Step-By-Step Guide to Jailbreak iPad 2 Using Absinthe For Windows [iOS 5.0.1 / iOS 5]

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Chronic Dev team has just released greenpois0n Absinthe to jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 for Windows.

In this guide, we will take you through the step by step procedure to jailbreak iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 or iOS 5 using Absinthe for Windows users.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPad 2 users. iPhone 4S users can checkout this step-by-step guide. iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users can checkout this guide, iPod touch users can checkout this guide and iPad 1 users can checkout this guide.
  • This guide is only for Windows users. Mac users can refer to this step-by-step guide.
  • Absinthe performs an untethered jailbreak.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iPad may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iPad before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iPad.
  • Please ensure you’ve updated iTunes to the latest version (iTunes 10.5.3).
  • Warning: There have been some complaints of users losing their camera roll, so please ensure you’ve backed up your iPad before proceeding.

Step 1: Download Absinthe for Windows from this link (no longer available) and save the application in a folder named “Absinthe” on your desktop.

Step 2: Double click the Absinthe zip file and extract the application to the Absinthe folder. Navigate back to the Absinthe folder and launch the Absinthe application.


Please launch the application as an Administrator. Right Click on the Absinthe exe and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

Step 3: After launching Absinthe, you will be prompted to connect your iPad 2.


a. Please disable the passcode temporarily to jailbreak your iPad (Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock -> Turn Passcode Off).

b. Please also remove any VPN settings that you may have configured on your iPad.

Step 4: Absinthe should detect your iPad and also mention the iOS firmware that is running on it. Click on the Jailbreak button.

After clicking on the Jailbreak button the tool will give a progress update on the various stages of the jailbreak process such as:

“Beginning jailbreak” (note this can really take sometime – in our case this step took more than 10 minutes on our iPad 2, though it was lot quicker on iPhone 4S)

“Sending initial data” at this time you will notice that “Restoring in Progress” message on your iPad 2 (this can also take a long time – in our case this step took more than 15 mins)

“Waiting for reboot”

“Waiting for device to finish rebooting” as your iPad 2 is rebooting.

“Preparing jailbreak data”

“Sending payload data” (this can also take a long time – in our case this step took more than 15 mins)

Step 5: In the end you’ll be prompted with the message informing you that the jailbreak is “Almost done – just unlock the screen if necessary, then tap “Jailbreak” icon to finish.

Step 6: Unlock your iPad. The icon you should look for is the Absinthe icon and not “Jailbreak”, it may not be on the first home screen page so you’re better off just searching for it using Spotlight.

Step 7: Launch the Absinthe app. It should load the greenpois0n site and reboot your iPad. After it is rebooted, you should see the Cydia icon.

That’s it, your iPad 2 is successfully jailbroken.

Troubleshooting tips:

Here are some troubleshooting tips if you hit an issue while jailbreaking your iPad 2 with Absinthe:

1. If you get “Error establishing a database connection” error message while loading the site or are seeing a white screen when they launch the Absinthe app then use the following trick:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Then tap on General, followed by Network and then tap on VPN, here you will get “A configuration error occurred” message.
  • However after a minute, your iPad 2 will reboot and you should be able to see Cydia icon your iPad 2 home screen.
2. If it still doesn’t help, just reboot your iPad 2 and start the process all over again. Remember to disable your passcode and remove VPN settings when you try again.
3. Ensure you’ve updated iTunes to the latest version (iTunes 10.5.3).
4. If you think it is taking a long time (or get the feeling that Absinthe isn’t doing anything) then be patient, it took more than 45 minutes to jailbreak our iPad 2 using Absinthe. Check out the timings mentioned by us above for some of the steps.
5. Please ensure there are no host file entries.
6. If you’re having problems using Absinthe, you can checkout the command line interface of Redsn0w (CLI) tool for Windows that was released by iPhone Dev team earlier.
7. If troubleshooting tips 1 and 6 don’t help then iPhone Dev team has advised restoring your iPad 2 if you don’t care about unlocking. Restoring is not ideal so our advise would be to try again after sometime as it could be very well be due to the load on the servers.
8. If you’ve subscribed to iTunes Match, but having problems playing music after jailbreaking using Absinthe then try to disable iTunes Match (via Settings -> Music -> iTunes Match -> On/Off toggle) and enable iTunes Match again. It seems to have resolved the issue for some users.
9. Fix for grey Jailbreak button:
A number of readers have reported that their iPad 2 isn’t recognised after launching Absinthe and the Jailbreak button stays grey. Reader R Wass has a tip to fix this issue. He writes:
If you are having the problem where you cannot click jailbreak on absinthe with your device plugged in, start your mac in safe mode.  You do this by turning it off and starting it back up while holding the shift key, then launch absinthe after it starts in safe mode. You should now be able to click jailbreak when you plug in your device. it worked for me.
Thanks Wass for the tip!
10. If you think App Store is not working after jailbreaking using Absinthe, please be patient, it has taken a long time for some users, but it eventually loads fine. You can also try to reboot tour iPad to see if it helps.
After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iPad secure.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iPad, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iPad using the Cydia app. Please note that some of the jailbreak apps and tweaks are still not compatible with iOS 5/iOS 5.0.1 so please be cautious while installing them.

