What Does Tethered and Untethered Jailbreak Mean?

Many people have been trying to find information regarding various jailbreak solutions for their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. When looking for a guide to successfully Jailbreak your iDevice, you often come across two terms. Tethered Jailbreak and Untethered Jailbreak. So, what exactly do these terms indicate.

ios untethered jailbreakWhat Does Tethered Jailbreak Mean?

Tethered Jailbreak means a temporary jailbreak. If your device is Tethered Jailbreak, that just means you have to hook up your iPhone or any other iDevice with your Laptop having iTunes each time your reboot it. Not really intuitive if you ask us. But, Tethered jailbreak is better than no-Jailbreak we reckon. So, under the circumstances if there is no Untethered Jailbreak available, you might want to go the tethered route. You have to install Cydia each time you reboot the iPhone or it runs out of juice. Needless to say, all Cydia apps like UltraSn0w (used for Unlock) have to be installed yet again.

What Does untethered Jailbreak Mean?

That brings us back to the Untethered Jailbreak. It is exactly what you might have guessed. It is a permanent Jailbreak (at least until your upgrade the device with official firmware package.) and that means rebooting the device won’t loose the jailbreak. You don’t have to install Cydia every time you reboot neither do you have to hook it up to your computer on each reboot.

So, should I go with Tethered Jailbreak or Untethered Jailbreak?

Untethered all the way. However, sometime the Dev team is able to provide with just the tethered Jailbreak because of they aren’t able to fully Jailbreak the firmware just yet. In this scenario, if you most certainly NEED to jailbreak – you should go for the Tethered Jailbreak. Do switch to the untethered jailbreak as soon as it becomes available.


  1. Pranil

    October 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    How can I get the unthetered jailbreak for my iPhone 4. Is this possible? I have already thetered jailbreak…

    • colten

      August 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      if your device isn’t jailbroken go to greenpoison.com and look for the download links in the top right corner choose the download link in which your computer is example (mac) and you can jailbreak from there once it is downloaded if you already have cydia search for and install rocky raccoon 5.1.1 untether from cydia

    • mike

      October 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm

      yes you can just find the untethered jailbreak and for your firmware download it what firmware are you running

  2. brian

    February 1, 2012 at 1:20 am


    Tried google.com dude?

  3. Monty

    February 22, 2012 at 9:11 am

    With an untethered jailbreak, would you have the ability to remove it? I was checking out Redsn0w and wasn’t sure if i should get it or not because my screen is badly cracked and I need to get a new one, but I wouldn’t want to hand them a jailbroken product. I know it will be a while before I get it fixed so in the meantime, I would like to jailbreak it.

    • Uzair

      February 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      You can easily put the new, original firmware via iTunes on your device. Only way Apple will know is if they jailbreak it themselves and find out you have SHSH blobs saved with Cydia.

  4. Brandon

    February 23, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    @ PRANIL

    maybe you shouldn’t try doing it yourself as u seem to find the net in applicable to you bring it to someone who knows what there doing because obviously u have no clue

  5. dylan

    March 13, 2012 at 3:13 am

    use greenpoison.com

  6. Bryan

    April 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Are there any untethered jailbreaks for the IPad 1 yet?

    • Uzair

      April 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Which firmware do you use? iPad 1 and 2 already have untethered jailbreaks.

  7. batty

    October 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    how do i jailbreak ios 6 on ipad 2?could some one plz post step wise procedure or direct me to a link wich cud help/

  8. Cull

    October 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    is it possible to jailbreak a ipad3 ios 6 ?

  9. Photogal

    November 1, 2012 at 5:26 am

    My friend used Redsnow download to jailbreak her iPhone 4 ISO 6.0 but it didnt work properly as there is no Cydia app that was supposed to come on her device. Now she cannot get onto her email, or any other app. We need to know how to resolve this problem and get redsnow off the iphone. Does she have to restore her Iphone to get it to work properly and get rid of Redsnow once and for all.

    She hates what it did to her phone Please help!!!

  10. Smartphone

    November 21, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I have Iphone 3GS with jailbrooken ios 4.1(8B117)version…can i update to untethered jailbreak version 5 r not…

  11. derek

    January 18, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Is there a jailbreak for a Ipod 4th gen ios 6.1.5

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