Those of you who have jailbroken your iOS 9.2-9.3.3 devices with the new Pangu jailbreak tool should know by now that it’s a semi-untethered jailbreak. This means you have to re-run the jailbreak tool every time you reboot your device, but it’s easier than one might think.
Upon further investigation we came across a note on PanGu’s official website that said this is “Jailbreak on the Demand”. The site further explains that the user will be able to easily remove the jailbreak from their device by rebooting his or her iPhone. This clearly suggests that unlike previous releases this jailbreak is not untethered, as it is temporarily lost when the device is rebooted. However what makes PanGu’s new jailbreak unique is that it does not require users to connect their device to a computer in order to get the jailbreak working again after the reboot.
Instead all they need to do is launch the PP app that is installed on their iPhone or iPad. So when you reboot your device, in order to get the Cydia and tweaks working again you have to launch the PP app and you are good to go.
This is obviously not an ideal situation and by calling it an ‘on-demand’ jailbreak PanGu is just trying to sugar-coat the tethered jailbreak release. Despite that it is important to acknowledge that this is certainly better than the traditional tethered jailbreak that require you to connect your iPhone to a computer, which also has to have jailbreak tool installed or from no jailbreak at all.
But it’s easy to fix; you just need to run the tool that was installed on your device again.
Because a semi-untethered jailbreak is a relatively odd type of jailbreak that we don’t see that often, we decided it was a good idea to make a tutorial so more people understand the concept.
How to boot your semi-untethered jailbroken device
If you just had to turn your device off and on again, then you need to know how to get Cydia up and running again. To do that, follow these steps:
1) Launch the Pangu/PP app from your Home screen.
2) Allow notifications if you’re prompted to do so by tapping on the OK button in the prompt.
3) Tap on the circle in the center of the app so it turns into text, then lock your device by pressing the sleep button.
4) Now, a notification should appear on your Lock screen and your device may warn you about your storage becoming too full. Just leave your device alone.
5) In a few moments, your device should respring itself, and you should be able to launch Cydia again.
That’s all there is to it! That was way easier than an old-fashioned tethered jailbreak, wasn’t it?
The semi-untethered jailbreak requires you to re-run the jailbreak tool every time you reboot your device, but it doesn’t require the use of a computer. It’s much more convenient than a tethered jailbreak, but not quite as convenient as an untethered jailbreak.
We hope PanGu will soon update the jailbreak with untethered functionality and release to tool for Mac and 32-bit device users too.