It’s been a long road, but the guys over at CoolStar have finally come up with a stable, untethered jailbreak for 64-bit iPhones, iPads, and iPad touches running on iOS 11.2 up to 11.3.1, with the latest update extending coverage to 11.4 beta 3. So if you’ve held off on updating to the latest iOS 11.4.1, your patience has finally paid off.
In its heyday, jailbreaking your iOS device meant gaining access to thousands of tweaks and mods not allowed by Apple to give you the ability to thoroughly customize your iPhone — from adding a numeric keyboard, viewing your RAM, to changing your font, and so much more.
Unfortunately, the list of available (and iOS 11 compatible) tweaks has been significantly reduced due to the relative inactivity from the jailbreak community resulting from Apple’s largely successful campaign to clamp down on the practice. Despite this, a good amount of functional tweaks are still available and is growing by the day to give you a decent selection of mods for your device.
That said, the latest jailbreak by way of Electra is fully untethered, and works on all 64-bit iOS devices, from the iPhone 5s all the way up to the iPhone X. And best of all, the applying jailbreak is incredibly easy to accomplish in a few simple steps that we’ll highlight below.
Things to Consider
It’s important to note that the Electra jailbreak will not work if you’ve recently updated your iOS device to 11.4.1. All hope is not lost, however.
If you have an iPhone 7 all the way up to the iPhone X, Apple is still signing 11.4 beta 3 on iTunes. This means that you still have the option to download the corresponding firmware for your device from the links below, so do it now before Apple stops signing them! Note that you cannot join the public beta and expect to get iOS 11.4 beta 3 — new enrollees will jump right to iOS 12 — so use the files below instead, which comes directly from Apple’s servers.
Once you have the firmware in hand, simply connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. From there, hold either the Shift key (PC) or Option key (Mac), then hit “Restore iPhone” within the device page. Just bear in mind that any data you’ve accumulated while on 11.4.1 may not transfer over while restoring from your backup due to your move to older software.
Once you’re up and running iOS 11.4 beta 3 or any iOS version from 11.2 to 11.3.1, you can continue with the steps below. If you’re currently using the iOS 12 beta, you can still downgrade back to iOS 11.4 beta 3.
Step 1: Head Over to TweakBox
To get started, open Safari on your device and go to next.tweakboxapp.com. Once you’re on the site, either tap on the “Apps” tab along the top of the page or swipe left to go to the “Apps” page. From there, scroll down and select “Electra 11.3.1 MultiPath(proper)” to go to its page.
Now, tap on the red “Install” button within the page, then hit “Install” again on the confirmation prompt that appears. Wait a minute or two after you’ve made your selections, then exit out of Safari. An icon for Electra will now be present on your iPhone’s home screen, but don’t tap on it just yet — proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Trust Your Profile
Before using the Electra app to jailbreak your device, you’ll first have to trust yourself as a developer for the app to open. So open Settings, select “General,” then scroll down and select “Device Management” on the following page.
Within the Device Management page, tap on “Trust DingshengcaifulInvestment Management,” then select “Trust” again from the prompt that pops up to confirm your selection. Exit out of Settings once you’re done, and head to the final step.
The path is now clear to open Electra, so tap on the app and make sure that the toggle next to “Tweaks” is set to the “On” position on the following page. Hit “Enable Jailbreak” when you’re ready, and the app will proceed to jailbreak your device automatically.
Your iPhone will reboot on its own after a minute or two, and once it has successfully powered back up, an icon for Cydia will now be present on your home screen. You’re now free to tap on Cydia to access the app, and start experimenting with various (available) tweaks to your heart’s content!
Bear in mind that due to the sheer amount of devices that are covered by the jailbreak, individual results may vary as far as executing the jailbreak is concerned. We tested the method on an iPhone SE on 11.2.1 and an iPhone 8 on 11.4 beta 3 and found that the jailbreak succeeded on the first attempt on the SE, while it finally worked for the iPhone 8 after multiple attempts involving rebooting the device.
Also, Saurik, the developer of Cydia, has warned users in previous Electra jailbreaks that whenever he updates Cydia in the future, then Cydia will likely not be compatible with your Electra jailbreak. If that ever happens, you’ll have to wait for CoolStar to add support for the latest version of Cydia.
At any rate, we’d love to hear from you, so be sure to leave a comment below and let us know how the jailbreak works for you. If you encounter an issue, be sure to detail the problem you’re having, along with the make and model of your device and its current firmware.