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Hi,A few moments ago i succesfully jailbroke my 4s for the first time. Almost immediately after, just to make sure i could do it, I wanted to unjailbreak it via my iCloud backup. In the settings of the jb iphone, I entered the rest menu and erased all content and settings. This put the phone into factory settings. After i went through the options and selected restore from iCloud backup, the phone restored after a while. But, when I unlocked the device, Cydia was still there. It still is. I'm gonna keep the jb, but am wondering what i did wrong in this process. I tried restoring via itunes, but it went to download the 6.1.2 update, eventhough i alread have it. Cancelled the restore there and tried the iCloud after. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks DarkBlazer641

asked 27 Feb '13, 08:16

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edited 13 Nov '15, 01:57

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theiphoneguy ♦

The question has been closed for being "Solved" by spockers, 31 Jul '13, 23:37

To "un"jailbreak your phone you will need to put it on dfu/recovery mode and restore/update it using iTunes. Restore from a backup will just "upload" your backup to your phone.


answered 27 Feb '13, 08:39

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edited 27 Feb '13, 08:41

Thanks for the reply Even if i selected the option in settings to delete all settings and content? That put my iPhone into the 'new' state. Restored using icloud from there. Where did i go wrong?

(27 Feb '13, 08:41) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

What do you mean?

(27 Feb '13, 08:43) snopkstill snopkstill's gravatar image

In the iphone menu settings->general->reset i selected the 'erase all content and settings option'

(27 Feb '13, 08:45) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

As I've already said, if you want to "un"jailbreak your phone you will need to restore it using iTunes, following the process above. Never reset a jailbroken iPhone. If you do that, you will need to restore it using iTunes.

(27 Feb '13, 08:47) snopkstill snopkstill's gravatar image

Thanks. Trying it with itunes right now. currently downloading some update to it.... I selected the restore iphone option, but it prompted me to download 6.1.2 even though the phone was already on 6.1.2 It won't let me continue without downloading it, so waiting for the download now.

(27 Feb '13, 08:49) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

Erase content and settings will only, as obvious erase the content and settings you have on you phone, in other words, will put your phone on the same state it was before you had "upload" your backup to the device.

(27 Feb '13, 08:51) snopkstill snopkstill's gravatar image

Makes sense....thanks for ur help First time jailbreaking....glad I had this issue early on...more prepared now.. Still waiting for that download to finish...

(27 Feb '13, 08:53) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

To restore without downloading, if you already downloaded the ipsw to a different location for instance, hold the shift button while pressing restore. That lets you specify which ipsw to restore.

(27 Feb '13, 08:54) Pepper ♦ Pepper's gravatar image

um...what do u mean by ipsw? first time doing a proper restore on a device..

(27 Feb '13, 08:56) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

Please, search before asking.

(27 Feb '13, 09:00) snopkstill snopkstill's gravatar image

And, if you want or might jailbreak your iPhone, avoid updating it OTA.

(27 Feb '13, 09:01) snopkstill snopkstill's gravatar image

Thanks for the advice, and sorry if my lack of knowledge in this field is causing you annoyance. As i said before, i'm just starting off. I will make sure to search before asking terms. Thanks again. Still waiting on the download.

(27 Feb '13, 09:05) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

Thanks for all your help. The download finished, restored the iphone using itunes and applied the backup onto it. Cydia is gone, and all is perfect now :) Will re-jailbreak soon. Thanks again for all your help. The advice you gave me was invaluable and would come into great use in the future. Once again, thank you :)

(27 Feb '13, 09:51) 41342452452 41342452452's gravatar image

I did a full restore but didn't back up thru iCloud. i just got a brand new apple ID. i don't have a laptop to use btw.. My iPhone 4S was jailbroken by a roommate trying to spy on me. I noticed my apps would get a lot slower or outright crash whenever they arrived at home. I found "absinthe" inside the crash report. My question is, how can I test to see if any hidden apps like Cydia didn't make it thru?


answered 31 Jul '13, 23:15

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First, this isn't an answer answer to the original 5-month-old question. Use the "add a comment" button unless you are answering the original question. The button looks like this:

If you did a full restore via iTunes, not in Settings on the iPhone, cydia is gone.

(31 Jul '13, 23:36) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

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