If you’ve never tried to jailbreak your
iPhone or iPad, then there’s a whole
world of tweaks and add-ons that
await you. Despite misinformed
accounts, jailbreaking will not void
your warranty and it’s simple to
uninstall a jailbreak too – you just
restore your device in iTunes. You can
also access iTunes, the App Store and
all your apps and backups like normal.
So what exactly is jailbreaking? In short, it’s
not far from hacking into your Apple AAPL 0.68% product’s software and opening it
up for customization. You can change the
way it looks and feels, choose from a host
of custom apps that aren’t available in
Apple’s official App store and a whole
bunch of other things – you’ll get
customization not far short of an Android
For me, the most useful tweaks are the
ability to force my iPhone 5 to become
a mobile modem for my laptop –
otherwise known as tethering. I could
connect my laptop to my iPhone using
USB or WiFi and use it’s 3G Internet
connection while out and about –
brilliant for sending emails and web
browsing on the move.
Other tweaks include features similar
to the new Control Centre in IOS 7,
except they were even better, allowing
you to add or delete icons you needed
or didn’t use – something you can’t do
in IOS 7 as standard.
The best thing about the latest
jailbreaks is that they’re practically
one-click affairs and the latest version
has just been released for IOS version
7.0.4. Here’s a guide on how to do it
and also what are the best add-ons at
Step 1. The latest jailbreak is only
compatible with IOS 7.0.4.
Therefore, I’d recommend
updating to this version if you
If Apple releases a newer version you won’t
be able to install IOS 7.0.4 any more,
meaning you’ll be stuck without a way to
jailbreak untill a new one is released, which
could be many months if not more.
If you’re already on IOS 7.0.4 and want to
try jailbreaking at some point, don’t update
to a newer version if Apple releases it. To
check your current version, go to
Settings>General> About, and half way
down it will tell you under ‘Version’.
Step 2. Download the Jailbreak. There’s only
one place to get this from officially and
that’s http://evasi0n.com. It’s available for
OSX and Windows. Download the
appropriate one and unzip the two files
within, placing them on your desktop.
Step 3. It’s a good idea to restore your
device while connected to your computer
first, backing it up as well. A clean install
will mean the jailbreak should go smoothly.
Step 4. With your device connected via
USB to the computer, run the file
evasi0n7. A small window will pop up.
Step 5. Click on Jailbreak. This will start
the jailbreak process and you can kick
back and relax for a few minutes.