How to Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using TaiG


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TaiG team updated their jailbreak to support iOS 8.1.2, which was released by Apple to fix some bugs and address a problem where ringtone purchased through iTunes Store may have been removed form your device..

Here’s how to jailbreak your device running on iOS 8.1.2 using TaiG jailbreak.

Some important points before you proceed:

  • TaiG jailbreak supports following iOS 8.1.1 and iOS 8.1.2 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
  • TaiG jailbreak is currently available only for Windows. Mac users please follow our guide on how to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using PP Jailbreak, which is available for Mac OS X.
  • 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 TaiG from connecting to the internet.

Jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using TaiG jailbreak:

Follow these instructions to jailbreak iOS 8.1.2 using TaiG jailbreak.

Step 1: Download the latest version of TaiG jailbreak from this link on your computer, and unzip the zip file.

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

Step 3: Disable Passcode from Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 4: Also turn off Find my iPhone from Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone.

Step 5: Please launch the application as an Administrator. Right click on the TaiG exe and select the “Run as Administrator” option.

Step 6: TaiG will take some time to detect your device. Once you confirm that it is showing the correct firmware version, deselect the TaiG App Store (the one in Chinese), just below Cydia 1.1.16.

Step 7: Click on the green jailbreak (Begin or Start) button to proceed. You will see the circular progress bar.

Note: If TaiG gets stuck at 30% or so then don’t worry, wait for 20-30 minutes for the process to progress, it can take time if you’re using it in a virtual machine. Check this post for more details.

Step 8: After the jailbreak is complete, your device will reboot automatically, and you should should see the Cydia icon on the Home screen.

You can also check our video walkthrough:

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 8.1.2

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 8.1.2, and the jailbreak didn’t succeed, try doing a fresh install of iOS 8.1.2 via iTunes. Download links and instructions can be found here.

As always, let us know how it goes.

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  • Steve Kennard

    A refresh on how to backup jailbreak apps, update iOS and re jb/restore jb apps might be handy for those who don’t know.

    • Gautam

      Good idea, thanks for the suggestion.

      • bezza

        hello there ive just jailbroke my iphone 4s 8.1.2 ios i want to unlock to all carriers but when i try install ultrasn0w i get errors —-> sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) and —- >subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 255 any help would be great

  • Donald Varghese

    I updated my iPhone 5 …8.1.2 with OTA update ….. So is ter any problem when jailbreaking with taig ? Bcz pangu recommended update iOS with iTunes

    • Gautam

      It is recommended to update using iTunes. However, try to take a backup of your device using iTunes, and then try jailbreaking. If that doesn’t work then you may need to restore your device.

      • malcolm salgado

        hey! which of the link is the best one to download?

  • Lalalalalala

    Done!

  • facepalm

    hi. I have a quick question; It’s been 2 or 3 times already that when I update my jailbreak, some cydia tweaks are not working properly like their icons keep on disappearing, almost as if cydia can’t register installation or whatever… and it’s only solved by reinstalling tweaks for a different repo. so are you familiar with this issue, and what would be a good solution ? I was thinking of a clean restore, but when itunes makes a backup, it also saves all preferences including those of cydia tweaks, right ? I’m afraid it might cause said problem all again…

    • Gautam

      You would need to use something like PkgBackup to take a backup of your jailbreak apps and tweaks, so you can restore it after restoring and jailbreaking your device. This article is quite old but should give you a good idea how it works:
      http://www.iphonehacks.com/2010/03/how-to-backup-restore-jailbreak-iphone-apps.html

      As @stevekennard:disqus suggested, we will work on a detailed tutorial.

      • facepalm

        oh yes thank you, I know about aptbackup, but it never bothered me to do all that manually. but about the tweaks disappearing, you ever saw something like that…? I can’t seem to find anyone speaking of such an issue on technical forums

      • gaucho

        thank you

  • EvadingLogic

    This is unacceptable.

