So you’re looking to jailbreak iOS 8 (8.1 – 8.1.2) on your iPhone or iPad. The process is very simple, as you will see in our tutorial below, however there is some limitations you should be aware of when jailbreaking.
TaiG Jailbreak works with 8.1.2
If you are on firmware version iOS 8.1.2, you will be required to use TaiG to jailbreak your device. You should know that TaiG is limited to only a Windows version at this time. Mac users are able to use methods such as virtualized Windows. For virtualization we recommend Parallels Desktop or the free software Virtual Box. Otherwise, if you are on firmware iOS 8.1 or below, you will be able to use the PanGu jailbreak with Mac or Windows.
You can check your iOS version by going to Settings > General > About > Version.
Prep to Jailbreak iOS 8
For this guide we will use TaiG, as most users will be on the current iOS. First, go over to Taig.com/en/ and download the latest version.
You will also want to do an iCloud back-up and or an iTunes sync back-up, just in case things get messy. If you’ve downloaded your firmware update through over-the-air (OTA) wireless updating, there is a risk of crash.
Because of this reason, you should download your version of the firmware (ipsw) as back-up. You may continue on with your jailbreak during the download as it may take some time.
If you downloaded the update through iTunes, skip ahead.
iOS 8.1.2 Firmware
- iPhone 5 (CDMA)
- iPhone 5 (GSM)
- iPhone 5c (CDMA)
- iPhone 5c (GSM)
- iPhone 5s (CDMA)
- iPhone 5s (GSM)
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone 4s
- iPad Air 2 (6th generation Wi-Fi)
- iPad Air 2 (6th generation Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation Wi-Fi + Cellular)
- iPad Air (5th generation Wi-Fi)
- iPad Air (5th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation CDMA)
- iPad (4th generation GSM)
- iPad (4th generation Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini (CDMA)
- iPad mini (GSM)
- iPad mini (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
- iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini 2 (CDMA)
- iPad mini 3 (China)
- iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi)
- iPad mini 3 (Cellular)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi (3rd generation)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (GSM)
- iPad 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular (CDMA)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi (Rev A)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (GSM)
- iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G (CDMA)
Note: I personally did update the iPhone 6 to 8.1.2 with OTA, but was able to jailbreak without restoring my ipsw over iTunes.
Now to get started
Now with that out of the way, you will need to turn off your Passcode and Find My iPhone. Don’t worry, this is only temporary. You can turn them on after the jailbreak process is finished.
Passcode: Settings > Passcode > Turn Passcode Off
Find my iPhone: Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone
Not required, but it has been reported that going in to airplane mode has increased success rates on OTA firmwares. Do so now if you’d like. This can be reached by swiping your finger up from the dock and choosing the airplane icon.
Now we are ready to start. Plug in your iPhone to the computer and extract the TaiG file from the zip file and run the TaiGJBreak_EN_xxxx.exe file.
You should see a screen like this. Cydia is the important package you need to welcome you to the jailbreak world. The 3K ‘assistant’ add-on however is not and has even been reported to cause issues. We recommend un-ticking 3k. With that done, feel free to hit start and watch the magic.
The process should not take more than 5 minutes, varying by your device. Older devices will take longer to load. After some rebooting, you should now have a new brown Cydia app on your springboard. Enter the app and enjoy your jailbreak.
For a guide on jailbreak apps and tweaks to get started with, check out our Top 10 Cydia apps and tweaks article.
If Jailbreak Failed
If there was an error with your jailbreak, you are going to need to load up iTunes and restore your device using your ipsw file that we recommended you downloading earlier in the tutorial. You can do this by starting iTunes and holding shift (or command on Mac) and clicking restore. You would then choose the downloaded ipsw.
Once the restore to factory is complete, try the process again before restoring your back-up. Feel free to comment below with any questions or concerns and we will be happy to help.