Update (1/2/2012):

We’ve updated the download links as jailbreak dream team released an updated version of Absinthe jailbreak (v0.4) for iPhone 4S and iPad 2, which includes some bug fixes and adds support for Mac OS X 10.5.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues and don’t forget to give a donation to the jailbreak dream team for all their hard work.

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  • waiting

    I’ve been waiting for 30+ minutes! How long will this take?

    • idzil

      Do one more time.. This is unusual..

    • tampinha

      the botton Jailbreak is always inactive and i run as administrator. the program does not detect the ipad2 any idea?

    • Earl

      To get Absinthe to work I had to do these steps:
      1. Backup iPad2
      2. Restore and set up as a new iPad2
      3. Windows-JB with Absinthe
      4. Restore from Backup...

      Cydia works and all my apps are restored.

      Dream Team, hurray!

      • tal

        I followed your instructions. but still did not managed to JB my Ipad, the absinthe screen dont reboots.
        My Internet connection is very slow that can effect the JB?

    • Mick

      Tried restoring as new ipad 2 and still get absinthe now setting things up, stand by screen. It only loads initially then stops?

      Any other answers?

      Ipad 32gb 3g with 5.0.1 gsm software.

      • Iatros

        I restored iPad and set up as new iPad. Then ran the cinject_0.4.3 Command line package instead of the Absinthe for windows. Worked like a charm, jailbroken in about 10 minutes and working great. Don’t know if CLI works better than Absinthe or if it was the new iPad 5.0.1 situation that did it, but did same with my 4S and same result: Absinthe wouldn’t work, CLI did. But again, set up as new on both, so that may have been the key.

      • Karim

        Update me with the solution when you get one because I’m going through the same problem

  • skywalker

    This is awesome! only 14 minutes to jailbrake my iPad 2. no issues, no errors! Just Great. Before I ran the jailbrake I restored my iPad2 2 as a “new iPad” then I ran Absinthe and it successfully jailbrake it with no problems. cydia runs perfect. Then I restored it from backup and viola!! all my apps are there including cydia! Good Job Dream Team!!!!

  • ambulansya

    hey after i jailbroke my 4s and ran cydia i lost stock buttons like messages, app store, itunes… where did they go? please help!!!!

  • KELi

    Uprgaded to iOS 5.0.1 and jailbroken!!! Thanks dream team!Donation on the way!

  • KELi

    Just took me under 10mins…my tip, restore/upgrade to iOS 5.0.1 then set up as a new device before jb.

  • coco

    Thanks finally it worked great!!!!!!!!

  • jason

    i cant jailbreak my iPad, it says “look like you attemped to apply this jailbreak and it failed” anytone can help?

    • tricky

      do what i did i was having same issues ………good luck

      • jason

        what do you do

      • Nick

        What did you do?
        I have same problem, helpme please…

        • Sumo

          Just restart the whole process over and don’t forget to turn off pass code lock. Same thing happened to me but you just have to re do the the steps over again.

    • terry

      It don’t work for me. Tried numerous times. still had the same message.

  • tricky

    yes had issues at first like it was just stuck,,,,,,,,,did a reset all from the ipad itself then redid and in 10m FREEDOM!!!!!!!!

