How To: Jailbreak Your iPhone 4S and iPad 2 Using GreenPois0n Absinthe


The combined efforts of the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team proved to be victorious last week when a new jailbreak tool called GreenPois0n Absinthe was released to public. This new tool was significant to the jailbreak community because it allowed users to jailbreak their A5 devices (iPhone 4S and iPad 2) after several months of waiting. Now that the wait is over, here’s our 5-step guide to jailbreaking your A5 iDevices with GreenPois0n Absinthe.

What You’ll Need


Be sure you are running iOS 5.0.1 unless you need an unlock. If you aren’t, update your iDevice to iOS 5.0.1 now via iTunes. It’s always important to sync your device with iTunes to obtain an update backup prior to jailbreaking.


Extract your copy of GreenPois0n Absinthe. If you’re running Windows, double click the zip file and click Extract All or right click and choose Extract Here with WinRAR. If you’re running Mac OS X, double click the zip file.


If you currently have a passcode set on your iDevice, you’ll have to temporarily disable it. Go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock  and type in your passcode. Tap Turn Passcode Off and enter in your passcode one more time. Plug your iDevice into your computer if it isn’t already.

Now open the Absinthe program by double clicking it. If you’re running Windows, be sure to run it as an administrator by right clicking on the file and selecting Run as administrator.


Absinthe should detect your iDevice running iOS 5.0.1. If you have iTunes open, Absinthe will automatically close it. Be sure to save anything you’re doing with iTunes before proceeding. Click the Jailbreak button to start the jailbreak process. Do not touch your iDevice will Absinthe is running. Your iDevice will display the Restore in Progress screen, reboot, and Absinthe will still perform the jailbreak process.


The next step is very straightforward, and I’m sure you’ve done it plenty of times before. Simply unlock your iDevice. Once it’s unlocked tap the newly created Absinthe icon. The jailbreaking will continue for a few more seconds until your iDevice reboots. You can now close Absinthe on your computer.


Your iDevice is now jailbroken with Absinthe! You should notice that the Absinthe app icon is replaced with an icon all jailbreakers should recognize: Cydia. Go ahead and open up Cydia to prepare the filesystem.

Now that your iDevice is jailbroken, check out some of our favorite jailbreak tweaks, recommended jailbreak apps, and hidden gems inside Cydia. If you’re feeling thankful, you can show your appreciation of the hard work put into Absinthe by donating to both the iPhone Dev Team and Chronic Dev Team on their PayPal page.

What Cydia apps are you going to install now that the wait for an A5 jailbreak is over? Let us know in the comments below, and enjoy your new, jailbroken iPhone 4S or iPad 2!

Patrick is the founder and editor-in-chief of pinglio. He works as a system administrator and studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two dogs.