Troubleshooting Tips if You’re Having Problems Jailbreaking Your iPhone 4S / iPad 2 Using Absinthe

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Chronic Dev team released a new jailbreak tool called Absinthe to jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 yesterday.

If you hit any problems while or after jailbreaking your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 using Absinthe then checkout our troubleshooting tips, which should help in resolving them. It includes a fix for the annoying issue where Absinthe does not recognise the iOS device, which results in the Jailbreak button being greyed out.

Here are some of the tips that have helped a number of readers:

1. Please ensure you’re using the latest version of Absinthe – its currently 0.2. You can download it using this link for Mac and this link for Windows.

2. In case you haven’t used our step-by-step guide then check them out to ensure you’ve following the correct procedure:

3. Ensure you’ve updated iTunes to the latest version (iTunes 10.5.3).

4. Fix for grey Jailbreak button:

A number of readers have reported that their iPhone 4S/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!

5. White Screen or Error establishing a database connection error:

A number of readers have reported that they’re getting “Error establishing a database connection” error message while loading the site or are seeing a white screen when they launch the Absinthe app. If you’re still getting that error message or white screen when you use Absinthe tool v0.1.2-2, then the following trick will work:

  • 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 iPhone 4S will reboot and you should be able to see Cydia icon your iPhone 4S home screen.

6. Disable Passcode Temporarily:

If it still doesn’t help, just reboot your iPhone 4S and start the process all over again. It may also be a good idea to disable your passcode when you try again as the tool gives a warning request that jailbreaking is most likely to fail if passcode is enabled (don’t forget to enable it though after your iPhone 4S / iPad 2 is successfully jailbroken).

7. 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 in our step-by-step guides for the timings for some of the steps.

8. If troubleshooting tips 1 and 7 don’t help then iPhone Dev team has advised restoring your iPhone 4S if you don’t care about unlocking (not the ideal solution though).

9. 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.

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 and should work without any issue. You can also try to reboot tour iPhone to see if it helps.

We hope these troubleshooting steps helped. Let us know how it goes in the comments.

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  • Jason

    I had no issues, seams like verything works. Are there any known side effects ie iBook, mms?

  • Joao Reis

    I have a problem, the SMS received dont show up in the SMS repository, i can only open the sms on the Notification Area
    Jailbreaked 4s easily, installed iLocalis and some ios 5.0.1 compatible cydia apps, including SBSettings.

    Now i cannot see the SMS on the list, iv rebooted and same. Some app icons are also white, like buggy feel. Something is wrong but i cannot know why, iv unninstalled barrel and its the same so thats no the problem.

    Any Guesses?

  • Steve

    What about the blank icon issue?

    • Steve

      Respring seems to be a temporary fix

  • Scott

    I’ve tried everything, including updateing iTunes to 10.5.3. I am still getting the error message “The Application Absinthe quit unexpectedly” when I try to open the Absinthe app on my Mac. I am running Leopard 10.5.8

    • Brando212

      it will only run on snow leopard and up for whatever reason

      • Paul

        same and im running 10.5.8 os x

      • Scott

        What happens if I jailbreak it with a friends Mac? It will obviously have to be synced to my iTunes on this Mac…

    • http://www.tusnow.com Finale

      If Absinthe is still quitting out even after a “safe mode” reboot… Switch to a guest user account (in safe mode) and try it then. Worked for me… Hopes this helps :-)

  • bryce

    i have the same problem with my ipad2 and iphone4s, i get a blank screen from absinthe! therefore by following the guide my ipad2 or iphone4s should reboot if i turn VPN to ON however all i get was an error message and nothing else.. some people say that the server is overloaded, well i would love to know the exact reason so as i would know whether to restore my iphone or wait till the server is relief from the load.(:

    • bobby

      I have the same problem.. Absinthe screen stay`s white.. Rebooted, VPN on, doenst work for me.

    • Juan

      Use the newest version. Worked after the same priblem.

  • Amin

    I can not eve n open absinthe, it gives me the “absinthe quit unexpectedly” error. What should i do?

    • paul

      exactly the same

      • paul

        same and running 10.5.8 os x

    • Darius

      same on 10.7.2

      • Darius

        some said change user and this helped for me. i need to make access for quest user and enabled fast user switching. switch to quest and now jailbreaking is in progress. thanks ;)

    • Juan

      Make sure you have saved and unzipped Absinthe to a folder. Won’t work if you click the file on the desktop.

  • Khan

    Absinthe doesn’t launch in OS X 10.5.8. I tried everything but to no avail. Help please!!!!

    • Juan

      Make sure you have saved and unzipped Absinthe to a folder. Won’t work if you just click the file on the desktop.

  • Beki

    I did install Cydia, but it wont load sources, I cant put any source ??? any help!!!

    • mrkozlow

      I am having the same issue. 98% of sources i try to load wont.

  • Trizzcuitt

    Ok i know this is a dumb question but how to i know if i need to pay for a cydia app …..or how will it take a payment

    • Steve

      It will say purchase not install

      • Trizzcuitt

        Thanks for the help Steve….just hard to tell in the apps when they have purchase prices.