    The ONLY correct way to jailbreak ANY iOS device is to wait with baited breath for the Evaders to hold seventeen press conferences, post 20 Tweets each with “progress updates” and then release something unstable at the last minute before the next Apple update in an effort for them to cash in.

    Having a jaibreak available immediately is simply not acceptable. Retract the story, remove all links, and direct ALL traffic ONLY to the Evaders.

    Chop chop.

    • Pope Francis

      We don’t need Evaders anymore, we got the Chinese now.

    • pedro flores

      i just want a b bloody mac version thats all.

      • Goatlord

        boot camp

      • Twister Rodriguez

        Borrow a Windows PC man, I took me like 10 minutes to complete.

    • it’s working fine man, wot u chatting about? 😉

  • Me

    “开始” (What it says on the button at the bottom of the window) does not mean “Jailbreak”. It means “Start” or “Begin”. Just an FYI, not that it really changes anything.

  • Eduardo Ximenes

    Hi . I wonder if it is normal to wait over 30 minutes for the Taig detect the device, because I’m already expecting more than that and not yet detected the device ( iTouch 5G ).

  • nospam@aol.com

    I’m getting “Network Anomaly, version verification failed” every time I run it

  • Qtip

    I keep getting “network anomaly, version verification failed” every time I run it

  • isselmou

    what should i do if i didn’t uncheck
    the checkmark

  • raquel

    do I still need to change my root password when I jailbreak my iphone6 using taig?

  • Anchus

    I did the jailbreak but now Cydia says to me that I had to refresh in order to have the fonts to change code pass and download ifile (Cydia doesn’t find the fonts). I did it but it didn’t work…

  • Julius

    Help me, after i follow the steps then open cydia. I appears any no applications in home. Please help

  • iGold

    Still waiting Apple TV3 jailbreak

  • dennis bazan

    please help me how to remove the user id, cant activate the ipad 3.. i bought it from my friend and he did not logout his itunes id. now, i can’t contact him to ask his id.. please give advice what to do.. thanks

  • Aldi

    What if I’m on 8.1.1 jailbroken and I want to upgrade to 8.1.2? Do I need to re jb or just upgrade to 8.1.2 via OTA will be fine?

    • Gautam

      You will have to re-jailbreak your device as upgrading to iOS 8.1.2 will wipe the jailbreak and jailbreak tweaks.

      • Aldi

        Thank you for the answer 😀
        I think I’ll just stick to 8.1.1 until 8.1.3 or 8.2 comes out

  • youssef

    every time i try opening cydia it restarts my mobile

  • Confused Man

    I accidentally didn’t un-check the box and additionally downloaded the extra appliance. Is there any way to get rid of it?

  • BlahBlahBlah

    Hey there, it says that this only works with windows or virtual machine.

    Would it be possible to install through wine for example and then use as normal with osx itunes and linking with yosemite? Or does it remain restricted to windows compatibility?

    Cheers!

  • Jagannath K

    Hi,
    I have jailbroke my iPhone running iOS 8.1.2
    Cydia got installed.

    But I couldnt install any tweaks right from the first run; throwing dependency error for ncurses and grep.

    Error message:
    “Couldn’t configure pre-depend dpkg for ncurses. probably a dependency cycle.”

    Could you folks suggest an answer?

    I tried the below one but couldn’t work on it. http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=17101409&postcount=6

    FYI: I couldn’t install any tweaks/apps. Just used iFunBox on PC.

    Any help would be greatly appreciable 🙂

  • Master of Prankster

    When the Taig detected my iPod, it has a red exclamation mark beside it/. What do I do? Should I continue and press the green button? Or don’t continue?

    • spm5

      I also get this – and cant proceed past this point. What do I do now? (iPad3)

    • Ale

      That happened to me when I had several devices plugged in

    • Haider Shafiq

      did you turn off the passcode & find my iphone?

    • Laythy

      turn off find my iphone on the device and it will go away

  • jase

    i didn’t uncheck the 2nd check box does that matter?

