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How to Safely Restore a Jailbroken iPad/iPhone: A Complete Guide

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Jul 12, 2024 • Filed to: Backup & Restore Data • Proven solutions

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Have you ever encountered problems with your jailbroken iPhone or iPad? Do your phone problems ever prevent it from performing as expected? Have you also been troubled by the risks and uncertainties of restoring it to its original state? You're not alone. Many users are in a similar situation, unsure how to safely restore their devices to normal. But, with the right guidance and instructions, you can overcome these challenges and restore your jailbroken iPhone.

In this article, we'll discuss the essential steps and precautions you need to take to restore your jailbroken iPhone or iPad. We understand the frustration and concern of this process, which is why we're here to help. Following our expert tips, you can say goodbye to the uncertainty of restoring a jailbroken device. At the end of this guide, you can enjoy a smoothly functioning iOS device again. Read on to learn more.

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3 Methods to Restore Jailbroken iPhone/iPad

Restoring a jailbroken iPhone or iPad can be essential for troubleshooting or preparing the device for resale. Whatever your reasons for restoring your devices, finding safe ways to do it is still frustrating and difficult. Here are three effective methods to restore your jailbroken iPhone:

Method 1: Using Unc0ver

Unc0ver is a powerful tool known for its ability to jailbreak iOS devices. It also offers a feature to restore a jailbroken iPhone or iPad to its original state. This process, known as restoring the RootFS, removes the jailbreak and restores the device's filesystem to its pre-jailbroken state. Here's how you can use Unc0ver to restore your jailbroken device:

  • Step 1: Open the Unc0ver app on your iPhone and tap the Settings icon at the top to access the app's settings.
  • Step 2: Ensure that only the "Refresh Icon Cache" and "Restore RootFS" options are enabled. Tap "Done" to save the settings.
  • Step 3: Tap the "Restore RootFS" button on the main screen, which replaces the "Jailbreak" or "Rejailbreak" option.
  • Step 4: After Unc0ver completes this process, your iPhone will reboot, and Cydia will be removed. Finally, delete the Unc0ver app from your device.
  • click restore rootfs button

    Note: If you receive an error message when tapping the "Restore RootFS" button, try restarting your iPhone. Then, retry the process with your device in Airplane Mode.

    Method 2: Using iTunes

    When restoring a jailbroken iPad, using iTunes is one of the most common methods. iTunes incorporates the latest security features of iOS, making it a reliable choice for restoring an iPad. Follow these steps to safely restore your jailbroken iPad using iTunes:

  • Step 1: Connect your iPad to your PC/MAC using a USB cable. Once connected, iTunes will recognize and list your device under the "Settings" section. In the "Summary" tab, locate and select the "Restore" option. This will prompt iTunes to present you with a list of recovery options for your iPad.
  • click restore iphone button

  • Step 2: Since you are restoring a jailbroken iPad, it is crucial not to create a backup. When prompted, select the "Don’t Back Up" option to proceed. iTunes will ask for confirmation to restore your iPad. Click the "Restore" button to start restoring your jailbroken iPhone.
  • Step 3: After the restoration process, your iPad will restart normally. After restarting, you may be prompted to restore from a previous backup. Select the "Use as new" option to ensure that your iPad remains in a jailbroken state.
  • Method 3: Using Finder

    Removing a jailbreak from your iPhone using a Mac is a straightforward process that involves restoring the device to its factory settings or a previous backup. Follow these steps to effectively restore your iDevice

  • Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a USB cable. Open Finder on your Mac and select your iPhone from the sidebar under "Locations."
  • Step 2: To completely reset your iPhone to factory settings, click on "General" in the menu that appears, then select "Restore iPhone" near the bottom of the window.
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  • Step 3: Click "Restore Backup" to restore your iDevice from a backup. Ensure that you choose a backup from before you jailbroke your iPhone.
  • Step 4: Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the restoration process. Your iPhone will restart once the restoration is complete.
  • Note: If your iPhone does not appear in Finder for restoration, you can try putting it into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode before restoring. Here's how:

  • Step 1: Power off your iPhone.
  • Step 2: For iPhones with a Home button: Press and hold the power button for three seconds, then press and hold the Home button. Continue holding the power button, but release the Home button after 10 seconds.
  • Step 3: For iPhones without a Home button: Quickly press the volume up button, then the volume down button. Hold down the power button until the screen turns off. Quickly press and hold the volume down and power button, then continue holding the volume button for about 15 seconds.
  • Step 4: Your iPhone should now be in DFU mode and appear in Finder. You can then proceed with the instructions above to restore your device.
  • Note: Restoring a jailbroken iPhone using a Mac or DFU mode can effectively remove the jailbreak and restore your device to its original state. However, restoring your iPhone will erase all data on the device, so back up any important information before proceeding.

