How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 with Absinthe [Untethered] - iPhoneHeat

How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 with Absinthe [Untethered]

Absinthe is now out to jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2. These are the steps to jailbreak iPhone 4S with Absinthe. You can jailbreak your iPhone 4S on iOS 5.0.1 untethered with Greenpois0n Absinthe…

  • Supports iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 and iOS 5.

These are the step-by-step instructions to jailbreak iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 untethered with Absinthe.

For iPad 2 Users: Jailbreak iPad 2 with Absinthe

How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S 5.0.1 with Absinthe

Step 1

Connect your iPhone 4S to your computer and back with iTunes and update it to iOS 5.0.1 (Not recommended for those waiting for an unlock. you can jailbreak while staying on 5.0 as well)

Step 2

Download Absinthe and extract it;

Step 3

Now run Absinthe, make sure your iPhone 4S is connected to your computer;

Hit the Jailbreak button on Absinthe screen;

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The application will take you through several steps of the jailbreak:
It will take a while on the starting portion;
Then your iPhone 4S will show restoring a backup saying “Restoring in Progress”;
Your iPhone 4S will reboot. DO NOT UNPLUG IT YET! when it’s turned on, unlock your iPhone if necessary, waiting for device to finish booting;
Preparing jailbreak data, and Sending payload data.

It will take time, don’t worry.

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Step 4

There will be an Absinthe icon on your iPhone 4S screen after reboot. Locate it and Tap on the Absinthe icon and it will load GreenPois0n site, and then after a minute it will reboot your iPhone 4S automatically. Once your iPhone 4S is back ON, the Cydia icon will  be there on your screen.

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That’s it! have fun with your jailbroken iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.1 or 5.0 firmware with Absinthe.

Share your experience with Absinthe in the comments section below…


  • Camera roll will be empty if the jailbreak is incomplete. Rerun the app once to fix, and then another time to complete jb.
  • If the Absinthe webclip shows “Error establishing a database connection”, please go to Settings, turn on VPN and wait instead.
  • The VPN connection will give an error. This is normal. A reboot should happen a few moments after the error.
  • Just reboot and redo the jailbreak if you have problems.
  • When jailbreaking: Do not have a passcode set. Do not have your own VPN setup (Absinthe needs to setup its own).
  • If Absinthe crashes, reboot your DEVICE and try again.
  • Toggle VPN only AFTER Absinthe says it’s done, or it will not work. VPN SHOULD error and then reboot soon. If it does not, rerun Absinthe!

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83 comments… add one
cpack304 January 20, 2012, 11:26 pm

It keeps crashing when I plug my phone in, I’ve restarted my computer a few times, to no avail. Any suggestions on how to fix this issue?

XweAponX December 24, 2012, 7:17 am

I know this is almost a year old, and you probably have succeeded in JB both 5.0.1 and 5.1.1 – But I need to ask, how m,any apps did you have installed? Best to do this with no apps, the more apps installed, the longer it will take, and it will crash making the backup. At least this is what happened when I used the 5.1.1 JB.

Im only doing this now on a 4S, that has 5.0.1 on it. I am a little gunshy about it, cos it is an old JB and no way to back up the SHSH – No 6.0.1 JB yet, but I really need to JB.

Wakaas January 20, 2012, 11:46 pm


jaaved January 21, 2012, 12:00 am

my jailbreak is stuck on “Restore in Progress” from 45 min what next should i do????

Ryan Bradshaw January 21, 2012, 12:00 am

Hey, awesome tutorial. I’ve got one question. I keep getting the Database connection error for obvious reasons, so I tried enabling VPN but get a VPN configuration error message. Any ideas?

iPhoneHeat January 21, 2012, 12:30 am

added troubleshooting section at the bottom.. refresh the guide page

Ryan Bradshaw January 21, 2012, 1:49 am

AWESOME!! Thank you.

jaaved January 21, 2012, 12:01 am

my jailbreak is stuck at “restore in progress” from 45 min what should i do now????please need help

iPhoneHeat January 21, 2012, 12:30 am

I have added troubleshooting section at the bottom.. refresh the guide page

pedro January 21, 2012, 12:10 am

when is Windows version will be released

iPhoneHeat January 21, 2012, 12:29 am

within hours…

champi888 January 21, 2012, 12:53 am

big white screen wen i open absinthe. does this work for ipad 2 3g?

iPhoneHeat January 21, 2012, 1:58 am

close absinthe app.. n retry.. itz just server load

MeIsMyself January 21, 2012, 1:10 am

1 little thing i’ve noticed, it takes longer to find my the provider and it seems that it is dropping it from time-to-time. Just tested it so i’m not sure about it, but it looks like it.