  • wael

    please help after i jailbreak i can’t use airplay any more when i push ipad screen from down to up to get control center the ipad restart

  • Isabel

    I have an iphone 5s jailbroken with this on ios 8.1.1 and it wont sync at all on itunes, any suggestions? its been like this for a month now.

  • Jb

    Jail broke my iphone6 8.1.2 no problems

  • ooo

    this does not work!!! someone said to jailbreak with device as new but what’s the point if everything is lost and you can’t get it back through iCloud restore? pangu needs to hurry up. they’re the easiest jailbreak.

  • Reiss Mikula

    I’m new to this whole jailbreak thing because my old device wasn’t jailbroken. So, I tried doing this on my brand new iPod 5, and it worked. I opened Cydia, then it was doing something. It said that it would exit when it was done, but I accidentally pressed the home button. Some stupid shit happened, then everything disappeared. When I use spotlight search, i can find most things, but I can’t find any of the things that came with the iPod, including settings and the app store.

    • Mido

      i had the same exact problem on ipad 3, did u find a solution??

    • Jose

      I had a similar issue jailbreaking iOS 8.1 on an iPhone 4s with Pangu. The solution was to open the Pangu app that was installed during the jailbreak and press “rebuild database” (or something similar.) Not sure if this helps…

  • Madara ‘Sage of Six Paths’ Uch

    My iPhone won’t show any apps and the bottom part where the messages should be is blank and it won’t swipe to the other screen. HELP ME PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Needusefultweak

    Any tweaks to change the ios8 landskap keyboard just like a 3gs. Landskap key to small and i typing so slow and always error because i have mic or back button etc etc. i only need large keypad in landskap mode just like my old 3gs before.

    • Romnick Nitro

      try SBSFLIP tweaks,,it allows you to landscape your device like iphone6 plus

      • Needusefultweak

        thanks for the reply , but im looking for a keyboard setting just like a iphone 3gs landscape keyboard. i dont like the ios8 keyboard landscape on my iphone6. the alphabet button is so small to type.

  • gus

    I have a company profile installed that has a password policy enforced. I cannot remove passcode without removing that profile. Can I still jailbreak (without removing and reinstalling the profile, which is a pain)?

    • TroyLoisel

      No you can not

  • DRE`

    i cant download the link will say 3 or 4 hours left then it disappears is there another way to jailbreak my phone without downloadin taig link ?

  • toni

    Hy! It stops at 30%. What should i do?

    • Lily Wardhani Soeroto

      you should wait 20-30 minutes until it will process

  • M

    I jailbroke my iPhone
    can i have my photos and everything from the backup ?

  • jokay

    stucked in 30%?

  • Penguinan

    Mine is downloading right now and it’s stuck at 60%! HELP ME!!

  • DMNZKV

    It’s driving me crazy. I tried almost everything also hard reset ipad 2, but still stuck at 30%.

    • just keep waiting, give it at least 15-20mins if still problem reset – also make sure to have wifi on, it helped me to jailbreak 😉

  • nice, so so easy to do, i got two devices jb’ed within 10mins, thanks! 😉

  • Guest

    Hi, I have Jailbroken my iPhone 5s, 16GB, iOS 8.1.2 using TaiG 1.2.0 software.

    After this 30-35% of my battery is getting consumed by “aggregated” and 15% by “locationd”. I don’t know about aggregated but I guess locationd is about the location services. But my location services are off. Now I need to charge my phone 2 times a day to use it. Even after my 6-7 hours of sleep the battery will reduce by 20-25 %.

    I’ve installed the tweaks, Activator, Bytafont 2, Upscale, Virtual Home, RotatePlus and Dockshift.

    Any help is welcome.

  • Brandon Zgadzaj

    Hey @gautam I get this on every tweak I try to install I don’t have safemode or mobile substrate installed I need help

  • Anantmurti

    Hi, I have Jailbroken my iPhone 5s, 16GB, iOS 8.1.2 using TaiG 1.2.0 software.

