How To Jailbreak Your iPad Or iPad 2… The Right Way [How-To]



After months of waiting, Comex and the iPhone Dev Team have finally released JailbreakMe v3, allowing any iOS device running iOS 4.3.3 to be jailbroken just by visiting a simple web page.

Even though this is as simple as jailbreaks get, though, there’s still stuff that can go wrong, so we’ve put together this handy guide for any would-be iPad jailbreakers. Here’s how to jailbreak your iPad or iPad 2 the right way.

Step 1 — Use Tiny Umbrella To Save Your SHSH Blobs

TinyUmbrella is a software app for your PC or Mac that allows you to save your iOS device’s SHSH blobs. Why is that useful? Because if you ever mistakenly update your jailbroken iPad through iTunes, your stored SHSH blobs will allow you to restore your iPad to a past, jailbreakable version.

Download Tiny Umbrella here. Install it, open the program, highlight your iPad in the drop down menu to the left and then click “Save SHSH.” All done!

Step 2 — Upgrade Your iPad To iOS 4.3.3

If you aren’t already running iOS 4.3.3, you’ll need to upgrade to that version to run JailbreakMe v3. Just plug your iPad into iTunes, click on your iPad under Devices in the sidebar, then click “Check For Update” on the Summary tab. If there are no updates available for your iPad, you’re ready to jailbreak!

Step 3 — Back Up Your iPad

Just to be on the safe side, back up your iPad under iTunes. Just right click your iPad in the Devices sidebar under iTunes and select Back Up from the contextual menu.

Step 4 — Open JailbreakMe on Mobile Safari

On your iPad, open MobileSafari and go to You should see something like this:

All you need to do now is tap the “Free” button once so that it turns into an “Install” button, then tap the Install button again. You should be whisked away to your iPad’s home screen, where you should see Cydia installing…

Once Cydia’s done installing, open it up and click “User.”

You should see Cydia’s main homescreen now. It’ll look like this.

Congratulations, you’ve successfully jailbroken your device! But there’s just one more step.

Step 5 — Secure Your Jailbroken iPad

JailbreakMe v3 uses a PDF exploit to jailbreak your iPad, just like the previous versions. The only problem? While Comex has used that PDF exploit to do something good for your iPad, other hackers can use it to invisibly compromise your system… and now that the jailbreak is out, they’ll know exactly how.

Luckily, now that your iPad is jailbroken, it’s easy enough to patch that PDF Exploit. Load up Cydia to download PDF Patcher 2.

If you haven’t run Cydia before, it’ll ask you what sort of packages you want to see. Just tap “User” and wait for Cydia to download all the packages it needs. Then do a search for “PDF Patcher 2,” tap the search result and click the Install button at the top right. A new window will pop up asking you to confirm. Once that’s done, PDF Patcher 2 will install and Springboard will restart.

Now whenever a web site tries to open a PDF on your iPad, you’ll be alerted and asked if you really want to continue.

Congratulations! Your iPad is now jailbroken and secured against further PDF exploits! Let us know how it’s working out for you in the comments!

  • kkalog

    this means that if you do not jailbreak you are vulnerable to any exploit a malicious pdf may implement via safari browsing? Alternatively if  you jailbreak you may install “PDF patcher” to secure the iPad, something that is not possible to be done in non-jailbrokent devices?

    If this is so, it is horrendous!

  • Barton Lynch

    I’ve jailbroken before, but it seemed like everything that I would want was a paid app. Not worth it for me.

  • Matt Ward

    Jailbreaking is not what it used to be. Now all the good stuff they want money for. Plus that Rock store is full of garbage and 90% of it costs money. Jailbreaking used to be about freedom, now its just another way to grab money from people. Why bother? I don’t see the point anymore.

  • Joseph Evans

    “Note:Cannot Locate Packages”
           After downloading Cydia I noticed while trying to install a package (example “full screen”) I get a message saying “Note:Cannot Locate Packages”  There are 5 sources installed but  the only one that has packages listed is for “Telesphoreo”. Bigboss, Modmyi, repo666 and ZodTTD are all listed in Sources but there are no packages. I tried to refresh in changes but still nothing. Please Help!!!!!!!

  • Bob Forsberg

    Great piece John, useful, simple and direct.

  • radical24

    yep it was a breeze, click and done. @comex:disqus  did an awesome job in terms of ease of use. thanks to all of icommunity. Cult of Mac keep up the good job, must say your are one of my fave sites to go to for news on i well…everything lol

  • Gheedsgreed

    I don’t know about these other commenters, but I’m willing to pay money to get more functionality out of my phone.

  • Candido Tomas

    Whau!! the wait is over. Can’t wait for the evening for bringing iPad 2 into a higher level, joining the JB brother’s iPad1 and iPhone! 
    Great job, thanks.

  • guest12222

    If my iphone is already UNLOCKED, does this jailbreak harm the unlock in any way? Does it upgrade the baseband?

  • Kayton T Upshaw

    but all the apps are free after you jailbreak 

  • Dib

    i already jailbreaked. but unable to view the content of cydia because it said that “the certificate is invalid”. am i in a right track?

  • Eddy Suwito

    i have read it on

  • krusher

    When i get to the stage where you go to it says not supported on your device. You can try here for an alternate jailbreak method. I already updated my ipad to latest version. Can someone explain why there isn’t the button to click free.

  • Csmith

    I’m a bit new to this and had a couple of questions:  Do the directions above include iPad iOS 4.3.5; and will this be an untethered Jailbreak?  Thanks

  • Calvinnh

    hi..i’m new to the far i just want to install ipad apps PAGES for how am i installing this cyndia can help me to get the apps for free??thanks..

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  • bluRIVER Interiors

    does the the jailbreak keep on coming out  even when the versions are updated