    [BONUS] How to Restore iPhone/iPad Without Losing Jailbreak

    Have you ever been troubled by the dilemma of wanting to refresh your iPhone or iPad but not wanting to lose the valuable tweaks and customizations provided by jailbreaking? Restoring your device without losing the jailbreak can be challenging, but it's not impossible. This section will guide you through the process, ensuring you can enjoy the benefits of a refreshed device while maintaining your jailbreak. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Before you can begin the restoration process, you must have the Cydia package on your computer. Once you have Cydia, you must download iLex RAT, allowing Cydia to restore your jailbroken iPad. To configure Cydia and download iLex RAT, follow these steps:
  • Step 1.1: Open Cydia and go to the "Manage" tab at the bottom of the screen.
  • Step 1.2: Select "Sources" and tap the "Edit" button.
  • go to sources

  • Step 1.3: Click on the "Add" button and enter the following URL: http://cydia.myrepospace.com/ilexinfo/
  • Step 1.4: Once the URL is added, search for iLex RAT and install it on your device.
  • Step 2: You can begin restoration once you have successfully configured Cydia and installed iLex RAT. Follow these steps to restore your iPad without losing the jailbreak:
  • Step 2.1: Open iLex RAT on your iPad and select the option to restore your device.
  • Step 2.2: Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the restoration process.
  • Step 2.3: Once the restoration is complete, your iPad will restart, and your jailbreak should remain intact.
  • Note: Restoring a jailbroken iPad can be risky. One wrong move could result in losing your jailbreak or disabling your device. It's essential to carefully read and understand the instructions before proceeding to ensure a successful restoration without losing the jailbreak.

    How to Safely Restore Jailbroken iPhone/iPad with Dr.Fone

    Wondershare Dr.Fone offers a range of powerful features to help you manage and repair your iOS devices. One of its key features is iOS Standard Repair, which provides a comprehensive solution for various iOS system issues while ensuring your data remains safe. Unlike some repair methods that may erase your data, iOS Standard Repair ensures that all your files, photos, and other data remain intact throughout the repair process. Additionally, it is compatible with a wide range of iOS devices, including iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch, making it a versatile solution for users with different Apple devices. Here’s how to use Dr.Fone’s - System Repair features:

  • Step 1: After downloading Dr.Fone on your computer, open the program and navigate to the Toolbox section. From there, select System Repair to begin the process.
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  • Step 2: Connect your iOS device to the computer using a USB cable. Once connected, Dr.Fone will detect your device automatically. Select the iOS option to proceed. In the next window, choose iOS Repair to initiate the repair process for your iOS device.
  • choose ios repair

  • Step 3: From the repair modes provided, select Standard Repair. This mode ensures that all your data is retained during the repair process.
  • choose standard repair

  • Step 4: Follow the instructions to put your iOS device into Recovery Mode. This step is crucial for Dr.Fone to effectively repair your device.
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  • Step 5: Once your device is in Recovery Mode, Dr.Fone will automatically detect the appropriate iOS firmware. Click on the Download button to proceed with downloading the firmware. Dr.Fone will begin downloading the iOS firmware for your device. Depending on your internet connection speed, this process may take some time.
  • click download button

  • Step 6: After downloading the firmware, Dr.Fone will verify it before installing it on your iOS device. Click on Repair Now to start the installation process. Keep your device connected to the computer and monitor the progress of the firmware installation. Ensure that your device remains connected throughout this process.
  • click repair now button

  • Step 7: Dr.Fone will notify you once the installation is complete. Click on Done to finish the repair process. Your iOS device should now be repaired, and all your data should be preserved.
  • Note: If Standard Repair doesn't fix your iOS device, Dr.Fone's Advanced Repair option can help. This mode checks your device more thoroughly for serious issues, but it will erase all your data. Be sure to back up your data before using Advanced Repair.

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    Restoring a jailbroken iPhone or iPad may seem daunting, but it can be done safely and efficiently with the right guidance and tools. Following the methods outlined in this guide, you can restore your device to its original state and enjoy a smooth iOS experience. Always back up your data before restoring your device to avoid potential data loss. If you want to restore your jailbroken iPad/iPhone without losing data, try Wondershare Dr.Fone. Its comprehensive features and interface make it a reliable choice for iOS device maintenance.

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    Daisy Raines

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