After a recent exploit discovered by Ian Beer of Google’s Project Zero, there has been rapid progress towards a jailbreak for iOS 11. This step-by-step guide covers the process to successfully implement the LiberiOS iOS 11 Jailbreak. Because the jailbreak is semi-untethered (like most modern jailbreaks,) you’ll have to repeat the jailbreak process after each reboot and resign it every seven days. While completing this process so frequently can get a little annoying, rest assured that you won’t have to do the entire thing each week. With just a few simple steps every seven days, you can enjoy the freedom of the LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak.
What You’ll Need
The LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak is a recent development from Jonathan Levin, and has only just recently released to the public. Below, we detail how to go through the entire process. But before you follow the tutorial, there are a few things you’ll need to be sure to have handy to make the implementation go as smoothly as possible.
The LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak supports all 64-bit devices, including the recent iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus — provided you’re running an operating system anywhere from iOS 11.0 through iOS 11.1.2.
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You’ll also need the official LiberiOS software which is downloadable through Jonathan Levin’s website.
Additionally, Saurik’s Cydia Impactor tool is required in order to get the jailbreak IPA file onto your device. You can find the latest version at cydiaimpactor.com
Other necessities include:
- The latest version of Apple iTunes
- A Mac or Windows computer
- A developer ID, obtained from developer.apple.com using an Apple account. You can opt for a full developer ID, but a free one will serve just fine if you’re only looking to install the LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak
While Cydia and Cydia substrate are perhaps the most famous of iOS jailbreaking utilities, this manual install of LiberiOS from Levin is currently the best option for an iOS 11 jailbreak.
How To Install The LiberiOS iOS 11 Jailbreak
After you’ve compiled all of the necessary tools, it’s time to start on the installation process. Follow the steps below, courtesy of redmondpie, to get your iPhone up and running with the latest LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak.
- Connect any 64-bit iOS 11 device to your computer using a USB Lightning cable. The first step to this process is to do a full backup of your operating system using the latest version of iTunes. The last thing you’d want is to lose all your files if something were to go wrong, so taking this extra safety precaution is a quick way to ensure all of your data stays intact — regardless of the circumstances.
- With your phone still connected, launch Cydia Impactor using your computer and drag the downloaded LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak file into the UI. The program will prompt you for your Apple ID credentials, and will sideload the signed app onto your connected device as soon as you log in.
- Once you’ve sideloaded the app, navigate to Settings > General > Profile and Device management on your iOS device, and tap the new profile that is associated with the jailbreak app. Set permissions to “trusted” to allow the LiberiOS iOS 11 jailbreak app to launch.
- Once the LiberiOS app is installed, just navigate to the Home Screen and launch it! Click the “Do It” button, and the program will take care of the rest.
- If everything worked correctly, you should see a white screen pop up that says “it worked” among other relevant information. At that point, you can exit the app and enjoy your new jailbroken device.
At this point, your phone should be jailbroken successfully, and will be fully unlocked until you either reboot or need to resign the app after seven days. When either of those situations happen, you’ll need to follow steps two through five to re-jailbreak your phone. It’s a bit of a hassle, but a reasonable tradeoff for the freedom that an unlocked iPhone or iPad gives you. After a few times through the process, it should become second nature and part of your routine.
It’s possible that with further advancements in iOS jailbreaking we’ll see a permanent jailbreak, but until that point a semi-untethered solution will have to suffice. Apple certainly doesn’t make it easy to fully unlock your phone, but the process is rather simple following the steps above — despite being a little tedious and repetitive. Progress on unlocking recent versions of iOS has been slow, due to a combination of tightened operating system security and a lower public interest in jailbreaking. The past few weeks have resulted in some major steps forward, however, and a dedicated team continues to collaborate on making Apple’s operating system less restrictive and more fully-featured.
Cydia is the most popular way to install apps, and Saurik has recently confirmed that an update to support iOS 11 is in progress. Soon, this list may get much simpler. Until then, we’ll have to follow these steps to keep our phones fully unlocked for greater convenience and functionality.