How to Jailbreak and Reuse your Legacy Devices, Part 1

Nostalgia required.

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Got a pile of devices? Find out how to reuse them!

If you’re anything like us here at Jailbreak Hub, you probably have a few legacy devices hanging around. You don’t want to get rid of them, and want to use them for more than paperweights.

Well, you’re in luck! We’ve done all the research and compiled this handy 2-part guide to help you jailbreak your old device, get some apps on it and find a brilliant use for it.

So, open those drawers and go fishing for those devices because you’re going to need them!

Prerequisites

Most likely the device you have hasn’t been turned on or charged in a while, so you’re going to need to find the old cable for it. At the time of writing, all devices currently supported by Apple use the Lightning connector, which means anything old will almost certainly be using the 30-pin connector.

If you can’t find a cable at home, it’s going to be a trip to Amazon, eBay or the local Best Buy. Don’t worry – we’ll be here when you get back.

Once you’ve got it charged up, you’re going to need to find out what firmware version the device is running. Most of you probably know where to find this info, but just in case the version number can be found in Settings > General > About and under ‘Firmware version’.

And please, let the nostalgia sink in.

List of the latest firmware versions for some older devices:

  • iPhone 4s: 9.3.5*
  • iPhone 4: 7.1.2
  • iPhone 3GS: 6.1.6
  • iPhone 3G: 4.2.1
  • iPhone 2G: 3.1.3
  • iPod Touch 5th Generation: 9.3.5*
  • iPod Touch 4th Generation: 6.1.6
  • iPad 3: 9.3.5*
  • iPad 2: 9.3.5*

Note: iOS 9.3.5 is not able to be jailbroken yet, so you may need to downgrade using Prometheus, skip the update or find a use that doesn’t require tweaks and non-official apps. Hopefully an exploit will come soon!

Basically, you want to make sure your device is on the latest possible version. If it does need updating, plug it in to iTunes and update with a firmware file. Do not update over-the-air as this may cause problems with your device when you jailbreak it.

Also, you may need to downgrade your iTunes installation to get older jailbreak utilities to do their magic. You can find that over at ipsw.me as well as the firmware files.

Jailbreaking

Now for the fun part!

Once your legacy device is charged up and updated, perform a local iTunes backup of it. We suggest you don’t use iCloud for this backup, but if you’d like you can go ahead and do that too.

Depending on your device and firmware version, you’ll likely need one of these tools below:

Both of these jailbreak tools are of the simple one-click untethered variety, meaning you shouldn’t run into any problems using them. When you use these tools, make sure you uncheck any boxes for extra apps you don’t want, and check the boxes to install Cydia.

Note: If you do run into problems, please feel free to leave a comment on this post and we’ll try and help you out.

Once your device has finished its last reboot, unlock it and find the Cydia app icon on your home screen. If you open it and it starts loading things, then you’re good to go!

Join us next time for part 2, coming soon!