iPhone Jailbreaking 101 What is Jailbreaking? How to Jailbreak an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Getting Familiar with Cydia Adding Sources to Cydia
What is Jailbreaking an iPhone? Jailbreaking an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch allows you install additional tweaks and apps on your iDevice by giving you access to the file system which Apple locks. Simply put, Jailbreaking installs Cydia (similar to the App Store) on your iDevice.
Facts About Jailbreaking Jailbreaking is 100% Legal Jailbreaking is Risk Free In July, 2010, the U.S Copyright Office ruled that jailbreaking an iPhone or other mobile device will not violate federal copyright law. It is not possible to hurt your iOS device by jailbreaking. You can always restore as new and make it exactly the way it was the day your purcahsed it.
Why Should you Jailbreak? Reasons vary but for most people it is one of the following. Customization - Add themes and change the way your icons, phone or caledar look. There are thousands of cool looking themes to fit your style and mood. Apps Apple Doesn’t Offer - There are tons. My favorites include iFile which is like Windows Explorer for your iDevice or some the game emulators for Sega, Nintendo and Playstation. 3G Unrestrictor lets you make Facetime calls over 3G. Cracked Apps - Once jailbroken almost every paid app in the Apple App Store can easily be downloaded for free. While jailbreaking is legal, cracked apps are copyright infringement.
How Hard is it to Jailbreak? Depends on the Jailbreak. Some are as simple as going to a website on your iDevice in Safari and tapping a button. Others require you to download jailbreaking software, an iOS firmware file and follow simple instructions. That said, the first time can be confusing as there are numerous jailbreaking tools. Redsn0w , blackra1n, greenpois0n , PwnageTool and more. You need to be sure you have the right files for your device and firmware for it work. If it doesn’t work, no big deal, remember it’s risk free. You can try again. There are numerous websites to help with jailbreaking. I like http://www.iPhone4idiots.com
Tethered vs. Untethered Terms used to describe the Jailbreak Tethered Jailbreak - is one where if your iDevice has to reboot for any reason, it will get stuck and not work again until you attach it via USB sync cable to a computer and run the jailbreak again. MOST PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TRY A TETHERED JAILBREAK. Untethered Jailbreak - is one where your iDevice runs normally even after a reboot. This is what you want. Tethered Jailbreaks are always released first with untethered following about a month later.
Cydia - The Fun Begins Once jailbroken just tap Cydia and you are taken to Home Screen seen here. You’ll certainly want to install some of the Featured items.
Start Here Under 10 Tools to Start With - you’ll want to add Activator, Winterboard and SBSettings all of which are free. Installing apps from Cydia is just like the App Store. Tap free then install. iFile is another must have app. You can buy it here or if you want a free cracked version just watch a few more slides :)
Themes Literally thousands of themes to make your iDevice look and sound how you want it. The free App WinterBoard is required for almost all themes.
Manage You will almost never use the Sections & Changes tabs at the bottom of Cydia Home Screen. However, the Manage tab is crucial for getting the most out of jailbreaking as it lets you add Sources.
Adding Sources Sources are servers that tie into Cydia’s server giving you access to additional apps and tweaks. Not all work as advertised. Only add those with good reputations. To add a source tap Edit - Add and then enter the full url of the source ( http://repo.insanelyi.com/ ) and Add Source. Once added you can tap the Source here and see what apps (also called Packages) they offer.
Five Best Sources to Add These are 5 of the best sources to add. Each has a long history and been used by thousands of people with no issues. Hackulo - http://cydia.hackulo.us/ The best source to get cracked apps from the App store. Installous lets you download cracked apps without needing a computer. Sinful iPhone - http://www.sinfuliphonerepo.com/ Excellent repo with craced versions of the most popular Cydia apps. Insanelyi - http://repo.insanelyi.com/ Xsellize - http://cydia.xsellize.com/ Many game boy and Nintendo packs for emulators.
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