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How to Jailbreak Your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch with Pangu

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For some, jailbreaking is an essential part of the iOS experience. For others it’s unknown and dangerous. Thankfully, for those old and new to jailbreaking there is now a pretty simple way to do it. Using Pangu, jailbreaking is not only faster than ever, but also easier. Whether you’re a hardened veteran of jailbreaking, or this is your first time trying it, this guide will help you jailbreak your iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

What is jailbreaking?

First and foremost, let’s take a moment to remember this guide is not a guarantee that you will successfully jailbreak your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. When dealing with something like a jailbreak, there is always a small chance something could go wrong with your phone, and we cannot be responsible for this. However, jailbreaking, especially with Pangu is extremely easy and you should be perfectly fine.

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To ‘jailbreak’ your iPhone means you are freeing it from the limitations imposed by Apple. Freeing a device means that it can install applications from outside Apple’s iTunes App Store and you can fiddle with previously restricted aspects of an iOS device. Jailbreaking can also help you unlock your iPhone to make it available on other carriers.

To jailbreak your device, you’ll need a computer, your iOS, and your iOS cable. This jailbreak is compatible with any device capable of receiving the iOS 9.3.4 or iOS 9.3.5 update, so if Apple has prompted you to update, then you can go ahead and follow this guide.

Backing up your precious data

When it comes to jailbreaking a device, it’s always best to backup while you can. iTunes should automatically backup your device every time you plug it in. Be sure to run a backup of your device before beginning the jailbreak process so that all your precious music, apps, movies, and everything in between are successfully stored on your computer. That way, once you complete the jailbreak process, you can run a restore and get everything back. Just make sure you’ve plugged into iTunes recently and synced your device. Running a sync will backup your device by default.

Start the Jailbreak process

In order to actually start the jailbreak process, you need to first update your device to the latest version of iOS. In this case, it’ll be either iOS 9.3.4 for a full Jailbreak, or iOS 9.3.5 for a semi jailbreak (in which you get partial access to jailbreak features). You can use iTunes to manage your update, or use the more convenient OTA (0ver-the-air) update your device offers you (Settings > General > Software Update).

Once you plug in your device to iTunes, it’ll prompt you to download and run the iOS 9.3.5 update for your device. If you want the full jailbreak for iOS 9.3.4, however, don’t update. Furthermore, if you haven’t already updated to the latest version of iTunes, then you should do that as well. If your device is not jailbroken, then you will update to iOS 9.3.5 without any problems. If your device is jailbroken, iOS will fail to complete the update and force into recovery mode. Don’t Panic! Simply let iTunes run a recovery with the latest version of iOS 9.3.5. Once completed, the device will have been reset to factory settings with iOS 9.3.5. In either case, do not sync your device just yet. Instead, quickly set up your device with Wi-Fi, your Apple ID, and everything else it prompts you with. You can also skip these for now and get back to them later. Make sure you get to the home screen before continuing.

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