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How to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad in iOS 9

Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad is a risky process that we can't unreservedly recommend, but it remains popular among those who wish to install unofficial apps and tweaks on their smartphone or tablet via the Cydia marketplace. Here's how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad in iOS 9 - and iOS 8, too.
(What is jailbreaking? In essence, it means bypassing the locks put in place by Apple on its iPhones and iPads and thus gaining access to a large number of apps that Apple hasn't authorised. For explanations of this and many, many more Apple-related terms, see our Apple jargon-buster encyclopedia.)

How to jailbreak an iPhone: A warning

Some of the unofficial apps that you'll gain access to after jailbreaking are pretty tempting, and may offer features you'd never otherwise be able to access, but be weary; jailbreaking your iPhone and installing tweaks and apps from disreputable sources may lead to hackers being able to access your iPhone. We recommend only using reputable sources, such as those pre-loaded in Cydia, and staying away from any pirated repositories – it may be tempting to download tweaks for free, but you might be handing over access to all your personal information at the same time!
Apple itself offers advice on the subject of jailbreaking (although you may feel that the company is biased in this respect since it wants to continue getting its cut of the revenue from official app sales). In this tech note, Apple suggests that jailbreaking your iOS device may lead to security vulnerabilities, instability, shortened battery life, unreliability, disruption of services and inability to apply future software updates. It may result in Apple denying service for your device.
Nonetheless, many Apple fans have been jailbreaking iOS devices for years without encountering these issues. But once they've jailbroken such a device, they understand that they should expect no help from Apple if it causes them trouble in the future. With choice comes responsibility.

How to jailbreak an iPhone: tethered and untethered jailbreaking

What’s the difference between a tethered and untethered jailbreak? Tethered jailbreaks require you to attach your iOS device to your computer and run an application to jailbreak it. If you later power off the device and then restart it, the jailbreak is wiped out, and you have to repeat the entire process. It also means your iOS device is completely useless until you do so, which isn’t convenient.
These kinds of jailbreak were the first to be developed. But what prospective jailbreakers wanted was an untethered method, where the hack would remain in effect even after the device was switched off and on again. This is called an untethered jailbreak, which is what is available for those looking to jailbreak iOS 9 and iOS 8.

How to jailbreak an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3

While long-time jailbreakers may be used to an all-encompassing tool that jailbreaks iOS devices and installs Cydia automatically, those that want to jailbreak their iOS device running iOS 9.2, 9.2.1, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2 and 9.3.3 will have to take a slightly different route. Why? Instead of running a standard jailbreak tool, users must rely on downloading the Pangu app for iOS, signing the app using a legitimate Apple ID and installing the app via an updated Cydia Impactor app developed by Saurik, creator of Cydia.
There’s also another difference between the current Pangu jailbreak and previous jailbreaks – it’s only semi-tethered, which means you’ll have to re-jailbreak your iPhone every time you restart it before you can continue using your favourite jailbreak tweaks. This may change to a fully tethered jailbreak in future, but there’s no word on when that’ll land at the time of writing.
Users will also need to re-install the Pangu app on their iOS devices once a week if they ‘sign’ it using a standard Apple ID – which isn’t ideal. Those using a developers account have a better deal, as they will only need to do this once a year. Oh, and you'll have to disable Touch ID/Passcode/Find my iPhone on your iOS device before you follow the below how to, but you can re-enable it once it's done. 
So, without further ado, here’s how to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad running iOS 9.2 – iOS 9.3.3.
1) The first step is to download the tools required – you can download thePangu app (to be installed on your iOS device) from pangu.io, and you can grab the appropriate version of Cydia Impactor (Mac, Windows, etc) from here.
2) Unzip the Cydia Impactor file you downloaded above, and run it.
3) Once Cydia Impactor is running, connect the iOS device you want to jailbreak to your Mac/PC using the supplied Lightning cable.
4) Once your iOS device is connected, drag NvwaStone_1.0.ipa (the Pangu app) into the Cydia Impactor app, click the ‘Start’ button and click ‘OK’ when an Apple Developer Warning appears.
5) The next step is to ‘sign’ the app using an Apple ID – the developers assure users that the information is used only for signing the app and nothing more, but those who want to be more secure can opt for a secondary Apple ID. Anyway, input your Apple ID email address, click ‘OK’, then input your Apple ID password and click ‘OK’.
6) Cydia Impactor should then automatically prepared everything based on your input, and sign the IPA file. If all goes well, the app should then automatically be installed on your iOS device.
7) On your device, open the Settings menu and head to General > Device Management (on iOS 9.3.3) or General > Profile (on iOS 9.3.2 and below). Tap the profile named as the Apple ID you signed in using the Cydia Impactor app and make sure you establish it as a trusted developer.
8) Open the newly installed Pangu app on your iOS device and allow the app to send notifications (you should see a pop-up shortly after opening the app for the first time). Simply tap the START button to begin the jailbreak, and immediately lock the device by pressing the power button.
9) Wait while the jailbreak payload is injected into the device – this may take some time. Once it has finished, you should receive a notification on your lock screen that the jailbreak has been successful, followed by a respring of the device.
10) Once you’ve done that, you should see Cydia appear on your Home screen – open the app and begin installing your favourite jailbreak apps and tweaks.
As mentioned above, users will need to follow steps 8-10 to re-jailbreak their device every time it is restarted. Users will also need to do the complete process again every 7 days if using a standard Apple ID.
If a fully untethered jailbreak is released in future, we’ll update this section so make sure you keep checking back soon.

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