All this jailbreaking is fun and good as long as nothing goes wrong. I can’t remember the number of times I’ve had to break my head to get the iPhone jailbroken with old tools. Of course, with Absinthe, it all changed and jailbreaking was once again fun and easy.

What if you want to remove the jailbreak? May be you downloaded something and that has made the iPhone unstable – and you want to remove the jailbreak.

Removing jailbreak is easy and will help you reclaim space and make your device stable and free of all the supposedly “grey elements.”

How to Remove Jailbreak from iPhone and iPad

There are two ways to remove jailbreak from your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Restore from a backup via iTunes
  2. Restore as a new device (via iTunes) from a stock IPSW file (or from Apple’s servers)

Restore from a backup via iTunes

Restoring from backup makes sure your iPhone is “unjailbroken” but all the old apps, music, photos and contacts remain intact. This is the best way to go if you have a lot of data on your iPhone that is not on iCloud or that you don’t want to play around with.

To unjailbreak your iPhone or iPad and backup all data:

  • Open iTunes
  • Connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac
  • Enable the backup when prompted (if you skip this step, you can do it again later, so don’t worry much about this step)
  • From the left sidebar, pick your device in iTunes
  • Click on Restore and then select Backup
  • iTunes will now restore your device while making sure all the backed up data is back on your iPhone after the restore

This will effectively remove all jailbreak data (and tweaks and jailbreak apps) but restore your device with all the other normal information. This is a safe way to remove jailbreak.

Restore your iPhone or iPad as a new device

This is the method I would prefer because of two reasons: 1) I don’t have a lot of data so backing up or getting things from the iCloud is easy and 2) this effectively makes my iPhone a totally fresh device leaving no trace of jailbreak or other tweaks.

To restore your device as new, here’s what you need to do:

Optional: Backup on iCloud if you will restore your iPhone from iCloud when setting it up later. To do this:

  • Go to Settings
  • Tap on iCloud
  • Tap on Storage & BackupiCloud Storage Backup in iPhone
  • Click on Backup Now

iCloud Backup

This will create a backup on iCloud which you can use later. Makes it easy to get back all apps, music and photos.

  • Open iTunes
  • Connect your iPhone
  • Select the device from the left sidebar
  • Click on Restore
  • Disable backup (Cancel, when prompted for the backing up option)

This restore option connects to Apple Servers and installs the latest iOS firmware (iOS 6 as on writing this). Quite naturally, you’ll lose all data but you have the option of taking backups on iCloud so that when you set up your phone, you can restore data from the backup on iCloud.

Tip: If you don’t want to face iTunes Errors during the process (they’re quite common), you can choose to download the IPSW file directly to your local disk. Afterwards, instead of clicking Restore, just click Shift+Restore and choose the IPSW file you downloaded. This will install the IPSW on your iPhone.

Below is a video tutorial that will walk you through how to unjailbreak iPhone or iPad:

Photo Credit: TheBudCloud

  • Hayley Dawson

    Help!!!!!
    My son tried to jailbreak his iPhone 4s but had numerous problems so went to unistall the jailbreak but now all his fone is capable of now is displaying the apple logo.
    It will not work at all or even link (via USB) with my laptop. Can any1 help as my son is having a breakdown over this.

    • Allan Nyatome

      hold the sleep button and home button at the same time until the phone is off….
      then hold the home button while connecting the usb cable until it shows the iTunes logo….then you are good to go and restore in recovery mode from your computer

    • Riles

      So i am guessing it isnt a good idea to jailbreak myself as i dont know what i am really doing.

  • manly marcus

    if hes like me and did what i did and updated to iso 8.2 sadly we cant un-jailbreak .. Apple has stop signing off on our modem firmware 5.2.00 . Even if you still have the 7.1.2 ios and he jailbreak it you cant undo it. im sorry i had to tell you that but i am in the same boat as him! once the ios 8 came out the jailbreak expires and cant undo it.. but Frist try holding down the home botton and power botton at the same time for 10 sec it should do a hard core reboot ..
    oh if he did used pangu to do and had iso 8.2 use the sofeware that he had to download to do the jailbreaking with their is an opition to restore his phone

    https://en.pangu.io/
    follow the instuctions

    if i find someting ill let you know

    cheers

  • DCT

    Found this online when I had the same problem:

    If iTunes is open, exit iTunes
    Disconnect iPhone from computer USB
    Click Start menu on desktop
    Go to Control Panel
    Go to Programs
    Go to Programs and Features
    Select Apple Mobile Device Support and click repair
    Connect iPhone to computer USB (device should install automatically)
    Open iTunes
    When prompted, click restore iPhone
    OS should install now and restore factory settings

  • Akshay Hegde

    what happens to the software that are installed from cydia after un jail-breaking?

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Of course, you will lost all the installed Cydia tweaks and jailbreak related settings.

      • Akshay Hegde

        thank u

  • Akshay Hegde

    please anyone help

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      Could you please be more precise?

  • Akshay Hegde

    I am unable to import Vcard from my PC to icloud. Please anyone sugget the way

    • http://www.igeeksblog.com/ iGeeksBlog

      1. In iCloud Contacts, choose Import vCard from the Action pop-up menu , which appears at the bottom of the All Contacts list or a list of group contacts

      2. Select a vCard to import.

  • Brayden_nordstrom

    I did this and now I can’t connect to iTunes Store?!?!!? can someone plz help

  • Shabaro

    please from where can we dowload that frimware and is it safe for ios 8

  • wondson

    hey,i tried to use pangu to jailbreak my iPad but then it stopped donwloading and all the system programs were gone.I dont have my settings,photos,mail,camera,apple store and stuff that were on your iPad when you bought it.I tried to use the back-up on iTunes that i made earlier,but then i got a message that the space on the iPad is full.i cant use the settings so i cant make it clean.what should i do? help plz

  • Naily S.

    I tried to backup and update my iphone. but some of my apps is not authorised by the computer. I did try all the steps as shown on some blogger website (deauthorised my computer, restart my iphone and etc) but still having the same issue. I cannot backup my whatsapp and viber at all. so what should I do to solve the issue so that I can update my iphone without losing any whatsapp and viber contents and I can update my iphone safely.. please anyone help me. I need an advise. thank you.

  • Danielle

    Does it change your number for iphone?

    • rooster

      No

  • MauroFeliceFerraresi

    cool thank you!!

  • Jeremiah Day

    i jailbroke my device about 6 months ago and have scowered the blogasphere to figure out how to restore my device to its pre jailbreak condition and functionality and haven’t been able to find any assistance at all. I started posting requests over a month ago and have made at least 15 requests at as many different forums and haven’t received a single response.

    I successfully jailbroke my divice, then accidently deleted cydia. This is a company owned divice, and has to be turned back in for mandantory security app upgrades and installations. I have been stalling to try to find a way to restore it. if they find i have jailbroken it it could mena my job. I have tried connecting it to itunes and doing the DFU restore, and all simular methods, going through device menue to restore to factory defaults, reinstalling the pangu jailbreak then restoreing. none of it works. the device is still fully functional as of its state at the time of jailbreak, but no apps can be installed or upgraded, and the ios over air upgrade cant be done. can someone please instruct some method that might work. Im desperate and running out of time.

    PLEASE HELP!!!

    I have an ipad air A1475
    ios 7.1
    jailbreak pangu 7.1