How To: Jailbreak iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS Untethered On iOS 5.1.1 With Absinthe 2.0 [Mac OS X]

The moment is finally here! You can now Jailbreak your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS untethered on the iOS 5.1.1 firmware with Absinthe 2.0. Pod2G and numerous other hackers have worked hard to bring you this iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreaking solution, so don’t forget to donate if you can.

If you are looking for a how to guide on how to Jailbreak your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS on the iOS 5.1.1 firmware untethered then you are in luck. In this how to guide you will learn how to Jailbreak your A5 or A4 iPhone running the iOS 5.1.1 firmware Untethered using the Mac OS X version of Absinthe 2.0.

Absinthe 2.0 iPhone 4S/4/3GS Jailbreak Mac OS X

Perquisites: The first thing you need to do before starting this how to is make sure your iPhone is backed up. As the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool was just released, there is a good chance that you may experience an error Jailbreaking it. Thus, it is always a good idea to make sure all your content on your iPhone is backed up.

Recommendation: It is our personal recommendation and Pod2G’s that you restore your iPhone to factory settings on the iOS 5.1.1 firmware. This will dramatically reduce the chance you have of experiencing an error while Jailbreaking it. This is your call however, and is not necessary 90% of the time.

Step 1) – First things first. You will need to download the latest version of Absinthe 2.0 from the iJailbreak Downloads Section or from the direct download link below. It is always recommend that you check the iJailbreak Download Section, however, to ensure that you are downloading the latest version (we do not always update these guides with the up-to-date versions).

Download Absinthe 2.0 for Mac OS X (10.5, 10.6, 10.7)

Step 2) – With Absinthe 2.0 downloaded you will need to launch the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool, from the directory you downloaded it to (by clicking the Absinthe app shortcut).

Absinthe 2.0 iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Mac OS X

Note: If you get a message asking you whether or not you want to open “Absinthe” as it is a downloaded application, click the Open button.

Absinthe 2.0 iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Mac OS X

Step 3) – Once Absinthe is running you will need to plug your iPhone into your computer (if you have not done this already). Upon doing this Absinthe should recognize your iPhone, and once this happens you will need to click the Jailbreak button in the middle-right side of the screen.

Absinthe 2.0 iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Mac OS X

When you click the Jailbreak button your iPhone will look like it is being officially restored through iTunes; it should say something along the lines of “restore in progress.”

Note: The Jailbreaking process can take anywhere from 5-minutes to 10-minutes so be patient. If you have not restored your iPhone then it could take much longer depending on the amount of content on your iPhone.

Absinthe 2.0 iOS 5.1.1 Untethered Jailbreak Mac OS X

Step 4) – Once your iPhone reboots you can slide-to-unlock it and then on your SpringBoard (homescreen) you should notice Cydia. Tap on the Cydia icon and let it prepare its filesystem. Congrats! You have just Jailbroken your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS Untethered running the iOS 5.1.1 firmware with Absinthe 2.0.

Hopefully this how to guide has helped you Jailbreak your iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS running the iOS 5.1.1 firmware using Absinthe 2.0 on Mac OS X. If you have any questions or thoughts related to this tutorial please leave them in the comments section.

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  • Guest

    It doesn’t work. There’s no Cydia icon.

  • RyleyLamarsh

    No Cydia for me either on factory reset

  • Nickchan8

    me too mine is iphone 4 gsm

  • forth23

    Not working on 4s.. Tried it in Lion & Snow Leopard.. no go.. 

  • Your

     iPhone 4S and Mac OS X 10.7.4 – no cydia

  • Your

     Lockdown error -5

  • TimmeX

    Same issue with all 4s so far. While its waiting it gets errored and goes back to recovery on absinthe

  • Hasti

    worked after trying 2 times!
    Thanks =]

  • Hasti

    worked after trying 2 times!
    Thanks =]

  • Ha7ak3

    Does it work on iPhone 3GS new bootrom???

  • Ha7ak3

    Does it work on iPhone 3GS new bootrom???

  • Zecaplf

    For me it also doesnt show any Cydia Icon. My iphone is unjailbroken 4s 5.1.1 . what should i do?

  • CITYBOY

    WORKED FRIST TRY DONT PUT ON PASSCODE AC OSX  10.7.3

  • CITYBOY

     IPHONE 4S 64GB ATT

  • mybeautifulkitchen

     no Cydia =( pls help been trying for almost 2 hours now im on windows 7 =(

  • Allmad

    Running windows 7, ran though ok, but as others no cydia. Tryed again now it comes up with error

  • Heineken

    try restoring .

