The age old questions remain: What’s an untethered jailbreak? Why is a tethered jailbreak undesirable?

What’s a tethered boot? Why does my iPhone keep rebooting over and over after I jailbreak?

If you’ve ever asked one of these questions, or you’re still looking for answers, then step inside to learn, and contribute your knowledge to the discussion…

Please watch the video above for a quick explanation of all three types of jailbreaks, and their pluses and minuses.

Here’s a quick textual overview of all three types of jailbreaks:

Untethered Jailbreak

The cream of the crop. The most desirable jailbreak of them all. An untethered jailbreak allows you to jailbreak your device, run Cydia apps and tweaks, and reboot your device at will with no consequences.

SemiTethered Jailbreak

This is a jailbreak that allows you to reboot your device, but not without some consequences. After rebooting, you may not be able to run any Cydia jailbreak apps, and even some stock apps like Safari may be inaccessible. A SemiTethered jailbreak is normally a tethered jailbreak with a package installed that allows you to reboot with limited use. You must perform a tethered boot (see video for explanation) to regain full functionality to your jailbroken device. Much better than a tethered jailbreak, but not quite as good as the untethered variety.

Tethered Jalbreak

The least desirable of the three. With a tethered jailbreak you cannot reboot your device at all without doing a tethered boot. A tethered boot requires access to a computer, so if you’re out an about, and your device reboots, you’re up a creek without a paddle.

Hopefully the video and additional explanations cleared up any lingering confusion. If you have anything else to add to the discussion, please leave a message in the comments below.

  • Joey Doyle

    How long does it take to jailbreak

  • WoahNillyChild

    i updated to ios 6.1.3 and i really wanted to jailbreak but there isnt a unteathered jailbreak out yet :/

  • Mingma Sherpa

    Can I restore the phone later after semitethered jailbreak? My Iphone 4 is factory unlocked recently by IMEI unlock method.

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  • Sa

    Can semi-tethered run any sim

  • anshul

    is there Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 4s on IOS 6.1. 3 ?

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  • Mugzz

    trying to unlock an iphone for a friend… all this reading about tethered, untethered, redsnow, etc go me thinking. why don’t peeps fr**kg buy a galaxy, htc, etc instead of all this iphone proprietary bs?!! as the IT guy, will make sure i unlock the iphone for him but will still to my galaxy.

  • kobby

    my jailbroken phone gives me no data connection with my network. unless am using wifi. i have done just boot 3 times today but it still persist. i jailbreaked to 6.1.3(10b329). please help me .anyone…

  • Hawaii

    ok so semi tether/untether crashes safari cydia and mail, it doesn’t say anything about restringing (SB Settings feature)

  • IOS7.1.2 Kills me

    I have iphone4, IOS 7.1.2,
    Can i downgrade to IOS 6.1.3?
    is unteathered jailbreak available ?

  • Jacob Blackburn

    This really is beyond true. I labored for AT&T and actually discovered how how they needed the price of the phone, chopped it down and scattered it into the master plan and around a 2 year period no one notices.If you can keep grandfathered on old options take action and get telephones outright. Otherwise you’re virtually finding porked

  • Chhayrith chheng

    if i my iPhone jaibroken can I update the new version on sitting.

  • Frodo

    I honestly prefer semi-tethered the most, so that I cannot actually “brick” my iPad. It’s pretty useful when you get a bootloop that’s not even possible to fix without restoring, because you have a vanilla side of the iPad to use. The only downside is, if you get a bootloop over and over every single time you try to jailbreak and you cannot launch safe mode, the “jailbreak side” of your phone will be bricked. You will be forced to restore (which I think is not possible with a tethered or an untethered jailbreak anyway), get an untethered jailbreak (they sound fairly cool), or stick to vanilla. I’m having this problem and wondering to myself if I should restore and go vanilla again before it’s too late for me, or get an untethered and have to risk making my WHOLE iPad a HUGE chunk of useless material, only enjoying it while it lasts.

  • Becky Rich

    To unlock or jailbreak Apple TV is the activity discouraged by Apple. To avoid the long procedure of unlocking or hacking apple tv, I would like to share a free application that will provide you a huge bundle of features. It’s called PlayerXtreme Media Player. It allows you to watch movies, listening music and seeing pictures in any format. You can cast your videos with 1080p playback and 3times better audio quality by using chrome cast and Airplay to your Apple TV. It will also help you to access data from other devices at your home by creating a local network. You can apply a passcode on PlayerXtreme app and if anyone tries to open it without password then guest mode will be implemented and all your data will be hidden.

  • lil.ship4

    I’m on iOS 10.2 semi jailbreak on my iPhone 5s, how will I upgrade to fully tethered after its released? Pls respond, thanks.

  • Shawn Joseph

    Update this to add that semi-untethered jailbreaks are also a thing.