How to Jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 on iPhone 4S and iPad 2 (Step-by-Step Instructions)

Posted on January 22, 2012 by

This guide will help you jailbreak A5 devices like the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe, a tool created by the Chronic Dev Team with the help of pod2g and others. If you have a non-A5 device like the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1, iPod touch 3G or 4G, head on over to our jailbreak guide for those devices.

What you need:

  • Compatible iOS device (iPhone 4S or iPad 2)
  • Device updated to latest firmware, iOS 5.0.1
  • Absinthe for Mac or Windows

Make sure you backup your device using iTunes or iCloud before following this tutorial.

  1. Download Absinthe and extract the ZIP file.
  2. Double-click to open the Absinthe app.
  3. When the app loads, it will ask you to connect the device to your Mac.
  4.  Once the device is connected, click “Jailbreak” and be patient while Absinthe performs its actions. The iOS device will say “Restoring in Progress.” Do not disconnect the device or quit Absinthe during the jailbreak process.
  5. Once the process is completed, you will see the newly installed Absinthe app on your Home screen. Open the app and you’ll be taken to the Greenpois0n website. Some code will run and reboot the device.
  6. Once the device has rebooted, the Absinthe app will be replaced with Cydia.

That’s it, you now have an untethered jailbreak on your A5 device. Let us know if you have any questions or comments. All thanks go to @pod2g and his team who worked hard to bring us this untethered jailbreak.

  • Anonymous

    Here is a Video on how to do the Ipad 2 Jailbreak on Windows

  • 007

    good but am using Iphone 4 with IOs 5.0.1 can this be jailbreakable and can we install installous?. thank you


    I have unlocked my new iphone on the website http://WWW.EASYRA1N.COM

  • FAZ

    thanks, it works wonderfully we really appreciate your hard works

  • FAZ

    I did jailbreak my iPad 2 i have Cydia installed in my device but still can’t install my apps. can any one help?

  • Baotri24

    same here i did jailbreak my iPad 2 and installed cydia but it won’t let me install my installous 4 or any apps. can anyone help?

  • Bryanchung2012

    does it not work if you dont back up?

  • Alexng

    Can it install installous in iPhone 4s after jailbreak?

  • Alfredleung23

    At Cydia – Install AFC2add can work !

  • Azeem

    When I connect my iPhone 4S iOS 5.0.1 I can’t click on the jailbreak button, please help?

  • Eli Courey

    it still works if you don’t backup, but the Chronic Dev Team advises it just in case something goes wrong during the jailbreak.

  • Eli Courey

    follow this guide for jailbreaking iPhone 4:

  • Eli Courey

    does Absinthe say it sees your iPhone is connected? or does it still say “Plug in your iPhone 4S…”?

  • Mrsalahawad

    hi, i have ipad2 and was do all steps for jailbreak but it’s nothing change!
    please help

  • Sathrock

    thats great finally u guys did that ,thanks a lot

  • Shehryar72

    Thanks a lot. It worked for me. Right now I’m downloading Installous. Lets see what happens next.

  • Laurence Leonard

    I ran the program and when it says preparing jailbreak data it says the program has stopped working and windows closes it…. Does anyone know a solution?

  • TehNoob

    Does this work on the 3G model of the iPad 2?

  • Just4alexut

    I have the same problem … can any1 help us ?

  • Sais Alaa

    For me yes, the button jailbreak is disabled even though the IPAD 2 is connected. please help

  • Shehryar72

    Hi All,
    Its me again. Thanks to all of you. The jailbreak for Windows worked like wonders. I even tested it by installing my fav apps without any issues.
    Keep It Up!

  • Mrsalahawad

    we have same problem no any1 help us

  • Mike Baxter

    dude… your a star

  • Eli Courey

    It works with both the WiFi only and the WiFi+3G iPad 2. Thanks for the questions, I should update the post to include this information.

  • Eli Courey

    If you’re using Windows Vista or 7, try right-clicking on the Absinthe file and select “Run as Administrator”

  • Just4alexut

    I tryied that too still doesn’t work :-( do you have other ideas ?

  • Esprit3443

    When I click Absinthe on my springboard it takes me to the site but never reboots and just says “ABSINTHE is now setting things up, please stand-by” and it never reboots! :( what can i do?

  • Salvy3694

    i just want to kno does this work with a ipod 4g? no right ?

  • Eli Courey

    This one doesn’t work on the iPod 4g, but you can check out our guide for jailbreak non-A5 devices here:

  • hotjattxxx

    the jailbreak button is says plug in your iphone 4s…..
    i have iphone 4s 5.0..pls help

  • hiennguyen

    my mac wont launch the absinthe… does anyone noe why??? please help 

  • Ahmadfarghaly728

    Guys if you’re using your work laptop then you can’t dot, because of some issues related to local admin and some bla bla
    My advice is:
    1- go to your PC or your personal laptop ( which has no issue in security stuff)
    2- install iTunes latest vergin
    3- remove your pass code
    4- run the absinthe file
    5- don’t unlock your device untill the bar is full
    6- when the bar is full unlock your device and open the VPN, your device will crash
    and restart

    That’s it :)
    Cheers from Egypt

  • Aranhughes

    Nc 1.

  • Please help.

    I tried that but I still have the same problem…what should I do(I even have a Mac)

  • jkp02uk

    Brilliant thanks, worked perfectly on ipad2 ios 5.0.1

  • Barb

    I am have toubles with this.. I load the program and concect my ipad 2 but it is saying error and ask me if I want to try again unplug and plug in again.. Have done this about 10 times but the same thing happens everything.. Anyone have a solution for this? Thanks

  • andwan0

    fantastic! after jailbreak, are we able to get our blobs? I like to restore to iOS 4.x (last version b4 5.x)… for the lyrics in MP3s

  • Mellylafro

    thanks good job

  • Danielespino78

    its says device not compadible :/

  • vainness

    when i open the absinthe it snow the attached device is not supported.
    any1 can help me ?

  • Kreymborg2003

    totally stumped. 
    when i open the absinthe it keeps saying attached device is not supported