    Thank you !

    • jason

      i already reset all setting but it still wont jailbreak

  • Edctk

    There are these terms ‘iPhone 4s’ in step 4 which is suppose to be iPad 2

  • Michelo

    Great job! Just one quick question: Do you need to have itunes opened before starting to jailbreak?


    • edctk

      no need

  • Valy

    Thanks a lot! Works like a charm! I will donate to the team when I get my salary.

  • richi

    Did as kelly i.e #Just took me under 10mins…my tip, restore/upgrade to iOS 5.0.1 then set up as a new device before jb.# it worked like a charm

  • Jeanpaul

    Ipad version 5.0 and I executed Absinthe. It goes for about 10 min and error pops up “absinthe untethered jailbreak has encountered problem, sorry for inconvienence. I already verified the VPN off along with pass odd off. Any suggestions?

  • alex

    Whole JB procedure took about 10 min. After rebooting and opening Cydia iPad showed some progress like scanning file system, then it went black with progress circle, and stopped spinning. 1,5 hours so far. Can’t turn it off or reboot. What should i do?

    • pink-princess

      sorry to hear that did you manage to fix this ?

    • alex

      Tried hard reset. Got the apple logo. Blinked couple of times. After 40 min – no progress. What is it – reboot loop? Can’t leave it.

      • johni

        try a hard reset then when the apple logo appears hold down power and home button, when the screen goes black wait 2 seconds and let go of the power button but keep holding down the home button for 15 seconds, then all you got to do is connect it to itunes and restore.
        hope that helped

        • alex

          Both yesterday posts ‘been erased.

          After hard reset i installed clean 5.0.1, jailbroke it, and restored from local backup. Everything runs smooth for now, hope it goes on the same way.

          Thank you very much, dream team! Hope to donate soon (transaction via PayPal in Russia are a pain in the a-s-s).

  • buzz

    thanks so much Chronic Dev team!!! now am enjoying my jailbroken ipad2!

  • Buuju

    CLI just take less then 5 minutes…
    Better use CLI for those who kwon how to use CMD…

  • Raymond

    Successfully jailbroken! Thanks for everyone’s effort! However, my Safari’s icon is missing and a white icon is now showing instead… It is still working, but I want the logo of Safari back please…

    • ofah


  • jussayin

    perfect less than 5 minutes……. and to get all those apps back from cydia…..if I can remember where they are…

  • ofah

    to do jailbreak without any issues, first back up your device, then restore as a new ipad, jb and then restore from backup.

  • kuck


    I am stuck at the last step. I start Absinthe from the icon on my ipad and it says
    Absinthe is now setting things up, please stand-by…

    Even after two hours still the same screen. Did anyone experience the same problem and has a solution?



  • Thomas

    Awesome! The whole process took me less than 10 minutes. Those running on IOS 5.0, please update it to 5.0.1 otherwise your device would not be detected by the jailbreak software.

  • Double-i

    thankuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu work like charm just in 10 min and everything is good thanku guys i appreciate this alottt 😀

  • kuck

    Found out that resetting all settings worked for me. I Just went through the whole process again and it worked.

    The manual says that when running it again, one should delete the existing VPN settings. Could not really figure out how to do that as when clicking on the blue arrow, nothing happens. Anyway, it worked…

    Thank you to everyone who was involved in making this possible. Looking forward to exploring lots of new functions on the ipad 2 soon.


  • Mickey

    Excellent! finally I can update my iPad 2 to ios 5 and still keep all my jailbreaks 😀 Thanks again Chronic Dev team

  • Adi

    Jailbreaking my iPad 2 (GSM) with Absinthe just took less than 5 min even counting the launching Absinthe on my iPad and getting cydia…………… I am very Happy

    Thanks @pod2g, @MuscleNerd @saurik @planetbeing and others for working out for this jailbreak.
    Thanks to iphonehacks for giving step by step guide to do the jailbreak.

  • JackB

    Hi all, ive followed the steps and all works fine up to the point where I am asked to tap the jailbreak button. When I unlock the ipad there is only an absinthe icon and no jailbreak icon. I’ve restored to factory default and tried again but still the same issue. What am i doing wrong?

