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How To Change Root Password After Electra Jailbreak And Why You Should Do It Now

By | August 3rd, 2018

If you’re new to the jailbreaking scene, then you may be forgiven for not knowing some of the intricacies of something that could potentially open your iPhone or iPad to security threats. It’s something that anti-jailbreaking people like to throw at the jailbreak community without always knowing the ins and outs of the situation and although there is a modicum of truth to their complaints, there is one easy way of making your device a little more secure.

We’re talking about the root password to your device, something that is opened up more than we would like once a device is jailbroken and with all iOS devices shipping with the same default password, changing it is a good security measure for anyone post-jailbreak.

Thankfully, going through the process of changing a device’s root password is not a complicated one although if you are not familiar with the process, then there is room for confusion. Here we’re going to run through the steps needed in order to make sure you’re all set up, changing your root password to something unique that only you will know.

Let’s get started shall we?

Step 1: On your newly jailbroken iOS device, open Cydia and search for “newterm2” before installing it.

Step 2: Open up newterm2, which is essentially a terminal app for iOS, and type “su” without the quotes before hitting return.

Step 3: Enter the default root password, which is “alpine” (again, without the quotes). This is the same for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

Step 4: Next, type “passwrd” without quotes and press return.

Step 5: Enter a new password and press return.

Step 6: Re-enter the same password. Press return again.

Step 7: Make sure you don’t forget that new password!

That’s all there is to it. Your iPhone or iPad now has a secure password and, importantly, it is not the same one as every other iOS device.

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How To Keep Deleted WhatsApp Messages On iOS [No Jailbreak Required]

By | July 29th, 2018

Some people love the fact that Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has the ability to delete messages and sent media. Others, however, think it’s a terrible idea and still want to see everything that has been sent without fear of missing out.

Well, we have some good news and are here to let you know that if you fall into the latter bracket of individuals then it’s entirely possible to prevent content from being deleted on the iOS platform. Now that we have your interest piqued, let’s dive right in and take a look at the process.

Step 1: You are going to need a few things to get started. First of all, you will need to download the Watusi-for-WhatsApp IPA file. This is essentially like a “WhatsApp++” type apps which modifies the WhatsApp experience. There are two versions of this available depending on whether you want to overwrite the original WhatsApp or if you want to have this installed as a duplicate. Head over to the apps GitHub page here to download the latest version of your choice and the follow the instructions here on how to install it.

Step 2: Now that you have the chosen IPA of your choice, you are going to need to download the Cydia Impactor tool in order to sideload the IPA to your connected iOS device. If you don’t have it, you can grab it from here.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac and run Cydia Impactor. When the device is connected, drag the Watusi-for-WhatsApp IPA onto the Cydia Impactor interface.

Step 4: When prompted, enter your Apple ID and password. Remember, if this is Apple ID is not associated with a paid Apple Developer account, then you will have to re-sign the app every 7-days.

Step 5: Wait for the Watusi-for-WhatsApp app to be installed to your device and then head to Settings > General > Profile(s) & Device Management and select the profile associated with this installation. Select Trust and then Trust again.

Step 6: Now, open Watusi-for-WhatsApp and set the app up just like you would with WhatsApp. Select Settings > Watusi Preferences > Chat Add-ons and then make sure that Keep Contacts Revoked Messages is toggled to the ON position.

And voila! There you have it. Now, when a contact deletes messages or sent media, including photos and videos, they will still be visible on your Watusi-for-WhatsApp installation.

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iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak Detection Bypass App Libertas Works For 90+ Apps, Coming Soon

By | July 25th, 2018

After announcing that there will be a new jailbreak detection thwarting mechanism on the way soon, the folks behind the Electra jailbreak have been beavering away to get the building blocks in place to allow users to keep using apps that would normally not work on jailbroken devices.

Now we have new confirmation from one jailbreak developer that something is in the pipeline, and it’s called Libertas.

Announced via Twitter, Libertas apparently targets no fewer than nine different techniques that are used by apps in order to allow them to check whether an iPhone or iPad is jailbroken. Libertas has been tested on more than 90 apps, which should mean that it has a fairly decent chance of making your favorite app work, something that not all anti-jailbreak detection options are capable of.

For those unfamiliar with jailbreak detection, it’s a mechanism that allows apps to tell whether a device is jailbroken and then refuse to run if that is the case.

This is mostly used by financial apps like those that your bank may offer, but some games including Fortnite are also using jailbreak detection as a way of trying to prevent cheaters from taking over games. With something like Libertas in effect, this may no longer be viable.

