If you’ve been waiting on an English version of the Pangu jailbreak tool, then the wait is over. Instead of an all-encompassing tool that runs solely on Windows, Pangu, with the help of Cydia creator, Saurik, provides a different method for jailbreaking eligible iOS devices.
Available at pangu.io, the updated jailbreak method relies on downloading the Pangu app, and signing and installing the app via an updated Cydia Impactor tool developed by Saurik. Cydia Impactor works on Mac, Windows, or Linux machines, and requires an Apple ID to successfully sign the Pangu app so that it can be installed and executed on eligible iOS devices.
Note that Pangu lists two limitations for this jailbreak method:
- An Apple ID can only apply for a certificate for a limited number of devices.
- The certificate will expire in 7 days. If your certificate gets expired, you need to follow the guide to install the jailbreak IPA again.
If you are an Apple developer, signing the IPA file with your own developer credentials means that the Pangu jailbreak app will expire in 1 year, instead of 7 days. This is notable, because the Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9.3.3 is semi-tethered, meaning that you have to run the app on device after a reboot to re-enable the jailbreak.
The Pangu jailbreak works with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running iOS 9.3.3, 9.3.2, 9.3.1, 9.3, 9.2.1, and 9.2. 64-bit devices are required.
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How to jailbreak iOS 9.3.3 using the English Pangu jailbreak tool
Step 1: Download the Pangu app (NvwaStone_1.0.ipa) from pangu.io
Step 2: Download the version of Cydia Impactor that works with your desktop operating system.
Step 3: Connect you iPhone to your computer.
Step 4: Run the Cydia Impactor tool, ensure that it sees your iOS device, and drop the Pangu.ipa (NvwaStone_1.0.ipa) file on the Cydia Impactor tool.
Step 5: Click the OK button on the Apple Developer Warning box that appears.
Step 6: When requested, enter your Apple ID email address and password. If this is a regular non-developer Apple ID, then the Pangu app will be available to run for a maximum of 7 days. Paid Apple developers have access to the app for a full year.
Step 7: The Pangu app will now appear on your iOS device, but you’ll need to go to Settings → General → Device Management, tap the Developer App email address associated with your Apple ID, and tap Trust twice to enable the app to run.
Step 8: Go back to the Home screen, launch the Pangu app on your iOS device, and tap OK when it asks for access to Notifications.
Step 9: Tap Start on the Pangu app and lock your device when prompted. You should receive a notification, followed by a respring.
Step 10: Once the respring is completed, unlock your device, and you will see Cydia on your Home screen.
Since this is a semi-tethered jailbreak, you’ll have to run the Pangu app again on your device to re-enable the jailbreak after every reboot.
Are you planning on jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad now that the Pangu tool is available in English? Personally speaking, I’ll jailbreak just to play around with it on my test device, but I probably won’t be using it as a daily driver.