    • JackB

      Ok I ignored the fact there is no jailbreak button and just clicked absinthe, cydia then appeared so all looks good. Thanks, superb as always.

      • dman

        lol @ JackB

  • Secondo

    I had a problem 1266 and I’ve restored ipad.after that jailbreaking was easy and succesful!THX!

  • phong

    Anyone has the problem with maps force shutdown?

  • Wizzy

    guys Absynth does not recognize my ipad 2, running iTunes and iOs 5.0, doing the update to 5.0.1 now, ill keep u posted if this solves the problem

  • iVic

    Great Job to the whole Chronic-Dev Team! Works wonderfully and smooth!
    Took less than 5min to Jailbreak an iPad2 GSM!
    If you are having problems with the whole process taking a lot of time, try erasing your device (after having done a back-up of course) and running the JB on a clean install. Since it relies on data moving, the more data on device the longer and heavier the process will be.
    Happy Jailbreaking!

  • 4s Owner

    Has the white icon issue been sorted in this release?

  • Wizzy

    tnx iVic upadte detected my ipad 2 after cleaning my ipad 2 and configured it as a new device

    so recap run on itunes update ios to 5.0.1 and do a clean install

  • Dr. Safa

    all done thanks fop Dev
    but the mail is grey how can i have it again

  • Dr. Safa

    all done thanx for Dev

  • Really great!!! Awesome! Thanx! I was waiting for this from back 1 week….

  • Marcio

    Ipad 2 jailbroken!
    everything works fine except music player!

    Any idea?

  • Ron

    Hi all i’m trying to JB my ipad2 but i get to the “preparing Jailbreak data” step and then i get message “A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available” I have tried numerous times and still getting this message. Vpn is off running windows 7 please help!…. thanks in advance.

    • Emmanuel

      I have the same problem!!

  • Run in admin mode

  • Run in admin mode

  • AJ

    I`m having problems jailbreaking my iPad 2,

    First, the was never any “jailbreak” button on my homescreen, the guide said it should be an jailbreak button but i didn`t find any on my iPad 2..

    Second, when i try to tap the “absinthe” button on homescreen i get stuck at “absinthe is now settings things up, please stand by”..a lot of people appears to have the same problem but but i can`t find any solution to this, please help?

    • Shaune

      Stuck on the click on absinthe step too. I’ve tried the suggestions but had no luck yet.

  • Piseth

    it worked fine on my iPad 2., thanks! 🙂

  • Gal

    I jailbreaked my ipad 2 (gsm) and now i tried to add a source and every time that i tried this it tells me: you requst timed out… Something like that and now i cant add any source should i rejailbreak???? Please help…

  • PebsUK

    I run Absinthe (as administrator) it goes straight to the Beginning Jailbreak screen, the notification bar goes about 10% along and then just sits there, I’ve tried this three or four times now, reset the iphone and the iphone network settings all to no avail, is this overloaded servers or something else?

  • TIM

    OK I have just jailbroken my iPad 2 ,
    when i click on cydia it says Network Error “Unable to Load (The request timed out.)

    any solution ???

    tnx to all … 🙂

    • bellybutton

      Try this:
      Go to Settings > General > Date and time. Turn off Automatic and start Cydia again.

  • Manik

    Worked Awsum for me…… Took only 5 minutes for iPad 2

  • D

    Jailbroke my ipad2 GSM in less than 10mins. I can’t seem to add sources in Cydia though. Is this normal or the source am adding is just offline? I am adding SinfuliPhoneRepo ( and am encountering a Network timeout error.

    • DanielE

      The sinfuLiPhoneRepo is down….blimey

  • Christian

    i have aproblem that says that windows stops working with absthense… it is an error what shoul i do to fix it

    • D

      Setup your iOS device as a new device.

  • mikee

    Hi Team,

    I am stuck on “preparaing jaibreak data” for 30 mins now.. any suggestions?

    Please and tHank you

  • Michelo

    Hi guys,

    Please let me know about the steps as I’m at on my first Jailbreak here. I have an iPad 2 64GB Wifi only. Many apps installed, 15GB of music and 4 GB of pictures, some videos. I made a backup in Itunes.