According to developer Umang Raghubanshi, Libertas will arrive this coming Friday, which means we will know more in a couple of days.

If you’ve been stuck unable to use a vital app or play a favorite game on your jailbroken iOS device, then this may just be the answer to your prayers.

We’ll know more this Friday.

(Source: Umang Raghuvanshi [Twitter])

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iOS 11.4.1 To iOS 11.4 Beta 3 Downgrade No Longer Possible For Jailbreak

By | July 18th, 2018

Cupertino-based Apple Inc. has officially stopped signing its iOS 11.4 firmware approximately one week after releasing iOS 11.4.1 into the public domain. The move means that device owners are no longer able to downgrade from iOS 11.4.1 to another version of Apple’s mobile firmware.

The majority of iPhone and iPad owners who have been within Apple’s ecosystem for a decent period of time will be well aware of Apple’s commitment to continually updating and releasing new versions of iOS.

Tim Cook’s company dropped iOS 11.4.1 last week containing a plethora of bug fixes, under-the-hood enhancements, and overall improvements that should stabilize and correct any issues found with the iOS 11.4 release. With that release now find its way onto devices around the world, Apple has decided to stop signing iOS 11.4 final as well as iOS 11.4 beta 3, which will really only have a large effect on would-be jailbreakers looking to downgrade.

Most iOS device owners will see a new version of iOS, choose to upgrade as per Apple’s prompt, and then never look back. However, where jailbreaking is concerned, it’s always a wonderful situation if device owners have the opportunity to roll back their firmware should they need to do so. And with the Electra jailbreak supporting iOS 11.4 beta 3, some would-be jailbreakers have been taking the opportunity to take that backward step and liberate themselves using the aforementioned jailbreak. This internal decision by Apple relating to iOS 11.4 has now put an immediate stop to that process.

For those who aren’t interested in a jailbreak then iOS 11.4.1 is definitely an installation worth having. Apple introduced a number of new features with the release of iOS 11.4, including Messages on iCloud and AirPlay 2, which works harmoniously with updated HomePod hardware. iOS 11.4.1 doesn’t expose brand new features but it does do a very good job of streamlining that iOS 11.4 release and ensuring that iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners get the best possible experience across all supported hardware.

iOS 11.4.1 could also be the last version of iOS 11 to be released into the public domain ahead of an official public release of iOS 12. Apple is currently testing iOS 12 with developers and public testers. The next major release as far as Apple’s mobile platform is concerned could be the first public unveiling of iOS 12 this coming September.

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More Details On Sileo Cydia Replacement / Alternative For Electra Jailbreak Emerge

By | July 18th, 2018

Now information on the Cydia replacement that is set to be bundled with newer versions of the Electra jailbreak has emerged. Dubbed Sileo, the app will install alongside the upcoming Electra jailbreak version update as a total Cydia replacement and will remove the need for additional fixes and hacks to be included to keep Cydia functional.

Until now, little information has actually been pushed out into the public domain as far as Sileo is concerned. We’ve learned that the app is a work in progress and that it has been designed to fully replace Cydia going forward on all future Electra jailbreaks.

We’ve also had a quick glimpse at the initial user interface for the app running on an iPad and have seen the adding of new repositories functionality in operation. As mentioned at the time, this process will be extremely familiar for anyone who has worked with Cydia previously.

Now, developer CoolStar has taken to Twitter to give some additional information on payments and how they will work across the Sileo platform and including various repositories. In short, the developer has confirmed that any repository will be able to handle commercial packages and take payments from users and that additional API documentation will be released in due time to enable owners of those repositories to set up that flow:

any repo will be able to handle paid packages through Sileo. API documentation will be available once Sileo is released.

He also confirmed that repositories will be able to use a “standardized API to present package price, purchase status, and handle payments seamlessly,” meaning that users should expect to see a uniform process and payments process throughout Sileo, regardless of what they are purchasing or the repository that the purchase points to. This is all good news and gives the comfort to package and tweak developers that payments will still be able to be taken and handled once the comfort zone of Cydia is removed.

It is definitely good news to see more information about Sileo filtering through into the public domain. However, what the community really wants is an indication of when Sileo will actually be released and when we can expect to see a fully functional version of it in the real-world.

(Source: @coolstarorg [Twitter])

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You Can Now Use Your iPhone To Jailbreak Nintendo Switch [Video]

By | July 14th, 2018

Sometimes we come across something that just makes our jaws hit the floor, and today is one of those occasions after we caught a glimpse of NXBoot, a new utility that makes it possible to run payloads on a Nintendo Switch.

