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Jailbreaking Methods for the iPad

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    §= This post is regularly kept up to date with all the available methods to jailbreak all iPad Models =§

    NOTE - All versions of IOS from 6.1.3 onwards, including IOS7 cannot be jailbroken on any iPad device at the present time.

    iPad4
    evasi0n - Firmware 6.1.2, 6.1.1, 6.1, 6.0.1, 6.0 via jailbreak payload available from http://evasi0n.com/
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...jailbreak-ipad-ios-6-0-6-1-using-evasi0n.html

    iPad Mini
    evasi0n - Firmware 6.1.2, 6.1.1, 6.1, 6.0.2, 6.0.1, 6.0 via jailbreak payload available from http://evasi0n.com/
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...jailbreak-ipad-ios-6-0-6-1-using-evasi0n.html

    iPad3
    evasi0n - Firmware 6.1.2, 6.1.1, 6.1, 6.0.1, 6.0 via jailbreak payload available from http://evasi0n.com/
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...jailbreak-ipad-ios-6-0-6-1-using-evasi0n.html
    Absinthe 2.x - Firmware 5.1.1 via jailbreak payload available from greenpois0n.com.
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...ilbreak-ipad2-ipad3-5-1-1-absinthe-2-0-a.html
    redsn0w 0.9.x - Windows and OSX - Firmware 5.1.1 via jailbreak payload, available from Dev-Team Blog

    iPad2
    evasi0n - Firmware 6.1.2, 6.1.1, 6.1, 6.0.1, 6.0 via jailbreak payload available from http://evasi0n.com/
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...jailbreak-ipad-ios-6-0-6-1-using-evasi0n.html
    Absinthe 2.x - Firmware 5.1.1 via jailbreak payload, available from greenpois0n.com.
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...ilbreak-ipad2-ipad3-5-1-1-absinthe-2-0-a.html
    redsn0w 0.9.x - Windows and OSX - Firmware 5.1.1, 5.0.1 via jailbreak payload, available from Dev-Team Blog
    Absinthe 1.x - Firmware 5.0.1 via jailbreak payload, available from greenpois0n.com Follow our tutorial here - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...-tutorial-jailbreak-ipad2-5-0-1-absinthe.html
    jailbreakme.com - Firmware 4.3.3 via jailbreak payload, available from Jailbreakme - Note - You must visit this site using Mobile Safari on your iPad2!

    iPad1
    Absinthe 2.x - Firmware 5.1.1 via jailbreak payload, available from greenpois0n.com.
    redsn0w 0.9.x - Windows and OSX - Firmware 5.1.1, 5.1, 5.0.1, 5.0, 4.3.3, 4.2.1, and 3.2.2 via jailbreak payload, available from Dev-Team Blog
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...orial-jailbreak-ipad1-ios5-using-redsn0w.html
    sn0wbreeze 2.9.6 - Windows Only - 5.1.1, 5.0.1, 4.3.3, 4.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.1, and 3.2 via custom firmware, available from iH8sn0w.com
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...6303-tutorial-jailbreak-ipad1-sn0wbreeze.html
    ac1dsn0w - OSX Only - Firmware 5.0.1, and 5.0 via jailbreak payload, available from Pwn Dev-Team
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak...break-ipad1-ios5-tethered-using-ac1dsn0w.html
    Pwnage Tool 5.1.1 - OSX Only - Firmware 5.1.1, 5.0.1 and 4.3.3 via custom firmware, available from Dev-Team Blog
    iPadForums Tutorial - http://www.ipadforums.net/jailbreak.../25266-tutorial-jailbreak-pwnagetool-mac.html
    jailbreakme.com - Firmware 4.3.3, 4.3.2, 4.3,1, 4.3 via jailbreak payload, available from Jailbreakme - Note - You must visit this site using Mobile Safari on your iPad1!

