The untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 4S has finally been released. After months of waiting, you can download the Chronic Dev Team’s free Absinthe Mac tool to jailbreak your iPhone 4S in a matter of minutes.
We’ll show you how to jailbreak your iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1 (both versions) the right way in this guide.
Step 1: Make sure you have your SHSH blobs backed up using the free TinyUmbrella app. It’s available on both Windows and Mac. Saving your SHSH blobs is essential for downgrading back to your previous iOS firmware version if something should go wrong during the jailbreak process. Basically, if you don’t complete this step, you could end up — worst case scenario — with a bricked iPhone.
Step 2: Back up your iPhone 4S to either iTunes or iCloud before you go any farther. You want to make sure you have a recent setup to restore to if something goes wrong. While jailbreaking isn’t that dangerous, you can never be too careful.
Step 4: Connect your iPhone 4S to your Mac via a USB cable and open Absinthe.
Step 5: Click “Jailbreak” and let Absinthe do its thing. It may take a little while. Your iPhone 4S should say “Restoring in Progress.” Make sure not to disconnect your 4S or quit Absinthe while this process is happening.
Step 6: Once completed, you will be taken to your iPhone 4S’s Home screen. Find the newly-installed Absinthe icon and tap it. You’ll be taken to the Greenpois0n website and code will be run to trigger a reboot of your iPhone 4S. When you’ve successfully rebooted, the Absinthe icon will be replaced with the one and only Cydia.
Congrats! You now have an untethered iOS 5 jailbreak for your iPhone 4S! Check out our jailbreaking tips and tricks guide for more help. We also have a list of the best jailbreak apps for the iPhone 4S.
If you’re having problems getting past Step 6, try this fix.