Wait for a Untethered iOS 4.2.1 Jailbreak – Update The Wait is Over

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For those who has upgraded their iPad software to iOS 4.2 and wants to jailbreak the device, I recommend waiting until there is a untethered jailbreak. There are some tethered jailbreaks that will work but you will have to plug in your iPad every time you boot it to run your jailbreak apps.

There are no advantages to a tethered jailbreak, a tethered jailbreak means that each time your device loses battery power or needs to be rebooted, you must attach it to a PC or Mac to boot into the jailbroken state. Unless you’re in a huge hurry to jailbreak, you’re probably better off waiting.

Jailbreak developer chpwn suggests waiting for “the upcoming correct jailbreak”.

Normally, I don’t recommend users with jailbroken devices to upgrade their software until there is a untethered jailbreak released for the new software. Since iOS 4.2 has so many new features and since iPad users don’t require a unlock, it makes sense for most iPad users to upgrade to iOS 4.2.

The draw back is you are left waiting for a untethered jailbreak that will work with iOS 4.2.1.

We will keep you posted.


There is now a untethered jailbreak available for the iPad via Greenpois0n.

  • MikeH

    Is there any word of when an untethered jailbreak will be out?

  • EO

    wait a few days, it should be available by then.

  • ipadhelp.com lover! =)

    hey, i know the 4.2 is almost perfect, you said “” Since iOS 4.2 has so many new features and since iPad users don’t require a unlock””
    My problem is that i use installous, don’t forget the free apps, i think is the best feature of the jailbreaking. How many days could it take?? im really going crazy!!

    ohh.. i almost forgot THANKS FOR THE POST=)

  • http://ipadhelp.com Phil

    You are right about installous, it’s probably one of the best reason to jailbreak the iPad. I would give it a few more days and wait for the untethered jailbreak but if you can’t wait, you can go with tethered a jailbreak. Here are some instructions for the tethered jailbreak.


  • TJ

    I really want ios 4.2 on my iPad but there is an app that is $20 in the market that I use very often and I don’t really want to lose it because Im not jail broken anymore. There is no word on when an unthethered will be ready???

  • http://ipadhelp.com Phil

    No word yet, I will post the jailbreak once it’s released. Sometimes the iPhone Dev Team will post on twitter in advance of the release.


  • macrules

    Well TJ, I guess if you just payed for the app that would be no issue, if it is ported to 4.2?
    I think Cydia is important, because it really has some very usefull free and payed apps.
    Installo.us? that is just cracked stuff, so if you want to support devs you do not use that ?
    Or you just pay for android apps to shift the balance :)?

  • islacom philippines

    I really hope that the DevTeam would be able to release the untethered Jailbreak for the 4.2.1 iOS for the iPad. I tried the Tethered one, its really tiresome and stressfull. If you accidentally reboots your iPad and you don’t have a PC or Laptop with you, your stuck with a buggy idevice.

    Waiting Game…..

    Update – 4.3 iOS reportedly coming out this December.

    Are they saving the JB for this one??

  • KinG ArthuR

    damn… i’ve just updated my ipad to iOS 4.2 and i jailbreak it yesterday with the tethered version…
    i’ll give you an advice…. don’t try on yours ipad/ipod touch/iphone because it’s something very stressfull…. better wait for the untethered version!!!


  • Chandara

    Yes! Must wait!

  • tony

    2 weeks still no untethered jb- whats going on?

    anyone know how to downgrade from 4.2 back to 4.1?

  • willieb

    I am using the tethered 4.2.1 jailbreak for iPad. No issues at all for me. I usually have my laptop with me anyway but I haven’t had to re-boot it at for a couple weeks now. Yes it is a pain but worth it for me for all the new features of 4.2.1 until the untethered version is released. I just love the combined email, multiple exchange accounts, multitasking, etc.!

  • tony

    Guys it now makes sense why the dev team have delayed a untethered j/b for 4.2 …..



    subscription based apps


  • Ray

    hi. i jailbroke my ipad 4.2 ver. i could not log on to wifi network so i reset my network settings. at this point the ipad rebooted (which i did nt know would happen). now when i switch it on with my mac it wont show in itunes. and the apple symbol comes on the ipad and stays. i tried to reboot by pressin the home and sleep button 2gether but no luck. pls pls help i’m desparate and goin nuts. thanx

  • Angry Man

    Still no untethered 4.2.1 jailbreak for iPad!!!!!!!!!

  • BarryB

    Is it here yet!!!!!!!

  • ErsinG

    We’re waiting for an untethered jailbreak for iPad 4.2.1 OS but, still no words i guess?

  • http://ipadhelp.com Phil

    I doesn’t look like we will get one before iOS 4.3 is released.