    Older methods for older firmware:
    greenpois0n RC6.1 - Windows & OSX - Firmware 4.2.1
    greenpois0n RC4 - Windows & OSX - Firmware 3.2.2
    limera1n - Windows & OSX - Firmware 3.2.2 - see the old limera1n thread
    Jailbreakme.com (2.0) - iPad via Mobile Safari - Firmware 3.2.1
    Spirit for Windows, Linux, OSX - Firmware 3.2

    Colour Key:
    GREEN - indicates the newest IOS version which can be jailbroken and untethered with this tool.
    ORANGE - indicates the newest IOS version which can be jailbroken but remains tethered to the tool.

    What's the difference between an untethered and a tethered jailbreak?
    An untethered jailbreak means you can reboot your device at any time and the jailbreak will continue to function as expected. Ideally, you want to always be running an untethered jailbreak.

    However, from time to time we have to live with a tethered jailbreak as the only option for a particular device and IOS version until such time as an exploit to untether it is found (untethering a jailbreak is an order of magnitude more complex than producing the tethered one).
    If a jailbreak is tethered then you must reboot your device whilst it is connected, or tethered, to your PC which is running the program you used to jailbreak it originally (or a reboot tool provided with the jailbreak, such as iBooty from sn0wbreeze).
    If you don't tethered boot your device, one of two things will happen. Either the device will hang at the Apple logo if you have mobile substrate or anything else installed which hooks into the kernel of the OS. In this situation you will need to wait until you can connect your device to your PC and boot it properly in a tethered state. Or, the device will boot to stock IOS but none of your JB apps will work. You may also not be able to use some stock apps, such as Safari, which most JB's move to a different part of the disk as part of their original installation.
    In the case of the iPad, being tethered can be a pain, although the number of times you actually have to reboot an iPad can be few and far between so you could consider it better than a tethered jailbreak on an iPhone, which is no fun at all!
    I lived with a tethered jailbreak on iPad 4.2.1 for several months last year and it really wasn't difficult for me, but YMMV.

    What's the difference between a jailbreak that uses a payload versus one that creates a custom firmware?
    redsn0w, greenpois0n, and limera1n all deliver the jailbreak as payload via a ramdisk on top of your currently installed IOS system. This means that these methods will leave your current applications and settings intact without the need to re-sync with iTunes.

    jailbreakme.com exploits a userland bug on the device and delivers it's payload straight onto the iPad vai a malformed PDF through Mobile Safari.

    It should be possible to complete a jailbreak using and of these payload methods in literally a few minutes.

    pwnage and sn0wbreeze jailbreaks both cook a complete custom firmware file which must then be restored onto your device. This means you have a clean fresh installation of IOS + the jailbreak when you finish. You therefore won't have any of your previous applications or settings unless you then connect to iTunes and restore from backup and re-sync your files. These methods take a bit longer. You will need to download a stock firmware file to feed into the tool and then, once cooked, install it on your device via iTunes. In order for these types of jailbreak to work the tool must be able to put your device into what is known as a "pwned DFU" mode so that it is fooled into accepting the installation of a firmware which did not come from Apple.

    Which method should I use?
    Of course it's all down to personal choice!

    If your device and IOS version is susceptible to the jailbreakme.com 3.0 exploit, most users will find this the easies and most convenient method. Simply fire up Mobile Safari on your iPad and visit jailbreakme.com, and follow the instructions You will be jailbroken normally within a minute.

    Next in order, and assuming you have your device set up the way you want on the correct version of IOS, then you will probably prefer any of the other jailbreak payload tools, such as redsn0w, since these will install very quickly and leave your apps intact. It is possible to complete a redsn0w jailbreak in less than 15 minutes as long as you have the correct firmware downloaded to your local disk.

