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Spirit Jailbreak Released! How To Video!

by on May 3rd, 2010

It’s finally here. The tool you need to jailbreak your iPad. The Spirit jailbreak is available to download now, from their website. It works on Mac and Windows, to jailbreak ALL Apple iDevices, on OS 3.1.3, and 3.2, untethered. Also, another reminder to back up your SHSH blobs.

Although, you can now jailbreak your iPad, the application for installing 3rd party apps, Cydia, is still in beta , for the iPad. A lot of apps and tweaks you might be used to on your iPhone, are still not working on the iPad yet.

The Spirit website gives this warning:

Note: On iPad, all this is still sort of beta. Some packages in Cydia, not designed for iPad, might screw up your system and require you to restore. Be careful. (And no, Cydia’s appearance is not final.)

That being said, we’ll give you a quick tutorial on jailbreaking your iPad. This will work for the first iPad, and the iPad 3G. Both have identical firmwares. The Spirit website gives you these fine points to read over, before attempting this jailbreak:

What’s Spirit?

  • Spirit is an untethered jailbreak for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch on the latest firmwares.
  • Spirit is not a carrier unlock.
  • If you currently are using a tethered jailbreak, you have to restore to use Spirit. Do not upgrade if you use an unlock on an iPhone 3G or 3GS. (You can, however, restore to 3.1.2 if you have SHSH blobs for that version.)


  • Any iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch on firmware 3.1.2, 3.1.3, or 3.2.
  • An activated device: one not stuck on the Connect to iTunes or Emergency Call screen.
  • Any version of iTunes 9 (including 9.1.1).
  • Syncing with iTunes before trying this highly recommended.

You’ll need to download the Spirit jailbreak tool. Get it here: (Mac) (Windows)

Unpack, and save it to your desktop. Open it up, and you should see something like this. I’m using the Mac version.

Next, connect your iPad. Spirit will automatically recognize your iPad, and show you what firmware your using.

Click “Jailbreak”. If you look away, you’ll miss the process! This is the fastest jailbreak I have ever seen on any device, ever. Once Spirit is done, you will see the Spirit graphic on your screen, with a pretty fast progress bar. The whole process should take less than a minute.

If you are used to Cydia on the iPhone, you’ll notice some changes. Saurik is slowly updating to make Cydia on the iPad a more robust experience. Right now, it is basically still in beta, and a lot of stuff isn’t working yet. In my case, I tried to install SBSettings, and it really messed up the SpringBoard, and I had to restore. That’s the chance you take when you jailbreak.

This screen shot was taken after installing SBSettings. It was in potrait orientation, but showed up like this.

Here’s a video to show you just how fast this jailbreak is:

If you decide to jailbreak your iPad, you do so at your own risk. As with any jailbreak, you run the risk of having to restore. Make sure you do a back up in iTunes, before messing around with this. Good luck!

Hey, follow me on Twitter, as I’ll be tweeting about what works and what is broken in Cydia, for the iPad: @rorypiper

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  • Wuju

    Would love to see a list of working Cydia apps for iPad, so everyone can decide what to install without the risk of restore all the time.

  • Wuju

    Sopho Antivirus says it's a virus. Is it really safe to execute?

  • Wuju

    Here is my first odd bug. iTunes has trouble connecting to Appstore after Spriit install on iPad. Rebooted PC and still no luck.

    The popup message from iTunes “iTunes could not connect to the iTunes store. The network connection was reset.”


  • Wuju

    Installed 9.1.1 over the previous version still wouldn't allow me to connect to iTunes Store via iTunes. Anyone else experiencing this and how to fix it.

  • rorypiper

    Coming soon. 😉

  • rorypiper

    Yes. It doesn't install anything on your PC.

  • rorypiper

    App Store connecting fine for me. That's a weird one.

  • rorypiper

    Okay. I am getting this issue now. Haven't found a fix yet.

  • Wuju

    Found a solution. Fixed mine. 🙂
    This is what u do

    control panel
    internet options
    Connections tab
    Click LAN Settings
    uncheck “use a proxy server”

  • Wuju

    what I love to know is if the following programs run ok

    Backgrounder + ProSwitcher
    AppSync for OS 3.1

  • rorypiper

    Cool! I guess I had different issue. I just went into the iTunes Store app, logged out, logged back in, and then the App Store worked fine.

  • Lee

    Installous works but I'm having issues with it. It's an iPhone app but it still shows all the iPad apps in it (doesn't say if it's an iPad app you just have to chance that it's a universal one but iPhone ones work too). The only issue I have is that all the icons on the springboard are gray. Like I installed Keynote and Pages, both icons are just a stylized gray square. Same with IM+ and any other app. Only on the iPad though my iPhone works fine does anyone else have tihs issue?

  • Rick

    3rd time I restore and JB. Still, each time I start Cydia, it load (slash screen less than 1 sec) then crash/disappear. I tried with soft reset, hard reset. I'm on Windows7 and running Spirit in WIN98 compatibility mode. Anyone had this problem ?


  • Rick

    Fixed (dumb me…) All I had to do is close Microsoft Security Essential (real-time antivirus) then re-spirit. Everything works now!

  • Wuju

    Wonder if Iphone Explorer works. If so, one can replace the icons with a more colorful one, if I read you correctly.

  • lemon

    According to comex, the “Spirit Jailbreak” is actually a collection of exploits they've found, and by jailbreaking now they're only revealing one. The reason for the delay was never to wait until 4.0, but rather they wanted to wait until the 3G version was out so they didn't burn one exploit on WiFi then have to do another one entirely on the 3G version. speak of jailbrek ipad, this article might also interest readers:
    “Unlock and Jailbreak Solutions for iPad”

  • Wuju

    anyone having problem with iTunes not recongnize iPad after jailbreaking cause now iTunes sees the iPad as an iPhone cause under the App tab, it shows it as an iPhone; so I can't sync. 🙁

    I thought iTunes 9.1.1 fixed this issue of sometime seeing iPad and sometime as an iPhone.

  • Lee

    I left my iPad at home otherwise I'd take a screenshot to show you what I mean. I just googled iPhone gray icon to see if I can find something similar, this screenshot here is very close, see the second row the icon that says Waiting…


    It looks VERY close to that, except it says the app name like normal. Just every app installed with Installus looks like that, basically that gray box of an icon with the name showing. The apps still run fine though! Just looks bad!

  • Wuju

    I see. Looks like a bug cause after sync back to iTunes; the beautiful icons are there from the iTunes Apps.

  • wuju

    Has SBSetting been updated to work with iPad since this review?

  • Heey ! I have the same problem with my icons ! Just want to know if you succeeded in fixing it ? If so, can you tell me how you did it ?? Thanks ^.^

  • Wuju

    By the way, there's a new installous and if you re-install all the apps, proper icons are shown now. It works for me.!

  • Wuju

    By the way, there's a new installous and if you re-install all the apps, proper icons are shown now. It works for me.!

  • Wuju
  • zholy

    If you are interested in this article,maybe you will like this Jailbreaking for iPad.


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  • Harry

    after the spirit jailbreak i cant seem to connect my ipad to itunes. it tells me that itunes cannot read the contents of the ipad and i need to restore it. i did this about 3 times now and still after the jailbreak i again get this message:(
    anyone know how to fix this problem?