How to Jailbreak iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 and install Cydia using Pangu

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The Pangu team today updated the Pangu jailbreak to version 1.1, adding Cydia support, an English interface and a number of bug fixes. Here’s how to jailbreak your iOS 8 — iOS 8.1 device using Pangu 1.1.0.

Some important points before you proceed:

  • The jailbreak is currently Windows only, but Mac users can install Windows on a Virtual Machine, and follow the instructions below.
  • Pangu supports following iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 devices:
    • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S
    • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2
    • iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini
    • iPod touch 5G
  • Use iCloud or iTunes to back up any and all personal information that you need to keep safe. The jailbreak has been reported to be working in most cases, but on the off chance something goes wrong, it’s a good idea to have an escape plan.
  • Disable any Anti-virus programs or firewalls that could prevent Pangu from connecting to the internet

Step 1: Download the latest version of Pangu jailbreak from this link

Step 2: Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3: Enable Airplane mode, Disable Passcode from Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and turn off Find my iPhone from Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.

Step 4: Please launch the application as an Administrator. Right Click on the Pangu exe and select the “Run as Administrator” option.


Step 5: Pangu will take some time to detect your device. Once that is done, click on the blue “Start Jailbreak” button.


Step 6: Click on Already Did to proceed to the jailbreak.


Step 7: Wait for the progress bar to complete. Your iPhone or iPad will reboot.

Step 8: Once the process completes, you should see the Cydia icon on your home screen.


Here’s a video tutorial:

After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your jailbroken device secure.

Once you’ve jailbroken your device, be sure to visit our jailbreak apps and tweaks category page, where we’ve been tracking tweaks that have been updated for iOS 8.

➤ The 20 Best Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks for iOS 8 — iOS 8.1

Let us know how it goes in the comments below.

Troubleshooting tips

If you’ve updated over-the-air to the latest iOS 8.0.x or iOS 8.1, and the jailbreak didn’t succeed, try doing a fresh install of iOS 8.1 via iTunes. Download links and instructions can be found here.

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  • Carl

    Thank you! I have just done so and works fine… once done, can we re set passcode and find my iphone to ON?


      Do you have the pangu app installed too?

      • bogs

        it’s still there..

        • CBCIVICATX

          Ok thanks so I stay how I am right now lol. I guess i’m gonna delete it via SSH inside the application folder…

          • bogs

            it actually is kind like ssh… you could change your root password from the app itself.. idk, I think it’s a nice utility tool to have.. if you hate looking at it, bury it in a folder.. lol..

          • CBCIVICATX

            Yea I change both password on SSH with the passed cmd. but I don’t like the pangu app…. I did put it in the folder but it still bothers me lol

    • Yeah.

      • Knight

        My iPhone 6 Plus stays in boot loop after enabling the passcode and Touch ID! The only things I have installed are Cydia and Cydia substrate. It was working just fine until I added the passcode. Any ideas anyone? Iphohehacks?

        • Knight

          …and holding the volume up button down doesn’t work. I have to restore all over again.

        • Gautam

          That’s strange, did you install the latest Pangu update as well? As the Pangu update along with the latest Cydia and Cydia substrate should not cause the bootloop issue.

          • Knight

            Yes sir.. I just finish installing the new update. I am now going to install the Cydia substrate and see what happens. Thank you for your reply Gautam. I will post here what happens once I activate the passcode.

          • JAG

            i keep getting this error. please help

          • roham

            hi i have this problem too first restore ur device with a clean backup or remove ur apps and media too free ur memory then jailbreak again ur problem wiil be sove

          • gaucho

            Gautam, good evening did jailbreak on my iPod turning off all lock and seek iPod, jailbreak concluded he no longer shows my location already restored in many ways but still not finding what I do. grateful for the attentio

    • Yes you can!

  • Jim Nash

    Is there any benefit to running this updated jailbreak if my phone is already jailbroken and running the latest cydia update?


      I don’t know but if it delete their pangu app and install just cydia i’m ready to restore my iPhone just for that!

    • Just update Pangu from Cydia and you’ll get all the bug fixes

    • You just need to install the Pangu untether package from Cydia.

  • lippz9095

    Not happening! 🙁 “Error occurred please try again(if failed over 3 times reboot your device) have retried all i can think of… rebooting pc, rebooting ipad, turned off all security on pc. aaaaaaarggggggggghhhhhhh!!!!

    • Guest

      me too on both my ipad and phone using 4 different PC’s on windows 7 and 8

    • bogs

      did you put your device in airplane mode, turned off find your iphone, and turned off passcode as well?

    • Zorro

      Eventually got it…. if you are getting the fail msg then back up your device then restore to factory settings, dont go through the set-up just Jailbreak, then restore from your backup…PHEW!!

