evad3rs gave us a big surprise earlier today by releasing evasi0n7, the eagerly awaited jailbreak for iOS 7 – iOS 7.0.4. If you had troubles jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, here are some troubleshooting tips.
Stuck on Apple logo
A lot of folks in our comments section reported that their device was stuck at the Apple logo after the jailbreak process gets completed. The evad3rs team says that this happens if you had updated to any version of iOS 7 over-the-air.
You could try doing a hard reset (Hold down power + home for 10 seconds) and then try running the jailbreak process again. If this doesn’t work then you may have to restore your device by putting it in recovery mode, check this guide for the step-by-step instructions. [Updated]
Endless Reboot loop, tweaks not working
Endless reboot loops could be caused by tweaks not functioning properly. The issue, specifically, is with MobileSubstrate, a library most jailbreak tweaks depend on, which isn’t fully compatible with evasi0n. Saurik, the creator of MobileSubstrate, wasn’t seeded pre-release builds of evasi0n7 so he couldn’t test compatibility of the library. The evad3rs team say they’ll update evasi0n7 with a fix for this issue soon.
evasi0n progress stuck
Another common problem we’re seeing is that evasi0n gets stuck in the middle of the jailbreak process. The jailbreak process typically takes 4-5 minutes, but if it takes too long, the evad3rs team says it is safe restart evasi0n on your PC/Mac, reboot your device and perform the jailbreak process once again.
evasi0n can’t be opened on your Mac
This error could probably be due to Gatekeeper on OS X 10.8 and up. You can bypass this by control-clicking (or right-clicking) evasi0n.app, choosing open, and again clicking on Open in the dialog box that appears. If that doesn’t work, right-click, choose Show Package Contents>Contents>MacOS> and click evasi0n7. (Thanks @Chewyid!)
Stuck on Activation Lock
Activation Lock is a newly added anti-theft feature in iOS 7 that asks the owner’s Apple ID and password if the device is restored, or possibly during the jailbreak process. There doesn’t seem to be a way to bypass this screen if you don’t know the password. So if you’ve purchased your device from someone, contact them and ask them to remotely disable Activation Lock by following the instructions in this post.
Stuck on Configuring system 2/2
A number of users have reported that the jailbreak process was getting stuck at “Configuring system 2/2….” when they tried jailbreaking their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with evasi0n7.
It looks like the jailbreak process is getting stuck at that step on slow machines. The definition of “slow machine” is not clear as evad3rs’ haven’t provided the minimum system requirements for evasi0n7, but evad3rs has suggested using another computer if you hit the issue. Check out this post for more details.
- Make sure you do a full backup of your iOS device via iTunes before jailbreaking.
- Disable passcode lock on your iOS device.
- Avoid iTunes related tasks while the jailbreak process is on.
- It is advisable you perform a jailbreak on a device that has been updated to iOS 7 via a clean iTunes restore rather than one that has been updated over-the-air.
- If you’re a Windows user, and you could try running evasi0n as administrator.
- It is also said that jailbreak tweaks might have issues on devices with the 64-bit A7 chip. That is, the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve faced any other issues, and whether you’ve found a fix.