  • Kay

    Dint have a prob jailbroke my 4S and I am do happy thank guys donations will come :)

  • evan

    any known issues with music not playing after jailbreak?

    • corey

      Im having problems with that none of my music will play

      • batmandela

        Music playing fine for me.

      • ayeayre

        same problem here

      • ayeayre

        same problem here..

    • Andrés

      I have the same issue, no many people use reporting them :S

  • Leon o’sullivan

    There is still no solution to the “the application absinthe quit unexpectedly” iv tried everything itunes is up to date and iv tried booting it from Terminal and the same message came up (if i did it correctly).. could someone explain how to use Terminal Program. im using Leopard 10.5.8

    • Brando212

      as I stated above, Absinthe only runs on snow leopard and up it seems

  • Leon o’sullivan

    There is still no solution to the “the application absinthe quit unexpectedly” iv tried everything itunes is up to date and iv tried booting it from Terminal and the same message came up (if i did it correctly).. could someone explain how to use Terminal Program. im using Leopard 10.5.8

  • Axe

    If i’m not mistaken, some of the dream team members actually upgraded their mac to snow leopard and lion before they wrote absinthe. Maybe they forgot absinthe compatibility in leopard. I hv no problem using it in my lion.

  • Paradox

    Thanks for the tip Wass unfortunately this did not help me :(

    Without safe mode… absinthe just stares at me.

    With safe mode it absinthe crashes and has a lengthy error report.

    So Safe mode did do something .. just not enough. Something is gumming up the works somewhere… Do appreciate any tips others have… and thanks again Wass .. its progress….

    • Paradox

      Oh … using latest iTunes and lion updates .. just fyi

  • Al

    Is there a fix for the camera roll using the windows version… Jailbroke no bother just lost my camera roll…… Tried the reinstall as suggested but to no avail ?????

    • Brian

      I have the same problem. I’ve heard that you have to rerun the jailbreak twice again to get the camera roll back, but this didn’t work for me.

      • Jason

        I just noticed that

  • http://tusnow.com Finale

    If Absinthe is still quitting out even after a “safe mode” reboot… Switch to a guest user account (in safe mode) and try it then. Worked for me… Hopes this helps :-)

    • Paradox

      trying this next .. will report back

  • Brando212

    will someone on iPhone Hacks update the articles stating that Absinthe only runs one snow leopard and up

    it will just crash when run on leopard

    • leon

      thanks brando im going to try on another mac running snow

  • Jason

    I have a problem that after executing command “cinject.exe -j payloads” It failed in restoring files with line that “recv: Bad file descriptor. FATAL: Assertion failed : got == sizeoff 1266″.

  • Steve

    Is anyone else having random icons going blank? A respring does fix the issue temporarily but it comes back on different icons.

    • batmandela

      Blank icons aren’t one of the issues Im experiencing. But there ARE issues.

      Just trying to figure out if theyre Absinthe issues or tweak issues.

  • DJ

    Worked fine with my 4s and Cydia launches with no problems, but my phone and mail icons are white. Seems like a random thing just reading through the posts. I’m using my MB Pro w/Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

    • DJ

      Interesting…just installed Winterboard and now my Phone and Mail icons are back.

  • Dodger

    I still have ios 5.0 am i makeing a mistake not updateing?

  • Dodger

    will this jb iphone 4 firmware 04.11.08 ?

    • Batmandela

      Iphone 4S and iPad 2 only. A5 processors.

      Iphone 4 use redsn0w.

  • Nis

    Doesnt work on Leopard

  • qlite

    Absinthe tool v0.1.2-2 still crashes on my MBPro running 10.6.8. It begins to JB then after a progress bar of about 20% it hangs and eventually crashes. Latest iTunes installed as well. Numerous attempts, same results. Is there a RedSnow version available for the Mac yet?

    • Batmandela

      Did you backup and then restore to a brand new 5.01 before running Absinthe?

  • nathan

    will this greenpois0n be released for iphone 3gs?
    ( im using redsn0w b4 but my phone is running really slow )

    • Batmandela

      A5 processors only I believe.

  • Iphone 4 is better than 4s

    I am so glad i gave back the iphone 4s to vodafone, it had battery issues like mad. And now jailbreak issues and lengthy precedures. My iphone 4 has been jailbroken without these issues whilst still holding very good battery life, i am not willing to sacrifice ease of use and good battery for a poxy 8 megapixel camera and siri

  • Erik

    how do you hactivate iphone 4s

  • JF

    I’m stucked on the “Beginning jailbreak” phase.
    I tried it several times and it always happens.
    More than a hour of waiting each time….

    Any help??

    thanks

    • berlib

      +1

    • berlib

      It seems that the problem is caused by the hosts file or something like this!…
      I h’ve jailbroken my Ipad on a new computer and all worked perfectly !
      Good luck

  • Craig

    My jailbreak button is greyed out on Windows 7 too? What’s the damn fix for that??

