How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S with Absinthe [Tutorial]

Today the world finally received the iPhone 4S untethered jailbreak thanks to @pod2g and the ‘Dream Team’. GreenPois0n Absinthe was released first by the Chronic Dev Team. Want to jailbreak your iPhone 4S? Here’s a quick tutorial on how to jailbreak it with GreenPois0n Absinthe.

Absinthe iPhone 4S Jailbreak Prep:
– Ensure you are on iOS 5.0.1; backup your data
– Download the latest version of Absinthe v0.3:

– Turn off your device Passcode Lock; remove any PIN locks
– Delete existing VPN clients

Warning: Proceed only at your own risk, we are not responsible should anything go wrong with your iPhone 4S!

Step 1: Plug in your iPhone 4S to your computer and launch Absinthe. It will detect your iPhone 4S (or iPad 2). Click ‘Jailbreak’.

It will definitely take a while so be PATIENT. Just wait, and keep your iPhone 4S plugged into your computer.

Step 2: Your iPhone screen will show ‘Restore in Progress’ and jailbreak data will be uploaded to your device.

Step 4: Your iPhone will reboot, and the Absinthe icon will be on your Homescreen. It most likely will be on the last page. Launch it and you’ll see a white screen and the jailbreak process will begin. Be patient and do not exit this screen or close the app.

Step 4A: If you run into the “Error establishing a database connection”, or if the screen stays white, go to General–>Settings–>Network–VPN–and toggle the jailbreak VPN to ON. An error will occur–just wait–and your iPhone will reboot.

Step 5: Your iPhone will reboot, you will now notice the Absinthe icon will be replaced by Cydia. Voila!

Miscellaneous Troubleshooting Notes (via @planetbeing)

– If your Camera Roll is missing, it is because you have an incomplete jailbreak. Re-run the Absinthe OS X app to fix it, then again to re-jailbreak
– If Absinthe crashes, reboot your iPhone 4S and try again
– Toggle the VPN only after the Absinthe OS X app says it’s done.
– Running Absinthe from Terminal seems to fix issues for some people: cd to where the app is and ./
– Redo the jailbreak if all else fails; it will detect an incomplete jailbreak and repair the situation; just re-jailbreak

Let us know how this brief guide works for you. Be patient and persistent!

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