  • http://twitter.com/Psykomantis00 Psykomantis00

    iPhone 4S Verizon no cydia after jailbreak without errors. 

  • http://twitter.com/rkmhjn971 rkmhjn971

    lion 10.7.4 iphone 4s jailbreak i can’t  press jailbreak button after i open Absinthe 

  • Punkdixie

    Me to when I go to extract the files it says it can’t extract them with the encryption then I go and run the jailbreak everything goes thru but at the end it says to try again unplug your device….

  • Reddman

    If you get stuck at the step that says “Waiting for iPhone to reboot, don’t unplug your device,” then just reboot it yourself by holding down the home button and the power button until your screen goes black, and the apple appears on your screen!

  • http://twitter.com/vanishingpoint Scott Weidig

    Same OSX10.7 here 4S,  Processes through and then recovers with no JB… I think the servers are overladed, and hope it will work a bit later…

  • Heineken

    do a restore .

  • Heineken

    for all people having trouble w/ this,

    please backup>restore>jailbreak>restore from backup
    mine takes only 1 try after the restore

    goodluck :) !

  • chakshu jain

     it is not working on iphone 4s but is working on iphone 4 & and ipad3 till now i has tested

  • chakshu jain

    it is not working on iphone 4s but its is  working on iphone 4 and ipad 3 till i has tested

  • Pastrowned

    Try restoring via iTunes, not your iOS device

  • chakshu jain

     it is working on iphone 4 i have tested

  • Wally69tbg

    I had problems with this the way around it that i found was to do a shift click restore in itunes then delete the absinthe folder re extract  the zip and start fresh hope this helps anyone having troubles all works fine for me now

  • chakshu jain

    yeee 4s jailbrek done
     

  • chakshu jain

     restore your iphone 4s then it work correctly

  • 197116543

    same to you : (

  • Shenikavincent

    i see the cydia app but at the end of the jailbreak it said something like ERROR: LOCKDOWND. Aborting… 

  • http://twitter.com/CrunchDude Crunch

    My iPad 3 was jailbroken on the first try. No problem. But my 4S does its thing and gets an error at the very END of the process, saying “Error – You must ACTIVATE your device before you can use Absinth”…

    I notice that it is always “Searching…” for the AT&T network and I always have to manually slide to unlock it and then it eventually displays AT&T 4G with full bars. I did two backups (one in iCloud, one via iTunes) and before each JB attempt, I always do a “Reset and Erase all Settings an Content”, which wipes the iPhone clean, so I’m not sure how this has to do with a restore??? It’s an “activation” issue, per Absinth 2.0.

    I’m on Mac OS X 10.7.4, by the way, and I rebooted the computer, took out all USB cables except for the iPhone…No luck. Some of you may benefit from this! Don’t JB using a USB hub and unplug all USB cables from your computer if you get any error message. Has done the trick for me in the past but not on the 4S. :(

    Anyone get this Activation problem? 

  • Beto

    Can you please post a guide on how to update from 5.0.1 jailbroken to this. I don’t know in which step I have to upgrade the OS, I don’t want to mess things up x____X

  • Ahmedadel91

    i have iPhone 4s ios 5.1.1 windows 7  and i downloaded absinthe v2.0 and worked great but didn’t install cydia ??

  • Ahmedadel91

    i have iPhone 4s ios 5.1.1 windows 7  and i downloaded absinthe v2.0 and worked great but didn’t install cydia ??

  • http://twitter.com/CrunchDude Crunch

    You just upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 via iTunes or via the iPhone and then re-jailbreak. Abisnth will not recognize your device until it’s on iOS 5.1.1.

  • http://twitter.com/CrunchDude Crunch

    You just upgrade to iOS 5.1.1 via iTunes or via the iPhone and then re-jailbreak. Abisnth will not recognize your device until it’s on iOS 5.1.1.

  • Spiderman_mohd04

    can somebody help me for jail breaking my iphone4s it stack on the ” Waiting for process to complete… after how many minutes it says ” hmm it seems somethings wrong, then it appeared at the last session ” Recovery completed.If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in.” please help me guys i dont know what to do i did it so many times and the same steps and procedures…
    thanks… 

  • Spiderman_mohd04

    can somebody help me for jail breaking my iphone4s it stack on the ” Waiting for process to complete… after how many minutes it says ” hmm it seems somethings wrong, then it appeared at the last session ” Recovery completed.If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in.” please help me guys i dont know what to do i did it so many times and the same steps and procedures…
    thanks… 

  • Beto

     Thanks, I’ll try it.