  • kkccsp

    Thsnk U done …. iPhone 5s 16 Gb

  • KuntaKinte

    error on phase 4, like before (iPhone 5 64GB)
    Anybody knows are there some residual files left on the iPhone after JB failing ?

    • KuntaKinte

      OK, i restored iPhone as new, applied JB, and then restored from backup.
      Now it works

  • Pete LP

    is OpenSSH working ?

  • laurnzo

    What happened to the Chinese store on the updated version of Pangu #MELOVEMESOMECRACKAPPS..Wink Wink

  • waqar

    any one knows how to update pangu 1.1.0 from 1.0.0.
    i have already jail broken iphone 5. so when i open pangy ap it says update and start downloading but it never update

    • Erick121

      Mine does the update says respring when it respring it tells me about the update again well don’t see anything new to gain anyway

  • baraa

    can you help me …. pangu still preparing… not work 🙁
    what should be do???

    • John Snow

      cant help… me no know. much difficulty.

    • enjoy, Pangu in the process of connecting to the internet

  • amit

    sucessfully completely …..well done pangu

  • Sameh Mohd.Elwan

    hank you! I have just done so and works fine thankssssss

  • Ninjaserver

    Is there any way to install IPA files on new IOS 8.1 JB.

  • Gamblor420

    Worked beautifully!!! Pandora downloader and Xbmc work flawlessly

    • EVH

      I installed Pandora Downloader but it doesn’t seem to work. How do you do yours?

  • Nick LaMantia

    Can anyone tell me why safari on my iPad mini keeps crashing after this jailbreak?

  • gaucho

    thank you

  • JAG

    please help. i keep getting this error. iphone 5 att

  • Jag

    I keep getting this error. Please help. Iphone 5 att. 8.1.

    • mahmoud abdel aziz

      try to disable find my iphone from icloud -settings

    • Maxime Maitre

      Is anyone have the solution ? I have the same problem and i have disabled Find My iPhone and the Touch ID & Code…

      • cptnmolo

        deactivate the encrypted data backup on itunes. then it should work

        • Chris K C Driver

          and how would one do this?

          • Cptnmolo

            Here you can see what should be done

          • Maxime Maitre

            Change nothing…

  • Gunny

    Whats the point when theres no app sync,i should have stayed where i was.No where does it say in this article that theres no app sync,so cant use jail broken apps

    • Ninja

      I am surprised this wasn’t more “up front” too as I have always felt it was a major reason for the jb for a lot of people.

  • Rik

    Does this version install the Pangu app? If it doesn’t, I may restore and install this version… Thoughts?

  • Dblaze

    can you delete the pangu app after jailbreak or is it needed?

    • Akash Syed

      u can through cydia. uninstall panufu loader

  • andy

    I’m jail broke but cydia won’t load?

  • Claus

    Followed all steps, but got boot loop on ipad 2 wi-fi.
    Had to do recovery mode

  • B.A

    On a different note, how is iOS 8.1 on iPhone 4S and jailbroken? With regards to fluidity within the operating system as I’m still on 7.1.2. Is it just as fluid as 7.1.2? ..wondering whether to take the plunge to 8.1. Cheers

    • ninja

      it’s fine

  • Papaski

    Afterinstalling, can I re enable passcode and find my phone?

    • Sebastian Rasch

      Yes. Mobile substrate has been updated in this regard.

  • Justin

    I have tried this twice now. I jailbreak it by following the intstruction. I update in cydia. i reboot phone to confirm it is rebooting correctly. It boots up fine. I restore to my backup and add my fingerprint and passcode then I reboot phone again and then it gets stuck on apple boot logo.

  • redneck

    cydia is not showing up on my home screen or ant where on my phone what do i do

  • Jae

    Oh man, crossing fingers. Using VM to run the 1.1.0 version. First try only took like 5 mins but phone was frozen on home screen with no app icons. Waited a bit, nothing. Tried again and it has been running for about 15 mins now….. apple logo on the 6.

  • Bryle

    I’ve jail broken my iPod touch 5th but cydia have me this

  • bryle

    I’ve jailbroken my ipodtouch 5th but cydia won’t load. please help

  • bren

    cydia won’t laod

  • sOnorous

    Pangu stuck at detecting my phone XD

  • Bsbb

    So is it safe to say there’s no reason to jailbreak yet?

  • TeaJay

    went smoothly :)!! btw I have iPhone 5 with ios 8.1

  • tariq

    can i jailbreak my iphone 6 with it ?

    • David Bockman


  • TeaJay

    one thing to asl though the jb went fine. But I do not see vShare or appvv in cydia?

    • TeaJay

      any updates on vShare and appvv??

  • Oli

    It was very easy and works without any issues (ipad air 2, iOS 8.1). Great!

