iOS Tethered Jailbreak: What it Means for an iPhone, iPad User

By Sidharth | Apple

Let us have a quick look at two of the very popular iPhone-related terms ruthlessly exploited on the web and in the Apple Jailbreaking community: tethering and untethering. What can you make out of these words?

For the majority of us, technical jargon goes above our head, so in this article we will try to learn the meaning of the word tether in the simplest way possible.

Tethered Jailbreaking

For a year or so, I was least interested in deciphering the meaning of iPhone tethering. The word tethering was ingrained in my brain, and I thought it was supposedly equivalent to the word ‘secure.’

Looking up in the dictionary, I was close.

Okay, I was wrong.

But this was almost a year ago. I have flipped through pages of jailbreaking material, and as a blogger cultivated a habit of understanding words before putting it down here.

Frequently Asked Question About Tethering:

  • Tethering in English language means to ‘bind.’ What are we binding here?
  • I am planning to Jailbreak my iPhone iOS 5.1 device, but what is tethered Jailbreak?
  • I think you should stop asking questions and explain us what [your insult here] is tethering?

Definition: Tether means to tie up, bind, or chain something. According to the Apple Dictionary, tether, as an example, can be a rope with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement.

What is tethering

How can this even be remotely related to iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad?

The animal is our computer. Rope is our Apple devices — iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. We are going to tie up, bind, or chain our Apple devices to this computer. Going by the previous definition, connecting our device to the computer is what is tethering.

What is Tethered Jailbreak?

There are tools out there that can jailbreak our iOS devices. One of the popular utility, redsn0w, can do tethered jailbreak. Blackra1n is one more popular jailbreaking tool.

After you have jailbroken your iOS device, you are free to download apps and games. But if you reboot your device, you will lose the jailbreak. This is tethered jailbreak. But if you really need to reboot for you have your own reasons, connect the device to your computer and then reboot.

Yes, you should connect your tethered jailbroken device to the computer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should keep it connected all day long; connect only if the following is true:

  • The battery is drained completely, ultimately powering off your device.
  • You want to reboot your Apple device.

Tethered Jailbreak’s Disadvantage

The harsh reality is that tethered jailbreaking of your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch can be a daunting task for many reasons. Sometimes your Apple device can set foot into an endless loop of reboots on its own, if the jailbreak goes wrong. Then you have to plug in your device to the computer, rerun the jailbreaking tool to bring the device back to life.

This tethered jailbreaking, in all honesty, this can be an intimidating task. That’s why untethered jailbreak is preferred. More on untethering later.

Now that you have an idea about iOS tethered jailbreak, let me know if you have jailbroken your Apple device? It’s legal after all. Did you find this article helpful? Please let me know by leaving your comments below.

About the Author

Hi, I am Sidharth. Full-time blogger. Editor of Blogote. And a self-proclaimed geek!