kemo January 21, 2012, 1:13 am

getting the white screen after i enter absinthe icon… someone help

pl January 21, 2012, 1:15 am

not working and keep crash on my mac os x 10.5.8

sam January 21, 2012, 1:30 am

This is the awesome simple jailbreak after this long wait. you deserve more donation which i did. Keep working on the next versions. Thank you

gsarshi January 21, 2012, 1:34 am

I get a blank screen, tried steps in troubleshooting section..still getting just a blank white page.

at January 21, 2012, 1:41 am

I can’t seem to jb my 4S. The jailbreak button is greyed out and cannot be clicked. I’ve tried restoring, disable password, enable vpn. Nothing seems to work. Anyone have a solution for this?

iPhoneHeat January 21, 2012, 1:56 am

it means Absinthe is not detecting ur iDevice.

at January 21, 2012, 1:59 am

Yea.. Any solution to make it detect my phone? 🙁

jaileej January 21, 2012, 7:16 am

yeah same problem, not detecting either my iPhone 4s or iPad 2 help!

mjax05 January 21, 2012, 7:57 am

Having the same issue….any solution or ideas? I am on an iMac 10.6.8

Emil Lime January 21, 2012, 9:41 pm

I thing that I have found the answer for you! Just create another user account on your mac and do the jailbreak from there. I also have that terrible problem…

friske44 January 21, 2012, 9:49 pm

Same here. Is not detecting my iPhone 4S. Seems to be pretty common. Here’s a link to a video I made explaining the problem.

Any solution would be amazing! Thank you for the reply 🙂

akageorge January 22, 2012, 4:08 am

Guys!!!,. Absinthe couldnt detect my ipad 2 no matter. i tried restore, changing VPN, i tried them all.. . Hace your Mac in safemode and your Mac would definitely detect your A5 devices.

To have it in safemode, restart with shift key on

rahulforeian January 22, 2012, 12:16 am

My jailbreak button is greyed and non clickable….HELP

anonymous June 20, 2012, 3:27 am

GUYS, IF YOUR ON WINDOWS, AND IT WILL NOT DETECT YOUR DEVICE, make sure you have itunes installed. if its not, your button will be grayed out and unclickable

akageorge January 22, 2012, 4:12 am

Guys!!!,. Absinthe couldnt detect my ipad 2 no matter. i tried restore, changing VPN, i tried them all.. . Hace your Mac in safemode and your Mac would definitely detect your A5 devices.

To have it in safemode, restart with shift key on

Enjoy your new A5 device

MsCNicole January 28, 2012, 8:04 am

Thank you so much, once I did this it worked perfectly! I have a jailbroken iPhone again :~)

kemo January 21, 2012, 1:45 am

getting (error establishing a database connection) but my internet is fine

4slover! January 21, 2012, 1:46 am

i hav a 4s factory unlock ..if i jailbreak it …will i hav to call some number if it restarts or the battery drains ..and will it effect my phone in any negative form ? please help me ..i m confused

aland January 21, 2012, 1:47 am


4slover! January 21, 2012, 1:49 am

i need to learn more abt jailbreak from real people ..people using fact-unlkd 4s wid jailbreak .

portilloj70 January 21, 2012, 2:11 am

can i jailbrake a factory unlocked iphone4s
with this jailbrake please let me know.

iPhoneHeat January 21, 2012, 3:55 am


Laughingatu January 21, 2012, 2:45 am

Whr to donate for pod2g n da dream team? Will make donation for future great work.

kemo January 21, 2012, 4:06 am

the support button dumbass

Kemo is a TOOL January 21, 2012, 5:59 am

My iPad 2 3G has white screen on after tapping the icon. I think it’s due to overload of greenp0ison website. As you can see from the tutorial above, it shows that tapping the icon will make an attempt to connect to greep0ison website…and since it’s not loading TADA! we are all stuck in the middle of the jailbreak. FML

ak January 21, 2012, 6:44 am

I cannot find my VPN icon toggle after jailbreak help!!!!??/

Bob January 21, 2012, 7:14 am

After jail breaking can I go to cydia and do the repo666.ultrasnow thing to unlock my iPhone or do I have to wait for a release?

jr January 21, 2012, 7:16 am

Absinthe icon not showing up on my screen

eljohy January 21, 2012, 9:26 am

absinthe won’t recognized my iPhone 4S, what can I do?

vodanhz January 21, 2012, 9:43 am

re-run which app?
after jb, i lost my camera roll.
run the jailbreak again it said already jailbroken

