the interfaces for the App Store and Cydia. Pretty similar looking. They
function the same as well.
As a general rule when Apple releases new firmware for the iPhone it isn't immediately
jailbreakable upon release. It can take days or months until a jailbreak is released.
These are the topics I will cover next:
There are some things you should know before you perform anything
on this site.
There is some minor risk involved here. In a worst case scenario you simply restore
your iPhone using iTunes and your phone will be back to normal. Doing this will cause you
to lose your jailbreak and / or unlock and perhaps for some time.
You potentially risk voiding your warranty (if you can't restore your iPhone to stock
Any modifications you perform on your iPhone, including bypassing activation, jailbreaking
and unlocking, could be reset (or the option to rejailbreak or unlock blocked) if you
should install a firmware update provided by Apple. It is usually just a matter of
re-doing everything you previously did to get your iPhone back the way you had it.
Read the instructions in their entirety. If you can't follow directions, the potential
is there for damage (only in extreme cases) to occur to your iPhone requiring a
replacement that will most likely be paid for by you.
I am not responsible for your results if they are less than what you expected. You assume
all risks. I recommend seeking help in iPhone hacking forums or in the various IRC
channels. The tutorials I create record the exact procedure I used on my iPhone.
If you have not activated your iPhone via one of the official cell phone providers (AT&T,
Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon), and do not pay them for your cellular phone service, then
you may lack the ability to use visual voicemail and possibly FaceTime.
Jailbreaks may have bugs in them causing undesirable side effects that have yet to be
discovered. Sometimes these problems are solved when the programs are updated. I try to
document widespread issues but can't document everything. I do note any issues I had when
performing the process.
iOS 7 supports iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S.
- The fourth generation iPhone (also called the iPhone 4) was released in the summer of
2010 for the AT&T network and in February 2011 for the Verizon network.
- The fifth generation iPhone (also called the iPhone 4S) was released in the fall of
2011 for the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks.
- The sixth generation iPhone (also called iPhone 5) was released in the fall of 2012
for the AT&T, Sprint and Verizon networks. In April 2013 T-Mobile became an official
- The seventh generation iPhones, the 5C and the 5S were released in the fall of 2013
for the AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon networks.
Looking at the graphic below, the iPhone 5C and 5S are distinguished by the fact that they
are taller than all previous models (except for the original iPhone 5) and it has six
total rows of icons on the home screen, not five like all other iPhones before it.
iPhone 5S has a metallic and glass back that comes in three metallic colors. The iPhone
5C has a polycarbonate back that comes in five neon like colors.
The final iPhones are the 4S and the 4 which are the same form factor and are physically
shorter than the 5, 5C and 5S. They come in a black or white finish.
To tell the AT&T model apart from the Verizon model, simply look on the side opposite the
volume buttons. The AT&T iPhone 4 has a SIM tray, the Verizon iPhone 4 does not. On the
iPhone 4S there will be a SIM tray for AT&T, Sprint and Verizon and the steel band will
have two breaks in it on both sides.
What firmware is jailbreakable?
To determine which firmware you have on your iPhone, launch the Settings
application, press General, then press About. Look at the entry for "Version" (also
referred to as firmware or OS). It will have a number next to it and another number in
parantheses. We're only concerned about the first two (or three) digit number. So when
you hear: Apple is releasing new firmware, that is the number they are referring to.
The image to the right is from an iPhone 5. I've highlighted the version number.
Currently there is no jailbreak for iOS 7 firmware. The last firmware able to be
jailbroken was 6.1.2. When a jailbreak becomes available this page will be updated
with links to instructions.
Step 1 tutorials
There are no Step 1 tutorials, as there is no jailbreak for iOS 7 firmware.