This is how you unjailbreak your iPad

I bought an iPad from a friend. It all works fine, but it's jailbroken. What exactly does that mean and can I undo it?

If you ask a 'connoisseur' what the main difference is between iOS (Apple) and Android (Google), he/she will probably tell you that users in Android are much freer to make choices than in iOS. That's absolutely true, and it makes iOS such a stable operating system. It is impossible that you mess up the interface (because you have to follow certain rules). If you love iOS, but still want a little more freedom, you can jailbreak an iPad. Also read: 15 cozy iPad games for the Christmas season.

iOS offers less freedom than Android, but is therefore neater and more stable.

Why Jailbreak/Not Jailbreak?

Jailbreaking is a apt description of what the process entails. Namely: you free the device from the restrictions (prison) that Apple has imposed. It means that you immediately have more options. For example, people who had their iPad jailbroken were able to multitask and copy and paste text much earlier than people who followed Apple's rules. Not infrequently, Apple peeks at the possibilities that jailbroken devices have, and later offers its own (stable) variant. Those who have a jailbroken iPad also gain access to an alternative App Store, one that contains apps that are not subject to Apple's approval regime.

In short, freedom, freedom and more freedom. So ideal? Certainly not. The great strength of the iPad is that the tablet is always stable. Sometimes an app will crash, but you can't mess up the settings. You also can't contaminate your iPad and you don't have to worry about malware-like apps. You no longer have those guarantees if your iPad is jailbroken. It's really not that your iPad turns into an unstable and dangerous tablet, jailbreaking does have advantages. But if you want to continue to take advantage of hassle-free updating, don't bother with unstable apps, and don't want to worry about malicious apps, jailbreaking is a bad idea.

Jailbreaking provides benefits, but makes your iPad less stable.

Make a backup

You can undo that jailbreak. Handy for your second-hand iPad that has been jailbroken, and also useful for people who have jailbroken themselves but do not like the result. Fortunately, reversing the process is not that complicated. But before you do that, it's a good idea to back up your iPad first. This is done in exactly the same way as with an iPad that has not been jailbroken, so via Settings / iCloud / Backup. It is good to know that a backup only secures the data on your iPad, and therefore does not take any information about the jailbreak. Of course, you don't have to make a backup if you just bought the iPad and want to unjailbreak it immediately, because you probably don't have any data on it yet.

If you already have data on iPad, make a backup.


To unjailbreak your iPad, you need to put it into iPad recovery mode first. You do this by connecting the tablet to your PC with the Lightning cable, and then pressing and holding the Power button and the Home button at the same time. Once the screen turns off, release the Power button, but keep the Home button pressed. The white screen with the black apple will appear and then you will see a picture of an iTunes logo with a Lightning cable. This means your iPad is in recovery mode. Now open iTunes and click restore iPad. The latest version of iOS will be downloaded, and once loaded onto your iPad, your iPad will no longer be jailbroken.

Once in recovery mode, iTunes can easily restore your iPad so that the jailbreak is undone.

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