[GUIDE] How to jailbreak iOS 7

How to jailbreak iOS 7Yesterday we saw an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7 released by hacker community evad3rs, about 3 months after the revamped OS made its debut. Dubbed evasi0n7, the exploit allows you to gain what would be the analog of administrator privileges over your iPhone, iPad or iPod device.

[NOTE] Jailbreaking your device is not recommended by Apple and can cause performance issues or function improperly. Please note that you are proceeding at your own risk.

Step 1

backup your device with iTunes/iCloud before you proceed. This way, if something goes wrong, or you wish to remove the exploit, you can do so easily and without any loss-of-data hassles.

Backup iPhone

Step 2

Once you have backed up, make sure your device can be jailbroken by heading to Settings > General > About > Version. The current exploit only works for iPhone, iPad and iPod devices running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4.

Check iOS version

Step 3

Use iTunes to revert back to iOS 7.0.4, even if you have used OTA (Over The Air) to update your device in the past.

Restore iPhone

Step 4

Disable your passcode if you have one in place, as this is known to cause issues. Go to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode > Turn Passcode Off.

iOS - Turn off Passcode

Step 5

Download evasi0n 7 for Mac (10.6 minimum!) or Windows (XP minimum!). Once installed, just extract the executable file from the archive and power it on. We assume that your device is already plugged to the computer, as you didn't forget to back it up via iTunes. If so, the small program will detect your device and list it as supported. Click the 'Jailbreak' button and do not interact with your device or iTunes in any way until prompted (at about 60% of the progress bar). You'll be then asked to unlock your iOS 7 device and tap the 'evasi0n 7' icon. Go ahead and do as instructed. The process will then continue, and you'll be asked once again to unlock your device.

evasi0n 7 - Jailbreak

Step 6

Once the process is done, navigate to the second homescreen and launch the 'Cydia' app. Don't touch your device while it prepares your file system. It'll take a short while, and your device will then restart. Voila! You're now officially jailbroken.

evasi0n 7 - Jailbreak - Cydia

Step 7 

The Cydia store will ask you for an upgrade, go ahead and opt for the complete update. Do keep in mind that the alternative store is still stuck in the iOS 6 era, so it'll clash with your UI visually. Updates to Cydia, along with a bunch of other jailbreaking essentials are expected to come soon, though there's obviously no specific date.

That's it, folks, enjoy your freshly jailbroken iOS 7 device. If your device becomes unresponsive during the process itself, you can just put your device in 'DFU' mode (Device Firmware Upgrade) and restore it. For more specific issues, you can likely get help from evad3rs' support page, found here.

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