What is Jailbreaking?

Technical Definition of Jailbreak:
The iPhone, iPod touch, iPad & Apple TV hack that allow users to gain access to the entire Unix filesystem. In Unix terms, this refers to changing the root of the directory tree to /.

Understandable Definition of Jailbreak:
A hack that gains access to areas of the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad that users aren’t supposed to mess with. Typically, this is an immediate prelude to either installing cool programs, unlocking the handset for use with another cellular network, or both.

Through jailbreaking, you are able to add additional applications to your iDevice. It allows you to do so by adding an application called Cydia to your iDevice. It also allows modding (changing) of your iDevice application icons, wallpaper, dock, status bar, chat bubbles, weather backgrounds, keyboard….etc. Wondering why you would want to jailbreak your iDevice? Visit our Why Jailbreak page.

For more information on the Cydia or Installer applications, see our f.a.q page.

For instructions on how to jailbreak your iDevice, see our jailbreak page.

Disclaimer: Jailbreaking voids your warranty.


  1. If i buy a iphone4 in us with contract .is it possible to unlock the iphone in india .is there any problem regarding this.please reply its urgent

  2. if i jailbreak a phone is there a possiblity that i lose any information, pics, apps, etc during the process?

    can you please let me know what are the risks of jailbreaking?

  3. Sebastian leger says

    The whole point about having an iPhone is to be able to take advantage of EVERYTHING, that’s why jailbreaking is so good and so fun,unlimited downloads, music, flash, controversial apps, pretty much everything, the only advise I give everyone is DONT jailbreak your iPhone or iPad or whatever yourselves go and download a Professional jailbreak solution like jaiPhone or something like that, you might risk your device badly by doing it by yourself

  4. Jailbreaking is awesome why would anyone not want to jailbreak?

  5. Jailbreaking makes iPhones into what they should have been from the start. In fact, I object to the term “jailbreaking”. Instead there should be a term for non-jailbroken phones. Idiotproof.

    But we aren’t all idiots are we? Or do Apple assume that in order to be apple user, one must frist be an idiot?

  6. Would you get caught, and if you do, what would happen?
    Maybe close the device??!

  7. does jailbreak downloading need a professional to download it?

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  9. Jail break is awsome to share the thing with each other

  10. It’s really a great and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you simply shared this useful information with us. Please stay us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. If i jailbreak my iPad, can i still use iTunes in the exact same way or will iTunes not allow my to sync or update from it?

    Please reply asap


  12. My iphone 3gs is jail broken, it’s slow and keeps using all my credit! can I un jail break it lol?

    • you can un jailbreak it by going into settings go in to general and restore to factory settings your iphone which will un jailbreak it but make sure you back up your iphone using itunes so you lose any contacts, pictures etc. after your iphone is restored to factory settings you can restore your iphone from backup using itunes

  13. help please i wont jailbreak my iphone 4 s !!!!!!!!!! please

  14. hi bro

  15. santhosh says

    is there is any problem to bring contract based iphone to india…if i will bring what about the contract

    • try going into an apple shop and they will give you some advice

      • Hahahahahah no. Do NOT bring your jailbroken device ( or going to be jail broken ) in. Jail breaking voids your agreement with Apple therefore they will just turn around and say no. If you jailbreak a device and there’s problems, just reset it in iTunes.

  16. i bout a phone craigslist it turned out wouldnt conmect phone cause reported lost or stolen by last owner

  17. Ambros muchirahondo says

    How cn i download whatsapp messaging using cydia.pls help…

  18. I HAVE IPHONE 3GS AND I WISH TO UPGRADE IT’s IOS , TO 5 WHAT TO DO I AM NOT UNDERSTANDING ANYTHING? what is frimware and jailbreak and redsnow what to do ? plz help… me ……..


  19. satnam sidhu says

    Hello sir,
    I am from India and My brother had bought an iphone 4s for me of BELL CANADA and it is jailbreaked, but. I updated it to version 5.1.1 . Now its not getting any network now what do.

  20. can we jailbreak i pod touch 5 to use on mobile networks?

  21. If i buy an iphone 5 contracted from u.s.a. Will i able to jailbreak it in india or i have to pay more for that any comments help me if i jailbreak my iphone 4s there is miner way that i will loose my data

  22. Yadwinder singh says

    Hello sir.. I have iphone4 and i want to know that if i jailbrake my iPhone and later i want to get back my original iphone, then can i restore my previous state or not…?? Any effect of jailbreak after doing this..?

    Email me at: yadwindermehal@hotmail.com

  23. Could u let me inform, how to jailbreak iphone 3g Or iphone 3gs? Is it possible to jailbreak by using itunes, if so than tell me the procedure.

  24. can jailbreaking get rid of passcodes on the iPhone cause i forgot mine

  25. Randompostsorry says

    Hey, if I jailbreak my iphone will bell get mad?

  26. My dad keeps a pretty good eye on everything I do on my phone, if I were to jailbreak my iPhone 4S, will the warranty still be voided if I revert my phone back to normal using iTunes? Also, will I be able to use unlimited data, like stream music and videos if my device is jailbroken? Thanks.

  27. i thought jailbreaking for iphone and jailbreaking for ipad both are legal. iPhone and iPad are under the Same organization that is Apple. so i think jailbreaking is legal for both iphon, ipad or ipod. However very nice article having a lot of informations for every iphone user.

  28. Can jailbreak damage the phone in anyways? Can it loose data?

  29. Is is possible to revert back to original status after jailbraking ?

  30. My 11 year old keeps bugging me to let him jailbreak his Ipad 3. Is this appropriate for an 11 year old?

    • It is, but just like and iPad that is not jailbroken, you still need to monitor your children. Jailbreaking opens the door to the ability to hide apps, hack App Store apps for free and who knows what else naughty things. We allow it on our children’s iPhones but we have passwords on everything and monitor their use.

  31. I bought an iPhone 3 jailbreak and I’m trying to download apps and it says to update it.What can I do??All that I can do on the phone now is just make calls.But it’s working with my phone company
    ,so that’s one good thing.

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  33. i reset my i phone 4,and dont have recovery of i phone, so can jailbreaking bring my i phone 4 to original state? please help….?

  34. i hv iphone 3gs i did update ios 6.1.3 dose i neen jailbreak

  35. Kyle millare says

    Why my iphone can’t send bluetooth on other brand device

  36. Help I got a iPad & it is school longed help me

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