Hack Your iPhone or iPod Touch in Under One Minute

Mar 23, 2008
Updated • Dec 30, 2012
Mobile Computing

If you are the proud owner of an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you know by now that you are subject to a lot of limitations such as being restricted to the AT & T Network. In addition, you will be unable to install or run any third party applications on your device.

With all these restrictions, it’s no wonder that most people who own an iPhone are frustrated and are always on the lookout for ways to run applications on their devices. After all, you would not want to pay so much money for something that has hardly any functions. However, it’s understandable to also be reluctant. These devices are expensive and if something goes wrong, it’s a lot of money down the drain.

Adam from Lifehacker has found a solution to your problems. He uses a software called ZiPhone. ZiPhone is free, open source application that works on both Windows and the Mac. This software basically hacks or jailbreaks the firmware code on your device so that all the restrictions are removed and you can use your device to its full potential. What ZiPhone does is put your phone into recovery mode while it hacks the firmware. The entire process is accomplished in under one minute.

All you have to do is download and run the application. Select the device (iPhone or iPod Touch), choose the jailbreak option and you are good to go. I haven’t tried this out for myself because I do not own either device but a fair number of people have used ZiPhone with excellent results. The only precaution is that if you applied a jailbreak to your iPhone previously, make sure to restore it to the latest firmware (1.1.4) before you use ZiPhone.

All in all, I’m curious. How many of you have hacked your devices previously because you were unhappy with the restrictions. Do you know of any other ways to jailbreak your iPhone?

Update: Ziphone is no longer available. You can check out this unlock page as an alternative.


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  1. iPhone unlocken said on November 28, 2010 at 12:35 am

    i’ve personally unlocked 100’s of iPhones with NO issues. try it.

  2. Anonymous said on December 8, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Is there a jailbreak for firmware 3.1.1

  3. iPhone Geek said on September 29, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Sorry this no longer works without and updates :)

  4. Wilzyx said on May 21, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    coool now i can play blackbery brickbreaker on me iphone use the camera with inverted colors. also i can run ms paint

  5. travis said on April 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    well meaning this artical was published over a year ago..i doubt it will work due to updates from apple…but if some1 will help me id be more than willing…id like to have a background on my icons:)

  6. josh said on March 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    ziphone didnt work wut do i do

  7. john said on January 20, 2009 at 3:32 am

    how do you hack your i pod touch i cant plz help me wat do need to do

  8. jas said on November 15, 2008 at 4:30 am

    jall broke my iphone 2.1

  9. mr said on August 26, 2008 at 1:23 am

    y cant it be just so simple were u write done the steps and thats it

  10. Jedi said on March 25, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hmm an interesting read for sure! Sadly dont have either. Wonder how hacking the PSP helps? What apps are there for the PSP warrants some research!

  11. bfos7215 said on March 24, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    I had tried to hack my touch before, but I had issues with my Java version and I just gave up.

    I used Ziphone for three main reasons, which are all simple and shouldn’t be issues out of the box.

    1. There is a bug that forces me to disconnect my internet connection every time I plug in my ipod touch to sync.

    2. I want show notes on my podcasts

    3. I want a background on the home screen

    Hacking the ipod only resolved the last issue. I can only get show notes if the podcaster places them in the lyrics section of the file.

    I wish there was a tweak application that would modify the logic that shows lyrics and change it to show notes instead.

  12. Tommy said on March 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

    i jailbreak my iphone since 1.1.09, which make me wonder if this ziphone app unlock it for use with any other provider like anysim or just jailbreak it to run homebrew. I have a hard time leaving ibrickr too.
    I do not intend to upgrade for i dont see the need to. I didn’t even try to revirginize yet to upgrade.
    as for psp, the hardest task was to make a pandora battery without a gui, and even so it is not as hard as jailbreaking a iphone and ipod touch with gui. Just a heads up i guess.

  13. kieran said on March 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t have an Iphone or touch but I have hacked my psp as it is so much more versatile afterwards compared to its normal state. If sony would just open it up free of locks straight out of the box I think that it would be much more highly valued by both consumers and developers alike.

  14. WizzKid said on March 23, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks :) did jailbroke my 1.1.4 about 5 minutes ago using this!

  15. Sumesh said on March 23, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    Good one. I’d hit up ZiPhone somewhere else (not Lifehacker), and the tut on LH fixes the deal. Is it just me or are Mac hacks getting easier as Mac adoptions rise? :D

    1. LUI said on October 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Now ATT cant be unlocked!!!

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