The untethered iOS 5 jailbreak for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 has become available, and we have tutorials up for the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 already. This is a highly-anticpated jailbreak, and millions will likely use it to jailbreak their A5-based iOS devices.
As you can imagine, many are trying to jailbreak their iPhones and iPads right now with the Chronic Dev Team’s Absinthe tool, and the Greenpois0n servers are getting hammered. This means that it may be nearly impossible for many to actually get Cydia up and running right now. If you can’t manage to finish the Absinthe jailbreak on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2, we have a handy fix.
As we highlight in our tutorial, you’ll need to access the Greenpois0n website after jailbreaking your iOS device before you can gain access to Cydia. Absinthe loads itself as an app icon on your Home screen and takes you to the Chronic Dev Team’s servers to run the code that enables Cydia. If you’re getting the “Error establishing database connection” message, then this fix should work for you.
Once you’ve jailbroken with Absinthe and have the Absinthe icon on your Home screen, go to the Settings app and navigate to General > Network. Then tap “VPN” and switch it on. Your iOS device should then crash and reboot a few seconds later. If it doesn’t work, toggle it back and forth a few times. Once your device reboots, you should be able to tap the Absinthe icon and enable Cydia with no problems.
Let us know if this tip worked for you in the comments.
Update: A new version of Absinthe supposedly fixes an issue with this VPN trick not causing your iOS device to reboot. Download the new version of Absinthe and give it a try.