    If on the other hand you need to upgrade IOS to a later version in order to jailbreak, or you are the sort of person that likes to start clean and fresh from time to time, one of the custom firmware jailbreaks, such as pwnage or sn0wbreeze, may suit you better... I recently used sn0wbreeze to jailbreak my 64GB iPad1 and then entire process took around 4 hours from start to finish (this included completely restoring my 64GB of files and settings from iTunes backup)

    Happy Jailbreaking!
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    Managed to access this thread via your sig, thanx for the info :)
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    Hi
    My ipad 1 is version 4.2 and with jb
    I have alot of app that installed from my jb
    How can i prevent lossing my app from jb after update my device to 4.3
    Already before i update my device from 3.2.2 to 3.4 without lossing

    Thanx ,
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    3.2.2 to 4.2 *
    Am correcting my mistake above :p
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    Excellent overview! I didn't know the difference between payload and custom firmware, but noted the difference between redsn0w and sn0wbreeze as I switched from one to the other. Now I know.

    One difference between the two is that using sn0wbreeze 2.5 allows for an easy way to enable multitouch gestures, where redsn0w requires editing of system files using iFile or equivalent. At least, that's my understanding. What's especially fun is watching stock iPad owners marvel when I use multitouch instead of the home button. A short-lived novelty, but fun nonetheless.
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    I'll update the post when I get 5 mins to explain that a bit better. An advantage of snowb and pwnage is how you can add your own bundles and enable options. Cheers.
    Totally agree about gestures. Can't quite work out how much I like them, but I do like them!
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    Hi
    My ipad 1 is version 4.2 and with jb
    I have alot of app that installed from my jb
    How can i prevent lossing my app from jb after update my device to 4.3
    Already before i update my device from 3.2.2 to 4.2 without lossing

    Thanx ,
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    You should wait for jailbreak to be released for 4.3 then only you should update.
    Backup your device to iTunes, then update your device with new OS. Run jailbreak connect your device to iTunes and do a restore.

    Sent from my iPad 2 using Tapatalk
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    The jailbreak for 4.3.1 has been out for a couple of weeks now on all devices except iPad2, so there is no reason to wait as the poster stated it was an iPad1. :)
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    If I understand you correctly and you want to save your Cydia apps and settings, you can look into some of the app / package backup solutions in Cydia. My favourite is pkgbackup. This backs up a list of your installed packages as well as the settings for each one so they can be restored on a freshly jailbroken system. Google pkgbackup for more details.
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    Thanx alot


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    OK, you're all talking in Geekish now...;)

    For the technophobic ones amongst us - What is Jailbreak? What does it do that the normal OS doesn't do? Why should I do it? What are the pitfalls?

    I wanted an iPad because it is easy to use. No set up, no maintenance (defragging etc), intuitive to use and so on. Sell this Jailbreak to me!
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    ok that was as painless as could be, i barely finished my redbull before it was done. the longest part was downloading the 4.3.1 ipsw which took all of 5 minutes. great write ups, videos and support guys. now i just have to read up on how to make the most of cydia, thank you again


    oh btw i used my mac with the 10.5.8 os and redsn0w

    cheers
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    sorry probably been asked before but in your opinion what is this best method to jailbreak 4.3.1, redsnow or snowbreeze?? I want to jailbreak the ipad and the iphone 4.

    thanks

    a sidenote: does this stop internet tethering on ipad? (I tether my ipad to my iphone)
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    Does the first post (towards the end) not help you make that decision yourself? Sounds like redsn0w to me.

    And no, the jailbreak does not prevent any services, such as tethering, AFAIK. It is an enabler, rather than a disabler :)
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    Ah didn't see that bit! Ok I'll use redsnow, so a quick recap (haven't done it in a while) backup shsh blobs via umbrella, backup apps using appbackup, backup Cydia using aptbackup (or pgkbackup) then install iOS 4.3.1, then jailbreak?

    Cheers
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    Sounds like a plan.... Don't forget to backup and sync in iTunes as well, assuming you want to restore your normal Apps and settings also.
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    great sticky

    Hey f4780y,

    Lots of good info in this post, thanks,


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    Are there any guides to the steps above? I have a jailbroken 16GB WiFi iPad(1st Gen) on iOS 3.2.2 using limera1n, and would like to keep all my data (settings, apps, app data etc) after upgrading it and jailbreaking on a newer version of iOS. (ie 4.3.1 .. doesnt need to be the newest version).

    Thanks

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