Jailbreaking an iPhone helps you bypass the restrictions set by Apple and get full access to all the features on your iPhone. In the US, it falls under DMCA, a law that covers copyright-related issues in the Digital Age. Although jailbreaking phones is usually a grey area when comes to the topic, it was announced to be legal in the US in 2010.
Many people choose to jailbreak their iPhones to make them more convenient to use and more like “Android”, as the Apple system is well-known as “lock-down”. After jailbreaking your iPhone, you can get much more control over your iPhone and easily install the programs that cannot be accessed before.
However, jailbreaking can also lead your iPhone to an unstable environment. As it breaks the secure environment that Apple builds up and permits unauthorized applications to be downloaded on your iPhone, there’s inevitable that it will encounter safety risks. Your iPhone may also be easy to crash, cannot receive iOS updates, and your warranty will also be voided, so there may be a need that you want to unjailbreak your iPhone.
Here we will instruct you to unjailbreak your iPhone with 3 ways. Just read on to learn more about it.
Can You Unjailbreak an iPhone?
The answer is YES. Actually, it’s easier to unjailbreak your iPhone than to jailbreak it. Basically, the principle of unjailbreaking is to remove the RootFS files from your jailbreaked iPhone, which means deleting all the files that are related to jailbreak. Restoring your iPhone is also viable, but it will erase your data, so you should always think twice before you perform restoring.
The common three methods about how to unjailbreak your iPhone is:
How to Unjailbreak iPhone Without Computer
Sometimes, you can directly unjailbreak with the iPhone itself and have no need for a computer. Some of the jailbreak utilities offer to also do the unjailbreak job for you. For example, if you use uncOver or Electra to jailbreak your iPhone, you can use the uncOver utility to unjailbreak, and for Chimera, Checkra1n, the same principle accordingly. The advantage of this way is that it does not update your iOS version, nor require you to use a computer.
It’s noted that the unjailbreak method may differ based on your iOS version and the utility you use, so here we will just pick some common ones to introduce. Although the methods are to remove jailbreak on your iPhone and also keep your data, there are still users saying that they fail to do it because of some errors or have to reset the phone to finish the unjailbreaking.
Unjailbreak iOS 14 with uncOver on iPhone
Step 1. Reboot your iPhone and turn on Airphone Mode to increase the success rate.
Step 2. Go to uncOver > Settings (at the top right) and toggle to turn on Restore RootFS. Then tap “Done” at the top right to begin the process of restoring RootFS.
Step 3. After the process, you will see the last restoring messages showing that Jailbreak Completed. Click “OK” at the notice to restart your iPhone again.
Step 4. Now you will see all the jailbreak files and tweaks gone except for uncOver itself. You can just delete it from your Home screen.
Unjailbreak iOS 14 with Checkra1n
This way is so easy that you just need to simply click on button.
Step 1. Launch the Checkra1n app and tap on the “Restore System” button.
Step 2. The restoring process will automatically go on. After restoring, your iPhone will reboot. Just keep waiting until the whole process finishes.
Step 3. Now you can get your unjailbroken phone with all the files. However, if it shows that your iPhone is still jailbroken, you may have to reset all settings on your phone to erase the leftover jailbreak files.
Removing jailbreak files directly on your iPhone is the easiest way to unjailbreak it. However, sometimes some errors may show up or you still need to erase the data on your iPhone, and that makes things complex. If you are not quite sure to use this method, you can try the following two ways that use the computer program to do the unjailbreak.
How to Unjailbreak iPhone with iTunes [Erase Data]
You may prefer to use an official way to unjailbreak your iPhone. Actually, there is. You can unjailbreak your iPhone by restoring it with iTunes. But remember that this method will erase all the data on your phone. To avoid data loss, you can first back up your iPhone data and then restore it from the backup.
Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer.
Step 2. Connect your iPhone to iTunes with a USB cable.
Step 3. Tap on the “iPhone” icon, go to Summary tab > Back Up Now to make a backup for your iPhone.
Step 4. After the backup, at the same place, click “Restore iPhone” to start unjailbreaking. This will wipe all the contents on your iPhone including the jailbreak files and tweaks.
Step 5. When the restoring finishes, you can get your iPhone after factory reset, and you can choose to restore the data other than the jailbreak files by restoring from an iCloud or iTunes backup.
This way of unjailbreaking your iPhone with iTunes is easy to proceed with, but it requires you to delete all the data on your iPhone once. If your iPhone includes a large amount of data it can take a long time to set it up again. If you hesitate to use this way, head to the next method to have a look.
How to Unjailbreak iPhone Without Restoring [Avoid Data Loss]
Besides using the jailbreak utilities and iTunes, there are also a number of third-party tools that can help you unjailbreak your iPhone easily with high success rate. Passvers iOS System Recovery is one of the best recommendations as it’s a hassle-free and easy-to-use way to solve most of the iOS system problems including the jailbroken iPhone.
Also, this software offers three modes for you to do the fixes from shallow to deep, for instance, Free Quick Fix, Standard Mode, and Advanced Mode. The first mode is totally free and is useful to quickly fix some simple system errors. You are also suggested to try in sequence. The first two modes will not remove any data from your iPhone.
Here’s how to use Passvers iOS System to unjailbreak your iPhone:
Step 1. Install Passvers iOS System Recovery
Click the button to get this program on your computer for the unjailbreaking.
Step 2. Launch the program
You will see the main interface like this, click “Start” to begin unjailbreaking your iPhone.
Step 3. Choose a mode to unjailbreak your iPhone
Connect your iPhone to the computer. If your device is successfully detected by the program, you will see this on your screen, and you can click “Fix” to use the Free Quick Fix mode.
If your device fails to be detected or the Free Quick Fix mode does not work, you can move on to choose the Standard Mode. (The Advanced Mode is usually not recommended for unjailbreaking as it will erase your data)
Step 4. Put your iPhone into Recovery Mode
You may be asked to let your iPhone enter the Recovery Mode. Just need to follow the instructions on the screen and you can easily do it.
Step 5. Check the device information to download firmware
To unjailbreak (repair) your iPhone, you have to download a new firmware package. Confirm the device information on the screen and click “Repair”, then the program will help you download it.
Step 6. Wait for unjailbreaking
Now you can see the repairing process is going on. Wait for a couple minutes before the unjailbreaking finishes. And you will get your iPhone without jailbreak or losing any data.
Here are the three methods available for unjailbrekaing your iPhone. You can choose to use the jailbreak utilities, iTunes, or Passvers iOS System Recovery according to your need. Hope this article is of help and you can unjailbreak your iPhone successfully.