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Thursday, January 26, 2012

How To: Jailbreak iPhone 4S On iOS 5.0, iOS 5.0.1 With Absinthe [Mac OS X]

The Dream Team, consisting of numerous hackers from the Jailbreaking community, have released the iPhone 4S Untethered iOS 5.0 and iOS 5.0.1 Untethered Jailbreak in the form of a new Jailbreaking tool, dubbed Absinthe. The Absinthe Jailbreaking tool can Jailbreak the iPhone 4S running the iOS 5.0 firmware and both versions of the iOS 5.0.1 firmwares (9A405 and 9A406). Thus, In this how to guide from you will learn how to Jailbreak your iPhone 4S running the iOS 5.0 and both versions of the iOS 5.0.1 firmwares with Absinthe for Mac OS X.

Update #1: How To: Jailbreak iPad 2 On iOS 5.0.1 With Absinthe [Mac OS X]

Perquisites: The very first thing you need to do before starting this how to guide is make sure your iPhone 4S 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 iPhone 4S is backed up. Additionally, if you iPhone 4S has a passcode lock you must disable it, and furthermore you will need to disable any current VPN’s setup on your iPhone 4S.

Recommendation: It is our personal recommendation that you simply restore your iPhone 4S to factory settings on the iOS 5.0.1 firmware (if you do not require an unlock). 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 0.1.2.-2 (Mac OS X)

Step 2) – Launch the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool, from the directory you downloaded it to, by clicking the Absinthe app shortcut.

Step 3) – Once Absinthe is running you will need to plug your iPhone 4S into your computer (if you have not done this already). Upon doing this Absinthe should recognize your iPhone 4S, 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 iPhone 4S will look like it is being officially restored through iTunes; it should say something along the lines of “restore in progress.”

Step 4) – Once your iPhone 4S 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 iPhone 4S will reboot. Upon being rebooted you should notice that Cydia takes the place of the prior Absinthe icon. Congratulations! You have just Jailbroken your iPhone 4S Untethered running the iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1 firmware with Absinthe.


The Absinthe Jailbreaking tool is extremely new, and thus there is going to be numerous errors people encounter. 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 > 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 iPhone 4S, and in most cases will allow you to use the Absinthe app to finish your Jailbreak.

Tip #2: If you are having troubles getting the Absinthe app to appear on your iPhone 4S’ SpringBoard, or are just having errors in general with Absinthe you can follow Planetbeing’s advice to — Run Absinthe from Terminal by using the cd command to navigate to the directory where Absinthe is located (on your computer) and then type the following ./ (now simply start the Jailbreaking process over again).

Tip #3: If all else fails, try restoring your iPhone 4S (if you have not already) to factory settings, restart your computer and switch USB ports.

We hope this how to guide has helped you Jailbreak your iPhone 4S running the iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1 firmware using Absinthe on Mac OS X. If you have any questions or thoughts related to this tutorial please leave them in the comments section below…

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