Ever since “Jailbreaking” got into the spotlight amongst the Apple users, the company has always stated that this process of gaining full control over your device and playing around with restricted apps and such, is not recommended and considered it illegal.
Unfortunately for Apple, some big kahoona from the Library of Congress, decided that, since you bought the device and, theoretically, it’s yours now, you should be able to do anything you want with it.
Reluctantly, Apple played along with this decision and told everybody that it’s ok if they choose to Jailbreak their devices, but if they choose to do so, it’s sayonara warranty!
A fair warning to those who are eager to Jailbreak iOS 7: if you-know-what hits the fan hard while hacking into your iPhone, you’re all alone there. No one should be held responsible for your “jailbreaking adventure” that went wrong… except for you.
With this out of the way now, let’s get to business. We have a few tips for you we would like to talk about in the following paragraphs:
1. Do you really need to Jailbreak your iOS 7?
Seriously, ask yourself this question. What would be a good reason for doing that? Ok, so you probably want to install an app that, normally, you wouldn’t find in the Apple App Store. Fair enough. What would that app be? SIRI, maybe? Or you may want some tethering with that, too? Sounds like a reason, but you still need to think what else you need, before going crazy redneck on Jailbreaking your device.
2. Risks? Yeah, we have that…
Which is the biggest one of them all? Bricking your iPhone. Yes, it’s just as it sounds: bad. Unless you want to carry a “brick” in your pocket without the possibility of using it, then go ahead and Jailbreak your iOS 7. Again, if something bad happens, you’re fighting this battle alone!
What else is there in store for you, you ask? Well, some apps might not work well after jailbreaking your device and, of course, there will be no new updates from Apple for you! Even so, you should be able to solve these problems with a reset.
3. Back up, back up, back up!
I don’t think I need to tell you to do that BEFORE starting the jailbreaking process. Back everything up! EVERYTHING!
4. Tools you need
Sure, there are a lot of ways to do your job well, but one I find pretty is to use, is JailbreakMe.com. Click the link, go to the website and then tap on the free button that’s below Cydia. Normally, you should your device jailbroken and download Cydia installed in a few easy steps. If you want some alternatives to this, you can also try other apps such as Redsn0w, Black Rain, GreenPoisOn, PwnageTool or Snow Breeze. All these apps have their own ways of completing the process, so do your research!
5. You can’t really have it all
“What? There are limitations of what I can do AFTER jailbreaking iOS 7?!” Yes, there are some things that might bug you, even though your device is now jailbroken. As you were told earlier, you will no longer be able to update your Apple issued software. The only way to do that, is to revert back to your “old” (and boring) iOS 7. Also, the Internet is full of dirty people and so called apps and Trojan horses that can hardly wait to infiltrate your iPhone and wreck havoc in it just like the Mongols led by Gingis Han. Yeah, it might not happen to you, but the possibility of getting a virus or being hacked by some weirdo looking to turn your device into a zombie, is out there.
Want more bad news? Hold on, round 3 is here… Battery can be affected and your phone might crash or reboot, too. Also, the jailbreaking process itself might not work for you. There, we said it all!
Do you really need to Jailbreak your iOS 7? Is it really worth the fight? In the end, it’s your decision, but in my opinion, unless you really have an itch and an overwhelming curiosity about jailbreaking your device, then I don’t think it’s worth the sweat.