In the past month, several groups have announced that they’ve found a way to “unlock” the iphone, allows using a SIM card from any provider. Open-source software lets you unlock your iphone in about an hour. You’ll want to disable the iTunes helper application that may get in the way of the installation. Make sure iTunes is not running, then open OS x’s activity monitor in the utilities folder of the applications. Search or scroll down to iTunes helper, select it, and then click on the quit process button in the top left of the screen. You’ll also need your data cable, and a Wi-Fi connection to the internet. The enterprising developers at null-river have created a program called apptapp that will let you install including chat clients, games, and other pieces of software – including those that are needed to unlock your iphone.
Jailbreaking an iphone allow users to gain root access to the device, as well as to install unauthorized applications. You might not know that apple has a stringent app store policy, and that it routinely rejects apps for a number of reasons, including smuttiness and other “content issues.” Jailbreaking your iphone will let you download your authorized content from cydia, which is the jailbroken equivalent of the app store.
To jailbreak your iOS 5 device, you’ll be using the redsn0w jailbreak tool from the iphone dev-team. Download either redsn0w 0.9.9b6 for windows or redsn0w 0.9.9b6 for Mac. Double-click on redsn0w to open it. A window will show two options: jailbreak and extras. Choose jailbreak. Make sure your device is plugged in, and turn it off (if it isn’t plugged in, plug in first and then turn it off). Then, click the next button. Be ready, as you’ll be prompted to hold down a series of buttons quickly in order to enter device firmware update (DFU) mode. Redsn0w will walk you through this, but just so you’re prepared, the series is as follows: –
1. Hold down the power (upper-right) button for approximately 5 seconds.
2. Keep holding the power button and hold down the home button at the same time for 10 seconds.
3. Release the power button but keep holding the home button for about 10 seconds. Once your phone is jailbroken (don’t unplug it yet!) Redsn0w will ask you to ‘select your options.’
Make sure install cydia is checked, and click next (As mentioned earlier, cydia is the jailbroken equivalent of the app store). You’ll see some stuff flash across your iOS device’s screen, and then your device will reboot in a jailbroken state. Now your iOS device is jailbroken, and you can reboot it only while it is tethered to your computer. If you reboot untethered, cydia and safari may crash. To accomplish this, connect your device to your computer and open redsn0w. Click extras and then just boot. The program will prompt you to enter DFU mode, and then your device will reboot. That’s it – Your iOS 5 device is now jailbroken.
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