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How to Jailbreak the iPhone

Want to run non-iTunes, 3rd-party apps on your iPod Touch, iPad, or iPhone, or use your iPhone with another wireless carrier? Here’s how to jailbreak your device!


  • Step 1: To unlock your iPhone so you can use a different wireless provider, search Cydia for unlocking software. Then, install it on your phone and contact the carrier you want to switch to, as long as they're on a GSM network, for a new SIM card.
  • Step 2: If you want to erase evidence of jailbreaking, tap Settings, General, and Reset. Choose Erase All Content and Settings to clear all data from your device and use iTunes to restore your data.
  • FACT: On July 26, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that jailbreaking mobile devices is no longer illegal and doesn’t violate fair-use copyright laws.
  • Step 3: With your device connected to your computer, run the software. Follow the software's instructions to install Cydia, an alternative app store for mobile programs that Apple doesn't permit. Open Cydia and tap "Make my life easier, thanks!" to finish jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.
  • TIP: You can also link to certain jailbreaking programs directly from your device.
  • Step 4: On your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, tap Settings, General, and About. Look at Version to find out what version of Apple's firmware you're running -- this will dictate the program you use to jailbreak your device.
  • Step 5: Plug your device into your computer and back up your data using iTunes -- that way, if anything goes wrong and you need to restore your phone, you'll have your information saved.
  • Step 6: Go online via your computer to find jailbreak software, including products designed by the iPhone development team, such as Sn0wbreeze and Redsn0w. Read the information posted on the software's site to ensure that it works with your device and firmware; then, download the software.
  • : Jailbreaking your device can void its warranty and can cause it to become unreliable or even unusable.

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