What makes this all the more interesting is the fact that it requires a jailbroken iOS device (using Electra or otherwise) in order to work.

Available to download via GitHub right now, NXBoot uses a jailbroken iOS device in order to run the code that then goes off and jailbreaks its way into the Switch. This is accomplished by a USB cable that connects the two devices together and may have the potential to open the door to all manner of super-cool projects in the future.

The utility’s release was made public via social media and has caused quite a stir:

This is the first public release of NXBoot, a utility to run payloads on your Nintendo Switch.

Homepage and download info: https://mologie.github.io/nxboot/

I strongly recommend you to get familiar with the Nintendo Switch homebrew community prior to using this application to start anything on your Nintendo Switch.

[…]

Attribution and prior work: Fusée Gelée by ktemkin and ShofEL2 by the failoverfl0w team served as reference for payload construction. JustBrandonT from GBAtemp worked on a similar app independently of this project.

While the included video is very short, it does show the magic happening and that’s all I need in order to be get excited.

I am personally a huge fan of the Nintendo Switch, just as everyone else is, and I can’t wait to see where this kind of work takes us in the future.

(Source: Reddit)

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How To Jailbreak iOS 11.4 Beta On iPhone X, 8, 7 Using Electra

By | July 10th, 2018

Here’s a step by step guide on how to jailbreak iOS 11.4 beta 3 on your iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus using Electra 1131.

As you may already know, Electra was recently updated to add support for iOS 11.4 beta 1-3 firmware on aforementioned devices.

Since Apple is still signing iOS 11.4 beta 1-3, at least as of this writing, this is significant and could be important for a lot of you who missed the boat with iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak. Here we take a look at how you can go about jailbreaking your supported device on iOS 11.4 beta.

Step 1: Download iOS 11.4 beta 3 for your iPhone X, iPhone 8/Plus or iPhone 7/Plus from here.

Step 2: Launch iTunes and restore to this firmware. You should of course make sure that all of your important data is backed up somewhere cause iTunes restore will remove all of the data from your device.

Step 3: Download latest version of Electra 1131 from coolstar.org/electra and Cydia Impactor from cydiaimpactor.com. Also make sure latest version of iTunes is installed on your Windows PC or Mac.

Step 4: Before jailbreaking, make sure Find My iPhone is turned off on your device, Airplane Mode is enabled, WiFi is turned off, and Siri is disabled. Also reboot your device before running Electra jailbreak on it.

Step 5: Connect your device to your computer. Launch Cydia Impactor and sideload Electra IPA on your device. As you may already know, there are two versions of Electra 1131 available, one which requires paid developer account while the other one doesn’t and can be used with free Apple ID account. The difference between the two is the exploit being used. For most users, we recommend going with non-dev version. So, depending on the type of Electra version you are sideloading, Cydia Impactor will ask for Apple ID and password. Make sure you provide the correct paid Apple Developer account ID or non-paid ID credentials depending on the Electra version you are using. If you need help with using Cydia Impactor, make sure you check out our separate guide on it here: Sideload iOS Apps On Windows, Mac With Cydia Impactor Without Jailbreak, Here’s How.

Step 6: Once sideloaded, launch Electra app from your device’s Home screen and tap on “Jailbreak” button. After a short while, device will respring/reboot.

Step 7: Once the device comes back from respring/reboot, unlock the Lock screen, launch Electra app again, and then tap on “Jailbreak” button again.

Step 8: Let the Electra jailbreak do its thing to complete the jailbreak process, after which you will have Cydia icon on the Home screen.

Step 9: Launch Cydia and start installing tweaks!

Since Electra 1131 is a semi-untethered jailbreak, you will have to put your device into jailbreak mode after every reboot by simply re-running Electra app. Also, after every 7 days, you will be required to re-sideload Electra and and then re-jailbreak. Your tweaks, data and settings will remain intact during this re-sideloading and re-jailbreaking and won’t have any affect.

If you have any question, feel free to sound off in the comments section below.

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How To Fix Electra “Error: amfid patch” During iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak

By | July 9th, 2018

If you have been trying to liberate your iPhone or iPad using the recently released Electra 1131, then you may be one of the unlucky ones who has been experiencing a recurring error message. Some errors can be particularly taxing or difficult to overcome. However, if you are being shown “Error: amfid patch” by Electra, then rest assured that a resolution is on hand.

The latest Electra release is definitely a wonderful jailbreak solution for the community. It comes at a time when excitement levels are at an all-time high and certainly manages to bring joy.