  • Beto

     Thanks, I’ll try it.

  • Ahmadko

     I have an iPhone 4 GSM, 5.1.1, the jailbreak process completed, but I couldn’t find Cydia, I tried it once again and still, can’t find Cydia :(

  • asap

    Absinthe 2.0 or 2.0.1 for jailbreaking iphone 4S 5.1.1?
    Please reply asap…

  • kute_kitty

    Exact same issue here. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong! Any help appreciated!

  • Jakub

    I did this with a phone a had a tethered unlock with, by restoring and updating to 5.1.1., and now the phone isn’t activated so it won’t let me jailbreak it. Am I totally screwed here?

  • Cflood45

    Absinthe 2.0.1 doesnt recognize my iphone 4s so the jailbreak button doesnt light up

  • techiebunch

    hi guys! please help me, mine is a bit serious…i dont know what to do and i’m pissed now. i am using windows 7 both for SAMSUNG R440 and ACER ASPIRE 5570. i tried downloading the ABSINTHE 2.0.1 and everything seems to be fine from downloading the zip file to extracting the files. after extracting the file i can see the absinthe logo, macosx & read me, tried opening absinthe it says publisher could not be verified are you sure you want to run it? i clicked RUN. 

    here’s what keeps appearing in my screen in a box with black background:

    7-zip SFX 9.20 copyright 1999-2010 igor pavlov 2010-11-18

    processing archive: C:users…………..

    file absinthe-win-2.0.1data9B206ipad1,1rocky-racoon0
    already exists. overwrite with 
    absinthe-win-2.0.1data9B206ipad1,1rocky-racoon0?
    es / o / lways / kip all / uto rename all / uit? 

    THERE. THAT ENDS IT. TRIED MORE THAN 10 TIMES. STILL THE SAME IN MY TWO LAPTOPS.

    I have an iphone 3g, iphone4, ipad 1 and ipad 2 wifi. and this makes me really upset. 

    please anyone??? i would really appreciate your kindness…

    by the way, i was able to jailbreak my iphone 4 before untethered directly on my my device  with jailbreakme, i jailbroken my ipad 1 tethered running 5.1 using redsnow so i wonder why i cant make it work this time?

    PLEASE> PLEASE> PLEASE…

    thanks a lot guys!

  • Ghassanhareb1

    no its easy to install it without any pro

  • Swirved

    I have an iPhone 4 AT&T version bought the day it came out and I was also jail broken on same firmware as you. I updated to 5.1.1 through iTunes twice and each time absinthe wouldn’t recognize it. Even restarted both my phone and Mac. Both my friends phones worked fine that weren’t jail broken before…. Ugh I hate stock iOS with a passion!! Even tried redsnow with no luck…

  • Rafhat1

    I am having  the exact same issue aswell

  • hary

    yaa its completly work .. i hve also try n get cydia.. u hve to install right way

  • http://twitter.com/CrunchDude Crunch

    Always go with the latest version of ANY app.

  • Prov

    You guys are legends, worked first time.
    Thank you

  • Ddgalarza

    i just did it and everything is fine except my stock, phone, music and reminders icon are blank but i can click the and they work. anyone know why? or how i can fix this?

  • Ddgalarza

    nevermind, hitting the cydia app and letting it prepare its filesystem fixed it. works 100%!!!!! thank you!!!!

  • Allmad

    Right after awhile and with the release of Absinthe 2.0.1, I did the jailbreak again. This time I got the lockdown error, but it did install cydia. Although when I opened cydia some of the sources were missing. I then reinstalled cydia from packages within cydia, I had to do this several times. It now works with out fault, had it running and installing alsorts for the last few days without a hitch. Love it. Hope this helps others with the same problem.

  • Mr Killswitch69

    I jailbroke my iPhone 4S with Absinthe 2.0 and after getting on Cydia, I lost all Apple/iPhone apps; inlcuding messages, phone, calcultor, etc.

  • Skywaytraffic

    ^That is horrible advice.