    1- I find the guide very clear, it’s just about the comments that I’m afraid a little bit. Many people say to restore before starting, then jailbreak and then restore from backup. When you say at first: Restore, do you mean the “Restore” button in iTunes? When you click on your device at left, then you see the resume of your iPad info at right with different sections as: iPad, Version, etc. So, under “Version” you have “Look for updates” and then “Restore”. Is that the “Restore” you are talking about?

    2- Also, by doing that “Restore” will I go back to ios 4.x (was like that when I bought my iPad) meaning I will have to update to 5.0.1 after, before jailbreaking?

    3- By doing the “Restore”, will I lose all my music, pictures, apps, etc? Will they be back after jailbreaking and restoring my iPad from backup at the end? I’m asking because they are talking about the fact that the restore from backup only brings back the calendar, contacts, mail, notes, etc. Does it mean that it’s not really the restore from backup that brings back all my stuff (music, apps, pictures) but when I will sync? I don’t know if you can understand what I’m asking here (English is not my mother language).

    Thanks for your time.

    • Michèle

      I would really appreciate an answer.

    • alex

      First, you sync your ipad with itunes, i.e. make a local backup.
      Second, you download (which is more reliable) your 5.0.1 firmware for the specific (wi-fi:,1_5.0.1_9A405_Restore.ipsw) ipad from the apple site.
      Third, you kick your ipad into the recovery mode (look for ‘ipad recovery mode’ on youtube).
      Fourth, in itunes when prompted you Shift+click on “Restore” and select the downloaded ios 5.0.1. It installes a _clean_ ios on your ipad, as if it came from the store.
      Fifth, run Absinthe jb procedure (will take 5-10 min).
      Sixth, connect with iTunes again, on the summary of the device select ‘restore from local copy’.

      This is the most preferred way to jb – it won’t hang since the iOS is clean and fresh.

  • ivc

    Done it…JB my brand new iPad2 in less than 10 mins…awesome work…many thanks for liberating us

  • ivc

    anyone facing battery charging issue after JB iPad…I couldnt charge my iPad2 after JB…after plugging in to direct power source…it kept saying not charging…

  • pavel

    none of the apps r starting after jailbreaking my ipad 2 🙁

  • O p e t

    my ipad 2 is officially jailbroken 😀

    thank u dream team

  • O p e t

    my ipad 2 is officially jailbroken 😀

    well, not officially loool


    Thanks. Guys, you’re really cool. Did it all in 15 minutes!!! Thank you agan!



    • Rusty

      I am having same problem am using windows and stack me for hours… Do I need to fresh re-setup my ipad?

      • KanB

        better restore your ipad and read the step carefully, and do it once again, hope it will work for you

  • echick

    I am looking forward to this jailbreak, but when i try to log in as an adminestartor, i says i have to have a password. also, if i do it without adminestrator, it says that i am unarthorized. what do i do? thanks for your help!

  • Frederik

    My ipad is 3 hours to charge 10% plzz help!!

  • jayapandiyan

    Really my heartfelt thanks to the team. It works well and took just 10 min only. Thanks for the share. keep continuing.

  • Zaqwan

    took less than 5 mins from step 1 till jailbreaked!!! thankyou!!! 🙂

  • JB

    All the This and that and reset didn’t work for me….

    This is what I did…
    1. Backup Ipad 2
    2. Restore using Shift + Restore (windows) / Option + Restore (Mac)
    make sure you have you IOS 5.0.1 firmware Download… google it….
    3. Setup as a new ipad…
    4. Run Absinthe
    5. Importantly after its dont DONT click the Absinthe icon… this will make it not work
    just go straight and flip the VPN switch and your IPAD will reboot…
    6. After Reboot you should see the Cydia icon…. If not DO IT AGAIN….

    • Mick

      Cheers for that mate, works perfectly

    • Rusty

      Is it possible not to set it up as new ipad? Thanks

  • schizo440

    Lol….jailbroken and ready for action…….. thank you all for such hard work

  • stan

    Hey guys, so ive been stuck for 2 days, and same step all the time, ipad 2 just updated, i’m stuck on the first step and it never moves, say begining jailbreak, please wait, and i waited and waited still nothing. I just noticed that my itunes is not the latest ones, i might try that but i dont see why that should affect it. Please advice

    • JB

      did you read my steps?

