If you want to break the chains and shackles of Apple’s forced ecosystem you need to jailbreak your device. I previously covered how to jailbreak iOS 6 devices with Evasi0n, and the team is back with a utility for iOS 7. This is an untethered jailbreak – meaning you don’t need to plug in your device to boot it. This will install the Cydia app store and allow you to make changes to your device that Apple doesn’t allow natively.
Note: For this article I’m jailbreaking an iPad Mini with Retina running iOS 7.0.4 and a PC running Windows 8.1. But the process is nearly identical on Mac OS X with an iPhone or iPad running iOS 7.
Before the Jailbreak
Before starting the process, make sure to back up your device. Back up your photos, settings, and important documents using iCloud backup or locally on your computer using iTunes.
To back up to iCloud go to Settings > iCloud > Back Up Now.
You can also use iTunes to back up your device. You can send it to either iCloud or your local computer. To make sure you’re backup is secure, you might want to use both methods. In fact, if you want to be ultra-secure, follow our guide on backing up an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to Dropbox.
One more thing you’ll want to do before starting the jailbreak process is disable your passcode. According to the Evasi0n site, it will prevent features from not working properly.
To disable it go to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and turn it off there.
Time to Jailbreak iOS 7
Now for the fun part, actually jailbreaking your device. Download Evasi0n7 for Windows or Mac to a convenient location on your computer.
It comes in a zip file and after you download it, just extract the contents. There are two files, the evasi0n7 executable and Read Me text file.
Make sure you device is plugged in to your computer and run the evasion executable.
Your device will be detected, then just hit the Jailbreak button.
Now it’s as simple as following the on screen instructions. The process will take several minutes and you device will reboot a few times. In my experience it took around 45 minutes total.
To make sure things go smoothly, don’t touch your iPad or iPhone while the jailbreak process is happening. In fact, you might just want to walk away and catch up on other work you’ve neglected because you’re always on the computer!
About halfway through the process you’ll be prompted to hit the Evasi0n 7 icon that will appear on your home screen.
Here’s a look at what it looks like. You might actually see the icon earlier in the jailbreak, but don’t hit it! Wait until you get the onscreen instruction above. After hitting the icon the process is almost finished. Your device will reboot a couple of more times and you’ll be done.
When everything is complete, you’ll see the Evasi0n 7 icon is no longer visible, but the Cydia app has been installed.
Now you’re ready to start tweaking your device with apps and features that only Cydia offers. Have fun!
Here’s a list of some jailbreak tweaks we’ve covered with iOS 6+ that you should be able to replicate on iOS 7. This will give you an idea of some of the cool things you can do with a jailbroken iOS 7 device.
- Make Google Chrome the Default Browser in iOS
- Get Cool Cydia User Interface apps
- Add More icons to iPhone or iPad dock
Let us know your take. Did you jailbreak your iOS 7 device with Evasi0n and how did it go? What are some of your favorite Cydia apps and jailbreak tweaks on iOS?
Update: If your having specific problems with rooting your device with Evasi0n, make sure to check out these following links:
Hi, tried this a couple of times on Ipad 2 running IOS 7. All seems to be going smoothy until the part where I tap the evasi0n7 icon on the Ipad home screen, It then reboots but is still there, hasn’t changed into the Cydia icon just remains. Doesn’t do anything when I tap it. Nothing has changed!
I have the same issue as Ed. The issue occured with both an ipad 2 and an iphone 5. both running ios 7.0.4. A friend was able to remote into my computer and run everything exactly the same and somehow it worked on the ipad 2. However, still not working on my iphone 5. Anyone else encountering this issue? Solutions??? Thanks!
For specific issues on rooting your device with Evasi0n, you can check out the following site:
There’s also a good Subreddit that will help too:
I don’t have a comp how else can I do this
I jailbreak each time iOS is updated although it can take extra time for a break to be released.
That said — What is your favorite applications once broken? Would love to get a good list of jailbreak apps!
when i finish jailbreaking it the evasion 7 icon is still there what do i do.
so i have jailbroken my phone now 7 times, i get up the evasi0n app but never the cydia app at the end, dont know what to do now, helppp
This worked, thank you :)
@jess: Great to hear it worked for you. This is seriously the easiest way to jailbreak by far IMHO
You need to use a computer for this to work. Borrow a friend or family member’s computer? Use your work one … you can use a PC at your local library — depending how much they have them locked down …
How can I turn my iPad 4 (simcard) into iPhone after jailbreak. Do you have any apps which can turn my iPad 4 to use my simcard like regular iphone for regular call. Searching such an for long.
Success, I had to update the software on my ipad (didn’t realise there was an update available) and as I hadn’t used itunes on my laptop for so long I had to update that as well. Went through the process above and ‘voila’ Cydia. I’ve also now installed XBMC for all my movie needs. Not bad for someone who’s only just learnt to use the microwave!
I brought my iphone4 to India. Jail-broke it using evasi0n. Have Cydia. What do I need to do after that to make an Indian Airtel Sim work on it.
Any help is appreciated!
Keep up the good work!!
I have done this with my iPad my iPod and my older iPhone it has worked successfully with all of them apart from my iPhone 5s it keeps on stopping when it gets to ‘Configuring System (2/2)’ what should I do?
the 7 thing pops up but my phone wont reboot help me pleaseeeee
This method is working on iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s only.