Apple is probably a company name you know very well by now, with their line of products from the iPod to the iPad and a dozen or so more. Their products cover a wide range, with practical applications and functions that are meant for all occasions.
Unfortunately, and unavoidably, Apple doesn’t cover everything. There are a lot of applications and programs developed by other companies unaffiliated with Apple that might be needed by an Apple product user. A lot of these applications, unfortunately, aren’t compatible with certain Apple products. The product we’ll be talking about today is the iPod Touch. Specifically, what we’ll be talking about today is Jailbreaking the iPod Touch.
What is Jailbreaking, you ask?
Well based on the problem of the additional applications a lot of Apple product users are going through, Jailbreaking the iPod Touch is the way by which a user can add outside apps and programs to his or her iPod Touch, making them compatible and usable from the product itself. The process allows the iPod Touch to unlock its potential to run applications and programs that are not under or approved by Apple while retaining its usual functionality.
The reason people Jailbreak the iPod Touch is the same reason they tend to buy or upgrade new software and products: to maximize the use of the new tools available to them. Jailbreaking the iPod Touch is just one way to maximize the product’s ability to work for the user’s convenience.
The thing about Jailbreaking the iPod Touch is that its only downsides are not all that big a blow; Jailbreaking may void your warranty with Apple, but that’s only a problem if you intend to get it repaired anytime soon. If you do want to get it repaired, there is actually a way to reset the device to default settings through iTunes, before the Jailbreak, so the warranty should be restored.
Recently, there have been improvements made to certain products, some of them addressing any changes similar to Jailbreak, so you have to be careful when trying this with your iPod Touch. Back up your files and be ready for some problems, just in case they arise.
There are a number of ways to Jailbreak your iPod Touch
The best way is to go to an expert and have them do it, save yourself the time and the risk. If you want to do it on your own, though, there are a lot of methods and instructions on the internet on how to go about Jailbreaking your iPod Touch.
There is software and a number of programs made specifically for Jailbreaking. These programs and software fall under the Automatic Method of Jailbreaking, and this method is usually the more straightforward way of Jailbreaking your iPod Touch. These programs and software require iTunes, and the assumption is that you already have it installed in your computer.
Using software or programs involves downloading the Jailbreaking software or program, as well as updating the iPod with its latest firmware. Extract the Jailbreaking software after both downloads have finished.
There will be a list of devices that will appear. Choose the iPod from the list, go to the Options and click Restore, and then choose the updated firmware and wait as iTunes updates your device.
Launch the Jailbreaking program and wait for it to prepare. A new window will appear for the settings and options you prefer. Remember to choose Cydia, along with any other options you think will be important.
Connect the device to the computer and turn it off. Put it in DFU mode. This can be done by holding down the Home button and the Power button at the same time until the device turns off. Then let go of the Power button but not the Home button. After about 10 seconds or more, if your speakers are on, you will hear a sound from the computer that means iTunes recognizes that the device is in DFU mode. Let go of the Home button after it is recognized, or else the device will go into recovery mode.
The software should automatically Jailbreak your device as it reboots
Another way to Jailbreak your iPod Touch is the manual method
Where you use a computer chip as a jumper for other applications and programs. It requires installing, which needs some technical knowledge on your part, which is why this method is less used than the software or programs available for Jailbreak.
If you still aren’t sure about how to go about Jailbreaking, but are sure you want to get it done, you can always ask an expert to assist you or do it for you. Or, to make it easier and less time-consuming, you can look up general and extensive directions online.
Just to soothe your fears, Jailbreaking your iPod Touch is not illegal. It doesn’t violate any copyright laws and neither is it considered piracy, so don’t worry too much. It is, after all, still possible to restore its original settings before the Jailbreak, so if you encounter any problems or decide not to Jailbreak, it can all be taken back.
It’s your device, and you have every right to personalize it and customize it to your liking. Knowing how is just a click and a program away. As the name suggests, Jailbreak will break your device’s limitations and give you the freedom to maximize its potential, as it was meant to be used.