I’ve been developing a few ideas for iPhone applications and the app verification process is taking so long that it was just easier to jailbreak my phone than wait for Apple to finish “verifying” me. The applications for jailbreaking the iPhone all seem very well designed and easy to use but the documentation surrounding them is lacking. Here’s some tips that could save you a great deal of stress in case you decide to jailbreak your iPhone:

  1. If you care at all about how your apps are arranged, write down the order your apps appear on a piece of paper or something. The reason for this will be apparent later on.
  2. There’s no way of irrevocably damaging your iPhone via this procedure. No matter what happens to it, there’s always a way to get back to a virgin state so take a deep breath and chill if something unexpected happens.
  3. Backup your iPhone via iTunes immediately before jailbreaking it. To do this, right click on the phone and select backup
  4. Run through either Pwnage Tool or QuickPWN and follow all the steps. Hopefully, you should have a fully jailbroken iPhone at this step.
  5. If your phone comes out of the jailbreak at the apple boot logo screen and continually restarts, see this post for a fix
  6. If anything goes wrong with the jailbreak, you can always restore your phone to it’s original settings but the only thing that mysteriously seems to not get remembered is the order your apps are in, hence the handy cheat sheet.