  • Austin Dixon

    Just jailbroke my 4s and it ran smooth until I installed iFile and now my music library is all jacked up. I erased everything to do with iFile but still having the issue. I click on one song and it shows the album cover but plays a different song and some songs wont even play

  • http://chingonyo@trashmail.net Chuso

    Not working for me on either mac or pc. Maybe I’ll wait until they fix all the bugs. Seems like some people are having issues after jailbreaking.

  • berlib

    Not working for me (win 7)… The Ipad is recognised, the process begin but even after waiting for hours, nothing more…. It seems that absinthe is stopped. Is it due to overcharged servers ?…

  • Jason

    I have an Ipad 2 5.0.1. When I launch cydia it comes up “Network error. Unable to load. (the request timed out.)” on the homepage and when trying to download an app. all apps and sources are shown but no sources can be added and no apps can be installed. Please help. Tried rejailbreaking and restarting.

    • Jason

      is it just servers being overloaded and slow? I managed to somehow get winterboard download even though it kept comming up Network error.

  • clemgill

    It works for me on iPad2 up to the last step, when absinthe asks to activate the “absinthe” icon on the pad, but there is no icon anywhere… Do I need to open i(unes together with Absinthe? Thx,

  • king_T

    My Jailbreak on IPAD 2 is about done when absinthe crashes as soon as absinthe starts to send info. Windows crash dialog box pops up saying “absinthe.exe has stopped working” any help on this?? Obv using a windows laptop (vista 32bit) ..

    • king_T

      Looks like a system reset done the trick!! you guys rock for making such an easy jailbreak! appreciate the hard work!! Donated!

  • rajat

    plz help me…….i was jailbreaking my ipad2 using v0.4 but unexpectedly the ipad started rebooting itself and got hung . now it is showing the apple logo on screen and it is unmoved.
    plz help

  • 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”

  • REAK

    I USED ABSINTHE 0.4. WHICH INSTALLED SUCCESSFULLY.i tried lunch d abseinthe on my homescreen and dis error box popped up ”Url cannot be shown”.NB:my Wifi was on.pls help!!!

  • REAK

    i use Ipad 2…ios 5.0.1

  • Hardu Blignaut

    It says that my iPhone 4s is not supported what should I do?

  • :(

    i have all but if a wanna jailbreak spring out:sorry, the attached device is not supported what means that??

  • johnny k

    Hey guys i need some help i downloaded absinthe v 4.0 ran it as administrator i am currently running software version 5.1 on my at&t iPad 2 3g and when i try to jailbreak my ipad 2 absinthe says” Sorry the attached device is not supported” please help me.

    • Riguco

      I’m getting the same error!

  • Eddie Kero

    Hi, I bought an iPod 2 and I jailbreaked it before. I tried to download the iOS 5.0.1 from the Settings icon on my iPad 2 but then my iPad wouldn’t turn on anymore and it kept on showing a screen with an arrow pointing to an iTunes symbol. I later learned that this was the recovery screen so I tried to put it out of the recovery mode by pressing the home button and power button simultaneously, but the screen kept on returning back to the recovery screen. I could not restore the iPad 2 on iTunes either, so I downloaded Tiny Umbrella 5.10.01 and tried to save the shsh. However, under the recovering devices section on the left side, my iPad did not appear and I only got a device titled ?18092….. I tried to save the shsh of this ?18902… anyways but this did not work. So, I clicked on the device and pressed the exit recovery but then my iPad2 screen went black with a white apple logo in the middle. This logo keeps on dimming and disappearing and even when I plug my iPad 2 to the computer, neither my iTunes nor the Tiny Umbrella notice it. I need urgent help!

  • Eddie Kero

    Hi, I bought an iPod 2 and I jailbreaked it before. I tried to download the iOS 5.0.1 from the Settings icon on my iPad 2 but then my iPad wouldn’t turn on anymore and it kept on showing a screen with an arrow pointing to an iTunes symbol. I later learned that this was the recovery screen so I tried to put it out of the recovery mode by pressing the home button and power button simultaneously, but the screen kept on returning back to the recovery screen. I could not restore the iPad 2 on iTunes either, so I downloaded Tiny Umbrella 5.10.01 and tried to save the shsh. However, under the recovering devices section on the left side, my iPad did not appear and I only got a device titled ?18092….. I tried to save the shsh of this ?18902… anyways but this did not work. So, I clicked on the device and pressed the exit recovery but then my iPad2 screen went black with a white apple logo in the middle. This logo keeps on dimming and disappearing and even when I plug my iPad 2 to the computer, neither my iTunes nor the Tiny Umbrella notice it. I need help!

  • John

    Tried every tip, still says device unsupported or stays gray in safe mode…running windows7

  • prem

    After i jailbreak , my apps store and cydia is missing…appreciate for ur assistance..thanks

  • henry

    Having an issue with the recent JB and my camera app/roll. The default camera will take pics but the pics I take don’t save to the camera roll like they need to. They store the most recent pic in the camera app itself but won’t download to the camera roll or photo steam. I restored and went back to normal without JB and the problem was still there. I JB it again today but still no luck…. any suggestions?