  • asdf

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • Suzan

    error message “the attached device is not activated…” but my phone islocked what should i do?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FGUAX7IX4IJZJHF6KJPVEHWOQM mike yazzer

    why my iPhone 3gs doesn’t have cydia?

  • Jeremy Alves59

    it is not opening on vista

  • Abusiddiqueg

    PLS I NEED YOUR HELP!
    a friend of mine gave me an iphone 4 yesterday. the iphone has a baseband of 04.11.08 and it is running on ios 5.0.1(jailbroken but not unlocked). pls i want you to help me out in upgrading it to ios 5.1.1 and to be able to unlock it. i have searched for tips on the internet on how to do it but to no avail. 
    pls any form of assistance will be appreciated. thanks

  • Abusiddiqueg

    PLS I NEED YOUR HELP!
    a friend of mine gave me an iphone 4 yesterday. the iphone has a baseband of 04.11.08 and it is running on ios 5.0.1(jailbroken but not unlocked). pls i want you to help me out in upgrading it to ios 5.1.1 and to be able to unlock it. i have searched for tips on the internet on how to do it but to no avail. 
    pls any form of assistance will be appreciated. thanks

  • guest

    I have a 4s that I jailbroke with absinthe for os 5.0   I am confused what to do now.. when I try to update to os 5.1.1 its erroring out.. If I have to restore, will all of my “tweeking” be gone when I update and re-jailbreak?

  • Meekthegreek

    What you ask is impossible.

  • abusiddiqueg

    Are you saying I should forget about the phone?

  • Mrwhiteop

    worked great for me all you have to do is download the new version and jailbreak i love you!

  • Djmahoney2001

    Installed on iphone 3gs.  All went well.  I opened cydia and it did its thing but afterwards my iphone standard apps disappeared. Dialer, calendar,message etc. What did i do wrong?  I am new to all this.  50+ and trying to get pdanet for my iphone to ipad wifi

  • guest

    i get an error stating “The attached device is not activated. You need
    to activate it before it can be used with Absinthe.” Tried to bypass the
    activation using 112 with and without a sim but still won’t let me
    jailbreak.

  • http://www.ilifegeeks.com/ Ankit@ iLifeGeeks

    Ok here’s a situation you may face! after the jailbreak it says “Restore Complete” and you dont get the Cydia Icon on the Springboard.. If you have this issue just restore the iPhone from iTunes. You will have to download the firmware and restore it. thats all and everything works fine for me

  • Ryandel

    It is meant for osx operating systems, if you read above alot of proble,Ms come when trying with windows

  • vijay batra

    in mine cydia was installed

  • Sdm_skater

    Turn your phone off then on again and cydia will be there lol happy jailbreaking!!!

  • Sharvan12

    Dude! Before Jailbreaking – Erase All the Contents in your Phone and then Re-Try – (Settings/General/Reset/Erase All Content and Settings) Sure this might help! Cheers :-)

  • cms7

    i have a iphone 4 with ios5.1.1 running the jailbreak through vista and absinthe will not recognize my device so the jailbreak button does not light up.. help???

  • footballlover

    absinthe didnt recognize my iphone what should i do?

  • ahzanaqal

    do iphone 3g support this 5.1.1?

  • Day

    I download the application and did every step. When I click open in step 2 nothing happens. I don’t get to step 3. I restarted my mac and still nothing happen. Is it because I have mountain lion version 10.8.1

  • Luffy

    Excuse me when plugged in it says”the attached device is not supported”
    help me

  • DRieper

    I completed the process and cydia was installed but it says none of the packages are installed. I don’t know what to do.

  • maku

    is there anything I can do to activate my Iphone4s i tried jailbreaking it with absinthe all I’ve get is ” the Attached device is not activated” i thought jailbraking it would be the solution….. Any body out there have an idea?

  • CarloS 2011

    1. Remember in order to jailbreak your iphone you have to have the 5.1.1 software on your phone.

    2. if you do not, you will have to reset your phone to the 5.1.1 software. if you have the 6.0 software the jailbreak software will not work.

    3. you have to wait for the jailbreak software to update to its new version.

  • Chris Naylor

    I have a 3GS, what’s the difference between tethered, & unthered please? As I’m no IT techy. I’m currently running on the phone on very old OS4, but once I understand what tethering/unthered means if it’s safe to proceed then I’m keen to upgrade and jailbreak to OS5.1.1

  • wizzy

    but i have problem cos theres passcode and its not letting me :/