What is Jail Breaking?
Jail breaking is removes all limitations set by Apple or any developer and allows you to run any software that is not intended for Apple devices. When you Jail Break your iPhone you can install anything onto it and alter the interface of your device completely.
Should I Jail Break My Phone?
Imagine completely expanding your iPhone and being able to alter anything about it. You can install a huge range of Apps that were not intended for Apple devices onto any jail broken device. You can tether your iPhone to your laptop and use the internet anywhere with a jail broken phone. Through Cydia, or the app store of the jail broken universe, you can install every app that developers had no intentions of releasing or putting onto the app store.
You can customize every detail of your phone from what the icons look like to how many apps you have on each page with a jail broken phone, and this user option is a strong influence for those who wish to jail break their phones. Another reason why people suggest jail breaking your phone is to simply get the most out of it and get the true phone experience. You should not be limited by the arbitrary opinion of the developers. You should be allowed to customize and download whatever it is you like on your phone.
Ultimately, if you have an iPhone and wish to get the most out of it and the ability to customize and have access to a new world of apps, then I’d suggest doing so, especially if you are tech savvy.
Why shouldn’t I Jail Break My Phone?
Well first of all, you’re removing all barriers that Apple put into place to protect you. Since you can install any app on the app “black market” you can become a prime target for malware or even worse. Although this is an extreme case and unlikely to happen, it is worth mentioning that it has happened before. You are a lot more prone to viruses and losing your personal information if you are new to this sphere of the phone spectrum.
Another thing to keep in mind is if you need to keep your phone updated. Updating your phone can cause the jail break to be completely erased and you’d lose all your progress. Another issue is that by jail breaking your phone, you are completely voiding any warranty that you have on your phone. If you take a jail broken phone to any Apple Store, they will likely turn you away and not bother feeling sympathetic towards your cause. Although this is not always the case, it is very unlikely that you will find help.
If you are worried about the legality of this issue, then I would suggest not doing it. Although it is a very grey area in the law and nothing is set in stone, you still run the risk of being the less than 1% of people who would get in trouble for doing this.
How To Jail Break on iOS 9 – 9.0.2 (WINDOWS PC) New for 2016
Things to note, this method supports iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad Mini 4, iPod Touch 6G. Note this will will work with only windows pc and not a Mac. If you are having any troubles when installing the program, try turning off any Anti-Virus or firewalls. This program is 100% safe and works in minutes.
Step 1: Download Pangu. This is a completely free jail breaking tool. If you are asked to enter in personal information, you are on the wrong page.
Step 2: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer via your charger.
Step 3: Although this is not required I definitely recommend backing up your device. I recommend syncing your phone to iTunes and making sure all of your information is somewhere.
Step 4: Disable your password on your phone by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Then be sure to turn off Find my iPhone > iCloud > Find my iPhone, and be sure to finally put your phone onto Air Plane mode. Getting rid of the password insures that you will not lock yourself out of your phone after the program jail breaks your phone. Do not worry, the program is not intrusive and these are precautionary steps.
Step 5: Launch the Pangu app on your computer and run it as an administrator. If you are unsure how to do that, right click the icon and select “Run as Admin”.
Step 6: Wait for Pangu to find your iPhone. From my experience, this can take anywhere from 3-5 minutes. Once your device is shown and the start button is on screen, click start.
Step 7: Click on Already Backup. This is just the program insisting that you backup your device before proceeding. Although the odds of losing data are low, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Step 8: Wait until the program reaches 55%. At 55% it will restart your device, do not panic!
Step 9: Once the program reaches 65%, it will ask you to enable Air Plane mode again. Do this and continue.
Step 10: At 75%, you will be prompted on your computer to unlock your device. Unlock your device and run the newly installed Pangu App that the program installed. If you cannot find it, you can search by swiping up and searching for Pangu. Do not worry, another app called WWDC will be installed, both of these new apps will be deleted when everything is finished.
Step 11: You will not be prompted to tap the accept button. Although it says it needs access to the Photo app, do not worry as this is just the app that was selected arbitrarily to start the jailbreak.
Step 12: The bar will continue to progress. Once it is finished your iPhone will restart again.
Step 13: Once the iPhone has restarted successfully, the Pangu App will popup and tell you that your device is already jail broken. You will also notice that Cydia has been installed onto your iPhone. Be sure that before clicking Cydia that you turn off Air Plane Mode. Once you click Cydia for the first time, it will take some time to “Prepare Filesystem” this is completely normal for first time users.
Your iPhone is Jail broken, now what?
Now that your iPhone is jail broken, you have access to a whole new range of apps and customizability. You can install Winter Board by going into Cydia and finding it! Winter Board will allow you to change the look of your iPhone completely. You can also change your display to that of an Anroid phone. You can also now put 5 icons at the bottom of the screen and adds some extra goodies to the keyboard section.
This app will allow you to customize every single aspect of the iPhone including the number of apps on the bottom of the screen to 10, change the swiping animations, the lock screen, and change the number of icons on the screen and their size. Although this app does cost $2.99, I cannot recommend it enough as it will completely change how you look at your iPhone.
New Messaging System
Downloading Message Customiser allows you to completely change how you feel about the default messaging app. This app allows you to change the colors of the messages between you and your friends, change the background of the messages, and change to different fonts and tints.
This is a personal favorite of mine as it allows you to change the look of the lock screen of the iPhone. You can change how you see all of the information on the lock screen and change to different layouts which includes an Android version. If you fancy the lock pattern of the Android, you can have that with this app.
This app is find my lost phone on steroids. If you have a habit of losing your phone or are even paranoid that one day you may accidentally lose your phone, this app is a must have. The pro version of this app will actually take a picture using the front camera when a password is entered wrong and send it to an email that you pick. You can also see the exact location and time at which the code was entered incorrectly. You can also set another phone number that will prompt the person using the phone to send a text to in the hopes of returning it.
This app is my hands down favorite as it allows you to tint the color of your screen. If you use your phone at night or in places where you do not wish to disrupt others, then F.Lux is perfect as it will ease the strain on your eyes and allow you to use your phone inconspicuously. You can actually set F.Lux to your local time and it will set the screen to a certain tint of orange that will actually ease the strain on your eyes. You will immediately notice a difference and realize just how much you’ll love this app when you start using it. This is a must have for those who like to browse social media before they sleep, or anyone who needs to keep the light down.