  • Marcio

    untethered jailbreak done…everything is working but music player & video player doesnt work…!!!
    Plz reply if u have any solution to it..

    • Marcio

      When I try play a video, I got a message error ” the requested URL was not found on this server”

      I’m not subscribed iTunes Match.

      Plz help!

      • Marcio

        Everything it’s fine now!

        Just sinc all stuff on iTunes!

        Thanks dream dev team!

        Donation on the way!

  • Triboy

    Hi , I’m guessing this works on wifi+ 3G iPad 2 ?

    • Marcio


  • Sirsh

    i run as administrator error ‘Sorry, the attached device is not supported’.

    Please help

  • mikey123

    Hi, I have an Ipad 2, Just tried this, the program came up with “Sorry your device isnt compatible”
    I was running Ios5 Just updating to Ios 5.0.1 now.
    Can anybody give me any suggestions?

    Many thanks.

    • mikey123

      I apologise. Just finished updating.
      Now it recognizes 🙂

  • Fozz

    Hello everyone, is it possible with the jailbreak to have a portable harddrive, that is powered by the ipad 2 connected and can you fix the power issue.
    Because now with my not jailbroken ipad 2 there isn’t enough power to run the portable.


  • Erik

    How can I hacktivate iPhone 4s I’m stuck on the reactivation screen AT&T doesn’t want to activate my iPhone because my bill is 2 days late and they it’s past due now 🙁

  • Fozz

    Hello everyone, is it possible with the jailbreak to have a portable harddrive, that is powered by the ipad 2 connected and can you fix the power issue.
    Because now with my not jailbroken ipad 2 there isn’t enough power to run the portable.


  • caracasmc

    Restored to factory iOS 5.0.1 and setup as new iPad before attempting the Jailbreak. Everything went perfectly, no errors, no problems. I was jailbroken in about 2 minutes. Great job guys!

  • christ

    hi all,
    First, I tried to jailbreak iPad 2 WITHOUT setting as new ipad, no error but didn’t boot and no Absinthe icon…
    Then, tried WITH setting as new ipad(factory setting), no error too BUT still NO Absinthe icon
    I try to RESTORE as new ipad many times and the result ALWAYS …no Absinthe icon in Home Screen…. I gave up …
    Does anybody can help my problem…please….
    Any suggestion wold be greatly appreciated …

    • alex

      might sound stupid, but the Absinthe icon won’t be on the home screen. Have you tried listing right?

  • max

    Worked!!!!!…… Took only 5 minutes for iPad 2

  • James

    I have a work ipad 2 and want to jailbreak for my use now and restore to factory when I give it back…is this possible with the new ios 501 jailbreak? Thanks

  • Joliverio

    I JB my iPad 2 without any issue! Thanks a lot!

    For me the steps were: 1. Make backup for 4.3.2, 2. Update iPad2 firmware to 5.0.1 from Apple, 3. Restore 5.0.1 using downloaded 5.0.1 IPSW file (press shift key and select IPSW file previously downloaded), 4. run ABSINTHE for windows under “admin privileges”, it took less than 10 minutes for me the whole process, 5. Press the Absinthe icon in your iPad, it will install cydia, after auto boot will see the cydia icon.
    Thanks again for all involved

  • DanielE

    Awesome Dev-Team…is it possible to donate to a bank-account without using PayPal….it’s a pain in the ass to use paypal in russia

  • aundrea

    thank you so much dream team. Jailbroke mine in less than 15 minutes!!

  • i successfully jb my ipad 2 but i notice that my message icon was lost and it only shows a small plain box, what should i do?

    • Hmmm

      Dude try to download any programs from cydia and after that press respring then your white icons will gone hope it helps

  • Hickory

    done. ipad2, no prob. took about 5 minutes 🙂

  • babyjosef17

    DONE! On my Ipad2! Took less than 15 mins to Jailbreak, lucky me!

  • teerth

    when I plug in my device it doesn’t recognizes my plugged in device jailbreak button remains gray,please help!

  • jt

    yea, i was having problems with absinthe freezing up and then when i unplugged and tried again kept getting the “looks like you tried to jailbreak and failed, trying to recover and fix now…etc..”

