Windows users rejoice! The GUI version of the CLI Jailbreak Tool was released today in the form of Absinthe v0.2. With Absinthe v0.2 for Windows you can Jailbreak the iPad 2 Untethered running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware. In case you are wondering, Absinthe can Jailbreak all models of the iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware including the iPad 2 WiFi, iPad 2 GSM and iPad 2 CDM. Thus, without further a due, in this how to guide from iJailbreak.com you will learn how to Jailbreak your iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware with Absinthe for Windows.
Note: If you are looking to Jailbreak your iPhone 4S with Absinthe v0.2 on Windows please click here.
Perquisites: The first thing you need to do before starting this how to is make sure your iPad 2 is backed up. As the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool was just released, there is a good chance that you may experience an error Jailbreaking it. Thus, it is always a good idea to make sure all your content on your iPad 2 is backed up. Additionally, if you iPad 2 has a passcode lock you must disable it, and furthermore you will need to disable any current VPN’s setup on your iPad 2.
Recommendation: It is our personal recommendation that you restore your iPad 2 to factory settings on the iOS 5.0.1 firmware. This will dramatically reduce the chance you have of experiencing an error while Jailbreaking it.
Step 1) - The first thing you will need to do is download the latest version of the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool from the iJailbreak Downloads Section or from one of the direct download links below. It is always recommend that you check the iJailbreak Download Section, however, to ensure that you are downloading the latest version (we do not always update these guides with the up-to-date versions).
Download Absinthe v0.2 for Windows (Mirror #2)
Step 2) - Once you have downloaded Absinthe v0.2 you will need to extract it to your desktop.
Step 3) - Next you will need to right click on the absinthe.exe file and then click the Run in administrator option.
Step 4) – With Absinthe v0.2 up and running you will need to plug your iPad 2 into your computer (if you have not done this already). Upon doing this Absinthe should recognize your iPad 2, and once this happens, you will need to click the Jailbreak button in the middle-right side of the screen.
When you click the Jailbreak button your iPad 2 will look like it is being officially restored through iTunes; it should say something along the lines of “restore in progress.”
Step 5) – Once your iPad 2 reboots you can slide-to-unlock it and then on your SpringBoard (homescreen) you should notice a new Absinthe icon. Tap this Absinthe icon now, the official GreenPois0n website should appear for an instant, and then your iPad 2 will reboot. Upon being rebooted you should notice that Cydia takes the place of the prior Absinthe icon. Congrats! You have just Jailbroken your iPad 2 Untethered running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware with Absinthe for Windows.
The Absinthe Windows Jailbreaking tool is new, and thus most likely there is going to be errors people encounter. iJailbreak.com has done its best to reference the most common errors people are experiencing and additionally provide solutions for them.
Tip #1: If you are experiencing “Error establishing connection” this is simply because the servers hosting this Userland Jailbreak is being overloaded with traffic. Your best bet is going to be to keep trying to launch the Absinthe app on your springboard, or simply wait an hour or two and try again. Another solution that has been reported to work for this error is to simply go into the Settings.app > General Tab > Network Tab > VPN Tab and then toggle VPN to the ON position. This will cause an error dialog box to appear where once dismissed will reboot your iPad 2, and in most cases will allow you to use the Absinthe app to finish your Jailbreak.
Tip #2: If all else fails, try restoring your iPad 2 (if you have not already) to factory settings, restart your computer and switch USB ports.
Hopefully this how to guide has helped you Jailbreak your iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware using Absinthe v0.2 on Windows. If you have any questions or thoughts related to this tutorial please leave them in the comments section below…