Unlike Android, one of the many benefits of being an iOS user is that Apple is always working on updates to its firmware, and as such, iOS users are safe in the knowledge that bug fixes and improvements are going to be regularly delivered. However, if you’re a user of a jailbroken iOS device, the last thing you want is to have an iOS update forced upon you, which would mean the loss of your jailbreak! Is there a solution to ensure that your device is protected from an accidental firmware update?
Jailbreakers and OTA updates
The answer is yes, there is a way for you to protect your current firmware version and iOS 9.3.3 PanGu jailbreak, and this comes in the form of a tweak called mikoto. It will prevent you from ever having to update if you don’t want to. If you think you are in danger of being forced into an OTA update, we highly recommend that you install this tweak as soon as possible.
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Download and install mikoto tweak
The following instructions will prevent you from ever being the victim of an OTA update when your device is connected to Wi-Fi and charging.
Step 1: To start with, on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch’s Home Screen, you need to launch the Cydia app. Then go to Sources tab –> Edit –> Add. This will allow you to add a different source. To be able to install mikoto, you should add the repository https://cydia.angelxwind.net/.
Step 2: When the installation is finished, use Cydia’s search function to look for mikoto.
Step 3: When you find mikoto, install it.
Step 4: Wait for the installation to complete, and tap on “Restart SpringBoard” in Cydia when prompted to.
Here’s some additional information about mikoto. Unlike many others, it is configurable, so with it, you can tweak many elements of iOS.
Once the tweak is installed, close Cydia and go to Settings.app –> mikoto –> Settings (Preferences). There you will see a Software Update Disabler option, so use the toggle to turn it on. This is where the tweak prevents an OTA firmware update in the settings app from working. Fortunately, this can’t be turned off as OTA updates would force your iOS device into a boot loop if it were possible.
And that is it. You no longer have to be worried about your jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch becoming the victim of an unwanted OTA update, which means that you will not automatically get the iOS 9.3.4 firmware update on your device.
However, if you’re one of the unlucky ones and your device has already been updated to iOS 9.3.4, here’s how you can roll back to iOS 9.3.3 and keep your jailbreak. However, you must be quick because any time now, Apple may stop signing iOS 9.3.3, and you will be trapped without a jailbreak.
Have you been forced/mistakenly updated to iOS 9.3.4 and lost your jailbreak? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below.