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Guide to jailbreaking your iPhone running iOS 10

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Jailbreaking is an essential part of the iOS experience for many. For others, it’s unknown and dangerous. Thankfully, for those old and new to jailbreaking, there are multitude of ways to do it. Using tools such as Yalu102 and zJailbreak, jailbreaking is not only faster than ever, but also easier. Whether you’re a hardened veteran of jailbreaking, or if this is your first time trying it, this guide will help you jailbreak your iPhone, iPod touch, 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.

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. Most jailbreaks are compatible with any device capable of receiving the iOS 10, iOS 10.1, or iOS 10.2 updates, 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.

Starting 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 10.2 for a full jailbreak, or iOS 10.2.1 for a semi jailbreak (in which you get partial access to jailbreak features). That said, you currently cannot get a full jailbreak if you have an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 10.2 or iOS 10.2.1. You can use iTunes to manage your update, or use the more convenient OTA (over-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 update for your device. If you want the full jailbreak for iOS 10.2, 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 10.2.1 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 10.2.1. Once completed, the device will have been reset to factory settings, but with iOS 10.2.1.

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.

Getting cozy with zJailbreak and Yalu102

For iOS 10.2 and 10.2.1’s semi jailbreak

For this next step, you don’t need a computer at all — just the iOS device you want jailbroken. Just to be safe, reboot your device.

  1. Once rebooted, open a browser on your device and go to http://pangu8.com/jailbreak/10.2/#zJailbreak.
  2. Tap the “Install zJailbreak” button at the bottom of the page, and allow the software to check your device for compatibility. Provided you’re running some iteration of iOS 10.2, you should be fine.
  3. After you’re deemed worthy, the page should automatically redirect you to an installation menu.
  4. Once on the install screen, enter your passcode (if you have one) to install the app.

Once the app is installed, you can use it to install other jailbreak app stores, such as Cydia and iOS Emus.

For the full iOS 10.2 jailbreak

The jailbreak method outlined below only works for the following iOS devices:

iPhone iPod touch iPod Mini iPad Air
iPhone 5S 6th generation iPad Mini 2 iPad Air
iPhone 6 iPad Mini 3 iPad Air 2
iPhone 6 Plus iPad Pro
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone SE

Windows and MacOS users should start by going to their computer and downloading two things: the Yalu102 ipa file and Cydia Impactor. Make sure both are on your desktop.

  1. On your iOS device, turn off Touch ID and your passcode. Then, disable Find My iPhone.
  2. Open the Cydia Impactor tool and connect your device to your computer.
  3. Drag the IPA file from earlier into Cydia Impactor.
  4. Sign into your Apple account with your Apple ID and password when prompted to do so. Wait for the Yalu102 ipa to be accepted, and for the app to be installed.
  5. Don’t open the app just yet. Instead, go to Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management. Then, find the Yalu102 app and tap “Trust” to enable it.
  6. Finally, open the Yalu102 app and press “Go” to begin the jailbreaking process. Your device will restart. After it reboots and brings up the home screen, you should see the Cydia app. If Cydia wasn’t properly installed after restarting your device, open the Yalu102 app and tap “Go” again.

Restoring your device from iTunes

Once you’ve completed the actual jailbreak process, it’s important you take the time to restore all your precious data back onto your iOS device. If you haven’t jailbroken your device before, you may not need to do this as your device will have carried over all your data in the jailbreak process. If you have jailbroken your device before, then this will be necessary as you’ll have to do a recovery to get your device to update.

Simply plug your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch back into iTunes, and it will do the rest. By the time your restore is finished iTunes should have successfully placed all your apps, music, photos, and precious data where it belongs.

Do a victory dance!

Congratulations! You’ve done it! Whether your victory dance involves Tebowing or not is up to you, but you have successfully completed the jailbreak and restore process for your iOS device! Be sure to run Cydia and check out all the amazing new apps and tools you can use!

Jailbreaking your iOS device is easier than ever, and if you’re an advanced user, it can be a lot of fun to unleash the true potential of your iPhone or iPad. Despite what Apple claims to be the risks of jailbreaking, it’s an option you should always consider to get the most out of your iOS device. We hope this guide has helped you find your way to the world of jailbreaking!