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Jailbreak iPod Touch

I did on mine on the same day I purchased. Of course, a lot of research had been done prior to that, to make sure it is safe and worthy. Personally, the possibility of jailbreaking is my main reason to purchase an iPod touch, and trust me a jailbroken iPod touch is so awesome, the possibility is infinite. Now, let me share with you what I have learned in the process.

Methods

Of course you can do it manually, following tons of steps and hoping that you don’t mess anything up, but the 13-year-old Arix made the entire process much less dreadful. I did mine using iJailBreak, the first time failed, but the second time was successful. As far as I know, iJailBreak works both on Macintel and PPC. If you prefer a video tutorial of iJailBreak, please take a look of this YouTube video. For a more detailed step-by-step tutorial, please refer to this article on Gizmodo. For Windows users, you can use touchFree.

Recently, a new method has popped out online, jailbreakme. I personally never tried this method, but it is better to know other alternatives, especially for iPod touch owners who are considering to jailbreak your device.

Concern

I know about your concern, I had it before I decided to jailbreak my iPod touch. The question is: Would jailbreaking my iPod touch brick my device? As far as my research shows, the answer is no. When my first attempt failed, I was able to successful restore my iPod touch to factory setting. Of course, when restoring you would lose all photo, music and video library. Here are the steps to unbrick your iPod touch:

  1. Press and hold the Stand-by button
  2. Before the Apple logo appears, press and hold the Home button
  3. After the Apple logo appears, release the Stand-by button
  4. Wait up to 30 seconds
  5. After the Connect to iTunes picture appears, you can release the home button. Your iPod is now in recovery mode.

After Jailbreaking

After jailbreaking your iPod touch, you will see Installer on your springboard. To have other 3rd party applications to appear in Installer, be sure to install Community Sources and reboot your iPod touch. After that, you should be able to see tons of applications available in Installer.

Happy jailbreaking your iPod touch!

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