About a month ago, people were saying that jailbreak was dead. I was included among those people. But things have changed quite drastically in the last few days according to saurik (Jay Freeman, founder of Cydia). He believes that there could be more than 3 major iOS 11 jailbreak tools. Coolstar (hacker and developer of the SemiRestore tool) has hinted that he plans to release an iOS 11 jailbreak tool and has even gone as far as to ask people on Twitter to help him pick out a name for it. This is what saurik had to say:
“Essentially, I think we are about to end up with three (or more! but there are three obvious ones) “high profile” (as in, from people you have heard of and who have been involved in this scene for many years) jailbreak tools for iOS 11, each with a different implementation of the core functionality (and one in particular which is going to be extremely different, as it doesn’t involve a “jailbreak daemon” ;P).”
Saurik has revealed that he has been working with people from past jailbreaks, who have indicated that they are working on another iOS 11 jailbreak tool. It’s not clear who saurik is referring to. It could be Pangu Jailbreak or the TaiG Jailbreak team who have worked with him for previous jailbreaks. Including iOS 8 and iOS 9. It’s highly unlikely that the’s referring to the evad3rs, who are known as the dream team of jailbreaking. But the last jailbreak they released was evasi0n, which was for iOS 7.
All of that said, LiberiOS released their jailbreak earlier this week. It certainly looks promising, but it’s something that only the most skilled and daring of jailbreakers should attempt to use. Why? Well, it only works on versions 11.0 through iOS 11.1. Apple has stopped signing those versions so if something goes wrong, your only option is to upgrade to iOS 11.2, and then you’re out of the jailbreaking game completely. The other (and maybe more compelling) reason is that this is a “tethered” jailbreak. Which means you will need to perform the jailbreaking process every time that you reboot your phone. Which certainly sounds annoying.
Here’s what you need if you want to jailbreak your phone:
- Supported devices and firmware: All 64-bit devices, including iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus, running iOS 11.0 through iOS 11.1.2.
- LiberiOS jailbreak
- Saurik’s Cydia Impactor tool, which is needed to get the IPA file onto your device
- The latest version of Apple’s iTunes software.
- A computer running macOS or Windows.
- A free or full developer ID, which can be obtained from developer.apple.com using an existing or new Apple account.
Once you have that in order, here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Connect your 64-bit iOS 11.1.x device to your computer using a Lightning cable. Make sure you go through the process of creating a full backup using the latest version of iTunes just in case anything goes wrong during the jailbreak process. This way you’ll be able to save your data no matter what.
Step 2: Once done, launch Cydia Impactor on your computer and drag the LiberiOS jailbreak IPA file into its UI. Enter your Apple ID credentials when prompted and wait for Cydia Impactor to sideload the signed app on your connected device.
Step 3: Once the app is sideloaded, launch Settings > General > Profile(s) & Device Management (on some iOS versions it could just be General > Device Management) and tap the profile associated with the jailbreak app. Make sure you trust this to allow the LiberiOS jailbreak app to launch.
Step 4: Now head back to the Home screen where the LiberiOS app is installed and launch it. Tap the Do It button in the center of the app, sit back, and wait for it to do its thing.
Step 5: Once complete you will get a screen that states: “This was LiberiOS, for iOS 11.0-11.1.2. Powered by the QiLin Toolkit.” This means that it’s successful.
This will jailbreak your iOS 11 device. But remember, that you will have to complete these steps after every reboot. Follow instructions 4 and 5 to put your device back in jailbreak mode if you do have to reboot. The other downside is that the jailbreak expires after 7 days, so you will have to resign and resideload it. To do that, simply follow steps 2 through 5.