How-To Jailbreak Your iPhone or iPad on iOS 5.1.1; iPad 3 and iPhone 4S Included!

Chance May 25, 2012 2

Just a little while ago, I told you that Absinthe 2.0 for iOS 5.1.1 had been released. Now, how do you do it? Read on to find out!

Absinthe 2.0 supports a long list of iOS devices:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 4 (CDMA and GSM)
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPad 1
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA)
  • iPod 4G
  • iPod 3G
  • Apple TV 2

If you own one of those devices and you are running iOS 5.1.1, you can jailbreak!

Step 1 – Save SHSH Blobs

One thing I’ve neglected to do in the past is save my SHSH blobs and boy has it hurt me. First, you need to download Tiny Umbrella, which works on Mac and Windows. Download and install the file then open it. Once you have opened it, connect your iDevice to your computer and it should appear in the left hand column. (Make sure iTunes is closed) Find it on the left, click it, then find “Save SHSH.” Click it and wait about 10 seconds for it to work. When it is done, you should see your device in the saved SHSH section.

If you neglect to save your SHSH, you could end up with a bricked iPhone or stuck on a certain version of iOS for ever.

Step 2 – Backup Your Device

This really goes without saying, but whenever you are making unofficial modifications to your device, always make a back, preferably to your computer, not iCloud. Make sure Tiny Umbrella is closed, then open iTunes, right-click your device and click backup.

Step 3 – Restore (Optional)

This step is optional. I did not do a factory reset on my iPhone 4S, and did not have any issues whatsoever. You may, so I would recommend restoring your device. On your phone, open up settings, then general, scroll down to reset, and choose “Erase All Content and Settings.”

Step 4 – Jailbreak

So, you’ve done all the prep work and now you want to get to the good stuff. First off, you will need to download Absinthe 2.0 from here and extract it. Then, with your iPhone connected and powered on to the home screen, open Absinthe and click the Jailbreak button. Now we wait. It shouldn’t take very long. Your device will go into recovery a few times, but do not worry.

When it is completed, you should be powered on at the unlock screen. Scroll to the final page on your device and you should see Cydia, if you do, the process was successful, if not, check your other pages for Cydia, but if it is nowhere to be found, just try again.

So, did you jailbreak your iOS 5.1.1 device? Tell us about it in the comments!

  • breyy

    After downloaded tiny umbrella, I can’t install it on my macbook pro. Do you have solution for that?

    • keli martinez

      skip the tiny umbrella part. you’re fine if you backed up everything.