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How to Use Absinthe to Jailbreak iOS 5.0/5.0.1 Untethered on iPhone 4S & iPad 2 [Windows Tutorial]

As you may already know, the much awaited jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 for iOS 5 has finally touched down. It has been quite a long wait for iPhone 4S owners (iPad 2 users had the untethered jailbreak by Comex) and it was certainly worth it. The new jailbreak tool specifically to jailbreak iOS 5 into iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is called Absinthe by the Chronic Dev Team. Initially, it was released for the Mac version only but it wasn't long before the Windows version was released. This time we will be providing a tutorial on how to jailbreak your iPhone 4S and iPad 2 using Absinthe for Windows.

Absinthe iPhone 4S Jailbreak Windows

Before You Proceed:

  • This jailbreak guide is for the Windows version of Absinthe v0.2 which fixes several issues with earlier versions such as VPN and white Cydia icon issues.
  • As a safety precaution, backup your device in iTunes.
  • iPad 2 owners will need to be in iOS 5.0.1 in order to use Absinthe and apply the jailbreak.

Supported Devices and Firmware:


Steps on How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S & iPad 2 in Windows Using Absinthe:

  1. Go and download Absinthe for Windows. Extract the downloaded file and run absinthe.exe as an administrator by right-clicking on the file and selecting "Run as Administrator".
  2. Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Run Absinthe

  3. Connect your iPhone 4S and iPad 2 to the computer via USB.
  4. Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Connect Device

  5. Absinthe will now try to detect the connected device. Once the program has detected the device, click on the Jailbreak button.
  6. Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Device Detected

  7. Absinthe will now proceed to jailbreak your device and this can be quite a lengthy process. Absinthe will present several status messages, so during this step, DO NOT ever touch or disconnect your device.
  8. Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Waiting For Reboot
    Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Preparing Jailbreak Data
    Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Sending Payload Data

  9. Once the process is complete in Absinthe, it will ask you to unlock your screen if needed. Look for the Absinthe icon from your Home screen and tap it.
  10. Absinthe Jailbreak Windows_Almost Done

  11. Once the Absinthe icon has been tapped, you will be shown a webview of the GreenPois0n website, and your device will now reboot. Once it is loaded back up, the Absinthe icon will be changed into a Cydia icon.
  12. Absinthe-Jailbreak-Windows-Cydia-Icon

And that's it, you are now holding a jailbroken iPhone 4S or iPad 2 in your hands! Congratulations, enjoy the perks of having a jailbroken device!

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    Julia9 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks a lot it was bit difficult but resolved. Now I am through with my iPad 2.

    Viannie9 years, 8 months ago

    Help!!  I am trying to jailbreak my Ipad2 5.0.1 but it only stands 3 minutes doing nothing and then gives me an error stating “an error has occurred and it will notify  me when a solution is available”  It doesnt even state what error it is, it just goes straight to that.  Please help!! I am using the jailbreak for Windows.  I tried the same download with another Ipad2 and it went smoothly and perfectly.  I dont know what the problem is and I have tried several times.  Please help…. Tnx in advance

      Pesmerga9 years, 8 months ago


      That’s odd, especially when it works with another iPad 2. Have you tried running it as administrator? Give it a shot if you haven’t.

    Win9 years, 8 months ago

    Okay never mind. I had to remove the auto pass-code lock on my iPhone. And download Absinthe v0.3. Jailbroken now. 

    Win9 years, 8 months ago

    Ok this is kind of really frustrating as nobody else has seemed to have the same problem as me. I followed the the instructions all the way until the end, when the absinthe app on the iPhone says “”didn’t work? Try this…” So I click on the green “Jailbreak” button to turn on the VPN. The error is

     “Cannot Open Absinthe. Absinthe could not be opened. The error was: “The URL can’t be shown.”

    Any help please?

    Elton9 years, 8 months ago

    Undoubtedly this is the best gift on the first day of Dragon year!