The Benefits of Jailbreaking

Tech Talker spills the beans on why jailbreaking is popular and what you can do with your jailbroken iDevice. 

Eric Escobar
2-minute read


Yesterday, I told you about a technique called "jailbreaking" which lets you remove the limitations imposed upon iOS operating systems that's in all your iDevices. For more on what jailbreaking is, click here.

Benefits of Jailbreaking

With a jailbroken device, you gain access to many apps that were rejected from the official App Store. I know what you’re wondering, “Why would I want something that was rejected by Apple?” Well, for those of you unfamiliar with Apple’s app policy, there is a stringent process that every app undergoes before it is added to the Apple store. If the app doesn’t meet all of Apple’s specifications or if Apple feels it violates one of their policies, then they will reject the app. Some of these rejected apps make their way to the unofficial app store. 

For example, on my iPhone I currently have an app that allows me to play all of my old Game Boy games. This was an app that was rejected by Apple but I'm a fan. There are also apps that will allow you to customize every setting on your iPhone including lockscreens, fonts, and system information. There is even an app that will allow you to share your iPhone or iPad data connection wirelessly with other devices such as laptops, essentially making your device a wireless hotspot. Also, you can set your iDevice up so that a certain combination of button presses will act as a shortcut for an app. 

Because not all of these apps and customizations are verified by Apple, they can affect the performance of your device adversely. Some of these unofficial apps may drain more of your battery than you would like, or they might even make your device crash every now and then. This generally isn’t too big of a problem if you don’t overdo it on the customization.

Another great feature about a jailbroken device is that you can back up some information that you normally couldn’t. For instance, you could save your voicemails and text messages to your computer which would normally just get deleted over time. That’s a huge benefit to someone who uses texting or digital calls as part of their business.

I’ve only touched on a few things that a jailbroken device can do, but the sky is the limit with the customizations and apps that are out there! And, if you are an Apple TV user, jailbreaking your device will allow you new media player options not available before. You can even load a completely different media player altogether such as XBMC or Plex!

Best of all, jailbreaking is completely reversible! So if you have a jailbroken device and it isn’t what you wanted, or if you just want to go back to the stock operating system, all you have to do is plug your device into your computer and click “Restore” and voila—your device will be restored and the jailbreak will be gone!

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Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.