I wrote this blog to educate and inform people about Jailbreaking, detailing what it is, why you should do it, and finally what the end result might look like.
Is jailbreaking legal? That depends. The latest DMCA rules does not provide an exemption for jailbreaking and rooting tablets, which means jailbreaking your iPad is technically illegal. Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch is fine, though, which makes absolutely no sense.
Is jailbreaking hard? No, not really. The process will likely take you less than an hour, as long as you’re cautious and back everything up. We have step-by-step instructions outlining how to jailbreak iOS 6 running on your iPhone, iPod Touch or, if you dare, iPad.
Why should I bother jailbreaking? Now, there’s the really important question. For an answer, here are what I think are some of the most compelling reasons to break free of Apple’s control and jailbreak your phone.
What is Cydia?
Cydia is an application that allows you to add other applications to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
A stock device comes with many applications from Apple like: Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, YouTube, Stocks, Maps, Weather, Clock, Calculator, Notes, Settings, iTunes, App Store, Phone, Mail, Safari, Voice Recorder, Compass and iPod.
Cydia is similar to the App Store in that it will allow you to add many more applications such as: games, networking applications, productivity applications…etc. It also allows you to change the look of your iPhone. You can select from a variety of themes that change your icons, wallpaper, dock and status bar. You can even use an application called WinterBoard to changes things like your dialer keypad, your Chat bubbles, the color of the WiFi and Signal bars…etc.
Rename & Reorganize Apps
Jailbreaking gives you more freedom over the organization of your apps. You can add an additional row of apps, adjust icon sizes and even add a few more icons to the home screen’s dock, which is handier than it sounds. A Cydia tweak called FolderEnhancer lets you create subfolders, put folders on the dock and customize the way folders generally look and work. Want to get rid of that pesky Newsstand app you never use? Well there’s a Cydia tweak for that too.
Customize the Look And Feel Of iOS
I think Apple does a pretty decent job of polishing the way its mobile OS looks, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have the option to change its appearance to your own liking. Jailbreaking lets you do things like change the logo that appears when the device boots, change the lock screen design or overhaul the entire theme. There are some really well-designed custom themes available, but also plenty of gross-looking ones. Cydia is filled with themes and discovering the best ones isn’t easy, so you may want to search the Interwebs for theme options first.
(Pictured below) is my Home Screen w/ a couple of the tweaks I described earlier that are on my phone.
Tether Your Data Connection
Now this is something you can do through your carrier, but jailbroken phones can tether their data connections to other devices (iPad, Playstation 3, XBox 360, Wii etc.) at no extra charge. The MyWi and TetherMe apps are both popular options in Cydia.
Make Google Chrome (Or Anything Else) Your Default Browser
The fact that Apple won’t let you change your default browser is pretty damn dumb. It’s a function that should be available out of the box. BrowserChanger fixes that by letting you choose from several dozen different mobile browsers, including Chrome, Dolphin, Skyfire, Opera Mini and Atomic.
Make The Most Of Siri
When Apple first launched Siri, it gave jailbreak devs a whole new playground in which to experiment. Using the Siri tweaks available in Cydia, you can install chatbots, have Siri tell you jokes, ask it to search YouTube and integrate it with third party apps like Spotify and Waze. In my testing, some tweaks caused Siri to freeze, so proceed with caution.
Play Classic Video Games
Since day one, running video game emulators has been popular among jailbreakers. On Cydia, you can find emulators for a number of classic video game consoles (Nintendo, SNES, Sega Genesis, Gameboy Advance, etc…). These apps don’t come with the games (called ROMs), so you’ll have to do some searching online or grab the EmuROMs app from Cydia.
Jailbroken iDevices have more options in terms of privacy and security, although it’s worth noting that not all of them are necessarily reliable.
The Security section of Cydia offers tools that let you lock down media files and individual apps, install key loggers, encrypt messages, remotely track and wipe your iPhone and make it harder to access the device. There are also tweaks that let you use facial recognition to unlock the device or email a photo of whoever keeps trying to guess your passcode.
Catch a Glimpse Of The Platform’s Future
Yea there’s plenty of junk in Cydia, but the jailbreak app store has become home to some very useful, impressive and well-designed apps, tweaks and themes. In some cases, Apple has not only hired jailbreak developers but stolen ideas directly from the jailbreak community. Before Notification Center arrived in iOS 5, for example, it was something jailbreakers had been been using for quite some time. Things as basic as multitasking and copy/paste were also available via Cydia before Apple implemented them.
By jailbreaking, you can get a glimpse at the future of iOS itself, even if it’s often in an unpolished and experimental form.
There are a plethora of reasons to jailbreak this blog only covers a few that I deemed to be essential. Cydia literally has thousands of tools and tweaks available and developers are always hard at work coding the next experimental feature. Some are better than others. Some are downright awful. A few might screw up your device. But the freedom afforded to you by jailbreaking iOS can be hugely rewarding, not to mention addictive.
And the great thing about it is that even if you mess your phone up while jailbreaking, you can always just restore it using iTunes and act as if nothing happened.
How to Jailbreak Your iPhone
The official tool to Jailbreak your iPhone is done by Evasi0n. I will provide a link for both Windows & Mac OS X below. But you can always simply go to their site and download the latest version at any time: http://evasi0n.com/
Compatible with all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 6.0 through 6.1.2
Mac OS X:
- 5 minutes of your time!
- A computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.6 minimum)
- An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 6.0 through 6.1.2 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version)
- A USB cable to connect the device to the computer
Important! Read me!
- Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you’ll always be able to recover your data.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
- If the process gets stuck somewhere, it’s safe to restart the program, reboot the device (if necessary by holding down Power and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process.
- If you get an error on OS X 10.8 saying that evasi0n can’t be opened, control-click (or right-click) the app and on the revealed context menu, choose ‘Open.’ On the ensuing dialogue box, choose ‘Open’ as well.
Once the process is finished you should then see the Cydia app on your iPhone (as pictured below).
Sections - is where you go to search for tweaks, themes, apps, etc…
Changes - is where you can go to see what new tweaks, themes, apps, have been added and it’s also where you will go when you need to upgrade anything you’ve installed.
Manage - is where you go to see what you have installed (Under Packages) if you need to uninstall something this is where you would go. Sources is where you go to input the url for repositories (sites that contain the apps or tweaks mentioned). Storage is where you would go to see how much space you have left on your device.
Search - is pretty self-explanatory lol, but if you need to find something that you heard about online or from a friend this is where you would go to find it.
In conclusion this is basically a few of the necessary essentials that you need to start you off on your jailbreaking journey. Hopefully this blog was helpful to you. God Speed to you. And remember ALWAYS READ WHAT IT IS THAT YOU ARE INSTALLING OR APPLYING.
Attached Below is a YouTube video of some the tweaks I have on my iPhone 5 that are available in Cydia. The video was also recorded using a tweak from Cydia.