    Definite fix to this is to back up your ipad2, restore it as a new ipad2, jailbreak with absinthe and then restore the back up and viola!

  • The dude

    I have my iPad2 jailbroken and have no problems. I was just wondering if I need to install from Cydia “PDF Patcher 2” or not. Thanks.

    • The dude

      Just a bit of additional info, I am running iOS 5.0.1

  • jass

    wow. took less than 10 mins. didn’t expect that. now my ipad2 3g jailbroken..:D thank you!

  • Nathan

    So I jailbroke my iPad 2, after about 5 tries. Worked flawlessly after those 5, but, well the Music app’s icon is white. I’ve seen other comments about this, and so I tried restarting it, which would respring it (right? don’t have any jailbroken apps yet), but this did nothing. Is there anything I can do?

  • Tejcsi


    A few days ago I jailbreak (5.0.1.) my iPad 2 (white) which I bought half year ago. Worked without a trouble, I installed a lot of software on it and some things which modify the Springboard. After I installed retinapad my iPad restarted and stopped on the apple logo. It does not start since then. I can turn off pressing the Home + Sleep buttons, I can put it to DFU mode, the iTunes can reach it, but the recovery does not run down, the iTunes runs onto the undermentioned error message: “The iPad not
    can be poured. A unknown mistake occurred (21).”


    Thank you very much.

  • Mitch

    Jailbroken my iPad2 in 5 minutes flat… that was fast! Resetting your device to factory setting does the trick for the speed. One thing is certain – after I restored my backup, I lost some important apps that I enjoyed using. I figured my iTunes did not backup those that I installed unthetered. I’ll just re-install them, oh this will take time.

  • Adrian


    I’ve done everything that was told step by step and i also read all your comments. I d/l the version 0.3 and it went well till the ‘preparing jailbreak data…do not touch your device yet!’

    then after a minute or so it pops out another window saying ‘absinthe.exe has stopped working’

    Anyone facing the same problem? If there are, any way to solve this? In a rut. Been doing this for the whole afternoon.

    • Ben

      Hi I have the exact same issue have tried for 2 days now including restoring iPad, reinstalling iTunes etc…. anyone please offer assistance??? I get to the same stage as Adrian…

    • budi

      me too


    Do I have to conect to Wifi while jailbreaking my ipad2(ios 5.0.1)?

    Can anybody answer me? thx in advance!

  • san

    i hav ipad 2 3g ios 5.0.1 its not jail breaking any idea

  • Mike

    Any battery drain promble with the ne jailbreak. Mine drop 1%in 5mim ?

  • fawad

    hey..evrything was going gr8.but when i pressed absinthe button on home screen and then jailbreak it was restarting but stuck on the waiting mode, now i restarted my ipad2 wifi+3g but it stuck on apple logo..please tell me what to do..thanks in advance:)

  • Pradeep

    Worked smooth for me. Less than 10 minutes. Steps to follow,
    1. Take backup of your ipad 2
    2. Restore to factory settings from Itunes.
    3. Follow the Jailbreak steps
    4. Once done, Connect Ipad back to itunes and restore from previous back up to get all your apps and files back.

  • Mohan

    Hi I jailbreak ipad2 by as a clean firmware update….now i try to install the cracked ipa’s…i got “Itunes failed to sync” error, i tried to install through itunes and i even tried to install app through “FUNBOX”….pls advice…thank you in advance…

  • Edward Yinkere

    i did this and it was great, Green poison is the bomb. i knew they were going to do something soon. well am so going to support them with 275$

  • A

    Mine is done in five minutes thanks for once again defeating the monopolist Apple. For the people facing problems please install the absinthe in administrator mode and run it in admin mode as well.

    Thanks again it’s a wonderful and job well done.

  • budi

    Absinthe had shut down on me during the jailbreak .

  • sara

    i do evrey thing well but if i tap jailbreak green link from my i pad2
    message says (you cant open absinthe) (promblem”cant show URL” ?
    what can i do please help me

  • LOL

    Did u guy’s iPad have 3G ??

