How to Jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 with Absinthe 2.0 [Video Tutorial]


Absinthe 2.0 was released to the world the other day to jailbreak iOS 5.1.1 untethered, thanks to the incredible work of @pod2g, the Chronic Dev Team, @planetbeing, @pimskeks and more. Updated versions 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 (updated for the newest iOS 5.1.1 firmware for the iPhone 4) have been released, but the jailbreak process is more or less the exact same.

Here’s a quick video tutorial created by our @meadorsmusings on the entire Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak process for iOS 5.1.1 from start to finish on a Mac:

Here’s what you’ll need to do the jailbreak:

Absinthe 2.0.2 (Windows)
Absinthe 2.0.2 (Mac)
Absinthe 2.0.2 (Linux)

I backed up my iPhone 4S to iCloud, restored to a fresh iOS 5.1.1 via iTunes, restored from my iCloud backup (this took a long time), then used Absinthe 2.0.1 to jailbreak (also had to be patient with this). This is what worked perfectly for me on the first try so share what has worked for you in the comments.


  • Weebsurfer

    I highly recommend staying away from APTBackup fr a week or two. It is pretty much hopeless using it during the release week. Too many server timeouts for Cydia app installs.

  • Good to know, thanks!

  • az

    Almost all the tutorials I’ve seen fail to mention that you have to upgrade to 5.1.1 first.
    I know it’s implied, since it says “This jailbreak supports firmware 5.1.1 ONLY”, but it would have been nice to have that as the initial step of the instructions. Most people who are interested in this JB, are jailbroken on FW 5.0.1, and there have been many JB tools in the past where upgrading the FW was part of the JB process itself, as opposed to upgrading beforehand.

  • Kris Meador

    Actually that’s a very good point. I’ll make sure to take that into account for the next Jailbreak. 
    Thanks for the heads up.

  • Kris Meador

    Interesting. I just did the PKGBackup and it almost worked perfectly. Almost.
    There were a couple of tweaks it didn’t add. But that’s better than having to instal all of them again.

  • K3


    Complete tenderfoot question- for Cydia app purchases is it essential to have Facebook? Also if you buy an app then upgrade from stone age iPhone to the one that’s jetting a leg out behind the corner; is it required to repurchase the app already bought??
    & Btw; thank you for posting this JB how to. 

  • If you login with Facebook when you buy on your old iPhone, it will remember your purchases for when you upgrade to a newer iPhone in the future.

  • AlstonRoberto98

    my buddy’s sister-in-law made $18108 a month ago. she worrks on the internet and bought a $525400 condo. All she did was get blessed and put into action the instructions given on this website ===>> ??????

  • K3

    thanks Gary

  • Wuju007

    Would like to know what Cydia softwares are working with this new jailbreak. e.g. SBSettings, Installous, Display recorder, MyWi, Message2PDF, 3G Unresictor, etc?

    Do we have a list?

  • Nick

    My iPhone worked fine, but my iPad 2 isn’t working.. I’ve updated it with the restore function, erased, and then when I ran Absithe it got only as far as the waiting for reboot step, and the iPad never rebooted..  So I reboot it manually and Absinthe says error.   Going to try restarting my comp and restoring the iPad again to see if that helps but I thought I’d post this first while I’m doing all that.. Anyone else have this happen? 

  • Nick

    Tried a bunch of times and the only way I could make it work was with another laptop. Not sure why – they were both macs and my laptop worked fine on my 4S

  • Kris Meador

    So far all the ones I’ve tried (had installed previously) work fine.
    They are ….
    Display Recorder

  • Malink

    i get an error says could not connect to lockdownd and shuts down

  • Tom

    What about update on unlocking devices that were jailbroken with Absinthe? Thanks.

  • MaloneBettie86

    my friend’s aunt made $17398 the previous week. she is making income on the internet and bought a $578000 house. All she did was get lucky and try the steps written on this website===>> ??????

  • Andrew

    I know it’s probably a stupid question and I SHOULD know this already, but my  iPhone 4s is already jailbroken on 5.0.1.  What steps do I take to update a jailbroken version of 5.1.1 without losing any apps or their data?

    Cheers guys,

  • malink

    Anyone else get an error when it goes to the next step sending initial jailbreak data…… 3 minutes later is stops (absinthe.exe has stopped working  ) says a problem caused the program to stop working correctly.
    I tired it 3 times, all 3 times i restored the phone and reinstalled absinthe.

  • Sunny

    same here. any solution?

  • ClarkTommy63

    my roomate’s mom got paid $ 14828 past week. she is making an incom e on the internet and bought a $481700 house. All she did was get fortunate and put into use the guide exposed on this web site ===>> ?????? Enternet-Job.Blogspot.Com

  • Achille

     do you really think your going to get any bites for this blatant spam trip from a jailbreak community? serious, get your grandmothers mailing list and leave us alone, please. This is not a collection place for internet spam scams, it’s a technical support blog.

  • Achille

     don’t waste our time w your spam scam

  • Achille

    wondering abaout 5.1.1 on 3GS phones… have read some posts online indicating that iOS is very demanding on the older hardware and in particular battery use. Any feedback from out there in the community?


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  • iP 4 running 5.1.1 – followed instructions to the letter….readme.txt says it’ll restore the apps and photos and music etc….never happened….only things ‘restored’ were the Cameraroll, email, calenders, contacts, wifi settings….all non-stock apps were gone as was all music, ringtones etc…will have to set that all up again…and re-sync all apps again…what a friggin pain!