  • gaucho

    did jailbreak on my iPod turning off all lock and seek iPod, jailbreak concluded he no longer shows my location already restored in many ways but still not finding what I do. grateful for the attentio

  • Hinds

    Broke down and jailbroke my 6+. Just 3 small tweaks shows me how much I miss jailbreak.

    • gizmoz

      what are the 3 tweaks needed?

  • Suyash Jain

    successfully jailbreak my iPhone 🙂

  • Mk

    hi there, i succesfully jailbreak my ipod 5g, but how to install latest whatsapp on it?

  • Rumi

    iphone 5s 16gigs ios8.1 … at the end it gave me a blue-black screen but it rebooted and came back successfully… but i didnt get cydia and pangu apps..! WTF..!

  • David Bockman

    Just throwing my own experiences in with the mix, following the instructions jb’ing an iPhone 6 was no problem, however my Ipad2 wouldn’t go, I tried several times but couldn’t get it to jb until I right-clicked the pangu.exe and selected ‘run as administrator’. HTH

    • retribution1888

      your supposed to do that every time right-clicked the pangu.exe and selected ‘run as administrator’

  • zmcd-6

    people I need your help. I’ve jailbroken my iPhone. but when I open pangu app doesn’t show the store to update Cydia… what I do?

  • Ag

    i finally did the jailbrake on 5th gen ipod touch, however, and i followed the mentioned steps to a tee, however i’m experiencing issues, where apps will cause my ipod to reboot, and when surfing on safari, it’ll prompt with an error…any help will be very appreciated

  • n0m0n

    I lost the ability to make appointments in the iOS calendar.

    There is no longer any time options when I create or try to edit appointments.

    Anyone else notice this?

  • Raj Kewalramani

    I have updated my iPhone 5s to 8.1 from OTA do I need update it manually from iTunes after downloading the whole software to jailbreak it? Please let me know. Thanks

  • Kzman

    my safari alway reload page after jailbreak….iphone4s…

  • Megan

    I reset my iphone to factory , then downloaded the jailbreak can i restore my iphone and gain all my stuff back without loosing the jailbreak?

  • tee

    pls help. my iphone 5 will not boot when i jailbreak with pangu. pls what can i do

  • Hi successfully JB’d Ipod touch 5G, can you remove pengu from home screen afterwards or is that kinda like SUPERSU for android?

  • mobiIevids

    I need a jailbreak now cuz my damn girl updated my iPhone 5S to iOS 8.1 (by accident she claims). by accident my ass!! Now without Cydia I can’t get back the “bigU Movies” app I installed from xsellize repo or insanelyi repo to watch new movies like John Wick, Fury, Dracula Untold, The Equalizer, Annabelle and No Good Deed. I really hope I can use this Pangu jailbreak successfully cuz my nights & weekends won’t be the same when I can’t watch movies..

  • Vuk Matic

    I used the asian version of the app as instructed (on my iphone 5), but something happened and my iphone wouldnt switch on and would just give me the apple logo and then would switch off, so i had to restore it. After doing so i lost my network unlock, which is very frustrating, any idea why this might happen?

    • Prashant Donekal

      any luck with your phone. I have the same issue now

      • Vuk Matic

        Unfortunately not. The company i used to network unlock it (official iphone unlock) is not replying to emails, facebook or picking up phone calls! Its refreshing to see that i , unfortunately, am not the only one.

  • DoriKin Starr

    Why does my iTouch 5 which jailbreak already with iOS 8.1 doesn’t USB Charge and cannot be detected anymore when I connected to the computer after install some Cydia apps!? But it can charge when I plug in to the socket. Please help!

  • Donald Varghese

    i done ota update in ma 5s . so is it needed to restore firmware from the itune? ??? before jailbeaking from pangu 1.2 ???????

  • Rob Mac

    cant get passed the download now alert on start up on pc how do i bypass that and run

  • sam

    keep getting stuck at preparing jailbreak resoure did a restore and turned everythung off

  • Dara919

    I need a software to unlock my Iphone5s ios 8.0, please suggest and help.
    I try with this Pangu jailbreak but it ain’t work.

  • Chuck

    I’m having trouble jail breaking my iPad mini 1. I restored to factory settings & updates to iOS 8.1 via iTunes. I turned airplane mode on. I turned the passcodes & find my iPad off. I open Pangu as administrator and it doesn’t recognize my device. It says “initializing please wait”. It never detects my device and the jailbreak button never turns blue. Can someone help please? I want to jailbreak my iPad before the opportunity is gone.

  • Rob rad

    pangu ios 8 1.2.0 no cydia install

  • Rob rad

    I’ve jail broken successfully but the cydia icon is not on the phone and I open pangu app and nothing is inside that either to install it if redone it 8 times and still no joy what can be the problem

  • kerala

    I keep getting this error. Please help. Iphone 5s att. 8.1

  • kerala

    I keep getting this error. Please help. Iphone 5 att. 8.1.

