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iPad Jailbreaking Frequently Asked Questions

So you have your iPad and you can install thousands of apps from AppStore. What’s all this commotion about jailbreaking? Why would you need to jailbreak? What does it offer? In this post, we will cite all of the frequently asked questions about iPad jailbreaking.

iPad Jailbreaking, What Is It?

At its most fundamental, jailbreaking a device allows you to get into its root file system so that it can be modified in order to install third party software components. It’s your device after all, and many iPad users don’t want to be told by Apple what they can and can’t do with their own iPad.

Why Jailbreak iPad?

  1. No restrictions. Want a custom wallpaper on your home screen? Custom icons for your apps? Internet tethering? A category system for organizing your apps? The ability to hide native iPad apps you don’t use? You can do all of this and more with iPad Jailbreak.
  2. To join the subculture. Sick of Apple’s stranglehold on the iPad? Those who Jailbreak iPad belong to a movement of people who demand more from their iPads. And they’re not gonna let Apple stop them. Beat the system: Jailbreak your iPad.
  3. Unlock iPhone. To unlock your iPad and use it on any carrier, you must first Jailbreak your iPad. Some of the best Jailbreak software below also lets you unlock the iPad, though unlocking is generally beyond the scope of this tutorial.

Is it Legal about iPad Jailbreaking?

Under the DMCA The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 2010, jailbreaking is legal in the United States. This means that you can’t be charged with prosecution for circumventing the DMCA, it does not, however, keep Apple from doing its best to make it as difficult as possible for you to do this.

Keep in mind, however, that if Apple can prove that your iPad has been jailbroken, and if they can prove that the process of jailbreaking your device has caused your device to not work reliably, then they can claim that you have violated your warranty and may be able to avoid paying for any normal issues that arise with your phone (whether or not they are directly related to the jailbreaking).

The good news regarding the warranty issue is that it is perfectly possible to restore your iPad to its original state (firewalls and all) by backing up the original data on your computer. If you have to send it in for a tune up or replacement, simply restore the original program, and you’re good to go.

How Jailbreaking Affects iPad Service and Functionality

There are questions as to whether or not jailbreaking will affect the quality of an iPad’s service and the functionality of its apps. While apple claims that this is the case, most users who have taken advantage of jailbreaking say that it has made no difference whatsoever. When it comes to the functionality of the apps, however, it is a different story.

It actually is true that if there are changes in iOS or application code there can be a loss in app functionality. Usually there are app by app solutions for this loss of functionality devised by individuals who want to make sure that iPad remain free from Apple’s constraints.

Apple has and almost certainly will continue to strongly discourage jailbreaking.

How to Jailbreak iPad?

Need iPad jailbreak instructions? Here is a post for a list of extensive resources on how to jailbreak your iPad.

If I jailbreak can I download App Store apps for free?

Yes. Not that we condone this—and I’m not being coy, we really don’t—but jailbreaking will let you circumvent the App Store and install many popular apps and games for free. We’re not going to get into the specifics here, but if you search around you should be able to get the gist of it.

Will jailbreaking affect my App Store apps?

Nope. You can still use your old apps from the App Store, buy new ones, and sync them to your computer just like normal.

How do I get my old iPad back?

Restoring your iPad to factory settings in iTunes will remove all traces of jailbreaking activity and let you resume your tranquil existence inside Apple’s walled garden. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.