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.”
There are two ways to remove jailbreak from your iPhone or iPad:
- Restore from a backup via iTunes
- 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:
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:
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