It’s been a while iOS 5.1.1 and Absinthe Jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1 is out. Finally today, after long break I have jailbroken my iPad2 using Absinthe and here is a tutorial, which will help you to follow the process in Windows OS.
When first time, I tried jailbreaking iPad 2 using Absinthe, it didn’t worked. I followed all the steps on my Windows, and by the end I got this message saying “Recovery completed. If you want to retry jailbreakin, unplug your device and plug it back in“, but Cydia was not there on iPad. Thanks to many online forums, and I found the solution and restarted the process. This process will work with other iOS devices (iPhone 4) running iOS 5.1.1. Though, this guide is specifically for iPad 2 users and by the end if you face any issues in jailbreaking, do let me know via comments.
Guide to Untethered iPad 2 Jailbreak Running iOS 5.1.1 using Absinthe:
Here are few things which you need before starting the process. I’m sharing the download links, and if you don’t have any of them, simply download and follow the steps mentioned below:
Download Absinthe Latest : 2.0.4
Download iOS 5.1.1:
Download Latest iTunes: Link
Step 1) Restore iPad 2 to iOS 5.1.
Connect your iPad2 to your computer and open iTunes. I assume you are using Windows and manually restore your iPad 2 to iOS 5.1.1. Don’t forget o take a back of your iPad, before performing the whole process.
If you are using Windows simply click on Shift + restore and browse to iOS 5.1.1 which you have just downloaded (Link above) and it will take few minutes before whole process will finish.
Now, when you are setting up your iPad 2 after installation of iOS 5.1.1, stop when the screen says sync with iTunes or iCloud, as many users including me faced the problem in untethered jailbreaking iPad2, after completely setting up. So, pause here and open Absinthe 2.0.4. If you are first time using Abisnthe, you will click on Absinthe.exe and it will extract all the files under a folder.
Open the folder and click on Absinthe.exe and it will detect your iPad 2 like this:
Make sure it detects your iPad2, as you can see in above image: “iPad 2(GSM) with iOS 5.1.1 (9B206) detected”. Now simply click on Jailbreak and don’t unplug your iPad until it says job done. It will take 2-5 minutes and in the whole process your iPad2 will restart once.
Once it says, all job done, open your iPad 2 and search for Cydia. If cydia is there, that means you have successfully untethered jailbroke iPad2. If your device is still not jailbroken, you can repeat the whole process again. As I mentioned above: It took me 3-4 try to successfully achieve untethered iPad 2 jailbreak using Absinthe 2.0.4. So, if it doesn’t work at one go for you, there is no need to be disappointed.
Steps after Untethered iPad2 jailbreak:
So, I assume everything worked fine and your iPad2 is running iOS 5.1.1 and is now untethered jailbroken. Connect your device to computer, open iTunes and restore from your backup. Now, Installous 5 is out, so simply add all top Cydia sources and Install all the cydia apps and tweaks which you usually use.
Absinthe has made the whole process so simple and easy to follow, and unlike old methods you don’t have to do any of the manual work like getting in DFU mode or recovery mode here. But, if you are still stuck somewhere and unable to perform a clean untethered iPad2 jailbreak, do let me know and I will try to find a working solution for you.
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