However, it also brings with it an absolute plethora of error messages, all of which are quite difficult to understand and don’t really give any detailed information on why the problem has occurred or what the device owner needs to do to resolve the problem. For some, it’s a case of trial and error to see what works. For others, you simply need to read the information below and find out how to get rid of that troubling amfid patch error.

You may not want to hear this but the real trick to getting past this issue and becoming successfully jailbroken is perseverance and going through reboots of the device. You also need to make sure that you are using the non-developer version of the Electra 1131 app, which makes use of the VFS exploit.

This can be downloaded via the official Electra website but ensuring that you choose the correct download and that you are not using the developer-facing multipath exploit version. If you keep getting the error, then keep rebooting and retrying, and you should finally get where you need to be.

Once you do get past the amfid patch error, then you should be home-free and should find yourself with a rebooted device containing Cydia and everything else that you need in order to enjoy a liberated iOS experience.

It is worth also remembering that not every one of your favorites tweaks or packages will offer compatibility with the iOS 11.3.1 jailbreak so you will need to be extremely careful and vigilant with the packages that you are downloading and installing. Enjoy the jailbreak and let us know if this resolution worked for you.

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Electra 1131 1.0.2 Jailbreak Update Released, Here’s What Is New

By | July 8th, 2018

After pushing out version 1.0.1 update shortly after initial 1.0 version was released, team Electra has now updated Electra 1131 jailbreak for iOS 11.2 to 11.3.1 devices up to version 1.0.2.

This new version uses “different bundle identifier for mptcp version”, increments “bundle id properly”, and fixes “success rate regression with multipath 1.0.1”.

The official changelog of Electra version 1.0.2 as given by the team themselves are as follows:

1.0.2:
Use different bundle identifier for mptcp version
Increment bundle id properly
Hopefully fix success rate regression with multipath 1.0.1

As can be seen from the official changelog above, the last bit is an important one given how many people have not been able to successfully jailbreak their devices with Electra 1131. This version supposedly increases the “success rate regression” with “Dev Account” version of Electra which makes use of multipath tcp exploit.

So, if you were previously having issues jailbreaking your device on iOS 11.2-11.3.1 using Electra, you should give this latest version a shot to see if it helps fix the problem.

You can download the latest Electra 1131 version 1.0.2 for jailbreaking iOS 11.3.1 from official Electra website over at coolstar.org/electra.

Once you have downloaded the required IPA file of Electra, you can then follow the instructions in our step by step guide here on how to go about jailbreaking your device the right way: Jailbreak iOS 11.3.1 Using Electra On Any iPhone, iPad Or iPod touch [Tutorial].

If this version of Electra is successfully able to jailbreak your device, do let us know in the comments section below.

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Electra 1131 1.0.1 Download Released With iOS 11.3.1 Jailbreak Fixes In Tow

By | July 8th, 2018

The update roadmap for the latest Electra 1131 jailbreak has officially begun! CoolStar, the main developer and architect of the Electra jailbreak has announced that the first point release to Electra 1131 has been released, meaning version 1.0.1 is available to download, right now.

Just in case you had been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours and shied away from tech-based news; the iOS 11.3.1 Electra jailbreak is out and available to download.

And now, the first update to the Electra app is also out in the form of Electra 1131 version 1.0.1. This release has come fairly quickly after the initial Electra 1131 launch, which is to be expected in all honesty as the development team looks to try and immediately remedy some of the more prominent issues which have been discovered with the initial launch.

The official changelog for Electra 1131 1.0.1 is as follows:

  1. Fix app icon not showing up for certain users
  2. Fix nonce Generator not being set certain times

For anyone who has been sideloading the Electra IPA onto their device and not getting the application icon, version 1.0.1 should immediately solve that problem. But, let’s be honest, it isn’t exactly the greatest issue that would-be Electra users have been facing with this initial release. Additionally, there is also a fix in place for an issue which interfered with the nonce generator within the Electra 1131 app. That issue is a little more pressing so it’s great to see it being fixed almost immediately. All-in-all, a well received and timely update that should definitely relieve stress for some people and show everyone that updates will come and issues will be fixed.

If you have tried your luck with the original version of Electra 1131 and had no joy with the jailbreak, or have taken the semi-sensible route and have been waiting for the first bug fix update to hit the market, then Electra 1131 1.0.1 is available to download with immediate effect. As always, you can get the latest version from the official source by heading over to the official Electra site right here coolstar.org/electra/. If you have been having any of the issues addressed by this update and outlined in the changelog, then you should get some immediate solace from that pain.

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