How to Jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 using Pangu on your Mac

Pangu8 for Mac

The Pangu team has just released Pangu8 jailbreak for Mac, which allows you to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running on iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 on their Mac. If you need help, follow our step-by-step instructions on how to jailbreak your iOS 8 — iOS 8.1 device using Pangu8 for Mac.

Important notes:

Some important points before you proceed:

  • 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
  • Take a full backup of your device using iTunes. 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.
  • This guide is for Mac users, but the steps for Windows users is also very similar. You can check this guide if you want to jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 using Pangu for Windows.

Step 1: Download the latest version of Pangu jailbreak from our download page.

Download iOS 8-iOS 8.1 Pangu Jailbreak

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

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

Step 4: Right click on the Pangu dmg file. It will inform you that “Pangu8” is an application downloaded from the Internet, and if you’re sure you want to open it. Click on the Open button to continue.

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

Pangu8 for Mac


Step 6: If you’ve taken a backup of your device using iTunes, and followed the other instructions mentioned in Step 3 then click on the Already Did to proceed to the jailbreak.

Pangu8 for Mac


Step 7: The jailbreak process will start and will display the status such as:

  • Starting jailbreak ..
  • Transferring resources for jailbreaking ..
  • Preparing the environment ..
  • Waiting for device rebooting ..
  • Preparing the environment ..
  • Injecting ..
  • Jailbreaking ..
  • Final Cleaning…

During the jailbreak proceed your device will reboot several times, so don’t panic, it is expected behavior.

Step 8: Once the process completes, Pangu8 will inform you that Jailbreak Succeeded! You should see the Cydia icon on your home screen.


After successfully jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can disable AirPlane mode and re-enable passcode and Find my iPhone.

If you want to check out the video walkthrough, see below:

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 by restoring your device using iTunes. Download links and instructions can be found here.

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  • J. Maine

    You have to disable find my iPhone before turning airplane mode on or it won’t be able to connect to turn find my iPhone off

    • Good point. Updated it! Thanks for pointing it out.

    • loganexplosion

      Was thinking the same thing

  • loganexplosion

    It only installed the panguapp (white icon) the first time, no cydia. Ran it again, cydia showed up as well as the (blue) Pangu icon.

    • J. Maine

      same here. When i did it the second time i cleaned my iPhone of everything and it worked.

    • D

      same here. 1st run of jailbreak, result was the white icon. Note: when pangu was run, iphone 6 plus was NOT in sleep mode but on home screen with no apps running. 2nd run of jailbreak resulted in both cydia and pangu app icons.

    • tomcabbit

      Same here. It did that 4 times. After that, i’ve decided to clear a little more space to have a total of 1.5gb free, and it worked perfectly fine.

  • Alan

    Worked like a charm. Freedom finally!

  • Michael Ramirez

    after install can i turn on Passcode and find my iphone without any problems ?

    • Yes, you can re-enable the passcode and Find my iPhone after jailbreaking your device. We’ve updated the article to avoid any confusion.

      • Don

        wil it effect the warranty ???

  • EvilZeppelin

    cannot locate package in cydia

  • Ernest

    Worked perfectly and no data loss! But I got the Pangu app as well, should I keep it?

    • iOSFan

      Same here…..Should I re-jb the phone?iPhone 6+

  • NY

    i installed everything and jailbreak went fine but i am not getting root acess in ifunbox. what should i do?

  • Smashby

    I followed these steps to a tee, but I lost a whole bunch on icons including settings. I had to completely restore ipad to original. Anyone else have this problem?

    • leonku

      Got that problem i havent yet fixed it and even the phone is still network locked.

  • Точки над Ё

    Is jailbreak 100% reversible?

  • iGold

    Still waiting Apple TV 3 jailbreak. Already 3 years no one can do it.

  • DoctorTim

    I have run pangu jb multiple times on a 5s and Air. Initially, when I power off, there is no problem. But after restoring my backup – with no Cydia tweaks installed, I lock up on the apple screen if I power off/on. This happens every single time on both devices, which are setup differently (different apps, etc). Can anyone else power off and on their 5s or air after they run their restore? Seems weird that it would be only me since I am using different devices and different backups.

    The only fix has been starting over with a device restore. Even that is tough as iTunes doesn’t always recognize my 5s when it is locked at the apple. Once I used Pangu’s restore tab when iTunes wouldn’t recognize my phone. Prior to this I have had no issues with either device. Both were jb on iOS 7. I am now running without jailbreak for the first time in years. The loss of f.lux is killing me!

    • Moodi

      Same problem here, I did the whole process 3 times. I hate it.
      Any one can help please !!!!!!

      • DoctorTim

        I finally got around this by restoring my backup BEFORE applying Pangu. It worked on all devices. If another restore is needed in the future I expect the JB to break unless they fix the issue.

        • Moodi

          Thank you DoctorTim I did that be coincidence and notice that I am still going OK. Thanks for the help

  • hdnz

    my process installation is blocked in step “preparing jailbreak resources” I follow all instructions for starting set up without any success what’s the problem plz?

  • AJ

    Springboard crashes every time I try to enable wiggle to move icons around.

  • jwrbloom

    Most of the jailbreak apps I try to access from the Featured section say they can’t be found. Anyone having this issue?

    • jwrbloom

      Once I *Refreshed* inside the Cydia app, I’d gather most of the apps showed up.

  • mlittle

    so what now??? i ran the jailbreak program step by step so now what do i do??? just buy a sim card from another company and put it in and go???

  • Vee Vee

    mine says iPhone5,3 with iOS 8.1.1 ? how do i make it 8.0? or 8.1

  • Adam Totti Ballan

    when ios 8.1.2 is released is it that there will be jailbreak available for IOS 8.1.1 since there is for ios8 – ios 8.1


  • Charles Winfield

    Hey guys should i be concerned that my phone “Cannot Verify Server” for all my emails after I used this JB?!

    why might they not be verified all of a sudden … ?

  • Richard Schultz

    Installed the app on my Mac but am unable to start the Jailbreak process. The text that denotes what flavor of phone I connected is RED and I’m unable to click on the button “Start Jailbreak”. Any ideas?