    • Singh

      run as adminstrator

  • Guest

    Did the Jailbreak on my iPhone 5 ATT 64GB phone, it powered on and then back off again.

    I attempted to turn it on again after SEVERAL minutes and it comes up and then after showing the Apple logo, it shuts off again!

    I can’t even RESTORE my phone if the phone wont turn on (Yes it IS FULLY CHARGED!).

    • Guest

      I got into restore mode. Going to try it one more time.

    • Prashant Donekal

      Any luck with your phone ? I have an iphone 4s and I am stuck at the apple logo as well / the pangu tool wont detect my phone

      • You were stuck during the jailbreaking process or was this after installing a jailbreak tweak?

        • Prashant Donekal

          no during the JB had to go to itunes to go and restore ios which took me 3 hours just to verify the update, i held the volume up button and it booted perfectly. insane af

  • Guest

    Followed all the instructions to the “T” and yet it FAILS every time!

    So much for all those Cydia store programs I PAID MONEY for…


  • Chris K C Driver

    Make sure you do this BEFORE you restore your back up! If you have a LOT of data on your phone, this WILL NOT work!

    Discovered that the HARD way.

  • madelin

    Am i going to be able to do this if i do not know that password to turn off iCloud? I do not have that person’s password to disable iCloud.. What do i do?

  • nk

    it wrks..!!

  • Ronald Cooper

    The jailbreak keeps stopping at this point, does anyone else have this problem or know how to solve it?

  • Prashant Donekal

    if you own an iphone 4s and are trying to JB it using pangu tool, I strongly suggest you DO NOT DO IT. I spent the last 3 hours tryin to restore a device stuck on apple boot logo. on the plus side, IOS 8.1 is not all that bad as its made out to be. I was previously running 7.0.3 and I dont see any noticeable lag or app crashes. I only hope 8.1.1 will be better for the iphone 4s, the best phone ever made

  • Ibrahim Hassan Darwesh

    What is this problem ???
    All instructions were done

    • Guest


  • Rigan Sheikh

    I have jailbreak my iphone 5 and cydia installed successfully but if i search any packages don’t show nothing. Could u please tell me what should I do now?

  • arif

    did you restore your iphone before you jailbreak ?

  • sheikh

    can any one tell me the solution what should i do..
    I have deleted cydia mistakenly 🙁

  • bly

    I tried jbing my 6plus last night using pangu 1.0 for a mac…didnt get the pangu app, but got pangunew or something like that…is the only way for me to get cydia is to do run windows parallel?

  • Bailey

    THANK YOU! Worked on iphone 5 perfectly!

  • joygd

    when will we get cydia for 8.1.1 ?

  • sufia

    just here to read the comments and im not so sure i wanna jailbreak because its my school ipad with school stuff so should i or should i not?

  • Caliqueen

    I want tojailbreak my ipad mini 8.1.1 never jail broken before and wondering the risks involved can someone give me advice Im not really understanding the process or what it is that I’m actually doing to my tab and I don’t want to screw it up and f*ck it all up … Help is very much appreciated .. Thanks xoxo

  • john doe

    i cant even open it without an error popping up about a debugger

  • Ender the boss

    Get vshare get the non jailbreaked version it will get you any app for free

  • Jonathan Rainey

    I did back up my iPhone 4, turned off the passcode and ‘find my iphone’ options, and the application still won’t let me install the jailbreak app.

  • Lex

    I was told about Pangu from one of my friends at school. He jailbroke his phone with it and had no problems and his phone is working fine, but I’m scared to jailbreak after reading these comments. I have an iPhone 5c (AT&T); has anyone else with the same phone used Pangu? If so, how did it turn out? Is it working well even after a while? Is it worth going through the hassle or am I better off just leaving my phone alone and paying for my music, movies, etc.? Any answers would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

  • jana

    What if I cant turn off find my iphone?

  • St

    is this good for 8.1.1?

  • maxi

    does it works on ipod 5??

  • Spacebar

    so u can’t download with 8.1.1

  • olivia

    it keeps coming up with this what do i do?

  • Gautam

    Pangu doesn’t support iOS 8.1.2. You can use TaiG jailbreak to jailbreak your device on iOS 8.1.2. Check this article for the step-by-step guide:

  • Noam

    Do If I take out the software, then the application will be deleted automatically after that?

  • Hero

    Does Pangu have the possible to install JB on locked iPhone 4s?

  • andrea

    When I downloaded this to my computer to be able to use it……it screwed my computer up I never even got to do anything to my phone I am not able to use my computer now

  • g

    if you are having trouble, sign out of iCloud and disable passcode!

  • ulugbek

    guys it writes for me: unable to get jailbreak recources, please check your network

  • ayham

    it says please check you connection.. anyone?! i wouldny write this comment if not connected