Help with jailbreaking and Cydia for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches.

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I decided to jailbreak my iPhone 3GS since I love my jailbroken iPod 4G. For my iPod, I used Redsn0w, and everything went smoothly. I tried using Redsn0w again for my iPhone, but that didn't work because I'd have to untether it, and that just seemed like a pain. So I went with Absinthe. I followed the directions and backed my iPhone up with iTunes, erased all the data and settings, jailbroke it (successfully), and restored it with the backup I had just done. At first, everything was fine. Cydia was there so I loaded it. It said "Preparing File System", and that it would close when finished. So, I was patient and waited for it to complete. Finally, it ended, and my iPhone went back to the lock screen. But when I unlocked it, there was neither Cydia nor the App Store! I've tried restarting the iPhone several times, as well as re-jailbreaking, but all it says is "this iPhone is already jailbroken!"... I would love to have my iPhone jailbroken, so I can customise it like I customised my iPod. Help please?

Using: Windows 7, PC

iOS: 5.1.1

Restore again, set up as new, jailbreak, let cydia update (don't interrupt), once done restore from iTunes backup.


answered 11 Jul '12, 01:56

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justinred ♦

justinred's advice is correct, but if you haven't followed it yet, here are a few steps that could help provide useful debugging information:

First, on your computer, install iExplorer, Phone Disk, or a similar application designed to access iOS devices files over USB.

  1. Can iExplorer (or similar) connect to the device and see files?
  2. If it can, what is in /Applications ? Are those missing apps also missing from this folder?
  3. Are the missing apps in /private/var/stash ?

After answering these questions, feel free to restore and jailbreak again. :)


answered 11 Jul '12, 02:04

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So, britta. As you say, they are still in the applications folder in iexplorer. What now?

(19 Oct '12, 07:11) Davidcbz Davidcbz's gravatar image
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