While I have been jailbreaking for close to seven years, there are others that are newer to the scene. If you are planning on jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or even if you have just recently jailbroken, there are several good practices to follow to avoid problems and ensure that your device remains in proper working order. Read ahead for some useful jailbreaking advice to keep in mind.
- Whatever you do, ensure that you backup your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to iCloud or iTunes before you jailbreak. This is probably the most important advice you can follow before modifying your device.
- Do not attempt an over-the-air software update for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch through the Settings app, as this is known to cause problems. In fact, modern jailbreaks like evasi0n and Pangu prevent OTA updates in the first place.
- Do not tap on the Erase All Content and Settings button in the Settings app with a jailbroken device. Again, this is known to cause problems and could place your device into a boot loop that forces you into Restore Mode.
- Install OpenSSH from Cydia to gain access to the root filesystem using an FTP program on your Mac or PC like Cyberduck or WinSCP. Remember to change the default root password to ensure that your device remains secure.
- Install Apple File Conduit “2” or AFC2 package from Cydia so that you can access the root filesystem using a program like iFunBox for Mac or PC.
- iFile is a useful utility for viewing, managing and editing your iOS device’s root filesystem, and you can check /var/mobile/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/LatestCrash.ips to sometimes find a list of tweaks that caused your device to crash.
- If your device keeps going into Safe Mode or reboot loop, hold down the volume up button while rebooting to disable all MobileSubstrate tweaks. You can then open Cydia and remove any problematic tweaks that were causing bugs or conflicts.
- AppInfo is a useful tool that can be ran if you ever want to get a complete list of the jailbreak tweaks installed on your device. This can be useful if you plan on restoring.
- Prior to jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, it is recommended that you temporarily disable Passcode Lock just to ensure that there are no issues. This is more of a precautionary measure than anything else.
- It is recommended that you only use tools like SemiRestore as a last measure, because you will lose all of your data or can run into other issues.
- To speed up your jailbroken device, you can install a tweak called iCleaner Pro from Cydia for removing unnecessary launch daemons.
- You can go one step further and have iCleaner Pro routinely clean your jailbroken device’s filesystem, which can be setup using another jailbreak tweak called Activator.
- A general tip that you should follow is not to install any packages from sources you do not recognize on Cydia, as they could be malicious or cause problems on your device.
- Another general tip is that you should only install jailbreak tweaks that you truly find useful or need, as downloading every single Cydia package will almost guarantee that your device will have incompatibility issues and routinely enter Safe Mode. You are also going to waste your system RAM and slow down your device.
- This last tip should be common sense, but refrain from updating to the latest iOS software versions after Apple releases them. You will lose your jailbreak, and in most cases, be unable to get it back until a future exploit is discovered and released in a jailbreak tool.
Many of these jailbreaking practices were shared on Reddit. If you have any jailbreak practices of your own that were not mentioned above, feel free to share in the comments section down below. It could be general advice about jailbreaking, or some interesting tips and tricks that you follow to ensure that your jailbroken device performs at its best. We’ll be sure to feature our favorite comment if we learn something interesting or new.
What jailbreaking practices do you follow?