The last week or so has been chaotic in the jailbreak community. With the release of Pangu8, a lot of red flags were thrown up in the air. With the major concern being Cydia was not bundled with the jailbreak. Furthermore, Cydia was not optimized for iOS 8 or the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. There were also several other bugs including iMessage, Safari, and the major passcode bug. Making your devices go into a boot loop when you had Touch ID or a passcode enabled. Which meant Apple Pay was unavailable on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3.
With that being said, the Pangu team has since fixed all of these bugs, and Cydia is now being bundled with Pangu.
This will be a simple guide showing you how to jailbreak iOS 8 using Pangu. Note that this jailbreak is currently only available on Windows machines. We also recommend that you backup and restore to factory settings via iTunes. If you’ve updated over-the-air via the Settings app, you’ll want to restore it through iTunes. You’ll also want to disable find my iPhone, and disable passcode or Touch ID.
Step 1: Ensure that iTunes is installed. Launch iTunes at least once, and ensure that iTunes is detecting your device. Once that is complete, close out of iTunes.
Step 2: Download Pangu from their website. Once downloaded, right click Pangu and run as administrator.
Step 3: Wait for Pangu to detect your device. You’ll want to un-check the only checkbox on the Pangu app. Once Pangu detects you iOS device, go ahead and tap the blue jailbreak button at the bottom. At this point, you should go ahead and let Pangu run its course. This step can take anywhere between 1-10 minutes depending on your computer.
Step 4: Once Pangu has completed, you can go ahead and close out of Pangu. The standalone Pangu and Cydia app should now be present on your iOS device.
Step 5: Launch Cydia, you should see the familiar moving files screen. Let Cydia move it’s files, and Cydia should automatically respring once again.
Step 6: Launch Cydia again, and let the repositories refresh. If there’s any updates (for the pangu untether, Cydia Substrate, etc.), go ahead and update those packages.
And that’s it. You should now be successfully jailbroken with Pangu on iOS 8. Note that a lot of tweaks aren’t updated for iOS 8 yet, and updates should be rolling out within the coming weeks.
Have you jailbroken your iOS 8 device yet? If not, why?