  • Mark

    Completed in less than 10 minutes. did not need to backup and restore. just plugged in and done… too easy thanks very much

  • Mark

    i had wi-fi 32gb

  • Mike

    I use newest version and go through smoothly until ‘tap Absinthe’ icon and wait for reboot, but after about 10mins, it doesnt reboot automatically. Any idea?

  • Adrian


    I’ve done everything that was told step by step and i also read all your comments. I d/l the version 0.3 and it went well till the ‘preparing jailbreak data…do not touch your device yet!’

    then after a minute or so it pops out another window saying ‘absinthe.exe has stopped working’

    Anyone facing the same problem? If there are, any way to solve this? In a rut. Been doing this for the whole afternoon.

    • Adrian

      REEEAAALLLYYYY need some help now..been a week..anyone? Pleasseee

  • Zach

    Been trying for 2 days to jailbreak my ipad 2.
    I followed the steps and every time I try Absinth, it shuts down in the beginning saying “Looks likes you attempted to apply this Jailbreak and it failed. We will try to fix it”

    I reset and restored my ipad and the Firmware on my ipad is 5.0.1, my itunes is, and when I try to restore the firmware with Shift+Restore I get a 3194 error on itunes so I can’t…

    Please tell me what to do on this.

    • Zach

      Figured it out. (Had to do with a setting on tinyUmbrella. Now I just need to figure out how to restore from icloud.

  • Anonymous iPad User

    If my iPad 2 is brand new and hasn’t had anything done to it (no new apps or documents added, etc.) then do I still need to back up my iPad before jailbreaking? (Sorry if this is a dumb question, I’m techno-challenged.)

  • Phantom

    i have already jailbreak my IPAD 2 but when try to connect vpn to finish jailbreak it’s appears VPN connection “a configuration error occurred” and when run absinthe msg error URL couldn’t be found

  • OK I have just jailbroken my iPad 2 ,

  • blake

    I have been trying to JB after i restored my new ipad 32gb wi fi and when I get to the step where it says unlock your screen and click the absinthe icon…. i do not have the icon… any help please ?

  • hamid

    it was great i bought may ipad with 4.3.5 versain and was really sad about its jailbreak because it was 3g and wait really lot foo 5.0.1 jailbreak and finally got it.
    i suggest to restore your ipad before jailbearking because it makes it faster(under 10 min)
    it jailbreaked very easy and after restoreing old data it is not showing any error
    at the end i thank every body who help in jailbreaking ipad 2 after so much waiting for this god damn jailbreak.
    thank a lot
    really thank mans.

  • Kevly

    Hi! I did all the procedures and it worked out perfectly fine.

    But then I tried to add some apps from iTunes, just like I used to do with my previous jailbreak (for iOS 4.3.3) and it failed. I already tried to delete the app from iTunes and add it again and still not working.

    If u could help me out with it, it would be awesome. Congrats on the jailbreak, btw, it is easiest and most practical one I’ve ever seen.

  • Rich

    Jb iPad 2 now won’t play music. Toggled I match still doesn’t work. What do I do.

  • Saeed

    Jailbreak iPad 2 pls

  • Jason

    I have followed the exact steps and my jailbreak went through successfully on my Ipad 2 A5 device however after the reboot the absinthe logo did not turn into Cydia so now i’m stuck with a jailbroken device with no Cydia, Can’t restore through itunes as it’s an A5 device and absinthe wont re-jailbreak as it says this is already done. Please I need urgent help as to how i can get cydia on my ipad 2?

  • deviboyz

    okay i got a problem here.i had ipad2 with version 4.3 but i cant jailbreak it need to update to 5.0.1 but since 5.1 came out how do i manually update to 5.0.1 wthout update to 5.?1

  • Alianao

    Hi….I ald jailbreak my I pad 2…..y still have app cannot download ? Exp :education de ?

  • iPhone 4S

    Absinthe 2.0.1 runs for at least 5 to 10 minutes and I keep getting “Absinthe iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience” I don’t know how to fix this..

  • Leo

    If i try to jb, it will not detect my ipad2.
    tryed all.
    my pc detects it and instals it.
    buth absinthe does nt find it.
    tryed differend laptops to. no result.
    somone solution?

  • romeo

    I instaled sucsefully but cant intsal any hacked app like raceing 2. I downloaded from apptrack