    After this 30-35% of my battery is getting consumed by “aggregated” and 15-20% by “locationd”. I don’t know about aggregated but I guess locationd is about the location services. But my location services are off. Now I need to charge my phone 2 times a day to use it. Even after my 6-7 hours of sleep the battery will reduce by 20-25 %.

    I’ve installed the tweaks, Activator, Bytafont 2, Upscale, Virtual Home, RotatePlus and Dockshift.

    Please help me.

  • bezza

    hello there ive just jailbroke my iphone 4s 8.1.2 ios i want to unlock to all carriers but when i try install ultrasn0w i get errors —-> sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1) and —- >subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 255 any help would be great

  • john

    After I jailbroke My Ipod 5 with IOS 8.1.2 i opened up cydia to Finnish the packages… afterwards the iPod rebooted, and my home screen was blank!!

  • Myller De Araujo

    This Jailbreak breaks the Altimeter on the iphone 6 and 6 plus.

  • genisis

    i tried then i got so confused, like i was good up to step 5 then i was just lost

  • esquire415

    Damn! so many problems w the jailbreak. So is TaiG really the best for jailbreaking? I have a new iPhone 4s and wud like to jailbreak it before i subscribe to a carrier, is that possible?

  • Pat

    Hey. This worked great for me but once it was completed Airplay with my Apple TV 3 did not work – any tips?

  • Pharel Mayimbi

    when search inside cydia , the search is not even working with ISO 8.1.2 in my ipad

  • Sulianto Lie

    hi, TaiG stuck process at 30%. I’be turn of find my iPhone, disabled passcode, and set administrator of TaiG.exe. But it still stuck at 30%. It was 2 hour I was waiting for. What should I do… Some body could you help me please. Thx

    • XGAM4R

      Maybe you need a completely fresh iPhone? as in, completely reset the device like it was new.

  • dav

    What are the advantages of a jailbreak if it bricks your phone??? I am reading about more problems than advantages. Hardly seems worth it in my opinion. If the device doesn’t meet your needs, shop for one that does.

  • Don Pablo

    hey, I live outside the US. I brang over an iphone 4S Verizon. I ran the jailbrake and Cydia loaded succesfully. Wifi is working ok. However, it still does not allow the sim card. Says its not authorised.
    Any idea what else can be done?

  • Enzo

    Worked like a charm. done in 3 minutes, thanks a million

  • Wesley Kanashiro

    Hello, I have an iPhone 6 Plus locked from Japan. I use it in Brazil with a China GPP SIM. Could I jailbreak my device without problems? Is there any risk of the appliance stop working in Brazil with China GPP SIM, after I jailbreak my phone?

  • P Lingadeez

    Anyone know how to fix the size mismatch error when installed apps with Cydia?

  • just used this again to jb 8.1.1, works 100% fine, lucky was done before 8.1.3! 😉

  • Jac

    Hello all,

    So attempted twice to Jailbreak my iPad 2 (8.1.2). Both times the jailbreak is fine but when I go to click on Cydia on my iPad I briefly get a screen saying it is loading the filesystem. Then it all goes black…

    The first time this happened I clicked the home button quite quickly and every app on my device disappeared. Tried again and left it half an hour and only my Main apps disappear. I then have to fully restore my iPad to factory settings cos even when I restore my backup apps are missing.

    I have read a lot of forums online and a few people seem to have this problem but no one has a fix 🙁

    If anyone has worked out a fix for this or knows how to avoid this happening please let me know.

    Many thanks!

  • anthony978

    iphone 4s ios 8.1 can’t jailbreak. it keeps saying can’t find apple driver.please download and install itunes when clearly my itunes updated to the latest 12.1

    • XGAM4R

      Did you do the “Run as administrator” thing?

