How To Jailbreak New iPad 3 (A5X) On iOS 5.1.1 via Absinthe 2.0


All the speculation regarding the elusive iOS 5.1.1 untethered jailbreak has finally come to an end, with the just-released update to Chronic Dev Team’s famous Absinthe tool, pushing it up to version 2.0. With the latest release of the popular jailbreak tool, support for untethered iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak has been added for all the current devices capable of running the new OS, including the new A5X iPad (or the iPad 3, as some call it). The following post will guide you on how to jailbreak your new iPad on iOS 5.1.1 using Absinthe 2.0.

Disclaimer: Please attempt this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips won’t be responsible if your device gets bricked or damaged in any other way due to this method.

Before you begin, download the Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak package for your platform (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux) and make sure you backup your device in iTunes. This you can do by right-clicking the device’s name in iTunes and selecting Back Up. This is a mere precaution, and not a requirement for jailbreak.

Backup iTunes

Once past the jailbreak, on your new A5X iPad, head over to Setting > General > Reset – Erase All Content and Settings. Again, this step is only there to smoothen the jailbreak process and speed it up.


Run Absinthe on your computer and connect your iPad. The software will automatically detect the connected device and the firmware, after which you just need to hit the Jailbreak button.

Chronic-Dev Absinthe - Version 2.0

That’s all there is to it, frankly. Everything will be performed on the device automatically, and you will be kept apprised of the progress through a blue bar. During the jailbreak, your iPad 3 may appear to be restoring from a backup, something we saw in earlier versions of Absinthe jailbreak as well.

Chronic-Dev Absinthe - In Process Version 2.0

Just sit back and relax until you get the Done message. Believe me, the jailbreak will not require any interference from your side, at all!

Chronic-Dev Absinthe Done - Version 2.0

Once you see the above screen on Absinthe 2.0, pick up your iPad and viola! Good old Cydia will be there on the Springboard. The first launch will reconstruct the file system, as is customary for the jailbreak store, but it should be fine after that.


Congratulations! You just got a brand new jailbreak for the new iPad 3 running iOS 5.1.1. Enjoy the freedom!

If you happen to own an iPhone 4, iPhone 4S or iPod touch running iOS 5.1.1 and plan to jailbreak it, head on over to this guide of ours, and we’ll walk you through the process.

  • PosTV

    it doesn’t seem to be working on iPad 3 GSM (AT&T). Iv’e been trying numerous times to no vail

  • Arenoso

    It is not working on my iPad 3 wifi, worked great on my iPhone 4s, both on 5.1.1

    • my iPad 3 WiFi jailbroke easily (screenshot above). Try changing the USB cable and port.

  • zailie

    restore the ipad using itunes
    then JB again
    it works!!

  • Ipad 3 wifi

    I tried ”
    restore the ipad using itunes
    then JB again”
    But its the same, it says
    “Recovery completed. If you want to retry jailbreaking, unplug your device and plug it back in.”

    plz help

    • I had this problem with the first version of Absinthe. It seems to be a system related issue. Try another system, another port or cable.

  • Dave

    Not working on
    My iPad 3 5.1.1
    Keeps saying sorry , the attached device is not supported

  • Chuck Taylor

    i had the same issue with my ipad 3.
    but there is an update to the new Absinthe 2.0…
    it’s Absinthe 2.0.1.
    just downloaded it and it worked!!! 100%

  • Ben

    It is working great for my Ipad 3 ( New Ipad ), thank a lot.

  • Gabriel

    only with 5.1.1?? 5.1 doesnt work?