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Jailbreaking 101: What is a Jailbreak?


Hello Fam! You must have seen the term “jailbreak” on your escapades around the web, but what exactly is this weird-sounding term?. It totally has nothing to do with breaking out of prison. It’s just about unlocking your phone to enable you to do what you want with it.

“A Jailbreak” is generally used in connection with the iPhone, the most uptight of the smartphones out there. It enables you to install apps that aren’t approved by Apple, and also customise the interface in various ways.

Apple wants all its users running safe and stable software. Meanwhile, jailbreakers choose to take little more control over their handset.

History of the Jailbreak

In computer science, a jailbreak includes removing some restrictions on the software in a device. The term first gained popularity with regards to the iPhone.

Although, the term “jailbreaking” has been used to refer to adapting the code on some other devices. From smartphones to games consoles. Sometimes, people use it to talk about putting custom software on handsets or removing DRM restrictions on movies.

It closely relates to words like “cracking” (software) or “rooting” (phones). The first process is a bit like the Android version of a jailbreak, running around protections put in place by manufacturers.

Meanwhile, Apple has occasionally fixed jailbreak exploits with constant updates to its OS. Furthermore, you normally have to pause automatic iOS updates to apply a jailbreak.

The Results of a Jailbreak

In general, jailbreaking gives you more control over your device. Like adding extra icons to your iPhone home screen dock. You automatically become the ‘administrator’ of your device with all alacrity.

As for the iPhone, you can download and install any app from the Cydia store after a jailbreak. Retro gaming emulators are some good examples. These apps are banned by Apple from their app store. Because they allow you to play older games without buying their original copies. But on Cydia, it’s completely free.


You can edit various segments of your iOS interface, also, replace Safari and Messages with alternative apps. Meanwhile, you will no longer get direct automatic updates from Apple. For every new version of iOS, you’ll need to wait for the equivalent hack from a jailbreaking community.

In addition, there are security risks too. Because, since you have more control over your device, so do all the apps that run on it. Jailbreaking also promotes software piracy, so apps and games can be distributed for free.

Most iPhone security troubles only affect jailbroken phones. Because they don’t have the same particular security outfit in place as do standard iOS. It’s now left to you to decide if the risks are worth the extra hush.

How does a Jailbreak work?

As I said earlier, a jailbreak normally ‘unlocks’ a device. To give it abilities beyond those allowed by the manufacturer that made it. Jailbreak codes are mostly provided for free via forums and websites by hacking communities.

Currently, mostly to Apple’s annoyance, jailbreaking isn’t illegal. You will totally void the warranty on your phone if you jailbreak. Therefore, if something goes wrong you have no safety net to fall back on.

Mostly, jailbreaks have complete instructions and tools to apply the new code, but technical knowledge is usually helpful too. New updates from Apple or Amazon normally stop jailbreaks from working, so you’ll mostly have to switch-off automatic updates along the way.

From here, it’s just a matter of applying the hack to have access to the lowest level of a device’s OS. And then loading a new software atop. If you want to dive into the world of jailbreaking, be ready for a little bit of trial and error. The method isn’t quite as smooth as downloading a new update from Apple.

Most importantly, you should understand a little more about the ins and outs of the process. Hence, it’s not for everyone, but it may be perfect for you.


Precious Okafor

I am Precious Okafor (White Angelis) a passionate entrepreneur and digital marketer.

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