How to Jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 using Pangu on your Mac

BY Cody

Published 9 Nov 2014

Pangu8 for Mac

The Pangu team has just released Pangu8 jailbreak for Mac, which allows you to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running on iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 on their Mac. If you need help, follow our step-by-step instructions on how to jailbreak your iOS 8 — iOS 8.1 device using Pangu8 for Mac.

Important notes:

Some important points before you proceed:

  • Pangu supports following iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 devices:
    • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S
    • iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2
    • iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini
    • iPod touch 5G
  • Take a full backup of your device using iTunes. The jailbreak has been reported to be working in most cases, but on the off chance something goes wrong, it’s a good idea to have an escape plan.
  • This guide is for Mac users, but the steps for Windows users is also very similar. You can check this guide if you want to jailbreak iOS 8 – iOS 8.1 using Pangu for Windows.

Step 1: Download the latest version of Pangu jailbreak from our download page.

Download iOS 8-iOS 8.1 Pangu Jailbreak

Step 2: Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 3: Turn off Find my iPhone from Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone, enable Airplane mode, Disable Passcode from Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.

Step 4: Right click on the Pangu dmg file. It will inform you that “Pangu8” is an application downloaded from the Internet, and if you’re sure you want to open it. Click on the Open button to continue.

Step 5: Pangu will take some time to detect your device. Once that is done, click on the blue “Start Jailbreak” button.

Pangu8 for Mac


Step 6: If you’ve taken a backup of your device using iTunes, and followed the other instructions mentioned in Step 3 then click on the Already Did to proceed to the jailbreak.

Pangu8 for Mac


Step 7: The jailbreak process will start and will display the status such as:

  • Starting jailbreak ..
  • Transferring resources for jailbreaking ..
  • Preparing the environment ..
  • Waiting for device rebooting ..
  • Preparing the environment ..
  • Injecting ..
  • Jailbreaking ..
  • Final Cleaning…

During the jailbreak proceed your device will reboot several times, so don’t panic, it is expected behavior.

Step 8: Once the process completes, Pangu8 will inform you that Jailbreak Succeeded! You should see the Cydia icon on your home screen.


After successfully jailbreaking your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can disable AirPlane mode and re-enable passcode and Find my iPhone.

If you want to check out the video walkthrough, see below:

After the jailbreaking process is complete, do not forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your jailbroken device secure.

Once you’ve jailbroken your device, be sure to visit our jailbreak apps and tweaks category page, where we’ve been tracking tweaks that have been updated for iOS 8.

➤ The 20 Best Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks for iOS 8 — iOS 8.1

Let us know how it goes in the comments below.

Troubleshooting tips

If you’ve updated over-the-air to the latest iOS 8.0.x or iOS 8.1, and the jailbreak didn’t succeed, try doing a fresh install by restoring your device using iTunes. Download links and instructions can be found here.