If you jailbreak your iOS devices, there usually comes a point where you get stuck on an older firmware because the latest one hasn’t yet been hacked by the jailbreak community. When this time comes, it’s almost impossible to restore your device and start with a clean OS without losing your jailbreak.
But not anymore. A new app called Semi-Restore provides you with a clean install of your current firmware without updating your device and killing your jailbreak.
Semi-Restore is in beta testing at the moment, and it’s not yet clear when it’ll be officially available to the public. However, to quash doubts that the Semi-Restore was a fake, Dom over at AppAdvice decided to put it through its paces.
“As of today, I’m happy to report that Semi-Restore is definitely legitimate and we’ve got a video walk-through to prove it,” he writes. You can watch the walkthrough below to find out how to use Semi-Restore yourself.
If you prefer to follow written instructions, you can check out a rather lengthy step-by-step guide over at AppAdvice.
Semi-Restore doesn’t strictly restore your iOS device, but it’s the closest you’ll get to a clean install without updating your device. With that being the case, it’s going to be hugely popular among jailbreakers. I just wish it had arrived sooner.
A couple of weeks ago, my iPhone 5 started seeing a few performance issues, and I wanted to restore it and start with a fresh OS. The problem was, I didn’t want to update and lose my jailbreak. I was pretty much stuck.
In the end, I decided that I would just bite the bullet and give up my jailbreak for a clean and smooth OS install. Had Semi-Restore arrived a few weeks earlier, I wouldn’t have had to do that.
Once again, Semi-Restore is in beta testing at the moment, and there’s currently no word on when it’ll be made available to the public, so for now we’ll just have to wait. But as soon as it’s ready, we’ll let you know.