pwn20wnd took the jailbreak community by storm after releasing “the most advanced jailbreak tool” without any prior announcement. Nevertheless, unc0ver has its fair share of errors and bugs that have bricked many a device.
Electra vs unc0ver – should you even switch?
unc0ver claims to improve battery life, performance, fix freeze issues and other glitches that were prevalent on Electra – and quite a few users have corroborated that.
Further, Cydia is blazing fast and tweak downloads are way faster as compared to Coolstar’s jailbreak.
Some users, however, are unable to jailbreak their devices after hundreds of attempts – and that, too, on Ian Beer’s multipath exploit.
There are plenty of horror stories out there about users who are unable to jailbreak their devices with Electra after running unc0ver.
— Yalu Jailbreak (@Yalujb) October 14, 2018
As for me, I am sticking with the tried-and-true Electra jailbreak by Coolstar as I am not too fond of fixing something that’s not broken. I might change my mind, though – after a week has passed and the tool becomes more stable.
All in all, unc0ver is far superior to Electra – in terms of both functionality and stability. Electra, on the other hand, is safer, much more lightweight and gets the job done quickly and efficiently.
If you are willing to jump the gun and give pwn20wnd’s jailbreak a whirl, move onto the tutorial.
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod running Electra jailbreak
- iOS 11.0-11.4 Beta 3 firmware
How to safely move to unc0ver from Electra/Electra1131 jailbreak
Back up your data (optional)
Step 1 Disable your passcode from Settings and disable Low Power Mode (LPM) if it’s enabled.
Step 2 Perform a full backup of your data on iTunes or iCloud.
Step 3 Back up your tweak data with Flashback from MPG13 Cydia repo (https://mpg13.github.io/repo/).
For a more “deep” backup, install the BackupAZ3 tweak from Packix repo. It allows you to back up all Debian packages, Cydia repositories, preferences, messages, accounts and much more.
You can skip this step if you don’t have a lot of tweaks and are willing to set up your preferences and tweaks again.
Step 4 Open NewTerm 2 or any other terminal tweak. Log in with su (username) and alpine (password) and enter FlashBack.
Step 5 Select Backup Current Preferences > Package Backup to DEB. Once the backup is ready, copy the Debian package using Filza file manager from Library/FlashBack/ to any safe location such as your Dropbox storage.
Prepare your device
Step 6 Boot into the no-jailbreak mode by restarting your device. This step is essential as it undoes the changes Electra makes to the system.
Step 7 (Optional) Enable airplane mode. This step is not mandatory, but it significantly increases the success rate.
Jailbreak your device
Step 8 Download and install pwn20wnd’s jailbreak on your iPhone or iPad. Download unc0ver jailbreak to your device. You can install its IPA file or get it directly from Ignition signing service (recommended).
Step 9 Trust the certificate of the jailbreak app from Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management.
Step 10 Open the app from your home screen.
Step 11 Wait for about 25-30 seconds and leave the app “as is”.
Step 12 Press Jailbreak to kickstart the exploitation process.
Keep in mind that this tool runs Rollectra, which removes everything related to Electra (files, jailbreak tweaks, etc) and your system preferences if it detects Electra jailbreak. Your user data remains intact, however.
Step 13 (Optional) Restore your tweaks and preferences from the backup you made in step 3. Again, you can skip this step if you didn’t back your data up beforehand.