Mahmoud reza January 21, 2012, 10:02 am

Can i jailbreak 4s frimware 5 with this programme ? thanks a lot

Andre January 21, 2012, 9:54 pm

Ok found the solution for no detect iphone…

let your iphone 4s plugin into the mac
restart your mac the normal way” apple icon restart”
when you hear the sound press the shift key on your keyboard.. when the grey apple logo appear release the shift after 2 sec… your mac boots in safe mode… after the boot, start and the jailbreak button will be available… no more grey..

start jailbreaking

JeepinLimited January 22, 2012, 1:58 am

I jailbroke my phone without issues yesterday, until this morning when I shut it off, and tried to reboot it. Now it stays at the Apple boot screen. Anyone run into this issue? I didn’t tether jailbreak prior to running absinthe, it was a factory phone.

wwiseman January 22, 2012, 4:32 am

sweet took less than 5 mins to complete ….thank you sooooo much .

rafael95 January 22, 2012, 5:12 am

Hey.. can someone help me? im having trouble after the process of jailbreak, it appears that my absinthe icon is missing and i can’t find it anywhere, i tried to rerun absinthe, restore, erase content, etc. and tried to jailbreak it again, but nothing seems to be working.. needs a major help here

swtangel January 22, 2012, 8:01 am

how long does it take to jailbreak cuz mine was going for an hour and i stopped it.

FMLYHMB January 22, 2012, 8:23 am

hi, i have successfully done with the Absinthe app and the App is appeared in my phone, but after clicking it the loading logo just keep spinning at the statues bar, it should reboot but it didn’t. can help?

Geri_ray January 22, 2012, 9:37 am

I JB my Ipad 2 on the windows Absinthe with no issues. But when I try to JB my iPhone 4S, the absinthe keeps crashing. I have tried rebooting the device and the computer. I tried changing computers and cables, all the same results. Ensured VPN was off, tried to turn on, but it wanted me to setup, and didn’t know what to put in the fields, so it defaulted to turning VPN off. The pass code is OFF.

It never says the “RESTORE IN PROGRESS” message, but the spinning arrows on top are moving as if it was syncing.

Any help would be appreciated.

Georgelahdo January 22, 2012, 11:01 am


I have jailbreak my iPhone 4S but now are my camera, phonebook and compas icon white?

please can you help me.

dhrumil india January 25, 2012, 11:56 am

I have jailbreak my iPhone 4S but now are my cydia & Music icon white?
please can you help me.

petercr January 23, 2012, 10:43 am

it detects jailbreak already done when its not, it was a failed command line one before i found the gui anyone help?

divakar January 24, 2012, 5:30 pm

i have a sprint phone and trying to use it on another service. i started with restoring from apple download and the use absinthe. i am struck at may be 10% of the progress for the last hour. Any help?

nunz January 25, 2012, 3:06 am

I completely restored my iPhone 4S, then applied Absinthe. The process was completed and Cydia was installed. However, when I attempt to install a crack app, the phone says that it cannot be installed.

So, I once again completely restored the phone and went through the Absinthe process. But, with the same result.

What went wrong with the Absinthe process that, after the jailbreak, prevents installation of cracked apps?

grale22 January 26, 2012, 4:20 pm

My 3G signal seems to keep dropping out where it was fine before. If I go to airplane mode and back, the signal goes to full 3G again. Anyone else seen this?

Ace3nity January 26, 2012, 7:58 pm


bossboss00761 February 19, 2012, 12:36 am

amazing team really 😀

vipin_joy March 14, 2012, 9:07 am

I installed absinthe and then clicked on it for cydia to come up, now when i change my SIM on the 4s it says, activation required !!!

v22 April 19, 2012, 3:31 am

hi! i need help with the process. absinthe is not detecting my device. i have seen from previous comments that the solution given is for mac users. do you have any solutions for windows users too? thanks!

jade2816 April 30, 2012, 12:05 am

I’ve download absinthe repeatedly but all it keeps saying is

“sorry, the attached device is not supported”

I’ve got an iPhone 4S and its version 5.1, anyone know what i can do?

iPhoneHeat April 30, 2012, 3:50 pm

only iOS 5.0.1 is supported…

Yob February 23, 2013, 8:47 pm

Im using windows 7, my pc detect my iphone but i cannot click the jailbreak button. Cn somebody help me. Someone said i hav to install itunes, means itunes on my pc? Or iphone?

iPhoneHeat February 23, 2013, 9:11 pm

if your iPhone is factory unlocked, why not update to latest iOs 6.1.2 and use evasi0n to jailbreak:

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