If there’s one downside to owning an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, it’s that there’s very little you can do in terms of tweaking or customizing your phone. This can be quite frustrating for many Apple device users, and this is also the reason the term “jailbreak” has become popular over the years. Jailbreaking an Apple device simply means hacking into the phone or tablet’s operating system to allow you to make customizations and tweaks similar to what devices that run on Android platforms allow you to do. This process is not illegal, nor does it void the phone’s warranty. Simply restore the phone back to its factory settings by connecting it to iTunes on any Windows or Mac computer and the device will return to its original state.
Every time Apple rolls out a new operating system upgrade, expect a new jailbreak version to follow soon. Here’s how to do it for iOS 7.0.4:
- Back up all of your device’s content on iTunes and restore it to factory settings. The “cleaner” your phone is, the smoother the jailbreak process will go.
- Download the jailbreak tool for Windows (PC) or OSX (Mac) from http://evasi0n.com. This is the only place you can get the official jailbreak version for iOS7.
- With the device connected to the computer (and iTunes turned off), launch the evasi0n jailbreak tool on the computer and click on “Jailbreak” and wait for further instructions.
- The tool will then display instructions to unlock the device (if it is locked – twice if a passcode is needed) and to click on the evasi0n 7 app icon on the device’s screen.
- Wait until the jailbreak process is completed and exit the evasi0n jailbreak tool on the computer. The device may re-boot a couple of times to complete the jailbreak.
Once the jailbreak is complete, the device will show a new app icon called Cydia. This is where all the customizations and tweaks can be found. Cydia apps usually update on their own, but it’s always best to check if there are apps that need updating. Happy jailbreaking!