Pangu today released a jailbreak tool that allows users to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 on eligible 64-bit iPhones and iPads. As of now, the tool is only available in Chinese and is Windows-only. An English version should be arriving shortly.
The jailbreak will also work with older iOS versions all the way back to iOS 9.2. In the following tutorial, we’ll show you how to jailbreak your eligible iOS device step by step.
Things to note: This is a brand new jailbreak tool, so it will likely be buggy. It might be best to wait until a few revisions to the tool are made, so proceed with caution.
I’m no longer jailbreaking my daily driver, and I hesitate to recommend doing this on anything but personal test devices for fun. Of course, this is a personal decision, but you are introducing potential security issues by jailbreaking your device. Just be aware of the potential risks.
Remember, the tool is in Chinese, so if you don’t read Chinese, be sure to follow the steps in this tutorial closely.
As of now, the tool is available for Windows machines only. If you don’t own a Windows machine, you can use a virtual machine setup to perform the jailbreak.
You will need to be running one of the eligible versions of iOS in order to benefit from this tool. As of now, Pangu’s jailbreak tool is capable of jailbreaking iOS devices running the following versions of iOS: 9.3.3, 9.3.2, 9.3.1, 9.3, 9.2.1, and 9.2. If the device is not already running one of those iOS versions, then you will need to install iOS 9.3.3 or iOS 9.3.2 since Apple is still currently signing both of these firmware versions.
Keep in mind that iOS 10 betas are not eligible for this jailbreak.
It is recommended that you create a secondary Apple ID not tied to your primary account, as this may be needed during the jailbreak process. It’s unclear if this will continue to be a requirement as the tool matures.
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How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 with Pangu
Step 1: Connect your iOS device to your Windows PC or Windows virtual machine, and ensure that it is recognized by iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes installed, install it. If you get a pop-up asking you to Trust your computer, tap Trust.
Step 2: Turn off Find My iPhone on your iOS device. To do so, go to Settings → iCloud and disable Find My iPhone.
Step 3: Download the installer from Pangu’s website. Keep in mind that this installer is only available in Chinese right now. An updated tutorial and video will be released for the English version.
Step 4: Run the pphelper installer to install the PP 5.0 tool. Click the button that appears to proceed with installation. Once the installation finishes, click the next button that appears to launch the PP 5.0 tool.
Step 5: On the PP 5.0 tool, click the green button to download the necessary components for the jailbreak.
Step 6: If prompted for an Apple ID, enter a dummy Apple ID account. This account is used for signing the jailbreak app that’s deployed to your device. I don’t recommend using your primary Apple ID with all of your personal data attached to it. Once you’ve entered the Apple ID, click the green button below the sign-in boxes and wait for the app to deploy to your iOS device. Once the process complete, click the green button to proceed.
Step 7: Tap the email address on the Device Management page that appears on your iOS device. Tap Trust → Trust to finish the deployment.
Step 8: Go back to the Home screen, and launch the jailbreak tool.
Step 9: Enable Notifications, and uncheck the box below the circle.
Step 10: Tap the circle, lock your device, and wait for your iOS device to respring.
Step 11: Unlock your device, and you should now see Cydia on your Home screen.
Note, that this jailbreak is a “semi-tethered” jailbreak, so if you reboot, you’ll need to repeat steps 10 and 11 before you can use any jailbreak-related app or tweak, including Cydia.
This jailbreak is still in its infancy, and as such, I personally recommend holding off if possible. Having an English version will make it much easier to understand what’s going on, but I wanted to provide this tutorial for those who simply can’t wait, and for those who are interested in how the process works.
Let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or any advice from your own hands-on personal experience with the iOS 9.3.3 jailbreak.