Jailbreaking is a process that has been around for the iPhone since the very first release of the iPhone 3G and it allows you to bypass a lot of the rules that Apple has put in place. Apple is well known for their strict control over the content of the iPhone devices and Jailbreaking your phone will allow you to completely bypass this. For example, jailbreaking will allow you to install apps that aren’t featured in the app store and it will also allow you to make alterations to the way that the iPhone looks and feels.
The problem with jailbreaking your iPhone is that Apple doesn’t want you to do it. This is because form their point of view, their rules are there for a reason but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t possible. Apple is constantly bringing out new releases of iOS software to try and stop jailbreakers but usually, an updated jailbreak system is found within a couple of weeks. Thios was the case with the iPhone 4S device and now, it is possible to jailbreak it.
Is it hard to jailbreak your iPhone 4S?
It is not hard at all to jailbreak your phone. There is a lot of beliefs by people out there who think that you need to know a lot about programming or coding to jailbreak your iPhone 4S but this isn’t the case at all. In fact, all you really need to be able to do is to follow instructions online and download the necessary free software. If you can do this, jailbreaking your iPhone 4S will probably not take any longer than half an hour either.
Different methods of Jailbreaking your iPhone 4S
There are actually a few methods of jailbreaking your iPhone 4S out there as there are a few pieces of software that you can use to do it. You can either do an untethered jailbreak of your phone; this will usually mean that you will only have to jailbreak your iPhone 4S device once and there is a tethered jailbreak; this means that you will more than likely have to jailbreak your phone again after rebooting it.
The method that we are going to show you is a semi-untethered jailbreak and it is one of the best that we have found out there currently that work son the iPhone 4S device with iOS5.
Jailbreaking your iPhone 4S
Download the RedSn0w software: In order to begin the jailbreak of your iPhone 4S device, you will first of all need to download the required software. This is the RedSn0w software and you can get this from the RedSn0ow website. This is basically a small piece of software that will be used to hack into your iPhone and install the necessary files into the firmware.
The great thing about RedSn0w is that it is available free of charge as it is developed by the hacking community. RedSn0w will currently allow you to jailbreak your iPhone 4S device if you have the iOS 5.0.1 operating system installed. It will also allow you to jailbreak the iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and the iPad 1 device.
You can download the RedSn0w software from here: RedSn0w
Update your iPhone 4S to iOS 5.0.1
If you haven’t done so already, you will now need to update your iPhone 4S device to the latest version of the iOS 5.0.1 OS. You can do this without the RedSn0w software as you can do it in iTunes. Once this is done, you will be ready to start using RedSn0w to jailbreak your iPhone device.
Jailbreaking the device with RedSn0w
Now, that you have the latest version of the iPhone iOS software installed, you are ready to run the RedSn0w software. You will now need to run the software and you will need to click on the Jailbreak button when prompted. Of course, you will need to have your iPhone 4S device connected to your computer via USB to do this.
When you are prompted, you will need to install the Cydia app too. This is basically an application that will give you access to the wonderful world of jailbroken apps and hacks.
Once you have done this, you will simply need to follow the on screen instructions to enter your phone into the DFU mode. This is basically just a mode in which the software will be able to access the core files and edit them as needed for the jailbreak. Once this is done, it is just a process of waiting for the jailbreak to complete.
Once it is complete, you will actually need to launch RedSn0w again and then click on the ‘Extras’ button. Here, you will just need to hit the ‘Just Boot’ option on the screen and your device will be rebooted in its jailbroken state. You will now notice that you have the Cydia application installed on your iPhone 4S and that you will have access to the world of jailbroken apps.
Rebooting your iPhone 4S device:
If you ever reboot your iPhone 4S device, which we are sure you will definitely do, you need to remember that in order for the jailbreak to still work, you will need to repeat the final part of the jailbreak process to re-tether the jailbreak. You will need to connect your phone to your computer, start up RedSn0w again and hit ‘Extras’ again, from here you will need to click ‘Just boot’ and your phone will return to its jailbroken state. It is really that simple.
Overall, Jailbreaking your iPhone 4S device is exceptionally easy with the help of the free RedSn0w software and once you have done this, you will be able to do a lot more with your iPhone 4S than ever before. You should note that Apple does not condone jailbreaking your iPhone 4S and that it may also invalidate your warranty with Apple. However, due to the fact that it is a semi-tethered jailbreak, you should be able to unjailbreak the phone easily.