      • anthony978

        no really dude, any programs i open always run as admin because i set it up to…

      • anthony978

        that’s not the problem… like i said ever since the new itune update. the taig jailbreak keep saying can’t find apple driver and please install and update itunes which i did.

    • SNK AFRIDI

      i heard that you have to use itune 12.01, First remove the 12.1 itune from add/rmove program and then install the older version
      12.01, i am currently downloading atm.

    • SNK AFRIDI

      i used that 12.01 and jail break worked. Good luck to you guys. and i prefer that you install 12.1 again if you want to use itune.

  • Edipo

    Alguma pista sobre como lidar com isso??

    • nimrod

      same with me. i followed the manual exactly.

      • Luke

        I have the same problem. It means you have to update iTunes, but I tried 3 times and it still didn’t work.

        • Tim

          Pretty sure the new version of iTunes (12.1) interferes with the TaiG device discovery process.

          • Kailey Miller

            I’m having the same problem. Is there a way to downgrade to a previous version?

      • anthony978

        i have the same shit, it’s saying can’t find apple drive. please download and install itunes. which i have done…

  • carlos mario hernandez padron

    AL PARECER NO ME RECONOCE MI IPHONE TAIGJEALBREAK, QUE HAGO? TODO ESTA HECHO CONFORME A LOS PASOS QUE SE ME INDICAN

  • Michael Bissonette

    Anyone else having issues installing an older version of itunes? I noticed IOS and itunes updated today, I feel like Apple did something to keep us from installing older versions of iTunes so we can’t downgrade to jailbreak.

  • fr

    waste of time does not work! tried everything and taig application just keeps saying cannot find apple drivers. Dont bother and just wait for someone with better skills to release a jailbreak.

  • CantUnzip:(

    When I unzip the jailbreak to a new folder there is absolutely nothing in the new folder. Please help

    • XGAM4R

      Try running it straight from the winrar, or what ever program you have.

  • Meia Harrin

    I don’t even understand what this says.

  • anthony978

    Can someone please help seriously… i have iphone 4s ios 8.1.2 with the latest itunes 12.1. also the Taig jailbreak extracted it and run as admin. it keeps saying can’t find apple driver….i even reinstall itunes and update my windows update. downgrade my phone twice tried 8.1 / 8.1.2 when i was in ios 8.1.3.

  • Kailey Miller

    I disabled the anti virus and the firewalls and did everything like it said to, but it says “Can’t find Apple Driver, please download and install iTunes.”. I have deleted iTunes and reinstalled it but it still says the same thing. Please help!

  • dian aguiera

    i like it , it was fast and secure for my iphone

  • thing

    it says cant find apple driver

  • Zade

    Did anybody have problems with bricking? This is my first jailbreak and I don’t want to run the risk of it bricking.

  • Luddest

    For me when i start it. It says something in chinese and then iTune and then a link to iTunes. I have the latest iTunes so i don’t know what’s wrong.

  • Malix Asad

    Ios 8.1.3 want to jailbreak ?

    help

  • Ozzie Hernandez

    Is this jailbreak untethered????

    • Gautam

      Yes, this is an untethered jailbreak.

  • gRASSskirtDudefromGuam

    if taig cant find apple drivers, here is the fix.
    1. unistall your current itunes (go to control panel and uninstall anything that is from apple.inc

    2. find and download itunes 12.0.1.26 and install it.

    3. restart pc, connect device and run taig as admin.

    4. follow instructions on taig and win.

  • TaiGBrickedMyPhone

    After running the jailbreak app, it leaves my phone with a blank screen. There is no icons on both main screen and the bottom banner. Is there a fix for this?

  • ☻ TheBoogie ☻

    It said that You need to download iTunes AND ITUNES WAS RIGHT ON MY FREACKING COMPUTER ON MY SCREEN

  • Antag

    What should I do if TaiG JB screen not showing my device ?
    My iphone 6 plus using ios 8.1.2.
    I follow the instruction but it’s not showing my device on screen.